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'Save It for Later: Promises, Parenthood, and the Urgency of Protest' by Nate Powell, artist for John Lewis’s acclaimed ...
04/22/2021
Panel Mania: Save It For Later: Promises, Protest, and Parenthood by Nate Powell

'Save It for Later: Promises, Parenthood, and the Urgency of Protest' by Nate Powell, artist for John Lewis’s acclaimed Civil Rights graphic memoir the March trilogy, is a deeply felt collection of comics essays exploring the conflicts and emotional scars of living through the Trump era. An eight-page excerpt.

'Save It for Later: Promises, Parenthood, and the Urgency of Protest' by Nate Powell, artist for John Lewis’s acclaimed Civil Rights graphic memoir the March trilogy, is a deeply felt collection of comics essays exploring the conflicts and emotional scars of living through the Trump era. An eight-...

Popular New Yorker cartoonist Will McPhail, who is based in Edinburgh, branches out with his first long form graphic nov...
04/22/2021
Inelegant Connections: PW Talks with Will McPhail

Popular New Yorker cartoonist Will McPhail, who is based in Edinburgh, branches out with his first long form graphic novel 'In', to be published in May by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Popular 'New Yorker' cartoonist Will McPhail branches out with his first long form graphic novel 'In', to be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in May.

As the number and popularity of such streaming services as Netflix, and Disney+ continue to grow, many of these services...
04/22/2021
Streaming TV, Films Drive Surge In Graphic Novel Sales

As the number and popularity of such streaming services as Netflix, and Disney+ continue to grow, many of these services have turned to adapting comics and graphic novels which have gone on to become some of their biggest hit shows.

Many of the biggest hits on such streaming services as Netflix and Disney+ have been adapted from comics and graphic novels. Publishers have learned to scramble to be sure the books these shows are based on are available when demand spikes.

Comic-Con International announced the names of six new inductees into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame, among them, RAW Book...
04/17/2021
Mouly, Phillips Among Six Inductees to 2021 Eisner Hall of Fame

Comic-Con International announced the names of six new inductees into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame, among them, RAW Books and Toon Books founder Françoise Mouly (who is pictured), and golden age cartoonist Lily Renée Phillips.

Comic-Con International announced the names of six new inductees into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame, among them RAW Books and Toon Books founder Françoise Mouly (pictured), and golden age cartoonist Lily Renée Phillips.

Cartoonist Matt Kindt’s 'MIND MGMT: The Artifact', a comics strip NFT (non-fungible token), has been purchased at auctio...
04/12/2021
Matt Kindt’s NFT Comics Strip Bought at Auction

Cartoonist Matt Kindt’s 'MIND MGMT: The Artifact', a comics strip NFT (non-fungible token), has been purchased at auction by an anonymous collector and posted on reddit.

Cartoonist Matt Kindt’s MIND MGMT: The Artifact, a comics strip NFT (non-fungible token), has been purchased at auction by an anonymous collector and posted on reddit.

This week the More to Come crew—Calvin Reid, Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, and Kate Fitzsimons—survey pop culture conventi...
04/09/2021
More To Come 463: 2021 Conventions Update and Comics Retailing

This week the More to Come crew—Calvin Reid, Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, and Kate Fitzsimons—survey pop culture conventions in 2021; discuss PW’s annual comics retailing feature, revisit the blockbuster comics distribution pact between PRH Publisher Services and Marvel; highlight 'RUN: Book One', a sequel to the late Rep. John Lewis’s March trilogy, and recap Ray Fisher’s charges of racism against director Joss Whedon during the filming of the Justice League movie.

This week the More to Come crew—Calvin Reid, Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, and Kate Fitzsimons—survey pop culture conventions in 2021; discuss PW’s annual comics retailing feature, revisit the blockbuster comics distribution pact between PRH Publisher Services and Marvel; highlight 'RUN: Boo...

An original issue of Action Comics #1, the comic that introduced Superman in 1938, has just been sold at auction for $3....
04/08/2021
DC Marks 80 Years of ‘Action Comics’ and Superman with Hardcover Tribute

An original issue of Action Comics #1, the comic that introduced Superman in 1938, has just been sold at auction for $3.25 million. In this story from 2018, Paul Levitz, former publisher of DC Comics and editor of comemorative book on Action Comics, talked to PW about how Superman created the comics industry and transformed American popular culture.

