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Drew Ford on ‘Red Range,’ and preserving comics history with It’s Alive!


Two years ago, editor Drew Ford launched a line of graphic novel reprints for Dover Publications, starting with “A Sailor’s Story,” Sam Glanzman’s account of his service on a ship in World War II, which received aglowing review in The New York Times. Since then, Ford has demonstrated a knack for finding interesting titles and bringing them back in enhanced editions: David Michelinie and Bret Blevins’ “The Bozz Chronicles,” Chuck Dixon and Gary Kwapisz’s “Civil War Adventure,” and Steven Murphy and Michael Zulli’s “The Puma Blues,” which has been nominated for an Eisner Award.

Now Ford has left Dover and set up his own publishing house, It’s Alive!, to continue producing high-quality reprints of classic comics. His launch title is “Red Range,” by Joe R. Lansdale and Sam Glanzman, which was originally published in 1999 in black and white. The new edition has been colored and includes a new afterword by Stephen Bissette. A Kickstarter to fund the project has just reached its initial goal, but Ford has some stretch goals as well. His next project will be Trina Robbins’ “Dope.”

We talked with Ford about his plans to preserve the history of comics by bringing classic comics back into print as graphic novels.

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Food or Comics? | Everybody wants a piece of the Action

Welcome to Food or Comics?, where every week we talk about what comics we’d buy at our local comic shop based on certain spending limits — $15 and $30 — as well as what we’d get if we had extra money or a gift card to spend on a “Splurge” item.

Check out Diamond’s release list or ComicList, and tell us what you’re getting in our comments field.

Graeme McMillan

It’s a slow week, this week; if I had $15, I’d use it to catch up on some recent enjoyments like Action Comics #3 (DC, $3.99) and OMAC #3 (DC, $2.99), two of my favorite titles from the New 52 relaunch–OMAC in particular has been a really weird and wonderful joy–as well as the final issue of Marvel’s great and sadly underrated Mystic revival (#4, $2.99). I’d also see if the parody-tastic Shame Itself #1 (Marvel, $3.99) lives up to its potential, because “Wyatt Cenac + Colleen Coover” sounds pretty promising to these ears.

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Food or Comics? | This week’s comics on a budget

Flashpoint #1

Welcome to Food or Comics?, where every week we talk about what comics we’d buy on Wednesday based on certain spending limits — $15 and $30 — as well as what we’d get if we had extra money or a gift card to spend on a “Splurge” item.

Check out Diamond’s release list or ComicList if you’d like to play along in our comments section.

Graeme McMillan

If I had $15 this week, I’d immediately go for Flashpoint #1 (DC Comics, $3.99) – I am very, very unsure about the number of tie-ins DC are pushing out for the new crossover event, but with Geoff Johns in charge, I’m suspecting that the main book will be worth a look at least. I’d also grab the relaunched GI Joe #1 (IDW, $3.99), if only to follow up on the “Cobra Civil War” storyline that I admit has completely caught my attention unexpectedly. Curiosity would also get me to pick up both Moriarty #1 (Image, $2.99) and Total Recall #1 (Dynamite, $1.99), two new launches that will hopefully take familiar ideas and characters in directions I wouldn’t expect…

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Joe R. Lansdale and Sam Kieth to enter 30 Days of Night

The X-Files/30 Days of Night #1 (by Sam Kieth)

IDW Publishing will launch a new 30 Days of Night series next spring by author Joe R. Lansdale and artist Sam Kieth.

The comic, announced this morning in a very brief statement on the publisher’s Formspring account, will be at least the 13th title spun out of the popular 2002 miniseries by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith.

In the original, which was the basis for the 2007 film, vampires flock to Barrow, Alaska, where the sun sets for about 30 days, allowing them to feed on the residents. Although several of the sequels, such as Dark Days and Return to Barrow, center on the city or the survivors of the attacks, others are expansions of the “30 Days universe.” A six-issue X-Files/30 Days of Night crossover, by Niles, Adam Jones and Tom Mandrake, debuted from WildStorm in July.

Lansdale is an award-winning author known for his “Hap and Leonard” series of mystery novels, the novella Bubba Ho-Tep and comics like Jonah Hex: Riders of the Worm and Such, Conan and the Songs of the Dead, and Pigeons from Hell. He also wrote episodes of Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series, as well as the screenplay to the animated DC Showcase: Jonah Hex.

Kieth is best known for his comic turned animated series The Maxx, Zero Girl, Batman/Lobo: Deadly Serious and Arkham Asylum: Madness. He provided a variant cover for The X-Files/30 Days of Night #1.

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