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CANCELED: Comic Creators Come Together to Raise Money for Biden for President on Thursday, October 22

Unfortunately, the event has been canceled. You can still donate to Biden for President and, with less than two weeks to go, there’s still time to volunteer and help get out the vote.


Avengers Assemble!!! Wait, that’s another fundraiser. This Thursday, October 22, comic creators are coming together for a “Virtual Comic Panel” to raise money to benefit Joe Biden for President’s Victory Fund.

The panel will be moderated by Bob Harrison and features Mark Waid, Ron Marz, Greg Pak, Peter Krause, Heather Antos, Chris Sotomayor, Jamal Igle, David Gallaher, Andrew Dalhouse, Bekah Caden, Rich Douek, Richard Clark, Pete Pantazis, Steve Orlando, Cullen Bunn, and Alex Sanchez.

It features panelists from across the comic creation process.

The event takes place October 22 at 6pm EDT/3pm PDT.

The event has five donation tiers ranging from $50 general admission tickets to a $5,600 VIP level that includes a one-on-one video chat with a panel guest, writing critique or portfolio review.

Video conferencing details will be sent to all confirmed participants 24-48 hours prior to the event. Reasonable accommodations, such as closed captioning, will be available at request after RSVP.

Diversity Comic Con Focuses its Programming for Aspiring Comic Writers and Artists

Diversity Comic Con

What happens when you let educators run a comic con? It becomes as much about learning something new as much as it’s about celebrating comics. This year’s Diversity Comic Con at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is featuring a slew of programming for creators who want to get into the comics industry. The convention has gone virtual and is completely accessible from anywhere on Friday, October 16, and Saturday, October 17.

On Friday, the team behind Bone, Captain Underpants, and Smile from Scholastic Graphix will be talking about young adult and children’s books. Phil Falco (art director), Meagan Peace (editor), and Jonah Newman (editor/writer) will share their work and insights into this rapidly booming market and how a creator can target their work towards it.

On Saturday, a panel discussion called “Using Current Events as Inspiration” will include Kiku Hughes (First Second), LL McKinney (DC Comics), Alex Sanchez (DC Comics), and moderated by Andrea Colvin (Little Brown Books). Creators will talk about how the latest news like COVID and politics can influence comics and perhaps how comics can influence readers.

Another big draw will be the Friday panel on “Breaking into Hollywood” Featuring Alex Segura (Archie Comics), Shanty Hermayn (Trese – Netflix), Vivek Tiwary (Producer of The Fifth Beatle), Robert Scull (Nickelodeon) and moderated by Gamal Hennessy (Entertainment attorney formerly of Marvel Comics).

There will also be Q & As with Shawn Martinbrough (Batman/Black Panther), Mika Song (Donut Feed the Squirrels), and Christian Cooper and Alitha Martinez (Represent: It’s a Bird!) both from DC Comics, who will be talking about the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

This year’s theme is “Black Stories Matter” bringing to the forefront today’s social justice issues. as embodied in the panel discussion “On being Marginalized in Comics” with Amy Chu, Regine Sawyer, and Omar Mirza. Another timely topic will be the talk on “The Impact of COVID 19 on the Comics Industry” with Heidi Macdonald, Andy Schmidt, John Siuntres, Stanford Carpenter, and Gina Gagliano.

Christian Cooper Joins the Diversity Comic-Con Panelists to Address Racial Injustice

With the recent deaths of African Americans at the hands of Police, the country has been forced to face its issues with racism like never before. This was the case when comics writer Christian Cooper was harassed in New York’s Central Park by a woman who threatened to call the police claiming “there’s an African American man threatening my life.” All Cooper had done was ask her to leash her dog as was the rules of the park. Luckily no one was injured in the confrontation but the incident was captured on video and has since gone viral.

October marks the beginning of Civility Week for the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), part of the State University of New York system. Over several days, the college offers up programming that addresses the issues of diversity and inclusion. This year’s theme is “Social Justice” to shed more light on current events in our community. For the past two years, the week has been capped off by Diversity Comic-Con. A celebration of multiculturalism in the sequential arts.

This year’s Diversity Comic-Con is even more significant as it hosts a special Q & A session sponsored by DC Comics. Cooper along with artist Alitha Martinez, through DC, have produced a comic anthology called “Represent: It’s a Bird” partly inspired by his experience in Central Park but focusing more on the broader subject of racism. “I hope young people read it, and that they’re inspired to keep the focus where it needs to be, which is on those we have lost and how we keep from losing more.” Said Cooper in an interview. “This moment is about the ones we’ve lost, and how we’re going to keep from losing any more.” The live Diversity Comic-Con interview will be conducted by Alitha’s son on Saturday, at 2:30 pm.

Also appearing will be Shawn Martinbrough, renowned artist of such characters as Batman and Black Panther. “As a New York native and artist, I have always been inspired to create by diverse populations and their environments. Variety and different voices are the lifeblood of creativity.” Martinbrough will be delivering the keynote address and answering questions as well. Other diverse creators appearing include Kiku Hughes, Alex Sanchez, LL McKinney, Mika Song, Vivek Tiwary, Alex Segura, Amy Chu, Regine Sawyer, Jonah Newman, and Robert Scull.

Aspiring artists and writers are also encouraged to submit their own comic stories and art to the anthologyBlack Stories Matter” which is the theme of the comic con itself. “The book will be released a few weeks after the event and creators can submit 1-5 pages of comic stories by October 30th,” says organizer Ramon Gil. “We wanted something tangible that remains after the event is over. All the details are on the website.”

