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More of Tim Fielder's character designs for adapting Samuel R. Delany's 'Nova' into a graphic novel!!
05/07/2022
Tim&Jim Fielder on Twitter

More of Tim Fielder's character designs for adapting Samuel R. Delany's 'Nova' into a graphic novel!!

“Greetings Dieselfunkateers! Road to #NOVA. Lorq Rendering Tests. The Goal: Working FASTER with no discernable drop in image quality. Key is utilizing holding lines and gray values. Back to breakdowns. @SamuelRDelany1 @PWComicsWorld”

Tim Fielder is adapting acclaimed sci-fi novelist Samuel R. Delany's Nova into a graphic novel!!!!!!!!
05/07/2022
Tim&Jim Fielder on Twitter

Tim Fielder is adapting acclaimed sci-fi novelist Samuel R. Delany's Nova into a graphic novel!!!!!!!!

“Greetings Dieselfunkateers! Road to #NOVA. Prelim designs for Mouse. Let me know which one you like. Back to it. @SamuelRDelany1 @PWComicsWorld @URBALT @studio_visceral @ytashawomack @nalohop1 @Hardcore888 @JulianChambliss @StevenBarnes1 @anamibia @TheRealErnestD @MagicJohnson”

Comics retailers--direct market comics shops and general bookstores--discuss comics’ resurgence in 2021—and how strong s...
05/07/2022
Comics Retail Rebuilds, and Restocks

Comics retailers--direct market comics shops and general bookstores--discuss comics’ resurgence in 2021—and how strong sales were hindered by supply chain issues.

Booksellers discuss comics’ resurgence in 2021—and how strong sales were hindered by supply chain issues.

Free Comic Book Day (May 7, 2022) is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and...
05/07/2022
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Free Comic Book Day (May 7, 2022) is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. Different shops have policies on how many free comics you can receive, but you will receive at least one free comic if you enter a participating shop location. Check with your retailer for their policies and plans for FCBD.

First Look: X-Women Head to Gameworld! May 05, 2022 If it's true that the house always wins, our X-Ladies might be in over their heads!

In New York, Every Borough Is a Comic Book Destination
05/07/2022
In New York, Every Borough Is a Comic Book Destination

In New York, Every Borough Is a Comic Book Destination

What did our reporter find when he visited more than 30 stores? Quirky meccas devoted to DC and Marvel releases, vintage issues and eye-popping collectibles.

This week on More to Come, Calvin interviews 'New Yorker' cartoonist Sofia Warren about her new work of graphic nonficti...
05/06/2022
More to Come 515: Sofia Warren Interview

This week on More to Come, Calvin interviews 'New Yorker' cartoonist Sofia Warren about her new work of graphic nonfiction, 'Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator' (Top Shelf), the story of Julia Salazar, a young latina democratic socialist and grassroots activist, elected to the New York State Senate from Brooklyn in 2018. Warren talks about embedding herself in Salazar’s campaign, as well as the process, challenges and rewards of creating her first book-length graphic work.

This week on More to Come, Calvin interviews 'New Yorker' cartoonist Sofia Warren about her new work of graphic nonfiction, 'Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator' (Top Shelf), the story of Julia Salazar, a young latina democratic socialist and grassroots activist, elected to the New York State....

Words like “explosive growth” and “unprecedented” are now commonly used to describe sales in the current manga marketpla...
05/05/2022
Manga Is Booming

Words like “explosive growth” and “unprecedented” are now commonly used to describe sales in the current manga marketplace. But supply chain problems—including limited printer capacity, and paper shortages—are creating headaches for publishers big and small

Record sales growth in the category in the U.S. has been tempered by supply chain delays.

Comic-Con International (Comic-Con) has selected six individuals to automatically be inducted into the Will Eisner Comic...
04/28/2022
2022 Will Eisner Hall of Fame inductees announced

Comic-Con International (Comic-Con) has selected six individuals to automatically be inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame for 2022.

Judges have selected 6 creators for 2022 Eisner Hall of Fame that include pioneers in the comics industry like Max Gaines and Mark Gruenwald.

Over the past 25 years or so, the book format and the book trade have had a tremendous impact on the popularity, sales r...
04/26/2022
How Comics Got to Now

Over the past 25 years or so, the book format and the book trade have had a tremendous impact on the popularity, sales reach, and diversity of comics material of all kinds published in the U.S. market.

