What’s Coming for DC Ink and Zoom

DC’s younger reader imprints are off to a mixed start, but there are plenty more titles to come. DC Ink is for young adult readers, ages 13 and up. The line launched with Mera: Tidebreaker, followed by Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale, promoted on Free Comic Book Day and out now. Coming up next, as described here, are Teen Titans: Raven, out early July, followed by Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass in early September. The latest announcement is Batman: Nightwalker, […]

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Lion Forge and Oni Press Plan to Merge

File this under a “wow, never saw that coming” label, similar to the IDW/Top Shelf acquisition news four years ago. The New York Times is reporting that Lion Forge and Oni Press will announce later today that they plan to merge as an example of how “smaller publishers are adopting new business strategies to better compete.” The move, the companies say, will strengthen their library of original comics and graphic novels and help them to leverage their characters on other […]

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Lafayette! (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales)

The latest installment (the eighth!) of the popular graphic history series Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales returns to the setting of the first book, the US Revolutionary War. Spy Hale is still telling stories to prevent being hanged by the Hangman and a British redcoat. This time, it’s the story of the Marquis de Lafayette and his love of battle and adventure. Gilbert du Motier gained his title at a young age and was orphaned at 13. Although forced into the […]

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New Mutants Movie Delayed Again

It’s got to be hard, merging two major movie studios. No matter how bad it will eventually be for the customer, Disney is plowing ahead with its acquisition of Fox, and one of the results seems to be not knowing what to do with The New Mutants movie. Originally produced by Fox as part of the X-Men franchise, it’s now owned by Disney, along with the rest of the Marvel properties (except for Sony’s Spider-Man rights). Originally scheduled for release […]

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The League of Regrettable Sidekicks

Jon Morris is back with his third book on the forgotten corners of superhero comics. After The League of Regrettable Superheroes and The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains comes The League of Regrettable Sidekicks. As with the first book, the material is handsomely presented, with each little-known character getting a page or two of text accompanied by a page of comic art. The book is divided into three sections, one each for the Golden Age, Silver Age, and Modern Age. The […]

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Where to Find Me at TCAF

It’s TCAF Time this coming weekend! If you’ll be in Toronto May 11-12, 2019, come by the Toronto Comic Arts Festival! I will be moderating two panels: It’s Science! in Comics (Saturday, 12:15 PM) — She blinded me… with science comics? On the contrary, graphic non-fiction is enlightening, particularly for educating young adult readers. Nothing’s as easy to understand as when we see it explained with amusing pictures. Alison Wilgus, Maki Naro, Margreet de Heer, and Mike Holmes will share […]

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Enter to Win a Set of Otherworldly Izakaya Nobu

Thanks to the generosity of Udon Entertainment, I have a set of Otherworldly Izakaya Nobu volumes 1 and 2 to give away to one lucky reader. Otherworldly Izakaya Nobu is a charming manga series about a modern-day Japanese restaurant that somehow appears in medieval Germany, where everyone is amazed by how good the dishes are. Volume 3 was released last month, so it’s still easy to start reading. To enter to win this contest, leave a comment below telling me […]

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End of Giant Days Coming Later This Year

I really enjoy the Giant Days series by John Allison and Max Sarin from Boom! It’s about three university girls learning about life and keeping up with friends while occasionally, odd things happen. Given that the last few issues have been dealing with the impending end of college days, it shouldn’t surprise me that the series won’t continue forever… but I was still sad to hear that issue #55 will be the last. (#50 is the most recent, with a […]

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