During its panel at Emerald City Comicon in Seattle today, Kodansha Comics announced the digital publication of the holy trinity of fan-requested sports manga: Ace of the Diamond, All-Rounder Meguru, and Giant Killing. Volume 1s of all 3 titles will go on sale March 7 on all of Kodansha’s digital retail channels.
Yuji Terajima’s Ace of the Diamond, a hot-blooded, epic-length bestseller in Japan about the travails of a gifted left-handed pitcher who comes to the big city to play premier-level high-school baseball, was the basis of the hit anime series that streamed on Crunchyroll.
All-Rounder Meguru, a stirring drama about a determined young man looking to escape the bleak prospects of home by making it in the brutal world of Shooto MMA (mixed martial arts), is the latest work from acclaimed creator Hiroki Endo (Eden: It’s an Endless World!, published by Dark Horse Comics).
Masaya Tsunamoto and Tsujitomo’s Giant Killing, about an eccentric-genius soccer coach who returns from abroad to bring success to an underdog team, is one of the all-time-favorite and long-running (still ongoing in Japan) manga about the beautiful game. It was also adapted into a hit anime series.
In addition, the panel at ECCC announced Natsumi Eguchi’s Hozuki’s Coolheadedness (adapted into the anime available from Sentai Filmworks), Kotono Kato’s Altair: A Record of Battles, and Ryosuke Tomoe’s Museum, which will see digital publication on March 21. Kodansha Comics has been steadily bringing out new, off-the-beaten-path manga series in digital format since the start of 2017.
Volume 1s of Ace of the Diamond, All-Rounder Meguru, Giant Killing, Hozuki’s Coolheadedness, Altair: A Record of Battles, and Museum will be available for sale or preorder across all Kodansha Comics digital book channels: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook.
This fall, the New-York Historical Society will share the untold history of comic books, a cultural phenomenon born in 1930s New York City that has since taken the world by storm. On view October 9, 2015 through February 21, 2016, Superheroes in Gotham will focus on our culture’s most legendary superheroes – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Spider-Man and Iron Man – as well as more recent characters inspired by the contemporary city. Beyond the characters, Superheroes in Gotham will consider the importance of New York as a creative force behind a uniquely American mythology.
Among the range of material on display will be a rare comic book featuring Superman’s first appearance (Action Comics No. 1, June 1938), clips from early radio and film adaptations, Philip Pearlstein’s Superman painting (1952), original drawings by Steve Ditko of Spider-Man’s first appearance in Amazing Fantasy (No. 15, 1962), a Batmobile made for the Batman television series (1966), a costume from Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark (2011), and hip-hop pioneer Darryl McDaniels’ DMCcomic book (2014) and his signature fedora.
The exhibition is curated by the New-York Historical Society’s Debra Schmidt Bach, Associate Curator of Decorative Arts, and Nina Nazionale, Director of Library Operations. Founded in 1804, the society is a cultural institution dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Its mission is to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.
Upon entering the New-York Historical Society’s Central Park West entrance, visitors will be greeted by an original working Batmobile (1966), one of three cars created for the 1966-68 Batman television series. The first gallery will trace each character’s origins within the context of their creators and period events. A range of first-issue comic books will be displayed, including Superman’s Action Comics No. 1 (June 1938) and Batman No. 1 (Spring 1940). During World War II, many superhero stories channeled American concerns about the conflict and several of their creators also enlisted. Wartime issues of Captain America (1942) and an original drawing (ca. 2000) by Joe Simon—who served in the U.S. Coast Guard— will present Captain America as the ultimate patriotic warrior. Superman was also enlisted and lent his support in a range of U.S. Army and Navy training materials (ca. 1942-43). A drawing of Wonder Woman in an early version of her patriotic costume by H.G. Peter (ca. 1941) will be shown alongside a “Wonder Woman for President” issue (No. 7, Winter 1943).
Two of Steve Ditko’s original drawings of Spider-Man’s first appearance in Amazing Fantasy (No. 15, September 1962) will be displayed alongside a copy of the published issue. Considered Spider-Man’s “birth certificate,” these drawings will be on public view for the first time outside of the Library of Congress. Other Cold War-era artifacts include original cover art for The Invincible Iron Man (No. 1, 1968).
