Thursday, June 30, 2011

DC Relaunch Titles I Would Have Liked to See

Last week I ranked my interest in all fifty-two of the upcoming DC relaunch titles (aka DCnU). Seven of those I rated as 'Definitely No.' What titles would I like to have seen instead? Here are some possibilities:

Lois Lane, Ace Reporter
by Paul Tobin & Colleen Coover
Lois Lane is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the Daily Planet's number one reporter. So why does that country bumpkin Clark Kent always get those scoops on Superman? In between investigating corruption in Metropolis City Hall and bringing down criminal conspiracies, Lois is going to use all her journalism skills to uncover Kent's secret!

Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld
by Tania del Rio
Fifteen-year-old high school student Amy Winston learns that she's really a warrior princess from the magical realm of Gemworld. Now she divides her time between defending Gemworld from the evil forces of Dark Opal and trying to pass American History and avoid the wrath of the queen bees in school. But which world will prove more treacherous? (Hint: it's probably high school).

Spoilers
by Bryan Q. Miller & Nicola Scott
Stephanie Brown has been Robin and Batgirl, but she still can't get the super-hero community to take her seriously! Now she's forming her own team of teenage girl super-heroes–including former Batgirl Cassandra Cain–and they're intent on making their mark in the world! 

G.I. Robot
by Matt Kindt
SFC Jake Kanigher discovers a WWII-era robot in the basement of a secret military research facility. But what is Jake's hidden connection to the 70-year-old robotics program? He'd better find out soon, because now an unknown conspiracy is trying to capture the robot, and have Jake killed!

Challengers of the Unknown
by Kathryn Immonen & Tonci Zonjic
Trapped in suspended animation for fifty years, Ace, Red, Rocky, Prof and June awaken to find 2012 a bewildering world, but one that still has plenty of unknowns to challenge!

Stargirl
by Nick Spencer & Dean Trippe
On her fourteenth birthday, star athlete-in-the-making Courtney Whitmore inherits her late grandfather's Gravity Rod, which gives its user the power to control gravity and channel a mysterious Cosmic Energy. Now Courtney must choose between becoming a super-hero and training for the swim team; but with what she learns about her grandfather's connection to a mysterious Society of Justice, the choice may already be made for her!

Angel and the Ape
by Andrew Pepoy & Amy Mebberson
Angel O'Day is a can't-catch-a-break private investigator; Sam Simeon, Angel's new office-mate, is a comic book artist—and a gorilla! Together they make up the DCU's oddest of odd couples, exploring the wacky and hilarious side of the new DCU!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Monkey Covers

Sunday is Monkey Covers day here at YACB. Because there's nothing better than a comic with a monkey on the cover!

Boo Cook draws multiple Maddrox monkeys on the monkey variant cover for X-Factor #38 (2008).

Image courtesy of the GCD. Click on the image for a larger version.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Gene Colan

Back in 2008 when Steve Gerber passed away I posted about one of my favorite Gerber stories, the four-issue Phantom Zone mini-series he did with artist Gene Colan. With Colan's passing yesterday, it seems appropriate to once again highlight that awesome head-trip of a story, for which Colan's art was perfectly suited:


I was too young to encounter Colan's seminal work for Marvel on the likes of Tomb of Dracula or Howard the Duck, but I was right in the prime spot for his 80s DC work on this and on Night Force (soon to be collected in hardcover). The energy in his unconventional layouts and fluid drawing was obvious even to the novice eye of my twelve-year-old self. Thanks, Gene, for all the great comics you drew.

Amazon Top 50

Here are the Top 50 Graphic Novels on Amazon this morning. All the previous caveats apply.

1 (+2). The Walking Dead Volume 14: No Way Out *
2 (-). Dork Diaries 3 (Kindle edition)
3 (-1). Dork Diaries 3: Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star
4 (-3). Cabin Fever (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 6) *
5 (-). Diary of a Wimpy Kid 5: The Ugly Truth
6 (-). Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight Volume 8: Last Gleaming
7 (N). Hark! A Vagrant *
8 (+5). Dork Diaries (Kindle edition)
9 (-). The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book (revised and expanded edition)
10 (-3). Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
11 (-). Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
12 (-2). Dork Diaries 2 (Kindle edition)
13 (-1). Batman: Year One
14 (+15). Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History
15 (-1). Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
16 (-8). 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth
17 (+19). Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 2 *
18 (+1). Big Nate Out Loud
19 (+28). Green Lantern: Brightest Day
20 (+3). Diary of a Wimpy Kid Box of Books
21 (+4). Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Boxset
22 (-6). Dork Diaries 2: Tales from a Not-So-Popular Party Girl
23 (+4). Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, Vol. 2 - The Little Sister of Eluria
24 (+6). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1
25 (+1). Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life
26 (-5). Batman: The Killing Joke
27 (+6). Walking Dead Volume 13
28 (-). Watchmen
29 (+11). Green Lantern: Rebirth
30 (+4). V for Vendetta
31 (R). The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes
32 (-12). Batman: Arkham Asylum (15th Anniversary Edition)
33 (-18). Batman & Robin Vol. 3: Batman Must Die!
34 (N). Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Lost Adventures
35 (R). Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War, Vol. 2
36 (R). Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale
37 (-5). Big Nate Boredom Buster: Super Scribbles, Cool Comix, and Lots of Laughs
38 (R). X-Men: Second Coming
39 (R). Batman: The Long Halloween
40 (+8). Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight Volume 7: Twilight
41 (N). Castle Waiting
42 (R). Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life
43 (R). 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (Kindle edition)
44 (N). Congress of the Animals
45 (R). Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War, Vol. 1
46 (-29). Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
47 (R). Daytripper
48 (R). The Walking Dead, Vol. 10: What We Become
49 (R). The Walking Dead, Book 6
50 (-12). Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art


