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Market Monday: November 6th, 2013 New Releases

Book of the Week

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Look Straight Ahead by Elaine M. Will

Jeremy Knowles is a 17-year-old outcast who dreams of being a great artist. But when he suffers a severe mental breakdown brought on by bullying and other pressures at school, his future is called into question, as is his very existence. Can he survive the experience through the healing power of art? And just what does it mean to be “crazy,” anyway?

Singles of the Week

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Alex & Ada #1, co-written by Sarah Vaughn

From JONATHAN LUNA (GIRLS, THE SWORD, Spider-Woman, ULTRA) and SARAH VAUGHN (Sparkshooter) comes ALEX + ADA, a sci-fi drama set in the near future. The last thing in the world Alex wanted was an X5, the latest in realistic androids. But when Ada is dropped into his life, will Alex keep her? This will be JONATHAN LUNA’s return to comics after three years off since the end of THE SWORD!

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Captain Marvel #17, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, colored by Jordie Bellaire 

THE CAROL CORPS ISSUE! THE special oversized issue to end all oversized issues! In the aftermath of Enemy Within, Carol Danvers must rebuild her memories through the eyes of her biggest fan. Find out why this is such a fan-beloved series! 

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Legends of Red Sonja #1

Dynamite Entertainment presents a bold new experiment in graphic storytelling, as the biggest female stars in the worlds of prose, television, gaming and comics gather together to tell thrilling stories from the life of Red Sonja, which combine to make up her greatest adventure yet! This issue includes stories by Bram Stoker Award Winner Nancy A. Collins, and beloved Batman scribe, Devin Grayson, all braided together by an epic framing story told by Red Sonja scribe Gail Simone! This book is designed to appeal not just to fans of Sonja, but also the countless readers of these talented writers! [Also includes art by Carla Speed McNeil]

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Shahrazad #1, written by Kim Hutchinson and Kari Castor, colored by Nei Ruffino

A new heroine rises from the legends of the ancient world. Shahrazad was known for her amazing stories of 1001 Arabian Nights, but now it is time to tell her story! She lives a life unlike anything you could imagine. An existence that spans generations as well as genres. In this new ongoing series, Shahrazad stares into the storms on the horizon with determination, but the forces of nature, and of history, are not to be taken lightly!

Collection of the Week

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Marvel Firsts Vol. 1: The 1980s, includes work by Mary Jo Duffy, Louise Simonson, and June Brigman, 

Roll up your jacket sleeves, and dust off your Rubik’s Cube as Marvel heads back to the eighties! From Alpha Flight to Zabu, heroes old and new grab the spotlight in their own titles in this first classic collection of the decade’s most dazzling debuts! All your favorites are here—including Dominic Fortune, Captain Universe and the New Mutants—plus Marvel’s first “event” miniseries!

Includes SAGA OF CRYSTAR: CRYSTAL WARRIOR #1 and POWER PACK (1984) #1. 

More new releases under the cut!

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X-Men: Fall of the Mutants TP, co-written by Louise Simonson

Two teams of mutants. Two tales of tragedy. The vicious Marauders have already slaughtered the tunnel-dwelling Morlocks; now, they plan to kill Cyclops’ estranged wife, Madelyne Pryor. And if that means taking on the X-Men, that’s just fine with them! Then, Storm embarks on a vision quest to find Forge - but when she discovers the evil Adversary pulling their strings, the X-Men must literally sacrifice their lives to stop him! Meanwhile, the New Mutants take in the hybrid creature known as Bird-Brain - but when he flees back to the island where he was created, the team follows and clashes with the Ani-Mator in a battle that will cost the young mutants one of their own! Guest-starring the Incredible Hulk! Collecting UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #220-227, INCREDIBLE HULK (1968) #340 and NEW MUTANTS (1983) #55-61.

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X-Men: Fall of the Mutants TP, co-written by Louise Simonson

Two teams of mutants. Two tales of tragedy. The vicious Marauders have already slaughtered the tunnel-dwelling Morlocks; now, they plan to kill Cyclops’ estranged wife, Madelyne Pryor. And if that means taking on the X-Men, that’s just fine with them! Then, Storm embarks on a vision quest to find Forge - but when she discovers the evil Adversary pulling their strings, the X-Men must literally sacrifice their lives to stop him! Meanwhile, the New Mutants take in the hybrid creature known as Bird-Brain - but when he flees back to the island where he was created, the team follows and clashes with the Ani-Mator in a battle that will cost the young mutants one of their own! Guest-starring the Incredible Hulk! Collecting UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #220-227, INCREDIBLE HULK (1968) #340 and NEW MUTANTS (1983) #55-61.

