News From San Diego!

I haven't been to the San Diego Comic-Con for many years. One hears that the place has gotten even bigger, even crazier, even more crowded. But it also means that projects get announced and rumors get spread, and stories get told and dissected online. I don't want to say that I don't care about any of them but the truth is that I don't care much.But amidst all the noise and nonsense, there is news that stands out.

Ed Piskor is writing, drawing, coloring and lettering a six issue miniseries for Marvel, X-Men: Grand Design. Now I love Ed Piskor's work and so I'm excited. If Marvel announced, we are making a series which will retell X-Men #1-280 as a compact story, I would not care. But Ed doing it? I'm on board.

Marvel has done this a few times, let creators go nuts at the company and do something really interesting. It's often just a one off project, mostly because we're dealing with busy people who have projects of their own to do and they have better things than spending years working for Marvel, but it's yielded some truly great work. James Sturm and Guy Davis' Unstable Molecules and Jonathan Lethem and Farel Dalrymple's Omega the Unknown come to mind as examples of that freedom and also two of the best things Marvel has published in the past two decades. I can't wait to see what Ed does.

Drawn and Quarterly made a few announcements. They'll be publishing a collection of Lisa Hanawalt's Coyote Doggirl next fall. I've asked Lisa about the project a few times over the years. She's been posting a few pages at a time on her website for years now and I'm thrilled it's finally going to come out. And I think it was pretty inevitable that it would be published at D&Q.

D&Q is also publishing a new edition of Love That Bunch by Aline Komisky-Crumb in the spring, and in the fall, Dirty Plotte: The Complete Julie Doucet. Both of which are important comics by important (if not transformational) creators that everyone should buy.

Next year Scholastic's Graphix imprint will be publishing Jeff Smith's first picture book, Smiley's Dream Book. The first of two picture books from Smith. I know he's been having some health issues which have slowed down his drawing, but glad to see he's back. And I'm sure there's a new issue of Tuki coming out soon as well.

Dynamite is publishing a new Barbarella series this fall written by Mike Carey and overseen by Jean-Marc Lofficier. I love Carey, I think the character is fascinating and interesting and I'm curious what he'll do. No word on the artist, though. And the artist's interpretation will be key.

There's a new League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series coming out. The Tempest will be six issues, launch next year, and according to the press release:

After an epic seventeen-year journey through the entirety of human culture – the biggest cross-continuity ‘universe’ that is conceivable – Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill will conclude both their legendary League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and their equally legendary comic-book careers with the series’ spectacular fourth and final volume, The Tempest.


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