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The_Other
Dec 28, 2012

MOTHER-HECKING FLIP YEAH!


So I just finished the final issue of Steeple. Kinda liked it even though it felt rushed and ends on a cliffhanger (although Allison posted a four page epilogue on his bobbins.horse site).

Here is what Allison posted:

John Allison posted:

Today (Jan 15th) sees the release (in comic shops and on Comixology) of the final issue of Steeple from Dark Horse Comics, written and drawn by me, coloured by Sarah Stern, and lettered by Jim Campbell. A trade paperback collection is due in May.

This issue features another excellent variant cover, this time from Game of Thrones’ “Beautiful Deaths” artist Robert Ball.

I’d like to say thank you to everyone who’s been along for the ride on these five issues. Sorry to anyone who struggled to find later issues – if you’re in the UK, you can fill the gaps in your collection at Page 45.

And thank you too to everyone who has written to say they’d like to see the series continue. I would too! I have more Steeple stories ready to go, though I’m not yet sure when and where they’ll appear.

But as a thank-you to our loyal readers, all of whom were left with, let me be honest, a cruel cliffhanger, I’ve put together a four-page epilogue (that will also appear in the upcoming collection. Think of it both as a closing statement, and a bridge to future adventures. If you’ve not read the series, it’s a huge spoiler, so don’t click until you’ve read issues 1-5 first. But if you have… I hope you like it.

The best part of writing a series that feels like is works is the sudden opening up of new territory, like a video game map suddenly popping into view. I hope we get to go there eventually. So, without further ado…

THE SPOILER-HEAVY EPILOGUE!

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Skwirl
May 13, 2007

The 'blood babe with the silicone chest, 200-dollar haircut, and a closet full of the latest fashions.

Giant Days just won an Eisner and is a perennial best seller in trades, its insane to me that Dark Horse doesn't want to publish more John Allison.

GrandpaPants
Feb 13, 2006


Free to roam the heavens in man's noble quest to investigate the weirdness of the universe!



Skwirl posted:

Giant Days just won an Eisner and is a perennial best seller in trades, its insane to me that Dark Horse doesn't want to publish more John Allison.

I'm still waiting for more hardcovers. It seems weirdly slow to release?

The_Other
Dec 28, 2012

MOTHER-HECKING FLIP YEAH!


GrandpaPants posted:

I'm still waiting for more hardcovers. It seems weirdly slow to release?

If you mean the "Not on the Test Editions", I think they stopped making those, according to Wikipedia the last one came out October 2018. As for the regular trades, volume 12 is coming out this January or February, while 13 is due out in June. I'm guessing a final volume will come out in fall of 2020.

GrandpaPants
Feb 13, 2006


Free to roam the heavens in man's noble quest to investigate the weirdness of the universe!



The_Other posted:

If you mean the "Not on the Test Editions", I think they stopped making those, according to Wikipedia the last one came out October 2018. As for the regular trades, volume 12 is coming out this January or February, while 13 is due out in June. I'm guessing a final volume will come out in fall of 2020.

But... I can't have half HCs and half TPBs. That's just wrong.

cptn_dr
Sep 7, 2011

It's just so good!


https://twitter.com/badmachinery/st...9186363393?s=19

He doesn't quite say "no more hardbacks" but it doesn't sound promising.

GrandpaPants
Feb 13, 2006


Free to roam the heavens in man's noble quest to investigate the weirdness of the universe!





Were the HCs not selling well or something?

Chairman Capone
Dec 17, 2008



Sex Criminals is back this Wednesday!

...For the start of its final arc

IUG
Jul 14, 2007

Without me, there is no mission.
I am the mission!


Chairman Capone posted:

Sex Criminals will be in trade in six months!

...For the start of its final arc

Trade waiting is hard.

Endless Mike
Aug 13, 2003

Get running
Start pumping your bunions, I'm coming
I'm the dumbest, who flamethrow your function to Funyons
Flame your crew quicker than Trump fucks his youngest
Now face the flame fuckers your fame and fate's done with



Sex Criminals is back and wow I think I need to go back and read the last few issues because I was totally lost!

