BULLET POINTS: Comics News Roundup for November 9, 2011A comics news article
Bullet Points is Comics Bulletin's weekday roundup of some of the most notable news, criticism, tweets and other craziness of the comics industry.
Think of it as the entire comics internet shrunk down into one convenient article, for people with not enough time to check every single comics website on the Internet.
LOOK AT THIS
Les McClaine did this panoramic comic art piece called Mayhem at the Manor, featuring the Batman Family taking on the entire Batman rogues gallery. Its plot is more sensical than Arkham City. Check out the full-sized version over at Comics Alliance.
HERE'S THE NEWS
Get Excited: King City to Return in 2012?
Image Comics has released a teaser with no explanation, but you can totally tell it's about the return of Brandon Graham's King City.
Get Depressed: RIP BIL KEANE
Bil Keane, the creator of the daily comic strip Family Circus, has died of congestive heart failure in Paradise Valley, AZ. He was 89, and had been working on his comic since 1960.
We can probably assume that Bil Keane's son Jeff, who'd been drawing the strip in recent years, will continue the comic.
Get Even More Depressed: Month to Month Sales for October!
(via The Beat)
Luther Strode #2 Sells Out, Goes Back to Print
Issue #2 of The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, the (quite good) miniseries from Justin Jordan, Tradd Moore and Felipe Sobreiro, has sold out at the distributor level. But don't worry -- Image Comics will release a second printing of the second issue on December 7, 2011, the same week that Issue #3 comes out.
Great to hear! The Strange Talent of Luther Strode is a pretty killer comic, like Kick-Ass but awesome.
ComiXology to Ship on Kindle Fire
The popular digital comics app ComiXology will be available on the Amazon Kindle Fire digital reader on launch day, which is November 15, 2011. ComiXology users can not only read digital comics on the Kindle Fire (provided they have $199 to spare), but can access their digital comics on any iteration of the app. Awesome.
The Release Date: January 11, 2012
The Creators: Joseph Mallozzi, Paul Mullie and Gary Brown
The Publisher: Dark Horse
The Skinny: Mallozzi and Mullie, two writers from TV's Stargate Franchise, create a sci-fi miniseries about a crew waking up on a mysterious spaceship "with no memories of who they are or how they got aboard."
Prejudgment: That's an awesome premise -- "like Lost meets Alien!"
The Release Date: April 11, 2012
The Creator: Caitlín R. Kiernan and Steve Lieberm with Greg Ruth Covers
The Publisher: Dark Horse
The Skinny: Debuting in February 22, 2012's Dark Horse Presents #9 and spinning off into a five-issue miniseries, Alabaster: Wolves is based on fantasy writer Kiernan's Dancy Flammarion stories.
Prejudgment: I know little of Kiernan's work, but who can say no to new comics by Steve Lieber? Also, holy shit Dark Horse is getting a lot of author-related comics lately.
READ THIS COMIC
Kill All Monsters! is a webcomic by Michael May, Jason Copland and Ed Brisson. I don't have to tell you anything about this comic because that image should say it all. Not sure if I reported on this one before, but it could always use another one.
LOOK WHO'S TALKING
- Matt Seneca analyzes a page from a Carmine Infantino-drawn Mystery in Space.
- Matthias Wivel tracks the history of the French comics supergroup L'Association in two parts: Part 1 and Part 2.
- Comics Alliance have put together some quotes from Joss Whedon and George Miller about their respective (abortive) Wonder Woman and Justice League films. Whedon's Wonder Woman would have been pretty good, but I'm really curious what a Justice League by the director of Mad Max would be like.
- @mattfraction: <a href="charlie_murphy_oscar_host.joke> JOKE </joke> #hashtag#charliemurphy #prince
- @chrissyhsn: Who's got two thumbs and a new smoke detector?
- @chrissyhsn: My condo!
- @chrissyhsn: OH GOD WHY DOES IT HAVE THUMBS
- @xymarla: I don't think you guys are truly considering how annoying a Muppet-hosted Oscars show could be.
- @andydiggle: I didn't know Italy even had a President.
- @aftertheschism :Shirtless Thor, I was unprepared for your golden glory.
- @chris_roberson: Oh god, I just learned there was an "unused cover" by GEOFF DARROW for my Superman run. At least I get to see it in the collection.
WATCH THIS VIDEO
The Dark Knight rendered as the Batman '66 opening.
Danny Djeljosevic is a comic book creator, award-winning filmmaker (assuming you have absolutely no follow-up questions), film/music critic for Spectrum Culture and Co-Managing Editor of Comics Bulletin. Follow him on Twitter at @djeljosevic or find him somewhere in San Diego, often wearing a hat. Read his comic, "Sgt. Death and his Metachromatic Men," over at Champion City Comics and check out his other comics at his Tumblr, Sequential Fuckery.