Sunday News Desk- July 22nd, 2016


cartoon by Seth (via The Daily Crosshatch)

Previously on Panel Patter

Cover of the Next Week

Having been around when Classic X-Men #1 came out, I'm a bit amazed by how iconographic Art Adams' original cover has grown to be.  Not that it isn't good and not that it doesn't deserve to be regarded as a true classic, it's a lot like Kevin Maguire's Justice League #1 cover even if it isn't nearly homaged as much as Maguire's cover is.  (And to be fair, a good chunk of those homages are Maguire paying tribute to himself.)

The first Grand Design 2-parter left me a bit cold as it felt more like a history paper about Marvel's mutants rather than an exploration into those comics and the art in them.  But this issue, focusing on the Claremont/Byrne era X-Men is right in my wheelhouse so I'm really excited to relive these adventures as Piskor tries to build something like the definitive history of the X-Men.


*** Comic Books and Cannabis Inspiration With Box Brown (Leafy)-- Cartoonist Box Brown talks to a medical marijuana site about his comics and his own personal use of cannabis.  This also talks about Brown's next book, Cannabis: The Legalization of Weed that's due out in 2019.

“I decided a long time ago to be open about it on the internet, because I think it’s important. It’s like coming out of the closet. There are so many stereotypes about pot smokers and everybody you know is still afraid to talk about it. And yet, everybody on Earth carries an invention created by a stoner in their pocket, all the time.”

This and That

*** Fielder #1 (Page 45)-- I honestly don't pay that much attention to Previews (and I think my LCS hates me for that, always asking them to track down stuff the week it comes out) so I'm thankful to the shop Page 45 for pointing out that Kevin Huizenga has a new one-man anthology coming out in October.

Here's the publisher's blurb:
Fielder is the new series by Kevin Huizenga, author of the classic Ganges series of over-sized comics, featuring four new stories by the multi-Ignatz winning, Eisner, and Harvey nominated cartoonist. Reminiscent of current one-man anthologies like Sammy Markham's Crickets and Adrian Tomine's Optic Nerve, this new 'comics magazine' will center on Huizenga's character, Glenn Ganges, in different genre-bending roles. This issue will feature the first chapter of the new graphic novel, 'Fielder, Michiana,' as well as a continuation of Huizenga's dinosaur adventure comic, 'Bona,' and some of his short 'Viral Webcomics' series.

*** A Pattern Language: Francesca Lyn on Identity, Ephemera, and Nostalgia in Whit Taylor’s WALLPAPER (Your Chicken Enemy)-- In another one of their great reviews about small press comics, Your Chicken Enemy publishes Francesca Lyn's review of Whit Taylor's Wallpaper.
Beyond its small, intimate format, Wallpaper breaks a lot of rules and common expectations of cartooning. It has no panels. Words and images are never presented on the same page. Rather, the left spread contains the narrative text and the right contains a full-bleed drawing of a significant pattern or texture. In Wallpaper, these everyday patterns are used as starting points for the protagonist’s musings. This narrative has the effect of contemplative remembrances, evoking a strong sense of nostalgia in the reader.

*** LONE RANGER Returns With Ongoing from FLINTSTONES Writer (Newsarama)-- Newsarama has the press release of Dynamite's announcement of a new Lone Ranger comic by Mark Russell and Bob Q.  I kind of hope that Russell is writing a Lone Ranger comic the same way that he wrote The Flintstones, using it as a starting point to really explore things like society, religion, family, and politics.

“Mark is one of the freshest voices in comics and we are incredibly fortunate to have him on one of the most iconic characters in the world,” said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment “We’ve been publishing The Lone Ranger for the last decade, and he has a special place in our hearts and I couldn’t be more excited for the next volume of America’s great western hero.”

*** James Bond 007 is the New Ongoing Series by Greg Pak and Marc Laming (The Beat)-- Continuing Dynamite's announcements of licensed properties, Greg Pak and Mark Laming are the new team on Dynamite's James Bond books.  Considering that Pak is supposed to be the writer on John Wick, I'm personally looking forward to the Bond/Wick crossover that's probably never going to happen.

“I’m thrilled to have the chance to play with these classic characters, giving them the biggest surprises, the funnest toys, and the wildest plot twists we can come up with — and maybe even a surprisingly moving emotional endgame,” said author Greg Pak. “And I’m hugely excited about this creative team, with Marc Laming giving us that sleek action and character work he does so well! Can’t wait ’til we can show you what we’re cooking up!”

***SDCC 2018: G. WILLOW WILSON AND CHRISTIAN WARD TAKE TO THE STARS WITH BERGER BOOKS (Dark Horse)-- In a non-Dynamite announcement and one that's probably a bit overshadowed by the announcement of her upcoming run on Wonder Woman, Dark Horse gives word that Berger books will be publishing a series by Wilson and fantastic artist Christian Ward.

Here's Christian Ward's version of the "I'm thrilled..." pressser:

"I'm thrilled not only to be returning to a big creator-owned sci-fi world, but to be working with Karen Berger and G. Willow Wilson," said Christian Ward. "Karen's amazing career has helped to shape me as a creator, and with Willow--I don't think there’s anyone today who writes with more warmth, humor, or humanity. Nobody writes better, more relatable characters than her! We're already buzzing with excitement about all the weird and wonderful places that we're taking this whole new assemble of instantly lovable characters. I hope you join us as we go somewhere amazing."

*** Sam Jacob Studio to design Cartoon Museum’s new home (Architects Journal)-- I was just in London at the beginning of the summer, and one of my regrets is that I didn't get to do anything more than quickly pop my head into the Cartoon Museum.  From what I could see of it, it was a nice little space so it's interesting to read that it's getting a new home.
Oliver Preston, chair of the Cartoon Museum, said: ’The Cartoon Museum is a museum of laughter, but with a serious mission to promote the very finest of Britain’s heritage of cartoons, comics and caricature. The new museum will build on the success of the past 12 years, enabling us to bring our amazing collection to life and share it with wider audiences. There will be something for everyone to enjoy, young and old.’

*** Your 2018 Eisner Award Winners (The Comics Reporter)-- Tom Spurgeon has the rundown on who won Eisner Awards on Friday night.  The big winners were Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda for Monstress and Emil Ferris for My Favorite Thing is Monsters but there's a lot of great creators and comics represented last night.  One of my favorites is that Gengoroh Tagame's My Brother's Husband V1 won for best International Material- Asia.  But congrats to all of the winners!!!

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