‘Island’ anthology to end with issue #15

Island co-editor Brandon Graham took to Twitter on Saturday to announce that the anthology will come to an end with issue #15.

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Gillen, Fuso enlisted for James Bond one-shot

Dynamite announces ‘James Bond: Service,’ a one-shot featuring an assassin’s plot to exterminate the “special relationship” between the U.S. and Great Britain.

Joining a list of writers that already includes Warren Ells, Andy Diggle, James Robinson and Benjamin Percy, Kieron Gillen has signed on to write Dynamite’s James Bond. He’ll team with artist Antonio Fuso to write James Bond: Service, a one-shot due out in May.

“The thing with the icons is that I’m not particularly interested in doing a one-size-fit-all story for them,” Gillen said in his email newsletter today. “You need to make them live, and that means finding something that really captures you. As such, this ends up digging into some of the interest in history and geopolitics which drives work like Uber, and merging it with the contemporary era. It is very much a Bond inspired by Brexit and realpolitik. If you can’t use a country’s icon to talk about the country, what’s the point, right?”

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Luna + Vaughn build an ‘Eternal Empire’ at Image

New fantasy comic from the team behind ‘Alex + Ada’ invades your world in May.

Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn, who turned a lot of heads with their science fiction series Alex + Ada, are reuniting for a new ongoing fantasy series called Eternal Empire.

“I am passionate about fantasy,” Vaughn said in a press release. “It feeds my soul, and it’s what I reach for when I need comfort and restoration. I can’t tell you how happy I am to be working with Jonathan again on this book, and to dive into Eternal Empire’s world and its characters.”

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Next ‘Dragon Age’ mini features the new viscount of Kirkwall

Dark Horse Comics announced a new Dragon Age miniseries, “Knight Errant,” back in October at NYCC, and now via Polygon they’ve release a few more details on the project.

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Team Allred assembles for ‘Bug!: The Adventures of Forager’ from Young Animal

Michael, Laura and Lee Allred team up to tell a story straight from Jack Kirby’s Fourth World.

DC Comics’ Young Animal line will expand in May with ‘Bug!: The Adventures of Forager’ by Michael, Lee and Laura Allred. The six-issue miniseries is set to debut May 10.

“Every time I get to work with my ‘big bro’ Lee, it’s like tapping into our most thrilling childhood comic book daydreams,” Michael Allred said in the press release. “If you gave me the chance to list the characters I’d most like to get my hands on from Kirby’s ‘Fourth World,’ Forager the Bug sits squarely at the top. And now we are throwing him into the DC’s Young Animal mix, winding him up and letting him go! When you add in our not-so-secret weapon of Laura’s magical colors, I couldn’t possibly be more pumped about this series!”

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Werewolf western ‘High Moon’ returns from Super Genius

The first of three collections of the former Zuda series by David Gallaher and Steve Ellis arrives in October.

The western/horror comic High Moon by David Gallaher and Steve Ellis returns to print in October from Papercutz’s Super Genius imprint, with the first of three slipcase editions collecting the story.

High Moon: Bullet Holes and Bite Marks kicks off the story of a bounty hunter with a secret, who battles werewolves and supernatural forces in Texas. Volume two will follow in May of 2018, while volume three will conclude the story with all-new material. All three graphic novels will feature new covers by Ellis and will be published simultaneously in hardcover and paperback.

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Latour, Brandon, Hinkle, Wilson unleash a ‘Black Cloud’ in April

Jason Latour, Ivan Brandon, Greg Hinkle and Matt Wilson are teaming up for a new comic from Image, Black Cloud, about a girl named Zelda “born in a world of dreams.”

The book was originally announced last year with a fall 2016 release date, but Image confirmed via press release this week that it will now come out in April.

Here’s the description:

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Birdcage Bottom benefit backs ACLU

Publisher/distributor J.T. Yost shares more on his current fundraiser.

Birdcage Bottom Books, which publishes minicomics and distributes for other small presses and individuals, is running a fundraiser through the month of February: 50% of the sales of selected comics will go to the ACLU. This is a great opportunity to pick up minicomics by rising and accomplished creators such as Glynis Fawkes, Whit Taylor, Hazel Newlevant, Kevin Budnik, and Jonathan Baylis, and help a great cause at the same time.

I checked in with J.T. Yost, who runs Birdcage Bottom and publishes his own comics there, to find out more about the fundraiser—and ask for some personal recommendations!

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Hobos punch toward paradise in Starks’ ‘Rock Candy Mountain’

New image series from Kyle Starks to feature hobos, magic, punching and the Literal Devil.

Kyle Starks, creator of the high-octane books Sexcastle, The Legend of Ricky Thunder and Kill Them All, has a new book coming from Image Comics in April — Rock Candy Mountain. Image describes it as an action comedy, filled with “epic stakes, magic, friendships, trains, punching, kicking, joking, a ton of hobo nonsense, and the Literal Devil. Yeah. The Literal Devil.”

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