The second gallery will explore how superheroes flew from page to screen decades before they became blockbuster movie franchises. Scripts, audio recordings, animation cels, and cartoon clips will illuminate Superman’s multimedia adaptation less than two years after his comic book debut. One particular clip from the Superman cartoon (1941) will depict the character flying for the first time, rather than leaping as he did in print. After appearing in two film serials in the 1940s, Batman was reimagined in a popular television series (1966-68) and full length film (released in 1966). In addition to the original Batmobile (1966), the exhibition will feature three Batman set paintings by art director Leslie Thomas (ca. 1966-68) and a Catwoman costume (ca. 1966). Clips from the Wonder Woman television series (1975-79), as well as a copy of Ms. magazine’s first issue depicting her at the helm (1972), illuminate Wonder Woman’s development as a second-wave feminist icon.
The final gallery will examine the enduring influence of superheroes on a wide range of New York-based artists, cartoonists, contemporary comic book creators, and fans. Known today for his hyperreal nude portraits, the exhibition will feature Philip Pearlstein’s Superman (1952), a proto-Pop art painting from his early career. Also featured will be cartoonist Mort Gerberg’s original illustration art for The New Yorker (“Do you have any references besides Batman?,” July 1997), alongside Batman drawings he doodled inside a childhood Hebrew School book (circa 1940). A costume from Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark (2011), the most expensive production in Broadway history, will also be exhibited.
Superheroes in Gotham also will explore contemporary New York- based superhero comics. A copy of DMC (2014)—which follows the comic book alter-ego of musician Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC in 1980s New York—will be displayed alongside the hip-hop pioneer’s trademark fedora, glasses and Adidas sneakers (worn by the fictional superhero DMC as well). Also on view will be art from Dean Haspiel’s independent web-based comic books, including the Brooklyn-based Red Hook and a comic book set, in part, during the 2003 blackout. The exhibition will conclude with ephemera from the United States’ first comic convention, which took place in New York in 1964, as well as photographs and posters from recent years of Comic Con.
To celebrate the exhibition’s opening on October 9, the New-York Historical Society will host a special superhero edition of The Big Quiz Thing trivia game show, as well as special family activities. On October 16, New-York Historical will screen both classic versions of “The Mark of Zorro,” starring Tyrone Power (1940) and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (1920, silent), as part of the “Justice in Film” series. On October 31, all ages will be invited to channel their own superpowers at a Family Halloween Party, featuring a supervillain trivia contest, fortune-telling, crafts, scavenger hunts, and trick-or-treating. On January 14, 2016, Jill Lepore— winner of the New-York Historical Society’s 2015 American History Book Prize—will explore The Secret History of Wonder Woman.
Support for Superheroes in Gotham is provided by The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank and The William T. Morris Foundation.
The National Gallery of Art has received some new acquisitions, including a collection of underground comic books.
Collected by Abigail and William Gerdts, the 176 comic books were given to the gallery and are the first comics to be a part of the gallery’s permanent collection. The comics published between 1964 and 1977 influenced major modern artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.
The acquisition was approved October 2 by the museum’s board of trustees. The collection includes the museum’s first work by Robert Crumb and is bookended by important issues of Zap Comix, founded by Crumb in 1967, and Arcade: The Comics Revue, published a decade later.
The Cartoon Art Museum has announced Image Comics as its newest corporate member. Founded in 1992, the Berkeley-based publisher spearheaded the creator-owned movement and introduced a number of groundbreaking series including Spawn, Savage Dragon, Saga, and The Walking Dead.
The Cartoon Art Museum is located in San Francisco, CA and is a tax-exempt, non-profit, educational organization dedicated to the collection, preservation, study and exhibition of original cartoon art in all forms.
In a release CAM’s executive director Summerlea Kashar said:
We’re extremely pleased to welcome Image as a corporate member. We’ve developed a great relationship with them over the years and worked closely with them during our 20th anniversary retrospective of their work. Their latest show of support not only gives CAM a boost, but also rewards their employees with free museum admission and discounts at our bookstore.
Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics added:
Image is thrilled to support the Cartoon Art Museum,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics. “They do a fantastic job of fostering enthusiasm for sequential art and its historical and cultural value here in the Bay Area, and after having such a great experience hosting our Image Expo after party at the museum this past January, we look forward to continuing our partnership into the future.
Designed for businesses both large and small as a way to reward their team, CAM’s Corporate members also giving back to the community, the Cartoon Art Museum’s Corporate Memberships feature free admission for company employees, bookstore discounts, private tours, museum rentals, and advance ticket access to exclusive museum events depending on the level of sponsorship. Basic memberships start at $1,000.