PW talks with former DC Comics president Paul Levitz about the hardcover tribute to the 1938 comic book that debuted Superman and launched a genre and the American comic Book industry.

Comics retailers discuss what they’ve learned from the pandemic.
04/06/2021
2020 Was a Tough Year for Comics Shops

Comics retailers discuss what they’ve learned from the pandemic.

Comics retailers struggled throughout 2020. Here's what they've learned from pushing through the pandemic.

Making his directorial debut, Randall Park has been tapped to direct the film adaptation of Adrian Tomine‘s acclaimed gr...
04/05/2021
Randall Park to make directorial debut with Adrian Tomine's SHORTCOMINGS - The Beat

Making his directorial debut, Randall Park has been tapped to direct the film adaptation of Adrian Tomine‘s acclaimed graphic novel Shortcomings for Roadside Attractions and Imminent Collision!

Randall Park has been tapped to direct the film adaptation of Adrian Tomine's SHORTCOMINGS for Roadside Attractions and Imminent Collision!

We reached out to talk to Stu Levy of Tokyopop for Manga Week, and on the occasion of ICv2’s 20th anniversary.
04/01/2021
ICv2 Interview: Tokyopop CEO Stu Levy

We reached out to talk to Stu Levy of Tokyopop for Manga Week, and on the occasion of ICv2’s 20th anniversary.

Why Manga Should Be Bigger, Manga vs. Webtoon, The Past, the Future

'Run: Book One', a posthumous work by the late civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, is the continuation of his National Bo...
03/31/2021
Rep. John Lewis’s Life Story Continues in ‘Run: Book One’

'Run: Book One', a posthumous work by the late civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, is the continuation of his National Book Award-winning graphic memoir The March trilogy. The book will be published by Abrams ComicArts in August 2021.

'Run: Book One', a posthumous work by the late civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, is the continuation of his National Book Award-winning graphic memoir The March trilogy. The book will be published by Abrams ComicArts in August 2021.

This week the More to Come crew—Calvin Reid, Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, and Kate Fitzsimons—react to the blockbuster ne...
03/26/2021
More To Come 461: PRH Publisher Services Targets the Direct Market

This week the More to Come crew—Calvin Reid, Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, and Kate Fitzsimons—react to the blockbuster news that Penguin Random House Publisher Services will distribute Marvel comics in the direct market, mark the anniversary of Diamond’s Covid shutdown, take note of Simon & Schuster’s growing number of graphic novel distribution clients, Keanu Reeves’s Netflix deal, examine the DOJ's scrutiny of the Crunchyroll deal, and ruminate after watching the Snyder Cut.

This week the More to Come crew—Calvin Reid, Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, and Kate Fitzsimons—react to the blockbuster news that Penguin Random House Publisher Services will distribute Marvel comics in the direct market, mark the anniversary of Diamond’s Covid shutdown, take note of Simon &...

In a move that will likely transform the distribution of comics periodicals in North America, Penguin Random House Publi...
03/26/2021
Penguin Random House Will Distribute Marvel Comics to Comics Stores

In a move that will likely transform the distribution of comics periodicals in North America, Penguin Random House Publisher Services has reached an agreement with Marvel to distribute its periodical comics and graphic novels to the comics shop market, also known as the direct market.

Penguin Random House Publisher Services has reached an agreement with Marvel to distribute its periodical comics and graphic novels to the comics shop market, also known as the direct market.

Young Adult novelist L.L. McKinney is the author of 'Nubia: Real One' (with art by Robyn Smithg), an endearing tale that...
03/24/2021
Panel Mania: Nubia: Real One by L. L. McKinney with art by Robyn Smith

Young Adult novelist L.L. McKinney is the author of 'Nubia: Real One' (with art by Robyn Smithg), an endearing tale that updates the origin story of Nubia, the Black twin sister of Wonder Woman. An eight page excerpt.

Celebrated young adult author L.L. McKinney (with art by Robyn Smith) is the author of 'Nubia: Real One', an endearing tale that updates the origin story of Nubia, the Black twin sister of Wonder Woman. In this eight-page excerpt Nubia confronts a dude threatening her friend and in the process revea...

WarnerMedia Studios CEO Ann Sarnoff reveals that writer, artist and publisher Jim Lee will be essential to the future of...
03/23/2021
Jim Lee Is at the Center of DC's Comics, Movies and Television

WarnerMedia Studios CEO Ann Sarnoff reveals that writer, artist and publisher Jim Lee will be essential to the future of DC's comics, TV and movies.

