Perusing our weekly collection of news links and tweets in order to write this week’s news, I find myself coming up with very little. Does that mean that comics actually weren’t trash for once? Haha of course not! It just means that the trash was on the down low for a bit! Here are a few bites from this past week. Thankfully, it’s not all bad.
Graphic Novel Gentrification
Toronto-based illustrator Michael DeForge was approached by design studio Whitman Emorson who wants to commission work for a graphic novel meant to promote the Mirvish Village gentrification project that has displaced much of the art and artists who once called that area of Toronto home. DeForge replied appropriately.
Graphic Novels Getting Their Due
Raina Telgemeier, whose middle grade graphic novels have helped boost comic industry sales by opening the medium up to a larger audience, was thrilled to see that, at long last, graphic novels are being recognized within the book industry too.
— Raina Telgemeier (@goraina) May 29, 2019
Movers and Shakers
Jeremy West is leaving Scholastic to move over to Marvel to be their manager of licensed publishing, and Albert Ching, managing editor at CBR, is heading to DC Comics’ marketing department. Congratulations to Ching on the job, but Nick Hanover makes a strong point about what it means when big name companies hire people from niche sites to handle marketing.
Image Is Uncomfortable with Diversity
Joshua Luna reported that his comic, AMERICANIZASIAN, has met a brick wall at Image Comics, where he’s apparently been told that, for various reasons that basically amount to discrimination and racism, the company doesn’t want to publish a story from a marginalized creator about their experience as a marginalized person.
Thread: For #APAHM I'd hoped to announce the release date of AMERICANIZASIAN, a book collecting my online comic strips about Filipino American & Asian American identity & experiences, but since my publisher @ImageComics doesn't seem comfortable publishing it, I need your help. 1/ pic.twitter.com/OWh8jyRbY4
— Joshua Luna (@Joshua_Luna) May 31, 2019