This week has been chock full of pre-ECCC announcements and first looks so apologies if this starts to get repetitive but there is a ton of cool stuff on its way and — bonus — pretty much everyone was too busying prepping for cons to show their ass so I dont have have to write about badly behaved men for once.
The announcement floodgates were opened with news that the Slate Book Review in conjunction with The Centre for Cartoon Studies have announced the nominees for the 7th annual Cartoon Studio Prize. The Nominees include 10 print comics, and 10 web comics. The winners will be announced on April 12th.
This was followed by the announcement from Uranus Comics regarding the release of Drawing Power, a comics anthology focused on women’s stories of sexual violence, harassment, and survival. Drawing Power features stories from creators such as Mari Naomi and Carta Monir and an introduction from Roxane Gay.
In slightly less exciting, but still thematically relevant news, it has been announced that the future of the long running Spider-Man newspaper strip is uncertain. The nationally syndicated strip has run daily for 42 years and will wrap up on March 23
The second half of the week brought news aimed at middle grade readers with the announcement of World Citizen Comics, a new imprint from First Second which intends to offer graphic novels that will equip younger reads with the ‘tools for change’ and Diana, Princess of the Amazons, a graphic novel focused on a tween Wonder Woman had been announced by DC Zoom, an imprint of DC Comics aimed at 8 to 12 year olds. Diana, Princess of the Amazons will be written by Shannon and Dean Hale with art from Victoria Ying and is due for release in January 2020.
We were also treated to first looks at Gaby Dunn’s upcoming graphic novel Bury The Lede, a queer as hell psychological thriller, and Queen of Bad Dreams from Danny Lore, Jordi Pérez, Dearbhla Kelly, and Kim McLean
As promised, this weeks Previously on Comics is also home to some comics adjacent updates because, while it is good to know that Marvel Studios has announced that Destin Daniel Cretton will direct their upcoming Shang-Chi movie and that Disney has confirmed that James Gunn has been reinstated as director of Guardians of the Galaxy 3, it is a balm to my soul to learn that Millennium Films has dropped well know sex pest and general wrongun Bryan Singer from its Red Sonja reboot.
Aside from that and because 2019 is turning out to be A Year, we also learned that in a potentially miscalculated bid to stay on as star of the movie, Ezra Miller, with the help of Grant Morrison, is writing a script for The Flash.
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Jody Houser announced as writer for Vox Machina: Origins coming soon from Dark Horse.
Shea Fontana has stepped down as writer on DC Super Hero Girls.
Archie Comics launches competition to name Archie’s children.
Bozos continue to steal the work of independent artists.
Independent business consultant and human man who clearly knows little to nothing about the comics industry, Larry Alton, wrote hundreds of words on how to turn your comic book idea into a million dollar business and it wasn’t a joke. Oh to have the confidence of a mediocre white man.