Publishing | Douglas Wolk uses a classic comics trope — who would win in a fight between Marvel and DC Comics, or rather, Batman and Iron Man? — to talk about the strengths and weaknesses of the two companies and how their business models have evolved. [Slate]
Comics | Archie Comics Co-CEO Jon Goldwater and writer and artist Dan Parent talk about the latest story arc, which takes the Riverdale gang to India for an encounter with Bollywood. [The Times of India]
Manga | Charles Brownstein, executive director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, spoke about manga and the importance of freedom of expression at the most recent Comiket, the world’s largest comics event, in Tokyo. [CBLDF]
Let’s be honest: A lot of comic-book teasers are pretty uninspired, offering such little information that it can sometimes be difficult to discern just what they’re teasing. Happily, that’s not the case with Titan Comics’ imaginative teaser for Dan Boultwood’s It Came! #1, which is jam-packed with hilarious detail.
Provided to ROBOT 6, the teaser takes the form of the front page from the Aug. 4, 1948 edition of the Trumpington Bugle, which breathlessly chronicles the destruction wrought by a giant space-robot — or, “the tin-can evil,” if you prefer — on the town. where it trampled tractors and prize zucchini with little regard for either. All it’s missing is narration by Orson Welles.
It’s a fun way to give a last-minute push to what the publisher describes as “a knowing throwback to the heyday of low-budget SF cinema – in comic book form!” You can check out a preview of the first issue at Comic Book Resources. Boultwood’s It Came! debuts Wednesday from Titan.
And just like clockwork, Comic-Con International organizers have rolled out the programming schedule for Friday, July 19.
On its second day, the San Diego convention kicks into high gear, with publishing panels from Dark Horse (including one dedicated to Joss Whedon’s titles, and another to Star Wars), DC Comics, IDW (including the Hasbro licenses), Marvel (including the perennial “Cup O’ Joe”), Oni Press, Titan Comics and UDON, retrospectives devoted to ElfQuest, Walt Kelly, Aspen and Strangers in Paradise, and tributes to the late Carmine Infantino and Kim Thompson.
Oh, and don’t forget the Eisner Awards ceremony, which caps off the day.
Check out some of the comics-related highlights below, and visit the Comic-Con website for the full schedule:
Titan Comics has released a preview of Tomorrowland, the four-issue miniseries by Paul Jenkins and Stellar Labs set against the backdrop of the world’s largest electronic dance music festival.
Announced in January as part of Titan Publishing’s partnership with Atomeka Press, the comic follows real-life Belgian DJs Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike as they’re drawn into an impossible adventure to save the vital spark of creativity from the forces that would destroy it!”
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Following the release last week of Capcom’s DmC: Devil May Cry, Titan Comics has announced the digital debut today of the prequel comic DmC: Devil May Cry: The Chronicles of Vergil. Yes, it gets two colons.
The first of two installments can be purchased now from comiXology; both will be available in print in May.
A reimagining of the video-game franchise that’s sold more than 12 million copies worldwide, DmC is set in a parallel universe where Dante finds himself under attack by demons in a seemingly sentient town called Limbo City. He meets a girl named Kat, who sends him to meet Virgil, the leader of a demon-fighting organization — and Dante’s identical twin.
We followed along as Tank Girl co-creator Alan Martin sought out a new artist before at last finding one in Warwick Johnson Cadwell. Now Titan Comics has announced in May it will debut their first collaboration, Solid State Tank Girl.
The four-issue series, which pits the title character against her “nastiest nemesis,” starts out simply enough, with Tank Girl, Jet Girl, Booga and Barney on a mission to save their favorite radio store: “But somewhere along the line Booga manages to electronically summon the gang’s evil counterparts, fronted by the darkest bitch on the planet – ANTI-TANK GIRL! The fight is to the death, as each gang member draws on their deepest, most screwed-up powers to eliminate their own personal nemesis. Things are about to get very dark, very bloody… and very stupid!”
