The weekly report of independent comics related news items from July 28th – 30th, 2013!
“Comic Arts Brooklyn” rises in the ashes of the BCGF!
In May, it was announced that the “Brooklyn Comics & Graphics Festival”, which was a convention for illustrators and comic creators based in Williamsburg which had first organized in 2009, would come to an end. This was a shame as while Manhattan is often seen as a nexus for comics, the great borough of Brooklyn has its own thriving comic book community, from shops to creators.
Fortunately, co-founder of the BCGF, Desert Island’s Gabriel Fowler has proven to have the typical tenacity of most Brooklyn residents. The Beat has reported that Fowler has established the first annual “Comic Arts Brooklyn” festival to run on November 9th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. which will spotlight over 100 artists, creators, and publishes from the U.S. and Europe. It will be held at the Mt Carmel Church in Williamsburg, Brooklyn – where the old “BCGF” used to be held. Among the guests will be Paul Auster, David Mazzucchelli, and the legendary Art Spiegelman, who all collaborated on “City of Glass: The Graphic Novel”.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is located at 275 North 8th Street in Brooklyn, New York. It is accessible via mass transit on the L-train (Bedford Avenue) or G-train (Metropolitan Avenue).
Ales Kot and slew of artists bring “Zero” to Image!
Kicking off on September 18th will be the latest creator owned series by Ales Kot, called “Zero” and featuring the adventures of “the perfect execution machine”. The series revolves around agent Edward Zero who seems to have all the deadly skills needed to overcome virtually any operative mission he is on, regardless of the consequences. Each issue will feature a stand alone story drawn by a different artist; Michael Walsh, Tradd Moore, Tonci Zonjic and Michael Gaydos have been announced for the first few issues. While this is naturally an action based series, Kot describes his lead as a sociopath, and likely will explore the depths of what it means to be such an agent for so long.
Thrillbent opens up digital store!
The digital comic publisher “Thrillbent”, founded by Mark Waid (who writes “Insufferable” there), has announced a break from ComiXology to offer their own comics from their own website. The notable difference is that comics bought via ComiXology or iVerse are only available to view on various devices; Thrillbent is offering their comics as hard PDF files for roughly $1-$2 a piece.
Image/Skybound’s “Clone” set for TV!
With Robert Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead” a smash as both a comic and an AMC original TV series, it makes sense that networks would flock to his imprint “Skybound” at Image Comics. The latest potential show is “Clone” by David Schulner and artist Juan Jose Ryp, which has sparked the interest of Universal TV. The series follows Luke Taylor, who appears to be either one of a series of clones created by a secret cabal, or the original donor of their collective DNA. It is a sci-fi thriller which could easily be handled on a weekly TV budget.