There are the kinds of comic cons I grew up with where cool stars from your favorite childhood sci-fi series showed up to let you pay for their autographed headshots, and most of the reason you went was to show off your cosplay and buy the discount floppies you’d forgotten to pick up that past year. Then there are comic cons like New York’s, where all of the cool announcements happen and the future of geekdom is directed.
So, first off, a round-up of the news from New York Comic Con:
–“Adam West’s Batman and Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman Team Up”
–New look at Marvel’s Iron First, including the villain
–Two of the world’s favorite children talk Stranger Things Season 2
–New Underworld trailer and discussion of gender
–Valerian from director of Fifth Element revealed
–Science and laughs with astronaut and Neil deGrasse Tyson
–The Huffington Post put together a listicle of children in cosplay
-AfroFutureFest was cancelled this year
Batwoman is getting her own series…again! The last relaunch was in 2006, with her bright red hair and matching lipstick. “Detective Comics will run a two-issue “Batwoman Begins” arc to launch the solo title, cowritten by DC writer James Tynion IV and Marguerite Bennett, who will be helming the new title.”
Pepe the Frog is not meant to be a White Supremacist symbol and the creator has come out to say a thing or two about this whole situation. #MakePepeGreatAgain
You know about Cucumber Quest, right? You’re not living under a webcomics rock, are you? Anyway, read it now if you haven’t yet, and rejoice in the news that First Second is publishing it as a book! Volume 1 is expected in the Fall of 2017.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman is not just getting it’s own small screen series, it’s heading for the graphic novel arena as well.
Superman No. 8 pays tribute to a well-loved artist who died young, with a fitting Dinosaur Island setting.
Apparently newspaper comics are still running (I joke! of course they are), and they’re making superheroes out of USDA employees.
As Archie fans prepare for the upcoming CW show, they have even more to look forward to than just more redheads on screen. Riverdale will also get its own comics series after the show debuts. And Archie Comics promises of the show’s cast, “Popular gay character Kevin Keller will also play a pivotal role.”
One of the snazzier, and more irregularly updated, webcomics will also be joining the print world. Cosmic Scoundrels is “by Homestar Runner co-creator Matt Chapman and Samurai Jack artist Andy Suriano, the series follows the adventures of two spacefaring crooks who find themselves dealing with intergalactic hijinx.” IDW will be releasing it in upcoming issues.
From the Zine Rack
“DISTROBOTO machines are former cigarette machines which no longer sell cigarettes, but instead, sell art in the form of miniature books, crafts, comics, [zines,] music, film, animation and more, all for only $2.00 each! Any artist or creative person can submit work to sell through Distroboto (and you don’t have to be from Montreal to take part!)”
Malcolm Gladwell is a well-known author of many books that I promise myself I am going to read, and then I never get around to them, like Outliers. He apparently also used to write a zine with his friends in which he attacked people he personally knew on the grounds of morality. Now that I’d read right away. “I had what was called a zine — wait, are you too young for zines?”
You should definitely check out this profile on Maybe Magick Zines, where the pages are soft and the message sharp.