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This is a special “WonderCon + more” edition of Thin Wallets, as we round up publishing news from last weekend’s con, plus a few other items of note …
Farrar Straus & Giroux has once again sent out their latest catalog of upcoming books, this time for the fall, and since FSG distributes Drawn & Quarterly, it gives us an excellent opportunity to see what the Canadian publisher has planned for the second half of 2010. Their line-up includes new books from Lynda Barry, Chris Ware, Seth and John Stanley, just to name a few.
By the way, I think it’s worth mentioning that FSG imprint Hill and Wang, who have been publishing a few nonfiction graphic novels every quarter, have nothing lined up for the fall. Are they quietly canceling this line? Or is this just a pause between projects?
• The big news of the week is that Top Shelf has not only completely updated and streamlined their Web site, but has also unveiled a whole heckuva lot of new projects for the fall, 2011 and beyond, including new books by Jeff Lemire, Nate Powell, James Kochalka and Chris Eliopoulos. All in all it looks like an interesting line-up, containing a solid mix of all-ages and more adult-oriented material.
• Top Shelf isn’t the only one doing the Web site shuffle. Both Savage Critics and All About Comics have moved/updated their blogs,
• IcV2 offers some more information on Vertical’s plans to publish Osamu Tezuka’s Ayako in the fall.
• Tokyopop is planning to publish Neko Ramen, four-koma (or comic strip) about a cat that runs a noodle shop, and they’re posting sample strips to get folks all hot and bothered.. Look for it in stores in June.
• Here’s what the cover to the Essential Superman Encyclopedia will look like.
• And here’s what the cover to the next Zippy the Pinhead collection will look like.
We’re continuing our look at the year ahead in comics with a rundown of Yen Press’ plans up through the summer. The company has their own online schedule that you can peruse, but I thought it might be useful to point out a few titles of note. As with Viz and other manga publishers, I’m not going to list every single ongoing volume that they’ve got in the hopper, but merely highlight the ones that strike my fancy. I’m flighty that way.
We’re continuing our look at various publishers’ plans for the new year with an in-depth look at the Random House imprints Del Rey and Villard, which are best know for the number of manga, Webcomics and licensed material they release. What’s on their schedule for 2010? Click on the link to find out.
The noted children’s book publisher Scholastic has had great success with their comics-oriented Graphix imprint, mainly thanks to their colorized volumes of Jeff Smith’s Bone. And it looks like they’re going to continue their publishing onslaught this year. Already we’ve seen the release of Copper by Kazu Kibuishi and Missile Mouse by Jake Parker. Want to find out what’s coming up next. Read on, read on …
Art book publisher Abrams jumped into the comics world with both feet last year with their new ComicsArts imprint. What do they have lined up for 2010? Poking around their Web site, I was able to figure out their plans, both via the imprint and their children’s line. They’ve slowed down their output a little but still have a rather impressive array of titles coming out. Fer instance:
Continuing our ongoing coverage of publishing plans for the new year, today we’re taking a look at mega-manga publisher Viz’s plans for the first half of 2010.
While they naturally have an extensive list of manga that will come out over the next six months, rather than list every single series and volume that’s coming out between now and June, I opted instead to just list new series and occasional volumes of note, like when a particular series was coming to an end. Hope that’s OK with everyone.
During the next month or two, we’ll be looking at various indie and small press publishers’ plans for the coming year. Today we’re taking a quick look at NBM. Based on material found on the company’s Web site, as well as some catalog pages they sent me, I’ve managed to come up with a quick rundown of their line-up for the first six months of the year. FYI: The dates are based off of the Web site, and not the catalog, which are off by a few months due to trade shipping dates (translation: comic stores get it first).
Just a few quick items before the holidays:
• Neil Gaiman reveals that he is going to be the guest editor for the next edition of Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Comics series.
• Jeff Smith has a three-page preview of the sixth issue of RASL up at his site.
• Josh Simmons offers a little glimpse into a new story he’s going to be doing for the Mome anthology with Shaun Partirdge titled The White Rhinoceros.
• Ed Piskor is offering the first two volumes of his ongoing serial Wizzywig as a free download at his site. Merry Christmas!
As we head into the new year, we’ll be taking a look at what’s coming up in 2010, publisher by publisher. We’ve already run through Fantagraphics and Drawn and Quarterly’s plans, today we’ll be trapsing through First Second’s spring catalog. Join us, won’t you?
• Mome editor Eric Reynolds marks the fifth anniversary of the Fantagraphics anthology by sharing the covers for the upcoming 18th and 19th volumes and that contributors include folks like Dave Cooper and Gilbert Hernandez.
• Speaking of Fantagraphics, here’s a brief look at the cover for Vol. 14 of The Complete Peanuts.
• Stephan DeStefano gives an update on the progress of his upcoming graphic novel, Lucky in Love.
• Vertigo revealed on their blog that the imprint will be releasing new trade paperback editions of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series, featuring the remastered colorization done for the Absolute Sandman books.
• IDW will release a done-in-one version of Kurt Busiek and David Wenzel’s A Wizard’s Tale.
• David Welsh notes that the critically acclaimed food manga Oishinbo will end with Vol. 9, which will focus on pub food.
Having roamed through Fantagraphics’ 2010 plans last week, it’s time to take a look at Drawn and Quarterly’s plans for the coming year, via the Farrar, Straus and Giroux spring catalog. Keep in mind this only covers books and graphic novels, and doesn’t list any pamphlets. So I have no idea when the next issue of Big Questions will be out, for example.
• Ryan Sands reveals that Drawn and Quarterly will be publishing another book by Drifting Life author Yoshihiro Tatsumi in Spring of next year. The book, Black Blizzaard, is one of Tatsumi’s earlier works and is indeed referenced in Drifting Life. Here’s the plot:
Susumu Yamaji, a twenty-four-year-old pianist, is arrested formurder and ends up handcuffed to a career criminal on the train that will take them to prison. An avalanche derails the train and the criminal takes the opportunity to escape, dragging a reluctant Susumu with him into the blizzard raging outside. They flee into the mountains to an abandoned ranger station, where they take shelter from the storm. As they sit around the fire they built, Susumu relates how love drove him to become a murderer. A cinematic adventure story, Black Blizzard uncovers an unlikely love story and an even unlikelier friendship.
The book will cost $20 and be out in April.
• Ken Parile notes that the University Press of Mississippi is coming out with Daniel Clowes: Conversations, the latest book in their ongoing collection of interviews with prominent cartoonists.
• I knew that Jules Feiffer was working on his memoirs. Apparently he’s finished, as Random House plans on publishing the book in March.
• Kazu Kibushi drops some details on his upcoming Copper book and the third volume of Amulet.
• Austin English apparently has a new publishing venture titled Sweetheart Books. You now know as much as I do.