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ComiXology Features a Trio of Releases from Yen Press, Harlequin, and Black Mask Studios

There’s three new releases available now on comiXology. You can get new comics from Yen Press, Harlequin, and Black Mask Studios. Start shopping now or check out the individual releases below.

Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One #62

Written by Kumo Kagyu
Art by Shingo Adachi, Noboru Kannatuki, Kento Sakaeda
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This series is rated Adults Only
DISCLAIMER: graphic sexuality gore
As they sneak deeper and deeper into the cave, Goblin Slayer sees that he has much to learn from his companion—but also gets ready to show her a trick of his own… Read the next chapter of Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One the same day as Japan!

Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One #62

Back In Fortune’s Bed

Written by Bronwyn Jameson
Art by Miyako Fujiomi
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Diana cannot believe her eyes when meets Max Fortune, her love interest from ten years ago, at a celebrity party. Her heart immediately goes back to the time when she was an exchange student in Australia, who met young Max and had a passionate romance with. However, their relationship did not last long, as Diana realized they belong in different worlds that do not intertwine. Even after ten years and much has changed about them, their feelings for each other remain the same… but Diana is far too scared of loving Max, again. Max, on the other hand, is still trapped under his family’s control and cannot be honest with his feelings for Diana…

Back In Fortune's Bed

White #4

Written by Kwanza Osajyefo
Art by Jamal Igle, Khary Randolph, Tim Smith
Inks Jamal Igle
Colored by Derwin Roberson
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After the battle between First Son and X derails his plans, President Mann changes course and makes a surprising alliance. Despite their recent victory, Juncture knows their win is temporary and asks X to help him with a dangerous experiment.

White #4

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White #1 Goes Back to Print After Orders of Over 40,000

White #1

The first issue of the empowered Black superheroes comic book series White (sequel to 2016’s BLACK) by Kwanza Osajyefo, Tim Smith 3, Jamal Igle, and Khary Randolph has garnered over 40,000 ordersselling out ahead of its June 30th release date. Black Mask Studios is going back to press for a second printing.   White is the sequel to the 2016’s hit Black. Black is currently in development as a feature film with Warner Bros.

Planned as a limited edition series with a 2,500 copy print run for the main cover, White received orders nearly twenty-times higher than its initial printing. In response to the massive demand, the team has decided to open the print run up with no limits placed on the reprint run.

White was successfully Kickstarted in March 2019 receiving $47,115 from 1,420 backers. The comic was originally estimated to be delivered in March 2020 and delayed due to COVID. Unfortunately, as of the announcement of the massive first printing, backers are speaking out about not receiving the items they pledged for. In full disclosure, I am one of those individuals.

In a world that already hates and fears them – what if only Black people had superpowers. That’s the setting of the Black universe of comic books. After miraculously surviving being gunned down by police, a young man learns that he is part of the biggest lie in history. He must decide whether it’s safer to keep it a secret or if the truth will set him free.

Now, the team that asked “What if only Black people had superpowers?” is back with the sequel to the critically acclaimed series, BLACK. It’s been three years since the world learned only Black people have superhuman abilities, and the United States has responded by electing Theodore Mann to the presidency. The only person standing in the way of his policies to control empowered Blacks are Kareem Jenkins and his allies.

White #1 second printing will be released on July 21.

DC Announced as an Official sponsor of Virtuous Con

Virtous Con

Virtuous Con has announced that international comic book publisher DC is an official sponsor and virtual vendor of the virtual convention launching live worldwide on February 20 and 21 along with several new special guests. Including Eisner Award-winning artist Alitha Martinez (World of Wakanda, Immortal Wonder Woman)​ and Robyn Smith (Wash Day, NUBIA: Real One)​ , who will both join previously announced guest, award-winning writer L. L. McKinney (A Blade So Black, Immortal Wonder Woman, NUBIA: Real One)​ on the panel “Nubia is Back! The DC Storytellers who reintroduced Wonder Woman’s Sister”. ​ Live host and culture journalist ​Karama Horne (SYFYWIRE, theblerdgurlLIVE, NERDIST)​ will moderate the panel.

Founded by award-winning science fiction writer Cerece Rennie Murphy, Virtuous Con: Black History Month will feature indie artists and exhibitors in a live interactive virtual space dedicated to science fiction, fantasy, comic books,
anime and more.

Martinez, Smith and Horne will join previously announced guests YA author Daniel José Older (Shadowshaper Cypher, Star Wars: The High Republic​), artist, editor and founder of Megascope imprint John Jennings (Black Comix Returns, Kindred: A Graphic Novel), writer and H1 imprint co-founder Kwanza Osajyefo (BLACK, Ignited) and Nigerian comic creator and founder of YouNeek Studios Roye Okupe (E.X.O. The Legend of Wale Williams, Malika).

February will not be Virtuous Con’s premier convention. Murphy successfully beta-tested the event in October 2020 with a small group of attendees and vendors on the Remo platform, customized to support the convention. Virtuous Con still has a few tables left for vendors, but programming space is limited. For details about vending, panels, and sponsorship opportunities, please visit https://virtuouscon.com/.

