Thin wallets, fat bookshelves | A publishing news roundup

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Thin wallets, fat bookshelves | A publishing news roundup

This is a special “WonderCon + more” edition of Thin Wallets, as we round up publishing news from last weekend’s con, plus a few other items of note …

  • DC Comics announced that they are replacing the long-delayed All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder with Dark Knight: Boy Wonder. The book will still be by the creative team of Frank Miller and Jim Lee, and is due in February 2011.
  • IDW has picked up the license to make comics based on HBO’s southern vampire show True Blood. The show’s creator, Alan Ball, is helping to develop the stories.
  • IDW will also release another version of their Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer collection — Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer: Artist Edition. The oversized hardcover will be printed as the same size as Stevens’ original art, approximately 11 by 16 inches. “You’ll be able to see his beautiful blue pencil work, you’ll be able to see the stats, all of it,” Special Projects Editor Scott Dunbier said. “It’ll be the closest thing you ever get to Dave Stevens original art.”
  • Judd Winick announced that he is writing a new Barry Ween book. “Thankfully, after, like, an eight-year hiatus, I’m actually – swear to God – I’m actually doing more ‘Barry Ween.’ I’m writing it now,” he said at his spotlight panel. Barry Ween is heading into space in the new story.
  • Image Comics is collecting The Crusades, by Steven T. Seagle and Kelley Jones, into a hardcover. The series was originally published by Vertigo. Seagle is also teaming up with artist Marco Cinello for a children’s book called Frankie Stein.
  • Image is also publishing a one-shot by Joe Casey and Chris Burnham called Officer Downe.
  • Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray are working on two new projects for an as-yet-unrevealed publisherRandom Acts of Violence and Time Bomb.
  • Ethan Van Sciver is bringing back his first creator-owned series, Cyberfrog, at Wildstorm. He’s also working with Gail Simone on a project.
  • BOOM! Studios is working on a comic book version of Tim Burton’s recent Alice in Wonderland film. They also announced a western miniseries this weekend called Pale Horse.
  • Dylan Meconis’ Family Man webcomic is being collected into print. You can pre-order it now.
  • Two-Step, the Wildstorm miniseries by Warren Ellis, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, will finally be collected in November.
  • Jeffrey Brown is working on a second Incredible Change-Bots book.
  • Skottie Young’s The Adventures of Bernard the World Destroyer, which he previously posted on his blog, is now available in print.
  • Roger Langridge is collecting his old Doctor Sputnik strips into a book that he plans to sell when he hits the United States in June.