Previously on Comics: Catching Up

We took a bit of a hiatus from reporting the news last month, but it seems that comics industry news did not do the same. Here are a few highlights from March.

Gucci Does Manga

Gucci Changemakers North America announced it’s second round of recipients for its five-year impact fund. Of the 250 organizations that submitted applications to the Gucci Changemakers Council, 15 non-profit recipients were selected to receive a grant of up to $50,000 to create new programs or support existing initiatives. The recipient list includes Weird Enough Productions who produces the Webtoon, The Uncommons.

In Memoriam

Best known for his work on and love for Red Sonja, comics illustrator Franke Thorne passed away last month. Neotext and Heavy Metal shared their tributes to the iconic grey-bearded wizard.

In more sad news this past month, American writer Norton Juster also passed away. Juster was an academic, an arcitect, and most well known as the author of children’s books, including The Phantom Tollbooth and The Dot and the Line.

Down the Tubes said a fond thank you and farewell to British comics archivist, writer, collector, and their friend, Colin Noble, whose work includes Comic Scene, and his own blog, Nothing But a Fan.

New Execs for IDW

Jonny Gutman joins IDW Publishing as Vice President of Series, Cassie Conaway is the new Director of Development, and Mark Doyle is now the Editorial Director of Originals. Doyle is a notable name, coming from DC where he served as executive editor and is hailed for helping the rise of Scott Snyder. “I’ve been making comics for more than 14 years and have always been an avid IDW fan,” said Doyle in a statement. “My passion has always been working with talent and telling original stories, so I’m excited to be a part of this growing team. I know we’re going to make great things together.”

So Much for the Diamond Age

Vault Comics and Ahoy Comics both announced their new distribution deals with Simon & Schuster, freeing them from the Diamond Comic Distributors monopoly that has plagued the comics direct market for decades. Marvel Comics rounded out the month with an announcement that it has signed an exclusive deal with Penguin Random House.

You’re Never Too Old to Do Comics

At age 89, journalist Dan Rather has released a graphic novel adaptation of  his latest prose work, What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism, featuring art by Tim Foley. Both the 2017 original and the adaptation are co-written by Elliot Kirschner. Rather says of this very new experience, “The rise of graphic novels came well after my reading habits were set. As I learn more about them, I realize they are unique and compelling. We live in a visual age and this is really its own art form. I now see why they’re so popular. I barely knew what one was. In watching this book take shape, with these wonderful drawings and the imagination of the artist, this has been an inspirational experience for me. It’s like seeing something in your mind suddenly take shape in ways that surprise and delight you.”

Rather also says that he’ll definitely be doing the comic convention circuit when the time comes.

The Definitive Word on Lettering

Many comics letterers look to Nate Piekos and his Blambot Comics Fonts & Lettering for his expertise. Now he’s got that knowledge all wrapped up in a new book coming from Image Comics in October with The Essential Guide to Comics Book Lettering.

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