Upcoming Peeks: Ewing, Watson, Milligan & McCarthy, Telgemeier, and Geard Way brings the Killjoys (at last)
Upcoming is where we give you the lowdown on what’s coming up. But sometimes there’s just a snatch of info, a panel here, a cover there…. which is where Upcoming Peeks comes in…
This time round we’ll start with Garen Ewing and the much chatted about followup of sorts to his excellent Rainbow Orchid series:
I’ve briefly mentioned this before, but I am working on a new Julius Chancer story … This is a shorter adventure (20 pages), though my plan is that one day I will do a connected but equally stand-alone story of the same length, so there’s the possibility they could be published together as a complete book. I will try and post more art and more details over the next few weeks. This will not derail the full-length (60-80 pages) adventure I have plotted and ready to start – hopefully this summer.
Next up; the fourth (and sadly final) of Andi Watson’s Gum Girl volumes, Music Mischief and Mayhem! will be out on August the 1st. Like I’ve said three times now, it’s a book full of pure bubblegum pink fun. I imagine this will make it 4 perfect pop kids comics out of 4 for Andi Watson. The bad news is that this is the final book, but there is a little good news… he did mention of Twitter that there is a return to his wonderfully poignant and beautiful adult work:
“I’ve written a graphic novel for grown-ups complete with emotional frailty 🙂 Need to draw.”
The first news of Gerard Way’s MCR tie-in comic, co-written by Shaun Simon with art by Becky Cloonan, was announced way back in 2009. We saw the album come out in 2010, saw the videos featuring Grant Morrison as the big baddie, and wondered just when the comic would be arriving.
The years have passed, but now we’re finally getting there, and Dark Horse have finally announced a release date: June 2013. Oh, except they really mean September. Anyway, here’s the PR:
“Years ago, the Killjoys fought against the tyrannical megacorporation Better Living Industries, costing them their lives, save for one—the mysterious Girl. Today, the followers of the original Killjoys languish in the Desert while BLI systematically strips citizens of their individuality. As the fight for freedom fades, it’s left to the Girl to take up the mantle and bring down the fearsome BLI or else join the mindless ranks of Bat City!”
The Best Of Milligan and McCarthy (I know Joe did this earlier in the week, but I couldn’t resist mentioning it again)
Oh my. Oh my oh my. File this under comics I’d completely given up on ever seeing collected. But then rumours started circulating late 2012, with Brendan chipping in on his Best Of 2012 submission here at the FPI Blog in partial confirmation. But these sort of books can vanish like wraiths, best not to rely on them.
Except there it is in the latest Dark Horse solicitations, due in September 2013:
“One of comics’ most fruitful collaborations gets its due in this deluxe collection of hard-to-find gems from Peter Milligan (Hellblazer, X-Statix) and Brendan McCarthy (Judge Dredd, The Zaucer of Zilk There is still nothing else like Freakwave, Paradax!, Skin, and Rogan Gosh, and this volume is the ideal starting place for new readers! Collecting twenty years’ worth of the pair’s finest work from Vanguard Illustrated, Strange Days, 2000 AD, and Vertigo.”
“It will include pretty much all the classic ’80s material from Peter Milligan and myself: Paradax!, Rogan Gosh, Skin, Freakwave, etc., plus some early, archival snippets from The Electrick Hoax and Summer of Love. As most of our stuff has been out of print for the last 20 years, it will be a good chance to read and collect some of the best historical strips from the ’80s U.K. comic explosion.”
And oh my, I plain forgot to mention this ages ago when it appeared on my feed reader….
Raina Telgemeier’s next book has been announced, and following Smile and Drama, she’ll be telling us all about Sisters:
Raina Telgemeier has signed a two-book deal with Scholastic’s Graphix imprint….The first book, Sisters, will be a companion to the author’s 2010 Eisner Award winner, Smile (also published by Graphix). Sisters, which is set for 2014, will look at “the inner workings of [Telgemeier’s] family,” focusing on her relationship with her younger sister. The second book in the deal, which is currently untitled, will also be a graphic work.