The secret history of alternative manga

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Manga isn’t all awkward schoolgirls and giant robots. There has long been a very strong alternative and literary thread of manga, and two recent articles give you some perspective on it.

I would call Ryan Holmberg’s Proto-Gekiga: Matsumoto Masahiko’s Komaga a must read, but I have to confess, it is very long and involved, and I have set it aside for weekend reading. BUT the important thing is that he compares and contrasts Yoshihiro Tatsumi, who is kind of credited as the father of “gekiga” or realistic manga, with Matsumoto Masahiko, a figure who appears in Tatsumi’s autobiographical A Drifting Life under another name. Masahiko’s work went down a slightly different path than Tatsumi’s but Holmberg shows that it was equally important:

Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer raises questions, expectations

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The Avenger: Age of Ultron trailer is online and raises many questions, as a first trailer should. Who is Andy Serkis playing? Why is the HUlk so Sad? And what’s with the Pinocchio thing? Here’s some guesses as to what it all means.

First Official Avengers 2 poster unveiled

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Why not act like you intended to release it all tonight? After the Avengers 2 trailer leak followed by official release, here is the official Poster as well!

Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer leaked

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Here for a few moments before it’s taken down. actually Marvel has made this officially available so you won’t have to sit through Agents of SHIELD next week. Great Disney-sanctioned use of a classic Pinocchio tune, clever plot tie in. Also, this should definitely lead to a sequel starting Damage Control. Finally, the Scarlet Witch […]

31 Days of Halloween: Madame Frankenstein

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The Bride of Frankenstein is one of the enduring archetypes of horror. Invented by James Whale in the immortal film The Bride of Frankenstein, and played with hissing horror by Elsa Lanchester, she symbolizes the essential isolation of the Modern Prometheus—even with a mate specially created for him, the Creature receives nothing but rejection.

Write Jamie Rich and artist Megan Levens have reinvented the character in Madame Frankenstein, a seven-issue series from Image Comics. Six issues are out and the 7th drops on November 5th, with the trade due in February. Interior art is by Levens and letters by Crank. The covers, seen here, are by Joëlle Jones and Nick Filardi.

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Magnetic to publish their first original title: POET by Angels & Airwaves’ Tom DeLonge

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Magnetic Press has essayed it’s maiden year pretty well with a steady stream of gorgeous books imported from France, a successful debut at San Diego and more. And now they are adding to their portfolio with their first NEW title, POET, a new graphic novel written by  Tom DeLonge, the  frontman of Blink-182 and Angels & Airwaves and a […]

New Marvels retro teasers take us back to The Infinity Gauntlet and Old Man Logan

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We missed yesterday’s Marvel teaser campaign entry, and it was a good one. The Infinity Gauntlet, originally by Jim Starlin, and one of the cornerstones of modern comics continuity and readership.

And today’s call out is Old Man Logan, by Mark Millar (him again!!!) and Steve McNiven, who draws this image. This one was revealed in a Tweet.

First Look: Dark Horse Announces Ethan Young’s Nanjing: The Burning City

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Ethan Young is a cartoonist best known for his autobiographical webcomic Tails, but he’s going to be coming out in a big way next August with NANJING: The Burning City, a full length historical comic to be published by Dark Horse. According to the publisher:

After the bombs fell and shook the walls of Nanjing, the Imperial Japanese Army entered and seized the Chinese capital. Through the dust of the demolished buildings, screams echo off the rubble. Two abandoned Chinese soldiers are trapped and desperately outnumbered inside the walled city. What they’ll encounter will haunt them. But in the face of horror, they’ll learn that resistance and bravery cannot be destroyed by the enemy.

Dark Horse provided a preview of the book, and it’s in a rugged black and white style well suited to what sounds like a grim tale. Tails has a looser, more cartoony look, but this is a little Kubert, a little Tardi…

Digital Manga announces MASSIVE six-figure Tezuka Kickstarter

Digital Manga has been successfully Kickstarting publication of several books by God of Comics Osama Tezuka for a few years now. So far they’ve done Barbara, Swallowing the Earth and more. But Tezuka drew some 150,000 pages of comics in his lifetime, so this is a pretty big task to bring all his comics to English. The new project has ambitious goals: to publish the following titles:

Do you want to co-host DC All Access? Here’s how!

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DC All Access is a webizode or whatever they call it, that has weekly features on DC comics and movies. It has hitherto featured two perky hosts, but evidently they need a new one, and IT COULD BE YOU as explained in the video below.

Any one can be considered for this role — and here’s how to showcase your brilliance:

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 10/22/14: Stan Lee is selling his house

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§ Stan Lee’s house is for sale for $3.75 million — economical.Why is he selling? My first guess would be because he’s never there, but perhaps the 91-year-old icon just doesn’t have time to dust the 2,500 sq. ft property. This house is surrounded by “mature landscaping”—so many jokes. [Via Robot 6] § Multiversity’s Brian […]

31 Days of Halloween: Diamond’s Comicfest and Boom! Studos Halloween Frightfest

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Comics biggest distributor Diamond has slowly been working to make Halloween a huge promotional day for comics shops, with special comics, contests and more. Let’s face it, it doesn’t take too much to get in the Halloween mood, and the promotion has been a big success. You can see a list of special Halloween comcis on the Halloween Comicfest website, such as this one spotlighting Boom! Studios spooky anthology with seasonal stories from Adventure Time, Fraggle Rock and more. This particular story features writing by Bryce Carlson and art by Frazer IRving in a VERY DIFFERENT Adventure Time story.

CRIMINAL is back at Image

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Back at the first Image Expo this year it was announced that Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips were going exclusive with Image for their collections, and that means porting over CRiminal from Marvel’s creator owned Icon line. And this month’s solicitations reveal that not only is it coming back, but there will be a new one-shot, and newly designed editions, hitting in January.

Jim Lee and Dan Didio speak! About moving, demographics, royalties and more

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I imagine that every sentence of this ICv2 interview with DC Comics co-publishers Dan Didio and Jim Lee will be gone over with a fine tooth comb. I think it’s the first time the two have sat down for a somewhat frank interview in six months at least. And what a six months it has been! Certainly, from the scrum of New York Comic Con, the essential public personas come out, Lee, the glass half full cheerleader, DiDio, the without me the glass would break authority figure. Lee addresses the new demographics with a shout out to Batman editor, Mark Doyle, whose future—at DC in Burbank or leaving the company— is still very much up in the air:
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Watch Comic Book Artists: The Next Generation for free

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Here’s a new movie about cartoonists and comic book making: Comic Book Artists: The Next Generation, which spotlights creators Raid Studios in Toronto, including Ramon Perez, Francis Manapul, Kalman Andrasofsky and Marcus Antony To. Some promising up and comers named Stan Lee and Jim Lee also appear—I believe they are unrelated. It’s a nice look at the artist’s studio and the collegial spirit that evolves from it.

Jason Shiga’s Patreon for Demon reaches $1000 a month

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A lot of cartoonists—and many blogs, ahem—have taken to PAtreon as a means to finance the creation of comics. There are quite a few (a round up post is called for, maybe later this week) and Patreon doesn’t make it clear who makes the most, the way Kickstarter does, but Jason Shiga recently hit $1000 a month for his Ignatz winning webcomic Demon. Given his analytic background, there’s much of that in the post, but here’s an excerpt:

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