Items with asterisks (*) are pre-order items.

N = New listing appearing on list for first time
R = Item returning to the list after having been off for 1 or more weeks


Commentary:

* For the third week in a row we have a new number one, as the imminent release of the next Walking Dead collection climbs up to the top spot.

* Debuting in the top slot is the collection of Kate Beaton's Webcomic Hark! A Vagrant. Other debuts are Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Lost Adventures; Jim Woodring's Congress of the Animals; and Linda Medley's first Castle Waiting collection.

* There's a bit of splash up for Green Lantern titles which may be due to the movie, though the release of a new collection (in this case, Green Lantern: Brightest Day) often has the same effect on the backlist without a movie.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A Short Report (and a Few Pics) from Kids Read Comics

On Saturday I took my nephew (age 11) to the Kids Read Comics festival in Chelsea, MI. Based at the Chelsea District Library and running down Main Street at various locations, it was pretty much everything you could want from a comic festival aimed at kids and teens.

We started the day at a workshop run by Dave Roman on creating characters:


We then hit the kids artist alley and bought a few things (I picked up some minis for our library's nascent mini-comics collection), and then stopped by the Green Brain table where Dave Roman & Raina Telgemeier were signing. My nephew bought a copy of Dave's new Astronaut Academy graphic novel, and was thrilled to get his copy of SMILE autographed by Raina (he says it's his second favorite graphic novel, right after Bone.)

We then walked down Main Street (past the Jiffy factory) to the pizza place which was having an all-you-can-eat buffet for the attendees. There we met up with my friend E~ and his family (K~, who buys adult comics for one of the local public libraries, and their kids ages 5 and 1).

After lunch we stopped over at the teen artist alley, where I got to tell Thom Zahler, John Ostrander, Bill Loebs, Barbara Slate, and Gary Cohn how awesome they all are; Barbara was impressed and a bit surprised that I fondly remembered her old Marvel series Sweet XVI!

Walking back up the street, we caught the tail end of one of the quick draw sessions, where artists would do large sketches based on whatever passersby suggested. With my nephew's help we suggested that Raina Telgemeier draw a monkey throwing banana pulp at the headless horseman. Here she is in progress:


while Dave Roman & Jerzy Drozd looked on:


Then we went across the street to look at the Comic Jam! exhibition at the Chelsea River Gallery. Then we swung back up to the kids artist alley for one more run through before heading back home:


It was a great day for a comics festival, and my many thanks to all the organizers for their hard work. I assume there will be another Kids Love Comics festival next year, so I strongly recommend that you find a kid and take them!

Ranking the DCnU Reboot Titles

DC is launching or relaunching a whopping fifty-two new titles in September. That's way too many to buy all of them, and this makes for a good opportunity to re-examine what I usually purchase. So here's my take, based on the available information (mainly the solicitations); all 52 of the DCnU relaunch titles, ranked according to my likelihood of buying them:

Definitely Yes

1. Action Comics - They had me at Grant Morrison + Superman.

2. Superman - I'm actually a bit apprehensive about the Superman reboot, like I am with every Superman reboot. But with Morrison & Perez at the helm, I'm fairly optimistic this time out. Plus, I've bought every issue of Superman since 1982, and I'm likely not stopping until I'm dead or it stops being published.

3. Batwoman - Finally! And with Williams switching off story arcs with Amy Reeder, this will likely be the best looking book on DC's slate.

4. Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. - This looks to possibly be twenty pages of four-color awesome every month.

5. Justice League - I've bought every regular JL comic since the 80s, and this big-guns approach with Johns & Lee looks to be what I'm after in a JL comic.

6. Justice League International - A return to my second-favorite JL era, with Aaron Lopresti on art, makes for a winning combination.

Yes, with Reservations

7. Batgirl - Yes, I wish she were still Oracle as much as the rest of you. But I will read a Gail Simone Batgirl comic staring Barbara Gordon.

