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Preview: Bravest Warriors #19

Bravest Warriors #19

Writer(s): Jason Johnson and Breehn Burns
Artist(s): Mike Holmes

Things are finally winding down for our heroes. The Bravest Warriors can finally take a breather…or can they? Could it be that they are in an illusion that just wants them to relax before it breaks and reigns terror on them? What if there is a memory donk nearby and they just can’t remember the mortal peril they are actually in?

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Interview: Women of BOOM! – Kathleen Webb

Kathleen WebbIt’s Thursday which brings us a new interview and our 26th “Women of BOOM!” feature, spotlighting the many kick-ass women that work at BOOM!, Archaia and KaBOOM! We’re focusing on everyone, editors, designers, writers, artists, you name it! We’re making sure to include the hard-working folks whose contributions are often overlooked in the process.

BOOM! (and KaBOOM! and Archaia) has given us unprecedented access and the chance to ask questions to their staff, and creative teams, to find out why the publisher is so successful in hiring women and their experiences in the comic industry as women.

Kathleen Webb is a writer and artist who has worked on Peanuts for BOOM! Studios imprint KaBOOM! as well as numerous books for Archie Comics!

Graphic Policy: How did you get involved in the comic book industry?  

Kathleen Webb: I wrote a fan letter to Dan DeCarlo that I drew like a comic book (as if I was talking to him), and he called me in May of 1985 and said he wanted to help get me on at Archie because he felt I had potential as both a writer and an artist. I did some pencilling work on Betty & Veronica fashion pages, then in September he suggested I submit a script. I sent one in, had it rejected, sent in another, it sold, and the rest was history. I worked for Archie primarily as a writer for almost twenty-five years.

GP: Did you read comics growing up? Do you read them now?

KW: Oh yeah.  As a small child, I read the comic strips in the newspapers–my favorites were Peanuts, Dick Tracy (I loved Moon Maid!), Brenda Starr, The Phantom and Blondie and Dagwood. My goal was to become a comic strip artist “just like Charles Schulz”–I wanted that as early as age 8. When I got older (around ten) I started reading more Archie titles, and other “teen” humor comics, like Millie the Model, Date With Debbie, Scooter, etc. In my high school years I got into superhero stuff–used to read Sub-Mariner, Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four.  Later on I got into manga, by watching Sailor Moon on television.  I still read manga–mostly girl’s titles, like Fruits Basket.

GP: How did you come to work with BOOM!/Archaia?

KW: My friend, Jeff Schulz, who used to work with me at Archie, suggested I try out for KaBOOM! on their Peanuts title.

GP: How would you describe your job for people?

KW:  I used to put the words in Betty and Veronica’s mouths!

GP: For people who want to pursue a career in what you do, what advice would you give them?

KW: Make sure you have a day job!  It’s not easy in this industry to make a living.

GP: Did you have a mentor to help you break into the industry?

KW: Dan DeCarlo of Archie Comics was my mentor. He and I would have long conversations on the phone (he was on the east coast, I’m on the west) about cartooning, drawing, etc. He was a big encouragement in my early years at Archie.

GP: Do you think women have a more difficult time breaking in and making it in the comic industry, if so why? And if yes, how do you think that can be overcome?

KW: Hmm. I think it’s more difficult for a woman to make it in the comic industry if she wants to write what a friend of mine referred to as “talky girl comics.” Nowadays one would just refer to Japanese girl’s manga to make the point. The stories are more emotionally driven, and have less action and more character development. The American comic industry is geared more to male readers, if you’re referring to the stuff you find in the stores. As far as web comics go, there are more girl’s comics to be found, but they are more difficult to find in print. Now, with the advent of Kindle and the like, that may be a moot point. The other thing I’ve personally felt a lack of, is what I consider “all ages” material. Stuff that can appeal across the board, without be offensive. I’d like to see more of that, particularly from female writers/artists. As far as overcoming the obstacles to getting that kind of material out, I have no clue what can be done.

GP: We’ve heard horror stories concerning women in the industry, have you ever seen or been discriminated/harassed and if so, how did you handle it?

KW: I personally have never had any kind of discrimination or harassment. Archie Comics treated me fairly (they were pleased just to have a woman on board as a writer!) and never acted like I was anything other than just a good writer that they wanted to make use of. I guess I never let my gender get in my way–it never occurred to me that a woman couldn’t be a writer or artist, since I was aware of females already in the industry (Dale Messick, Ramona Fradon and Marie Severin come to mind). And the few conventions I’ve been to, I’ve never been harassed at. Maybe I just don’t travel in those circles?

GP: What advice do you have for women looking to break into the comic book industry?