Preview: Black [AF] Devil’s Dye

BLACK [AF] DEVIL’S DYE

Writer: Vita Ayala
Artist: Liana Kangas
Letterer: David Sharpe / Editor: Sarah Litt / Cover Artist: Maika Sozo
Based on the universe created by Kwanza Osajyefo, Tim Smith 3, Jamal Igle, Khary Randolph
Mature / $16.99 / 112 pages

This latest BLACK [AF] collected mini-series is written by breakout star Vita Ayala (New Mutants, X-Men: Children Of The Atom, Morbius, Bitch Planet, The Wilds) and rising star artist Liana Kangas (She Said Destroy).  

When a new drug called VANTA hits the streets, word is it’s the hottest thing since Ecstacy. For regular people, it has all the highs and none of the lows of traditional drugs. There is some fine print, however – for empowered Black folks, the drug causes a total and violent loss of control. The Project sends Indigo to investigate, and it soon becomes apparent that this is more than just a new designer distraction for the masses. Indigo together with former Detective Ellen Waters race to find the source of the substance poisoning their people, before it’s too late!

The superhero universe where only Black people have super powers continues to expand, for the first time with a new creative team building onto the exciting world created by Kwanza Osajyefo, Tim Smith 3, Jamal Igle & Khary Randolph. Collects issues 1-4.

BLACK [AF] DEVIL'S DYE

Founded by Cerece Rennie Murphy, Virtuous Con: Black History Month Launches in February!

Virtuous Con

Virtuous Con, a brand new virtual comic book convention series, announced several special guests today for Virtuous Con: Black History Month going live February 20 and 21, 2021. The announcement featured on the Virtuous Con
website included several award-winning artists and writers, including YA author Daniel José Older (Shadowshaper Cypher, Star Wars: The High Republic​), artist, editor and founder of Megascope imprint John Jennings (Black Comix Returns, Kindred: A Graphic Novel), author and activist L.L. McKinney (A Blade So Black, NUBIA: Real One), writer and H1 imprint co-founder Kwanza Osajyefo (BLACK, Ignited) and Nigerian comic creator and founder of YouNeek Studios Roye Okupe (E.X.O. The Legend of Wale Williams, Malika).

The virtual venue will feature Indie artists and exhibitors in a live interactive virtual space dedicated to science fiction, fantasy, comic books, anime and more. Complete with virtual “booths” for vendors to interact live with attendees about their products and interactive panels. Also, live programming, where the audience can watch and interact in real-time discussions, as opposed to pre-recorded Youtube or Zoom links.

Virtuous Con also happens to be founded by an African-American woman. Cerece Rennie Murphy, a science fiction author (The Order of the Seers ​ and The Wolf Queen), entrepreneur, is no stranger to conventions. An avid comic con attendee herself, she was already immersed in the speculative lit space with her indie scifi website Narazu. Murphy created Virtuous Con out of a need to help many of her creative colleagues and friends whose businesses were adversely affected by the COVID-19 shutdowns. Especially BIPOC creatives.

February will not be Virtuous Con’s maiden voyage. Murphy successfully Beta tested the event in October 2020 with a small group of attendees and vendors on the Remo platform, which she customized to support the convention. Currently, Virtuous Con is offering an early bird discount to vendors who sign up by 1/22/2021. For details about vending, special guests, and sponsorship opportunities, visit the convention website.

Preview: Black [AF]: Widows and Orphans

Black [AF]: Widows and Orphans

Writer: Kwanza Osajyefo
Artist: Tim Smith 3
Colorist: Derwin Roberson
Letterer: David Sharpe
Mature / $16.99 / 116 pages

In a world where only black people have superpowers, what price do they fetch on the black market? From the pages of BLACK, this new story features Anansi and Hoodrat investigating a human trafficking ring that will take them across the globe and bring them face-to-face with dark pasts of abuse, child soldiers, and families torn apart.

Collects issues 1-4.

Black [AF]: Widows and Orphans

Comic Book Creator Kwanza Osajyefo Brings His Talent to AfroComicCon

Kwanza Osajyefo

AfroComicCon has announced that comic book creator Kwanza Osajyefo will be among its Special Guests for their 2020 vitual convention!

Author and creator of BLACK, a comic that asks: what if only black people had superpowers. Kwanza has been a part of comics for nearly 20 years. Beginning his career as an online producer at Marvel before moving into other media roles. He later returned to comics and launched DC Comics’ digital publishing initiatives.

In addition to creating his own properties, Kwanza is also a creative architect of H1 Comics line from the premiere French publisher, Humanoids – co-writing their flagship title, Ignited, with comics legend, Mark Waid.


AfroComicCon​‘s 1st virtual convention will be held on October 24, 2020. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the annual event started in 2017 by the ​Oakland Technology & Education Center (OTEC), ​will be held virtually and free through a portal on the organization’s website. Sponsored by the NNPA, the ​Oakland A’s, and Pixar Entertainment, AfroComicCon promises to be a day full of exciting panels, screenings, entertainment, gaming, cosplay and special guests. The 12-hour event is currently slated to be live-streamed across multiple platforms including YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook. You can register now.