The most shocking part was finding out what Rhyno's high-paying night job is in the letters section!

Chinston Wurchill
Jun 27, 2010

It's not that kind of test.

Protector got off to a pretty good start, though I found myself more interested in the backmatter than the body of the comic. It's a post-apocalyptic tale in which much of North America has been re-taken by various Indigenous tribes. I also wish Simon Roy was doing the art as well as writing but I understand that he actually wants to get the book out on time.

I've been reading Zdarsky's "Afterlift" because apparently I get some Comixology Originals for free on Amazon Prime, and I'd recommend it. Especially if you can also get it for free!

Endless Mike
Aug 13, 2003

Get running
Start pumping your bunions, I'm coming
I'm the dumbest, who flamethrow your function to Funyons
Flame your crew quicker than Trump fucks his youngest
Now face the flame fuckers your fame and fate's done with



Oh, yeah, second Afterlift. It's also free if you have a Comixology Unlimited. Definitely worth a read.

Synthbuttrange
May 6, 2007
Probation
Can't post for 7 days!


Been enjoying Outer Darkness and apparently a new issue of Monstress is out, but otherwise my indie reading list is a little barren these days.

Jordan7hm
Feb 17, 2011

MENS REA? LOL MORE LIKE CHRIS REA AM I RITE





Lipstick Apathy

Mine is:

Copra
Gideon Falls
Usagi
Savage Dragon
Space Riders: Vortex of Darkness
Once and Future
Pink Lemonde (this book rules, plz buy it)

And whatever comes out from black hammer’s universe. Just did a bit of a cull and stopped ordering stuff like Reaver and Birthright.

Scaramouche
Mar 26, 2001

SPACE FACE! SPACE FACE!

You did a full and yet Savage Dragon is still there??

How Wonderful!
Jul 18, 2006






I only have excellent ideas


Savage Dragon is one of those comics that I do not enjoy, but is a singular enough project with a huge enough force of conviction behind it that I absolutely get why it has such committed fans.

Jordan7hm
Feb 17, 2011

MENS REA? LOL MORE LIKE CHRIS REA AM I RITE





Lipstick Apathy

Erik Larsen is one of the most talented cartoonists of all time. I don’t love the stories necessarily, but I want to see his work.

Chinston Wurchill
Jun 27, 2010

It's not that kind of test.

I can't find many other free comics through Prime Reading but the Breaklands is a pretty decent mashup of Mad Max and the X-Men and the Stone King is a fun little fantasy romp with great art by Tyler Crook. I'd definitely read more of the latter and probably more of the former.

Chinston Wurchill
Jun 27, 2010

It's not that kind of test.

Some former Valiant folks have put together a new company.

The Article posted:

– Bad Idea will only publish single issues. There will be no collected editions, at least initially.
– All the issues will be prestige format, at $3.99 a pop.
– There will be no digital distribution.
– Initially, the comics will be available in just 20 stores in the United States.
– They are advertising upcoming work from Matt Kindt, Jeff Lemire, Peter Milligan, Doug Braithwaite, Jody Houser, Lewis LaRoca, Eric Heisserer, Marguerite Bennett, Adam Pollina, and more.

I'm into a lot of those creators but I'm outside the US and in a fairly small city so I guess I'm not part of the target market.

site
Apr 6, 2007

Trans pride, Worldwide
Bitch


considering how much creators complain about low readership and sales, deliberately choosing to make your books have a small market seems counter-intuitive

Covok
May 27, 2013
Probation
Can't post for 6 days!


Chinston Wurchill posted:

Some former Valiant folks have put together a new company.


I'm into a lot of those creators but I'm outside the US and in a fairly small city so I guess I'm not part of the target market.

Bad Idea will be revealed a year later as a performance art piece on how not to run a company in the modern day.

Halloween Jack
Sep 11, 2003

Let your word be "Yes, Yes" or "No, No"; anything more than this comes from the evil one.



