Comics Lowdown: The future of MAD Magazine

Plus: New superhero universe Catalyst Prime, comics to fight fake news, Jillian Tamaki, Rico Renzi’s color palette, and more!

What’s up with MAD Magazine? Mark Evanier lays out a brief history of MAD, which has been part of DC Comics for a long time (it’s complicated!), and updates us on its current status, which is… not good. Like pretty much all print magazines, MAD has been struggling for a while, although Evanier thinks editor John Ficarra has been doing a bang-up job. When the rest of DC packed up and moved to Burbank, California, a while ago, the MAD staff stayed, but they are moving out of their New York office at the end of this year, and DC has not been forthcoming with any news about what will happen next, beyond the fact that the magazine is moving to Burbank and only one staffer, a production artist, will be going with it. The February 2018 issue will be the last one produced by the Usual Gang of Idiots. DC has not made any announcements about what happens next, but Evanier suggests following the blog of artist Tom Richmond, one of the most frequent contributors to the magazine, for updates.

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Sean Galloway taking pre-orders for ‘Table Taffy’

New collection of comics available for $10.

Comic creator and animator Sean Galloway is working with Doug Wagner and Leonel Castellani on “Table Taffy Comic ‘Zine,” a self-published collection of several comics, games and more.

“‘TableTaffy Comic’Zine’ is a new line of books to showcase comics based on my creator owned projects,” he wrote on Instagram. “Issue #1 features Shadow Pirates oneshot #1 as well as comics for my Bastion’s 7, Gumshoes 4 Hire, Little Big Heads and introducing my new property, Mohnstur Watch! Games and activities are also included, so the whole family can enjoy!”

The book can be pre-ordered here for $10, with delivery expected in July. Check out some preview art below.

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‘Elsewhere’ transports Amelia Earhart to an alien world

Jay Faerber and Sumeyye Kesgin take the aviator on a fantastic journey in a new comic from Image.

Copperhead and Noble Causes writer Jay Faerber will team with artist Sumeyye Kesgin to reveal what really happened to famed aviator Amelia Earhart in a story involving alien worlds and flying beasts. Elsewhere debuts from Image Comics this August.

Elsewhere is the kind of series I’ve wanted to tackle for a long time, with exotic characters, fantastic creatures, and huge scope,” Faerber said in a press release. “But I needed a relatable character to hang everything on. I found that character in Amelia Earhart—she’s inspiring, courageous, and most of all, real. And I’ve found the perfect partner to help me navigate this thrilling adventure: artist Sumeyye Kesgin. She’s incredible, and absolutely vital to bringing this world to life.”

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Rainbow Rowell to write ‘Runaways’

Critically acclaimed young adult author tackles Marvel’s teen heroes with villainous parents.

Young adult and contemporary fiction writer Rainbow Rowell dropped a big hint on Twitter earlier this week something was on the horizon, and she was excited about it:

At the annual BookCon festival held in New York, Rainbow Rowell announced her writing duties on the new ongoing series Runaways, with Kris Anka as the illustrator.

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AdHouse gets ‘Screwed Up’ in August

Konstantin Steshenko’s marriage-proposal-gone-wrong story comes to print this summer.

AdHouse Books will publish Konstantin Steshenko’s Screwed Up in August, a tale of a marriage proposal gone wrong.

How bad is it, exactly? Well, you can take a look at some preview pages below, and just know that it gets awfully worse from there.

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Pandas go wild in Rivera’s variant cover for ‘Shirtless Bear Fighter’

Fourth issue of the miniseries to feature a cover by the popular artist.

Following the “Nude Beariant” cover for Image’s upcoming Shirtless Bear-Fighter #1, Paolo Rivera reveals his variant cover for the book’s fourth issue.

While no one’s naked, it does feature gratuitous panda bears. Take a look below.

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Valiant to release ‘Secret Edition’ versions of ‘Secret Weapons’

Which ones are “Secret” editions? It’s a secret.

If you’re planning to buy Valiant’s Secret Weapons when it arrives June 28, be on the lookout for a special “Secret Edition” version of the first issue.

Valiant Entertainment announced that some versions of the first issue will contain “subtle differences” that will help readers to “decode a major secret at the heart of the Valiant Universe’s most important new series.”

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Shirtless Bear-Fighter loses his pants for ‘Nude Beariant’ cover

We already know from the title of Shirtless Bear Fighter that we’ll see the main character fight bears with his shirt off, but looking at the preview pages for the new Image title, it looks like he will be pants-less as well. That point is driven even further home with the release of a “Nude Beariant” cover for the first issue, which you can find after the jump — NSFW, obviously.

Hey, if you’re already fighting bears without a shirt, who needs pants slowing you down as well?

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Battle Angel Alita returns in new digital and print graphic novels

Yukito Kishiro’s post-apocalyptic classic manga Gunnm returns to English audiences with a new translation by Kodansha Comics and Comixology Originals. Known as Battle Angel Alita to English audiences, it was first published as a serial in Shueisha’s Business Jump magazine in the 1990s. This re-release is a digital exclusive through ComiXology Original and is free today for ComiXology Unlimited subscribers.

Battle Angel Alita on ComiXology

Battle Angel Alita tells the story of Alita, a female cyborg. Parts of her were found in a scrapyard and she was eventually assembled into a mercenary hunter-warrior with no memory and then as a player in the brutal sport of Motorball. Memories of life on Mars begin to return to her during combat.

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