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Comics A.M. | Graphic India raises $2.8 million for mobile content

Chakra: The Invincible

Chakra: The Invincible

Business  | Indian digital comics and animation producer Graphic India has raised $2.8 million in seed financing, led by CA Media, the Asian investment arm of the Chernin Group (which previously acquired “a large minority stake” in the company). Founded in 2013 as a subsidiary of Liquid Comics, Graphic India is perhaps best known for the Stan Lee-created Chakra: The Invincible. The funding will be used to create content in English, Hindi, Tamil and other Indian languages for mobile devices. [Variety]

Creators | Geoff Johns says he returned to Superman because he was interested in giving the Man of Steel a new confidante: “When I was just thinking about the character and thinking about the story possibilities, every time my brain started to picture him talking to somebody with a problem he was having … or dealing with Clark and Superman, it always was just with another superhero. I quickly realized [Superman] didn’t really have anyone normal in his life that he could talk to again, because no one knew his secret.” The other reason: The opportunity to work with John Romita Jr. [Comic Riffs]

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Joe Kubert Presents coming from DC Comics this fall

DC Comics celebrated America’s birthday today by announcing Joe Kubert Presents, a “far-ranging collection of stories from comics legend Joe Kubert.” The first issue of the six-issue anthology arrives on Halloween.

The 48-page first issue will feature a “Hawkman” story written and drawn by Kubert, as well as an “Angel and the Ape” story by Brian Buniak and a new “U.S.S. Stevens” tale by Sam Glanzman.

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First Second announces spring line

First Second has announced its releases for spring 2012, and as usual it’s an exciting, eclectic lineup. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Graeme talked about Arne Bellstorf’s Beatles comicBaby’s in Black yesterday.
  • Humayoun Ibrahim has adapted Jack Vance’s classic science fiction story The Moon Moth with “lots of masks, lots of aliens, and an interstellar mystery to round it out.”
  • Marathon by Boaz Yakin and Joe Infurnari tells the story of the first marathon, when Eucles ran 153 miles from Sparta to Athens to help save Greece from the Persian Empire.
  • Bloody Chester is a noir Western horror story by JT Petty and Hilary Florido.
  • Victory finishes up Carla Jablonski and Leland Purvis’ excellent Resistance trilogy about the French Resistance in World War II.
  • And finally, Jessica Abel and Matt Madden offer a “201-level” companion volume to Drawing Words and Writing Pictures called Mastering Comics.

Which are you looking forward to?

Robot Reviews | Willie & Joe Back Home and Will Eisner’s PS Magazine

Willie & Joe: Back Home

Willie & Joe: Back Home
by Bill Mauldin
Fantagraphics, 288 pages, $29.99

PS Magazine: The Best of Preventive Maintenance Monthly
by Will Eisner; Selected and with an overview by Eddie Campbell
Abrams, 272 pages, $21.95

There can arguably be no finer example of how to completely sabotage a successful career than what cartoonist Bill Mauldin did upon returning back to the United States at the close of World War II. The youngest person (he was 23) to win the Pulitzer Prize at that time, his gag cartoons, featuring dirty, worn-down, battle-hardened, embittered soldiers (most notably the pair known as Willie & Joe), which ran in Stars and Stripes and later in national newspapers, allowed soldiers to vicariously let off steam — someone out there knew what they were going through — and gave the citizens back home a look at the war that few media outlets at the time provided.

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DC to bring back its war comics as one-shots in September

Weird War Tales #1, by Darwyn Cooke

Weird War Tales #1, by Darwyn Cooke

DC Comics announced this morning that some of its most famous war titles will return in September with a series of one-shots.

The comics include: Weird War Tales, by Ivan Brandon and Darwyn Cooke; Our Fighting Forces, by B. Clay Moore and Chad Hardin; Star-Spangled War Stories, by William Tucci and Justiniano; G.I. Combat, by Matt Sturges and Phil Winslade; and Our Army at War, whose creative team apparently hasn’t been named.

The one-shots feature covers by Cooke, Mark Schultz, Geof Darrow, Joe Kubert and Brian Bolland.

There’s no word on which characters will be spotlighted, but it seems likely that G.I. Combat will feature the Haunted Tank — Darrow’s cover verifies as muchWeird War Tales the Creature Commandos or maybe G.I. Robot, Our Army at War Sgt. Rock or Enemy Ace, and, fingers crossed, Star-Spangled War Stories “The War That Time Forgot.”


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