New People, a dynamic entertainment destination that brings the latest examples of Japanese popular culture to North American shores, is proud to present the U.S. premiere of the Evangelion Pop-Up Museum as part of the 2012 J-POP Summit Festival. This special time-limited special exhibit, to be staged inside the venue’s 3rd Floor Superfrog Gallery, launches on Saturday, August 25thand is co-produced by Nippon Television and New People.
The 2012 J-POP Summit Festival commences with the theme of “Cyberpop Overload!,” and will be held across San Francisco’s Japantown, in association with the Japantown Merchant Association, on Saturday, August 25th and Sunday, August 26th. General admission to The Evangelion Pop-Up Museum is $5 with re-entry stamp, but will only run for the duration of the J-POP Summit Festival. Tickets will be available at New People’s 3rd Floor Superfrog Gallery on the day of the event. More information about the Festival is available at J-POP.com.
The Evangelion Pop-Up Museum will offer an extensive collection of original concept and production art, character drawings and other key artifacts from the famed Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone and Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance film series. Anime/Manga and sci-fi fans are invited to enjoy this unique exhibit and catch a rare inside glimpse at how original drawings, computer graphics and animation for these films were created. A variety of rare and valuable Evangelion books, toys and collectables, and other items will also be on display.
In the Evangelion: 1.0 and 2.0 films,fourteen year old Shinji Ikari is called to Tokyo-3 by his father who he hasn’t seen in more than eight years. His father reveals to him a gigantic humanoid weapons system that the special governmental agency has secretly developed to fight alien invaders called Angels. He enlists Shinji to pilot the giant artificial human Evangelion Unit One. In an explosive new storyline full of brutal action and primal emotion, a group of young pilots maneuver their towering, cyborg Eva Units into combat against a deadly and disturbing enemy. The third film of the series, Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, is set for release in Japan this fall.
A variety of other pop-inspired attractions including fashion shows, theatrical film premieres, live art performances, celebrity appearances, and mini-concerts by some of Japan’s hottest bands are planned for the 2012 J-POP Summit both inside the New People complex, and outdoors at the adjacent Peace Plaza. Innovative artists from Japan will join a variety of product merchants and food vendors from the Bay Area to offer an array of pop-inspired products and delicacies for sale in open air displays on both sides of Post Street, the main Japantown thoroughfare.
SPECIAL CBLDF SAVINGS ON “ATLAS AT LAST” EXHIBIT OPENING EVENING March 11, 2011 – 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Geppi’s Entertainment Museum in Baltimore
“Atlas At Last” is a visual tour of the short-lived (or so it seemed) Atlas-Seaboard line of comics, which was originally published in 1974-1975 by Martin Goodman, the man who founded Marvel Comics. Although it only managed a combined output of 72 color comic books and black & white magazines, saw its longest-lived title reach only four issues, and included at least a few thinly disguised versions of established characters, the Atlas line stuck in the minds of collectors, dealers and pop culture historians.
The line featured a mix of strong concepts executed by both established and up-and-coming creators, and for a few months it stood toe-to-toe with industry giants Marvel Comics and DC Comics.
And then they were gone.
And now, like a familiar comic character who’s been declared definitively dead, Atlas is returning after a hiatus of just about 36 years with the March 2, 2011 debut of Wulf #1, written by 30 Days of Night creator Steve Niles and his Spawn: The Dark Ages collaborator, artist Nat Jones. At the helm is Goodman’s grandson, Jason Goodman.
The first 50 fans who attend opening night will receive a SWAG bag with goodies includingThe Grim Ghost#0,Phoenix #0, all threenew Atlas #1 issues (Wulf #1,The Grim Ghost #1 andPhoenix #1) and a T-shirt from Atlas and Ardden Entertainment, as well as the C2E2 Exclusive Variant Cover edition ofComic Book Marketplace #1 (limited to 400 copies and featuring Howard Chaykin’s unpublished original cover forThe Scorpion #2 in color for the first time).
Also included in the swag are the deluxe hardcover bookPop Culture With Character: A Look Inside Geppi’s Entertainment Museum, a copy ofThe Overstreet Hall of Fame, and a copy of the latestBaltimore magazine (great for finding the hotspots and awesome food around town).
