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Thin wallets, fat bookshelves: A publishing news round-up

Moomin kids' book

Moomin kids' book

* Over at the Drawn & Quarterly blog, Tom Devlin announces that the company will be starting a children’s book line, entitled “D&Q Enfant.” The first few titles in the line will consist of Moomin picture books.

* The blog Monster Brains has a brief preview of Johnny Ryan’s upcoming grand guginol graphic novel, Prison Pit. It’s probably NSFW.

* The Cartoon Network and Del Rey have joined forces to produce a series of graphic novels based on the popular Secret Saturdays cartoon show. The first volume will hit stores in September.

* Zenescope has announced plans for a third and final Wonderland mini-series.

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Hawkman + dinosaurs = cool

Kyle Baker's Hawkman

Kyle Baker's Hawkman

Earlier this month Kevin posted about Kyle Baker’s Hawkman story; over at the Pulse, Jennifer Contino talks to Baker about the book and several other projects. Per the interview, the story will appear in some sort of anthology and will feature an alien invasion and Dinosaur Island:

THE PULSE: When you think Hawkman, what ideas immediately came to your mind about what a story featuring this hero HAD to be about?

BAKER: In most of his adventures, Hawkman usually defends Earth from space alien invasion, so that’s what my story’s about. There’s also action on Dinosaur Island, because dinosaurs are always cool. Hawkman carries a mace, so it’s important for a writer to create dilemmas which can be resolved with a mace. A guy with a mace fighting a T-Rex is a good fight to watch.

An official release date for the book has yet to be announced.

Kyle Baker’s Hawkman: Have mace, will pummel

Hawkman, by Kyle Baker

Hawkman, by Kyle Baker

I’m not a fan of Hawkman — nothing against the hairy-chested Thanagarian; I just haven’t given him much thought — but glimpses of Kyle Baker’s upcoming DC Comics project have me a little excited.

Announced by Baker in October, the book is being teased as “ultra-realistic and violent.” How violent? Well, there’s a scene in which Aquaman’s giant seahorse is killed by a Tyrannosaurus rex.

On Friday Baker posted a couple of pages from the comic, saying that he should finish the art over the weekend. Maybe we’ll see an official announcement, and release date, during New York Comic Con.

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