Hello and welcome back to another edition of Previously on Comics! Kate here to catch you up on what you might have missed in the weeks leading up to ECCC. Let’s catch up together, shall we?
I’ve been travelling the past couple weeks so I know I’m behind on this, but I was ecstatic to hear that Karen Berger, one of the founding editors of Vertigo, is launching her own imprint, Berger Books, in partnership with Dark Horse Comics. This past weekend at ECCC, IDW announced that another Vertigo legend, Shelly Bond, would be heading up a new creator-owned imprint called Black Crown. This is a trend I think should continue, please. More women heading up imprints.
Logan is well on its way to being the unequivocally best Marvel movie of all time, and I haven’t seen it, so I’m not going to link to any reviews of it in this Previously, but I will link to the Deadpool 2 teaser trailer, because it’s hilarious and yes, includes a shot of Wade’s butt.
But I think the biggest story for me coming out of this weekend is that there doesn’t seem to be a big story? ECCC is basically the kickoff to 2017’s con season, but it’s still very much Image’s con and I was hard-pressed to find anything of interest coming from DC or Marvel, which is fine. I’m assuming we’re going to see more from them at WonderCon as con season heats up.
Stories in and around ECCC:
- Image announced 15 new titles. Here’s a breakdown.
- Emma Allen will take over as cartoon editor for The New Yorker following Bob Markoff’s retirement. My Google search was not able to tell me if she is in fact the first woman to ever assume this role, but she is the first in a great while, as her three immediate predecessors were all men.
- 2000 AD is republishing some classic British comics in their new Treasury of British Comics line, including the classic 80s horror series Misty.
- Small Minnesota press 2dcloud just launched their quarterly Kickstarter for their Spring Collection. Check it out!
- Underground comics legend Jay Lynch has passed away at the age of 72.
- Dave Hunt, best known for his work as a painter and inker on Marvel and DC titles in the also passed away this weekend. He was 75.
- Alexander Siddig, better known to nerds everywhere as the beloved Dr. Julian Bashir from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, will be playing legendary Batman villain Ra’s al Ghul on Gotham, and shoutout to Gotham for being the first DC property to cast an actor who is actually of Middle Eastern heritage as Ra’s al Ghul. It’s long overdue.