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PW Comics World is Publishers Weekly's online outlet for coverage of news, feature stories, interviews and business reports on graphic novel and comics publishing. PW Comics World reports on the comics marketplace in both the general trade book market and in direct market comics shops. You can visit the archives of our old page from our time as the PW Comics Week weekly newsletter here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/PW-Comics-Week/137304996309087

Mission: To report accurately on the news, events, creators, publishers and marketplace trends around comics and related works in the general book trade and conventional comics marketplace.

This week More to Come crew—Calvin Reid, Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald and Kate Fitzsimons—discuss Diamond shipments return...
05/31/2020
More To Come 423: The Return of Wednesday Comics

This week More to Come crew—Calvin Reid, Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald and Kate Fitzsimons—discuss Diamond shipments returning; discuss the streaming universe including HBO Max and the controversy around the 'Justice League' movie and the new Snyder Cut, mobile device comics; layoffs at Kickstarter; and offer a salute to Christian Cooper.

This week More to Come crew—Calvin Reid, Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald and Kate Fitzsimons—discuss Diamond shipments returning; discuss the streaming universe including HBO Max and the controversy around the 'Justice League' movie and the new Snyder Cut, mobile device comics; layoffs at Kicksta...

BookExpo Online: Graphic Novel Showcase (go to 47:30) with Mike Curato, 'Flamer', Kiku Hughes, 'Displacement', Trung Le ...
05/31/2020

BookExpo Online: Graphic Novel Showcase (go to 47:30) with Mike Curato, 'Flamer', Kiku Hughes, 'Displacement', Trung Le Nguyen, 'The Magic Fish', James Romberger, 'Post York', Bishakh Som, 'Spellbound', and modtr: PW senior news editor Calvin Reid | May 29 Part 2

https://www.facebook.com/bookexpo/videos/1226904274307410/

BookExpo Online: Graphic Novel Showcase (go to 47:30) with Mike Curato, 'Flamer', Kiku Hughes, 'Displacement', Trung Le ...
05/30/2020

BookExpo Online: Graphic Novel Showcase (go to 47:30) with Mike Curato, 'Flamer', Kiku Hughes, 'Displacement', Trung Le Nguyen, 'The Magic Fish', James Romberger, 'Post York', Bishakh Som, 'Spellbound', and modtr: PW senior news editor Calvin Reid | May 29 Part 2

https://www.facebook.com/bookexpo/videos/1226904274307410/

Comixology Head of Content Chip Mosher and artist Peter Krause invite you to Kickstart BLACKING OUT – A Tale of Fire and...
05/26/2020
BLACKING OUT - A Graphic Novel by Chip Mosher & Peter Krause

Comixology Head of Content Chip Mosher and artist Peter Krause invite you to Kickstart BLACKING OUT – A Tale of Fire and Murder in Southern California presented as a Deluxe Oversized Hardcover Graphic Novel.

A Tale of Fire and Murder in Southern California. Presented in a Deluxe Oversized Hardcover Graphic Novel.

From the Archive: A More to Come episode from February 2019: Heidi interviews Annie Koyama, publisher of the award-winni...
05/22/2020
More To Come 356: Annie Koyama Interview

From the Archive: A More to Come episode from February 2019: Heidi interviews Annie Koyama, publisher of the award-winning indie graphic novel house Koyama Press, and an innovative and beloved publishing figure. Annie talks about her career and her decision to shut down the press and leave publishing in 2021.

This week on More to Come, Heidi interviews Annie Koyama, publisher of the award-winning indie graphic novel house Koyama Press, and an innovative and beloved publishing figure who was recently named Publisher of the Year by The Beat. Annie talks about her decision to shut down the press and leave p...

Publishers Weekly is maintaining a listing of special offers, events, and discounts provided in an effort to mitigate th...
05/19/2020
Covid-19 Updates: Special Offers, Events and Discounts

Publishers Weekly is maintaining a listing of special offers, events, and discounts provided in an effort to mitigate the impact of the new coronavirus on the book publishing industry and on related communities. This listing has been updated with new offers from Marvel, DC, and Diamond Comics Distributors

A list of special offers, events, and discounts offered in an effort to mitigate the impact of the new coronavirus on the book publishing industry and related communities.

05/18/2020

Time for a #dtiys for The Daughters of Ys! I'm so excited to see your take on my two main characters!