8. Animal Man - Every Animal Man take since Morrison's has disappointed, but I have hopes for Jeff Lemire giving it a shot.

9. Static Shock - One of my favorite Milestone characters. I wish Rozum were still doing Xombi, but hey, I'll take what I can get.

10. All-Star Western - Gray & Palmiotti's Jonah Hex has been consistantly entertaining for going on five years now, but I'm not sure it needs to lose the done-in-one stories nor does it need a Gotham City tie-in.

11. Wonder Woman - Normally Cliff Chiang drawing anything is an automatic yes, but I'm usually disappointed in Azzarello in general and his super-hero stuff in particular. But, when Azzarello & Chiang got together for Doctor 13, it was wonderful, so I'll hope for the same magic again here.

12. The Fury of Firestorm - Big fan of the character from the 80s and the recent Jason Rusch version as well. It will be interesting to see how Van Sciver & Simone merge their sensibilities in writing.

13. Blue Beetle - Glad to see Jaime Reyes given another go. If the new creative team can recapture the charm of the original, this this will be a winner.

14. Green Lantern - Looks like business as usual, so I'll likely stick around for a while.

15. Green Lantern Corps - Ditto.

16. Legion of Super-Heroes - Ditto.

17. Batman - I've really liked Snyder's writing on Detective as of late; I just wish he was being teamed with his 'Tec cohorts Jock and/or Francesco Francavilla here as well (I can take or leave Capullo).

18. Swamp Thing - Not completely sold on the reboot premise, but I like the creative team.

19. Demon Knights - Again, not sure about the premise, but Paul Cornell hasn't let me down yet.

Maybe/Provisional

20. Hawk and Dove - It'll be a race to see whether this or Batman: The Dark Knight is the first DCnU title to fall behind.

21. Stormwatch - Again, Cornell has yet to let me down, but I really don't see this Wildstorm concept fitting in to the DCnU, and Martian Manhunter seems like a really odd fit.

22. Mister Terrific - Like the character and the idea of his headlining a series, not too enthused by what I've seen from writer Eric Wallace in the past.

23. Supergirl - Not sure about the reboot here, but I've liked Green & Johnson's work on Superman/Batman, so this book gets the benefit of the doubt for now.

24. Batman and Robin - If this can maintain the punch and action I expect, then I'll stick around.

25. Batwing - 'The Batman of Africa' could be a good concept, but I'm not sure that Winick is the best choice for it.

26. Legion Lost - Yet another Legion in their past/our present story? But I like Pete Woods, so I'll check it out.

27. O.M.A.C. - Giffen co-writing and drawing bumps a concept I normally wouldn't care about up into the provisional category.

28. I, Vampire - I want to support this title, but man, that cover... ugh.

29. Aquaman - I always give new Aquaman titles a try, but am often disappointed.

30. The Flash - Can Manpul write? I'll give his a shot, but I'm not a huge Flash fan so this will be a very short trial.

31. Green Lantern: New Guardians - Not a huge Kyle Raynor fan, but Bedard generally writes pretty good super-hero science fiction-y stuff.

32. DC Universe Presents - Paul Jenkins' super-hero stuff normally leaves me a bit cold, but Deadman may be a good character for him. We'll see...

33. Justice League Dark - Horrible title, interesting premise. And that Milligan guy, who will now be writing both the Vertigo and DCnU versions of the character.

34. Detective Comics - I've been floating along with Daniel's work on Batman, but this may be a good place to drop off.

35. Resurrection Man - I never really read this the first go-around, but the premise always struck me as interesting.

36. Voodoo - This will really depend on execution a solid but not exciting creative team.

37. Suicide Squad - One of my favorite high-concepts ever in comics returns, but everything about that cover screams at me to stay away.

38. Blackhawks - Could be interesting, but could also go disastrously wrong. (Now if Jock were drawing this, I'd be all up for it...)

Probably Not

39. Men of War - I think I'd rather see this as a straight war comic without the super-hero-y stuff.

40. Grifter - Nothing much exciting here for this Wildstorm transplant.

41. Catwoman - The cover indicates that this is everything I don't want in a Catwoman comic.

42. Captain Atom - I like the charatcer and have very fond memories of the old Cary Bates series. But I don't care much for either creator.

43. Superboy - Looks like they're throwing away all the Superboy continuity. I really liked with Jeff Lemire was doing with the character, so this looks like a huge step back. The new creative team doesn't much appeal either.

44. Batman: The Dark Knight - Haven't really cared much for Finch on this title the first time around. Then again, committing to this title would only mean buying two or three issues a year...

45. Red Lanterns - I really don't think that I need twenty pages of characters vomiting blood each month.

Definitely No

46. Teen Titans - Seems like for the last five years or so I've always been on the verge of dropping this title, but there was always another new creative team around the corner. But this looks to be the final straw.