A combination of factors helped comics and graphic novels establish a strong foothold in the book trade, writes ‘PW’ senior news editor and resident comics maestro Calvin Reid.

On this episode of More to Come's Stargazing segment, PW graphic novels reviews editor Meg Lemke talks with Calvin about...
04/23/2022
More To Come 514: Stargazing - Two Graphic Memoirs

On this episode of More to Come's Stargazing segment, PW graphic novels reviews editor Meg Lemke talks with Calvin about Sabba Kahn’s 'What is Home, Mum?', a moving graphic memoir of her Pakistani family’s life before and after immigration to Britain; and James Spooner’s graphic memoir 'The High Desert: Black. Punk Nowhere.', a look back at growing up a teenage Afropunk.

On this episode of More to Come's Stargazing segment, PW graphic novels reviews editor Meg Lemke talks with Calvin about Sabba Kahn’s 'What is Home, Mum?', a moving graphic memoir of her Pakistani family’s life before and after immigration to Britain; and James Spooner’s graphic memoir 'The Hi...

In Benoit Cohen and Christophe Chabouté’s new graphic novel 'Yellow Cab', Cohen decides to become a New York City cab dr...
04/21/2022
Panel Mania: Yellow Cab by Benoît Cohen and Christophe Chabouté

In Benoit Cohen and Christophe Chabouté’s new graphic novel 'Yellow Cab', Cohen decides to become a New York City cab driver, and we follow the long bureaucratic journey required to get a taxi license, and Cohen’s plunge into the experience of driving a taxi cab in New York City. An 11-page excerpt.

In Benoit Cohen and Christophe Chabouté’s new graphic novel 'Yellow Cab', Cohen decides to become a New York City cab driver, and we follow the long bureaucratic journey required to get a taxi license, and Cohen’s plunge into the wildly diverse experience of driving a taxi cab in New York City....

This week the More to Come crew—Calvin Reid, Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, and Kate Fitzsimons—take stock of new imprints ...
04/16/2022
More To Come 513: New Comics Imprints

This week the More to Come crew—Calvin Reid, Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, and Kate Fitzsimons—take stock of new imprints from Dark Horse, IDW, and S&S/Black Privilege; celebrate big sales numbers on Brian’s Hibbs’ annual BookScan report; scrutinize DC’s fate under Warner Bros. Discovery; salute Joe Casey; recap censorship of a cult-inspired manga; and recount Heidi’s visit to WonderCon and Calvin at the MoCCA Art Fest.

This week the More to Come crew—Calvin Reid, Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, and Kate Fitzsimons—take stock of new imprints from Dark Horse, IDW, and S&S/Black Privilege; celebrate big sales numbers on Brian’s Hibbs’ annual BookScan report; scrutinize DC’s fate under Warner Bros. Discovery...

The entire 10,000-copy print run of cartoonist Jordan Crane’s new graphic novel, 'Keeping Two', is on board the Ever For...
04/14/2022
Again, a Fantagraphics Graphic Novel Is Stranded On a Ship

The entire 10,000-copy print run of cartoonist Jordan Crane’s new graphic novel, 'Keeping Two', is on board the Ever Forward, a 1,000-foot ship carrying nearly 5,000 containers, that has been mired near shore in the Chesapeake Bay for more than three weeks.

The entire 10,000-copy print run of cartoonist Jordan Crane’s new graphic novel, 'Keeping Two,' is on board a container ship that has been mired in the Chesapeake Bay for more than three weeks.

This week on More to Come, the MoCCA Art Fest, a festival of independent comics and graphic novel publishing, returns af...
04/09/2022
More To Come 512: The MoCCA Art Fest is Back

This week on More to Come, the MoCCA Art Fest, a festival of independent comics and graphic novel publishing, returns after a 2 year hiatus due to the Pandemic. Calvin interviews exhibitors at the show, including George Rohac, founder/manager of Organized Havoc; Charles Kochman (photo), editorial director of Abrams ComicArts imprint; cartoonist Sharon de la Cruz (I Am a Wild Seed), and Karen Green, curator for comics and cartoons at Columbia University, on the floor of the MoCCA Art Fest.

