SDCC 2012: The Comics AnnouncementsA comics news article
San Diego Comic-Con, among about a bazillion other things, is a time for publishers to announce all sorts of new projects and get people excited. Here's a rundown of every relevant title I could find that was announced at Comic-Con 2012 -- some of the information is from other websites, some of it was emailed to me and some of it I was actually present for at SDCC.
Archaia publishes really awesome graphic novels. You should be checking them out:
- Cyborg 009, the classic manga by Shotaro Ishinomori,will be reimagined as a western graphic novel by F.J. DeSanto, Bradley Cramp and Marcus To in 2013.
A lot of BOOM!'s showing at Comic-Con this year was to promote currently running books like Higher Earth, Superbia and The Hypernaturals as well as known upcoming work such as Steed & Mrs. Peel by Mark Waid, Caleb Monroe and Steve Bryant and Freelancers by Ian Brill and Joshua Covey. But there were some reveals:
- The Bravest Warriors by Joey Comeau and Mike Holmes, based on the upcoming cartoon from Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward.
- It's Tokyo, Charlie Brown, due in October 2012, will take the Peanuts gang to Japan, Bad News Bears style.
- Michael Midas: Champion by Jordan B. Gorfinkel and Scott Benefiel will be a kid-friendly book that will deal with the anti-bullying movement.
I love me some Dark Horse. Here goes:
- Billy the Kid's Old Timey Oddities and the Orm of Loch Ness will be a miniseries wherein Eric Powell and Kyle Hotz return to their interpretation of the famous cowboy.
- Colder by Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra follows a man with ever-decreasing body temperature.
- Ex Sanguine will have Tim Seeley tackle some violent stuff, one assumes.
- Hellboy in Hell will be a four-issue miniseries that follows Hellboy's adventures in, well, Hell.
- To Hell You Ride follows a small town cursed with a plague, and is written by Lance Hendriksen (!) and Joseph Maddrey with art by Tom Mandrake.
While we know what's next from the New 52 universe, surprisingly DC Comics wasn't without a few announcements:
- Django Unchained will adapt the first draft of the Quentin Tarantino film into a miniseries.
- Joe Kubert Presents will, one hopes, have Joe Kurbert doing whatever the fuck he wants as a series of "Digital First" one-shots. Guy deserves it, for chrissakes.
- The Sandman will bring Neil Gaiman back to his classic Vertigo comic, with art by J.H. Williams III.
Also, apparently they call non-comic fans "civilians"? That's a bit weird.
Drawn & Quarterly
It's easy to look at Drawn & Quarterly as the place to go for autobio comics, but that would be stupid and reductive -- the renowned publisher actually puts out a nice variety of work, as evidenced by the below releases announced, which include manga, indie fiction, B-sides from the D&Q canon and, yup, autobio comics:
- Burden by Joe Ollman, about a science teacher who thinks he's been part of an alien abduction.
- Kitaro by the legendary manga-ka Shigeru Mizuki, which follows a half-monster creature, which will debut in America as a 450-page volume.
- Letting It Go, an autobiographical story by Miriam Katin, who recounts how she dealt with her experience in the Holocaust.
- New York Drawings by Adrian Tomine collects his work for The New Yorker plus some rarities.
- Pippi Longstocking comic adaptations, with art by Ingrid Vang Nyman, who was the original artist of the Pippi books. Drawn & Quarterly will publish three volumes.
Fantagraphics is Fantagraphics. They put out killer material and in beautiful packages to boot. Check it:
- Blacklung by Chris Wright follows a teacher who is captured by the captain of a ship.
- The Cartoon Utuopia by Ron Rege, in which a society visits humanity to show them the wonders of collective consciousness.
- Heads or Tails collects short fiction by Lilli Carre
- The Hypo by Noah Van Sciver follows Abraham Lincoln in his twenties.
San Diego publisher IDW had some things to talk about. A lot of it's about Locke & Key, but some of it isn't:
- Judge Dredd was announced a while ago, but IDW finally revealed a creative team for their localization of the British comic: Duane Swierczynski and Nelson Daniel.
- Let's Play God by Brea Grant, Zane Grant and EricJ will combine Italian giallo horror with Portland punk bands in a four-issue miniseries.
- Locke & Key: Grindhouse by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez will be a crime-themed one-shot.
- Locke & Key: Omega by will be a six-issue series that concludes the story begun in Welcome to Lovecraft and come out after Grindhouse.
- Locke & Key: The Golden Age will be the seventh volume of the series.
- Lost Angeles is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi comic by Kevin Eastman, Simon Bisley and Joe Pearson.
- My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic will bring Bronies to comics thanks to Katie Cook and Andy Price.
- NOS4A2 is an adaptation of an upcoming automotive-inspired Joe Hill novel with art by Gabriel Rodriguez.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual 2012 will be written by Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman, with art by Eastman.
- Wild Blue Yonder by Mike Raicht, Zach Howard, and Austin Harrison will be a high-flying post-apocalyptic comic.
