Harvey Kurtzman was an original – best known for creating MAD Magazine, he left several uncompleted projects behind when he died in 1993. One of those was Marley’s Ghost – his adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
Now comiXology Originals has – with the approval of and under the supervision of the Kurtzman estate – completed the project through the efforts of writers Josh O’Neill and Shannon Wheeler and artist Gideon Kendall.
Harvey Kurtzman’s Marley’s Ghost is now available exclusively from comiXology Originals.
When it’s a semi-DIY graphic novel by the author of Fight Club and a trio of highly regarded artists.
Legacy: An Off-Color Novella for You to Color, by Chuck Palahniuk – with art by Mike Norton and Steve Morris (and a gorgeous cover by Duncan Fegredo), is ‘a dark but colorful fable with aspiring immortals, an amoral banker and his despicable family, a stalker and the kind of extreme storytelling and biting social satire’ that Palahniuk’s readers have come to expect.
Legacy: An Off-Color Novella for You to Color will be in stores and comics shops on November 7th.
Twentieth Century Fox Film has announced a strategic investment in comics and graphic novels publisher BOOM! Studios – a deal that gives the film studio a ‘significant minority stake in the largest independently-controlled comic book and graphic novel library.’
The deal also extends BOOM Studio’s first look movie and TV deal with Fox.
TCFF is currently in post-production on a feature film based on BOOM!’s The Empty Man, from the graphic novel by Cullen Bunn and Vanesa R. Del Rey.
For BOOM! Studios, spring means showers of trade paperback collections of some of their hottest titles: Lumberjanes Vol. 1 (above), Bee and PuppyCat Vol. 1, Translucid (complete miniseries), Clockwork Angels (complete miniseries), Thomas Alsop Vol. 1, and Cow Boy Vol. 1: A Boy and His Horse, its first time in softcover.
March: Book Two is the second volume of the autobiography of John Lewis who gives us ‘a first-hand experience of milestone events that transformed the nation’ throughout the Civil Rights Movement.
The critically acclaimed first volume was the first graphic novel to win the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and is now used in classrooms nationwide. Three major universities ‘have planned their freshman orientations around it.’ It spent forty (40) weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List.
March: Book Two is in stores now. For more, follow the jump.
There are a lot of tough ladies in science fiction – Robert A. Heinlein’s Friday, Tanya Huff’s Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr, David Weber’s Honor Harrington – and I love them all, but when push comes to inevitable shove, I have to say that my favorite is Alan Moore’s Halo Jones – whose adventures in England’s legendary 2000 A.D. have been collected into graphic novel format by 2000 A.D./Rebellion A/S.
As Hollywood Studios continue their fascination with turning comic book’s into action movies, word out of the industry, via Variety Magazine is that Terry Moore’s comic ECHO is the latest in line to become a full length, big screen action movie. Echo has been optioned by Lloyd Levin, who was a producer on another graphic novel turned big screen movie, The Watchmen.
On his official blog Moore states that he is very happy to see this coming about and feels that this as his “foot in the door of Hollywood” and a jump point to get other projects taken to the big screen such as his highly acclaimed graphic novel, Strangers In Paradise.
In Echo, Moore tells the story of a young photographer Julie Martin. While doing a photo shoot in the desert, Julie is caught in the raining aftermath of the explosion of a high-tech, secret military battle suit. The liquid metal remnants of the suit pelt down on Julie and bond themselves to Julie’s skin causing an invincible breastplate to form, turning her into a living weapon. Julie becomes not only the target of the Army who wants their technology back, but the rest of the suit is out to find its missing pieces, and a mysterious older man has resorted to torturing and killing people in an attempt to locate her.
No casting has been made and no release date is set for ECHO as of yet so stay tuned for more details as they come to us.
Doppler is a bipedal rabbit with the worst luck – and he has two rabbit’s feet! So, there he is, stuck in a pit and about to become a crocidog’s breakfast when out of the sky comes hurtling… an elephant! Sucker lands right on the crocidog! Unfortunately, Doppler’s luck, being what it is, things don’t quite work out – even as he and his new bestest pal scramble out of the pit. Right into more trouble…
PATH is an energetic, sepia-toned ride. For most of its eighty pages [not including covers], Gregory S. Baldwin’s odd couple race or one problem to another, generating shocks, surprises and most of all, laughs. Then, just when you finally twig to the whole Road Runner/Wiley Coyote vibe, he pulls a fast one and lays on an effective bit of poignancy.
In CLA$$WAR: The Collected Edition Rob Williams’ spins the tale of superhero patsies helping to prop up a corrupt American government [and the powers behind the scenes] – and one hero, American, who dares to let the country know what’s really going on. It’s a remarkably mature work for a first-time writer [Note: CLA$$WAR was produced 2002 – and was written earlier than that: Williams has since written for Marvel, Dark Horse and others]. The hardcover edition being reviewed came out late last year].
It’s not a happy America. Civilians are fed rah, rah stuff that seems to go against what they’re seeing with their own eyes. Cover-ups abound. American – aided by an elderly black man named Isaac – has already uncovered some of the stuff that’s been swept under the carpet and he’s not ready to stop. So, President Bush [this was written before Dubya had become POTUS] orders his former team members [Code Name: Enola Gay – some of this stuff ain’t hard to figure out] to take him out – even if they have to nuke the country of Genada [the dictatorship being one they helped set up].