KW: If you want to do it, keep at it. If you can’t get into the “big leagues,” put your work online, either on a blog or sites like Deviantart or create your own web site. Learn all you can about your craft–how to use your tools, how to make the best use of computer tools. Read other people’s work and think about what you like about it–learn from others. If you go to conventions, don’t be afraid to ask questions of the artists/writers there. Do what you love, not what you think will “sell.” And learn from the past! Go to the library and check out the comic strip compilations of stuff like Steve Canyon, Dick Tracy, Little Orphan Annie, Prince Valient, Little Nemo, etc. Read Asterix. Find out why these strips were so popular and enduring. And don’t give up!

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Preview: The Midas Flesh #5

The Midas Flesh #5

Writer(s): Ryan North
Artist(s): Braden Lamb, Shelli Paroline

The ship is torn by a battle of head vs. heart. Now that they have the all-mighty power of The Midas Touch at their hands, do they have what it takes to use it on the Federation’s home planet? Lives are at stake and friendships are challenged in issue #5 of THE MIDAS FLESH!

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Preview: Evil Empire #2

Evil Empire #2

Writer(s): Max Bemis
Artist(s): Ransom Getty

The sands are shifting in America’s public consciousness. One action has torn the country apart in a debate over the meaning of right and wrong, and Reese is not about to stand by as the American people support the rantings of a mad man. But how far will people go to take a stand for what they believe in?

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BOOM! Expands its Executive Team

We’ve been on the BOOM! Studios bandwagon for quite a while. The company is making some moves by expanding it’s executive team with one hire and one promotion. Stephen Christy, who was the editor-in-chief of Archaia Entertainment (BOOM! purchased the publisher in 2013), has been named president of development. Christy will oversee the film, television, web, and animation projects for the company. That includes all of the company’s brands, BOOM!, Archaia, KaBOOM! and BOOM! Box. Christy will report to BOOM! founder and CEO Ross Richie.

The company has made a hire as well. Adam Yoelin will be the senior vp film. He will focus on the numerous movies in the pipeline for the company. Last year, the comic publisher saw the first film based on one of their properties debut, 2 Guns. Yoelin will report to Christy.

The comic publisher has numerous projects in development including Rust, an adaptation of Archaia’s Royden Lepp graphic novel that has Carlos Saldanha attached to direct and set up at Fox. Fox 2000 is adapting Aline Brosh McKenna’s graphic novel Rochester. The company also has Day Men set up at Universal, while Unthinkable is housed at Fox TV.

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BOOM! Studios Heads to C2E2

Well on its way to earning elite status for its frequent flier miles, publisher BOOM! Studios will be at Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) in Chicago, Illinois, from April 25-27. At C2E2, which will be held in the South Building at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, BOOM! Studios can be found at booth number 616. They will host the following creators at the booth all weekend:

  • Caleb Monroe (PEANUTS, STEED AND MRS. PEEL)
  • Jeff Dyer (PEANUTS)
  • Michael Alan Nelson (DAY MEN, 28 DAYS LATER, PROTOCOL: ORPHANS)
  • Paul Jenkins (FAIRY QUEST, DEATHMATCH, REVELATIONS)

In addition, the following signings at the booth are scheduled:

FRIDAY, April 25

4-5 p.m. James Tynion IV (THE WOODS) (Note: This signing takes place after the We Are BOOM! Panel)

SATURDAY, April 26

12-1 p.m. James Tynion IV (THE WOODS)
4-5 p.m. Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, and Marc Evan Jackson (THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR)
5:15-6:15 p.m. Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert (TRANSLUCID, AMORY WARS, KEY OF Z, KILL AUDIO) This is a ticketed signing. Tickets are available only at the BOOM! Studios booth while supplies last starting Saturday when the show opens.

SUNDAY, April 27

1-2 p.m. James Tynion IV (THE WOODS)

In addition, the BOOM! Studios booth will host sketch artists all weekend, including:

  • Mad Rupert (REGULAR SHOW: SKIPS)
  • Coleman Engle (STEVEN UNIVERSE)

For $20, fans can request and purchase custom sketches to be drawn on blank ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW Get-A-Sketch covers.

Special C2E2 exclusive variants will be available for purchase for:

  • THE WOODS #1 cover illustrated by Tyler Jenkins
  • TRANSLUCID #1 cover illustrated by Khary Randolph
  • ADVENTURE TIME 2014 ANNUAL #1 cover illustrated by Mad Rupert

BOOM! will also present the following panel at C2E2:

We Are BOOM!
Fri., April 25, 2:45 – 3:45 p.m., Room S402
Last year was a banner year for BOOM! highlighted by the release of our first feature 2 GUNS (starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg) and new first-look deal with 20th Century Fox. Archaia joined us as a new imprint, we expanded the all-ages KaBOOM! lineup, and launched our newest imprint, BOOM! Box. Join BOOM! Studios Editor-In-Chief Matt Gagnon and VP of Development Stephen Christy as we share our mission to create the future of comics…now. We are BOOM! Come Innovate With Us.

