Here’s our staff highlights for this week — all the titles, creators, programs, conferences, and library shenanigans that made our week, comics-wise!
Guardians of the Galaxy trailer
Watch it here.
I don't know who these characters are, but the gun toting raccoon has me thrilled. Seriously, I will take down small children for a ticket at this point. -Allen
Hey Allen, I think that's Rocket Raccoon. -Caitlin.
Welp. Looks like I've got some work to do. -Allen
Guardians of the Galaxy: Groot!
I too am happy for the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer. But much though I love Rocket Raccoon and Gamora and Nebula and Star Lord and Drax, my heart will always belong to Groot and I cannot wait to see him on film. -Michael
I will (fourth?...fifth?) the rabid excitement for the Guardians of the Galaxy. I loved the Annihilation series, and this team with that ensemble cast are going to completely take the movie-going public by surprise. I had fair to indifferent hopes when I heard this was in development...but after seeing the trailer...wow. Just...wow. I really hope it can appeal to a wider audience...every nerd I know is frothing at the mouth. -Garrett
Yeah, what you guys said. And if Avengers hadn't been enough to solidify my niece's crush on comics (it was), Guardians of the Galaxy would do it. I can't wait to see this with her! -Eva
Guardians of the Galaxy: Chris Pratt!
I'll add to the the Guardians of the Galaxy love by saying that I'm glad Chris Pratt is having his moment of glory between the Lego Movie and his upcoming role as Star Lord. I've liked the actor since he was on Everwood and I'm happy he is getting his due. -Mark
I'm so glad I'm not the only one who still knows him mainly as Bright Abbott!!! -Marcela
I too will throw my "happy" behind Bert Macklin in Space, er Guardians of the Galaxy. -Richard
Grant Morrison's Animal Man
I'm slowly getting through my bedside stack (which includes books from the xmas before last) and I'm happily re-devouring the entire run of Grant Morrison's Animal Man via the recently published omnibus. -Garrett
New York Comic Con Special Edition
New York Comic Con is going to be hosting a "pure comics" special edition show in June. This will be focused primarily on comics, creators and artists, as opposed to their bigger show in October, which focuses on all types of media. (via Comic Book Resources) -Jessikah
Top Shelf Digital Comics
Top Shelf has begun direct digital sales of its graphic novels, with no Digital Rights Management (DRM) tying their books to a specific program or device. They're also offering substantial discounts for digital comics if customers buy the print edition as well. I think these are the sorts of moves more companies will have to make in order to thrive in the digital marketplace, and I can't wait to see how this translates to library collections. Check out the digital store here. -Thomas
This makes me very happy as well, from the point of view of both a reader and a library board member in a very tiny public library. -Gail
New Vertical Licenses
Vertical announced some new manga licenses they will bring over, including Makoto Shinkai's "Garden of Words," which I look forward to after the manga version of "5 Centimeters per Second" held up so well. Also, their upcoming "Ajin" looks like the kind of creepy I would enjoy. -Thomas
I just reread Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá's beautiful, uplifting Daytripper to prepare for my discussion this evening. I don't know how a comic with so much death manages to be so life-affirming, but it is. -Jenny
I really, really loved Daytripper. Beautiful book. -Allen
I finally got a chance to read the first volume of Saga. How I waited so long to read this book, I have no idea! -Matt
I bought a bunch of manga/comics from one of my old anime club teens, including 2 Adventure Time comics. I am looking forward to reading more of them! -Marissa