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The Batman Who Laughs #6

It was a nice weekend here at GP HQ! Hope everyone had a good one as we kick off a busy week! While you wait for things to get going, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Autism Parenting Magazine – New Comic Book Character With Autism Inspires Kindness – A great article promoting the use of comics in the classroom.

The Beat – Claremont & Sienkiewicz are back in action with New Mutants: War Children this September – Cool.

iO9 – The Tick‘s Creator Has Given Up on Finding the Show a New Home – We’re ok with this.

iO9 – Disney Is Moving Forward With Construction on Its Marvel Theme Park Expansion – If their Star Wars land is what we should expect…

Kotaku – Elon Musk Doesn’t Learn, Posts Uncredited Artwork, Deletes Tweet – Asshole.

ComicBook – Dougray Scott On Why Batwoman Was the Right Comic Book Role For Him After 20 Years of Being Asked About Wolverine – Interesting.

Reviews

AIPT! – The Batman Who Laughs #6
Talking Comics –
The Batman Who Laughs #6

Halloween ComicFest 2019 Comic Books Announced!

This year, Halloween ComicFest (HCF) features a whole new selection of 28 comic book titles for the industry’s most anticipated fall event taking place Saturday, October 26, 2019 at participating comic shops worldwide.

Of the 28 titles available, 19 are Full Size and 9 are Mini Comics for fans to pick up and enjoy. All will be available for free at participating comic shops on Saturday, October 26th, with the Mini Comics also available for purchase in packs of 25 for $4.99 at the beginning of October—a perfect item to give to trick-or-treaters on Halloween.

A complete listing of all the HCF titles can be found in the July issue of Diamond Comic Distributors’ PREVIEWS catalog, on sale at all local comic shops on June 26, 2019.

Halloween ComicFest 2019 Full-Size Comics

AfterShock Comics | Dark Red #1 Halloween ComicFest B&W Edition

Aspen Comics | Aspen Mascots and the Portals of Doom

Benitez Productions | Lady Mechanika: La Dama de la Muerte

Dark Horse Comics | House of Fear: Attack of the Killer Snowmen!

DC Comics | DCeased #1 HCF Special Editon

DC Comics | The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid / Black Canary: Ignite HCF Special Edition

IDW Publishing | Sonic the Hedgehog #1 HCF Edition

Keenspot Entertainment | Junior High Horrors Halloween Special

Kodansha Comics | Tales of Berseria Preview & Other Game Manga

Mad Cave Studios | Battlecats: Halloween ComicFest Special

Marvel Comics | Ghost Rider: King of Hell #1

Marvel Comics | Iron Man: Road to Iron Man 2020

Marvel Comics | Miles Morales: Spider-Man #0

Marvel Comics | Star Wars: Boba Fett #1

Random House Children’s Books | Doodleville/ Aster and the Accidental Magic Exclusive First Look

Source Point Press | The Adventures of Cthulhu Jr. and Dastardly Dirk

Vertical Comics | Bakemonogatari (Monster Tale) Exclusive HCF Edition

VIZ Media | The Drifting Classroom/ Smashed

YouNeek Studios | Iyanu: Child of Wonder

Halloween ComicFest 2019 Mini Comics

Albatross Funnybooks | Spook House

American Mythology | Under Dog Halloween Hijinks

Archie Comics | Archie’s Madhouse Magic

BOOM! Studios | Just Beyond: Horror at Happy Landings

DC Comics | DC Superhero Girls: At Metropolis High Halloween ComicFest Special Edition

Golden Apple Books | Blastosaurus Halloween Special

IDW Publishing | Usagi Yojimbo HCF Mini Comic

Papercutz | The Loud House: “A Very LOUD Halloween”

VIZ Media | Pokémon Adventures

Poems to See By: A Comic Artist Interprets Great Poetry arrives just in time for National Poetry Month

Poems to See By: A Comic Artist Interprets Great Poetry

Timed to National Poetry Month in April, Plough Publishing Press is releasing Poems to See By: A Comic Artist Interprets Great Poetry, an all new anthology by cartoonist Julian Peters. Over the course of 24 classic poems — from Maya Angelou’s “Caged Bird” to W. B. Yeats’ “When You Are Old” — the Montreal-based artist has created stunning visual interpretations of some of the world’s most beloved poems. Each iconic poem is interpreted for the page using a different and compelling visual style, showcasing both the diversity of the source material and the storytelling possibilities of the comics artform.