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Essential X-Factor vol. 5 TP, includes writing by Louise Simonson

The adventures of the original X-Factor wrap up, as the first five X-Men discover their successors are alive and well! But that may soon change when the anti-mutant nation of Genosha targets both teams, plus the youthful New Mutants, for extinction! Plus: X-Factor takes on the reborn Proteus, and Iceman fights to save his girlfriend from a sinister abduction! Then, when Apocalypse returns with an attack that hits painfully close to home, Cyclops must make a heart-wrenching choice! And when Professor X summons his students both old and new, X-Factor and the X-Men join forces to face the Shadow King in a battle that changes both teams forever! No joke! 

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Essential X-Factor vol. 5 TP, includes writing by Louise Simonson

The adventures of the original X-Factor wrap up, as the first five X-Men discover their successors are alive and well! But that may soon change when the anti-mutant nation of Genosha targets both teams, plus the youthful New Mutants, for extinction! Plus: X-Factor takes on the reborn Proteus, and Iceman fights to save his girlfriend from a sinister abduction! Then, when Apocalypse returns with an attack that hits painfully close to home, Cyclops must make a heart-wrenching choice! And when Professor X summons his students both old and new, X-Factor and the X-Men join forces to face the Shadow King in a battle that changes both teams forever! No joke! 

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Marvel Universe - Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes #9, written by Louise Simonson

Earth’s Mightiest Action bounds off of Disney XD and into your hands! FIRST! Faced with a murderous meteorite zooming towards Earth, The Mighty Thor can’t save the day - only the Mightier MS. MARVEL can! THEN - It’s international espionage at it’s finest as the Black Widow and the Wasp team-up to take down Dr. Doom!

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Marvel Universe - Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes #9, written by Louise Simonson

Earth’s Mightiest Action bounds off of Disney XD and into your hands! FIRST! Faced with a murderous meteorite zooming towards Earth, The Mighty Thor can’t save the day - only the Mightier MS. MARVEL can! THEN - It’s international espionage at it’s finest as the Black Widow and the Wasp team-up to take down Dr. Doom!

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Chicks Dig Comics Celebration of Comic Books By Women 

In Chicks Dig Comics, editors Lynne M. Thomas and Sigrid Ellis bring together essays by award-winning writers and artists who celebrate the comics medium and its creators, and who examine the characters and series that they love. Gail Simone and Carla Speed McNeil describe how they entered the comics industry. Colleen Doran reveals her superhero crush, while Jill Thompson confesses to being a comics junkie. Other contributors include Marjorie Liu, Rachel Edidin, Jill Pantozzi, Kelly Thompson, and SF/F authors Sara Ryan, Delia Sherman, Sarah Monette, and Elizabeth Bear. Also featured: an introduction by Mark Waid and exclusive interviews with Amanda Conner, Louise Simonson, Greg Rucka, and Terry Moore.

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Chicks Dig Comics Celebration of Comic Books By Women

In Chicks Dig Comics, editors Lynne M. Thomas and Sigrid Ellis bring together essays by award-winning writers and artists who celebrate the comics medium and its creators, and who examine the characters and series that they love. Gail Simone and Carla Speed McNeil describe how they entered the comics industry. Colleen Doran reveals her superhero crush, while Jill Thompson confesses to being a comics junkie. Other contributors include Marjorie Liu, Rachel Edidin, Jill Pantozzi, Kelly Thompson, and SF/F authors Sara Ryan, Delia Sherman, Sarah Monette, and Elizabeth Bear. Also featured: an introduction by Mark Waid and exclusive interviews with Amanda Conner, Louise Simonson, Greg Rucka, and Terry Moore.

Next Week’s Featured Event

October Country Comics in New Paltz, NY (outside of Poughkeepsie) is having a massive signing event, which includes Louise Simonson and Ramona Fradon!

It’s October Country’s second annual “Goodbye Winter” event, and fans are encouraged to bring as much for the creators to sign as they want, or even just come hang out with all the creators and other fans. 

In case you were wondering, Ramona Fradon’s art book from Dynamite doesn’t come out until May, but October Country has other collections of her work for sale.  And who knows what she might bring along?