47. Nightwing - My level of not caring for any aspect of this is pretty darn high.

48. Birds of Prey - I've bought every single issue of BoP up to this point. And now? Ugh.

49. Red Hood and the Outlaws - Absolutely no appeal here.

50. Deathstroke - Ditto.

51. Green Arrow - One of my least favorite writers on a character I could care less about.

52. The Savage Hawkman - Non a huge fan of Tony Daniel's writing, and even less of a fan of Philip Tan's art. A very easy no.


Final totals:

Definitely Yes: 6 titles
Yes, With Reservations: 13 titles
Maybe/Provisional: 19 titles
Probably Not: 7 titles
Definitely No: 7 titles

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Monkey Covers

Sunday is Monkey Covers day here at YACB. Because there's nothing better than a comic with a monkey on the cover!

The monkey and the bear are really watering down the lemonade on the cover of The Monkey and the Bear #2 (1953) by Howie Post.

Image courtesy of the GCD. Click on the image for a larger version.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Amazon Top 50

Here are the Top 50 Graphic Novels on Amazon this morning. All the previous caveats apply.

1 (N). Cabin Fever (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 6) *
2 (-1). Dork Diaries 3 (Kindle edition)
3 (-). The Walking Dead Volume 14: No Way Out *
4 (-2). Dork Diaries 3: Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star
5 (-1). Diary of a Wimpy Kid 5: The Ugly Truth
6 (-1). Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight Volume 8: Last Gleaming
7 (-1). Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
8 (-1). 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides)
9 (-2). The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book (revised and expanded edition)
10 (-2). Dork Diaries 2 (Kindle edition)
11 (+1). Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
12 (-1). Batman: Year One
13 (+1). Dork Diaries (Kindle edition)
14 (+6). Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
15 (+3). Batman & Robin Vol. 3: Batman Must Die!
16 (+7). Dork Diaries 2: Tales from a Not-So-Popular Party Girl
17 (-). Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
18 (N). Behind the Masque - A Megatokyo Endgames short story (Kindle)
19 (-9). Big Nate Out Loud
20 (R). Batman: Arkham Asylum (15th Anniversary Edition)
21 (+10). Batman: The Killing Joke
22 (N). Hellboy Library Volume 4 *
23 (-4). Diary of a Wimpy Kid Box of Books
24 (N). Uncanny X-Force: Deathlok Nation *
25 (-12). Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Boxset
26 (+14). Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life
27 (+7). Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, Vol. 2 - The Little Sister of Eluria *
28 (-1). Watchmen
29 (+1). Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History
30 (-15). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1
31 (-10). Naruto, Vol. 51
32 (-6). Big Nate Boredom Buster: Super Scribbles, Cool Comix, and Lots of Laughs
33 (+9). Walking Dead Volume 13
34 (+14). V for Vendetta
35 (R). Batman & Robin Vol. 1: Batman Reborn
36 (N). Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 2 *
37 (N). Be Good, Little Puppy: A Penny Arcade Book *
38 (-5). Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
39 (-10). Fables Vol. 15: Rose Red
40 (-12). Green Lantern: Rebirth
41 (-5). Big Nate: From the Top
42 (-18). Astonishing X-Men Omnibus
43 (N). Ten Little Zombies: A Love Story
44 (-19). American Vampire Vol. 2
45 (-10). Brightest Day, Vol. 2
46 (R). Green Lantern: Blackest Night
47 (N). Green Lantern: Brightest Day *
48 (R). Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight Volume 7: Twilight
49 (R). Uncanny X-Force: The Apocalypse Solution
50 (-9). Paying for It


Items with asterisks (*) are pre-order items.

N = New listing appearing on list for first time
R = Item returning to the list after having been off for 1 or more weeks


Commentary:

* Dork Diaries' tenure on the top of the chart was short lived, as a new Wimpy Kid book is announced and preorders shoot it up to a #1 debut.

* The rest of the top of the chart is pretty much a yawner, as thing mostly just slide down to make room for Cabin Fever.

* Plenty of other new items on the list this week, led off by a Megatokyo short story on the Kindle; and new volumes of Hellboy Library, Uncanny X-Force, Twilight, Penny Arcade, and Green Lantern.

* Movies have not been so good to their comic counterparts so far this summer; X-Men made barely a blip, and Green Lantern titles so far just occupy the 40s. Meanwhile Batman—whose next movie is just now in the casting phase–continues to show strength.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Monkey Covers

Sunday is Monkey Covers day here at YACB. Because there's nothing better than a comic with a monkey on the cover!

The gorillas have a secret weapon, as evidenced by the cover of Strange Adventures #88 (1958) by Gil Kane & Joe Giella.

(Standard disclaimer about giant gorillas who fight flying dinosaurs not really being monkeys applies.)

Image courtesy of the GCD. Click on the image for a larger version.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Amazon Top 50

Here are the Top 50 Graphic Novels on Amazon this afternoon. All the previous caveats apply.


