My JUL17 Comic Book Pre-Order Picks

As with any pre-order, I’ve not read any of these. I’m basing my picks on a balance of what I’ve enjoyed by these authors in the past and various leaps of faith.

American Way Those Above And Below
written by John Ridley
http://ift.tt/2srnPUk

Bankshot #4
written by Alex De Campi
http://ift.tt/2tKjtvB

Beirut Wont Cry Gn
written by Mazen Kerbaj
http://ift.tt/2sr32AA

Blood Brothers #4
written by Fabian Rangel Jr.
http://ift.tt/2tKdE10

Hi-Fi Fight Club #2
written by Carly Usdin
http://ift.tt/2sr337C

Hulk Planet Hulk Prose Novel HC
written by Greg Pak
http://ift.tt/2tKaavz

Sheena #1
written by Marguerite Bennett & Christina Trujillo
http://ift.tt/2sqYBFH

Slam Next Jam #1
written by Pamela Ribon
http://ift.tt/2tKisn7

Victor Lavalle Destroyer #5
written by Victor Lavalle
http://ift.tt/2srkvsC

Wonder Woman Conan #1
written by Gail Simone
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Catalyst Prime Accell #4
written by Joe Casey
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Catalyst Prime Incidentals #2
written by Joe Casey & Ramon Govea
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Catalyst Prime Superb #3
written by David Walker & Sheena C. Howard
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Animosity The Rise #3
written by Marguerite Bennett
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World Of Animosity #1
written by Marguerite Bennett
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Charlton Arrow #1
written by various
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Bedtime Stories For Impressionable Children #2
written by various
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Now #1
written by various
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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Comic Book Pre-Order

A while back, I got into an interesting twitter conversation with David F. Walker about how companies measure the success of a comic book by the pre-orders of the monthly book. I’ll talk about collected editions in a bit.
 
For the uninitiated, a a pre-order of a comic book are solicited 3 (or more) months before the book is available for retail sale. As such, there are no reviews nor are there many previews available for stores and consumers to research. What makes this really frustrating is because these are monthly books, you’ll have purchased issues 1, 2, 3, maybe even 4 before you can read #1. The Atlantic Monthly published in-depth article about this process http://theatln.tc/2sgcGZR

So for my nickles and dimes to affect publishing, they need to be spent pre-ordering books and hoping that they’ll be good. I do not like to operate this way. Traditionally, I prefer to heavily research purchases, and I like me a bargain. A creator is pretty much never going to make a dime off of any of my bargain bin or used purchases. (The same is true for “normal” books. Your used book purchases don’t help an author in an direct way.)
 
What especially frustrated me, was that according to Walker, my purchases of collected editions come too late to help the actual creators. A book is either approved or cancelled long before a collected edition comes into play. According to http://nyti.ms/2s4bV6r Black Panther crew was cancelled after less than a month of retail sales. No trade paperback sales are going to help that situation.
 
What lead me to tweeting questions to Walker was this article http://bit.ly/2qX2W2w .
 
So here is a draft of my JUN17 pre-orders:

Please note, these are not recommendations. I’ve not read them nor have I read reviews of them. I’m selecting them based on the writers and/or the solicitation blurbs.

ADVENTURE FINDERS #1
(W) Rod Espinosa
JUN171199
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AMERICAN WAY THOSE ABOVE AND BELOW #2
(W) John Ridley
(A/CA) Georges Jeanty
JUN170415
http://ift.tt/2sDQ0zQ

ARYA #1
(W) Sofia Davila, Minjun Chen
JUN171198
http://ift.tt/2s4pDGf

BANKSHOT #3
(W) Alex De Campi
(A/CA) Chris Cross
JUN170090
http://ift.tt/2sDy1cX

BLOOD BROTHERS #3
(W) Fabian, Jr. Rangel
(A/CA) Javier Caba
JUN171540
http://ift.tt/2s4worQ

CATALYST PRIME ACCELL #3
(W) Joe Casey
(A/CA) Damion Scott
JUN171787
http://ift.tt/2sDUvur

CATALYST PRIME INCIDENTALS #1
(W) Joe Casey, Ramon Govea
(A/CA) Larry Stroman
JUN171779
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CATALYST PRIME NOBLE #4
(W) Brandon Thomas
(A/CA) Roger Robinson
JUN171792
http://ift.tt/2sDOFt5

CATALYST PRIME SUPERB #2
(W) David Walker, Sheena C. Howard
(A) Ray-Anthony Height & Various
(CA) Ray-Anthony Height
JUN171783
http://ift.tt/2s4IUaF

DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA #3
(W/A/CA) Howard Chaykin
JUN170746
http://ift.tt/2sDBecH

HI-FI FIGHT CLUB #1
(W) Carly Usdin
(A/CA) Nina Vakueya
JUN171291
http://ift.tt/2s4ENv8

SHEENA #0 CVR A LUPACCHINO
(W) Marguerite Bennett, Christina Trujillo
(A)  Moritat
(CA) Emanuela Lupacchino
JUN171444
http://ift.tt/2sDDCQx

VICTOR LAVALLE DESTROYER #4
(W) Victor Lavalle
(A) Dietrich Smith
(CA) Micaela Dawn
JUN171314
http://ift.tt/2s4KMjR