Scholastic Graphix, Archie Comics, First Second, Random House Graphic, and Nickelodeon are also supporting the event by contributing prizes and having their creators at the various panels throughout the weekend. “I’m excited to return to Diversity Comic-Con this year – a year that has shown more than ever that discussion, education, and change in diversity is essential for everyone in the publishing industry.” offers Gina Gagliano, publishing director at Random House Graphic. 

Diversity Comic Con 2020 is completely online and accessible by anyone anywhere with internet access. It happens Friday, October 16, and Saturday, October 17. The event is free and live online where people can also find all the details on how to participate as a creator.

Preview: Pandemica #5 (of 5)

Pandemica #5 (of 5)

(W) Jonathan Maberry (A/CA) Alex Sanchez
In Shops: Jul 29, 2020
SRP: $3.99

“Touch Me I’m Sick.” A wave of wild mutations threatens to wipe out everyone in North America, maybe the world, as De’Neesa and an infected mystery child, Mya, fight to survive. Will De’Neesa reach the Lighthouse in time to help the rogue scientists find a cure?

It’s the end of the world as we know it… and no one feels fine.

Pandemica #5

Preview: Pandemica Vol. 1

Pandemica Vol. 1

(W) Jonathan Maberry (A) Alex Sanchez (CA) Esteban Salinas
In Shops: Jun 10, 2020
SRP: $17.99

Join the resistance and save the world in this graphic novel from New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry!

War is brewing in America. A shadow government is preparing to launch “purity bombs” for ethnic cleansing, but there are things worse than death. Designer pandemics are colliding and mutating, pushing humanity to the edge of permanent darkness. One child holds the key to human survival, or extinction, and everyone is hunting for her, but a small group of scientists and former SpecOps shooters stand in their way.

Pandemica Vol. 1

Preview: Pandemica Vol. 1

Pandemica Vol. 1

(W) Jonathan Maberry (A) Alex Sanchez (CA) Esteban Salinas
In Shops: Jun 10, 2020
SRP: $17.99

Join the resistance and save the world in this graphic novel from New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry!

War is brewing in America. A shadow government is preparing to launch “purity bombs” for ethnic cleansing, but there are things worse than death. Designer pandemics are colliding and mutating, pushing humanity to the edge of permanent darkness. One child holds the key to human survival, or extinction, and everyone is hunting for her, but a small group of scientists and former SpecOps shooters stand in their way.

Pandemica Vol. 1

Preview: Pandemica #4 (of 5)

Pandemica #4 (of 5)

(W) Jonathan Maberry (A/CA) Alex Sanchez
In Shops: Mar 04, 2020
SRP: $3.99

“Sick of You”. Loverboy and his team of killers will stop at nothing to find and kill the mysterious infected child-and when the Pandemica team is betrayed, all of the evidence implicates De’Neesa. As the mutations spread out of control, a very real apocalypse looms over America.

Pandemica #4 (of 5)

Preview: Pandemica #3 (of 5)

Pandemica #3 (of 5)

(W) Jonathan Maberry (A/CA) Alex Sanchez
In Shops: Jan 01, 2020
SRP: $3.99

“Subterranean Homesick Blues.” The Pandemica Team is losing the war against the ARK madmen who want to “purify” humanity of ethnic taints. Agent De’Neesa fights her way through SpecOps killers and radical mutations to bring the infected child to the Lighthouse, a mobile research lab ready to begin work on a cure. If she can get there.

Pandemica #3 (of 5)

Preview: Pandemica #2 (of 5)

Pandemica #2 (of 5)

(W) Jonathan Maberry (A/CA) Alex Sanchez
In Shops: Nov 06, 2019
SRP: $3.99

“Sick Things.” The ethnic genocide bioweapons have been released. People are dying in the streets… but there are worse things than death. Designer pandemics are colliding and mutating, pushing humanity to the edge of permanent darkness. One child holds the key to human survival or extinction, and everyone is hunting for her.

Pandemica #2 (of 5)

You Brought Me The Ocean Explores Aqualad’s Coming-Out Romance

Next summer, enjoy a splash-worthy coming-of-age tale about one of DC’s most popular characters—Aqualad!

Debuting in June 9, 2020You Brought Me the Ocean is a new young adult graphic novel from DC that puts a fresh, contemporary twist on Aqualad’s classic origin story and tells an eloquent coming-out romance set against the backdrop of the DC Universe.

This timely and beautifully told story is brought to life by Lambda Award-winning author Alex Sanchez and New York Times bestselling illustrator Julie Maroh, two voices that have been instrumental in shaping the LGBTQ+ experience in young adult literature. Their original tale follows a teenage Jake Hydeas he navigates his senior year of high school and learns to embrace his true self.

You Brought Me the Ocean marks both Sanchez and Maroh’s first work with DC and is scheduled to hit stores and online retailers everywhere books are sold on June 9, 2020. Below is the official synopsis and above is a first look at the cover and interior images revealed today.

You Brought Me the Ocean

Written by Alex Sanchez
Illustrated by Julie Maroh
On sale everywhere books are sold June 9, 2020
MSRP: $16.99

Jake Hyde doesn’t swim––not since his father drowned. Luckily, he lives in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, which is in the middle of the desert, yet he yearns for the ocean and is determined to leave his hometown for a college on the coast. But his best friend, Maria, wants nothing more than to make a home in the desert, and Jake’s mother encourages him to always play it safe.

There’s nothing “safe” about Jake’s future—not when he’s attracted to Kenny Liu, swim team captain and rebel against conformity. And certainly not when he secretly applies to Miami University. Jake’s life begins to outpace his small town’s namesake, which doesn’t make it any easier to come out to his mom, or Maria, or the world.

But Jake is full of secrets, including the strange blue markings on his skin that glow when in contact with water. What power will he find when he searches for his identity, and will he turn his back to the current or dive headfirst into the waves?

You Brought Me the Ocean
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