Previously On Comics: Convention Season Begins

And we’re back once more for a recap of Comics News for last week. Let’s dive right in.

Emerald City Comic Con Releases Statement on Novel Coronavirus Preparations Ahead of Seattle Convention

On March 1st the official Emerald City Comic Con twitter released a statement regarding their preparations for holding a convention during a time of growing panic around COVID-19. It confirmed that as of March 1st the convention, starting on March 12th, will be going forward as planned with increased sanitation protocols by the Washington State Convention Center and keeping with the recommendations set forth by state officials and the CDC.

From this reporter, please take common sense precautions similar to those used during flu season. If you are feeling ill, please cancel your attendance of the convention. While attending the convention make sure to wash your hands frequently, use hand sanitizer, avoid touching your face, and consider avoiding shaking hands. The CDC recommends the use of face masks only for healthcare workers at this time. Stay safe everyone and listen to your body during this convention season.

Memorial Fund Set up for Comic Artist Howard Cruse
Image from GoFundMe Campaign for Howard Cruse's Memorial

The Beat reported on the 24th that the editor of the late legendary LBGTQIA+ comic artist Howard Cruse is setting up a GoFundMe campaign to fund a memorial for the artist at the LGBT Community Center in New York City. Robyn Chapman said this about the event and the reason for it to be held at the LGBT Community Center : “I’m working with a group of his friends and colleagues to host a memorial event in New York—a city where Howard practiced his art-making and activism, and where he met his partner of forty years, Ed Sedarbaum.” If you wish to make a donation, the GoFundMe can be found here. As of writing on March 1st, the GoFundMe is currently at $5330 of their $6500 goal.

Mad Cave Studios Announces New Staffing Structure

Over at Graphic Policy, Mad Cave Studios released it’s new staffing structure and a list of promotions within the company as well as new editorial hires. The promotions in operations are Giovanna (Gio) T. Orozco, former Editor-in-Chief is the new Vice President of Operations, Chris Fernandez former CSO as Publisher, Chris Sanchez former managing editor as Editor-in-Chief and Manuel Castellanos as Director of Sales and Retailer Relations. Chris Sanchez will head an editorial team featuring Steenz (Rolled and Told and Archival Quality), Michael Moccio (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Shattered Grid), and Erica Schultz (The Arcane Cocktail Enthusiast).

Marvel Announces Re-release of 1975’s Giant X-Men featuring All New Art

On twitter on February 24th Marvel released a trailer for the re-release of Len Wein and David Cockrum’s classic Giant X-Men featuring art from artists working today who were inspired by the art of the original. Featured artists include Chris Samnee, Kris Anka, Phil Noto, Jen Bartel, Javier Rodriguez, Mark Brooks and Alex Ross.

Netflix Releases First Season of I Am Not Okay With This

WWAC released a review on Netflix’s new series based on the graphic novel of the same name by Charles Forsman on February 28th. The series came on Netflix on February 26th.

NPR Reports on Graphic Novel Covering the Conestoga Massacre

NPR released an article on February 26th covering Ghost River: The Fall and Rise of the Conestoga. Ghost River covers the Conestoga Massacre, a largely forgotten act of brutality that killed an entire Native community and almost completely erased them from History. The graphic novel was started by Will Fenton who saw that this story needed to be told, and wanted to make sure the project would include Native perspectives and make the history more available and accessible. Fenton asked two Native artists, Lee Francis IV of the Laguna Pueblo and Weshoyot Alvitre of the Tongva to write and illustrate the novel. The project also made sure to include advisors from the Lene Lenape, Delaware and other peoples who have history in Colonial Pennsylvania near the same time as the Conestoga Massacre. The NPR article includes interviews with both Francis and Alvitre.

French Cartoonist Claire Bretécher Dies at 79

Claire Bretécher, French cartoonist best known for her portrayals of women and gender issues passed away on February 10, 2020. For an in-depth obituary for Claire and her life and work, please visit The Comics Journal’s article featuring a reflection of her life and work.