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09/13/2021

From the archive: 'Big Black: Stand at Attica' by Frank “Big Black” Smith and Jared Reinmuth, art by Améziane. (Archaia). A graphic memoir by the late Frank “Big Black” Smith, a former Attica prison inmate later turned prisoner-rights advocate, who was an inmate leader during the four-day 1971 Attica prison uprising, a landmark event in the history of mass incarceration.

From the archive: September 13 marks the 50th anniversary of the Attica prison revolt, a landmark event in the tragic hi...
09/13/2021
More To Come 412: Big Black: Stand At Attica Interview

From the archive: September 13 marks the 50th anniversary of the Attica prison revolt, a landmark event in the tragic history of mass incarceration and Black American resistance. In this podcast, originally posted in March 2020, Calvin interviews Jared Reinmuth, and Améziane, writer and artist of ‘Big Black: Stand At Attica’, a graphic memoir that tells the personal history of the late Frank “Big Black” Smith, a prisoner-negotiator during the Attica Prison Revolt of 1971, as well as the tragic story of the Attica uprising, one of the bloodiest rebellions in the history of U.S. prisons. Published by Archaia.

This week on More to Come, Calvin interviews Jared Reinmuth, and Améziane, writer and artist of ‘Big Black: Stand At Attica’, a graphic memoir that tells the personal history of the late Frank “Big Black” Smith, a prisoner-negotiator during the Attica Prison Revolt of 1971, as well as the t...

This week Calvin and Heidi interview Michele Wells, chief content officer at Tapas Media, and Jamie Rich, editor-in-chie...
09/04/2021
More To Come 482: Tapas Media and the Growth of Mobile Digital Comics

This week Calvin and Heidi interview Michele Wells, chief content officer at Tapas Media, and Jamie Rich, editor-in-chief of Tapas Media, about the Korean mobile comics platform, its business model, artists, the digital comics market, co-publishing partnerships, and the addition of print to its publishing program.

This week Calvin and Heidi interview Michele Wells, chief content officer at Tapas Media, and Jamie Rich, editor-in-chief of Tapas Media, about the Korean mobile comics platform, its business model, artists, the digital comics market, co-publishing partnerships, and the addition of print to its publ...

Now President and CEO of the Rights Factory and one of Canada's leading literary agents, Sam Hiyate has seen the publish...
08/31/2021
The Rights Factory's Sam Hiyate on Agent Provocateur, a Brainy and Funny New Publishing Podcast

Now President and CEO of the Rights Factory and one of Canada's leading literary agents, Sam Hiyate has seen the publishing industry from all sides. Which makes him the perfect person to launch The Rights Factory's new podcast, Agent Provocateur.

Sam Hiyate has been an influential fixture in the Canadian literary industry for years, first at the literary magazine Blood and Aphorisms and later ...

This week the More to Come crew—Calvin Reid, Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, and Kate Fitzsimons—break down the new partners...
08/30/2021
More To Come 481: DC and Webtoon Join Forces

This week the More to Come crew—Calvin Reid, Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, and Kate Fitzsimons—break down the new partnership between DC and Webtoon; report on the new Batman creative team; lament continued printing and shipping delays; discuss Z2 Comics’ move to Lunar distribution and Lunar's quiet but steady growth; and take comfort in new safety and health rules for the upcoming New York Comic Con.

This week the More to Come crew—Calvin Reid, Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, and Kate Fitzsimons—break down the new partnership between DC and Webtoon; report on the new Batman creative team; lament continued printing and shipping delays; discuss Z2 Comics’ move to Lunar distribution and Lunar...

This week we discuss the rise of graphic novels in North America, Risque YA and we pair books and wines. Our panel discu...
08/24/2021
‎Agent Provocateur: Agent Provocateur Ep 04: On the Rise and Rise of Graphic Novels, Risque YA, and Awesome Wine/Book Pairings on Apple Podcasts

This week we discuss the rise of graphic novels in North America, Risque YA and we pair books and wines. Our panel discussion features writer, filmmaker and graphic novel creator, Ho Che Anderson and Senior News Editor of Publishers Weekly, Editor of PW Comics World, Cohost of the More to Come Podcast and editor of The Fanatic, Calvin Reid. Diane Terrana weighs in on how far is too far with YA, and Sam Hiyate and Natalie MacLean, the author of two bestselling books and the host of the podcast Unreserved Wine Talk pair CanLit classics with wines.