Warner Bros. Acquires Black to Adapt for Film

Black

Studio 8 has announced that Warner Bros. has acquired Black, the comic series co-created by Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3. Original artists and writers of the comic and its spinoffs include Jamal Igle, Khary Randolph, Jennifer Johnson, Vita Ayala, and Liana Kangas.

Bryan Edward Hill, who is a comic creator as well is a producer on DC’s Titans, wrote the script for the film.

In 2017 Studio 8 announced they had obtained the rights to the film with Seith Mann having originally been hired to write the script for the film in 2018.

The original Black comic series focused on Kareem Jenkins who survives being gunned down by police and joins an underground group of black superheroes learning about the world conspiracy that hides the revelations that black individuals have superpowers.

The series debuted with a teaser campaign at New York Comic Con in 2015 and went on to a Kickstarter campaign in 2016 that raised almost $92,000 from 2,775 backers. Since then, it’s resulted in numerous spin-off series featuring numerous writers and artists creating its own comic universe. The series was eventually released through comic publisher Black Mask Studios. A follow-up series, White, was Kickstarted in 2019 and went on to raise a little over $47,000 from 1,420 individuals. That series has seen release delays due to COVID.

Jeff Robinov, Guy Danella, and John Graham will produce from Studio 8 with Black Mask Studio’s Matteo Pizzolo and Brett Gurewitz to serve as producer and executive producer. Osajyefo and Smith are co-producers as well. The team is currently searching for a director.

Humanoids’ Ignited Gets Triggered this Week

Ignited Vol. 1 Triggered

Controversial, political and timely, Humanoids H1 shared universe has the comic book industry talking. H1 is a bold initiative for Humanoids, the publisher of some of the world’s most iconic and groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy graphic novels, as it marks both the first time that the Los Angeles-based publisher has released monthly comic books or set out to create a shared universe. This week marks the graphic novel publication of H1’s flagship title, Ignited: Triggered by co-writers Mark Waid and Kwanza Osajyefo, artist Phil Briones and colorist Andrew Crossley, a trade paperback collection of the series’ first four issues, featuring a cover by Humanoids’ Chief Creative Officer John Cassaday.

In Ignited: Triggered, the lives of six teenagers are changed forever following a school shooting, turning the end of the school year into a nightmare for the kids of Phoenix Academy High School. Now, only a few months later, they’re expected to get back to their studies, but nothing will ever be the same. Especially for six of them whose newly acquired superpowers won’t be enough to restore balance to their world. Now the choice is in their hands. Will they fight for order…or surrender to chaos?

When Ignited returns with issue 5, in December, two months have passed since the “March of Mercy” events. Media darlings the “Phoenix Five” are using their abilities to bring change. They’re heroes to most–but not to Brent Smythe, an Arizona radio personality pushing conspiracy theories about the kids. He and some new allies are actively hunting them down, and the Five can’t hide from a world full of cameras and connected via social media.

Ignited: Triggered is available in bookstores on October 15th and in comic shops on October 16th. Ignited issue 5, the start of the “Doxxed” storyline, will be published in December.

Review: Ignited #1

Ignited #1

Ignited #1 kicks off the new H1 line of comics from Humanoids. H1 is a new connected superhero universe. It features and boasts a murderer’s row of creators. Beyond the initial Free Comic Book Day release, I went in pretty cold as to what to expect from this debut issue.

It’s the first day back at Phoenix Academy High, but this year there’s no back to school excitement in the air as returning students and faculty are haunted by memories of last year’s horrific attack. So many friends and colleagues were lost, and some of those who survived underwent changes; they Ignited, gaining supernatural abilities they barely understand.

Written by Mark Waid and Kwanza Osajyefo, Ignited #1 feels like Pump Up the Volume for the mass shooting age. The first issue is socially relevant and I’m sure will make people feel uncomfortable. What it doesn’t do is feel like it exploits real world situations for enjoyment. Instead, the issue focuses on the impact of a mass shooting on the students and by focusing on their return to school. Waid and Osajyefo build a tension throughout the issue. Then figure out how to alleviate that tension.

By issue’s end, you discover the series is so much more than what has been presented creating a magical fantasy grounded in harsh reality.

The art by Philippe Briones is solid. The characters, even in the background, all have personality of their own. The students look like students. The art helps creates tension. Especially when tragedy is shown. But, what’s most important is, it all seems normal until the very end.

Ignited #1 plants a flag for H1 Comics. It shows the line isn’t afraid to touch upon real world issues. It shows it’s not afraid to touch upon controversial issues and take a stand. This comic will piss a lot of people off for that. And they’ll be the ones missing out and what is the beginning of an intriguing new world.

Story: Mark Waid, Kwanza Osajyefo (A) Philippe Briones
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

Humanoids provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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