The weekly slate of independent comics related news items from September 30th - October 1st, 2013!
Paul Pope kicks off "Battling Boy" with First Second at the NYCC!
Hit artist Paul Pope ("Batman Year 100", "Heavy Liquid", "The One Trick Rip Off") has teamed up with innovative publisher First Second to release his latest creator owned work, "Battling Boy", this month. Described as an all ages adventure, the series stars a boy who is the son of a warrior god who has been dispatched to defeat all of the monsters on earth by himself, albeit with some assistance. The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MOCCA) will host a sneak preview party for the series on October 11th which includes art previews and a lecture.
In addition, "Battling Boy" will debut for general sale at the New York Comic Con at First Second's booth (#2237) on October 11th, with Pope himself on hand to sign copies for fans the next day, October 12th. A trailer for the series has also been posted online, and offers a fun, thrilling adventure akin to Andy Kuhn's "Firebreather". Offered in a hardcover and softcover format, the original graphic novel will be 208 pages and begin selling at $15.99. Considering that is a longer page count than ten comics from most publishers, that is actually a bargain.
"Rocket Girl" soars from Kickstarter to Image Comics!
Creators Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare took to Kickstarter to raise the $20,000 needed to publish their latest creator owned series, "Rocket Girl". Having raised almost twice that goal, they've taken their work to major publisher Image Comics for release this month.
"Rocket Girl" stars a 15 year old high flying law officer named DaYoung Johanssin who hails from the future. She's forced to travel through time back to the mid 1980's to crack a case and thus faces extreme culture clash. The creators sought to craft a period piece alongside fun and over the top elements from sci-fi utopias.
Image Comics gets "Pretty Deadly"!
Another Image Comics launch in October is "Pretty Deadly", a creator owned series written by Kelly Sue DeConnick ("Avengers Assemble", "Captain Marvel") and artist Emma Rios ("Spider-Island: Cloak & Dagger"). The series features the daughter of Death - named Ginny - traveling around with a horse made of smoke and a skull tattoo over her face (which has long been standard Image Comics dress according to Chapel). It is a "dark fantasy set in the Old West" which mixes elements of "Preacher" with "Sandman". It hits comic shops on October 23rd.