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Explore How America Reacts to a World Where Only Black People Have Superpowers in White

How does America react when only black people have superpowers? In the sure-to-be-controversial six-part comic book series White, co-creators Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3, Inkpot-Award winning artist Jamal Igle, and cover artist Khary Randolph reunite for the sequel to their acclaimed graphic novel and Kickstarter sensation, Black.

How does a nation struggling with a history of racial inequality cope in a world where only black people have superpowers? Our story asks: In a time of supposed inclusion and diversity, how far will those in charge push back to retain the status quo?

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In White, Theodore Mann, whose family exploited empowered blacks for centuries, is now President of the United States. Mann’s administration has exacted controversial measures to deal with the empowered he’s deemed terrorists and is stoking national tensions to win public support for Mann First, a cybernetically-augmented soldier program. The main person standing in the President’s way is X –  once known as Kareem Jenkins – who has become a symbol of resistance against the Mann Administration.

For White, the original Black creative team―Kwanza Osajyefo, Tim Smith 3, Jamal Igle, Khary Randolph, Sarah Litt, Derwin Roberson, and Dave Sharpe―will return for the second part of a planned trilogy, and will be joined by inker Juan Castro. If funded by Kickstarter, White will be a 6-part, ad-free periodical comic book series. The first printing – with variant covers – will be exclusive to  Kickstarter backers. Comic book retailers will be able to order standard editions directly from Black Mask Studios after rewards are shipped.

The number of backers of White will unlock Kickstarter exclusive variants by comic book industry legends: Ashley A. Woods, Jamal Igle, Jeremy Love, ChrisCross, Sanford Greene, and Denys Cowan.

Issue one of White is estimated to be delivered to backers October 2019. The limited edition variant of the graphic novel and comic book shop retailer bundles will ship to backers in early 2020.

The White Kickstarter campaign is live as of March 4, 2019.

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Heathen Returns in 2019

Vault Comics has announced that their acclaimed comic series Heathen is returning in 2019 with new issues, new adventures, and even new faces on the team. 

Created by Natasha Alterici, this international best-seller was selected as an American Library Association YALSA 2018 Great Graphic Novel For Teens, has seen more than 15 printings, and is available in 36 countries around the world. As of 2019, Heathen will be available in multiple languages including English, Spanish and Italian.

Vault will be re-releasing issues #5 and #6, before diving into all new issues #7-12.

With Alterici still helming the story by authoring the second arc, Vault has also announced that Ashley A. Woods, known for Tomb Raider and Ladycastle comics, will be joining the creative team starting with issue #9. Woods will be penciling the issues, working closely with both Alterici and Heathen‘s letterer Rachel Deering.

As announced in 2018, Constantin Films and Prime Universe have teamed to adapt the title into a film, with a script written by Kerry Williamson.

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Calexit Returns in February With a Third Issue in March

2018 will also see the return of Calexit, the series by Matteo Pizzolo and artist Amancay Nahuelpan. Following a hiatus, Calexit returns on February 14 with the release of the much anticipated second issue as well as a new, third printing of the debut issue which features a cover by Ashley A. Woods.

In Calexit, the citizens of California struggle to seize power back from an autocratic government after a fascistic President takes over the United States. “From its history as a breakaway state with the Bear Flag Revolt to becoming the home of rebel fiction like Star Wars and NWA, California has represented the spirit of resistance for almost two hundred years. The first arc of Calexit tells the tale of a U.S. President going to war against the Golden State, and, with California being the fifth largest economy on Earth, things escalate pretty quick. Although we conceived this story back before the 2016 election, California’s defiance of Trump’s policies and the Trump Administration’s new policy war against California has us scrambling to keep our speculative adventure a step ahead of the real world.”

The third printing of Calexit #1 by writer Matteo Pizzolo and artist Amancay Nahuelpan, featuring a cover by Ashley A. Woods,  goes on sale on February 14, 2018.

Calexit #2 by Pizzolo and Nahuelpan goes on sale on February 14, 2018.

Calexit #3, by Pizzolo and Nahuelpan, the conclusion of the series’ first story arc, will be published on March 14, 2018.

Lara Croft Attacks in a Fresh Adventure “Tomb Raider: Survivor’s Crusade”

The trials and tribulations of Lara Croft continue! Dark Horse and Crystal Dynamics have announced the next installment in the Tomb Raider comic universe. Tomb Raider: Survivor’s Crusade boasts a whole new creative team with Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly composing Lara’s new adventure, while Ashley A. Woods brings Lara Croft to life, and colorist legend Michael Atiyeh makes the art pop! Hannah Fisher has created the gorgeous cover for the first issue.

In Tomb Raider: Survivor’s Crusade, Lara Croft has unfinished business. After facing Trinity in Siberia, she’s driven to unravel the mystery behind her father’s death. After pushing her training to the limit and following clues that lead to more questions than answers, Lara is prepared to put everything on the line to uncover the truth.

Tomb Raider: Survivor’s Crusade’s first issue (of four) goes on sale November 22, 2017.

Preview: Ladycastle #3

Ladycastle #3

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Delilah S. Dawson
Artist: Ashley A. Woods
Cover Artist: Ashley A. Woods
Price: $3.99

The next wave of the curse descends upon Ladycastle: harpies!