It’s happening this Saturday, March 10, 1–4pm EST.

Other Events

Monday, March 5

Wednesday, March 7

  • Linz, Austria: As part of the NEXTCOMIC Festival, the Galerie Oberösterreichischer Kunstverein will be launching a "Best of SPRING" exhibit, displaying work from Germany’s nearly-decade old all-female comics magazine, SPRING. The exhibit features art by Ludmilla Bartscht, Larissa Bertonasco, Almuth Ertl, Katharina Gschwendtner, claire Lenkova, Carolin Loebbert, Ulli Lust, Sophia Martineck, Nina Pagalies, Katrin Stangl, Maria Luisa Witte, Stephanie Wunderlich, Anne Vagt, and Barbara Yelin; 7pm – 10pm CET

Friday-Saturday, March 9-10

Saturday-Sunday, March 10-11

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Essential X-Factor vol. 4 TP, includes writing by Louise Simonson and Mary Jo Duffy, and art by Colleen Doran

The members of X-Factor - Cyclops, Jean Grey, Iceman, Beast and Archangel - are professionals through and through. But when the likes of Sabretooth, a cadre of vampires and a threat from an alternate dystopian future wage war against our heroes, it’s no big surprise things get a little out of control even for them!
Collecting X-FACTOR (1986) #51-59 and ANNUAL #4-5; X-FACTOR: PRISONER OF LOVE; MARVEL FANFARE (1982) #50; and material from FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #23, NEW MUTANTS ANNUAL #6 and X-MEN ANNUAL #14.

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Essential X-Factor vol. 4 TP, includes writing by Louise Simonson and Mary Jo Duffy, and art by Colleen Doran

The members of X-Factor - Cyclops, Jean Grey, Iceman, Beast and Archangel - are professionals through and through. But when the likes of Sabretooth, a cadre of vampires and a threat from an alternate dystopian future wage war against our heroes, it’s no big surprise things get a little out of control even for them!

Collecting X-FACTOR (1986) #51-59 and ANNUAL #4-5; X-FACTOR: PRISONER OF LOVE; MARVEL FANFARE (1982) #50; and material from FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #23, NEW MUTANTS ANNUAL #6 and X-MEN ANNUAL #14.

ProFile Friday

Louise Simonson, born Mary Louise Alexander, also credited as Louise Jones (born September 26, 1946), is an American comic book writer and editor. She is best known for her work on comic book titles such as Power PackX-FactorNew MutantsSuperman: The Man of Steel, and Steel. She is often referred to by the nickname “Weezie”.

In 1964 while attending Georgia State College, Louise met fellow student Jeff (later Catherine) Jones. The two began dating and were married in 1966. Their daughter Julianna was born the following year. After graduation, the couple moved to New York City. Louise modeled for artist Bernie Wrightson’s cover of DC Comics House of Secrets#92 (June–July 1971), the first appearance of Swamp Thing and was hired by McFadden-Bartell, a magazine publisher and distributor and worked there for three years. She and Jeff Jones split up during this time but she continued to use the name Louise Jones for several years afterward.

Louise met the comic book writer and artist Walt Simonson in 1973 and the couple started dating in August 1974. They were married in 1980.

In 1974, Jones started her professional comic book career at Warren Publishing. She went from assistant to senior editor of the comics line (CreepyEerie, and Vampirella) before leaving the company at the end of 1979.

In January 1980, she joined Marvel Comics, where she initially worked again as an editor, most notably on Uncanny X-Men, which she edited for almost four years (#137–182). Simonson (as “Louise Jones”) edited another X-Men spin-off, The New Mutants, at its debut in 1983 (after leaving the book, she would have a “cameo” in New Mutants #21, drawn in as a slumber party guest by artist Bill Sienkiewicz). During this period, she also edited Marvel’s Star Wars and Indiana Jones comics.

At the end of 1983, she quit her editing job at Marvel to try her hand at full time writing as Louise Simonson. She created the Eagle Award-winning Power Pack with artist June Brigman. The title, which debuted in August 1984, featured the adventures of four pre-teen superheroes. Simonson would write the majority of the title’s first forty issues, even coloring one issue (#18). Her other Marvel writing work included StarriorsMarvel Team-UpWeb of Spider-Man, and Red Sonja.

