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Coming up Dec. 10, Valiant Entertainment will launch a new four-issue miniseries The Valiant, co-written by Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt with art by Paolo Rivera. To mark its upcoming release, Valiant shared layout, penciled, inked and colored samples of the first four pages for the first issue.
Considering that we spotlighted the Clown Prince of Crime, it seems only right that we make a little room for his arch-nemesis — not that we need an excuse to showcase the work of Paolo Rivera, of course.
Posting on the Muddy Colors blog, the Eisner Award-winning artist walks through his process for a page from his collaboration with writer Ivan Brandon in the recent Batman Black and White #5. As you would expect, it’s informative and beautiful (the use of the “curve ahead” sign is particularly clever). He also includes a terrific Batman character study.
See some of the art below, and the rest at the Muddy Colors fantasy art collective.
If, for some reason, you haven’t been reading Marvel’s relaunched Daredevil series and were puzzled by all of those Eisner Awards and Harvey Awards for the comic and for the creative team of Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera and Joe Rivera, and yet still hadn’t checked out the title — well, now you have no excuse: Marvel and comiXology are offering Daredevil #1 for free in digital form.
No grousing about how you don’t like to read on the screen; just go download the comic and enjoy.
Retailing | ICv2 analyzes the August direct market numbers and comes up with some interesting patterns: While the market as a whole is up, the number of comics with sales of more than 1,000 has been declining; sales dropped a bit for most ongoing comics series in the Top 25, but strong sales of Before Watchmen and two annuals more than compensated for that; and graphic novels sell in far lower numbers than comics, but because many of them are backlist titles, the numbers still increase from year to year. ICv2 also posted lists of last month’s Top 300 comics and graphic novels. [ICv2]
Publishing | Yet another big publisher spawns a graphic novel imprint: This time it’s Penguin, whose Berkley/NAL division will launch a graphic novel imprint, InkLit, next month. Helmed by former DC vice president and Yen Press co-founder Rich Johnson, InkLit will publish both original graphic novels and adaptations of prose works. The line will begin with Vol. 1 of Patricia Briggs’s Alpha and Omega, which collects the trades published by Dynamite; the second volume will be all new material. Also in the works are books by Charlaine Harris, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Sage Stossel. [Publishers Weekly]