News, News, News!
Some of you remember that I used to write a little column called Mighty Marvel Monday, and it never failed that as soon as my column went out, Marvel would release some big news. Some things never change. But the date of this column did, so BWAHAHA.
Marvel announced two new women-led, women-named titles with women creators yesterday. First, a new She-Hulk, which will debut this December, and the cover looks amazingly awesome.
I am super excited for this title, and Mariko Tamaki’s approach to She-Hulk as being through trauma is a far cry from the wacky lawyer adventures of years past.
Marvel’s second big announcement was for a new Hawkeye title starring Kate Bishop and written by Kelly Thompson. The new title seems to spin out of her adventures in California during the Matt Fraction/David Aja run, which I am ecstatic for, and Thompson’s description from this i09 interview is hitting all of my Veronica Mars buttons in good ways:
Kelly Thompson: Hawkeye finds Kate back in L.A. – Venice Beach, specifically, trying to make a go of things as a P.I. slash superhero. She’s there on a personal mission that’s a bit of a mystery, but as always with superheroes she gets caught up in doing some good, and as always with P.I.s there’s a dame with nice stems involved!
Bring on the AmeriKate.
Moving on, the biggest news in indie comics right now are the Ignatz Award Winners, where women once again had a phenomenal showing, winning six out of the nine categories (one of which, Outstanding Story, had no women as nominees). Congrats to all the winners, and Tillie Walden for her double win (Outstanding Artist and Promising New Talent).
Ignatz Award Winners
Tillie Walden for The End of Summer
Outstanding Anthology or Collection
Step Aside Pops by Kate Beaton
Fantasy Sports No. 1 by Sam Bosma
Outstanding Graphic Novel
Hot Dog Taste Test by Lisa Hanawalt
Radishes by Carolyn Nowak
Outstanding Online Comic
Octopus Pie by Meredith Gran
Powdered Milk by Keiler Roberts
“My Hot Date” by Noah Van Sciver
Promising New Talent
Tillie Walden for I Love This Part
Other awards? Oh yeah, how about Jessica Jones winning an Emmy to go along with its Peabody and Hugo. That’s the first Marvel Emmy win, though its shows have been nominated 9 times previously. The Emmy win for best original opening theme comes at a pretty key time, considering last week all anyone could talk about was how the music in Marvel movies is pretty forgettable.
The video is worth a watch, and it is definitely interesting to look at the Emmy win, keeping this video in mind. Marvel’s Netflix series have been known to take more risks than the MCU, generally speaking.
And speaking of Marvel on Netflix, the early Luke Cage reviews are out and the verdict is so far excellent. I recommend this article by Evan Narcisse in particular.
Luke Cage is still 10 days away from premiering on Netflix, so you have plenty of time to watch season one of Supergirl on Netflix before its premiere in October, if you’re looking for something else to watch. Just saying.
Odds and Ends!
- Nominations are open for the 2017 Dwayne McDuffie Awards! You can find information on how to submit here, (and also information about this year’s panel of judges, which includes Gail Simone, among other noteables.)
- There is very little than I love more than hilarious coloring books. Click on this NSFW link to read all about the upcoming Oh Joy Sex Toy coloring book.
- Comixology announced a new partnership with Koyama Press, another small, indie comics press.
- IDW is ditching Diamond Books in order to partner with Penguin/Random House for distribution. They are far from the only traditional publishing house to distribute collected trade paperbacks and graphic novels, but the news is interesting in light of other recent shifts in the industry.