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Over 5.7 Million Comics To Be Given Away at Free Comic Book Day 2017

Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) remains the major annual event of the comic book industry as over 2,300 comic book specialty retailers worldwide prepare to give away over 5.7 million comics on the first Saturday in May. This year’s event takes place at local comic shops on Saturday, May 6th–fans are encouraged to visit FCBD’s official store locator to find their participating local comic shop.

Dark Horse Comics, DC Entertainment, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, and Marvel Comics are among the 37 publishers offering 50 exclusive comic book titles and editions for Free Comic Book Day 2017.

After 16 years, Free Comic Book Day continues to appeal to a broad range of readers, making it a wonderful event for fans of all ages to explore what their local comic book shop has to offer. From superheroes, to adaptations of television and video games, to fan favorite icons, there’s something for everyone on Free Comic Book Day.

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BOOM! Studios Reveals FOC Variant Cover and Retailer Incentives for Grass Kings #2

BOOM! Studios has announced the addition of a brand-new variant cover for Grass Kings #2 just in time for Final Order Cutoff (FOC). Grass Kings, the all-new original comic book series from writer Matt Kindt and artist Tyler Jenkins, debuted March 8th and the oversized, first issue sold out the day of release at the distributor level.

In order to give retail partners further opportunity to capitalize on the heat generated by the debut, BOOM! Studios is offering a variant, open-to-order cover by interior artist Tyler Jenkins for Grass Kings #2 ahead of FOC on March 20. The issue will hit comic book shops on April 12. To further encourage retailers to take a position on what Multiversity Comics called “one of the best books of the year,” retailers who meet the minimum order requirement for the variant will receive three Grass Kings crown enamel pins shipping with issue #3. Additionally, retailers who maintain their orders on issue #1 for issue #2 will be eligible for returnability and be listed in issue #3 as the “Kings of Retail.”

Furthermore, to support the single-issue sales of a series BOOM! Studios has announced the first collection of Grass Kings will not be released until February 2018. The collection will include the first five issues of Grass Kings in an oversized, premium hardcover similar to the publisher’s treatment of Grant Morrison and Dan Mora’s Klaus. The collection will carry a suggested retail price of $29.99.

Grass Kings is a rural mystery centered around the tragic lives of three brothers who rule a trailer park kingdom that’s a beacon for the hopeless, the lost, and the desperate poor seeking a promised land. But will one brother’s decision to take in an enigmatic young woman destroy everything the Grass Kings have built?

Review: Turning Japanese

When it comes to graphic memoirs, there are very few that grabs a reader as one where the memoirist is honest about themselves and whomever else they are writing about. I remember the first autobiographical graphic memoir I read, that moved me, was American Splendor series, as the author’s works are prolific yet his life is relatable and true. There were times reading that book that I barreled over laughing, not only at the protagonist but also at myself, for doing something similar. Another book, which had a similar effect, was the graphic memoir of rapper, MF Grimm, Sentences, which I bought off the fact, I enjoyed his music, but read as to only a fan, but a comics fan, and much like Harvey Pekar’s story, I related to MF Grimm’s as well.

The last graphic memoir series, that I found myself embroiled in, even at its most cringeworthy moments, is the Love and Rockets series, as it captured some of my life through most of my 20s through my early 30s. Although these books provided great examples of life splashed on sequential art, I am constantly in search for creators who push boundaries yet pull their readers along for their adventures. So, when I read about MariNaomi, in an interview she did for another website, I was more than intrigued and a little mad at myself for just learning about her. The book which piqued my interest was her book, Turning Japanese, which talked about her adventures living in Japan, with a boyfriend who tends to rely on her as a translator, but the real conflict that got to me, was being a stranger and a native to the country you are born to and the one your parents came from.

I have personally visited both countries that my parents came from, quite a few times , even living in Trinidad for more than a few years and never quite felt like one of their own, which I really was not but as an American, as most of us who possess melanin, especially in my age group, we used to hear, when asked “where are you from?”, I would say “Queens,” and then that question would be followed by “where are you really from?” MariNoami beautifully captures this struggle many of us children of immigrants face throughout each chapter. We first meet her at age 22 after she just broke up with a boyfriend and is looking for clarity in her life. She eventually moves to Japan to work as a hostess at a hostess bar, in Japan, where she captures every detail as it really goes down in those establishments. Her story brings back memories for myself when I was still in the military when I was a stranger in a magical land. By book’s end, the writer has uncovered revelations about the country her parents are from but also about herself and her identity as a Japanese American.

Altogether, a powerful memoir, that resonated with me a 1000 times over, not only because MariNaomi is an expert storyteller, but her story is irreverent and relatable at some of the most interesting parts. Where I found myself relating to her the most is when she talked about learning her mother’s tongue, much like I did when my mother was still alive, those conversations still resonate. Overall, a humorous and moving novel, that one will want read and read again, just to imitate a certain feeling.

