Titan Comics and Atomeka – new for 2013
Yes, yes…. a touch late we know.
Titan Books announced earlier this month that they were launching a new imprint Titan Comics; new creator-owned comics alongside new and previously published graphic novels and collections.
The official launch date is July, but there’s a soft launch of sorts with a new issue of Lenore (March), and a new Tank Girl series from Alan Martin and Warwick Johnson Cadwell (May).
But it all officially kicks off in July with a big launch month of 6 titles. Two new comic series: Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol by Stuart Jennett and Numbercruncher from the pages of the Megazine by Si Spurrier and P.J. Holden. Four collections: Ring of Roses – collected in color for the first time, by Das Petrou and John Watkiss; Thrud The Barbarian by Carl Critchlow; and two volumes of The First Kingdom by Jack Katz.
Following these, Titan Comics promise a new series every month, with titles including: Gravestown by Roger Gibson and Vince Danks – the team behind Harker; Surface Tension by Jay Gunn; Death Sentence by Monty Nero and Mike Dowling.
Anyway, that was announcement #1. Swiftly followed by surprise announcement #2, where Titan Comics announced they were involved in a co-publishing venture with Atomeka / Dave Elliott, the man behind A1 (along with Garry Leach). Now, a lot of you may know the name and the comic, many of you will not. Here is not the time, so just this once, here’s a wikipedia link – A1 Comics.
So on top of the initially announced schedule we have many more comics and collections coming out in 2013: Complete details here at the Titan Comics site, but a quick rundown…
June: A1 #1 - first issue of an ongoing anthology. Includes strips Weirding Willows - “Wonderland, OZ, Neverland, Mars, Pelucidar and Elysium clash in the little English town of Willow Weir“; Odyssey – “immortal superhero out of place and time finds himself in the middle of a war for mankind between the Angels and the Demons”; and Carpe Diem, with the seven best assassins the world has ever seen, one for each day of the week – “Their leader is always a Sir Monday, but the rest of the team always hate Mondays…”
Tomorrowland #1 – A tale of two worlds, the one seen and the one sensed, a clash between grim reality and bright, colourful fantasy.
September 2013 onwards – the collections: Weirding Willows; Monster Massacre Volume 1 and Volume 2 featuring previously published material from Alan Moore, Dave Dorman, Mark A. Nelson, Michael Gilbert et al; Sharky; and the A1 Annual, previously published material (I’m guessing) from Matt Wagner, Dave Johnson, Rufus Dayglo, Dave Dorman, Mark A. Nelson, Jim Steranko, D’israeli, Garry Leach et al. Finally, to see the year out there’s the first Tomorrowland collection.
Impressive line-up, certainly a big launch and a very quick build of a publishing portfolio.
Full details at the Titan Comics site.