Read of the Week

The Dissolve’s Noel Murray examines Jack Kirby’s 1976 adaptation of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, a comic where “two sorts of genius collided:”

“There’s a stream-of-consciousness quality to Kirby’s storytelling. This is a man who once created an entire comics series for DC—one of his best, Kamandi: The Last Boy On Earth—based on what he imagined the Planet Of The Apes movies were about, not based on any close reading. With the 2001 series, he took what was meaningful to him about the source material and just riffed on it, dwelling on the persistent struggle of human beings to believe that they’re improving and working toward a higher purpose—something Kirby likely thought about a lot in the 1970s.”

News

2014 Image Expo Roundup

Comics Alliance’s roundup of Image titles announced for 2014, including Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro, Shutter by Joe Keatinge and Leila del Duca, and many more.

Sailor Moon Reboot Coming in Julysailormoon

Producer Atsutoshi Umezawa says that the new Sailor Moon anime will be a rebooted adaptation of Naoko Takeuchi’s manga rather than a remake of the 90s anime series. The premiere has also been pushed back to July 2014.

Hope Larson Would Like to Edit Comics

So hire her!

DC Comics Goes Steampunk for February Variant Covers

More gears and goggles than you can throw a stovepipe hat at.

Peter Milligan Unveils All-New Doop

The five-issue miniseries (with art by David Lafuente) shows us what Marvel’s lumpy space prince was up to during the “Battle of the Atom” event.

Commentary

Is Image just a bunch of white dudes? Yes and no…

The Comics Beat on Image Expo and the lack of visible diversity.

SPECIAL TOPICS in NIGHT FILM: Thoughts on Marisha Pessl’s Work

Meredith Borders on the hypertextual fiction of Marisha Pessl: Special Topics in Calamity Physics and Night Film.

And Finally…

The Simpsons’ upcoming episode “Married to the Blob” will feature cameos from Stan Lee and Harlan Ellison, plus it features this elaborate tribute to the anime films of Hayao Miyazaki: