News Roundup: Dynamo 5, Aym Geronimo, Maintenance, Maggin, More

There’s a bunch of comics due out soon that sound exciting, as well as some recent good announcements.

Dynamo Collection Quite a Deal

The first Dynamo 5 collection, Post-Nuclear Family, collects seven issues in 176 pages at the astoundingly low price of $9.99. It’s by Jay Faerber and Mahmud A. Asrar, published by Image, and due in October. It can be ordered now with the Diamond code AUG07 1992.

I quite enjoyed the first issue, and I’m eager to see what else happened. And who can pass up that deal?!?

Update: Image has just announced that the issue of Dynamo 5 that ships at the same time as the collection will have a new, lower price of $2.99 an issue. Issue #8 is due out October 10.

Immonen Webcomic Collection

Stuart and Kathryn Immonen are collecting their webcomic Never As Bad As You Think. The small trade paperback will be available after August 18; it’s $5.95 for 64 color pages from their webstore.

I previously enjoyed Stuart’s 50 Reasons to Stop Sketching at Conventions, and while I found this latest work surreal, it’s also thought-provoking, lovely, and expressive, kind of a mental travelogue.

Massey’s Maintenance Movie

Not exactly comics, but… Congratulations to Jim Massey, writer of Maintenance, and artist Robbi Rodriguez on having the movie rights to the title optioned by Warner Bros. This is one of a series of Oni Press titles headed to film, with Whiteout being the soonest due. I’m looking forward to it.

Maggin Runs for Congress

Really not comics, but … Good luck to Elliot S! Maggin, former Superman comic writer, who’s running for Congress in California. I’d love to see more people who really believe in truth, justice, and the American way in politics. It’d make for a pleasant change. From his position statement:

It makes me very sad to see a generation of Americans coming of age, many of whom are never exposed in the public forum to traditional American values: doing right for its own sake, being responsible to a common spiritual authority, striving to create a world where opportunity truly is equal for all and where all of us — even the jaded — consider integrity a virtue.

Publisher Takes Advantage of TV

To tie-in with the recent SciFi channel premiere of their new Flash Gordon show, Checker Books sent out a press release promoting their line of Flash Gordon comic strip collections by Alex Raymond. The PR did more than say “these books are available”; it also provided basic historical facts about the strip and its other media appearances through the years.

Although self-serving, that also made it handy for someone writing a story about the show. It was just the kind of basic promotional work more publishers should be doing. Shame the TV show was reportedly so bad.

Aym Geronimo Collected

If you’re looking for a different kind of heroine, check out Trap Dancing: The Aym Geronimo Collection. Aym, created by John Morgan Neal and Todd Fox, is a genius modern-day Apache adventurer with a strong sense of self-determination.

The 100-page book collects all her stories (many from the Shooting Star comics anthology) as well as character writeups, background material, and pinups by Butch Guice, James O’Barr, Jeff Parker, and Dan Brereton, among others. And it’s only $9.99.

Sample pages and more information can be found at the character’s website.

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