Alas, Batman returns! And no, I’m not talking about the movie from 1992.
According to the Associated Press, DC Entertainment is planning to bring back a weekly Batman comic book in honor of the superhero’s 75th anniversary. Due next spring, DC’s creative team says the comics will “take Batman into 2015.”
In addition to the new weekly comics, DC also plans to release a “retelling” of “Detective Comics” No. 27, the first comic book in which Bruce Wayne appears. The original was released in 1939. But DC is hoping to modernize it, as Brad Meltzer explains.
The issue, out Jan. 8, will also lay the framework for new creative team Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato, who take over the book in the spring.”We want to bring him closer to his roots and be more of a street-level type of hero,” [Manapul said about their plans. “His super heroics will still be present, but the investigative part of Batman will be at the forefront.”
Thoughts on the new Batman comics?
Stories are told through and translated into different media all the time. Books become movies. Television series become books. Movies are turned into TV shows. Now, Amazon will be making money off of books being turned into graphic novels and comics.
According to the L.A. Times, Amazon is launching a new comics imprint under its publishing umbrella. Called Jet City Comics, the imprint will publish graphic novels by George R. R. Maritn (Game of Thrones), Neal Stephenson (Foreworld), and Hugh Howey (Wool). According to its press release, Jet City Comics will publish already-published novels in a graphic novel format. That makes sense, particularly for the Foreworld series, which was originally published by another Amazon imprint, 47North.
Jet City Comics will now be the tenth imprint under the Amazon umbrella.
What do you guys think of the whole idea of turning novels into graphic novels?
Okay,Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans. Besides Buffy and Angel, there were a number of cult fan favorites — no matter how good or bad they were. And Drusilla was one of them. Though she only appeared in 17 episodes of the show, Drusilla — played by Juliet Landau — made a big impact. And now she’s getting her own comic series.
Buffy already has its own comic strip, but the Drusilla spinoff will consist of a 5-issue miniseries, written by Landau herself. According to Entertainment Weekly, this is all part of Dark Horse Comic’s and the show creator Joss Whedon’s Buffy comic expansion project. The comic is set to be released in June, and will pick up where Drusilla leaves off in the Angel and Faithcomic series, which comes out April 25th.
Not too many details are being released, other than the public will see sides of Drusilla we’ve never seen before. Honestly, this is kind of awesome. Thoughts?
Just as e-books are rapidly growing in popularity, so are digital sales of comic books. Just last week, Archie Comics became the first to offer digital copies of its comic books on the company’s Facebook page.
According to this article by Huffington Post, it’s the largest publisher to add their Facebook fans to their digital sales plan. Archie Comics will work with Graphicly to provide the digital copies. Archie is now being touted as one of the more forward thinking comic book companies. This digital move is considered a bold one.
Archie Comics already offers digital copies of its new comic books to readers the day the comics are released. The company’s Archie Comics app has been downloaded 4 million times. They’re also the first to offer Spanish-speaking copies of their comic books. Co-CEO Jon Goldwater explains toHuffPo why this move is such a big deal.
Facebook has been a huge source of fan interaction, feedback and energy. The ability to merge that with our significant digital output is really a no-brainer. No company with our level of reach on Facebook has done this. It’s in the numbers. Having the chance to make our Facebook page a place for fans to not only learn about the company’s news and initiatives but also to sample our titles and build a collection right on Facebook. It’s really a major move toward connecting the potential reader to the product. We make it easy and hopefully create a new, lasting part of our fanbase.
Goldwater explains that once you like the Archie Facebook page, you can click “Comics” and start reading the first few pages of a title. If you’re so inclined, you have the option to purchase the comic book. It seems like a relatively simple process. It blows my mind how little I know about the comic book world, but it IS kind of amazing to imagine a world where you can log onto Facebook and buy whatever digital copy of a book or comic book you want — instead of having to go to Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
Rapper 50 Cent is already a New York Times bestseller with his book, The 50th Law. But now he’s looking to capitalize on his writing success by penning a comic book (which will be co-written by Robert Greene).
According to this article by XXL News, the comic will be based on his bestselling book. The 50th Law (co-written by Robert Greene) is a how-to for achieving success. SmarterComics will publish it next year in print and e-book versions. As Lauren Carter explains, the publishing company “combines the educational power of textbooks with the visual appeal and entertainment value of comic books.”
I hadn’t known that 50 Cent had a book, but now I’m curious to read it. I’m also wondering how a self-help book will become a comic book. After all, aren’t most comics fantasies?
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