Poems to See By: A Comic Artist Interprets Great Poetry features poems by Maya Angelou, W. H. Auden, Elizabeth Bishop, e. e. cummings, Emily Dickinson, Tess Gallagher, Thomas Hardy, Robert Hayden, Seamus Heaney, William Ernest Henley, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Langston Hughes, John Philip Johnson, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Edgar Allen Poe, Christina Rossetti, Carl Sandburg, Siegfried Sassoon, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Stevie Smith, Dylan Thomas, William Wordsworth, and W. B. Yeats.

POEMS TO SEE BY is a perfect fit not only for die-hard poetry fans and curious new readers—it’s also a fantastic teaching tool that any educator trying to get their students excited by poetry should pick up for their classroom.

Poems to See By: A Comic Artist Interprets Great Poetry is in bookstores on March 31, 2020.

Preview: World of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #81

WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #81

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Bill Golliher, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 8/22
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

Brand New Lead Story: “Supply and Demand!” – It’s back to school time, and the gang is outraged to see the teachers having to spend their own money to supply their classrooms. The gang pools their resources to donate to the school. But when Veronica sees all of this, she decides she’ll kick it up a notch and help in her own way… Lodge style!

Preview: Supers Book One

SUPERS (Book One)

Frédéric Maupomé (w) • Dawid (a & c)

“Tell me again about Mom?” “You know I don’t remember much.” “That’s okay. You’ll have to make it up, then.”

Mat, Lili, and Benji aren’t from around here. Abandoned on planet Earth, hiding far from their home, they can’t even use their powers in public, for fear of being discovered. Starting at a new school is hard enough already…

Supers won the first ever Youth Award from ACBD (the French Association of Comics Critics) thanks to its rich blend of family tension, super-thrills, and classroom drama, all presented in gorgeous full-color artwork. Now it’s your turn to meet these awesome immigrants. Welcome to the family!

TPB • FC • $14.99 • 112 pages • 6-1/2” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-60309-439-9

SUPERS (Book One)

Review: Maroon Comix: Origins and Destinies

Maroon Comix: Origins and Destinies

As Americans, we tend to believe that our historical events are more important to history than the world’s. This fact became apparent when I watched the final season of Black Sails, which brought to light the plight of the Maroons who usually inhabited the mountains throughout the Caribbean. This isn’t some hidden history. I read about Nanny, the leader of the Maroons in Jamaica whose legend is as important to that country as Bob Marley. These valiant men and women rose up against their masters and became something immortal to anyone who came to find out about them. In an outstanding collection of comics from PM Press, edited by Quincy Saul, Maroon Comix: Origins and Destinies seeks to tell some of these stories of bravery.

In “Initiation,” we find about a bit of how one becomes part of their society and the different types of Maroons there were. In “Slavery and Liberation,” we find out exactly how slavery became acceptable in society and how it became outlawed first in Europe and then in the rest of the world. In “I Am Maroon,” the histories of several prominent leaders around the world which includes the aforementioned Nanny and America’s Harriet Tubman. “The Dragon Or The Hydra” tells both a chronological and ideological history of Maroons around the world and the common thread that leads to insurrections. In “Modern Maroons,” we find out about their connection to modern history and how their philosophies are at the very roots of the rebel spirit of every movement. In the final chapter of the book, Quincy Saul gives readers, an excellent manifesto which seeks to give the world a deeper understanding of these peoples and also an extensive bibliography.

Overall, an excellent collection that both educates and entertains readers. The stories are compelling and well researched. The art by the creative team is awesome. Altogether, a book that needs to be in every classroom while it will also satisfy every hardcore comic fan.

