It’s Al here to bring you the good (and bad) word on comics from the last week. I’ve got your news on floppies, webcomics, movies, and more!As Kate pointed out last week, there’s been a lot of controversy around the Riri Williams covers for “Invincible Iron Man #1.” Artists Midtown Comics’s J. Scott Campbell created overly sexualized versions of the young teenage girl for their variant covers. This past week the discussion surrounding this art continues, but something very cool has surfaced in the middle of it all. “Ariell Johnson, the founder of Amalgam Comics and the first African-American woman to open a comic book store on the east coast, will grace the cover of a Marvel comic book due for release in November.”
In more upsetting news about bodies, Tokyo Comic-Con entirely prohibited men from cosplaying as female characters. Women, and individuals of other genders, were not mentioned in the rules, and were not specifically banned from dressing like any gender. Now the Comic-Con has lifted the ban, but will have attendees wear badges with their “real” genders on them so that no one sneaks into the “wrong” bathroom.
Over in the UK, students and graduates are just as worried about student debt as the rest of the world.
“Employing student artists at her institution, Katy Vigurs, associate professor of higher and professional education at Staffordshire University, has created a “research-informed comic” to illustrate the experiences and anxieties of students now graduating from the £9,000-a-year fee system.”
It seems to already be a very successful program, with research benefitting from visual communication and vice versa.
In more good news, Condorito is coming to the big screen. This well-loved Chilean comic strip about a soccer fan who is a condor bird was created by Rene Rios Boettiger (or Pepo) in 1973. The character is still popular throughout South America, and will be developed into a feature length film by 20th Century Fox Latin America, directed by Peruvian filmmaker Alex Orrelle and Eduardo Schuld, an Israeli filmmaker, for release in 2017.
In worrisome DC news, The Flash has lost its second director. First to go was Seth Grahame-Smith, now Rick Famuyiwa is leaving over “creative differences” with the studio. Production is expected to begin in early 2017, but with yet another setback the studio will need to find a new director quickly to stay on track.
And lastly, the New York Public Library has debuted its new exhibition, a public display of its collection of zine. “Prints in Protest” features 16 zines from the last nine years, focusing on productions from marginalized communities.