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DC Reveals Details for Wonder Women of History which spotlights Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elizabeth Warren, Rashida Tlaib, and more!

Wonder Women of History

DC has revealed new details for Wonder Women of History, the publisher’s highly anticipated young adult graphic novel anthology curated by New York Times bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson.

The anthology will present tales of real-world heroes who take up Wonder Woman’s iconic mantle and work in the fields of science, social justice activism, politics, and more. Today, DC announced the public figures that will be profiled as well as the talented writers and artists that will contribute to the project.

The graphic novel will hit stores everywhere books are sold on December 1, 2020 and is now available to pre-order. See below for the official details!

Wonder Women of History

Edited by Laurie Halse Anderson
On sale December 1, 2020
MSRP: $16.99
Available to Pre-Order Now

Women change the world—they’ve been doing it for centuries. Now, New York Times bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson has gathered women and non-binary writers and artists to reveal the women making our world better day by day. Real-world heroes from the fields of politics, business, activism, science, and pop culture are making tough decisions every day and we celebrate them here!

Wonder Women of History spotlights these notable public figures, written and drawn by some of the most talented writers and artists in publishing:

  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – written by Lilliam Rivera and drawn by Anastasia Longoria
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg – written by Lilah Sturges and drawn by Devaki Neogi
  • Elizabeth Warren – written and drawn by Renae De Liz
  • Rashida Tlaib – written and drawn by Marguerite Dabaie
  • Teara Fraser – written by Traci Sorell and drawn by Natasha Donovan
  • Beyoncé – written by Mikki Kendall and drawn A. D’Amico
  • Edith Windsor – written by Amanda Deibert and drawn by Cat Staggs
  • Marsha P. Johnson – written by Jadzia Axelrod and drawn by Michaela Washington
  • Emma Gonzalez – written by Kami Garcia and drawn by Igzell
  • Judith Heumann – written by Marieke Nijkamp and drawn by Ashanti Fortson
  • Ellen Ochoa – written by Cecil Castellucci and drawn by Carina Guevara
  • Shi Zhengli – written by Emily X.R. Pan and drawn by Wendy Xu
  • Serena Williams – written by Danielle Paige and drawn by Brittney Williams
  • Tig Notaro – written by Sara Farizan and drawn by Nicole Goux
  • Keiko Agena – written by Sarah Kuhn and drawn by Lynn Yoshii
  • Dominique Dawes – written by Danny Lore and drawn by Robyn Smith
  • Janelle Monae – written by Vita Ayala and drawn by O’Neill Jones

Wonder Women of History also includes portraits by Weshoyot Alvitre, Colleen Doran, Agnes Garbowska, Bex Glendining, Ashley A. Woods, and Safiya Zerrougui.

Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed Gets a Trailer

Princess Diana of Themyscira believes that her 16th birthday will be one of new beginnings—namely, acceptance into the warrior tribe of the Amazons. But her birthday celebrations are cut short when rafts carrying refugees break through the barrier that separates her island home from the outside world. When Diana defies the Amazons to try to bring the outsiders to safety, she finds herself swept away by the stormy sea. Cut off from everything she’s ever known, Diana herself becomes a refugee in an unfamiliar land. 

Now, Diana must survive in the world beyond Themyscira for the first time—a world that is filled with danger and injustice unlike anything she’s ever experienced. With new battles to be fought and new friends to be made, she must redefine what it means to belong, to be an Amazon and to make a difference. 

Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed is a story about growing into your strength, fighting for justice and finding home.

Out June 2, 2020, Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed is written by Laurie Halse Anderson, illustrated by Leila del Duca, colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick, and lettered by Saida Temofonte.

DC Announces Wonder Women in History, a New Graphic Novel Anthology

In honor of International Women’s Day, DC has announced New York Times bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson will curate Wonder Women in History, a new young adult (YA) graphic novel anthology hitting shelves December 2020. The anthology will feature an all-star cast of women authors and artists and will present tales of real-world heroes who take up Wonder Woman’s iconic mantle and work in the fields of science, social justice activism, diplomacy, and more.

The graphic novel series for young adults will profile people like Michelle Obama, Malala Yousafzai, and Greta Thunberg, among many more public figures.

Wonder Women in History marks Anderson’s second project with DC to debut this year. In June, Anderson will explore Wonder Woman’s teen years in an original YA graphic novel, Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed.

Not all heroes wear capes.

Wonder Woman has been an inspiration for decades, and while not everyone would choose her star-spangled outfit for themselves, her compassion and fairness are worthy of emulation. Wonder Women in History presents tales of the real-world heroes who take up Diana’s mantle, focusing on the impact of activists such as Dolores Huerta, Malala Yousafzai, and Greta Thunberg; women from the world of science and technology such as Ellen Ochoa and Grace Hopper; women in sports and pop culture such as Venus and Serena Williams and Tina Fey; artists such as Frida Kahlo; and important political voices such as Michelle Obama and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, among others.

New York Times bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson brings together an all-star cast of women authors and illustrators in this anthology of Wonder Women.

Wonder Women in History will launch December 1, 2020.