The announcement arrives a week after the United Kingdom’s Titan Publishing announced the launch of Titan Comics, an imprint devoted to original creator-owned comics and new and classic graphic novels (among them, Numbercruncher by Si Spurrier and P.J. Holden, and Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol by Stuart Jennett). That was quickly followed by news that Titan has teamed with Dave Elliott to revive the Atomeka Press line and the well-regarded anthology A1.
“The new Titan Comics imprint is all about taking a chance on new creators and new talent,” Steve White, Titan’s senior comics editor, said in a statement, “and pairing Warwick’s street-art energy to Alan’s potty-mouthed imagination has refreshed Tank Girl once again. The results are blindingly good!”
Solid State Tank Girl #1 arrives in print and digital editions May 15. Read the full announcement below.
Just last week, as part of ROBOT 6′s fourth-anniversary celebration, Dave Elliott announced plans to revive Atomeka Press and its well-regarded A1 anthology, teasing, “We’re making our announcements in the next two weeks as to who we’re publishing with and what other books we have coming this year …” Now the details are beginning to take shape.
Elliott is partnering with Titan Publishing’s newly launched Titan Comics imprint for a line of comics that debuts in June with the new A1 in June, featuring the work of Elliott, Barnaby Bagenda, Garrie Gastonny, W. H. Rauf, Rhoald Marcellius, Sakti Yuwono and Stellar Labs. That will be followed in July by Tomorrowland, by Paul Jenkins and Stellar Labs, in September by Weirding Willows, by Elliott, Barnaby Bagenda, Sami Basri, Sakti Yuwono and Jessica Kholinne, Monster Massacre Vol. 1, and Sharky, by Elliott and Alex Horley, and in October by the A1 Annual and Monster Massacre Vol. 2.
“Having worked in the entertainment industry for over 25 years I wanted a partner that complemented what I do,” Elliott said in a statement. “I wanted a partner who has the same aspirations for seeing this industry do what it has the potential to do. And most importantly I wanted a partner who realizes that if I do well, so do they. I know with Titan’s30-year experience in the industry, I’m getting just that.”
See the full line-up below:
Sometimes, you see the announcement of a project that, although you are quasi-convinced that it’s likely to end in tears, you can’t help yourself but be grateful for it happening in the first place, and also hoping against hope that it succeeds against the odds. To wit: the news that Titan Publishing is launching a new line of creator-owned comics aimed at the American direct market but created by British creators.
U.K. company Titan Publishing plans to expand its reach in July with a new imprint devoted to original creator-owned comics and new and classic graphic novels. Each release will be available the same day in print and digital versions on comiXology and other platforms.
Titan Comics will launch with the debut of Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol by Stuart Jennett and the newly colored expanded Numbercruncher by Si Spurrier and P.J. Holden, which originally appeared in Judge Dredd Megazine, alongside collections of Ring of Roses by Das Petrou and John Watkiss, Thrud the Barbarian by Carl Critchlow and two never-before published volumes of The First Kingdom by Jack Katz.
Those releases will be followed in September by Gravestown by Roger Gibson and Vince Danks, and Surface Tension by Jay Gunn, and in October by Death Sentence by Monty Nero and Mike Dowling.
Titan Comics Publisher Nick Landau tells USA Today he’s particularly excited for readers to discover Death Sentence and The First Kingdom, saying, “”The first because it is a masterfully constructed sci-fi psycho-drama, and the latter because for over 25 years I have been a fan of Jack Katz’s First Kingdom and following on from our success with the six-book Simon & Kirby Library, we are ever so proud that Jack has completed the series — which originally stopped publication halfway through — for the launch of Titan Comics.”
He adds in a press release, “This is the start of something very special. We’re searching out fantastic new voices and astonishing new artists, and helping them bring their dream projects to fruition – as well as remaining a world-leader in the field of classic comics restoration and republication.”
It’s Wednesday again, right (checks watch)? Jim Mahfood has made a video laying out an excellent case as to why you should get down to your local comic shop and buy the first issue of Everybody Loves Tank Girl, the Titan Comics miniseries by he and Alan Martin. Especially if your local is Meltdown Comics in Hollywood, which is hosting the release party.