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Graphic Policy Radio: New York Comic Con 2013 Edition

GP Radio SpecialIt’s a new week and a new episode of Graphic Policy Radio on a special night, and at a special time! You can catch the show live this Tuesday at 9pm ET.

The past weekend was New York Comic Con, the last major comic book convention of the year and we’ll go over the major announcements coming out of the show:

  • Marvel announced the line-up for All-New Marvel NOW! including numerous series featuring women! We’ll talk the announcements and the numerous solo-series featuring women.
  • DC announced the return of Stephanie Brown and a weekly Batman series.
  • Dynamite, IDW and Dark Horse had some announcements including the return of Serenity, the relaunch of Gold Key and a lot of Artist’s Editions.
  • Elana was at the show and she’ll give us the highlights from her perspective!

We’ll be chatting all of that and more in this special episode! We want to hear from you! So, call us at (619) 768-2952 and chat live or Tweet your thoughts at us @graphicpolicy

So, listen in live and get all of the latest news!

Ex-Men: Wolverine

Professor X tries explaining to Wolverine that his powers are a liability in this sketch which debuted at New York Comic Con, promoting The Pete Holmes Show. The show hits the air on October 28th after Conan and will be on weeknights at midnight/11 central.

Miracleman Returns! The Full Details and New Images!

It was the series that changed comics forever. With the utterance of one word, Michael Moran transformed from the ordinary into the extraordinary – and Miracleman was born!

Long out of print, Marvel Comics announced at New York Comic Con that the earth-shattering stories that injected new levels of sophistication into the super hero genre will finally see the light of day once again! Starting this January, Marvel will begin publishing the legendary run of Miracleman by the original creators that began in Warrior Magazine and continued under now defunct publisher Eclipse Comics!

Marvel has been working with the original artists to obtain the original artwork or photostats in every chance possible. They then painstakingly restored the items to as high a standard possible, even developing new techniques to do so, just for this project. On top of that, each issue will be relettered to meet today’s standards.

On top of the re-prints, Marvel will publish all-new Miracleman stories from legendary creators Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham! Long left unfinished, Gaiman and Buckingham’s famous storyline will ultimately see the light of day!

Each issue of Miracleman features additional content including new art, interviews with the creators as well as new covers from some of the industry’s most legendary artists! Look for Miracleman #1 in print and digital this January!


NYCC 2013: Jim Steranko Marvel Artist’s Editions Are On Their Way!

Legendary comics artist Jim Steranko will be the subject of not one but two Artist’s Editions from IDW Publishing, with nearly all pages shot from the artist’s personal art collection. Steranko, one of the great innovators in comics history, produced a comparatively small body of work for the House of Ideas from the mid-1960s to the early ’70s, most notably his runs on Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Captain America.

The first volume, Steranko Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Artist’s Edition, will feature the initial twelve stories by Steranko that appeared in Strange Tales #151 through #162. All of these stories were drawn in the “twice up” format, meaning the original art is rendered at twice the size of the printed comic. The final book will measure 15 x 22 inches and is currently scheduled for release in May of 2014.

The second volume, Steranko Nick Fury and Captain America Artist’s Edition, will collect the remaining Nick Fury stories from Strange Tales 163-168, as well as issues 1, 3, and 5 of the Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. comic series. As icing on the cake, Sterankos three stellar issues of Captain America will also be included. This volume will measure 12 x 17 inches, and the release date is still to be determined.


While appearing to be in black and white, each page was scanned in color to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art—for instance, corrections and blue pencils. Each page is printed the same size as drawn, and the paper selected is as close as possible to the original art board.

NYCC 2013: Dynamite Gives Us One Last Teaser


NYCC 2013: Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare – The Contradiction-Obsessed Killer Returns

On the final day of the 2013 New York Comic Con independent comic book publisher, ComixTribe, announced Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare, the fourth of four new titles to be released in 2014 revealed at the convention.

Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare, a new series written by Tyler James and John Lees and illustrated by Alex Cormack, will be a new take on The Red Ten villain. Suffering from a chronic illness, and reeling from a demotion after her partner’s death, Detective Mary Clark finds herself on the trail of a serial killer obsessed with contradiction, who is painting a bloody canvass of carnage with the entrails of politicians and powerbrokers in Swanstown.

“While the Oxymoron has been a scene stealer in The Red Ten, and the star of a successful hardcover anthology, I’m thrilled with the prospects of letting him cut loose in his own mini-series,” said James.

Co-Writer John Lees is also excited to get his hands on this character once again. “As far as I’m concerned, Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare is the biggest comic project I’ve ever been part of.  In The Red Ten, Tyler James and Cesar Feliciano created an instantly iconic villain who has quickly built up a cult following, and it’s intimidating to now come in and try to add to that legacy. Tyler and I have a story worked out that is going to take readers to some dark, twisted places. Alex Cormack is an incredibly gifted artist who is going to make this one of the most horrifyingly gorgeous (an oxymoron!) books on the stands. If you liked the Oxymoron Volume 1 anthology, you’re going to love this, and you’re going to be horrified, too. Life’s full of contradictions!”

James says that Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmarewill explore new territory for the character, “This will be a take on the Oxymoron that we haven’t seen before. Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare is a cerebral serial killer police procedural in the vein of Hannibal or Seven. It’s the perfect jumping on point for new readers, especially fans of smart crime and horror,” he said.