Preview: Ladycastle #2 (of 4)

Ladycastle #2 (of 4)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Delilah S. Dawson
Artist: Ashley A. Woods
Cover Artist: Ashley A. Woods
Price: $3.99

The next wave of the curse descends upon Ladycastle: harpies!

Preview: Ladycastle #1 (of 4)

Ladycastle #1 (of 4)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Delilah S. Dawson
Artist: Ashley A. Woods
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Ashley A. Woods
Intermix Cover: Elsa Chatterier
FOC Variant Cover: Yao Xiao
Price: $3.99

Novelist Delilah S. Dawson (Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon, As Wicked as She Wants, Wake of Vultures) brings her first original series to comics, and is joined by breakthrough illustrator Ashley A. Woods (Niobe: She Is Life) for a rollicking fantasy adventure featuring women reclaiming their lives on their terms.

When King Mancastle and his mighty vassals ride off on crusade, the women left behind are not at all put out—that’s a lot less armor polishing for them to do. Of course, when the men get themselves eaten by a dragon and leave a curse that attracts monsters to the castle…well, the women take umbrage with that.

Now the blacksmith’s wife Merinor is King, Princess Aeve is the Captain, and the only remaining (and least capable) knight Sir Riddick is tasked with teaching the ladies of the castle how to fight, defend, build, and do all manner of noisy things the men had been doing while the women assumed they were just drunk.

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NYCC 2016: BOOM! Teases Delilah S. Dawson and Ashley A. Woods Project

In their run up to New York Comic Con 2016, BOOM! Studios is excited to tease an upcoming original project with novelist Delilah S. Dawson and artist Ashley A. Woods, coming in January!

Check out the teaser below, featuring a peek at the cover art by Elsa Charretier.

Delilah S. Dawson is an established author, having recently written Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon, a tie-in title in the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens series. Under the pseudonym Lila Bowen, she is also known for Wake of Vultures, which is the first volume in “The Shadow” series about a reluctant, dynamic heroine in the Wild West who soon finds herself on the run from monsters. Her YA book, HIT, is about a teen who is forced to become an assassin in order to pay back a debt.

Ashley A. Woods is known for Niobe: She is Life with writers Amandla Stenberg (“The Hunger Games”) and Sebastian A. Jones, about a young, black warrior woman on a journey of self-discovery, as well as work on Erathune and APB: Artists Against Police Brutality. She is also working on a short story for Past the Last Mountain by Paul Allor (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).

BOOM! will be revealing more information about the new project after New York Comic Con.

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SDCC 2016: Magnetic Press Partners with Jennings & Duffy for Black Comix Panel

Magnetic Press has partnered with 2016 Eisner Award Nominee & Harvard Fellow John Jennings (The Blacker the Ink, Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred), and Glyph Comics Award winner Dr. Damian Duffy (Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred, Other Heroes) to co-present the San Diego 2016’s panel, BLACK COMIX: AFRICAN AMERICAN INDEPENDENT COMICS PUBLISHING. The panel features an all-star lineup of comic creator heavy weights, including Ron Wimberly, David Walker, Ashley A. Woods, Jeremy Love, & Robert Love.

Magnetic Press, Jennings & Duffy will be making more official announcements at the panel, where they will reveal more about their partnership. The panel will be held on Saturday, July 23rd from 8:00-9:00pm in Room 28 DE, and will be will be co-moderated by Jennings & Duffy.  Magnetic Press teased the title image by Ashley A. Woods, which hints at announcements to be made during the panel.

This marks Magnetic Press’ 3rd consecutive appearance at San Diego Comic-Con since the publisher’s debut three years ago at SDCC 2014. Magnetic Press can be found at booth #5534.

Black Comix Returns: African American Independent Comic Publishing
Saturday July 23, 2016 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Room 28DE

Join 2016 Eisner nominee & Harvard University Fellow John Jennings (The Blacker the Ink) and Damian Duffy (Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred), as they offer real talk about race and representation in independent comics publishing with the likes of 2016 Eisner nominee Ron Wimberly (Slave Punk, Prince of Cats), David Walker (Power Man & Iron Fist, Shaft), Ashley A. Woods (Niobe), Robert Love (Alpha Girl, S.P.O.O.K.S.), and Jeremy Love (Bayou, Fierce).

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Black Comix: African American Independent Comics, Art, and Culture


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Later this month John Jennings and Damian Duffy will be releasing an anthology, Black Comix: African American Independent Comics, Art, and Culture, that showcases independent African American cartoonists and the subculture of conventions, websites, and awards surrounding them.

Duffy and Jennings met at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where Jennings is a professor of graphic design and Duffy was a graduate student at the time and is currently a PhD candidate.  Their first collaboration was The Hole a sci-fi graphic novel which dealt with “issues of identity and consumer culture.”  They then followed that up with two art exhibits which focused on African American comic creators.

The contacts they made at these two shows lead to the graphic novel which serves as an introduction to this area of comic book culture.  People featured in it include Dawud Anyabwile, the creator of Brotherman, Keith Knight, the author of The K Chronicles who wrote the introduction, Turtel Onli the creator of NOG: The Protector of the Pyramids, Sustah-Girl: The Queen of the Black Age, and Malcolm-10, and up and coming artists like Ashley A. Woods the creator of Millennia Wars and Arie Monroe.

The book also focuses on the history and nature of the Black independent comics community and the subcultures that orbit it.   Online you can find some of that history and community in the The Museum of Black Superheroes which was founded by Omar Bilal.

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