Wonder Women in History

DC Shares First Look at Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed by Laurie Halse Anderson

Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed

Written by Laurie Halse Anderson
Illustrated by Leila del Duca
On Sale June 2, 2020
MSRP: $16.99

Princess Diana of Themyscira believes that her 16th birthday will be one of new beginnings—namely, acceptance into the warrior tribe of the Amazons. But her birthday celebrations are cut short when rafts carrying refugees break through the barrier that separates her island home from the outside world. When Diana defies the Amazons to try to bring the outsiders to safety, she finds herself swept away by the stormy sea. Cut off from everything she’s ever known, Diana herself becomes a refugee in an unfamiliar land.  

Now Diana must survive in the world beyond Themyscira for the first time—a world that is filled with danger and injustice unlike anything she’s ever experienced. With new battles to be fought and new friends to be made, she must redefine what it means to belong, to be an Amazon, and to make a difference. 

Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed is a story about growing into your strength, fighting for justice, and finding home.

Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed

ALA 2019: DC Reveals a Massive Slate of Graphic Novels Geared Towards Young Adults and Middle Grade Readers Releasing Through 2021

The 2019 convention for the American Library Association (ALA) kicked off with huge news that DC was consolidating its line under three “brands.” That left many to wonder about the future of the DC Zoom and DC Ink graphic novel lines. Launched last year, the new graphic novel imprints were focused on the young adult and middle grade readers and have been hits so far. DC followed up those concerns with an announcement of a slate of graphic novel releases aimed at those young adult and middle grade readers.

These graphic novels continue the focus on stories not part of DC’s ongoing continuity making them accessible to new fans. The releases also focus on the original mandate of YA titles being about “everyday aspirations, struggles, and triumphs,” while the middle grade releases being focused on stories about “friends, family, and growing up.”

Spring 2020 Lineup

Young Adult Titles

  • Gotham High – Written by Melissa de la Cruz and illustrated by Thomas Pitilli (February 2020)
  • The Oracle Code – Written by Marieke Nijkamp and illustrated by Manuel Preitano (March 2020)

Middle Grade Titles

Batman Tales: Once Upon a Crime
Zatanna & the House of Secrets
  • Batman: Overdrive – Written by Shea Fontana and illustrated by Marcelo DiChiara (March 2020)
Batman: Overdrive
DC Super Hero Girls: Powerless
  • Anti/Hero – Written by Kate Karyus Quinn and Demitria Lunetta and illustrated by Maca Gil (April 2020)
  • ArkhaManiacs – Written by Art Baltazar and Franco and illustrated by Art Baltazar (April 2020)
ArkhaManiacs
My Video Game Ate My Homework

Upcoming Titles Debuting in 2020 and 2021

  • Upcoming Young Adult Titles (Not all titles are final)
    • Catwoman: Soulstealer – Adapted by Louise Simonson from Sarah J. Maas’ DC Icon prose novel and illustrated by Samantha Dodge
    • Galaxy: The Prettiest Star – Written by Jadzia Axelrod and illustrated by Cait Zellers
    • House of El Book 1 – Written by Claudia Gray and illustrated by Eric Zawadzki
    • I Am Not Starfire—Written by Mariko Tamaki
    • Mister Miracle – Written by Varian Johnson
    • Nubia – Written by L.L. McKinney and illustrated by Robyn Smith
    • Swamp Thing – Written by Maggie Stiefvater and illustrated by Morgan Beem           
    • Teen Titans: Beast Boy – Written by Kami Garcia and illustrated by Gabriel Picolo
    • Victor & Nora: A Mr. Freeze Story – Written by Lauren Myracle and illustrated by Isaac Goodhart
    • Whistle – Written by E. Lockhart and illustrated by Manuel Preitano
    • Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed – Written by Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by Leila del Duca
    • You Brought Me the Ocean – Written by Alex Sanchez and illustrated by Julie Maroh
    • Zatanna: The Jewel of Gravesend – Written by Alys Arden and illustrated by Jacquelin De Leon
  • Upcoming Middle Grade Titles (Not all titles are final)                         
    • Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld – Written by Shannon and Dean Hale
    • Batman and Robin…and Howard – Written and illustrated by Jeffrey Brown
    • DC Super Hero Girls – Written by Amy Wolfram
    • Dear Super-Villains – Written by Michael Northrop and illustrated by Gustavo Duarte
    • Green Arrow: Stranded – Written by Brendan Deneen and illustrated by Caleb Hosalla
    • Indestructibles Book 1—Written by Ridley Pearson
    • Lois Lane – Written by Grace Ellis and illustrated by Brittney Williams
    • Metropolis Grove – Written and illustrated by Drew Brockington
    • Primer – Written by Thomas Krajewski and Jennifer Muro and illustrated by Gretel Lusky
    • Superman Smashes the Klan – Written by Gene Luen Yang and illustrated by Gurihiru
    • Super Sons Book 3: Escape to Landis – Written by Ridley Pearson and illustrated by Ile Gonzalez          
    • Teen Titans Go! to Camp – Written by Sholly Fisch
    • Teen Titans Go! Roll with It – Written by Heather Nuhfer and P.C. Morrissey 
    • The Mystery of the Meanest Teacher: A Johnny Constantine Graphic Novel – Written by Ryan North and illustrated by Derek Charm