As we reported last week, Kickstarter was looking to layoff as much as 40-45% of its staff in the wake of COVID-19 uncer...
05/16/2020
Comics Outreach Lead Camilla Zhang among the layoffs at Kickstarter

As we reported last week, Kickstarter was looking to layoff as much as 40-45% of its staff in the wake of COVID-19 uncertainties. Sadly, comics outreach lead Camilla Zhang was among those laid off, as she posted on Facebook and Twitter.

Zhang was among the 40% of the staff laid off.

The traditional San Diego Comic-Con 2020 has been canceled due to the pandemic, but its organizer, Comic-Con Internation...
05/11/2020
CCI Plans Virtual Comic-Con @ Home 2020

The traditional San Diego Comic-Con 2020 has been canceled due to the pandemic, but its organizer, Comic-Con International, announced plans for Comic-Con @ Home 2020, an online event that apparently will replace it. Dates and other info are still to come.

The traditional San Diego Comic-Con 2020 has been canceled due to the pandemic, but its organizer, Comic-Con International, announced plans for Comic-Con @ Home 2020, an online event that apparently will replace it. Dates and other info are still to come.

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation, in partnership with the newly created Comicbook United Fund, have raised more t...
05/10/2020
BINC, Comicbook United Raise $950K for Comics Retailers

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation, in partnership with the newly created Comicbook United Fund, have raised more than $950,000 to be used to support comic shop retailers struggling to survive during the pandemic lockdown.

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation, in partnership with the newly created Comicbook United Fund, have raised more than $950,000 to be used to support comic shop retailers struggling to survive during the pandemic lockdown.

05/05/2020
BCBF ONLINE SPECIAL EDITION | THE FAST GROWING CHILDREN'S COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS MARKET

The Bologna Children's Book Fair Goes online. Over the last few years, the growth of the comic book and graphic novel market has been staggering, and this is reflected in the rising interest across the world in the children’s industry too. This vibrant landscape is analysed in this online discussion between Ivanka Hahnenberger, consultant for the BCBF comics area, and Calvin Reid, a key advocate for comics for his pioneering coverage of comics and graphic novels in the book trade.

Over the last few years, the growth of the comic book and graphic novel market has been staggering, and this is reflected in the rising interest across the w...

On May 4, 1970 four unarmed college students were shot and killed by the Ohio State National Guard during a student Viet...
05/04/2020
Four Dead in Ohio: Derf Backderf On Kent State

On May 4, 1970 four unarmed college students were shot and killed by the Ohio State National Guard during a student Vietnam War protest on the campus of Kent State University. Nine other people were seriously injured as well. This is the 50th Anniversary of the Kent State University massacre.

Derf Backderf’s new graphic novel 'Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio', which will be published in April by Abrams ComicArts, is a meticulously researched, emotionally gripping account of the era-defining tragedy of its title.

This week Heidi 'The Beat' MacDonald interviews comics retailer Jen King of Space Cadets Collection Collection in Oak Ri...
05/01/2020
More To Come 420: Jen King Interview

This week Heidi 'The Beat' MacDonald interviews comics retailer Jen King of Space Cadets Collection Collection in Oak Ridge North, Tx about everything from the Insider Art benefit she's coordinating to help women and non-binary comic shop owners, to joining the board of the CBLDF, to ComicHub, DC and Diamond, to re-opening her store on May 1.

This week Heidi 'The Beat' MacDonald interviews comics retailer Jen King of Space Cadets Collection Collection in Oak Ridge North, Tx about everything from the Insider Art benefit she's coordinating to help women and non-binary comic shop owners, to joining the board of the CBLDF, to ComicHub, DC an...

This week More to Come crew—Calvin Reid, Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald and Kate Fitzsimons—discuss the rocky retailer respo...
04/29/2020
More To Come 419: DC Equals Distribution Controversy

This week More to Come crew—Calvin Reid, Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald and Kate Fitzsimons—discuss the rocky retailer response to DC’s controversial new distribution initiative; public and industry support for comics retailers and booksellers; the cancellation of the San Diego Comic-Con; new digital comics ventures such as the manga platform Mangamo; and PW’s #BooksAreEssential.

This week More to Come crew—Calvin Reid, Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald and Kate Fitzsimons—discuss the rocky retailer response to DC’s controversial new distribution initiative; public and industry support for comics retailers and booksellers; the cancellation of the San Diego Comic-Con; new ...