- The Zaucer of Zilk by Al Ewing and Brendan McCarthy (which originally appeared in 2000 AD) will be collected in a two-issue miniseries from IDW.
Just going by star power alone, Image Comics had one of the most strongest showings of Comic-Con 2012, thanks to a Saturday panel that boasted Greg Rucka, Darick Robertson, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Howard Chaykin, James Robinson and Matt Fraction. And, appropriate to that lineup of talent, holy shit, these comics:
- The Bounce by Joe Casey and David Messina is a superhero comic that promises to be completely nuts.
- Change by Ales Kot and Morgan Jeske, about people in Los Angeles on the verge of apocalypse.
- Clone by David Schulner and Juan Jose Ryp, about a man who finds the dead body of a version of himself, will debut from Skybound in November.
- Comeback by Ed Brisson and Michael Walsh follows a group of people who illegally travel back and time to save people, while faking their deaths.
- Great Pacific will be written by Joe Harris.
- Lazarus by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark promises sci-fi crime in Spring 2013.
- Multiple Warheads by Brandon Graham is about a woman who smuggles magic organs and her werewolf boyfriend in a fantasy Russia.
- Non-Humans is a four-issue miniseries by Glen Brunswick and Whilce Portacio about inanimate objects that are given life.
- Nowhere Men by Eric Stephenson and Nate Bellegard wins just for its poster.
- Oliver by Gary Whitta and Darick Robertson will combine dystopian sci-fi with Oliver Twist and I swear to god that's not a joke.
- Point of Impact by Jay Faerber will debut in October.
- Pretty Deadly, a western by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios.
- Rain by Chris Roberson and Paul Mayberry is a fantasy world Roberson originally meant to be a novel but made into a comic instead.
- Satellite Sam by Matt Fraction and Howard Chaykin will be a crime comic about a host of a kid's TV show who's found dead.
- Saviors by James Robinson and J. Bone will be a five-issue horror miniseries.
- Sex is a comic by Joe Casey and Piotr Kowalski and I don't know what it's about but I'm buying it.
- Witch Doctor by Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner will return in November.
Marvel Comics is a bit hush-hush on their new titles in the wake of their Marvel NOW! initiative, but there are a few things to talk about.
- A-Babies vs. X-Babies by Skottie Young and Guruhiru will adapt that adorable Skottie Young AvX poster into comics form. Which makes me giggle.
- AvX: Consequences will have Kieron Gillen following the, um, consequences of Avengers vs. X-Men.
- Hulk will become Red She-Hulk in October, with writer Jeff Parker remaining on the title.
- "Minimum Carnage" (hahahahahah) is a six-part crossover which will team up Venom and Scarlet Spider along with writers Cullen Bunn and Chris Yost and artists Lan Medina, Declan Shalvey and Khoi Pham. Expect a Minimum Carnage Alpha one-shot to kick it off and a Mininum Carnage Omega to conclude the story.
- Punisher War Zone will be a five-issue miniseries by Greg Rucka and Marco Checchetto that caps off their run on The Punisher.
- Ultimate Comics Iron Man will return in a four-issue miniseries by Nathon Edmondson and Matteo Buffagni.
The MonkeyBrain Comics panel occurred at 7pm on a Friday, just after the exhibit hall closed. With such creators as Joe Keatinge, Brandon Seifert, Ken Garing, Colleen Coover, Paul Tobin and Chris Schweizer (among others) joining co-founders Chris Roberson and Allison Baker, the panel showed off an impressive lineup of talent, many of whom are setting up to be "Next Big Thing" status, if they aren't already:
- Awesome Adventures, by Chris Roberson and Thomas N. Perkins IV, which follows the adventures of a Fantastic Four-like family.
- Dreamsequencer, an anthology written by Brandon Seifert and drawn by various artists in which Seifert writes whatever he wants.
- Intergalactic by Joe Keatinge and Ken Garing, an astronaut-focused comic that promises alien-free space exploration.
- Masks and Mobsters by Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson, which pits Golden Age-style superheroes against 1930s gangsters.
- Konqueror by Chris Schweizer and Audrey Morris, a toyetic, He-Man inspired barbarian sci-fi comic that one drew some gasps from the audience upon its reveal.
- Roundup, a western anthology edited by Schweizer featuring creators like Kevin Church and Matt Kindt.
Is working on a comic called Hoop Fighters with Alexander Strong. Just so you know. #hoopfighters
Top Shelf debuted Jeff Lemire's Underwater Welder at Comic-Con, and for that I am tremendously grateful. They're also publishing:
- A companion book to Alan Moore's spoken-word Unearthing.
- A companion book to Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell's From Hell
- Digital collections of James Kolchaka's American Elf.
- Surrogates Case Files #1 from Robert Venditti and Brett Wedele comes out later this month.
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 with Mike Prezzato, "Sgt. Death and his Metachromatic Men," over at Champion City Comics and check out his other comics at his Tumblr, Sequential Fuckery. His webcomic The Ghost Engine, with artist Eric Zawadzki, updates twice a week.