Kevin Eastman Launching Mildly Fictionalized Comic, Tegan And Sara Announce Second Graphic Novel, Tony Fleecs Heads To Uncanny Valley | Comic Book Club News For January 24, 2024

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Kevin Eastman is releasing a mildly fictionalized comic book titled Drawing Blood through Image Comics. Tony Fleecs and Dave Wachter team up for BOOM! Studios’ Uncanny Valley. All on Comic Book Club News for January 24, 2024.


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Kevin Eastman tells all in new comic?

Tegan and Sara announce second graphic novel.

Tony Fleecs heads to Uncanny Valley.

This is Comic Book Club News for January 24, 2024.

Kevin Eastman Launching Fictionalized Autobiography, Drawing Blood:

Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, is launching a new book coming from Image Comics titled Drawing Blood.

Co-written with David Avallone, with art by Ben Bishop and Troy Little, here’s the pitch for the 12-issue maxi-series: “Once upon a time, Bookman co-created The Radically Rearranged Ronin Ragdolls: a gritty, funny indie comic that became a billion dollar global franchise. Now, years later, the partnership dissolved, the corporate buy-out all spent, Books is struggling to recover from the hit-and-run driver called early success… and looking for the will and the joy to create something new again.”

Sound familiar? It should because that’s clearly the story of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. Though this comic mixes in romance and gunfire into what seems to be an only mildly fictionalized account of Eastman’s life story.

Said Eastman: “The completely fictional true stories of Shane ‘Books’ Bookman sums it up the best. Set squarely in our collective world of Comics, part autobiographical, part tall tails and legends, I wanted a fictional character we could really put through the paces. Drawing Blood is all that and a basket of kittens…” 

Though presumably both the creative team and Image would like this book to stand on its own merits, it will be hard to not read it without looking for clues about the breakup of one of comics most famous teams. Particularly with the Turtles making a big comeback this year at IDW, will this tell-all book finally beat the heroes in a half-shell?

Tegan And Sara Announce Second Graphic Novel, Crush:

Tegan and Sara, the musical duo behind The LEGO Movie‘s “Everything is Awesome,” among other songs, have announced their second YA graphic novel.

Crush, with art by Clementine superstar Tillie Walden, will be released through First Second and serve as a semi-sequel to their first book, Junior High. Where the previous novel was set in seventh grade, Crush takes the action to eighth grade, and Bo Burnham is shaking in his boots. Both books star fictionalized versions of Tegan and Sara as they build up their career creating the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — sorry, become indie pop stars, while balancing things like the titular crush.

ICv2 reports that the new book will hit stores on October 1, 2024, just in time for Halloween! Which doesn’t have anything to do with this book, so there you go.

Tony Fleecs And Dave Wachter Team Up For Uncanny Valley:

And now, a book I don’t think is based on anyone’s personal experience, writer Tony Fleecs and artist Dave Wachter are teaming up for a new BOOM! Studios book titled Uncanny Valley.

Though BOOM! is staying somewhat mysterious about the concept, it follows a 12-year-old boy named Oliver who gets embroiled in a family mystery that seems to involve classic cartoon characters. Glimpsed on the cover are characters in the mode of Disney animation, Looney Tunes, and classic ’80s Saturday morning cartoons.

Said Fleecs: “Uncanny Valley is a book that I’ve wanted to make for years. I’m so excited to be making it with the impossibly talented Dave Wachter and with BOOM! Studios. It’s a big huge story set in two giant worlds with all sorts of magic and mystery and robots and skeletons but it’s centered on this little tiny family. Those are my favorite kinds of stories.”

Editor Jon Moisan compared it to “Who Framed Roger Rabbit by way of Something Epic,” also in the press release.

Fleecs has been on a roll with Stray Dogs and Local Man. And Wachter has too, with Marvel’s Punisher and tying it back to our first story, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The new series premieres in comic book shops on April 10, 2024.

For Comic Book Club News, I’m Alex Zalben. And this podcast is a lightly fictionalized version of my own life.

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