‎Show Agent Provocateur, Ep Agent Provocateur Ep 04: On the Rise and Rise of Graphic Novels, Risque YA, and Awesome Wine/Book Pairings - Aug 24, 2021

Marvel and DC use their characters to tell stories about justice, heroism, and, righting historical wrongs, but their cr...
08/21/2021
It's Impossible To Make Money for Most Writers and Artists in Comics

Marvel and DC use their characters to tell stories about justice, heroism, and, righting historical wrongs, but their creators are left to flounder.

Marvel and DC use their characters to tell stories about justice, heroism, and, righting historical wrongs, but their creators are left to flounder.

This week Calvin interviews pop culture journalist David Hajdu (The Ten-Cent Plague) and artist John Carey about their n...
08/21/2021
More To Come 480: Vaudeville Revolutionaries

This week Calvin interviews pop culture journalist David Hajdu (The Ten-Cent Plague) and artist John Carey about their new graphic history, 'A Revolution In Three Acts: The Radical Vaudeville of Bert Williams, Eva Tanguay, and Julian Eltinge'. It profiles the lives and careers of three visionary vaudeville artists: Black comedian Bert Williams, who challenged racist stereotypes; Julian Eltinge, a white female impersonator; and Eva Tanguay, a white woman whose performances defied Victorian propriety

This week Calvin interviews pop culture journalist David Hajdu (The Ten-Cent Plague) and artist John Carey about their new graphic history, 'A Revolution In Three Acts: The Radical Vaudeville of Bert Williams, Eva Tanguay, and Julian Eltinge'. It profiles the lives and careers of three visionary vau...

Flashback interviews from the Archive:  Live from the floor of various cons Heidi interviews Carla Speed McNeil of 'Find...
08/06/2021
More To Come 478: Flashback Convention Interviews

Flashback interviews from the Archive: Live from the floor of various cons Heidi interviews Carla Speed McNeil of 'Finder' in 2016 about her works and Finder's then 20th anniversary at Baltimore Comic Con; Calvin talks with Hartley Lin - at that time publishing under the pen name Ethan Rilly - about 'Pope Hats' now titled 'Young Frances' in 2017; and Kate speaks with Marguerite Bennett, now creating 'RWBY' and 'M.O.M.', about 'DC Bombshells' at New York Comic Con 2017.

This week on More to Come, a flashback to convention interview highlights from the days of live conventions: Heidi interviews Carla Speed McNeil of 'Finder' in 2016 about her works and Finder's then 20th anniversary at Baltimore Comic Con; Calvin talks with Hartley Lin - at that time publishing unde...

A sequel to the late John Lewis' acclaimed March trilogy, 'RUN' invokes a new phase in the movement’s struggle against J...
08/05/2021
Panel Mania: RUN: Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin with art by L. Fury and Nate Powell

A sequel to the late John Lewis' acclaimed March trilogy, 'RUN' invokes a new phase in the movement’s struggle against Jim Crow segregation, and for Black voting rights, and depicts new challenges to the Civil Rights movement and to young Lewis’s leadership of SNCC. An eight-page excerpt.

A sequel to the late John Lewis' acclaimed March trilogy, 'RUN' invokes a new phase in the movement’s struggle against Jim Crow segregation, and for Black voting rights, and depicts new challenges to the Civil Rights movement and to young Lewis’s leadership of SNCC. An eight-page excerpt.

There’s more to Korean comics than webtoons. While vertical-scroll digital comics have surged in popularity among Englis...
08/05/2021
Korean Comics Gain Popularity in North America

There’s more to Korean comics than webtoons. While vertical-scroll digital comics have surged in popularity among English speakers since the Netcomics, Webtoon, and Tapas Media platforms started publishing Korean comics in English, the growth in popularity of print manhwa (the Korean term for comics) in North America has been more of a slow burn.

Manhwa (the Korean term for comics) released by such publishers as Drawn & Quarterly, Iron Circus Comics, and Yen Press, are attracting new fans, receiving literary awards, and raising the profile of Korean comics in English in North America.

When the French government launched a smartphone app that gives 300 euros to every 18-year-old in the country for cultur...
07/28/2021
France Gave Teenagers $350 for Culture. They’re Buying Comic Books.

