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Grumpy Old Fan | New 52, Month Two: DC solicits for October 2011

Don Newton and Dick Giordano provide a classic Batman cover

Sometimes it’s been hard for me to process the New 52 as anything but an amorphous mass of, well, Newness. In this respect, DC’s October solicitations are helping to define that mass, with details like the five-year timeframe and Superman’s work boots.

Still, despite the promise of widespread change — and the somewhat-irrational implication that those who aren’t curious now will be left behind later — it’s been fairly easy for me almost to ignore the solicits, and just buy the books when they come out. After all, presumably DC is after new (or returning) readers who don’t follow the solicits and aren’t attuned to the spoilers.

Besides, the October solicits also include some attractive reprints; so let’s get right to it, shall we?

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Saturday Shelf Porn

Welcome once again to Shelf Porn, our look into the hearts and homes of fans around the world. Today’s submission comes from Fran Sad in from Lausanne, Switzerland, who shows off a HUGE collection of graphic novels, posters and the like.

I’m going to be out all this coming week, so there won’t be any Shelf Porn next Saturday, but in the meantime, please do what you can to fill up my in-box with pictures of your shelves while I’m away. Send your write-ups and jpg’s to, and I’ll sort’em when I get back.

And now here’s Fran’s pictures …

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What Are You Reading?

The Sixth Gun

Hello and welcome to What Are You Reading? Today’s special guest is Jim Zubkavich, writer of the Image Comics series Skullkickers and a project manager at UDON Entertainment.

To see what Jim and the Robot 6 crew are reading, click the link below.

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NYCC ’10 | Vertigo officially announces Anthony Bourdain’s Get Jiro!

"Get Jiro!" art by Langdon Foss

Vertigo confirmed at New York Comic Con this afternoon that it will release a graphic novel by Anthony Bourdain, the acerbic chef, author and host of the Travel Channel’s No Reservations.

Revealed last month by Bourdain himself, Get Jiro! is a futuristic action thriller set in a world where food and the secrets of its preparation are the source of all power, leading master chefs to fight over a mysterious sushi chef named Jiro. Bourdain has described the graphic novel as “Yojimbo meets Big Night and Babette’s Feast, an ultra-violent slaughter-fest over culinary arcana.”

Get Jiro! is written by Bourdain (Kitchen Confidential, Medium Raw) and friend and novelist Joel Rose (The Blackest Bird, Kill Kill Faster Faster), and illustrated by artist Langdon Foss (Heavy Metal). The book is expected to be released sometime in 2011.

During today’s “Vertigo: On the Edge” panel, the DC Comics imprint also announced:

  • The Annotated Sandman, a four-volume collection by Leslie S. Klinger, editor of The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes and The New Annotated Dracula, working closely with Neil Gaiman.
  • The reunion of the 100 Bullets team of Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso on “a top-secret Vertigo project for 2011.”
  • The New York Five, a four-issue sequel to The New York Four, Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly’s 2008 Minx graphic novel. The miniseries debuts in January.
  • Delirium’s Party, Jill Thompson’s follow-up to 2001’s The Little Endless Storybook, will debut in March.
  • Mentioned at Comic-Con International, the six-issue Cinderella: Fables are Forever will debut in February from the Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love team of Chris Roberson and Sean McManus.

Look for a full panel report at Comic Book Resources.

Comics College: Neil Gaiman

Absolute Sandman Vol. 1

Absolute Sandman Vol. 1

Comics College is a monthly feature where we provide an introductory guide to some of the comics medium’s most important auteurs and offer our best educated suggestions on how to become familiar with their body of work.

This month at Comics College we’ll be taking a look at the work of one of the true celebrities in the comics world, Mr. Neil Gaiman, who has been in the news a bit lately, thanks to a certain award-nominated film and a big profile piece in The New Yorker.

Now, Gaiman is an incredibly prolific writer. and his comics output alone is quite impressive. be concerned mainly with his comics work and less so with his novels, screenplays and other material.

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Straight for the art | It’s Miller time for Sandman and Ben Grimm

Marvel Two-In-One #86 reimagined

Marvel Two-In-One #86 reimagined

Over at the always entertaining Covered blog, artist Rusty Shackles reimagines the cover to a classic, Marvel Two-in-One #86. Although fairly different than the original cover, it does seem to capture its spirit.

Straight for the art | endless Endless sketch collection

Death by Shawn McManus

Death by Shawn McManus

Joëlle Jones points out the massive collection of Endless artwork Rob Casteel has collected and posted online. It includes artwork by … well, it might be easier just to the artists it doesn’t include. Go check it out.

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