Superheroes are so hot right now, especially after Black Panther’s unprecedented dominance at the Oscars and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s win for Best Animated Film. Though neither film got the Best Film recognition they deserved, no one can deny the continuing influence comic books are having on mainstream media.
Here is some of the latest news about comics currently on or heading to a big or little screen near you:
• The Kitchen, starring Tiffany Haddish, has been fast-tracked for an August 9th release, instead of the original September date.
• Rotten Tomatoes has changed its pre-release review process as part of a long term strategy. In the short term, it is most definitely to reduce the troll noise that often affects films like the recent Star Wars, Ghostbusters, and now Captain Marvel.
• Cobie Smulders will star in ABC’s Stumptown.
• Umbrella Academy caused quite the stir on Netflix, ending its first season with an apocalyptic cliffhanger, but the rumours of its second season are, thus far, unfounded.
While I have no doubts because I've been to the future (it sucks by the way) — no word from Netflix on a 2nd season has been given to anyone yet. When it comes they will make it loud and headline clear to all. https://t.co/sNXD0Ydpdi
— Aidan Gallagher (@AidanRGallagher) February 28, 2019
Facebook isss Coming for Your Patronssssss…
Facebook’s Fan Subscription service, announced last March, has expanded to reach a greater audience in hopes of serving as competition for crowdfunding sites like Patreon, who recently reported their struggles. As the means many creators support themselves and promote their work, crowdfunding sites are reshaping the industry in many ways. But Facebook’s offering’s not-so-fine print will not only take a 30% cut from creators, but the social media site will also maintain a lot of control over content and licensing, even after a user stops using the service.
Marvel Entertainment and Serial Box announced a collaboration that will bring new, serialized stories about Thor, Jessica Jones, Black Panther, and Black Widow. Thor will arrive first this summer, with the writing team led by Aaron Stewart-Ahn and including Jay Edidin, Yoon Ha Lee — possibly the first trans men to write for Marvel — and Brian Keene.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez continues to make news, tanking her way through politics. Unsurprisingly, someone has taken her heroics to the next level by creating a comic featuring AOC as a superhero. lexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force: New Party, Who Dis? from Devil’s Due comics e is set for release on May 15. It features AOC storming Washington with her finest quotes and attacks, but neither AOC or the Military Veteran’s charity and Raices.org, to whom partial proceeds are promised, have endorsed this comic. With cover art by Tim Seeley and Josh Blaylock, and a tonne of familiar names, here’s hoping these artists actually get paid, unlike the other creators who have reported issues with Devil’s Due.
Everything’s Comin’ Up Jen Bartel
Writer and illustrator Jen Bartel’s star continues to rise as her work appears on more and more mainstream media. Now she’s giving back, having just announced a FlameCon Mentorship Program for two aspiring artists. Working with Andrea Demonakos to review the applications from artists who have been accepted for a half-table at Flame Con 2019, Bartel “cover the costs of the full table for them to share, along with all of the costs associated with their promotional materials (such as banners and business cards) for the show.” The mentorship will include post-convention organizational chats and the opportunity to table beside Bartel, with access to Bartel and Demonakos throughout the convention weekend.
Also, looks like Bartel has something really cool in the works in relation to Captain Marvel:
Coming Soon 👀✨ pic.twitter.com/IxKf5ZL31q
— Jen Bartel (@heyjenbartel) March 2, 2019
• Submissions are open for the tenth all-girl anthology, Dirty Diamonds.
• Kerry McCluggage has stepped down after seven “challenging” months as CEO of IDW Media Holdings, Inc, the parent company of IDW Publishing.
• A Blade So Black author L.L. McKinney is apparently going to be writing something for Marvel.
• Joe Quesada casts shade on the rumour that Disney is shutting down Marvel Comics.
• Marjorie Liu reminds us that comics have never been just for boys.