1 (+8). Dork Diaries 3 (Kindle edition)
2 (-). Dork Diaries 3: Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star
3 (+3). The Walking Dead Volume 14: No Way Out *
4 (-3). Diary of a Wimpy Kid 5: The Ugly Truth
5 (-1). Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight Volume 8: Last Gleaming *
6 (-1). Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
7 (-4). The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book (revised and expanded edition)
8 (+4). Dork Diaries 2 (Kindle edition)
9 (-1). 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides)
10 (+3). Big Nate Out Loud
11 (+5). Batman: Year One
12 (-2). Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
13 (+4). Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Boxset
14 (-). Dork Diaries (Kindle edition)
15 (+7). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1
16 (+30). The Arrival
17 (-2). Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
18 (-7). Batman & Robin Vol. 3: Batman Must Die!
19 (+2). Diary of a Wimpy Kid Box of Books
20 (+8). Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
21 (+2). Naruto, Vol. 51
22 (+22). Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale
23 (-5). Dork Diaries 2: Tales from a Not-So-Popular Party Girl
24 (R). Astonishing X-Men Omnibus
25 (-1). American Vampire Vol. 2
26 (-6). Big Nate Boredom Buster: Super Scribbles, Cool Comix, and Lots of Laughs
27 (-2). Watchmen
28 (R). Green Lantern: Rebirth
29 (+14). Fables Vol. 15: Rose Red
30 (-11). Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History
31 (-5). Batman: The Killing Joke
32 (R). Bone, Volume 2: The Great Cow Race
33 (-1). Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
34 (N). Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, Vol. 2 - The Little Sister of Eluria *
35 (+2). Brightest Day, Vol. 2
36 (-9). Big Nate: From the Top
37 (N). Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 25
38 (+10). Thor by Walter Simonson Omnibus
39 (+11). The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
40 (-4). Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life
41 (-12). Paying for It
42 (+5). Walking Dead Volume 13
43 (R). Bone, Vol. 3: Eyes of the Storm
44 (-11). Vampire Knight, Vol. 12
45 (-3). Bleach, Vol. 35
46 (N). Anya's Ghost
47 (-2). Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 16 *
48 (R). V for Vendetta
49 (R). Bone, Vol. 1: Out From Boneville
50 (-20). Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse: "Race to Death Valley" (Vol. 1)


Items with asterisks (*) are pre-order items.

N = New listing appearing on list for first time
R = Item returning to the list after having been off for 1 or more weeks


Commentary:

* And we have a new #1: The third Dork Diaries volume is finally released, and takes the top two slots with its Kindle & print editions.

* The only hint that there's a #1-at-the-box-office X-Men movie at the theaters is the Astonishing X-Men Omnibus about halfway up the list. Not bad for an expensive hardcover, but when you consider that the Simonson Thor Omnibus reached the top 5, this is a bit disappointing as far as coattails go.

* Only three new titles this week, all in the second half of the list: a new Dark Tower; a new Fullmetal Alchemist; and Anya's Ghost.

* I'm not really sure why three of the Bone color collections showed up on this list this week...

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Mystery Men and Trademarks

Today Marvel publish the first issue of their Mystery Men comic, the title of which has caused some consternation due to the fact that Bob Burden had a comic called Mysterymen some years back–published by Dark Horse–that was subsequently adapted into a film.

We've discussed trademarks on this blog in the past (e.g. here, here, and here). The bottom line is that trademarks are not like copyrights. Basically there is a 'use it or lose it' factor with trademarks; just because you've used a title in the past doesn't mean that someone else can't use it in the future.

A quick search of TESS (the USPTO's Trademark Electronic Search System) reveals a registered trademark for Marvel:


I could not find a registration for Burden's version (with either spelling), either active or dead. (Note that you don't have to register your trademark to claim it, but it sure helps with enforcement.)

(Dislaimer: I am not a lawyer; I am a librarian at a US Patent & Trademark Depository Library. My comments are my own and do not necessarily represent the view of my employer.)

Monday, June 06, 2011

New Library Comics: May 2011

Here's a list of the comics we added to our library collection last month:


Alter ego (Raleigh, N.C.) Alter ego. v. 3 no. 44 / Raleigh, NC : TwoMorrows, 1998-

Amity Blamity : Book One. / Slave Labor Graphics, 2011.

Ayuyang, Rina. Whirlwind wonderland : a collection of old favorites and new stories / Portland, OR : Sparkplug Comic Books : Tugboat Press, c2009.

Back issue. v. 1 no. 9 / Raleigh, NC : TwoMorrows, 2003-

Bautista, Jamie. Cast. nos. 1-3 / Makati City, Philippines : Nautilus Comics, 2004-

Beaulieu, Jimmy, 1974- Suddenly something happened / Greenwich : Conundrum Press, c2010.

Bertozzi, Nick. Lewis & Clark / New York : First Second, 2011.