ADVENTURE TIME 2014 ANNUAL #1 C2E2 Exclusive Cover by Mad Rupert TRANSLUCID #1 C2E2 Exclusive Cover by Khary Randolph

BOOM! Studios Heads to Calgary Expo 2014

Well on its way to earning elite status for its frequent flier miles, publisher BOOM! Studios will be at Calgary Expo in Alberta, Canada, from April 24-27.

BOOM! can be found at Calgary Expo, held at the BMO Center in the city of Calgary, Alberta, at booth number 119. They will host the following creators all weekend:

  • Ed Brisson (SONS OF ANARCHY, ROBOCOP)
  • Megan Hutchison (WILL O’ THE WISP)
  • Mike Kunkel (HEROBEAR AND THE KID)

In addition, the BOOM! Studios booth will host sketch artists all weekend, including:

  • Brooke Allen (LUMBERJANES)
  • Ian McGinty (ADVENTURE TIME: CANDY CAPERS)
  • Kate Leth (ADVENTURE TIME OGN VOL. 3: SEEING RED, LUMBERJANES)
  • Wook-Jin Clark (ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE)
  • Zack Sterling (ADVENTURE TIME OGN VOLS. 1, 2, and 3)

BOOM! will also have two Calgary Expo Exclusive Variants:

LUMBERJANES #1 cover illustrated by Megan Hutchison (available for purchase at the BOOM! booth)
ADVENTURE TIME #27 cover illustrated by Tait Howard (available for purchase only through the Convention). Starring baby versions of Fionna and Cake, this is the first-ever horizontal ADVENTURE TIME issue!

ADVENTURE TIME #27 Calgary Expo Exclusive Cover by Tait Howard LUMBERJANES #1 Calgary Expo Exclusive Cover by Megan Hutchison

Marketing Monday: Top Comic Apps

It’s Marketing Monday here at Graphic Policy and we’re still tracking various comic apps, how they rank up against each other, and the general app population.

For this report, I felt it best to focus on Wednesday of the previous week, since that should be the busiest day of the week for apps since its new comic day. This report also focuses on the ranks in the United States. I’ll eventually look at the entire week down the road and expand the location. I also wanted to look at the gross income for the apps, so apps included are those where you’d purchase books. So apps like comiXology’s offerings would be included, but Marvel’s AR app isn’t. Marvel Unlimited is included on the list too, though isn’t measured by revenue like the rest of the apps. I’ve also separated the apps based on their platform as best I could.

Most apps are on the iOS platform, which isn’t surprising at all. The Comics app by comiXology is the juggernaut in every category. This week saw the various rankings increase and decrease with no rhyme or reason. It’ll be interesting to see how comiXology’s rank might change on Amazon over time with the announced purchase by the tech company. There’s also been some comings and goings for apps since last week as well.

iOS

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Google

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Amazon

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And that wraps up this week’s breakdown. I’m still thinking through a good name for this feature, so if you have suggestions, let me know!

Graphic Policy Radio: The One About Harassment in Geek Culture, Live This Monday Night

GP Radio pic MondayIt’s Monday, and Graphic Policy Radio is back at its normal time. The show will air live this Monday night at 10pm ET. This week we’re going a little bit serious, and mixing it with some entertainment.

On this episode:

  • The nasty side of online geek culture again reared its ugly head as threats were made towards a respected female member of the community. You can read the original article posted here, as well as two follow up articles here and here.
  • We’re discussing our favorite costumes in comic books! That’s right, we go over what we feel are the best designs, both in look and actual use.
  • We discuss the latest hit BOOM! Studios/BOOM! Box series Lumberjanes!
  • Tomb Raider is up to issue three. We both thought the first issue was good, but how have the latest two issues been? Find out here!

So join us this Monday, and listen in, we want to hear from you! Call in with your thoughts at (619) 768-2952 or Tweet them to us, @graphicpolicy.

Record-breaking web series gets KaBOOM! comic series with Bee and Puppycat #1

KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, has announced the May debut of Bee and Puppycat #1 from fan-favorite creator Natasha Allegri. After breaking the record for most funded web series on Kickstarter, this quirky take on the magical girl genre is coming to comics this May with co-writer Garrett Jackson and covers illustrated by Allegri, Zac Gorman , Coleman Engle, and Becky Dreistadt.

It’s a quirky new take on the magical girl genre with Bee, the forever unemployed main character who can’t seem to figure out life, and the mysterious PuppyCat, a stray…whatever it is…that she stumbled across who has a powerful secret. Fighting bad guys has never been so funny.

Bee and Puppycat #1 arrives in comic shops on May 14th with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code MAR140984. Cover A by Natasha Allegri and Cover B by Zac Gorman will ship in a 50/50 intermix. Variant covers by Coleman Engle and Becky Dreistadt will be available in limited quantities.

BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1 Cover A by Natasha Allegri BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1 Cover B by Zac Gorman BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1 Cover C by Coleman Engle BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1 Cover D by Becky Dreistadt

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