DSTLRY Announces 3 New Titles, Daniel Warren Johnson’s Space-Mullet Gets Remastered, Fantagraphics Adds Lunar As Distributor | Comic Book Club News For December 20, 2023

Comic Book Club News December 20 2023 DSTLRY Lunar Fantagraphics Space-Mullet

DSTLRY has announced three new titles for 2024, all from powerhouse teams. Daniel Warren Johnson‘s Space-Mullet is getting remastered by Image Comics. Fantagraphics has added Lunar as a distributor. All on Comic Book Club News for December 20, 2023.


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DSTLRY announces three new titles.

Daniel Warren Johnson’s Space-Mullet remastered.

Fantagraphics adds Lunar.

This is Comic Book Club News for December 20, 2023.

DSTLRY Announces Three New Comics For 2024:

DSTLRY has been taking it slow with announcing new titles. So far, they’ve released Jock’s Gone and Tula Lotay and Becky Cloonan’s Somna. And now, you can add three more to that list, all from powerhouse teams of creators.

The first, titled White Boat, is a new horror series from Scott Snyder and Francesco Francavilla, which will debut in March of 2024. It revolves around a mega-yacht used by the super-rich that transports people to a cult-filled island where they’re working on something called “The Human Project.” Said Snyder, “White Boat is by far my most ambitious and expansive deep dive into horror yet. Francesco and I are using DSTLRY’s oversized format to unearth a sprawling and terrifying mythology that spans oceans and continents.”

Spectregraph, from James Tynion IV and Christian Ward, is described as a “cerebral horror masterpiece,” and will hit in April 2024. This book takes place in an isolated mansion outside Los Angeles whose rich owner is obsessed with the paranormal. When he dies, rich men and women gather to find out what he was really studying. Said Tynion: “We’ve been cultivating these ideas for years, and we promise a descent into horror like you’ve never seen before—this is a visceral, confrontational take on the haunted house story.”

And in May, DSTLRY will release The Blood Brothers Mother, a “carnage-filled West saga” by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso. It follows three kids who head off across the Texas frontier after their step-father is gunned down, and their mother kidnapped. Said Azzarello: “Eduardo and I have been sitting on this story for years. When we first discussed it, neither of us thought we were ready to tell it. Our perspective, it wasn’t right. Westerns are where America expresses its myths, but the truth of America is violence— something we first explored in 100 Bullets. The frontier was a brutally harsh environment, but fertile; it fed the extremes of human morality. The desert is a hell of a sandbox to set stories in.”

What will the rest of the year bring for DSTLRY? Stay tuned.

Daniel Warren Johnson’s Space-Mullet Gets Remastered By Image Comics:

With all the huge success writer-artist Daniel Warren Johnson has had lately, it’s no surprise that his older works are getting dug up once again. And that includes his webcomic Space-Mullet, which is getting a remastered edition from Image Comics.

Said Warren Johnson via press release: “When I started Space-Mullet, I had just quit my steady teaching job, had no money, and DEFINITELY no work in the comics industry. This book was me throwing everything I had at trying to prove to the comics world I could make something special. The pages are humble, but are a huge foundation for what made me the artist I am now. See proto-DWJ come to life in these pages!!!”

Image Comics describes the book as perfect for fans of Firefly or Cowboy Bebop, and “a sci-fi romp about a ragtag crew of misfits doing everything they can to get by in space.” But honestly, you had us at Daniel Warren Johnson.

Fantagraphics Has Added Lunar As A Distributor:

Bang, zoom, to the moon! Fantagraphics has added Lunar as a distributor, continuing the company’s ascendance into being the big alternative to Diamond Comics, the distributor that has dominated the market for decades. Only in a bit of a twist, Fantagraphics will release comics through both companies.

Lunar has been making waves for the past three years, which is indeed a moon pun, first becoming the distributor of DC Comics, then adding Image Comics for direct market sales and a number of others. Now, Fantagraphics, a house known for its high-quality writers, artists, and graphic novels, will join that team from the fledging company, which is not a moon pun, so sorry about that.

Said Fantagraphics VP and Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds in a statement accompanying the announcement, via ICv2: “We believe that retailers should have multiple distribution options when making their purchasing decisions and by joining forces with Lunar, while continuing our longstanding relationship with Diamond Comic Distributors, we can best contribute to a healthy and robust Direct Market that has proven essential to evolution and vitality of the comics medium.”

Hopefully this will help the market rocket to new heights, instead of cratering. Both moon puns. Thanks.

For Comic Book Club News, I’m Alex Zalben. And sorry about missing a pun there, I ran out of space.

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