Set in 1930s depression-era New York City, 'Giant' by Mikaël, follows the story of a massive, laconic Irish immigrant wi...
04/29/2020
Panel Mania: Giant by Mikaël

Set in 1930s depression-era New York City, 'Giant' by Mikaël, follows the story of a massive, laconic Irish immigrant with a deep secret as he works high above Manhattan on the construction site of the new Rockefeller Center. A ten page excerpt.

Set in 1930s depression-era New York City, 'Giant' by Mikaël, follows the story of a massive, laconic Irish immigrant with a deep secret as he works high above Manhattan on the construction site of the new Rockefeller Center. A ten page excerpt.

In this exclusive preview of Superman and Me, a prose essay-afterword to the forthcoming graphic novel Superman Smashes ...
04/29/2020
Superman Smashes the Klan: Superman and Me by Gene Luen Yang

In this exclusive preview of Superman and Me, a prose essay-afterword to the forthcoming graphic novel Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang with art by Gurihiru, Yang uses his childhood love of Superman—and his personal experience of racism as a Chinese-American—to deliver a fascinating history of the Ku Klux Klan, the rise of white supremacy in the U.S., and the role the 1940s Superman radio show played in fighting American bigotry.

In this essay-afterword to the graphic novel 'Superman Smashes the Klan' by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru, Yang uses his childhood love of Superman—and his personal experience of racism—to deliver a history of the Ku Klux Klan, the rise of white supremacy in the U.S., and the role the 1940s Superm...

Working in collaboration with the estate of the legendary Jazz saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker, Z2 Comics will release...
04/29/2020
Z2 Comics Plans First-Ever Graphic Bio of Charlie Parker

Working in collaboration with the estate of the legendary Jazz saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker, Z2 Comics will release Chasin’ the Bird: Charlie Parker in California by Dave Chisholm with color by Peter Markowski, the first graphic biography of the pioneering composer and Bebop improviser. The book will be released in September.

Working with the estate of the legendary Jazz saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker, Z2 Comics will release 'Chasin’ the Bird: Charlie Parker in California' by Dave Chisholm and Peter Markowski, the first graphic biography of the pioneering Bebop improviser.

The iconic comics retailer Forbidden Planet has been completely shutdown under the pandemic lockdown, unable to generate...
04/23/2020
Help Forbidden Planet NYC Survive organized by Jeff Ayers

The iconic comics retailer Forbidden Planet has been completely shutdown under the pandemic lockdown, unable to generate revenue while located in one of the most expensive retail locales in the country. Jeff Ayers, the store’s longtime manager, has launched a gofundme campaign to raise funds to keep the legendary comics shop alive.

Forbidden Planet NYC has been one of the world's most acclaimed sellers of comics, graphi… Jeff Ayers needs your support for Help Forbidden Planet NYC Survive

We’ve seen many efforts to aid comics retailers since the COVID-19 Pandemic forced the comic book industry to nearly shu...
04/23/2020
DC and Oni-Lion Forge team up to aid comics shops with the Comicbook United Fund

We’ve seen many efforts to aid comics retailers since the COVID-19 Pandemic forced the comic book industry to nearly shut down. And here’s what look to be one of the most effective yet, the COMICBOOK UNITED FUND, a charity which will aid shops administered by BINC (the Book Industry Charitable Foundation).

The fund will be managed by BINC (the Book Industry Charitable Foundation)

A LIVE crossover #LibcomixOnline event between the American Library Association Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNC...
04/22/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: GNCRT / ALIA Crossover Event: Comics Librarians Talk Shop Across the World. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

A LIVE crossover #LibcomixOnline event between the American Library Association Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) and the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Graphic Novels & Comics special interest group.

Join us Thursday evening Apr 23rd in North America (and Friday morning Apr 24th in Australia) for a LIVE crossover #LibcomixOnline event between the American Library Association Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) and the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Graphic Novels &...

People in all segments of publishing recognize that they need each other to successfully—and hopefully profitably—acquir...
04/20/2020
Letter from the Editor: The Book Biz Is In This Together

People in all segments of publishing recognize that they need each other to successfully—and hopefully profitably—acquire, publish, market, and sell books. It is gratifying to see some of the strongest players in the industry lending a hand to colleagues in other areas.

Book publishing has long been a collaborative business, and that aspect of the industry is now more important than ever, writes 'PW' editorial director Jim Milliot.