What was that company a few years ago that was so bad, people were accusing them of putting out product just to cover up some kind of racketeering? I recall there was a comic that seemed to revolve around a little girl cursing a lot.

Action Jacktion
Jun 3, 2003


Endless Mike posted:

Sex Criminals is back and wow I think I need to go back and read the last few issues because I was totally lost!

I wish the letters pages would bring back the porn in the woods stories.

As for other Image stuff, Low is coming back soon, but for its last storyline. Also there's supposed to be more Prism Stalker later this year.

Halloween Jack posted:

What was that company a few years ago that was so bad, people were accusing them of putting out product just to cover up some kind of racketeering? I recall there was a comic that seemed to revolve around a little girl cursing a lot.

Double Take.

Halloween Jack
Sep 11, 2003

Let your word be "Yes, Yes" or "No, No"; anything more than this comes from the evil one.



Oh God, it was Jemas! Marville is still one of the weirdest, pettiest bits of awfulness I've ever seen in any artistic medium.

Zachack
Jun 1, 2000





Fun Shoe

Covok posted:

Bad Idea will be revealed a year later as a performance art piece on how not to run a company in the modern day.

It's literally in the name, all they have to do is edit the Simpsons sign tapping bus driver image to answer every question.

Synthbuttrange
May 6, 2007
Probation
Can't post for 7 days!


No digital? That does sound like the company name

Andrigaar
Dec 12, 2003
Saint of Killers


They'll release the greatest indie comic stories no one cares about, and socialites in Manhattan high rise luxury apartments and condos will have the few existing issues framed alongside pop art icons like Warhol.

Unless these show up in a library system, this thread is going to be the only exposure I ever have to the books.

Jedit
Dec 10, 2011

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site posted:

considering how much creators complain about low readership and sales, deliberately choosing to make your books have a small market seems counter-intuitive

Considering how people become much less likely to buy #2 if they haven't bought #1, telling people up front that they won't ever be able to buy #1 is the act of total morons.

GrandpaPants
Feb 13, 2006


Free to roam the heavens in man's noble quest to investigate the weirdness of the universe!



So I just finished WicDiv and I feel like I need to reread whatever issue explained what Ananke's deal is because that just sloughed off of me. The last issue was fantastic, though.

Synthbuttrange
May 6, 2007
Probation
Can't post for 7 days!


ananke's a bad person thats her deal

Jedit
Dec 10, 2011

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GrandpaPants posted:

So I just finished WicDiv and I feel like I need to reread whatever issue explained what Ananke's deal is because that just sloughed off of me. The last issue was fantastic, though.

It was in several issues, mainly throughout the Mothering Invention arc.

*draws deep breath*

6000 years ago Ananke and her sister learned they had miraculous powers fed by the power of stories, and found ten others with the same power. Then Ananke's sister discovered that they could massively increase their abilities if they believed that they were gods, but that they would burn out within two years if they tried. The alternative was to use their limited powers and work for a lifetime until the next generation of twelve miracle workers came. Ananke decided that she wanted to live forever and be like a god, and so devised a new story where each generation would be accompanied by an embodiment of the storyteller - her, in other words - and turned into a Pantheon through deceit. Her sister opposed this, and at the last tricked Ananke into rewriting her story to always put the two of them into the Pantheon. This rendered Ananke vulnerable, as with Persephone always present there was always someone around who could convince the Pantheon that they weren't really gods. When that finally happened, Ananke's story ended. Like the others she lost her godlike powers, and she had forgotten how to use the ones she was born with. Presumably a new set of miracle workers would be born in the early 22nd century, but with nobody there to tell them they were gods and with Laura's book to tell them they weren't they wouldn't restart the cycle.

Jedit fucked around with this message at 02:22 on Feb 19, 2020

Chinston Wurchill
Jun 27, 2010

It's not that kind of test.

Matt Fraction has another Image series on the way:

ADVENTUREMAN.



