The usual slate of independent comics related news from September 7th - 9th, 2013!
Image Comics teams with longtime Dark Horse editor for CBLDF Annual 2013!
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund was formed in 1986 to defend the first amendment rights of comic book creators, retailers, and their creations against any censorship prosecutions. As a non-profit organization, it relies on donations and other sources to remain active. The CBLDF often has benefits comics sold in its honor, and Image Comics has published an annual to aid the fund since 2008. This year, longtime Dark Horse editor Scott Allie assembles an all-star cast of creators for "CBLDF Annual 2013", set to retail for $4.99 in which all proceeds will go towards running the legal fund.
Those creators include Tim Seeley, Gabriel Ba, Richard Corban, Fabio Moon, and Gabriel Hardman. Their work often highlights the dangers of censorship in the lives of everyday people and society, as well as flexing their own creative muscles for a good cause. Corban, best known for "Heavy Metal" and recent "Hellboy" comics, will be creating his first "Den" story in 15 years within the tome. Comic books for a good cause are often a great idea.
ComiXology appoints former HBO executive to key position!
America and gradually the world's foremost digital comics distributor ComiXology continues to expand their enterprises. The company announced today that they have hired Jeff DiBartolomeo as their chief technology officer (CTO). The position would allow Jeff DiBartolomeo to oversee "digital innovation and data management and delivery for the leading global cloud-based digital comics platform". DiBartolomeo formerly worked with HBO for a decade as senior vice president of consumer technology, working on projects such as "HBO.com", "Cinemax.com", and "GO".
ComiXology continues to grow as it nears its 200 millionth digital download mark. Co-founder and CEO David Steinberger has begun expanding ComiXology's management team at the start of the year in preparation for capitalizing for the iOS 7 platform.
Dynamite Comics revives Doc Savage!
Dynamite Comics made a series of announcements during the Baltimore Comic Con over the weekend. Among them is the opportunity to tell new adventures of the 1933 pulp hero "Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze" thanks to a new licensing deal with Conde' Nast. Kicking off in December, the new series will be written by Chris Roberson, who was last seen as one of (soon to be) many creators fleeing DC Comics since fall 2011. Art for the series will be done by Bilquis Evely with covers by Alex Ross. Having grown up on reprints of the pulps in the 1970's, Roberson plans to reintroduce readers to the old time hero before continuing his adventures in the present day.
Intended as an answer to "The Shadow" (another pulp era hero Dynamite Comics publishes), publisher Henry W. Ralston, editor John L. Nanovic and series writer Lester Dent published the first "Doc Savage Magazine" in March 1933. Smith & Street Publications published 181 stories from 1933 to 1949, which have since been reprinted by Bantam Books. The series starred Clark Savage Jr. who was transformed into the pinnacle of human perfection in terms of strength, intelligence, and creativity by a team of scientists organized by his father. Savage operated out of the 86th floor of the Empire State Building and had all sorts of globe trotting adventures. One can easily see signs of subsequent heroes in him, especially the origin which may remind some of Captain America in 1941. The character has been licensed to various comic book companies before since the 1970's, including Dark Horse Comics and even Marvel and DC Comics very recently.