Comics’ coming-of-age party at TCAF this weekend

My, how we’ve grown! This year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival, which takes place this weekend in the Toronto Reference Library, will include a number of significant anniversaries.

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Watch the trailer for Valiant’s ‘Secret Weapons’

Arrival screenwriter Eric Heisserer is teaming with artist Raul Allen and Patricia Martin to reboot the Valiant title Secret Weapons next month — and now the publisher has put out a trailer for the first issue.

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King, Gerads team up on ‘Jack Kirby’s Jesus’ — Mister Miracle

New 12-issue series launches in August.

Paste Magazine shares the news that Tom King and Mitch Gerads, the team behind Vertigo’s popular The Sheriff of Babylon series, are teaming up on a Mister Miracle series at DC Comics. The 12-issue miniseries (Maxiseries? Is that still a thing?) launches in August. Doom Patrol artist Nick Derington will provide the covers.

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New miniseries expands the world of ‘Lazarus’

Greg Rucka and Michael Lark’s Image series enlists Eric Trautmann, Steve Lieber and more to explore different corners of the ‘Lazarus’ universe.

Greg Rucka and Michael Lark have recruited several writers and artists for a new six-issue miniseries set in the world of their popular Lazarus comic from Image. Lazarus: X+66 will feature six different stories that look into “neglected” corners of the world they’ve been building.

“Part of the joy of writing Lazarus for me is exploring and defining different aspects of the world, and in particular the characters who inhabit it,” Rucka said in a press release. “Following the events of ‘Cull,’ and gearing up for the inevitable trauma that will be ‘Fracture,’ this was the ideal time and place to look into some of the corners of our universe that had been, for one reason or another, neglected, while at the same time buttressing and expanding on the overall ‘main story’ that Michael and I are telling. Every one of these stories is important in the larger narrative, and getting to provide a laser focus on them is simply something that we can’t do in the confines of the pages of the monthly.”

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Cloonan’s minicomics get the ‘director’s cut’ treatment in July

Image will collect Becky Cloonan’s ‘The Mire,” ‘Wolves’ and “Demeter’ into a trade paperback with colors by Lee Loughridge.

Over the years Becky Cloonan has released a series of delightful minicomics, including Wolves, Demeter and The Mire. Following the release of a limited-edition hardcover collection back in 2014, Image Comics will now release a “director’s cut” trade paperback of the three minicomics.

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Aaron, Stewart’s ‘The Other Side’ gets deluxe hardcover treatment

Image Comics will release a new collection of the Eisner-nominated miniseries in July.

Image Comics will publish Jason Aaron and Cameron Stewart’s Eisner-nominated miniseries The Other Side as a deluxe hardcover “brimming with extras” in July.

“I’ve never worked harder on a comic than I did on this,” Aaron said in a statement. “And if I hadn’t, I don’t know where I’d be today. This book gave me a career. And in these pages, Cameron and Dave McCaig gave us all some of the most intense and haunting visuals the war comic genre has ever seen.”

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Centaurs, werewolves and magic — oh my! — inhabit the world of ‘Moonstruck’

New Image Comics title from Grace Ellis, Shae Beagle and Laurenn McCubbin arrives in July.

At Emerald City Comicon in March, Image Comics announced a boatload of new comic titles, including Moonstruck by writer Grace Ellis, artist Shae Beagle and colorist Laurenn McCubbin. And now they’ve announced a few additional details about the comic.

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Smash Pages Q&A: Ekstrom & Brownfield on Imminent Press and ‘Terminal’

Two members of the newly formed collective discuss their current Kickstarter campaign as it nears its completion date.

In January, a new comics imprint, Imminent Press, took to Kickstarter to raise funds to bring their graphic novel anthology, titled Terminal, to life. The campaign failed.

But more importantly, they didn’t give up.

The second time’s the charm, as they dusted themselves off and retooled their project and campaign. Now with less than a week left, they’ve hit their funding goal for the first issue of a Terminal miniseries, with hopes that they can earn enough to publish the second issue as well. Contributors to the project include a mix of veteran and emerging comic and webcomic creators, along with several names you might recognize from the comic press — one of whom is even our former boss.

I spoke with two members of their “board,” Steve Ekstrom and Troy Brownfield, about Imminent Press, Terminal, their Kickstarter campaign and more.

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‘The Damned’ returns this week for a buck

Check out a preview of Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt’s new ongoing featuring gangsters and demons.

If you have an extra buck tomorrow at your comic shop or on comiXology, be sure to check out the first issue of Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt’s latest, The Damned. The comic started as a series of miniseries back in 2006, but after a long hiatus, the book returns tomorrow — as an ongoing series.

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