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Fantagraphics to publish Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree

Hip Hop Family Tree panel

What started out as a web comic Ed Piskor‘s Hip Hop Family Tree traces the foundation of hip hop from its Bronx origins with DJ Kool Herc and DJ Hollywood through Doug E. Fresh, Run DMC and beyond in four color fury. The comic easily transitions from depictions of live shows to breaking in the streets to the foundation of record companies, eager to spread the music. Currently published weekly at the epicenter of cool, Boing Boing, Piskor’s work will be collected and printed by Fantagraphics next year.

The full-color book will be around 112 pages, collecting the first year’s worth of comic strips spanning 1975-1980. As a beautiful backup to Piskor’s story, ten beat-friendly cartoonists are providing pin-ups of their favorite hip hop artists and rappers. The overarching theme of comics delving deep into music culture make Hip Hop Family Tree and Ed Piskor make a happy addition to works of cartoonists like Peter Bagge, R. Crumb, Joe Sacco, Mary Fleener, the Hernandez Brothers and authors like Pat Thomas, Jacob McMurray and Kevin Avery.

Hip Hop Family Tree Title

Piskor is best known for his works like self-published and then Top Shelf published hacker comic, Wizzywig. Piskor also worked with late, great Harvey Pekar in the collection, The Beats. Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds said, “Hip Hop Family Tree is not only a great read, it’s a wonderful visual history of the important genre of music of the past 30 years. We’re excited to publish it.” After all the paperwork was signed Piskor said, “While working on the this project, I began to feel like the belle at the ball, in a matter of speaking, because lots of different publishers started getting in touch. They had certain ideas that would have required compromise. Fantagraphics is one of the only publishers I personally sought out, because I thought they might facilitate my exact vision, and it feels like I was right. Basically, I’m a huge brat and I want what I want, and Fantagraphics is down for the cause.”

You can see Piskor and Fantagraphics this weekend at SPX and keep your eyes and ears open for more jammin’ comics by Ed Piskor. Start clearing away space now next to your turn table for Hip Hop Family Tree.

Hip Hop Family tree green panel

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Katamari Webcomic Rolls Into ShiftyLook and NYCC 2012 Plans!

The video game Katamari is rolling on ShiftyLook in the form of a webcomic!  The team of Alex Culang and Raynato Castro will write and illustrate the brand-new whimsical adventures of the Prince and his friends. Namco Bandai Games Inc. made the announcement today and the new comic will be called simply Katamari and will be updated on Mondays and Wednesdays starting September 17, 2012. Katamari and many other hit webcomics like Wonder Momo can be read free on http://shiftylook.com.

To celebrate the launch of Katamari, ShiftyLook will be hosting Alex Culang and Raynato Castro at the ShiftyLook Freeplay Arcade during New York Comic-Con, October 11-14, 2012. The duo will be debuting an exclusive Katamari t-shirt at the ShiftyLook Freeplay Arcade store in addition to participating in many events including the ShiftyLook Meet & Greet, a Katamari panel, an autograph session, an exclusive poster giveaway, and much more.

Alex and Raynato will join other ShiftyLook creators and New York Comic-Con guests at the ShfityLook Freeplay Arcade including: Rob Paulsen
(Animaniacs, Bravoman), Christopher Hastings (The Adventures of Dr. McNinja), Anthony Clark (Nedroid), Cardboard Cutout Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics), Team Wonder Momo‘s Jim Zub, Erik Ko and Omar Dogan and Team Bravoman‘s Matt Moylan and Dax Gordine. A full schedule of events at the ShiftyLook Freeplay Arcade during New York Comic-Con 2012 is available and updated regularly at http://shiftylook.com.

The Adventures of Simone and Ajax Come to Baltimore Comic-Con 2012

Simon & Ajax Baltimore 2012 printThe Adventures of Simone & Ajax, the Harvey Award-nominated strip by Eisner-winner Andrew Pepoy, returned this week as a weekly webstrip at www.simoneandajax.com, and this week Pepoy will be attending the Baltimore Comic-Con on the 8th and 9th. To celebrate both, Andrew is producing a new, limited-edition, signed-and-numbered Simone & Ajax print exclusive to the Baltimore Comic-Con. Limited to only 100 copies, be sure to stop by Andrew’s table in Artists Alley to get this print. And if all 100 copies are sold at the convention, Andrew will donate 20% of the proceeds to The Hero Initiative.