DC will no longer be exclusively distributed by Diamond Comic Distributors. The publisher will be using two new distribu...
04/18/2020
SHOCKER: DC announces return to shipping comics for 4/27 with alternative distributors

DC will no longer be exclusively distributed by Diamond Comic Distributors. The publisher will be using two new distributors, Lunar Distribution and UCS Comic Distributors to distribute weekly periodical comics. Retailers can sign up with either on a regional basis.

  On the day that Diamond announced a plan to return to distributing product Mid-May, DC Comics made their own announcement: that, as previously announced, they are pursuing alternative distri…

Sharon De La Cruz, whose new book 'I'm a Wild Seed', a memoir about understanding queerness, will be published by Street...
04/18/2020

Sharon De La Cruz, whose new book 'I'm a Wild Seed', a memoir about understanding queerness, will be published by Street Noise Books, photographed at #CAB2019 by Jody Culkin

In an anticipated announcement, organizers of the San Diego Comic-Con acknowledged that the iconic comics and pop cultur...
04/18/2020
San Diego Comic-Con 2020 Canceled Due to Pandemic

In an anticipated announcement, organizers of the San Diego Comic-Con acknowledged that the iconic comics and pop culture convention will be canceled for 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. SDCC will return next year from July 22-25, 2021 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Organizers of the San Diego Comic-Con acknowledged that the iconic comics and pop culture convention will be canceled for 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. SDCC will return next year from July 22-25, 2021 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Looking to tap into continuing demand for English-language Japanese comics, a group of American and Japanese investors a...
04/15/2020
Startup Mobile Subscription Service Aims to Lure Manga Fans

Looking to tap into continuing demand for English-language Japanese comics, a group of American and Japanese investors are launching Mangamo, a mobile manga subscription service that will offer access to hundreds of translated manga titles for $4.99 per month.

A group of American and Japanese investors are launching Mangamo, a mobile manga subscription service that will offer access to hundreds of translated manga titles for $4.99 per month.

Covid-19 Updates: Special Offers, Events and Discounts: New Offers from #Creators4Comics, First Second, Liberation Libra...
04/14/2020
Covid-19 Updates: Special Offers, Events and Discounts

Covid-19 Updates: Special Offers, Events and Discounts: New Offers from #Creators4Comics, First Second, Liberation Library, WNDB, Europa Editions, The Believer, BookTube, AUP, AAP, Cinco Puntos Press, SpeakEasy and More

A list of special offers, events, and discounts offered in an effort to mitigate the impact of the new coronavirus on the book publishing industry and related communities.

First Second, the graphic novel imprint of Macmillan Publishing, is hosting Comics Relief, an online comics festival fea...
04/13/2020
Comics Relief Festival | First Second Books

First Second, the graphic novel imprint of Macmillan Publishing, is hosting Comics Relief, an online comics festival featuring a lineup of many of its acclaimed artists offering an in-depth look at how they make comics. The online festival will be held April 18, 11am to 5pm EST and will include a look at scripts, thumbnails, inking, coloring and making comics while under quarantine. Creaters includes such First Second luminaries as artist/First Second publisher Mark Siegel, Gene Luen Yang, Lucy Knisely, Ngozi Ukazu, Kate Leyh, Lily Williams and others.

This virtual festival will give comics fans an in-depth look at the key moments in comic creation, and you'll hear from many beloved graphic novel creators.

Cartoonist Gabrielle Bell is the author of such acclaimed comics works as 'Inappropriate', 'Everything is Flammable', 'T...
04/11/2020

Cartoonist Gabrielle Bell is the author of such acclaimed comics works as 'Inappropriate', 'Everything is Flammable', 'The Voyeurs', and 'Truth is Fragmentary,' all published by Uncivilized Books. Pictured at #mocca2019

This week More to Come crew—Calvin Reid, Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald and Kate Fitzsimons—shelter in place and discuss the...
04/11/2020
More To Come 417: Comic Stores Shelter in Place

This week More to Come crew—Calvin Reid, Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald and Kate Fitzsimons—shelter in place and discuss the rise and fall of ComicHub's doomed digital plan to save comics retail; the plight of comics retail under the Covid-19 lockdown; direct market and trade bookstores; and, on a lighter note, 'Vagrant Queen,' a new live-action sci-fi TV show based on the Vault comic by Magdalene Visaggio and Jason Smith, now on the Syfy channel.

This week More to Come crew—Calvin Reid, Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald and Kate Fitzsimons—shelter in place and discuss the rise and fall of ComicHub's doomed digital plan to save comics retail; the plight of comics retail under the Covid-19 lockdown; direct market and trade bookstores; and, on...

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