Story: MariNaomi Art: MariNaomi
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

New Power Ranger Sentries Debut in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #13

BOOM! Studios and Saban Brands have debuted three new Power Rangers Sentries in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #13, the latest issue of their best-selling comic book series. The issue went on sale March 15 in comic book shops.

Following the debut of the Mastodon Sentries in issue #11, this issue features the Tyrannosaurus Sentries, Sabertooth Sentries, and Pterodactyl Sentries, troopers molded after the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and under the command of Lord Drakkon on an alternate timeline Earth. In the story, Tommy Oliver and Billy Cranston have been transported to that universe, in which Lord Drakkon—the Tommy Oliver of this timeline—and Rita Repulsa have conquered the planet. In eluding capture by the Sentries and trying to find their way back to their own world, the pair find allies with an underground resistance called The Coinless.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #13 is written by Kyle Higgins and illustrated by Hendry Prasetya. The Sentries were designed by MMPR cover artist Jamal Campbell and Saban Brands.

Panini America Reveals a Justice League TCG

At the GAMA Trade Show, Panini America revealed it’ll be launch a new trading card game, Meta-X Justice League TCG. The game will debut at San Diego Comic-Con with a retail release after.

The game will use are from the New-52 era of DC Comics and the first set will be over 250 cards. The game is a part of a bigger plan for Panini in their use of the card game engine. The Meta-X engine will be able to be used with multiples IPs and future games will use it allowing for multiple IPs to be used in the same game. It’s a similar idea as WizKids’ Dice Masters which has one game engine that’s used across intellectual property which allows you to mix and match.

The focus is an “easy entry into the game” where new players can learn the game in five minutes. The game will be sold in Starters and Boosters.

(via ICv2)

Darby Pop Announces the Winners of its 3rd “Breaking Into Comics” Contest

Darby Pop Publishing has announced the winners of its third “Breaking Into Comics” contest. This year’s victorious scribes are Adam Breen, courtesy of his script “Gauntlet” (featuring Atalanta and Frostbite), and Richard Casey, thanks to his effort “Pick (Up) a Card” (featuring Flying Fox and Jolt).  Bringing Breen’s and Casey’s scripts to eye-popping life will be winning artists Steven Defendini, a teacher at North Bergen High School (in New Jersey), and Gary Deslauriers, an elementary art teacher with an MA in Art Education from Rhode Island College. Both 11-page Side-Kicked stories will be published this summer as part of an expanded 2nd printing of Russell Brettholtz’s and Miguel Mendonca’s sold-out Side-Kicked trade paperback, and will also be made available as a single digital issue on ComiXology.

Both Breen and Casey were previous winners (along with 9 other writers from around the globe) of Darby Pop’s 2nd “Breaking Into Comics” contest. That competition resulted in The Women of Darby Pop – a unique double-sized anthology in which they each had a four-page story published.

Pin-ups submitted by those artists chosen for Honorable Mention will also be featured on Darby Pop’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Honorable Mention – Writers

  • Adam Breen and his script “Help Wanted”
  • Alberto Veloso and his script “The Interview”
  • Jason Snyder and his script “When Al Met Howie”
  • Jeff Burns and his script “The Interview”
  • Jeff Leeds and his script “Breaking the Ice”

Honorable Mention – Artists

  • Brent Hibbard
  • Lee Bokma
  • Malik Rozier
  • Seth Adams
  • Shane Douberly

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Ryan Reynolds Tweets Zazie Beetz is Domino in Deadpool 2

After lots of rumors and clickbait reporting Ryan Reynolds Tweeted out who will be stepping into the role of Domino in Deadpool 2.

Zazie Beetz will be taking on the role of the mutant who’s a top notch marksman and has a bit of luck. Beetz’s highest profile role is that of Van in FX’s Atlanta.

The Future of Mutankind Begins Here! Your New Look at X-Men Gold #1!

From the ashes of Inhumans vs. X-Men, an all-new team will rise to make Charles Xavier’s dream become a reality! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look inside X-Men Gold #1 – the hotly anticipated debut issue, coming to comic shops everywhere on April 5th. Brought to you by the all-star creative team of Marc Guggenheim and Ardian Syaf, a new day is dawning for the Children of the Atom – one that is sure to please fans old and new!

Kitty Pryde has returned to Earth to find the X-Men in shambles. Now, the student will become the teacher as Kitty takes the reigns to assemble a team of the brightest, the toughest and the heaviest hitters in the X-Men’s vast roster. Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Old Man Logan and Rachel Grey. They are the X-Men, and they’re here to take mutantkind into the future! Be there as they embark on their first adventure!

Featuring covers by David Marquez, Billy Martin, Skottie Young, Bob McLeod, Andre Leroy Davis, Leonard Kirk, and Ron Lim.

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