Monday, April 20, 2009

CRIMINAL pencils

12 comments:

Tony said...

So happy Criminal's back.
Also: Amazing work, as usual.

Mitch said...
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Guglie said...

I'm happy about Criminal's back too. This time I try to get this arch issue by issue in order to not lose the additional material in it.

Matthew said...

Yes More Criminal! Is this part of the regular series or a short for an anthology?

alan said...

Let me guess: next you lay down some sublime inks, right?

Bubba said...

Over at our fan blog, Sean recently confirmed that he and Ed are contributing a Criminal short story for an upcoming anthology by Dark Horse Comics.

My guess is that this "Criminal emission" is the short story for Dark Horse Noir, a black-and-white trade paperback anthology that is scheduled to be released in late September.Very cool work, Sean.

Guglie said...

Thanks for the info Bubba. It means Icon doesn't have any rights on Criminal stuff, doesn't it?

Bubba said...

It wouldn't be the first time a Criminal short story was printed outside of Icon. Late last year, Image Comics published Liberty Comics #1, an anthology to benefit the Comic Book Liberty Defense Fund, and it featured the first Criminal "emission."

(The short story, "No One Rides For Free," featured Tracy Lawless in his first appearance since the Lawless arc. It doesn't seem essential to the overall plot -- not yet, anyway -- but it's a darn good short story that I would recommend even for any Criminal fan, not just completists.)

From what I understand Icon is just Marvel's imprint for creator-owned comics -- it also publishes Kick-Ass by Millar and Romita, and Powers by Bendis and Oeming -- so I don't believe it has any ownership of the material it produces. Heck, I don't even know if Icon actually makes a profit for Marvel. Since its purpose is to provide a venue for creator-owned work for Marvel's writers and artists, it might operate at-cost.

Either way, you should note that, in the single issues and trade collections, Criminal's copyright is held by Brubaker and Phillips, not Marvel or Icon. The two guys own Criminal outright, and it doesn't look like there's any problem with Criminal short stories being published elsewhere.

(What's striking -- and what I just noticed -- is that Incognito doesn't have the same copyright. Its copyright refers to "Basement Gang, Inc." which appears to be a small company owned by Ed and his wife, independent filmmaker Melanie Tomlin.)

Guglie said...

Thanks again for the info Bubba.

It sounds like I have to start the "No One Rides For Free" hunting here in Italy, but with your ref (Image Liberty issue) I'm sure to get it.

Bubba said...

No problem. :)

I have absolutely NO idea whether this site ships internationally, but the site for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund -- which published Liberty Comics #1 as a fundraiser -- has issues available here.The comic focuses on free speech and the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees free speech. Beyond the Criminal short story, there are a couple other good stories worth reading in the issue.

If you can't get the issue any other way, let me know. I live in the U.S., and we could work something out.

I'm setting Blogger to send automated emails to me when new comments are added to this thread, so if you add a comment later, I'll be notified.

Or, feel free to comment at the blog I help maintain:

http://criminalcomic.blogspot.com/

Guglie said...

Thanks, I saw the site allow out of US shipping too, just the UPS international shipping is expensive so it's more convenient to add other things. I want to ask my comic store too otherwise I do as I said (via the site buying more than one item)

Thanks Bubba I bookmarked the blog too

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