IDW Publishing welcomes Aimee Garcia, former WWE superstar and New York Times bestseller AJ Mendez, and sensational returning artist Hannah Templer as the rasslin’ roster behind the upcoming comic book series, GLOW vs. The Babyface. A new story set in the world of the acclaimed Netflix Original comedy series and overseen by showrunners Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, this four-part miniseries match-up debuts in November.
In GLOW vs. The Babyface, the women of GLOW are preparing for an all-new sort of a foe… a news anchor! As they learn the art of the promo to convince the media that GLOW isn’t a bad influence on children, they discover a much bigger problem — a runaway who’s been living under the ring. Madness and mayhem ensue as the preteen girl finds herself in the hands of L.A.’s least qualified babysitters!
GLOW vs the Babyface #1 will ship with different cover options: Cover A by Veronica Fish, Cover B by Nicole Goux, and a Retailer Incentive edition by Catherine Nodet.
Author(s): Jody Houser Artist(s): Roberta Ingranata, Eren Enrica Angiolini Cover Artist(s): Hannah Templer (A), Photo (B), 11h Doctor (C) Retail Price: $3.99 Ship Date/Month: August 14, 2019
The Doctor confronts her childhood hero – the roguish Time Lord known as the Corsair! Is this piratical time traveller all that she seems? Eisner-nominated writer Jody Houser (Mother Panic, Stranger Things, Star Wars, Faith, Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows) continues the third arc of the official Doctor Who comic – fast-paced, fun new sci-fi stories, perfect for fans and newcomers alike!
It’s time for the
main event! The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are turning heel for one night
only—but just like any good wrestling match, nothing is quite as it seems! Will
the Star Primas come out on top? Or will GLOW come out swinging with a surprise
Valiant has announced the Bloodshot #1-12 Preorder Edition Bundle, the latest in the publisher’s initiative to allow readers to order a complete story arc or an entire run of a limited series in advance. The bundle’s issues will feature covers drawn by Tim Sale, Brett Booth, Tim Seeley, and other amazing artists! In addition to the eye-catching covers, each monthly issue will contain eight extra pages that are packed with bonus features including creator commentary, behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of the comics, character designs, and more for just $3.99!
Written by Tim Seeley and with the first six issues illustrated by Brett Booth, the Bundle is available to preorder now at local comic book shops by the final order cutoff (FOC) date of Monday, September 2nd. Issue #1 is set to debut on Wednesday, September 25th.
Written by Seeley and art by Booth, the first issue features covers by Declan Shalvey, Dave Johnson, Hannah Templer, Jonboy Meyers, and a blank cover.
Small Press Expo has announced another group of guests of Special Guests for SPX 2019. The festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 14-15, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center and will have over 650 creators, 280 exhibitor tables, over 20 programming slots and additional hands-on workshops to introduce attendees to the amazing world of independent and small press comics. Additional Special Guests will be announced soon.
Keith Knight, winner of the Glyph, Harvey, and Inkpot Awards, is a spectacular and amazing cartoonist whose Knight Life comic strip is read nationwide in such newspapers as the Washington Post. Knight Life was optioned for a television series and is currently under development by Hulu with the title Woke. Keef’s funny yet hard-hitting cartoons in his webcomic series, (th)ink and The K Chronicles, led him to be named one of the 2015NAACP History Makers. Knight is the illustrator of the critically acclaimed tween book, Jake the Fake Keeps It Real. Keef has a new collection coming out this Fall called (th)ink: It’s the Racism, Stupid!
Craig Thompson is a cartoonist and the author of the award-winning books Blankets; Good-bye, Chunky Rice; and Habibi. He was born in Michigan in 1975, and grew up in a rural farming community in central Wisconsin. His graphic novel Blankets won numerous industry awards and has been published in nearly twenty languages. Thompson lives in Portland, Oregon.
Now, for the first time in his career, Thompson is working in serial form, in a bimonthly comic book series. Part memoir, part travelogue, part essay—all comic book—Ginseng Roots explores class divide, agriculture, holistic healing, the 300 year long trade relationship between China and North America, childhood labor, and the bond between two brothers.
Ebony Flowers was born and raised in Maryland. She holds a BA in Biological Anthropology from the University of Maryland College Park and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she wrote her dissertation as a comic (mostly). Ebony is a 2017 Rona Jaffe Award recipient. She lives in Denver, CO.Hot Comb is her first collection of short stories published by Drawn & Quarterly. Hot Comb offers a poignant glimpse into Black women’s lives and coming of age stories as seen across a crowded, ammonia-scented hair salon while ladies gossip and bond over the burn.
