An epic summary of indie comics related news from May 27th – 29th, 2013!
Titan Comics to collect “The First Kingdom”!
This summer continues to be a summer in which Titan Comics (the comic arm of U.K. based Titan Publishing) reveal new releases in terms of collections as well as monthly titles. Among them is the ultimate collection of Brooklyn born artist Jack Katz’s creator owned series, “The First Kingdom”. Having lived in both Canada and California over his 85 years of life, Katz worked for the “big two” comic book companies as an artist during the golden and silver age before stating off on his own epic fantasy series.
Called “the First Kingdom” in 1974, it took twelve years to complete and in total spans over 770 pages long. Parts of it have been printed at various publishers before, but Titan Comics intends to release it as a six volume series starting on Sept. 24th. The first volume will be 208 page long hardcover sold for $24.99. It is a work which earned the praise of even Will Eisner, which is high praise indeed.
BOOM! Studios launches “Suicide Risk” by Carey and Casagrande!
Writer Mike Carey, who is best known for working on Marvel Comics and DC Comics, has turned to BOOM! Studios to launch his first creator owned series. With art by Elena Casagrande, “Suicide Risk” puts a new spin on the whole “superhuman” genre of comics. It is set in a world in which various people have gained super-powers, although virtually all of them use them for illegal gain. The series follows San Diego police officer Leo Winters as he is one of many who struggle to uphold the law against demigods. The first issue is on sale now.
Kevin Maguire makes deal with Valiant Entertainment; reveals more!
Veteran comic book artist and creator Kevin Maguire (best known for his run on “Justice League International” in the 1980’s) has been critical of Valiant Entertainment’s recent resurgence. Having once created “Trinity Angels” for the publisher back in 1997-1999 (a twelve issue “bad girls” sort of team), he feels that the original creators need to be contacted and worked with in regards to relaunching their old franchises. This is timely as “Quantum & Woody” is set to be revived in July, which was once the baby of Christopher Priest and Mark Bright.
Maguire revealed that he seemed to have made some deal with Valiant’s CEO as “Trinity Angels” reprints have sold as digital material at ComiXology. Furthermore, while Priest won’t be working on “Quantum & Woody” again, he seems set to work on another Valiant Comics project in the future. Meanwhile, Valiant Comics has seen success with a slow but steady stream of well imagined relaunches, with more set to debut this summer.