Legal | Archie Comics Co-CEO Nancy Silberkleit is in court again, this time claiming sexual harassment by former friend Sam Levitin, who was her liaison to Archie after her legal feud with the company and C0-CEO Jon Goldwater was settled last year. Levitin has responded that Silberkleit “lacks functional communication skills and has an unstable temperament” and has a “venomous and destructive effect” at the company. Levitin asked the court in December to remove Silberkleit as a trustee of the company, and she responded in April with the allegation of sexual harassment against both Levitin and Archie Comics. An outside firm hired by Archie determined that her claims were “unfounded,” and the publisher is not a party in the latest lawsuit. [New York Daily News]
Legal | Jeff Trexler takes an in-depth look at the copyright battle between Marvel and Jack Kirby’s children. [The Comics Journal]
And it appears Titan is doing just that, as the U.K. publisher has announced it’s collecting Claremont and John Bolton’s long out-of-print sword-and-sorcery comic Marada the She-Wolf.
Originally published in Marvel’s mid-1980s creator-owned outlet Epic Illustrated, the story follows a Roman-era warrior named Marada who’s destined to “hold the fate of the worlds in her hands.” Written as the granddaughter of the great Julius Caesar, Claremont and Bolton tied it intricately into the Roman era with an extra touch of magic and mythology.
Just as the character has an interesting lineage, so does the concept: Marada the She-Wolf was originally intended for Red Sonja, then a licensed character in Marvel’s popular Conan line, but after some disagreements with the licensors, the story was mothballed before Claremont finally was able to convince Marvel to let him and Bolton re-work it as their own stand-alone tale. Some of the characters, such as Simyon Karashnur, are thinly veiled versions of Conan/Red Sonja characters like Kulan Gath, but the story stands on its own without any Hyborian backstory.
This new hardcover collection from Titan, due out in November, follows on the heels of the publisher reprinting a later Claremont/Bolton collaboration that was also lost for a time to the back-issue bin, The Black Dragon.
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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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:
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.”