Saturday, March 24, 2012

Fwd: Big Planet Comics Orbit Newsletter - March 22, 2012

Big Planet Comics

March 23, 2012

Reap the Corto Maltese Whirlwind

Well, all of us here at Big Planet Comics were pretty disappointed by the poor production quality on the new Corto Maltese book, as well as it being a later version that edited down the original art to present in a different format. So we published an open letter to the publisher. Then the internet exploded.

We wrote up a post on our website showing the poor production quality, and how the later version they had used was vastly inferior to the original edition. The publisher put out their reply, and tweets galore went out. Comics news sites covered it in several places, with some very interesting commentary from the European side of things, and many arguing for and against it. In any case, we sincerely hope that the next volume (or version) of Corto Maltese, and any import/reprint/translation, lives up to the excellent current standards of comics that we are seeing these days.

If you missed it, here's our first open letter with commentary by Heidi Macdonald at the Comics Beat:

Our post about the book with lots of examples comparing to older editions:

The publisher's reply is covered at

Also, the Big Planet Comics Podcast now has a call-in phone number if you'd like to leave us a question or comment! Call 703-539-2278!

Feel free to forward on our newsletter, and please send us any comments or mailing list requests to

- the Big Planet Comics kids

UPCOMING April 3 - Avengers vs. X-Men #1 Early Release Party

Marvel is calling it their biggest event yet, building on the last 10 years of storytelling, but really, who doesn't just want to see the superheroes throw down against each other? We will be having a special release party for Avengers vs. X-Men #1 one day early, on Tuesday April 3! So not only will you be able to buy AVX #1 a day early, but you will have access to some other specials, including limited variant covers, and other limited items, like a pin to show your allegiance to either the X-Men or the Avengers, so start thinking now about which team you support! Poor Wolverine, he's got to fight himself.

8-9 pm
All 4 Big Planet Comics stores!

UPCOMING April 14 - Justin Jordan & Tradd Moore Signing

Justin Jordan and Tradd Moore, creators of the great new series The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, will be appearing at both our Vienna and College Park stores on April 14 to celebrate the release of the collection of the series.

11 am-1 pm
Big Planet Comics of Vienna
426 Maple Ave. East
Vienna, VA 22180

3 pm-5 pm
Big Planet Comics of College Park
7315 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740

Supercrooks #1 (Of 4)

by Mark Millar and Leinil Yu

Millar and Yu are back after teaming up on Superior with another crazy superhero series! This time, after their supervillain mentor gets caught trying to rob a casino, some ex-supervillains have to help him raise millions of dollars. But it's hard to be a crook in the USA since there are so many superheroes! But what about trying to be a supervillain in Europe? A great start!

Dinopopolous SC

by Nick Edwards

An amazingly inventive adventure by another rising British talent! Teenager Nigel and his pal Brian (a dinosaur!) get into a crazy adventure, searching for The Miracle Bird of Ndundoo, which shoots out jewels! So they must find the Bird before their rivals Julian and the Evil League of Lizards do! Time for a journey towards the center of the earth! Crazy cartooning and ideas.

John Carter: The Gods Of Mars #1 (of 5)

by Sam Humphries and Ramon Perez

The second John Carter novel is adapted into comics, this time by rising writer Sam Humphries and the amazing artist of A Tale of Sand, Ramon Perez! John Carter finally gets back to Mars, only to run into his Martian pal Tar Tarkas again, where they begin a quest into the holy sanctuary where the gods of Mars live! Plus, you know, betrayal and swordfighting and monsters! Such good art!

Axe Cop 3 SC

by Malachai Nicolle, Ethan Nicolle and Christopher Hastings

A new collection of Axe Cop strips! Extra commentary by the creators, 6 year old Malachai who writers it and his older brother who draws it! In addition to discovering new secret attacks, there is a crossover with Dr. McNinja! As inventive, violent and strange as your stories were when you were 6! Plus truly, truly hilarious.

Big Planet Comics Podcast #38

  Kevin, Nick and special return host Julian talk about Beast, apparently, and review all the new comics! Download this week's now or subscribe on iTunes!
Send us questions to or call us at 1-703-539-2278!


4/3 - Avengers vs. X-Men #1 Early Release Party

All stores! 8pm-9pm

4/14 - Justin Jordan & Tradd Moore

Signing The Strange Talent of Luther Strode 11am-1pm
426 Maple Ave. East
Vienna, VA 22180


Signing The Strange Talent of Luther Strode 3pm-5pm
7315 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740



5/5 - Free Comic Book Day

All stores!


5/5 - Jeremy Whitley

Cartoon Monarch: Otto Soglow & the Little King HC
by Otto Soglow

Hilarious cartoons by Soglow that are still used in the New Yorker!

Dominique Laveau Voodoo Child #1
by Selwyn Seyfu Hinds and Denys Cowan
A woman gets caught up in voodoo magic in New Orleans.

Hoax Hunters #0
by Michael Moreci & Steve Seeley and JM Ringuet & Axel Medellin

A team assembles to disprove the supernatural, or cover it up!

Ichiro HC
by Ryan Inzana

Ichiro moves to Japan and learns about war and the mythology of Japan.

Nancy Is Happy: The Complete Dailies 1943-1945 SC
by Ernie Bushmiller

The original Nancy strips, collected at last!

Ragemoor #1
by Jan Strnad and Richard Corben

A man attempts to gain ownership of his nephew's cursed home.

Rebel Blood #1 (Of 4)
by Alex Link and Riley Rossmo

A forest ranger tries to get back to his family after a zombie apocalypse.

Rocketeer Adventures 2 #1 (Of 4)
by Marc Guggenheim, Sandy Plunkett, Peter David, Bill Sienkiewicz and Stan Sakai

More new adventures of the Rocketeer!

Smoke And Mirrors #1 (Of 5)
by Mike Costa and Ryan Browne

In a world where everyone can do magic, some technology is unknown!

Take What You Can Carry SC
by Kevin C. Pyle

The lives of a boy in the 70s and a Japanese boy in the 40s intersect.

Undertow SC
by Ellen Lindner

A girl tries to survive a tumultuous weekend, set in the 1950s.

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