Blain, Christophe. Isaac the pirate v. 1. To exotic lands / New York : NBM Pub., c2003-c2004

Blain, Christophe. Isaac the pirate v. 2. The capital / New York : NBM Pub., c2003-c2004

Breathed, Berke. The Bloom County Library. Volume four, 1986-1987 / San Diego, Calif. : IDW Publishing, c2011

Brennan, Michael. Electric girl. Volume 1 / San Francisco : Ait/PlanetLar, 2006.

Brown, Jeffrey, 1975- Incredible change-bots two / Marietta, GA : Top Shelf Productions, c2007

Brunetti, Ivan. Cartooning : philosophy and practice / New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, 2011.

Callen, Kerry. Halo and Sprocket Vol. 1. Welcome to humanity / San Jose, CA : Amaze Ink, 2003-

Callen, Kerry. Halo and Sprocket Vol. 2. Natural creatures / San Jose, CA : Amaze Ink, 2003-

Cantor, Jay. Aaron and Ahmed : a love story / New York : DC Comics, c2011

Chaykin, Howard V. Howard Chaykin : conversations / Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2011.

Cherrywell, Steph. Pepper Penwell and the land creature of Monster Lake / San Jose, Calif. : SLG ; London : Diamond [distributor], 2011.

Cilla, Chris. The heavy hand : a comic book / Portland, Or. : Sparkplug Comic Books, c2010.

Claremont, Chris, 1950- Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars, warlord of Mars / Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books, 2011, ©2011.

Collier, David, 1963- CHIMO / Greenwich, N.S. : Conundrum Press, c2011

Comic book artist. v. 2 no. 1 / Marietta, GA : Top Shelf

Crane, Roy. Roy Crane's Buz Sawyer : the war in the Pacific / Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics Books, c2011

Crumb, R. The complete Crumb v. 13. The season of the Snoid / Seattle : Fantagraphics Books, [1987?]-

Cruse, Howard. The complete Wendel / New York : Universe, 2011.

Daly, Joe, 1979- Dungeon quest. Book two / Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics Books, 2011.

Dysart, Josh. Unknown soldier : haunted house / New York : Vertigo/DC Comics, 2009

Easton, Lee. Secret identity reader : essays on sex, death and the superhero / Hamilton, ON : Wolsak and Wynn, c2010.

Ellis, Warren. Freakangels vols. 1-2 / Rantoul, IL : Avatar Press, Inc., p2008-

Ellison, Harlan. Phoenix without ashes / San Diego, Calif. : IDW ; London : Diamond [distributor], 2010

Foster, Harold R. (Harold Rudolf), 1892-1982. Prince Valiant v. 3. 1941-1942 / Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics ; London : Turnaround [distributor], 2009.

Girard, Pascal. Reunion / Montréal : Drawn & Quarterly, 2011

Goodwin, Archie. X-9 Secret Agent Corrigan. v. 2. 1969-1972 / San Diego, Calif. : Library of American Comics ; London : Diamond [distributor], 2010-

Goscinny, 1926-1977. Asterix and Obelix's birthday : the golden book / London : Orion, 2010

Gould, Chester. Best of Dick Tracy. Volume 1 / San Diego, Calif. : IDW ; London : Diamond [distributor], 2010

Herriman, George, 1880-1944. Krazy & Ignatz : a kind, benevolent and amiable brick : convening the full-page comic strips, 1919-1921 / Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics, 2011.

Howarth, Matt, 1954- The Downsized / Richmond, VA : Adhouse Books, 2011

Hughes, Rian. Yesterday's tomorrows : collected comics / Berkeley, CA : Image Comics, c2010

Immonen, Kathryn. Pixie strikes back / New York : Marvel ; London : Diamond [distributor], c2010

Indy magazine. no. 14 / Gainesville, FL : Blackmore Pub., c1996-

Jodorowsky, Alejandro. The technopriests v. 3 / Hollywood, CA : Humanoids Pub. ; New York : DC Comics, c2004-

Kalesniko, Mark. Freeway / Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics, 2011

Katchor, Ben. The cardboard valise / New York : Pantheon Books, c2011

Kirby, Jack. Captain America omnibus / New York : Marvel Worldwide, c2010

Konami, Kanata, 1958- Chi's Sweet Home = Chīzu suīto hōmu v. 5 / New York : Vertical, 2010-

Lee, Elaine. Starstruck / San Diego, Calif. : IDW ; London : Diamond [distributor], 2011.

Lee, Lela. Fairy tales for angry little girls / New York : Abrams Comic Art, 2011.

Lomax, Don. Vietnam journal. Book six. Bloodbath at Khe Sanh / Charleston, SC : Transfuzion Pub., 2011.

