Wacom Announce Anthology Comic ‘Pressure/Sensitivity’ with Ming Doyle, Giannis Milonogiannis and More

Prepare yourself for the most Caleb Goellner-esque cover you’ve ever seen.

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That’d be Ulises Farinas and Ryan Hill at work, for the cover of ‘Pressure/Sensitivity’, a new anthology comic being published by Wacom next year. Edited by the aforementioned Caleb Goellner, the 32-page digital comic will feature a range of short stories from people like Ming Doyle, Giannis Milonogiannis, and Meredith Gran. That’s quite a range of creators right there – there’s also one further creator involved who hasn’t yet been revealed, too.

Interesting to see Wacom get in on the digital comics game! I would’ve expected something like this ever since Goellner moved from Comics Alliance to working at Wacom, but it’s surprising to see him get to work on something so completely free (it seems!) from any kind of corporate note-making. Or, at least, that he’s been so free to completely ignore any of the notes he’s gotten so far, I guess.

Pressure/Sensitivity will launch next year – you can keep track on it through this link right here.

 

Darkwing Duck to Return in 2015 for New Ongoing Series

The much-loved BOOM! Studios run on Darkwing Duck is to be collected into a giant omnibus next year – but that’s just the start of it, as Joe Books have teased that the collection will then lead into a new ongoing series for the character in 2015. This is rather surprising – but welcome – news, as Darkwing Duck was believed to be a victim of the Marvel/Disney merger from a few years back.

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One of BOOM!’s most popular books, Darkwing Duck is, obviously, based on the Disney property. When it was announced that Disney were to be buying Marvel, it quickly came to public attention that this likely meant the end of BOOM!’s associations with Disney properties like The Muppets and Darkwing Duck. Although it’s been brought to my attention (see the comments to this piece) that this isn’t the case, nevertheless Darkwing Duck did eventually conclude with issue #16.

Now it’ll be returning under the guidance of editor Aaron Sparrow, who has rewritten and tweaked the run somewhat for a ‘Definitively Dangerous Edition’ in January, which will also feature new pages, art, and a special epilogue. It’ll be coming out in January 2015.

However, in the post announcing this news, Joe Books also say that this will be leading into a new ongoing series for the character later on in 2015. Sparrow will be writing the series, along with the returning creative team of artist James Silvani, colourist Andrew Dalhouse, and letterer Deron Bennett. You can expect to hear more on the return of the series shortly.

Chris Hastings and Zachary Sterling Will Take Over Adventure Time in 2015

Boom’s solicitations for January 2015 are out! There are a few new comic announcements scattered in there – like a Marceline miniseries from Meredith Gran and Carey Pietsch – and some other interesting things going on. The most interesting, though, is possibly the news that a new creative team will be taking over Adventure Time as of issue #33.

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Chris Hastings and Zachary Sterling, to be precise.

They’ll be taking over from the Eisner-nominated team of Ryan North, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb, so no pressure there, then. That an Adventure time comic would be popular is no great surprise – but for the last two years or so KaBOOM! have surprised with the quality of their series. Not only have they featured a variety of incredible artists over the thirty-odd issues, but they’re really gone out their way to experiment and try new things with a series when they could have easily tread water and cashed-in on it.

So! Big shoes to fill. Chris Hastings you may know as the creator of Dr McNinja, which has been one of the more popular webcomics of the last few years (it’s about exactly what you think it’s about, and is fantastic) whilst Zachary Sterling has been working on a series of Adventure Time graphic novels for the company already (and is also one of the designers for Bee & Puppycat, if I’ve got my Zacharys correct). So they’re a really solid choice for the incoming creative team. Sounds good? Sounds good.

Marvel Introduce Second Hard of Hearing Character: The Spectacular Sapheara

A story I’ve been following for the past few years has been the introduction of a superhero called ‘The Blue Ear’ over at Marvel. Designed specifically for awareness campaigns, The Blue Ear was introduced by editor Bill Rosemann a little while back, and is a superhero with a hearing implant. This came directly after Rosemann received a fan-letter from a mother who said her son, who was also hard of hearing, didn’t want to wear his hearing implant because he thought he might be made fun of.