WarnerMedia Studios CEO Ann Sarnoff reveals that writer, artist and publisher Jim Lee will be essential to the future of DC's comics, TV and movies.

Cartoonist Matt Kindt, author of the 2013 graphic novel series MIND MGMT, has created MIND MGMT: The Artifact, a sequel ...
03/23/2021
Matt Kindt Creates a New MIND MGMT Comic as NFT

Cartoonist Matt Kindt, author of the 2013 graphic novel series MIND MGMT, has created MIND MGMT: The Artifact, a sequel or spin-off story based on the original work in the form of an NFT. It is available for purchase by auction.

Cartoonist Matt Kindt, author of the 2013 graphic novel series MIND MGMT, has created a sequel or spin-off story based on the original work in the form of an NFT which is being sold at auction.

Aminder Dhaliwal's 'Cyclopedia Exotica' takes place in a world in which cyclopes live alongside two-eyed people and are ...
03/20/2021
Women and Monsters: PW Talks with Aminder Dhaliwal

Aminder Dhaliwal's 'Cyclopedia Exotica' takes place in a world in which cyclopes live alongside two-eyed people and are treated as a minority group. The book uses humor and fantastical settings to tell stories about marginalized people, social justice, and communities with diverse casts of characters.

Aminder Dhaliwal’s new graphic novel 'Cyclopedia Exotica' takes place in a world in which cyclopes live alongside two-eyed people and are seen as a minority group.

The Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table is thrilled to announce the final 2020 Best Graphic Novels for Adults Reading ...
03/16/2021
Best Graphic Novels for Adults Reading List

The Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table is thrilled to announce the final 2020 Best Graphic Novels for Adults Reading List. This inaugural year of the reading list highlights the best graphic novels for adults published in late 2019 and throughout 2020 and we hope it will increase awareness of the graphic novel medium, raise voices of diverse comics creators, and aid library staff in the development of graphic novel collections.

The Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table is thrilled to announce the final 2020 Best Graphic Novels for Adults Reading List. This inaugural year of the reading list highlights the best graphic novels for adults published in late 2019 and throughout 2020 and we hope it will increase awareness of the...

Told through the recollections and photographs of Abbas, who photographed the bout, and the dynamic drawings of Ortiz, M...
03/06/2021
Ali’s ‘Rumble In the Jungle’ Told with Photos and Comics

Told through the recollections and photographs of Abbas, who photographed the bout, and the dynamic drawings of Ortiz, Muhammad Ali, Kinshasha 1974 vividly recreates the historic 1974 heavyweight title fight between former champ Muhammad Ali, out to regain the championship title stripped from him for refusing army service, and then-champion George Foreman, a younger and fearsome heavyweight slugger.

PW talks with writer JD Morvan about 'Muhammad Ali, Kinshasa 1974,' a new graphic work using photographs and comics to retell the story of The Rumble in the Jungle, Ali's 1974 title bout with George Foreman in the Republic of Congo.

Calvin Reid interviews historian Brian K. Mitchell, and his co-creators, artist Barrington S. Edwards, and editor Nick W...
03/05/2021
More To Come 459: Oscar Dunn and Reconstruction Era New Orleans

Calvin Reid interviews historian Brian K. Mitchell, and his co-creators, artist Barrington S. Edwards, and editor Nick Weldon, about the creation and publication of 'Monumental: Oscar Dunn and His Radical Fight in Reconstruction Louisiana', a serious graphic nonfiction account of the nearly forgotten but remarkable life of Oscar J. Dunn, a New Orleans-born former slave, who eventually became the first African American lieutenant governor and acting governor in U.S. history.

This week More to Come's Calvin Reid interviews historian Brian K. Mitchell (c), and his co-creators, artist Barrington S. Edwards, and editor Nick Weldon, about the creation and publication of 'Monumental: Oscar Dunn and His Radical Fight in Reconstruction Louisiana', a serious graphic nonfiction a...