This week on More to Come, the MoCCA Art Fest, a festival of independent comics and graphic novel publishing, returns after a 2 year hiatus due to the Pandemic. Calvin interviews exhibitors at the show, including George Rohac, founder/manager of Organized Havoc; Charles Kochman (photo), editorial di...

'The Winds of Numa Sera', by Morgan Roenblum and Jonny Handler, is an ambitious and luxuriously illustrated fantasy grap...
04/04/2022
Panel Mania: The Winds of Numa Sera by Morgan Rosenblum and Jonny Handler

'The Winds of Numa Sera', by Morgan Roenblum and Jonny Handler, is an ambitious and luxuriously illustrated fantasy graphic novel of epic proportions. Drawn by the creative team of Eduard Petrovick, Eduardo Mello, and Valentina Taddeo, the book is the story of the medieval-like empire of Numa Sera and its sovereignty over a vast and restless assemblage of conquered lands. But the empire’s relentless wars of conquest have left it vulnerable to foreign enemies, rebellion, and to conspiracies within the royal court. A 10-page excerpt.

'The Winds of Numa Sera', by Morgan Rosenblum and Jonny Handler, is an ambitious and luxuriously illustrated fantasy graphic novel of epic proportions. It's the story of an empire and its sovereignty over a vast and restless assemblage of conquered lands, an empire vulnerable to foreign enemies and....

This week the More to Come crew—Calvin Reid, Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, and Kate Fitzsimons—react as new comics venture...
04/02/2022
More To Come 511: Zestworld Snags a Small Fortune

This week the More to Come crew—Calvin Reid, Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, and Kate Fitzsimons—react as new comics venture Zestworld snags $9 million in new investment, celebrate the return of Angoulême, Bologna, MoCCA, and WonderCon, lament censorship of Marjane Satrapi’s ‘Persepolis,’ and swoon over Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda’s new graphic novel.

This week the More to Come crew—Calvin Reid, Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, and Kate Fitzsimons—react as new comics venture Zestworld snags $9 million in new investment, celebrate the return of Angoulême, Bologna, MoCCA, and WonderCon, lament censorship of Marjane Satrapi’s ‘Persepolis,’...

Sat. March 26 at the #AWP22 conference in Philly: PW graphic novels reviews editor Meg Lemke will moderated the National...
03/22/2022
NBCC at AWP22 On Comics Criticism: Graphic Novels as Both Literature and Pop - National Book Critics Circle

Sat. March 26 at the #AWP22 conference in Philly: PW graphic novels reviews editor Meg Lemke will moderated the National Book Critics Circle panel On Comics Criticism: Graphic Novels as Literature and Pop. With panelists Rob Kirby, Jonathan Gray, and Tahneer Oksman. There’s been a boom of graphic novels published by trade houses, academic publishers, and an increasing number of literary magazines, and book reviewers are still catching up to how and why to write about these books. This panel brings together critics from insider-comics world journals, academic spheres, and popular literary forums, with diverse backgrounds and identities to delve deep into their craft.

121BC, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level Saturday, March 26, 2022 12:10 pm to 1:25 pm Eastern https://www.awpwriter.org/awp_conference/event_detail/21792 The medium of comics is well-established as presenting works of literary value, but critical writing can be mired in a defensive position....

Zestworld, a new subscription-based digital comics venture, announced it has raised $9.37 million in new funding to crea...
03/22/2022
Zestworld Launches Digital Comics Venture with $9 Million in Funding

Zestworld, a new subscription-based digital comics venture, announced it has raised $9.37 million in new funding to create a publishing and distribution platform for a newly assembled stable of veteran popular comics creators.

Zestworld announced it has raised $9.37 million in new funding to create a new digital comics publishing and distribution platform for a newly assembled stable of veteran popular comics creators.

Ron Wimberly's 'GratNin' is a new 600-page accordian-folded print non-linear graphic novel that tells the story of the N...
03/19/2022
Panel Mania: GratNin by Ronald Wimberly

Ron Wimberly's 'GratNin' is a new 600-page accordian-folded print non-linear graphic novel that tells the story of the Namba family, the last ninja (or shinobi) family left in Brooklyn. This is an exclusive release of the book's first chapter.