Andrew’s Simone & Ajax are also appearing in a pin-up alongside the Liberty Meadows gang in the limited-edition Liberty Meadows 15th Anniversary book that will be available at the Con. The original art for many of the pin-ups in this book will be auctioned off at the Con, and while Andrew has done Simone & Ajax sketches for fans, Andrew’s pin-up is the first finished piece of Simone & Ajax art to ever be sold, so if you are a big fan of Simone & Ajax, this is a rare opportunity. Also, Andrew will donate his half of the sale price to The Hero Initiative, so the buyer will be supporting both the Baltimore Comic-Con and THI.

The Adventures of Simone & Ajax features the wacky adventures of a girl and her dinosaur pal, have appeared since 1994 in various indie anthologies and their own title, and have been serialized in chapter-form online and collected into book form by IDW. In 2010, they were honored to have been nominated for the Harvey Award for “Special Award for Humor in Comics.” With this new, weekly webstrip, Andrew looks forward to bringing the dauntless duo back to their past readers and, hopefully, introduce them to many new readers.

SubCulture Webstrip to End in October

Kevin Freeman and Stan Yan, the creative team behind the critically-acclaimed webcomic SubCulture, have decided to end production of the comic with Strip #501, which is scheduled to post on October 11, 2012.  SubCulture began as a four-issue comic book mini-series published by Ape Entertainment in 2007, and continued as a webcomic beginning in February 2008, where it updates twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

SubCulture is a critical yet funny look at geek culture, poking satirical fun at everything from comic books to video games to role playing, from Star Trek to Star Wars, while still being endearing to all of these endeavors.

“Stan [Yan] and I both decided that all good things must come to an end,” said writer Freeman.  “We’ve had a great run, but both of us have other projects and endeavors that we want to pursue, some of which you will be hearing about very soon.”

Yan noted that the duo still has plans to publish Volume Four of the webcomics in trade paperback form, which would complete the run.  The volume will be twice the size of the previous three volumes.  There is also talk on creating an “omnibus” edition that would collect not only the complete webcomic run, but also include the original comic book series.

Both creators wanted to let everyone know that the website will remain online, and that the blog section will be updated from time to time with news related to both the webcomic and the creators.

“This doesn’t necessarily mean that there will never be another SubCulture story,” Freeman added.  “There are lots of stories yet to tell, and we are certainly open to the idea of starting again if the demand warrents it.  Fornow, however, we want to try other things and work on other projects.  But SubCulture is always in the back of our minds.”

You can read all 490 in-print webstrips, plus follow the last twelve, at http://www.subculturecomic.com.

Obambies

From Chris Miskiewicz and Dean Haspiel comes this pretty straightforward webcomic on Act-i-vate.

You should head to the site to catch the explanation of the strip.

(via The Beat)

The Undergrounds Vol. 2 Gets A Release Date

Keyleaf Comics has announced the release date for their first trade paperback under the Keyleaf Comics banner: The Undergrounds Vol. 2. This book will collect the second and final season of The Undergrounds webcomic, previously released weekly, for free, by Semantink Publishing. The Undergrounds was created by James Ninness, the second season was illustrated by Daniel Touchet, and written by Ryan Darrow, Shannon Forrey, Michael Drace Fountain, Eric Jennings, Marcel Losada, James Ninness and Joe Pezzula.

Preorders will be available August 15th for the month leading up to September 12th. All preorders will receive $2.00 off the cover price.

Written by RYAN DARROW, SHANNON FORREY, MICHAEL DRACE FOUNTAIN, ERIC JENNINGS, MARCEL LOSADA, JAMES NINNESS, and JOE PEZZULA.
Art by DANIEL TOUCHET
102 pg, FC, $19.99 US (PREORDER $17.99) – RATED 13+

Writer James Ninness explained:

The Undergrounds is some of the most fun I’ve had as a writer. Since we concluded Season Two I’ve had a great many people ask what is next for The Undergrounds. As before, there is no plan yet for a third season, but I am currently working with Ben and Keyleaf Comics to figure out if we can do something… For now, I’ll have to be vague and encourage everyone to pick up the second trade. Just know that nobody has forgotten about The Undergrounds.

Around the Tubes

It’s a new week and people are still recovering from San Diego Comic-Con. So, now all the events have settled in, what did everyone think of the show?

Around the Blogs:

Kotaku – Sunday Comics: Don’t Stand So Close to Me -Each week Kotaku posts some great web comics.

The Washington Times – Reading comic books doesn’t mean you are a loser -Good to know.

Culture Mob – Fandom Vs The Press Experience At Comic Con Intl. 2012 -A good read as to some of what it’s like to be press at shows.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews:

Think Hero – Comic Book Reviews – “ink Hero” Captain Marvel #1, Saga #5, Fantastic Four #608, Rachel Rising #9 (VIDEO)

SDCC 2012 – Shiftylook Announcements Comics, Animation and More

Namco Bandai just announced during the ShiftyLook Panel at San Diego Comic-Con this week three new webcomics titles and its first two web animation series. Announcements coincide with the re-launch of the ShiftyLook website and new retro-inspired logo. New titles will join nearly a dozen webcomics already available through ShiftyLook, including Bravoman, Dig Dug and Wonder Momo. All ShiftyLook content can be accessed online, free of charge at shiftylook.com.