Mikael Ross's 'The Thud is the story of Noel, a young boy with disabilities after his secure and loving life with his mo...
03/04/2021
Panel Mania: The Thud by Mikael Ross

Mikael Ross's 'The Thud is the story of Noel, a young boy with disabilities after his secure and loving life with his mother is upended after an accident. Now he must leave his home and is sent to live in a group house that offers him new opportunities for friendship, relationships and personal growth. A 7-page excerpt,

After his mother suffers a terrible injury, Noel, a young boy with developmental disabilities, finds that his secure and loving life with her is upended. He is sent to live in a group house that offers him new opportunities for friendship and relationships. This is a 7-page excerpt from Mikael Ross'...

Infinitum: An Afrofuturist Tale, is the first Afrofuturist graphic novel published by one of the “Big 5” publishers—in t...
03/04/2021
Infinitum: An Afrofuturist Tale: Illustrator-Author Tim Fielder Looks to the Future With a Modern Epic

Infinitum: An Afrofuturist Tale, is the first Afrofuturist graphic novel published by one of the “Big 5” publishers—in this case, HarperCollins, via their Amistad imprint. It is a testament to the perseverance of Tim Fielder, the enduring love and care of his community, and an inspiring reminder to never give up on your wildest dreams because you just might find yourself featured in a Microsoft commercial about your work!

Tim Fielder is a force of nature. His enthusiasm for life is evident in his consistent booming laughter and the kinetic energy of his 6’4 frame as it grabs you in the friendliest bear hug. He’s the type of guy who remembers meeting your mama at a conference for five minutes and then shows her lo...

Kristen Radtke's new work of graphic nonfiction is a marvelous deep dive into that universal emotion, blending science, ...
03/04/2021
Kristen Radtke Writes, and Draws, Our Loneliness

Kristen Radtke's new work of graphic nonfiction is a marvelous deep dive into that universal emotion, blending science, memoir, journalism, research, philosophy, and pop culture to explore isolation and our desire to be close to one another.

In her new graphic nonfiction book, 'Seek You,' Radtke takes a multifaceted look at how alone we are.

Peep Game Comix and The Comic Book Shopping Experience will be closing out Black History Month with Black Comix Universe...
02/27/2021
Peep Game Comix Presents Black Comix Universe

Peep Game Comix and The Comic Book Shopping Experience will be closing out Black History Month with Black Comix Universe; a 2 day virtual comic con event Saturday, Feb. 27 and Sunday, Feb. 28.

Visit the post for more.

This week More to Come's Heidi 'The Beat' MacDonald interviews comics creator Fred Van Lente and playwright Crystal Skil...
02/20/2021
More To Come 457: King Kirby Creators Interview

This week More to Come's Heidi 'The Beat' MacDonald interviews comics creator Fred Van Lente and playwright Crystal Skillman, creators of 'King Kirby'—a stage play about the life of legendary Marvel Comics creator Jack Kirby now adapted into a new dramatic podcast—about their show, comics, Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, WandaVision, and creating an audio drama during a pandemic.

This week More to Come's Heidi 'The Beat' MacDonald interviews comics creator Fred Van Lente and playwright Crystal Skillman, creators of 'King Kirby'—a stage play about the life of legendary Marvel Comics creator Jack Kirby now adapted into a new dramatic podcast—about their show, comics, Jack ...

In The Other History of The DC Universe by John Ridley, acclaimed novelist, screenwriter (12 Years a Slave), and a longt...
02/20/2021
Panel Mania: The Other History of The DC Universe by John Ridley, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Andrea Cucchi

In The Other History of The DC Universe by John Ridley, acclaimed novelist, screenwriter (12 Years a Slave), and a longtime comics writer (The American Way), has created an alternative narrative about the iconic superheroes of the DC universe, told from the point of view of DC’s Black and other superheroes of color, among them John Stewart, V***n, Cyborg, Katana, Renee Montoya, and others. An 11-page excerpt.

In 'The Other History of The DC Universe' by John Ridley, acclaimed novelist, screenwriter, and a longtime comics writer, has created an alternative narrative about the iconic superheroes of the DC universe, told from the point of view of DC’s Black and other superheroes of color. An 11-page excer...

Milestone Media, the African American-owned publisher that created the celebrated Black superhero comics universe, will ...
02/12/2021
Milestone’s Black Comics Heroes Return in New Series

Milestone Media, the African American-owned publisher that created the celebrated Black superhero comics universe, will relaunch its publishing program later this month with the release of newly created original series in digital and print formats.

Milestone Media, the African American–owned publisher that created the celebrated Black superhero comics universe, will relaunch its publishing program later this month with the release of newly created original series in digital and print formats.

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