When the French government launched a smartphone app that gives 300 euros to every 18-year-old in the country for cultural purchases like books and music, or exhibition and performance tickets, most young people’s impulse wasn’t to buy Proust’s greatest works or to line up and see Molière. Instead, France’s teenagers flocked to manga.

Young people can buy books, tickets and classes via a government smartphone app. But rather than discovering highbrow arts, many are choosing mass media they already love.

A Revolution In Three Acts: The Radical Vaudeville of Bert Williams, Eva Tanguay, and Julian Eltinge by noted pop cultur...
07/22/2021
Panel Mania: A Revolution in Three Acts: The Radical Vaudeville of Bert Williams, Eva Tanguay, and Julian Eltinge

A Revolution In Three Acts: The Radical Vaudeville of Bert Williams, Eva Tanguay, and Julian Eltinge by noted pop culture journalist David Hajdu (The Ten-Cent Plague) and artist John Carey profiles four visionary performers whose careers began in the 19th century era of the blackface minstrel show and eventually influenced the character of vaudeville, a new form and venue for mass entertainment in early 20th century America. A three-page excerpt. The book will be published in September by Columbia University Press.

In a new work of graphic nonfiction, writer David Hajdu and artist John Carey profile four visionary performers whose careers began in the 19th century era of the blackface minstrel show and eventually influenced the character of vaudeville, a new form of mass entertainment in early 20th century Ame...

In a major deal for the large and growing audience of American manga fans, Kodansha USA Publishing has announced a deal ...
07/11/2021
Kodansha Inks Major Distribution Deal with LibraryPass

In a major deal for the large and growing audience of American manga fans, Kodansha USA Publishing has announced a deal to make its massive catalog available to libraries and schools through LibraryPass’s Comics Plus.

In a huge boost to manga fans, more than 200 titles are available now in Comics Plus, with more to be added to the collection over the summer.

This week on More to Come, Calvin interviews Senegalese cartoonist Juni Ba about his new graphic novel 'Djeliya: A West ...
07/09/2021
More To Come 475: Juni Ba and Djeliya: A West African Fantasy Epic

This week on More to Come, Calvin interviews Senegalese cartoonist Juni Ba about his new graphic novel 'Djeliya: A West African Fantasy Epic', a dazzling display of contemporary African cartooning. Ba’s tale of two humbled royal elites from a now-destroyed kingdom, is rich in African folklore, history and mythology; it’s a fresh work of Africa-focused speculative fiction animated by a sense of cultural legacy, visionary technology, and a manic African sense of humor. 'Djeliya' is out now from TKO Studios.

This week on More to Come, Calvin interviews Senegalese cartoonist Juni Ba about his new graphic novel 'Djeliya: A West African Fantasy Epic', a dazzling display of contemporary African cartooning. Ba’s tale of two humbled royal elites from a now-destroyed kingdom is rich in African folklore, hist...

Pop culture event organizers are adapting to a world that is still full of uncertainties about the who and the how of la...
07/03/2021
San Diego Comic-Con: The Show Must Go On(line)

Pop culture event organizers are adapting to a world that is still full of uncertainties about the who and the how of large public gatherings as pandemic-related restrictions in the U.S. continue to ease.

San Diego Comic-Con and other pop culture conventions juggle online and in-person events as they adapt to the new new normal.

Combined sales of comics periodicals and graphic novels in North America continued to climb in 2020, reaching approximat...
07/03/2021
2020 North American Comics Sales Grow to $1.28 Billion

Combined sales of comics periodicals and graphic novels in North America continued to climb in 2020, reaching approximately $1.28 billion, according to a joint estimate by pop culture trade news sites ICv2 and Comichron. The new estimate represents a 6% increase over 2019 combined sales.

Combined sales of comics periodicals and graphic novels in North American in 2020 climbed to approximately $1.28 billion, according to a joint estimate by pop culture trade news sites ICv2 and Comichron.

Skybound Entertainment, a multiplatform entertainment company and an imprint of Image Comics, which was founded by Walki...
07/03/2021
Skybound to Launch YA, Middle Grade Graphic Novel Imprint

Skybound Entertainment, a multiplatform entertainment company and an imprint of Image Comics, which was founded by Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, announced plans to launch Skybound Comet. The new imprint will publish original graphic novels aimed at young adults and middle grade readers, and will begin releasing titles in 2022.