Blurb posted:

A CATACLYSMIC ADVENTURE DECADES IN THE MAKING!In this WILDLY AFFORDABLE TRIPLE-LENGTH FIRST ISSUE, revisit how the legend of the greatest pulp hero of them all, ADVENTUREMAN, ended in a heartbreaking CLIFFHANGER with our hero facing execution at the vile hand of his ultra-nemesis BARON BIZARRE on the eve of the MACABRAPOCALYPSE...or did it?!? Eighty years after his apparent demise, single mother Claire and her Adventurefan son Tommy seem to be the only two people alive that remember the thrilling ADVENTUREMAN sagas...but from that memory burns THE SPARK OF RESURRECTION! WHERE HIS STORY ENDED...HER STORY BEGINS! This sense-obliterating, earth-shaking, imagination-quaking adventure that spans generations comes to you from MATT FRACTION (SEX CRIMINALS, Hawkeye) and TERRY & RACHEL DODSON (RED ONE, X-Men/Fantastic Four)!!!

Chinston Wurchill
Jun 27, 2010

It's not that kind of test.

Speaking of indie spies, did anyone else pick up BANG! this week? It's an interesting take on the James Bond-style superspy from noted weirdo Matt Kindt. I thought the first issue was a promising start and I look forward to seeing where it goes.

Jedit
Dec 10, 2011

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Permission is officially granted to WTF.

thotsky
Jun 7, 2005

hot to trot


I read Die. Ostensibly self-aware edgy juvenile stuff is still edgy and juvenile. Is it trying to be funny? Is it meant to evoke nostalgia? Western comics jumping on the "trapped in an rpg" subgenre was inevitable, though I do support the somewhat Michael Moorcock take on it. Minus points for releasing tie-in rpg rules.

GrandpaPants
Feb 13, 2006


Free to roam the heavens in man's noble quest to investigate the weirdness of the universe!



I just finished Hellboy/BPRD/etc. and that ending seemed kinda underwhelming? Like the big showdown between Hellboy and the antagonist was just super anticlimactic, and then the epilogue issue didn't really allow the consequences to have any weight of emotion. The death of the Ogdru Jahad was similarly anticlimactic and happened offscreen for chrissakes.

Like I dunno, given just how long that series was winding up to that conclusion, it just sorta farted it out.

Skwirl
May 13, 2007

The 'blood babe with the silicone chest, 200-dollar haircut, and a closet full of the latest fashions.

GrandpaPants posted:

I just finished Hellboy/BPRD/etc. and that ending seemed kinda underwhelming? Like the big showdown between Hellboy and the antagonist was just super anticlimactic, and then the epilogue issue didn't really allow the consequences to have any weight of emotion. The death of the Ogdru Jahad was similarly anticlimactic and happened offscreen for chrissakes.

Like I dunno, given just how long that series was winding up to that conclusion, it just sorta farted it out.

I mean, I think it's hard to end anything that goes on that long with a satisfactory ending.

I'm trying to think of a long run that ended satisfactorily. Sandman and Lucifer are the longest ones I can think of at 75 issues each, Hellboy/BPRD has to be a lot more issues than that.

Big Bad Voodoo Lou
Jan 1, 2006



Skwirl posted:

I mean, I think it's hard to end anything that goes on that long with a satisfactory ending.

I'm trying to think of a long run that ended satisfactorily. Sandman and Lucifer are the longest ones I can think of at 75 issues each, Hellboy/BPRD has to be a lot more issues than that.

Starman had a perfect ending at #80.

How Wonderful!
Jul 18, 2006






I only have excellent ideas


Bone was only 55 issues but all of them were good!

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Skwirl
May 13, 2007

The 'blood babe with the silicone chest, 200-dollar haircut, and a closet full of the latest fashions.

How Wonderful! posted:

Bone was only 55 issues but all of them were good!

There's absolutely other comics with longish runs that stuck the landing, just nothing as long as Hellboy.

Y: The Last Man is loving excellent the whole way through and that's 60 issues. I need to finish Starman.

How many issues is the whole Hellboy/BPRD saga if anyone knows? I know there's a bunch of 8 page stories in other books and probably some free comic book day comics so an exact count is pretty hard.

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