Hannah Templer is a queer cartoonist and graphic designer. In addition to writing and drawing Cosmoknights (Top Shelf Productions), they are the artist for GLOW (IDW Publishing, Netflix), and have also worked as a colorist, cover artist and interior artist on well-known titles such as Samurai Jack, Tomb Raider, and Jem and the Holograms. They enjoy life with their trusty dog Thistle and grumpy cat Noodle, and play tabletop roleplaying games as often as they can.
Ben Passmore lives in Philly. His comics are about crime, monsters, anarchism, sexual dysfunction, police brutality, art theory, and his feels. Creator ofDAYGLOAYHOLE and Goodbye, his comicYour Black Friend won the 2017 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Comic, as well as being nominated for an Eisner Award. His illustrations have appeared in publications such as including the New York Times, Irene, Now: The New Comics Anthology, and Believer Magazine. Ben contributes political/social editorial comics to The Nib, and his latest book is Bttm Fdrs with Ezra Claytan Daniels.
Lucy Knisley is a critically acclaimed and award-winning comic creator. She lives in Chicago.
She specializes in personal, confessional graphic novels and travelogues.
Her last name is confusing and has a silent K. It’s pronounced kind-of like “nigh-slee.”
The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling quickly
realize that there’s no way they’re going to be able to beat these real,
muscle-y professional wrestlers! With morale low, Ruth has to come up with a
new plan, and she’s going to make sure they win—even if they have to lose!
Faced with foes in the form of the Star Primas—who have real muscles and matching windbreakers—the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are ready to prove they aren’t unskilled losers. They’re paid television actors! And it’s time to show those Star Primas that paid television actors mean business… FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Written by TINI HOWARD Art by AMILCAR PINNA Colors by ULISES ARREOLA Letters by JEFF POWELL Cover A by KANO Cover B by VIKTOR KALVACHEV Cover C by HANNAH TEMPLER On sale May 29th, 2019 $3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | Full Color
Vexana’s true origin story is revealed! How does it change the history of the Valiant Universe? You thought you had family drama? Try being an immortal conqueror!
It’s the War-Monger and Eternal Warrior vs. Dracula in the gripping conclusion of writer Tini Howard and artist Amiclar Pinna’s limited series! Issue 3’s cliffhanger dropped an enormous bombshell, so what will that mean for the Valiant Universe moving forward? Find out in the final chapter of The Forgotten Queen!
THE FORGOTTEN QUEEN #4 (of 4)
Written by TINI HOWARD Art by AMILCAR PINNA Colors by ULISES ARREOLA Letters by JEFF POWELL Cover A by KANO Cover B by VIKTOR KALVACHEV Cover C by HANNAH TEMPLER $3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale MAY 29th
Vexana’s true origin story is revealed! How does it change the history of the Valiant Universe?
You thought you had family drama? Try being an immortal conqueror.
It wouldn’t be the final issue of THE FORGOTTEN QUEEN without some killer action!
The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are ready to take on the world-or at least LA-in this comic based on the hit Netflix series! When the unthinkable happens and the women of GLOW find themselves ahead of schedule, Sam ruins the promise of a wrestling-free weekend with… more wrestling! Robbed of blissful relaxation and forced to raise money to fund their way to the event, the GLOW team is less-than-prepared for their opponents: real gorgeous lady wrestlers. What could possibly go wrong?!
Netflix’s GLOW was a surprise hit to me delivering a series that was a bit unexpected in its mix of drama, humor, some history, and wrestling. GLOW, the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, is based on the real sports entertainment that has a cult like following to this day. The comic spin-off takes a much more comedic spin to the material as the ladies must raise money to go to Wrestlefest.
Written by Tini Howard, the first issue acts as an intro for those who might be new to the characters and series. Through the need to raise money, we learn each of their personalities getting a good idea of how each stands out. That aspect of the comic is solid and really smart. Through the situation, and story, we organically learn about each character. For those expecting wrestling, that’s sparse in the comic which instead is more segments as we see how each raises their needed money.
The art by Hannah Templer with color by Rebecca Nalty and lettering by Christa Miesner plays off of the comedic tone of the series. It reminds me a bit more of a style geared more towards kids, which is odd since the show is absolutely not aimed at kids. But, there’s no reason the comic can’t be and the humor of much of the comic is driven by the art which creates an exaggeration by so many of the characters that there’s an almost anime like quality about it all.
GLOW the comic features the same characters as GLOW the television show but the two feel like two very different entities in their focus and tone. The television show is a much more serious adult drama with comedic elements while the comic focuses, at least for now, on the more comedic aspects of it all. And it still works. For those coming in from the show, the difference might be a bit jarring but for those new to it all, this debut issue is a fine introduction to this slice of entertainment history.
Story: Tini Howard Art: Hannah Templer Color: Rebecca Nalty Letterer: Christa Miesner Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read
IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review