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Sam Glanzman (1924-2017): Navy veteran and and Eisner Award-nominated comic artist Sam Glanzman, 92, passed away July 12. Over the span of his 75-year career in comics, Glanzman worked for Marvel, DC Comics, Charlton, Harvey and Dell, among others, on titles like G.I. Combat, Sgt. Rock, Hercules, Jonah Hex, Fightin’ Army, Savage Tales, Semper Fi, Zorro and Kona, Monarch of Monster Isle. Marvel published his A Sailor’s Story graphic novel in 1987, a personal account of his time on the U.S.S. Stevens during World War II. A sequel followed. New stories about his time on the U.S.S. Stevens appeared in DC’s Joe Kubert Presents six-issue anthology limited series, and those stories, along with the two volumes of A Sailor’s Story, were collected in U.S.S. Stevens: The Collected Stories, which is nominated for the Eisner Award this year. A successful Kickstarter campaign to bring Red Range, a story drawn by Glanzman and written by Joe R. Lansdale, recently wrapped up.
The comics market is growing, but monthly comics are not. Also: A week of great comics articles from NPR!
By the Numbers: The comics market increased by 5% to a total of $1.085 billion in 2016, according to an estimate by Milton Griepp of ICv2 and John Jackson Miller of Comichron. Graphic novels sold in bookstores accounted for almost all the growth, however; they were up 16%, while sales of monthly comics in comic shops, on newsstands, and in digital format remained flat. Griepp saw the graphic novel growth as evidence that the market is expanding, as more women and children find graphic novels, while Miller credited Marvel’s Star Wars comics and DC’s Rebirth event.
Whatever Happened to comiXology? Three years after the largest digital comics service was purchased by Amazon, they still have plenty going on, says comics-biz maven Rob Salkowitz, including using Amazon’s “affinity marketing” (if you liked this, you’ll like that) tools, expanding to foreign audiences, and bringing in new readers via the ComiXology Unlimited, Kindle Unlimited, and Prime Reading programs.
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 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.
Ability to read comics panel-to-panel will arrive via updates to the Kindle apps.
Amazon has added comiXology’s “Guided View” experience, which allows you to zoom in and read comics from panel-to-panel, to its Kindle app for iOS, Fire tablets and Android.
“Our customers are passionate about comic books and we continuously look for ways to make their experience even better,” said David Naggar, Vice President, Kindle, in a press release. “We are excited to debut comiXology’s best-in-class Guided View reading experience on Kindle.”
It’s Black Friday, the official kickoff of the holiday shopping season (Unless you’re my sister-in-law, and you started in July). But anyway, yes, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the holiday season mean that lots of things are on sale. Here’s a rundown of some comic-related things to check out.
The digital comics platform’s new program features exclusive comic content for comiXology and Kindle.
ComiXology has announced a line of exclusively digital comics, teaming with BOOM! Studios, Valiant Entertainment and the estate of Harvey Kurtzman on new content. Called “comiXology Originals,” the comics can only be found on comiXology and Kindle starting next year.
“Our mission is to make everyone on the face of the planet a comic fan, and with comiXology Originals we’re excited to offer a range of content by diverse creators,” said comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger in a press release. “It’s fantastic to be working with publishers across the spectrum to deliver great comics to comiXology and Kindle, offering fans stories that they can’t get anywhere else.”
comiXology debuts 15 new titles today, with many more coming soon, including ‘XIII,’ ‘The Survivors,’ ‘Thorgal’ and ‘Lucky Luke.’
comiXology debuted 15 new titles from Europe Comics and Cinebook today, including English versions of “XIII Vol. 17,” “Largo Winch Vol. 15,” “Lucky Luke Vol. 15” and other popular European comics. In addition, they announced more French comics will be available in the coming months.
“French comics have been making major inroads with U.S fans for the last few years at a rate never seen before. With both Europe Comics and Cinebooks, it’s wonderful to see the catalog of amazing English language BD grow at such a phenomenal pace,” said comiXology’s Chip Mosher. “Thanks to this deal, the ‘French Invasion’ of the comics on comiXology continues.”
