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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Miscellaneous

This batch of miscellanea includes a new entry from Thomas Ott, a celebration of Joan Jett, an overview of lost but not forgotten comic universes, a 25th anniversary reprint of Alan Moore's novel Voice of the Fire, a new creator friendly inclusive comics magazine, and a global collaboration for planetary change.

THE FOREST HC

(W) Thomas Ott


The Forest is a graphic novella told via twenty-five singular illustrations, without words, as only Swiss artist Thomas Ott is capable. A young boy sneaks away from a family funeral and sinks into the forest depths, where he confronts man's greatest fear and must choose his path. Drawing with a technique called scratchboard, where a white surface is covered with a black layer and scratched away, Ott creates images out of negative space to harrowing effect. In Ott's hands, the medium becomes the perfect vessel for his eerie, horror-imbued morality tales. This gorgeous volume will be printed on heavy art paper with Pantone Black ink to best showcase every exquisite detail of Ott's virtuosic talent.

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Why this caught my eye:

I loves me some Ott, and it's been a chunk of time since his last project so it's nice to see this on the horizon.

JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS BAD REPUTATION/I LOVE ROCKNROLL

(W) Various (A) Various



Comics' biggest talents come together to form an exciting all woman team of creators and bring you stories to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Joan Jett's seminal albums! Bad Reputation and I Love Rock 'n' Roll hit audiences like an atom bomb, defining a sound that became a soundtrack that would span generations. Now, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of these seminal albums, an unparalleled team of women creators bring these songs to life as 20 stories.

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Why this caught my eye:

Check out this link for a large list of the creators involved. There's some great talent involved, and I was surprised to see Melinda Gebbie listed as well as I haven't seen anything from her in a while. There are also a few different editions available via the publisher's site.

OVERSTREET GUIDE TO LOST UNIVERSES HC

(W) Robert M. Overstreet, J. C. Vaughn, Scott Braden (A) VARIOUS (CA) Lee Weeks


The highly collectible world of lost universes gets a brand-new specially focused edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide that also serves as a Photo-Journal of all the books listed. From in-depth looks at the original Milestone and Valiant to Tower's T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents and Charlton's superheroes, and from Topp's Kirbyverse and the MLJ/Archie heroes to Malibu's Ultraverse and Marvel's New Universe, this full-color book dives deep into Atlas-Seaboard, Comics Greatest World, Continuity, Defiant, Future Comics, Triumphant and more. Not only is packed with images and prices, but it also includes creator and collector interviews and insights. SEP211560


Why this caught my eye:

I just hope it has a section about some of the Impact heroes and the creators working on them at the time, particular Mike Parobeck's work on the Fly.

VOICE OF THE FIRE 25TH ANNIV ED SC NOVEL

(W) Alan Moore (A) Jose Villarrubia (CA) Chip Kidd


Discover the astonishing first prose novel from the legendary author of Watchmen and From Hell-an epic yet intimate portrait of a single English town across the whole span of human history. The precursor to Jerusalem. In a story full of lust, madness, and ecstasy, we meet twelve distinctive characters that lived in the same region of central England over the span of six thousand years. Their narratives are woven together in patterns of recurring events, strange traditions, and uncanny visions. First, a cave-boy loses his mother, falls in love, and learns a deadly lesson. He is followed by an extraordinary cast of characters: a murderess who impersonates her victim, a fisherman who believes he has become a different species, a Roman emissary who realizes the bitter truth about the Empire, a crippled nun who is healed miraculously by a disturbing apparition, an old crusader whose faith is destroyed by witnessing the ultimate relic, two witches, lovers, who burn at the stake. Each interconnected tale traces a path in a journey of discovery of the secrets of the land.


Throughout, the image of the fire resonates between the tales, while Moore finds a different voice for each character-though most are inherently duplicitous in some manner, leading to a further commentary on the disparity between myth and reality, and which is more likely to endure over time.

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Why this caught my eye:

I've been exceedingly bad about checking out Moore's prose work, so this feels like the universe is telling me to get off my butt and just do it. And it's reasonable 312 page count is much easier to bite the bullet on than his Jerusalem that clocks in at 1280 pages.

MUTINY MAGAZINE #1

(W) VARIOUS (A) Various (CA) Darick Robertson


Mainstream and Indie Comics, together again for the first time! Yes, the rumors are true. After its smash issue #0 debut on Kickstarter this past Spring, MUTINY MAGAZINE comes back this Fall! Say hello to your new favorite creator friendly inclusive magazine. Remember when you went to the comic book store and were amazed by a new title you did not expected? We do too. That's why we're keeping our content under wraps. We like surprises! And you'll love the ones we have in store for you. Without giving too much away though, we can guarantee you'll find long form interviews with some of the finest talents in comics! We're also going to celebrate THE BOYS' 15th Anniversary, as evidenced by our Cover A from Darick Robertson, co-creator of the series. And next to our coverage of mainstream comics, you'll find 60 pages of explosive original comic stories by both established and new creators. But if you want to have a glimpse of what we can do, our issue #0 is still available on our webstore. Just sayin'...


Oh, and one more thing: MUTINY MAGAZINE is a PRINT FIRST-DIGITAL SECOND kind of publication. Get onboard folks, it's gonna be a ride!

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Why this caught my eye:

My nostalgia for the days of Wizard always make me curious about new ventures like this, and it will be interesting to see how their print first/digital second model will do for them.

MOST IMPORTANT COMIC BOOK ON EARTH STORIES TO SAVE WORLD

The Most Important Comic Book On Earth is a global collaboration for planetary change, bringing together a diverse team of 300 leading environmentalists, artists, authors, actors, filmmakers, musicians, and more to present over 120 stories to save the world. Whether it's inspirational tales from celebrity names such as Cara Delevingne and Andy Serkis, hilarious webcomics from War and Peas and Ricky Gervais, artworks by leading illustrators David Mack and Tula Lotay, calls to action from activists George Monbiot and Jane Goodall, or powerful stories by Brian Azzarello and Amy Chu, this anthology will support projects and organizations fighting to save the planet and Rewrite Extinction.

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Why this caught my eye:

I haven't been able to find an extensive list of all the contributors, but there are enough talents I do like involved to make me interested.

That's it for this batch, we'll look at some all-ages material on the next installment.

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