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– Fantagraphics has officially announced the return of the “Love and Rockets” magazine. The seminal series originally began as a magazine collecting shorts, stories, and artwork from Jaime, Gilbert, and Mario Hernandez. Recently, the “Love and Rockets” characters have appeared in the annual “New Stories”, but as Gilbert Hernandez has said, they were starting to become bored with that format. “The decision to return to the magazine format is the logical step,” Gilbert Hernandez said in Fantagraphics’s press release. “For some, it’ll be a nostalgic experience to read it that way again and for newer readers it’ll be a new way to enjoy our comics.” The previous “Love and Rockets” stories are available in a variety of editions and belong on any discerning bookshelf. “Love and Rockets” Vol. 4 starts this September.
– Neil Gaiman’s built his career by calling on the myths and legends of different cultures and mixing them into his creative cauldron. It’s no surprise then that his next book, from W. W. Norton, will be a novelistic retelling of the Norse myths in the appropriately titled, “Norse Mythology,” scheduled to release February 2017. “I hope the scholarship is good, but much more than that, I hope that I have retold stories that read like the real thing: sometimes profound, sometimes funny, sometimes heroic, sometimes dark, and always inevitable,” Gaiman said.
– Next month, DC will release the latest installment in their Hanna-Barbera reboot line, “The Flintstones.” The Comics Riff blog over at The Washington Post has some preview pages up, as well as a discussion about the project with writer, Mark Russell. Apparently it’s about sexism? Anyway, it can’t nearly be as bad as “Wacky Raceland”. Right?
– Well, “Trump Supporter Batman v. Fascism’s OK Superman: Or Zack Snyder is a Perpetual Adolescent Banging His $250 Million Toys Together” — the movie that, as Dennis DiClaudio says, “divided moviegoers roughly in half: people who were disappointed by it and people who could not bring themselves to admit they were disappointed by it” — is about to come out on Blu-Ray and DVD in the R-rated Ultimate Cut. So to help publicize the edition, DC has released a 10-minute extended preview of the new version of the . . . movie. Apparently it slightly improves on the original, though everything about it sounds even more puerile and mundane.
– “Preacher” will be returning for a second season. Not only that, but AMC has ordered 13 episodes for production, as opposed to the first season’s 10.
– Finally, take some time to check out this discussion of Raina Telgemeier’s “Smile” over at the AV Club.