Selections available today include:
1066 Vol 1 by Patrick Weber
Antares Episodes 16 by Leo
Blake & Mortimer Vol 13 by various
Blast 1 by Mamu Larcenet
Crusade Vol 14 by Jean Dufaux and Phillippe Xavier
Harmony 1 by Mathieu Reynès
The Keeper by Yves Sente and François Boucq
Lady S Vol 15 by Philippe Aymond and Jean Van Hamme
Largo Winch Vol 15 by Philippe Francq and Jean Van Hamme
Lucky Luke Vol 15 by Morris, René Goscinny and various
Raptors by Jean Dufaux and Enrico Marini
Thorgal Vol 1-3 by Grzegorz Rosinski and Jean Van Hamme
Valerian Vol 110 by Jean-Claude Mézières and Pierre Christin
Water Memory by Mathieu Reynès and Valérie Vernay
XIII Vol 17 by Youri Jigounov, Yves Sente, Jean Van Hamme, William Vance, Jean Giraud and more
While those that are coming soon include:
Aldebaran by Leo
Alone by Bruno Gazzotti and Fabien Vehlmann
Alpha by Youri Jigounov and Mythic
Barracuda by Jérémy and Jean Dufaux
Berlin by Marvano and Mark Van Oppen
Betelgeuse by Leo
Billy & Buddy by Jean Roba
The Bluecoats by Raoul Cauvin and Willy Lambil
Cedric by Laudec and Raoul Cauvin
The Chimpanzee by Richard Marazano and Jean-Michel Ponzio
Cinebook Recounts by Chauvin, Uderzo, B. Asso, and Bergese
Clifton by Bob De Groot and Michel Rodrigue and Turk
Damocles by Alain Henriet and Joël Callède
Darwin’s Diaries by Sylvain Runberg and Eduardo Ocaña
Ducoboo by Zidrou and Godi
The Fascinating by André-Paul Duchâteau and René Follet
Insiders by Jean-Claude Bertoll and Renaud Garreta
I.R.$. by Stephen Desberg and Bernard Vrancken
Iznogoud by René Goscinny and Jean Tabary
Kenya by Rodolphe and Leo
Lament by Grzegorz Rosinski and Jean Dufaux
The Last Templar by Miguel Lalor and Raymond Khoury
Long John Silver by Xavier Dorison and Mathieu Lauffray
The Marquis of Anaon by Matthieu Bonhomme and Fabien Vehlmann
Melusine by François Gilson and Clarke
Namibia by Bertrand Marchal and Leo
Orbital by Sylvain Runberg and Serge Pellé
Papyrus by Lucien De Gieter
The Rugger Boys by Poupard and Béka
The Scorpion by Stephen Desberg and Enrico Marini
Spirou & Fantasio by Franquin, Tome and Janry
The Survivors by Leo
Wayne Shelton by Christian Denayer and Jean Van Hamme
Wisher by Giulio De Vita and Sébastien Latour
XIII by Youri Jigounov, Yves Sente, Jean Van Hamme, William Vance, Jean Giraud and more
Comics Experience, the online school/community aimed at future comics creators that’s run by former Marvel and IDW editor Andy Schmidt, will begin publishing digital comics by its members and alumni later this month.
The comics will be sold through comiXology starting Jan. 13 and will include:
Past the Last Mountain by Paul Allor, Louie Joyce, and Gannon Beck, which “brings together an unlikely trio of fantasy creatures in a story of unity and survival.”
Karma Police by Chris Lewis, Tony Gregori, Jasen Smith, and Nic J. Shaw, “a bizarre generation-spanning mystery full of murder, intrigue, reincarnation and even luchador demons.” LUCHADOR DEMONS!
Wretched Things by Devon Wong, Ken Perry, and John Hunt, which features “a world where The Vermin reign supreme.”
Deluge by JD Oliva and Richard P. Clark, a crime drama set against the backdrop of a post-Katrina Gulf Coast.
“ComiXology offers us a unique way to get even more fantastic content to more fans around the world. And the more truly great creator-owned and controlled projects getting published, and that’s just good for everyone,” said Comics Experience founder and CEO Andy Schmidt in the press release. “The Comics Experience Digital Publishing program is the latest way for us to help bring new, talented creators to audiences around the world and put them in front of the industry’s largest publishers.”
This initiative follows the one announced last year where Comics Experience teamed with IDW Publishing to publish comics by members of their online community. That one brought titles like Tet and Gutter Magic to the publisher.