Loux, Matthew. Salt water taffy : the seaside adventures of Jack & Benny v.4 Caldera's revenge part 1 / Portland, Or. : Oni Press ; [London : Diamond, distributor], 2008-

Love, Jeremy. Bayou v. 2 / New York : DC Comics, 2009-

McNeil, Carla Speed. Finder : Voice / Milwaukie, Ore. : Dark Horse Books, 2011

McNeil, Carla Speed. The finder library v. 1 / Milawukie, Or. : Dark Horse Comics, 2011

Mezzo, 1960- King of the flies v. 2 / Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics, 2010-

Mizuki, Shigeru, 1922- Onward towards our noble deaths / Montréal : Drawn & Quarterly, 2011.

Mome. Winter 2011 / Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics, 2005-

Morse, Scott, author, illustrator. Strange science fantasy / San Diego, CA : IDW Publishing, 2011, ©2011

Myhre, Lise. Nemi IV / London : Titan, 2007.

Nolen-Weathington, Eric. Jeff Smith / Raleigh, NC : TwoMorrows Publishing, 2011

Nowlan, Philip Francis. Buck Rogers in the 25th century : the complete newspaper dailies v. 4 / Neshannock, Pa. : Hermes Press, c2008-

Ohba, Tsugumi. Death note. Black edition v. 2 / San Francisco : Viz Media, 2010-

Ott, Thomas, 1966 June 10- R.I.P. : best of 1985-2004 / Seattle, WA : Fantagraphics Books ; [New York] : W.W. Norton and Co., Inc. (distributor), [2011]

Peyo. The Smurfs and the egg / New York : Papercutz, c2011

Pood. no. 1 / Brooklyn, NY : Big If Comics

Randall.C, 1967- Sleepyheads / London : Blank Slate Books, 2011.

Roberson, Chris. iZombie : dead to the world. / New York, NY : DC Comics, c2011

Robinson, Jerry. The comics : an illustrated history of comic strip art 1895-2010 / Milwaukie, Or. : Dark Horse Books, 2011, c1974.

Rostan, Andrew. An elegy for Amelia Johnson / Los Angeles, Calif. : Archaia Entertainment ; London : Diamond [distributor], c2010.

Rough stuff : celebrating the art of creating comics. v. 1 no. 2 / Raleigh, NC : TwoMorrows Pub., c2006-

Rucka, Greg. Gotham Central. Book one, In the line of duty / New York : DC Comics, [2011], c2008

Ryan, Johnny. The klassic komix klub / Oakland, CA : Buenaventura Press, c2008.

Sabo, Brittney, 1985- Francis Sharp in the grip of the uncanny!. Chapter 1 / Saline, Mich. : McNaughton & Gunn, 2010.

Sacco, Joe. Safe area Goražde / Seattle, WA. : Fantagraphics ; London : Turnaround [distributor], 2011

Sacco, Kevin. The plane story / San Diego, CA : IDW Pub., 2011

Sagendorf, Bud. Popeye : the great comic book tales / San Diego, Calif. : Yoe Books! : IDW Pub. ; [Timonium, Md.] : Distributed by Diamond Comic Distributors, c2011.

Sánchez Abulí, E. Torpedo v. 3 / San Diego, Calif. : IDW ; London : Diamond [distributor], c2010.

Santino, Charles. Ayn Rand's Anthem : the graphic novel / New York, N.Y. : New American Library, c2011

Sassienie, Paul. The comic book : the one essential guide for comic book fans everywhere / Edison, N.J. : Chartwell Books, Inc., c1994.

Schulz, Charles M. (Charles Monroe), 1922-2000. The complete Peanuts v. 15. 1979 to 1980 / Seattle, WA : Fantagraphics Books, c2004-

Secret prison. no. 2 / Philadelphia [Pa.] : Secret Prison, 2010-

Segar, E. C. (Elzie Crisler), 1894-1938. "Wha's a jeep?" / Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics, 2011

Showcase Presents : The witching hour v. 1 / New York, NY : DC Comics, c2011-

Side B : the music lover's comic anthology. [San Diego, CA] : Poseur Ink, c2009.

Simmons, Nick. Incarnate. nos. 1-3 / Los Angeles, Calif. : Radical Comics, 2009.

Siu-Chong, Ken. Street fighter II : the ultimate edition / Thornhill, Ont. : Udon ; London : Diamond [distributor], 2010.

Spurlock, Morgan, 1970- Supersized : strange tales from a fast-food culture / Milwaukee, Oregon. : Dark Horse Books, 2011.

Stanley, John, 1914-1993. Giant size Little Lulu v. 3 / Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books, 2010-

Stanley, John, 1914-1993. Melvin Monster v. 3 / Montréal, Québec : Drawn and Quarterly, 2009

Tadano, Nobuaki. 7 billion needles. Volume 3 / New York : Vertical, c2011

Tardi, Jacques. The Arctic marauder / Seattle : Fantagraphics Books, 2011.