In 1986, Simonson began a long stint as writer of X-Men spin-off X-Factor. In #6, her first issue, she and artist Jackson Guice introduced Apocalypse, a character who would go on to play a major role in the X-Men franchise. From #10 of the title, she was joined by her husband, Walt Simonson, on pencils. In #25, the creators gave the character Angel blue skin and metal wings in a process which would lead to his being renamed as Archangel. Her run on X-Factor included the story arcs “Mutant Massacre”, “Fall of the Mutants,” and “Inferno”. She ended her run on the title with #64 in 1991.

In 1987, beginning with issue #55, she became the New Mutants scripter, writing it for three and a half years until #97 in 1991. It was during this run that she and artist Rob Liefeld introduced Cable, another important character in the X-Men franchise. Louise also helped her husband Walt Simonson color his 1983 Marvel graphic novel Star Slammers.

In 1988-89, she and her husband co-wrote the critically acclaimed Havok and Wolverine: Meltdown limited series painted by Jon J Muth and Kent Williams

Throughout the 1990s, Simonson made frequent in-class appearances when her husband Walt Simonson taught a graphic storytelling course at Manhattan’s School of Visual Arts

In 1991, Simonson began writing for DC Comics. She, artist Jon Bogdanove, and editor Mike Carlin launched a new Superman title, Superman: The Man of Steel — a title she would write for eight years until #86 in 1999. During this run, Simonson (along with Carlin, Dan Jurgens, Roger Stern and others) was one of the chief architects of The Death of Superman storyline, in which Superman died and was resurrected. It was during that story, in Superman: The Man of Steel #19, that Simonson and Bogdanove introduced their character Steel, who graduated to his own title in 1993, with Simonson as writer until #31. The character went on to feature in an eponymous feature film starring Shaquille O’Neal in 1997.

In 1999, Simonson returned to Marvel to write a Warlock series, which featured a character from her previous New Mutants run. That same year, she wrote a miniseries, Galactus the Devourer, in which Galactus died temporarily.

During the 2000s, she continued to write for various companies, contributing to titles such as Magnus Robot FighterMystic ArcanaMarvel AdventuresWorld of WarcraftGirl Comics, and X-Factor Forever.

From 1993 through 2009, she wrote five picture books and eleven novels for middle-readers, many of which featured characters from DC Comics, such as YA novels based on the Justice League cartoon, including Wonder Woman: Monster MagicJustice League: Wild At Heart, and Justice League: The Gauntlet. She also wrote an adult Batman: Gotham Knights novel and the non-fiction DC Comics Covergirls.

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The Iron Age HC, includes writing by Louise Simonson and Jen Van Meter, and art by Rebekah Isaacs

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The Iron Age HC, includes writing by Louise Simonson and Jen Van Meter, and art by Rebekah Isaacs

Happy Birthday Louise Simonson!

dcwomenkickingass:

Today is Louise “Weezie” Simonson’s 65th birthday. Simonson was head writer on “Man of Steel” for seven years becoming the first of three women who have been head writer on one of the books starring the Trinity. She was one of the writers who developed the “Death of Superman” storyline.

In addition to comics, Simonson has written a number of comic based YA books including this one featuring Wonder Woman

Simonson has also written and edited comics at Marvel. She was the head writer on both Power Pack and X-Factor. Simonson recently did an interview about women and comics and it’s a great read, check it out.

Let’s all wish her many more!

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Essential X-Factor vol. 2 (new edition), includes writing by Louise Simonson and Mary Jo Duffy, art by June Brigman

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Essential X-Factor vol. 2 (new edition), includes writing by Louise Simonson and Mary Jo Duffy, art by June Brigman

I think that not every guy has this prejudice, but there are guys in comics who want it to be a dude thing. That’s kind of okay, because I think that the women are going to go over and do their own thing and then [the guys] are going to be wanting to get in on our [projects]. So, nyah! Girls can have their own clubs, too.
Louise Simonson, Geek Girl on the Street Reports: Talking With Louise Simonson
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Essential Web of Spider-Man vol. 1, includes writing by Louise Simonson

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Essential Web of Spider-Man vol. 1, includes writing by Louise Simonson

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World of Warcraft Book 4 TP, co-written by Louise Simonson

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World of Warcraft Book 4 TP, co-written by Louise Simonson

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DC Retroactive: Superman - The ’90s, written by Louise Simonson

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DC Retroactive: Superman - The ’90s, written by Louise Simonson

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