Welcome back to Previously! If you are reading this, you have survived January, the cursed year within a year, and now you must keep surviving. To aid you, here is some comic book news.
This week saw Cartoonist Jerry Craft win the Newberry Medal for his book New Kid. This is the first time a graphic novel has won the award, which recognises the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature.
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and Harmony Becker also picked up an award having been announced as the winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature by the Asian/Pacific American Library Association.
Cartoonist Bianca Xunice has been brought on as a writer for the collaborative comic strip Six Chix. Bianca will be the first black woman cartoonist in Six Chix’s 20 year run.
Writer and notable man stuck in hole Ryan North along with artist Albert Monteys and colourist Ricard Zaplana are releasing an adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five. This will be the first time that the book has been adapted into a graphic novel, published by Boom!Studios, it is scheduled to be released in September 2020.
Speaking of surviving, here are no less than four crowdfunding drives to help comic creators do just that:
Writer Danny Lore needs help to survive March and take the next steps in their career.
Colourist Peter Pantazis needs help to save his family home.
Though most of the defendants were dismissed from the case, the remaining three still need help to fund their defence after being served with a defamation lawsuit because of concerns they raised about a fellow creator’s alleged pattern of sexual misconduct.