In celebration of Jack Kirby’s 100th birthday DC is releasing a set of specials. Oddly enough, Marvel’s offering is rather lackluster; maybe they’re feeling sore about how the Kirby estate had to take them to court for Captain America creation credit…

BLACK RACER & SHILO NORMAN SPECIAL #1
(W) Reginald Hudlin
(A/CA) Denys Cowan, Bill Sienkiewicz
JUN170375
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DARKSEID SPECIAL #1
(W) Mark Evanier, Sam Humphries
(A) Scott Kolins, Steve Rude
(CA) Chris Burnham
JUN170374
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MANHUNTER SPECIAL #1
(W) Keith Giffen & Various
(A) Nick Bradshaw, Klaus Janson
(CA) Bruce Timm
JUN170373
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NEW GODS SPECIAL #1
(W) Shane Davis, Walter Simonson
(A) Shane Davis & Various
(CA) Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki
JUN170370
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NEWSBOY LEGION & BOY COMMANDOS SPECIAL #1
(W/A/CA) Howard Chaykin
JUN170371
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SANDMAN SPECIAL #1
(W) Dan Jurgens, Steve Orlando
(A) Jon Bogdanove, Rick Leonardi
(CA) Paul Pope
JUN170372
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Artist’s Edition (and related) Fascination

Very basically, the Artist’s Edition format is a hardcover-bound facsimiles of original art at original size.

This format allows for people to simulate owning original art at a fraction of the cost of buying it.

There are a two things that muddies the basic definition.

  • Publishers aside from IDW have their own names for theirs.
  • IDW also started 3 other lines: Artifact, Artisan, and Portfolio.

Below is a chart I put together to explain the differences.

Feature Chart

Bound Original Art @ Original Size Original Art @ Reduced Size Complete Story
Artist’s Edition (IDW)

Apex Edition (2000AD)

Archival Edition (Hermes Press)

Art Edition (Dynamite)

Curator’s Edition (Kitchen Sink Books/Dark Horse)

Gallery Edition (Dark Horse & DC/Graphitti Designs)

Original Art Archives (Genesis West)

Original Art Edition (Titan)

Studio Edition (Fantagraphics)

Yes
Hardcover
Yes 1, 2, 3 No Yes
Artifact Edition (IDW) Yes
Hardcover
Yes 4 No No
Artisan Edition (IDW) Yes
Hardcover
or
Softcover
No Yes Sometimes 5
Artist’s Edition Portfolio (IDW), Portfolios (various) No
Unbound
Yes 6 No Sometimes 7

Notes

  1. Exception: A minor amount of pages may be missing. In those cases, the publisher will replace with high-resolution scans or other versions of the art
  2. Exception: A few titles have art that is slightly reduced due to the vast size of the original art. To my knowledge, the exceptions are Charles M Schulz’s Peanuts Artist’s Edition and Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant Studio Edition.
  3. Mostly 12″x17″ or 15″x22″. However, the extremes are 9″x13″ and 17″x23.25″.
  4. Mostly 12″x17″.
  5. Wally Wood’s EC Comics and Dave Stevens’s Rocketeer do. I’m unsure if Jack Kirby’s Pencils & Inks and Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles do or not.
  6. Mostly 12″x18″.
  7. These portfolios contain full stories: Bernie Wrightson’s Muck Monster, Michael Golden’s G I Joe Yearbook, Neal Adams’s Thrill Kill, Russ Heath’s Yellow Heat, Walt Simonson’s Lawnmower Man. These portfolios do not contain full stories: EC Covers, Gabriel Rodriguez’s Locke Key, Gabriel Rodriguez’s Locke Key Cover, Walt Simonson’s Ragnarok, Wally Wood’s THUNDER Agents.

External Links

General Resources

Highly Recommended: Comic Book Daily’s Artist’s Edition Index http://www.aeindex.org

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Omar’s (Un-Produced) Too Much Light Plays: Cut Before Its Time

[As ensemble member announces title when it is *first* pulled, interrupt her/him yelling CURTAIN. It is important to note that this will require the entire ensemble pay attention; if the first reading is not interrupted, it is too late. The play will have had its time. You will have failed. Not you in the plural sense. You in the singular. You who are reading this right now are a failure… an abject failure. You may as well just end the whole show now. Ending the show before the 60 minute mark is the only way to salvage the failure of not ending this play before the time. So the question becomes “Just how dedicated are you? Will you end the show to prove that you are dedicated to the fleeting nature of performance?” I suppose that’s more than one question, but I think you get my point. Please end the play properly so we don’t have to find out what happens.]

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Tanka Form

Traditional US understanding of the Tanka form is as follows.

  • a 5-line syllabic poem
  • syllable pattern: 5-7-5-7-7

Often, I’ll see the subject matter dealing with nature. There’s also can be a bit of a volta between the 3rd and 4th lines.

As with the Haiku, the syllable count and line breaks are a bit of a mistranslation.

The line breaks in traditional Haiku and Tanka are arbitrary. A web search for either form will result in a number of different configurations. It’s possible to even find them written as a single line: a Haiku of 12 characters and a Tanka of 26 characters.

Written Japanese uses a logographic writing system versus alphabetical. A single Kanji character can encompass a whole concept where a single syllable could only be part of a concept. Here’s an example:

交 can mean mix, intersect, exchange/communicate, or deliver. That one symbol can have a syllabic equivalent of up to 4 syllables.

For my purposes, I forgo the line breaks; but keep the syllables. 

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