At New York Comic Con 2019, Random House Graphic gave fans a first look inside their 2020 debut line up of graphic novels! The imprint, which is set to officially launch January 2020, showed an early look at upcoming titles The Runaway Princess from Johan Troianowski (on-sale January 21), Bug Boys from Laura Knetzger (on-sale February 11), Aster and the Accidental Magic from Thom Pico and Karensac (on-sale March 3), and Witchlight from Jessi Zabarsky (on-sale April 14).
Random House Graphic is a new imprint of Random House Children’s Books with a mission to put a graphic novel on the bookshelf of every child and YA reader. Check out the previews below!
Aster and the Accidental Magic
by: Thom Pico and Karensac
On-sale March 3
by: Laura Knetzger
On-sale February 11
The Runaway Princess
by: Johan Troianowski
On-sale January 21
by: Jessi Zabarsky
On-sale April 14
Last month, eleven members of the independent comics community and one publisher were served with a defamation lawsuit because of concerns they raised about a fellow creator’s alleged pattern of sexual misconduct.
Whit Taylor, Laura Knetzger, Josh O’Neill, Tom Kaczynski, Hazel Newlevant, Emma Louthan, Ben Passmore, Emi Gennis, Jordan Shiveley, Morgan Pielli, and Rob Clough, as well as the indie comics publisher Uncivilized Books, all need our help to defend themselves against these charges!
SPX has established the Defend The 11 legal aid fund to help these members of our creative community in their time of need. SPX is organizing this fund in consultation with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which brings legal and fundraising experience to the effort.
Cases like this can be costly and drag out for years reaching hundreds of thousands of dollars in bills. An amount of $20,000 was initially pledged to help with the defense and give these creators immediate access to legal representation. Most of that money has already been spent on legal bills.
SPX announced its intent to establish a legal aid fund in a September 1, 2018 joint statement with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s new President, Christina Merkler. SPX’s annual comic arts festival takes place this weekend in Bethesda, Maryland. In addition to the GoFundMe campaign, those wishing to donate to the #Defendthe11 legal aid fund can do so in-person at the festival.
IDW Publishing and Top Shelf are partnering to give cartoonist James Kochalka’s SuperF*ckers new life as a five-issue comic-book miniseries, SuperF*ckers Forver, launching in August. As an added bonus, each issue of the monthly comic will also feature a variant cover by an acclaimed indie artist, and a 4-page back-up story by another such idiosyncratic artist.
Foul-mouthed, filthy-minded, and completely oblivious, the young “heroes” of SuperF*ckers do everything BUT fight crime – they’re too busy getting high, hazing the new kids, playing video games, scheming to be team leader, and designing new costumes.
SuperF*ckers was created by writer/artist/musician Kochalka in 2005. In addition to their original mini-series (now collected as a graphic novel) and the digital comic SuperF*ckers Save Christmas, the characters have also starred in an animated series on YouTube’s Cartoon Hangover. To date, the YouTube series has garnered over 1.4 million plays.
August’s SuperF*ckers #1, in addition to the lead story by Kochalka, features a variant cover by Invincible artist Ryan Ottley and a back-up story by Jake Lawrence. Subsequent issues will see covers and stories by the likes of Laura Knetzger, Box Brown, Rachel Lindsay, Julian Glander, Daryl Ayo, Debora Cheyenne Cruchon, Levin Jihanian, and Michael Fiffe.