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VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR NEW-COMICS SKELETONS

Each week, a small number of GCD volunteers add listings to our database for the new comics released that week in North America.

These are just skeleton listings, not full indexes.

This makes it easier for other volunteers who upload covers and for indexers, as well as for people using https://my.comics.org.

Each volunteer covers one publisher or a small group of publishers (“D publishers except DC”, for example).

From public sources such as ComicsList and Diamond Previews online, they add the issues and make note of the prices and a few other details.

We are looking for additional volunteers for this weekly task.

Follow this link for a description of the process and a list of which publishers are currently covered.
http://docs.comics.org/wiki/New_Releases_Skeletons

If you have any questions, please ask them right here!
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Wimmen's Comix ( http://ow.ly/jAR130fC9DF )
(some covers NSFW)

Wimmen's Comix, later titled Wimmin's Comix, is an influential all-female underground comics anthology published from 1972 to 1992. Though it covered a wide range of genre and subject matter, Wimmen's Comix focused more than other anthologies of the time on feminist concerns, homosexuality, sex and politics in general, and autobiographical comics. Wimmen's Comix #1 featured the first-ever comic strip featuring an "out" lesbian, Trina Robbins' "Sandy Comes Out." Wimmen's Comix was a launching pad for many cartoonists' careers, and inspired other small-press and self-published titles like Dyke Shorts and Dynamite Damsels.

Read more: http://ow.ly/qyDa30fC9VA
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Legion of Super-Heroes #31 ( http://ow.ly/BgXB30fCbHZ )

Transsexual themes were explored in a 1992 storyline in Legion of Super-Heroes, in which Element Lad finds out that Shvaughn Erin, the woman he is in love with, is actually a man who has taken a sex-change drug to be with him; Element Lad subsequently reveals that he prefers Shvaughn as a male. A lesbian relationship was also implied between the Legion of Super-Heroes' Shrinking Violet and Lightning Lass, but all these non-heterosexual characters were retconned during the Zero Hour "reboot" to be straight.

Read more: http://ow.ly/vdtD30fCbW2
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Ira Schnapp (10 October 1892 – 24 July 1969; Austria, USA) was a logo designer and letterer from the early days of the comic-book industry.

He brought his classic and art deco design styles to DC Comics (then National Comics) beginning with the iconic “Action Comics” logo in 1938. He also refined and perfected the “Superman” logo in 1940.

He was born in Austria in a town that’s now in Ukraine, and emigrated to the USA in 1900.

Schnapp designed scores of logos for the company”s comic books, virtually defining DC”s look for 30 years. In addition to “Action Comics” and “Superman”, some of his more celebrated logos include —
• “Adventure Comics”
• “The Atom”
• “The Flash”
• “Green Lantern”
• “Hawkman”
• “Justice League of America”
• “Metal Men”
• “Secret Origins”
• “Superman”s Girl Friend, Lois Lane”

In 1955, a group of USA publishers created the Comics Code Authority, primarily to deflect social and political pressure over horror comics. Schnapp designed the famous CCA seal, which was a fixture on comic book covers for over forty years.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira_Schnapp
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/bcP73050O1E

(Schnapp created the logo on “Secret Origins” #1, Summer 1961)
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Rumiko Takahashi (高橋 留美子, born 10 October 1957, Japan) is a manga artist and one of Japan’s wealthiest individuals. Her works are popular worldwide, where they have been translated into a variety of languages.

Takahashi has twice won the Shogakukan Manga Award — in 1980 for “Urusei Yatsura” and in 2002 for “InuYasha”.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/t/takahashi_rumiko.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumiko_Takahashi
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/hwV13050N4G

(Takahashi created the cover of “Inu Yasha” #1, November 2006, a Norwegian translation)
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Kevin Keller ( http://ow.ly/GAV930fCcwc )

In Keller's initial storyline, "Isn't It Bromantic?", Veronica expresses interest in dating Kevin but he is uninterested. As he and Jughead bond over their mutual love of food, Kevin explains that he does not want to date Veronica because he is gay. Kevin also bonds with Veronica and they become best friends.

Archie Comics co-CEO Jon Goldwater explained that including an openly gay character is a way to open up the world of Riverdale and de-stigmatize homosexuality. "Archie's hometown of Riverdale has always been a safe world for everyone. It just makes sense to have an openly gay character in Archie comic books." Veronica writer Dan Parent concurred, saying "It shows that Riverdale is in the 21st century."

Keller returned in Veronica #205 and headlined his own four-issue miniseries, Kevin Keller, beginning in June 2011. The new series focused on Keller's life before he arrived in Riverdale, including his struggles in junior high school. It also establishes that he is an Army brat and introduces the characters Wendy and William, friends whom Keller had been previously seen texting.

read more: http://ow.ly/Rjkv30fCcoR
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Matt Wagner (born 9 October 1961, USA) is a comic book creator and editor, best known for his personal creations ‘Mage’ and ‘Grendel’. His first publication was the first appearance of ‘Grendel’, in “Comico Primer” #2 (1982).

In addition to his own characters, he has worked on comics featuring ‘The Demon’ and ‘Batman’ as well as such titles as “Sandman Mystery Theatre” at DC Comics.

In 1991, he illustrated part of the ‘Season of Mists’ story arc in Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman” series.

Other projects include “Madame Xanadu” for the Vertigo imprint and numerous comics covers, including painted covers for “Green Arrow”.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/w/wagner_matt.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Wagner
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/nMP030fJovy

(Wagner created the cover art on “The Gift: A First Publishing Holiday Special”, November 1990)
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Michael Catron (born 9 October 1955, USA) is a co-founder of Fantagraphics and the founder of Apple Press.

In 1976, he and Gary Groth co-founded Fantagraphics Books. They took over the adzine “The Nostalgia Journal”, renamed it “The Comics Journal”, and created the premier USA critical magazine for sequential art.

He established Apple Press in 1986, at first as a packager for Wendy and Richard Pini’s WaRP Graphics. Apple soon began publishing other titles under their own imprint.

They were particularly known for war comics such as the long-running title “Vietnam Journal” and its many spin-offs. Apple stopped publishing in 1994.

He was a long-time member of the Grand Comics Database, including serving on our board of directors for nearly ten years. He has been the agent for the estate of ‘Superman’ co-creator Joe Shuster.

In early 2012, he moved to Seattle and returned to Fantagraphics as an editor.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Catron
Apple Press in the GCD — http://ow.ly/R4YH304ZGLY

(John Byrne created the cover of “Vox” #1, June 1989)
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Richard Comely (born 9 October 1950; UK, Canada) is a comic book creator, editor, and publisher. Born in England, his family emigrated in 1953.

He created “Captain Canuck” in 1975, the first high-profile Canadian super-hero in decades. The Captain and his friends have been published ever since, currently by Chapterhouse Comics.

Comely has also written and illustrated children’s books, syndicated newspaper features, greeting cards, and for television.

He is currently an editor at Chapterhouse.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/comely_richard.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Comely
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/poIw3050BL8

(Comely created the cover of “Captain Canuck” #3, [January] 1976)
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Enzo Baldoni (8 October 1948 – 26 August 2004, Italy) was the Italian translator for “Doonesbury”.

He was primarily a journalist, working freelance and for the Italian news magazine “Diario”. Baldoni was one of two Italians kidnapped in Iraq and killed on video by his captors.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enzo_Baldoni

(This cartoon by Mauro Biani (http://maurobiani.it/tag/enzo-baldoni/) commemorates the tenth anniversary of Baldoni’s murder)
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