Web Animation:

Bravoman: Cartoon of Unequaled Excellence (Working Title)
Director: Jim Zub
Writers: Jim Zub & Matt Moylan
Starring: Rob Paulsen
Release Date: 2013

ShiftyLook’s #1 webcomic makes the leap to animation in this action-packed adventure! See your favorites characters including Bravoman, Alpha, Anti-Bravo and Waya now in animated form. Starring world famous voice actor Rob Paulsen (Animaniacs).

Mappy: The Beat (Working Title)
Director: Scott Kurtz
Writers: Scott Kurtz & Kris Straub
Starring: Scott Kurtz & Kris Straub
Release Date: Late 2012

Mappy is a cop on the beat, keeping tabs on deadbeat video game characters. It’s primetime crime drama meets late night cartoon in the style of Kris & Scott’s wildly popular Blamimations. Can Mappy keep the peace on the streets, or will the wacky cast of washed-up video game characters get the better of him? Featuring art by Mary Cagle (Kiwi Blitz) and voiced by Scott Kurtz (PvP Online) & Kris Straub (chainsawsuit).

Webcomics:

Dragon Spirit
Writer: Erik Ko & Jim Zub
Aritst: Steven Cummings
Release Date: September 2012

The 80’s vertical-scrolling arcade classic is back in this comedic sword & sorcery adventure.

Golly! Ghost!
Writer & Aritst: Chris “Elio” Eliopoulos
Release Date: July 2012

The 1990 cult classic arcade shooter gets revived in all-ages webcomic form by Chris “Elio” Eliopoulos.

Klonoa
Writer: Jim Zub
Aritst: Hitoshi Ariga
Release Date: August 2012

Klonoa, lead character from the classic platformer, makes his return as a webcomic by writer Jim Zub with world famous mangaka Hitoshi Ariga.

Around the Tubes

It’s a new week as we count down until San Diego Comic-Con! Lots of exciting things going on, so hope you’ll stick with us this week for all of the great news coming out of the convention.

Around the Blogs:

Kotaku – Sunday Comics: Cold Dead Hand – Each week, Kotaku posts some great web comics.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews:

Bleeding Cool – Bandette #1

Kiowa County Signal – Batman: Earth One

ScienceFiction.com – Detective Comics #11

Bleeding Cool – Lookouts #1

Talking Comics – Rust – Volume 2: Secrets of the Cell

Think Hero – “ink Hero” Earth 2 #3, Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #1, The Cape: 1969 #1, Creator Owned Heroes #2 (VIDEO)

Jade Warriors Launch On Keenspot

Mike Deodato‘s Jade Warriors returns to comics as a twice-weekly serialized adventure on Keenspot.com this month, courtesy of Glass House Graphics and Red Giant Entertainment.   It is co-written by Michael Buckley and David Campiti, and illustrated by Mike Deodato, with some inks by Emir Ribeiro. Four issues of the series were originally published by Image Comics.

Jade Warriors told the tale of Angel Sorayama, imbued with the power of a “Deathkiss” as part of a cult of female assassins fostered by the Yakuza for its own ends.  When she dared to escape this life, the hunter became the hunted.  One hell of an incentive package.  But that’s not all:  The Jade Warriors were originally a proud calling, one steeped in myth and tradition, preparing for the return of ancient Dragons imprisoned deep within the mountains of Japan.  And many myths are based in truth…as they discover when the Dragons return.

Keenspot pursued the project following the successful run of Exposure by David Campiti and the late Al Rio, which currently continues with new stories.

Glass House Graphics CEO David Campiti explained:

It’s been far too long since anyone had a chance to see this popular series back when Image published the first portion.  Deodato was working quite hard on a lot of things at the time, at the time, but he really wanted to see this book happen.  So he put in extra hours at the drawing board  to draw some stunning issues.  It was truly a labor of love produced under pressure-cooker circumstances.

Deodato commented:

This was right at the point where I began changing from my “old” style to my current style, and it gave me a chance to experiment with new techniques and lay the foundation for the way I draw today.  Since I’m under exclusive contract to Marvel, I can’t do any new pages, but there’s plenty of artwork  that nobody’s really seen yet, since the entire mini-series was never published.

Keenspot.com will not only publish the original work but also the remainder of the previously unpublished storyline.

You can read it at http://jadewarriors.keenspot.com

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