And speaking of food, the goody bags will also include a coupon for complementary beer with purchase of any food purchase at Baltimore’s Luna del Sea or Tony’s Hookah Lounge, along with cool information from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, The Hero Initiative, the Comic Book Collecting Association, ComicLink, Hake’s Americana & Collectibles, and more.
This new fundraising effort on Kickstarter caught our eyes. “The Astronaut’s Birthday” is an art exhibit the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago.
A unique large-scale space adventure: Redmoon and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) of Chicago, combine forces to present a new public art spectacle, The Astronaut’s Birthday.
Inspired by science fiction films from the 1950s and the golden age of comic books, the performance begins as an astronaut floating in space decides to make one final transmission to Earth.
The instillation will employ 80 foot tall comic like images on the MCA’s facade.
The Astronaut’s Birthday unites the talent of Redmoon Artistic Director Frank Maugeri, Redmoon core artist Jim Lasko, Marvel Comics illustrator Chris Burnham, writer Tria Smith, composer Jeff Thomas and Chicago-based illustrator Donovon Foote, along with a team of local comic book illustrators and early career artists. Redmoon gives special thanks to the participation of board member Tony Fitzpatrick as the event’s narrator.
Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women opens at San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum on October 1. The exhibit features work by Vanessa Davis, Bernice Eisenstein, Sarah Glidden, Miriam Katin, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Miss Lasko-Gross, Miriam Libicki, Corinne Pearlman, Sarah Lightman, Sarah Lazarovic, Diane Noomin, Trina Robbins, Racheli Rottner, Sharon Rudahl, Laurie Sandell, Ariel Schrag, Lauren Weinstein, and Ilana Zeffren.
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The Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam on Friday released a graphic novel version of The Diary of Anne Frank. The museum is hoping this will allow more young people to discover Anne’s story. The diary chronicles Frank’s hiding from Nazi’s as they occupied the Netherlands. The family was eventually betrayed and taken by the Nazis.
Anne died in a concentration camp, along with her mother and sister. Only her father, Otto, survived the war. He published her diary, which had been preserved by one of the women who helped them while they were in hiding, in 1947.
The hope is to introduce the story to teens who might not otherwise read the book.
The graphic novel is written by Sid Jacobson and artist Ernie Colon who previously worked on the graphic novel adaptation of the 9/11 Commission Report and are working on a graphic novel about Che Guevera.
An English language version will be coming to North America in September.
Heroes, Freaks and Superrabbis — the Jewish Colour of Comics, is the latest exhibit by the Berlin Jewish Museum. It looks at 45 Jewish comic creators who are some of the most successful comic artists. An example is Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster, who named their creation Kal-El, which is also a Hebrew word meaning “voice of God.”
Much of the exhibit, which opened April 30, deals with how Siegel and Schuster, as well as Kirby, Simon and other New York comic book writers, dealt with the issues of World War II.
New York-based Rabbi Simcha Weinstein thinks heroes share a lot with their Jewish creators ancestry. A topic he explored in his 2007 book Up, Up, and Oy Vey! Doesn’t Spider-man/Peter Parker share the neurotic, nebbish quality of Jewish comedians like Jerry Seinfeld and Woody Allen?
The exhibit is on display until August 8.
An exhibition of the Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme in Paris and the Joods Historisch Museum in Amsterdam in cooperation with the Jewish Museum Berlin.
Superman was the work of Jewish cartoonists—as were Batman, Spiderman, and other superheroes of the era. Ever since the comic strip was invented in the immigrant neighborhoods of New York, Jewish artists have played a key role in developing the medium. The exhibition draws on the work of over forty artists to trace the history of Jewish illustrators, scriptwriters and publishers of comics throughout the twentieth century. It presents heroes and anti-heroes, hard-hitting opponents of Hitler, and neurotic petty bourgeois. With over 400 objects on display, it spans an arc from the first superhero comics of the 1930s and 1940s, through the underground scene of the 1960s, to the more challenging literary format of our time, the graphic novel.
Veterans of the medium such as Rube Goldberg, Will Eisner and Harvey Kurtzman are represented along with contemporary artists such as Art Spiegelman, Rutu Modan, Joann Sfar and Ben Katchor by numerous original drawings, sketches, and comic books.
When: 30 April—8 August 2010. Opening: 29 April 2010 at 7 p.m. Where: Jewish Museum Berlin, Old Building, Level 1 Admission: 4 euros, reduced: 2 euros