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Magnetic Press got off to a good start last year, with two Eisner Award nominations (Best Publication for Teens for Tony Sandoval’s Doomboy and Best Graphic Album—Reprint for Dave Dorman’s Wasted Lands), and it looks like the publisher is doing its best best to avoid sophomore slump with the newly announced second-year lineup.
The new books are very much of a piece with the first season’s offerings: Full-color graphic novels that combine action and bold, confident art, much of it from European creators. The recent announcement of a partnership with Darby Pop should shake things up a little.
Here’s a look at what’s on deck for next year:
Written by Russell Brettholtz and illustrated by Miguel Mendonca, the comic centers on a group of superhero sidekicks who decide it’s time they received the respect they deserve.
Awards | Alexis Deacon has won the 2014 Observer/Cape/Comica graphic short story prize for “The River,” “a luscious, tangled, whispering kind of story” that earned him £1,000 (about $1,611 U.S.). The runners-up were Fionnuala Doran’s “Countess Markievicz” and Beth Dawson’s “After Life.” The short-story competition has been held annually since 2007 by London’s Comica Festival, publisher Jonathan Cape and The Observer newspaper. [The Observer]
Publishing | Mark Peters spotlights Archie Comics’ recent transformation from staid to startling, with titles like Afterlife With Archie and the new Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. [Salon]
Magnetic Press has announced Poet, a three-issue miniseries created by Blink-182 and Angels & Airwaves frontman Tom DeLonge.
Written by DeLonge and Ben Kull (Mission Hill, The Oblongs) and illustrated by Djet Stéphane, the sci-fi fantasy adventure debuts in the spring, serving as a prequel to the animated short Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker, which will receive wide release Dec. 9 alongside the new Angels & Airwaves album The Dream Walker. A full-length feature is also being developed.
This won’t come as a surprise to those of us who visited the Magnetic Press booth at Comic-Con International in San Diego: The publisher today announced the November release of Vox, a “Rock and Roll Concept Art Book” by the Italian artist Matteo De Longis.
The book, which is the same size and shape as a record album, is neon-colored and lovely to look at. It was published last year in France, and there’s already a book site that seems to be more about the design of the book than the interior art; there’s also a bio of the creator. De Longis, who was named as one of Marvel’s Young Guns, draws a lot of inspiration from Japanese art and works in games, animation and toy design as well as illustration. The press release includes a description of Vox that’s hard to improve on:
An Official Selection of the 2012 Angouleme International Comics Festival and winner of the Coup de Coeur prize, it’s a coming-of-age story about a lonely teenager who, after the sudden death of his girlfriend, decides to broadcast songs to her beyond the grave under the name “Doomboy.” However, he doesn’t realize those broadcasts are being picked up across town and beyond, leading his life to be turned upside down.
“I have waited for this moment for a while, and I think Doomboy is my favorite story I’ve written so far,” said Sandoval, whose other works include Nocturno, The Corpse and the Couch and, most recently, The Sea Serpent. “I am curious how the American market will accept Doomboy, because the market is very different from Europe, but of course I am very happy to see it released in English.”
Doomboy is set for release in September.
Magnetic Press, the independent publisher launched late last year by two comics veterans, former Archaia publisher Mike Kennedy and former BOOM! Studios executive Wes Harris, has announced its third book: a hardcover collection of comics, illustrated stories and art set in Dave Dorman’s Wasted Lands universe. The book, titled Dave Dorman’s Wasted Lands Omnibus, will debut in July.
Dorman is best known for his Star Wars art, and he won an Eisner Award for his artwork on Aliens: Tribes, a graphic novel based on the Alien movies. His work has appeared on the cover of Heavy Metal, and he has done cover art, trading cards and toy design for a host of publishers.
Wasted Lands, on the other hand, is Dorman’s creator-owned work, a high-adventure story with Western and steampunk influences. It’s set in an industrial megalopolis linked to a forbidding outback by a vast rail system; here’s his description of the story from the official website:
French artist Bengal is one of those artists whom others go out of their way to find his work. While one of his few U.S. credits is a story in the first Flight anthology from 2004, overseas he’s an established name. Revered for Meka, Luminae and contributions to French anthologies, his work has been available to American audiences by import only — or by viewing online. But in June, an upstart publisher is bringing Bengal’s work to the United States.
Magnetic Press will release Naja, a 248-page collection of the 2008 series by Bengal and writer JD Morvan, originally published in Europe by Dargaud. Naja follows an assassin immune to pain and emotion who finds herself looking for more when her bosses mark her as their next target.
Crime | A man in Augusta, Georgia, told police someone stole his collection of nearly 30,000 comics from a storage building at his friend’s home sometime between Nov. 13 and Dec. 30. Although the 85 boxes allegedly included signed issues, police valued the comics at just $1 each. [The Augusta Chronicle]
Publishing | ICv2 concludes its three-part interview with Marvel Publisher Dan Buckley with questions about variant covers, Marvel NOW!, and staying in New York City. [ICv2]
Publishing | Heidi MacDonald profiles new graphic novel publisher Magnetic Press, which is spearheaded by former Archaia and BOOM! Studios executives Mike Kennedy and Wes Harris. Magnetic will launch in April with a varied line that will focus strongly, but not exclusively, on translations of French comics. [Publishers Weekly]