Audubon: On the Wings of the World

Audubon: On the Wings of the World — written by Fabien Grolleau and illustrated by Jérémie Royer — is a handsome historical hardcover that gives a stunning portrait of the American wilderness in the early 1800s. It also reminds us what artists may suffer when driven by creativity, as well as the sacrifices of those around them. John James Audubon is still known today for his gorgeous paintings of the birds of North America. Instead of the stiff scientific art […]

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The Hostess With the Ghostess

The Hostess With the Ghostess is the ninth (!) in the Haunted Guesthouse mystery series by E.J. Copperman, but it’s also an excellent starting point. Particularly since it’s moved to a new publisher (Crooked Lane Books) and is appearing in hardcover for the first time. A new reader can find out everything they need expressed through Copperman’s breezy narration as characters are introduced and events recapped, and a long-time reader will appreciate the reminders, since it has been a couple […]

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Dark Horse Loses Another License to Marvel

Announced Friday was the news that Marvel would be publishing “the iconic Conan franchise” beginning in 2019. In keeping with Marvel’s current fetish for trying to recapture their glory years — it’s a down market, and retailers blame Marvel — it was builded as a “return to Marvel”, who published “over 650 issues from 1970 to 2000”. “We’re thrilled to be working with Marvel and look forward to the new adventures in store for Conan,” said Fredrik Malmberg, President of […]

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Boom! to Release Crowdfunding Book With No Comic Examples

Boom! Studios has announced the upcoming release of a Kickstarter advice book called Six Figure Crowdfunding: Why Strangers on the Internet Want to Give You $100,000. It’s described as a bold, irreverent, hilarious how-to guide from bestselling Kickstarter campaign manager Derek Miller (Cyanide & Happiness), co-writer Noelle Pugh (Joking Hazard), and featuring laugh-out-loud illustrations by cartoonist Joy Ho. There have been a number of comic projects that managed to hit these kinds of pledge levels. (I was involved with one, […]

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Udon Responds to Rose of Versailles Question

Last month, I asked “Whatever Happened to the Rose of Versailles Plans?” This much-anticipated manga classic was announced in 2015 for release in 2016, but it has not yet appeared, and fans are curious. I emailed the publisher, Udon Entertainment, and now that things are settling down after the holidays and new year, they were kind enough to respond, as follows. While we do not have a solid date on release yet, the localization is coming along well. We have […]

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Archies Monkees Cover May Be Super Exclusive Because They Can’t Ship Correctly

Last month, I ordered one of the “limited to 1000 pieces” “exclusive” “collectible” covers to The Archies #4 from Monkees.com (which is run by Warner Music). I was heavily disappointed by what I got. They dropped the comic into a cardboard mailer with no other protection. The result was a book with numerous spine creases, a scrape mark across the front cover, and a half-inch tear on the back cover. Even if I only cared about the cover art, the […]

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Teen Titans Go! Gets an Animated Movie

The popular cartoon Teen Titans Go!, which launched in 2013 and is in its fourth season, is the latest superhero franchise to get a movie. And it’s going to be about … wanting to get a superhero movie. That suits the style of the cartoon, which is a comedy take on what the teen heroes do when they’re hanging around Titans Tower between times of heroing. Warner Bros. Pictures has announced that Teen Titans GO! to the Movies will be […]

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Sax Rohmer’s Dope

What a luscious cocktail of naughtiness! In the early 1980s, Trina Robbins adapted and serialized a terrible pulp novel from 1919 by Sax Rohmer (who created Fu Manchu, and whose ridiculous ideas about foreigners corrupting the English are similarly on display here). This collected edition of Sax Rohmer’s Dope is the first reprint of the work. It’s the story of a young actress who becomes addicted to drugs provided by a racist Asian caricature and his wife, Mrs. Sin, a […]

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