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Pop Culture Roundup Nov. 29, 2006

Here's a nice archival interview with comics fandom pioneer Jerry Bails, who passed away last weekend.

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Via Drawn!: A profile of graphic artist Terry Marks, who's designed recent superhero logos for DC Comics, among other things.

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Fred Hembeck offers a nice tribute to comics artist Dave Cockrum, who died last weekend.

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HBO plans a TV series based on DC Comics' "The Preacher."

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While you're waiting for "Lost" to come back, ponder the show's "loose ends."

DC Comics lists Minx titles

DC Comics has announced the first titles in under its new Minx imprint--a graphic novel line geared toward young women.

From the press release:

* THE PLAIN JANES (May 2007)
The story of four girls named Jane who are anything but ordinary. Once they form a secret art gang, the girls take on Suburbia by painting the town P.L.A.I.N. - People Loving Art In Neighborhoods.
By Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg
Cecil Castellucci grew up in New York City. In addition to being the author of two young adult novels, The Queen of Cool and Boy Proof, she is filmmaker, actress and a singer-songwriter. Currently, she lives in Los Angeles, in the "belly of the beast" known as Hollywood.
Jim Rugg is the artist and co-creator of Street Angel. He grew up in and currently lives near, Pittsburgh.


* RE-GIFTERS (June 2007)
A Korean-American California girl learns that in love and in gift-giving, what goes around comes around.
By Mike Carey, Sonny Liew and Marc Hempel
Mike Carey is a comic writer, novelist and screenwriter who lives and works in London, England. He is best known for his work on Vertigo's LUCIFER and HELLBLAZER series. His novel, The Devil You Know, will be published by Warner Books in summer 2007.
Sonny Liew is an illustrator currently residing in Singapore. His works include Malinky Robot and MY FAITH IN FRANKIE, he has been part of the Flight and 24Seven anthologies.
Marc Hempel is best known for his collaboration with Neil Gaiman on THE SANDMAN: THE KINDLY ONES, as well as his own creations GREGORY, Tug & Buster, and Naked Brain.


* CLUBBING (July 2007)
A spoiled, rebellious London girl conquers the stuffy English countryside when she solves a murder mystery on the 19th hole of her grandparent's golf course.
By Andi Watson and Josh Howard
Andi Watson was born and bred in Leeds, England. He attended art school in Liverpool and spent his post-graduate years penniless in London. He has written several graphic novels including Samurai Jam, Skeleton Key, Geisha, Breakfast After Noon, Slow News Day and Love Fights.
Josh Howard is the artist and writer of Dead @ 17 (Viper Comics), named by Wizard Magazine the #1 independent book to watch in 2005. Josh lives in Arlington, Texas with his wife and two children.


* GOOD AS LILY (August 2007)
What would you do if versions of yourself at ages 7, 29, and 70 suddenly became part of your already complicated high school life?
By Derek Kirk Kim and Jesse Hamm
Derek Kirk Kim has been writing and drawing comics all his life. His work includes Same Difference and Other Stories, as well as a story in FABLES: 1,001 NIGHTS OF SNOWFALL.
Jesse Hamm's cartooning has appeared in various mini-comics, anthologies and on the web. GOOD AS LILY is his first mainstream project. Jesse lives near Portland, Oregon with his wife Anna, and her cat.


* CONFESSIONS OF A BLABBERMOUTH (September 2007)
When Tasha's mom brings home a creepy boyfriend and his deadpan daughter, a dysfunctional family is headed for a complete mental meltdown, compliments of Tasha's blabbermouth blog.
By Mike Carey, Louise Carey and Aaron Alexovich
Louise Carey's writing includes The Diary of a London Schoolgirl for the website of the London Metropolitan archive. She is a member of the Chicken Shed theatre company in London and has acted in their productions of Alice in Wonderland and Grimm Nights.
Aaron Alexovich was born in Chicago, Illinois, the year Elvis died. He currently sleeps the daylight hours away in Southern California. He contributed character designs to Nickelodeon's Invader Zim and Avatar: The Last Airbender. He is also the creator of Serenity Rose.


*WATER BABY (October 2007)
Surfer girl Brody just got her leg bitten off by a shark. What's worse? Her shark of an ex-boyfriend is back and when it comes to Brody's couch, he's not budging.
By Ross Campbell
Ross Campbell currently lives in Rochester, New York. His published works include the Exalted RPG books, Spooked and Wet Moon, and The Abandoned.

*KIMMIE66 (November 2007)
This high-velocity, virtual reality ghost story follows a tech-savvy teenager on a dangerous quest to save her best friend, the world's first all-digital girl.
By Aaron Alexovich

Norton plans line of Will Eisner paperback graphic novels

Along with recent hardcover collections of the cartoonist's work, W.W. Norton will publish 14 paperback graphic novels and two instructional books by the late Will Eisner, Publishers Weekly reports.

The first books--the "Contrack with God Triology" including A Contract with God
A Life Force and "Dropsie Avenue" will appear next month. Future releases will include:

* Life in the Big City
* The Building
* City People Notebook
* Invisible People
* Will Eisner's Comics and Sequential Art
* Will Eisner's Graphic Storytelling
* Will Eisner's Expressive Anatomy
(previously unpublished)

Jeff Smith Shazam preview art

Cartoonist Jeff Smith (the Bone series) posts a few panels and discusses his take on Captain Marvel for the upcoming DC Comics mini-series The Monster Society of Evil. Nice stuff!

You can preview a few full pages from the book here.



New comics Nov. 29, 2006

See complete lists:
DC Archives
DC Showcase
DC Trade Paperbacks
Marvel Masterworks
Marvel Essentials
Marvel Trade Paperbacks
Upcoming Trade Paperbacks - Graphic Novels


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