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Art by Nelson Ribeiro

This led to the arrival of The Blue Ear. But now, following on from that, Rosemann has continued to press for awareness of those who are hard of hearing – leading to a new team-up book from Marc Sumerak and Karl Moline which introduces a second character with a hearing implant: Sapheara. In it, she works with The Blue Ear and Iron Man to combat bullying, hearing loss, and more.

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It’s been great to see the character develop over the last few years, to the point where he’s now got his own comic AND an ally in crime-fighting. The comic will be distributed for free around schools in New York – I hope it’ll later see wider distribution around the country. More from Sapheara and Blue Ear, please!

Thrills To Go: Thrillbent Launch New iPad App

Thrillbent sent me a press release this week which included the word “luminaries” so I had no choice but to write it up here. That’s a wonderful word, luminaries. Ace. It’s in connection to their launch of a new iPad app, which apparently makes reading their comics even easier for people.

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I don’t have an iPad myself, so I have nothing to verify this. I WILL JUST HAVE TO ASSUME THAT THRILLBENT ARE NOT LYING TO US ALL. They’re probably not. The company have been making comics specifically aimed at a digital reader ever since the beginning – their side-swiping system of panel transition has a natural fit on the iPad screen. Readers can take all their Thrillbent comics off DropBox and pop them onto their iPad.

There has been serious demand for companies to improve their comic apps over the last year, and it’s only natural that Thrillbent would be one of the first companies addressing that demand. I’m in a silly mood, but this is pretty great news for fans of the company (and especially those who have an iPad, who must be proper rich and fancy)

Image’s Solicits Feature the Return of Casanova, Criminal, and other Creator-Owned Comic Things

Image’s solicitations for January have been put online, revealing a slate of new comics including the return of two familiar series. The first is the return of Casanova for a fourth volume, with Fabio Moon taking turn on the series alongside Matt Fraction. The second is Criminal’s return, with Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips bringing back perhaps their best-known comics work. As well as those, there’s also the 250th issue of Spawn, a new book from Jonathan Hickman and Ryan Bodenheim, and an OGN from ‘I Kill Giants’ co-creator Ken Niimura.

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First things first, though – the reprint scheme. It looks like Image plan to reprint a load of their trades next year, with new printings for books like East of West, Spawn, Chew, Battle Pope and a host of others. This seems quite savvy for a few of the books – I think Chew is about to hit TV screens as a cartoon in the new year, so putting out fresh collections of the start is wise. Spawn, as well, to tie in with the big issue #250 (which is a pretty incredible feat, as well, it has to be said). I’m not sure why some of the books are being reprinted, but the Hack/Slash omnibuses should prove pretty popular nevertheless.

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The Ken Niimura book will be called Hensin, translated into English for the first time. This is a collection of short stories all set in Japan, featuring a range of different characters. I don’t know much about Niimura’s work other than it tends to get a whole bunch of awards whenever he puts out a new book – it’s pretty neat to see Image publishing an English translation of an admired work of manga.

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Next up is a 48-page one-shot special for Criminal, marking the return of Sean Phillips, Elizabeth Breitweiser and Ed Brubaker’s seminal crime series. Each arc of the series is a different story entirely, set in different eras and with a different cast. The one recurring feature, I believe, is the existence of someone called “Teeg Lawson”. This one-shot will put a spotlight on that character in particular, so we’ll have to see just why the creative team have decided now is the time to tell his story.

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Jonathan Hickman and Ryan Bodenheim have worked together several times in the past – their newest will be “The Dying and The Dead”, which sounds like it should be the title to the last issue of ‘The Wicked and The Divine’. Matt Meylikhov at Multiversity has parsed together a few details on what the book seems to be about, and it’ll have a double-sized first issue, as is the nature of an Image book nowadays. Hurrah!

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Spawn reaches the 250th issue in January, with Todd McFarlane writing and drawing the 60-odd page storyline which seems poised to culminate the story of the current Spawn mantle-wearerer… and bring back the very first Spawn, Al Simmons. Greg Capullo, who made his name on the series, will be returning to do a variant cover for the issue. Image note that this is only the second time that a creator-owned series has hit 250 issues – I’m drawing a blank as to what the other one was. Anybody?

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Finally we come to the fourth volume of Casanova, a much-loved series which kinda goes right over my head. You have to nod agreeably at it’s success, however, and with Fraction now ascended to a higher tier of belovedness recently – this should be a huge launch, I’d imagine.

You want to see all the solicits? You do. Then head here.

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