Taylor, Des, 1971- Des Taylor's The Vesha Valentine story / San Jose, CA : SLG Pub., 2011

Trudeau, G. B., 1948- The Doonesbury chronicles / New York : Holt, Rinehart and Winston, [1975]

Van Lente, Fred. Comic book comics no. 5 / Brooklyn, N.Y. : Evil Twin Comics, 2008-

Vankin, Deborah. Poseurs / Berkeley, CA : Image Comics, c2011.

Vieceli, Emma. Dragon heir : reborn / Cambridge, UK : Sweatdrop Studios, 2010

Walker, Brian. Comics : the complete collection / New York : Abrams, 2011

Wilson, Seán Michael. The story of Lee / New York : NBM ComicsLit, 2010-

Wizard : the Avengers special. / Congers, NY : Wizard Entertainment, c1999

Wizard JLA special / Congers, N.Y. : Wizard Entertainment, c1998

Wizard the Alex Ross special. / Congers, N.Y. : Wizard, c1999.

Wood, Brian, 1972- Demo. [Vol. 2] / New York : DC Comics/Vertigo, c2011

Yaginuma, Kō, 1973- Twin spica v. 6 / New York : Vertical, Inc., c2010-

Yo gabba gabba! : comic book time / Portland, Or. : Oni ; London : Diamond [distributor], 2011, 2010.


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Sunday, June 05, 2011

Monkey Covers

Sunday is Monkey Covers day here at YACB. Because there's nothing better than a comic with a monkey on the cover!

Congorilla jumps into action along with the rest of the Justice League on the cover of Justice League of America #41 (2010) by Mark Bagley and Bob Hunter.

(Standard disclaimer about giant gorillas who fight flying dinosaurs not really being monkeys applies.)

Image courtesy of the Comic Book DB. Click on the image for a larger version.

Friday, June 03, 2011

Amazon Top 50

Here are the Top 50 Graphic Novels on Amazon this afternoon. All the previous caveats apply.


1 (-). Diary of a Wimpy Kid 5: The Ugly Truth
2 (+7). Dork Diaries 3: Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star *
3 (-1). The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book (revised and expanded edition)
4 (+22). Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight Volume 8: Last Gleaming *
5 (-1). Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
6 (+1). The Walking Dead Volume 14: No Way Out *
7 (N). Be Good, Little Puppy: A Penny Arcade Book *
8 (-2). 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides)
9 (+12). Dork Diaries 3 (Kindle edition) *
10 (+3). Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
11 (-6). Batman & Robin Vol. 3: Batman Must Die!
12 (-2). Dork Diaries 2 (Kindle edition)
13 (-5). Big Nate Out Loud
14 (-2). Dork Diaries (Kindle edition)
15 (-4). Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
16 (+2). Batman: Year One
17 (-). Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Boxset
18 (+1). Dork Diaries 2: Tales from a Not-So-Popular Party Girl
19 (+3). Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History
20 (-5). Big Nate Boredom Buster: Super Scribbles, Cool Comix, and Lots of Laughs
21 (-7). Diary of a Wimpy Kid Box of Books
22 (-6). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1
23 (N). Naruto, Vol. 51 *
24 (+16). American Vampire Vol. 2 *
25 (+4). Watchmen
26 (-1). Batman: The Killing Joke
27 (R). Big Nate: From the Top
28 (-4). Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
29 (-26). Paying for It
30 (N). Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse: "Race to Death Valley" (Vol. 1)
31 (+11). Castle: Richard Castle's Deadly Storm *
32 (-5). Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
33 (N). Vampire Knight, Vol. 12 *
34 (+9). Batman: Hush
35 (N). Claymore, Vol. 18 *
36 (R). Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life
37 (-7). Brightest Day, Vol. 2
38 (N). Green Lantern Corps: Revolt of the Alpha Lanterns
39 (R). Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life
40 (R). Batman: Arkham Asylum (15th Anniversary Edition)
41 (N). The Mighty Vol. 1
42 (N). Bleach, Vol. 35 *
43 (-23). Fables Vol. 15: Rose Red
44 (R). Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale
45 (N). Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 16 *
46 (-18). The Arrival
47 (-10). Walking Dead Volume 13
48 (-25). Thor by Walter Simonson Omnibus
49 (R). Daytripper
50 (-3). The Complete Calvin and Hobbes


Items with asterisks (*) are pre-order items.

N = New listing appearing on list for first time
R = Item returning to the list after having been off for 1 or more weeks


Commentary:

* A lot of volatility this week. The final Buffy volume moves up into the top 5 with its imminent release, while Paying for It, Thor by Walt Simonson, and Fables suffer significant drops.

* A new Penny Arcade collection debuts in the top ten. Other debuts are the first Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse volume, a new Green Lantern Corps collection, the first volume of The Mighty, and five manga volumes, led by Naruto.

* This is the best week in a while for manga on the list with those five debuts; however, none of the manga that was in the top 50 last week remains this week.

* The new Dork Diaries finally comes out next week, and currently sits at #2; can it overtake the Wimpy Kid next week? Tune in next Friday to find out...