Alex Cormack, who will illustrate this series, says the series is a welcomed opportunity to reunite with the Oxymoron character, “I’ve loved the character since I read the first issue of THE RED TEN, and drawing him in the Oxymoron Volume 1 anthology was a blast! It’s great to be working working with this psycho again!”

James seems enthusiastic about the dynamic of this creative team, “In the Oxymoron Volume 1 anthology, I worked with John Lees on the delightfully nasty short, Selfless Man. John has a great grasp of the character, and as he’s showing with star-making work on his horror series And Then Emily Was Gone, he is right at home in this genre. Collaborating with him on this was a no-brainer.”

James went on to say, “Likewise, Alex Cormack draws one hell of a creepy Oxy, and his storytelling has grown leaps and bounds over the past few years. I’m thrilled to be working with Alex on this.”

Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare will be a new mini-series debuting in 2014. A second Oxymoron anthology is also in the works for next year.


NYCC 2013: Ape Joins ComiXology

During New York Comic-Con 2013, Ape Entertainment, publisher of high-quality original graphic novels and comic books, entered into a digital distribution agreement with comiXology, the cloud-based digital comics platform with more than 40,000 comics and graphic novels that have seen over 200 million downloads to date.

Ape Entertainment has carved a significant position as the premiere licensor of content based on wildly popular mobile gaming apps like Pocket God and Temple Run. In addition to the gaming sector, they have been successful with their KiZoic kid’s line of licensed content that runs the gamut from Richie Rich and Strawberry Shortcake to Kung Fu Panda and Puss In Boots.

Ape Entertainment fans across the globe can experience these titles through the power of comiXology’s Guided View and in stunning CMX-HD on compatible iOS and Android devices.

Ape Joins ComiXology

NYCC 2013: Darwyn Cooke to Illustrate Parker Prose Novels at IDW

IDW Publishing announced its plan to expand their relationship with Darwyn Cooke and the Estate of Donald E. Westlake to include illustrated Parker novels. Cooke, who will continue producing his award-winning Parker graphic novel series for IDW, will now also illustrate Westlake’s ground-breaking crime novels. For the first time, the Parker novels will be published in a deluxe, hardcover format, and with Cooke designing the series, as well as providing stunning color illustrations to accompany Westlake’s (AKA, Richard Stark’s) crime classics! The first book, The Hunter, will arrive in the first half of 2014. Additional editions will be released in chronological order thereafter.

Darwyn Cooke and IDW Publishing have released three Parker graphic novels to date, with the trio winning multiple Eisner and Harvey Awards. The fourth graphic novel, Richard Stark’s Parker: Slayground, will be released in December.

Richard Stark was the most famous pseudonym of world-renowned author Donald E. Westlake. In 1962 he created the master thief Parker and began a series of novels that have been recognized as seminal works in crime fiction. Several of Westlake’s books have been adapted by Hollywood, including Parker earlier this year. He has won numerous awards for his fiction, including being named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, that prestigious society’s highest honor

NYCC 2013: Whedon’s Buffy and Angel & Faith Return for Tenth Season!

Announced at New York Comic Con, Dark Horse is bringing the Whedonverse into it’s tenth season with the help of fan favorite authors, Christos Gage and Victor Gischler.

Editor in Chief Scott Allie gave some details as to what to expect:

In Buffy, Season 10 is going to be about bringing friendships back together, while in Angel & Faith, relationships are shattered. Magic is starting to come back into the world, but in some surprising ways, like that vampire we saw standing in the sunlight at the end of Season 9.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 is slated for 30 issues, written by Christos Gage and illustrated by Rebekah Issacs, with covers by long time series artist, Steve Morris.

Christos Gage commented:

The Buffyverse community has been wonderfully welcoming to Rebekah and me. It’s a tremendous honor for Joss and Dark Horse to trust us with their flagship book, and we are going to do all we can to be worthy of that trust. It’s a new season, with new rules…but hopefully the same blend of love, action, horror, humor and creativity that’s made Buffy and her Scoobies part of all our families. We hope you’ll join us for the ride.

Angel & Faith is also slated for a 30 issue run, written by Victor Gischler and illustrated by Will Conrad, with covers by Scott Fischer.

Gischler commented:

I was proud and privileged to have a small part in season nine, and I can’t express how grateful I am to have an expanded role in season ten.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer remains an iconic television show, and the Dark Horse comics continue that great tradition.  I plan on having a lot of fun.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #1 hits stands March 19th and Angel & Faith Season 10 #1 is on sale April 2nd in comic shops everywhere!


NYCC 2013: Crosswords One-shot Coming from Mulvey, Ciaramella and ComixTribe

On the third day of the 2013 New York Comic Con independent comic book publisher, ComixTribe, announced Crosswords #0, the third of four new titles to be released in 2014 revealed at the convention.

What’s a 10-Letter Word for a Villain Worthy of his Own Book?

Crosswords a new one-shot written by Jason Ciaramella with art by Joe Mulvey, will focus on the power-drill wielding SCAM antagonist, and give the villain a chance to continue his dirty work, this time in Europe.

The events of the Crossword one-shot will pick up from where both the SCAM mini-series and the upcoming SCAMthology end off.

Crosswords will be a one-shot releasing in May 2014. The original SCAM mini-series concludes with SCAM #4 Finale next month, followed by SCAMthology in early 2014.

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