Story: Quincy Saul and  Russell Maroon Shoatz
Art: Mac McGill, Songe Riddle, Seth Tobocman, Hannah Allen, Emmy Kepler,
and Mikaela Gonzalez
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Lion Forge Joins the CBLDF as a Corporate Member

Lion Forge has joined the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund as the organization’s newest Corporate Member! Lion Forge is a trans-media studio with a focus on comics publishing across all age groups. A company committed to “Comics for Everyone,” Lion Forge strives to publish titles that reflect the diversity of our world in the characters, the creators, and the Lion Forge team, creating content that is just as original.

 

CBLDF provides legal and educational resources to protect the freedom to read comics. The organization is a partner in Banned Books Week, the Kids’ Right to Read Project, Free Comic Book Day, and other national institutions that support intellectual freedom and literacy. CBLDF’s work extends from courtrooms to classrooms to conventions, where CBLDF defends the freedom to read by providing legal aid, letters of support in book challenges, challenges to unconstitutional legislation, and a robust schedule of programs about current and historical censorship to audiences all over the world.

 

Lion Forge Adds Jill Gerber as a Director of Education Outreach and Collections

Lion Forge has a reputation of being one of comics publishing’s most forward-thinking companies, with a focus on growing comic book readership across markets and their commitment to “comics for everyone.” This guiding principle has garnered the publisher tremendous success in the book trade, libraries, and in the core business of the comic book specialty market.

Today, the publisher adds Jill Gerber, longtime veteran and advocate of comic books as tools for education in a new position dedicated to providing teachers and librarians support for adding comics to their collections and curriculum. Gerber’s experience and expertise will also serve to develop and find content that will allow Lion Forge to expand its catalog in new and exciting ways.

Jill L. Gerber is an award-winning and Teaching All Kinds of Minds–certifiededucator of twenty-five years, and longtime advocate of graphic literature in curriculum. She began her career in education in 1993, moving into the classroom on a full-time basis in 1997. Since then, she has been published numerous times and presented at conventions in conferences around the country. Gerber is a University of Chicago graduate and a recipient of the following awards: Richard B. Kobusch Humanities Endowed Chair (2017), Emerson Electric Excellence in Teaching (2002), ISSL Teacher of Distinction (2002), and Office Depot, Teacher Success Stories (2002).

Rebellion Joins the CBLDF as a Corporate Member

Rebellion has joined the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund as a corporate member. The publisher is the company behind 2000 AD as well as publishing imprints Abaddon Books, Solaris, and Ravenstone.

Founded in 1992, Rebellion is one of Europe’s leading independent game and comic publishers.

The CBLDF provides legal and educational resources to protect the freedom to read comics. The organization is a partner in Banned Books Week, the Kids’ Right to Read Project, Free Comic Book Day, and other national institutions that support intellectual freedom and literacy. CBLDF’s work extends from courtrooms to classrooms to conventions, where CBLDF defends the freedom to read by providing legal aid, letters of support in book challenges, challenges to unconstitutional legislation, and a robust schedule of programs about current and historical censorship to audiences all over the world.

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The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will you all be doing? We’ll be watching I Kill Giants!!! Can’t wait. While you wait for the work day to end and weekend begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

PBS NewsHour – Opinion: Why ‘Black Panther’ and other comic books belong in the classroom – We can support this!

The Comichron – Action Comics #1000 takes 10 of Top 12 advance reorder spots; Infinity Gauntlet, Rick & Morty rule reorders – For those that dig the horse race.

The Mary Sue – Elizabeth Olsen Calls Out Empire Magazine for Photoshopping Her Beyond Recognition – Good.

Newsarama – Chris Evans Has ‘No Plans’ To Return To Captain America After Avengers 4 – Wasn’t this a known thing?

 

Reviews

The Beat – The Family Trade Vol. 1

Talking Comics – Infidel #1

Comics Bulletin – Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden #1

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