– Raphael Moran, the writer of APE ENTERTAINMENT’S DREAM WEAVERS mini series, will hold a signing event at Brooklyn’s own Bullet Proof Comics this Wednesday from 3-7 p.m. at 2178 Nostrand Avenue. More information about this signing can be had via yesterday’s announcement: http://knotmove.com/comic-books-in-new-york/dream-reavers-signing-bullet-proof-comics-this-wednesday-9-28-11-3-7-p-m.
– With digital comics starting to be embraced by the mainstream, Graphic.ly has sought to increase this by creating an app which allows digital comics to be embedded via Facebook (http://couch.graphicly.com/post/10444790585/share-comics-on-facebook-for-the-first-time-ever). Archaia has already jumped aboard with some MOUSE GUARD comics on display. Several years ago, “comics on MySpace” was supposed to be a huge deal, but perhaps on Facebook it will be. Given that most indie creators use “the social network” to promote their work, this is likely another tool in their kit in that regard.
– DYNAMITE COMICS has several of announcements this week. As the company seems to be locked in a battle with IDW as to who can publish the most licensed property content that isn’t owned by Warner Brothers (DC Comics) or Disney (Marvel Comics, and formerly BOOM! Studios), they have added another old school franchise to their ranks as Tarzan makes his return to the printed page – sort of. While the character of Tarzan – first published in novel form in 1914 – is in the public domain, the name “TARZAN” itself is owned by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Incorporated (the estate of the author who created and wrote the Tarzan novels, along with John Carter’s Martian adventures). So, how does one publish a comic about Tarzan without calling him Tarzan? Title it LORD OF THE JUNGLE instead (http://www.comicsbeat.com/2011/09/21/dynamite-brings-back-tarzan-as-lord-of-the-jungle/). The series will be written by Arvid Nelson and drawn by Robert Castro, with December’s debut issue being only $1 – something DC was too greedy to offer with their New 52 launch. It may be a challenge to write a series about the character and not be able to use the character’s name, unless the “Lord Of The Jungle” decides to never talk to anyone to be named. It could be akin to DC’s legal escapades with CAPTAIN MARVEL, formerly of Fawcett Comics; he can be called “Captain Marvel” in interior pages, but the comic itself cannot be called that. Perhaps naming him “Tar-Zan” or “Tar Zan” or “Tar.zan” within could escape the trademark clause – NINTENDO once released a Western game called “GUN.SMOKE” to avoid the trademark of a famous TV show, after all. One also wonders if the LORD OF THE JUNGLE will ever meet JUNGLE GIRL, Dynamite’s series about a loose Shanna The She-Devil rip off creation from Frank Cho. Dynamite will also be releasing a VOLTRON comic around the same time, and all that is known is that Alex Ross will be involved – as he is with no end of Dynamite properties (http://www.comicsbeat.com/2011/09/22/dynamite-brings-back-voltron/). Dynamite acquired the rights to VOLTRON, the famous 80’s anime series that aired in North America, earlier in the year. Finally, in December, Dynamite will release an art retrospective of the work of Howard Chaykin, called…THE ART OF HOWARD CHAYKIN (http://www.comicsbeat.com/2011/09/20/dynamite-announces-the-art-of-howard-chaykin/). Retrospectives don’t need spiffy names. It will feature old and never released work in regards to Chaykin’s runs on AMERICAN FLAGG, BATMAN, THE SHADOW, NEW AVENGERS, DOMINIC FORTUNE and BLACK KISS. By sheer coincidence, THE SHADOW will soon be returning to comics via Dyanamite around the same time. Corporate synergy? At any rate, Chaykin is a legendary talent, and his art book will feature essays by Brian M. Bendis and Walt Simonson.
– ARCHIE COMICS’ SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH – which has long been one of the company’s most successful alternate media franchises – will get a new CGI animated TV series via Moonscoop Animation (http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/09/22/archies-sabrina-the-teenage-witch-will-return-to-tv-with-a-cg/). Moonscoop is a French animation studio which has worked on another cartoon based on a comic book – “FANTASTIC FOUR: WORLD’S GREATEST HEROES” for Marvel and Fox in 2006. SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH has been translated into a successful TV sitcom (which starred Melissa Joan Hart) as well as two animated TV series afterward that aired in syndication. Some character designs were released and the tone of the series will have Sabrina “reimagined in the vein of Harry Potter, Twilight and Buffy the Vampire Slayer“. This matches the angle that writer/artist Tania Del Rio took to her 42 issue run on the SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH comic from 2004-2009; in an era where manga is becoming popular among kids, why not adapt ARCHIE’s own original “magical teenage girl with a talking cat and quirky sisters” to that vein? The result was a success, at least before ARCHIE’s more recent attempts to be more relevant via “Archie Marriage” stories. Hopefully, ARCHIE COMICS follows suit with some trade releases of the Del Rio run; only one trade is available.
– Art Spiegelman, the Pulitzer Prize winning illustrator behind the classic graphic novel MAUS, will release a book called METAMAUS which reveals more about how he crafted the tales as well as other info and a DVD (http://www.comicsbeat.com/2011/09/25/watch-the-trailer-for-metamaus-by-art-spiegelman/). MAUS was a mostly biographical account of Spiegelman’s grandfather’s trials and tribulations during WWII, which included surviving a concentration camp.
– Earlier this week, Dutch artist Minck Oosterveer died tragically in a motorcycle accident at age 50. In tribute, BOOM! Studios is releasing his work, which he did for Mark Waid’s THE UNKNOWN and THE UNKNOWN: DEVIL MADE FLESH, digitally across ComiXology, iVerse, Grapic.ly, and MyDigitalComics for free (http://www.comicsbeat.com/2011/09/23/boom-honors-oosterveer-with-free-download/).
– Writer, artist, and musician Nate Powell is following up his Eisner award winning graphic novel SWALLOW ME WHOLE with ANY EMPIRE from TOP SHELF, which is a semi-autobiographical take of boys playing games in the woods based on G.I. JOE and other tropes of the 80’s (http://www.newsarama.com/comics/any-empire-top-shelf-interview-110922.html).
Last Week’s Indie Comics News – http://knotmove.com/comic-books-in-new-york/indie-comics-news-9-19-11-slave-labor-cdc-go-digital-kevin-keller-more-1
Last Week’s DC Comics News – http://knotmove.com/comic-books-in-new-york/dc-comics-news-9-19-11-the-spectre-tv-show-new-52-creative-team-shifts-more
Last Week’s Marvel Comics News – http://knotmove.com/comic-books-in-new-york/marvel-comics-news-9-20-11-usm-relaunch-breaks-digital-records-the-fearless