Ron Wimberly's 'GratNin' is a new 600-page accordian-folded print non-linear graphic novel that tells the story of the Namba family, the last ninja (or shinobi) family left in Brooklyn. An exclusive release of the book's first chapter.

This week the More to Come crew—Calvin Reid, Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, and Kate Fitzsimons—celebrate Julie Doucet’s hi...
03/19/2022
More To Come 509: Julie Doucet Wins Angouleme Grand Prix

This week the More to Come crew—Calvin Reid, Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, and Kate Fitzsimons—celebrate Julie Doucet’s historic Angoulême Grand Prix win; salute the vision of Comixology cofounder David Steinberger, who is leaving the groundbreaking service; eyeball Vault Comics’ new investors; gush over DC’s Pride releases and the Milestone talent initiative’s super diverse first class; and recap media deals involving Kate Beaton, Mark Waid, and Kevin Smith.

This week the More to Come crew—Calvin Reid, Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, and Kate Fitzsimons—celebrate Julie Doucet’s historic Angoulême Grand Prix win; salute the vision of Comixology cofounder David Steinberger, who is leaving the groundbreaking service; eyeball Vault Comics’ new inve...

Congratulations to Julie Doucet for winning the Angoulême Festival Grand Prix. PW talked with Doucet about her new graph...
03/19/2022
Fearless Sincerity: PW Talks with Julie Doucet

Congratulations to Julie Doucet for winning the Angoulême Festival Grand Prix. PW talked with Doucet about her new graphic memoir 'Time Zone J.'

Julie Doucet's new graphic memoir 'Time Zone J' uses a free-form, free-flowing narrative and visual style to return to an earlier period in her life and to memories of a love affair that she can never forget.

This evening, the 49th edition of the Angoulême International Comic Art Festival honoured Canadian artist Julie Doucet w...
03/17/2022
Julie Doucet awarded Angoulême Festival's Grand Prix

This evening, the 49th edition of the Angoulême International Comic Art Festival honoured Canadian artist Julie Doucet with its highest award, the Grand Prix

Julie Doucet awarded Angoulême Festival's Grand Prix

Alex Segura’s new mystery novel, 'Secret Identity', to be published by Flatiron Books this month, offers a perfect refle...
03/17/2022
Alex Segura Unveils ‘Secret Identity’

Alex Segura’s new mystery novel, 'Secret Identity', to be published by Flatiron Books this month, offers a perfect reflection of his multifaceted career as a crime novelist, a comics writer, and as a comics publishing executive.'

Alex Segura’s new mystery novel, 'Secret Identity', to be published by Flatiron Books, offers a perfect reflection of his multifaceted career as a crime novelist, a comics writer, and as a comics publishing executive.

This week on More to Come Calvin Reid interviews comics writer, editor, and Heavy Metal executive editor Joe Illidge abo...
03/17/2022
More To Come 508: Joe Illidge Interview

This week on More to Come Calvin Reid interviews comics writer, editor, and Heavy Metal executive editor Joe Illidge about his publishing and production company Illuminous; and working with Curtis “Fifty Cents” Jackson’s G-Unit Film & TV, and Erika Alexander’s Color Farm production house, to launch a live action TV series adaptaton of comics writer Christopher Priest’s Xero series.

This week on More to Come Calvin Reid interviews comics writer, editor, and Heavy Metal executive editor Joe Illidge about his publishing and production company Illuminous; and working with Curtis “Fifty Cents” Jackson’s G-Unit Film & TV, and Erika Alexander’s Color Farm production house, to...

Stephencurry30 Welcome to Afrofuturism, @literati fam 🙌🏽 @Dieselfunk's epic graphic novel "Matty's Rocket" is our #stayu...
02/28/2022
Stephen Curry on Twitter

Stephencurry30 Welcome to Afrofuturism, @literati fam 🙌🏽 @Dieselfunk's epic graphic novel "Matty's Rocket" is our #stayunderrated selection this month, telling a story that rewrites history with that adventurous narrative. Matty is the hero we deserve!

“Welcome to Afrofuturism, @literati fam 🙌🏽 @Dieselfunk's epic graphic novel "Matty's Rocket" is our #stayunderrated selection this month, telling a story that rewrites history with that adventurous narrative. Matty is the hero we deserve! https://t.co/k47nHLvZbe”

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