Here’s our staff highlights for this week — all the titles, creators, programs, conferences, and library shenanigans that made our week, comics-wise!
I just read that Viz has licensed the Master Keaton detective manga series, for which Naoki Urasawa (of Monster, Pluto, 20th Century Boys, 21st Century Boys) did the art. Woohoo! -Jenny
Master Keaton is my favorite of all the Urasawa works. Kind of like Indiana Jones meets Colombo. Thanks for the good news, Jenny. -Saeyong
Flash & Nightwing LEGO!
We got a lego catalog in the mail this week and I was excited to see that there is a Flash lego and a new Nightwing lego too. -Mark
Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water
Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water is being re-released! I can't tell you how enjoyable, and even child friendly this series is! And yes, it is a collaboration between Hayao Miyazaki AND Hideaki Anno! Woo hoo! It makes me happy that it will be available for more generations to enjoy! -Jessikah
Attack on Titan: Survey Corps
I tend to wear geeky polos at my job and cannot wait to enter the ranks of the Survey Corps: From the Attack on Titan wiki: "The Survey Corps, also known as the Scouting Legion, Scout Regiment, or Recon Corps, is the driving force of the plot and story as it is the branch of the Military most actively involved in Titan combat and human expansion. Despite having little success, they still symbolize 'the hope of mankind', their insignia being known as 'the Wings of Freedom'; they hope that someday, their efforts will change the world for humanity's better, and recover what had been lost." Sounds close enough to a library's mission statement for me! -Thomas
Kenosha Festival of Cartooning
The awesome Kenosha Festival of Cartooning is back with another great lineup of artists. They're doing an indiegogo campaign to raise funds and need some support! This is an excellent project, that I backed a couple of years ago. They charge no admission and give folks an opportunity to see/hear from great artists/writers like:
Jeff Keane of Family Circus, Denis Kitchen of Kitchen Sink Press, Lincoln Peirce of Big Nate, Rick Stromoski of Soup to Nutz, Todd Clark of Lola, Scott Stantis of Prickly City (also staff editorial cartoonist at The Chicago Tribune), Terri Libenson of The Pajama Diaries, Michael Schumacher author of Al Capp: A Life To The Contrary and Will Eisner: A Dreamer's Life In Comics, and Paul Buhle comic historian and author of Comics In Wisconsin. And our panel moderator will be the amazing Tom Racine of Tall Tale Radio.
And even if you can't attend (which I couldn't) they've got some excellent backer gifts, like a signed program by all of those artists! -Andrew
I have a happy this week too! We are officially, officially going to Planet Comicon in Kansas City! 😀 This will be my second year to attend and I'm so stinkin' excited!!!
Just look at the lineup! Look at it! I'm going to be in Nerd Heaven for 3 days and I couldn't be happier! -Cari
Moyocco Anno at TCAF
I'm still trying to catch my breath over the announcement that Moyoco Anno will be appearing at TCAF. That means TWO of my favorite manga artists will be on site (est em was announced as a special guest earlier) and my hands are shaking a little as I type this. I'm. So. Excited. -Eva
My happy this week is that Magneto is getting his own ongoing series. He's fascinatingly complex character with a very simple goal, to further the mutant cause and ensure a safe future for them no matter the cost. He's been a monk and a murderer, a teacher and a terrorist. And now he's striking out on his own. He's my all time favorite comic character and it's about time he got a series all to himself. -Michael
My happy comes from Sentai Filmworks. They're licensing Short Peace, an anthology of shorts curated by Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira and the amazingly wonderful Steamboy). -Allen
I'm happy that my library got its copy of the first volume of the complete collection of Dan Slott's She-Hulk. It's a series I've had recommended to me several times but proved hard to get hold of. It has absolutely lived up to the hype! -Andrew