Skybound Comet, a new imprint from Skybound Entertainment, will publish original graphic novels aimed at teens and middle grade readers.

Naver, the company behind Webtoon, acquires the fiction site Wattpad, with the two platforms merging to form a new enter...
06/24/2021
Wattpad, Webtoon Unite to Form a New Entertainment Studio

Naver, the company behind Webtoon, acquires the fiction site Wattpad, with the two platforms merging to form a new entertainment studio together.

Naver, the company behind Webtoon, acquires the fiction site Wattpad, with the two platforms merging to form a new entertainment studio together.

This week the More to Come crew—Calvin Reid, Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, and Kate Fitzsimons—survey this year’s Eisner A...
06/21/2021
More To Come 472: Eisner Awards Nominations

This week the More to Come crew—Calvin Reid, Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, and Kate Fitzsimons—survey this year’s Eisner Awards nominations, report on comics hires, including Jamie Rich at Tapas Media; reflect on the return of Bill Willingham’s Fables series, preview Netflix Geeked Week; and hype our annual feature on Graphic Novels in Libraries.

This week the More to Come crew—Calvin Reid, Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, and Kate Fitzsimons—survey this year’s Eisner Awards nominations, report on comics hires, including Jamie Rich at Tapas Media; reflect on the return of Bill Willingham’s Fables series, preview Netflix Geeked Week; a...

It’s been a long year for libraries as they’ve dealt with pandemic lockdowns, budget cuts, and operational uncertainty. ...
06/21/2021
Libraries Look to Sustain Surge in Graphic Novels

It’s been a long year for libraries as they’ve dealt with pandemic lockdowns, budget cuts, and operational uncertainty. But one thing became clear since Covid-19 transformed everyone’s lives: people still love reading, especially when they are stuck at home. And people definitely still love reading graphic novels.

Libraries are looking to maintain readers' interest in graphic novels as lockdowns are lifted.

Tillie Walden's 'Alone in Space', to be published in July by Avery Hill, is a chronicle of her talent for creating works...
06/21/2021
Growing Up Through Comics: PW Talks with Tillie Walden

Tillie Walden's 'Alone in Space', to be published in July by Avery Hill, is a chronicle of her talent for creating works of emotional depth and deep personal reflection. The new book collects her earliest published work, including three early novellas, in one volume along with one-off strips, short stories and other early short works

Tillie Walden's 'Alone in Space', to be published in July by Avery Hill, is a chronicle of her earliest published work, collecting three early graphic novellas in one volume along with one-off strips, short stories and other early short works.

Juni Ba’s new graphic novel Djeliya: A West African Fantasy Epic is a dazzling display of contemporary African cartoonin...
06/21/2021
Panel Mania: Djeliya: A West African Fantasy Epic by Juni Ba

Juni Ba’s new graphic novel Djeliya: A West African Fantasy Epic is a dazzling display of contemporary African cartooning and Africanfuturistic storytelling. Djeliya is the story of two humbled royal elites—Awa Kouyaté, a female Djeli, or griot/counselor to the king, and Mansour Keita, disgraced son of Kouyaté’s deposed sovereign—on a desperate mission to restore their kingdom, which was destroyed by a mysterious wizard in a tower. Irresistibly complex and funny, Ba’s vividly illustrated tale combines African folklore, history, and mythology (including spirits and talking animals), with western sci-fi, visionary technology, and a crazy Africanized sense of humor straight out of Mad magazine (or maybe Evan Dorkin). A seven-page excerpt

Juni Ba's dazzling new graphic novel 'Djeliya' is the story of two humbled royal elites on a desperate mission to restore their kingdom, which was destroyed by a mysterious wizard in a tower. A seven-page excerpt.

IT’S LIFE AS I SEE IT: BLACK CARTOONISTS IN CHICAGO, 1940-1980 Edited by Dan Nadel and Rebecca Hall and Hugo Martínez’s ...
06/18/2021
Black Lives Drawn and Stories of Struggle Told Through Comics

IT’S LIFE AS I SEE IT: BLACK CARTOONISTS IN CHICAGO, 1940-1980 Edited by Dan Nadel and Rebecca Hall and Hugo Martínez’s WAKE: THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF WOMEN-LED SLAVE REVOLTS. In the NYT

In her latest Graphic Content column, Hillary Chute looks at a compilation of Black cartoonists and a history of female slave rebellions.

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