Review: Speak: The Graphic Novel

The recent revelations that have been hitting the news has taken over the news cycle at a rapid rate. The revelations I have been talking about is those of the #MeToo movement, one where hundreds of thousands of victims of sexual harassment/violence have spoken up about situations where sex was used as a means of intimidation. I can honestly say, I have friends who have had this happen to them, and not until recently, they felt somewhat comfortable to be forthcoming about what happened to them. This became even more prevalent, when Netflix adapted 13 Reasons Why, which help start the conversation around suicide, mental health, but also sexual violence.

The issue became even more tangible as real-life victims came out in droves and continue to this day, as they no longer had any reason to feel unsafe or to be silenced. As this was a culture that has been cultivated for centuries, an anachronistic behavior, that was commonplace which has been quietly accepted for fear of retaliation. Though it been recently public abhorred, this “monster under the bed” is still very present. Therefore, when I recently heard of Emily Carroll’s graphic adaptation of Laurie Halse-Anderson’s distressing account of living life after rape in Speak, it became essential reading.

We meet Melanie, a young lady starting her freshman year at Merryweather High, whose life has changed dramatically and one she suffers in silence. As she struggles to become invisible, everywhere she goes, at school, where the person who caused her harm, she sees every day and at home, where her parents are always at odds, her life feels like a living nightmare, one she must either endure or find a way to change. She eventually makes some new friends but also reconnects with some old ones, one who she thought had become too popular to know her. By book’s end, she becomes empowered, no longer demure and eventually confronts her attacker, in a near deadly conflict.

Overall, a book, that although written in the 1990s, is very relevant today, as the silences of sexual violence victims, have become even louder since the publication of this book. The story by Halse-Anderson is significant, melancholy and eventually inspirational. The art by Carroll feels very in tune with the story signifying the emotional highlights while capturing the protagonist’s existential dread and eventual rise. Altogether, a story that speaks to every victim of sexual violence, that shows readers no one should ever be silent when evil takes place.

Story: Laurie Halse Anderson Art: Emily Carroll
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

More Details on DC Ink and DC Zoom, Two New Graphic Novel Lines from DC Entertainment

Last night we brought the news that DC Entertainment would be launching two new graphic novel imprints, DC Ink and DC Zoom.

The new graphic novels line will be focused on young adult readers, DC Ink, and middle grade readers, DC Zoom.

We’ll see the first titles released in Fall 2018 and now have an even fuller list of what we’ll be seeing.

  • Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki and Steve Pugh
  • Mera by Danielle Paige
  • DC Super Hero Girls: Search For Atlantis by Shea Fontana and Yancey Labat

Set to follow in 2019:

DC Ink

  • Batman: Gotham High by Melissa de la Cruz
  • Batman: Nightwalker – The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu
  • Teen Titans by Kami Garcia
  • Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle
  • Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed by Laurie Halse Anderson

 

 

 

DC Zoom

  • Batman Tales: Once Upon A Crime by Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen
  • Batman: Overdrive by Shea Fontana
  • Black Canary Ignite by Meg Cabot
  • Dear Justice League by Michael Northrop
  • Green Lantern: Legacy by Minh Lê
  • Super Sons by Ridley Pearson
  • Superman of Smallville by Art Baltazar and Franco
  • Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang which will be released as periodicals first, then collected.

DC Entertainment Announces Two New Graphic Novel Imprints Aimed at Young Readers

DC Zoom and DC Ink are the two new graphic novel imprints announced by DC Entertainment this weekend. DC Zoom will feature stories for middle school readers while DC Ink will be focused on young adults.

The new imprints will also team up with young adult writers including Laurie Halse Anderson, Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Northrop, and Ridley Pearsen.

DC Ink will kick off with two graphic novels, one featuring Harley Quinn being written by Mariko Tamaki and art by Steve Pugh. The other will feature Mera and will be written by Danielle Paige with an artist yet to be announced. DC Zoom will debut with DC Super Hero Girls: Search for Atlantis by Shea Fontana and Yancey Labat.

Also announced was Gene Luen Yang‘s book, Superman Smashes the Klan. The title sounds like a throwback to the classic Superman radio show which took on the Klan. Ridley Pearson will write a Super Sons graphic novel featuring Jonathan Kent and Damian Wayne. Pearson’s story will tackle climate change and introduce a new character named Candice, who discovers she belongs to an African dynasty.

The announced lineup reflects the female readers of middle grade and Y.A. novels. They’ll be free from complicated continuity.

The focus isn’t superhero stories but character studies. The middle grader focused adventures will be “characters who are figuring out the world around them, including dealing with parents and teachers” while the young adult graphic novels will focus on “questions of personal identity, with budding heroes deciding what paths they will take.”

The softcover Zoom graphic novels will cost $9.99 for 128 pages with the Ink books retailing for $16.99 for 192 pages.

(via The New York Times)