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NYCC 2019: Abrams Launches Surely Books focused on LGBTQ+ Creators and Stories Curated by Mariko Tamaki

Abrams Books

Abrams has announced a new graphic novel imprint focused on gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual creators and stories. Surely Books will debut in 2021 and be curated by Mariko Tamaki.

The graphic novels will be a mix of fiction and nonfiction highlighting the LGBTQ+ community. Some of the first releases are biographies. One is of the novelist Patricia Highsmith by Grace Ellis and the second is about Revolutionary War hero Baron von Steuben by Josh Trujillo and Levi Hastings. Terry Blas and Claudia Aguirre will release a fictional graphic novel about two friends who “make a surprise discovery one summer.”

(via New York Times)

Around the Tubes

Superman: Year One #1

The weekend is almost here! What geeking things will you all be up to? Sound off in the comments below.

While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Missoulian – UM grad’s debut novel ‘The Obsoletes’ tackles adolescence, through the eyes of robots – This sounds interesting.

CBC – Ken Steacy teams up with Margaret Atwood to explore the Golden Age of Canadian comic books – Want.

The Michigan Daily – Graphic Content: Investigating Ann Arbor’s independent comics scene through a trans lens – Some interesting comics to check out.

CNET – Petition calls on Netflix to cancel Amazon Prime’s ‘blasphemous’ Good Omens – Not comic related, but too funny to not share.

Reviews

The Beat – Back Stab #1
Newsarama –
Captain America #11
Newsarama –
Justice League #26
Talking Comics –
Middlewest #8
Comics Bulletin –
Sabrina the Teenage Witch #3
IGN –
Superman: Year One #1
Newsarama –
Superman: Year One #1
Comics Bulletin –
Superman: Year One #1
Talking Comics – Superman: Year One #1
Newsarama –
Tony Stark: Iron Man #13
Comics Bulletin – Usagi Yojimbo #1

Graphic Re-Reading Secret Six: 1st Rate Comics about Last Rate Supervillains

“The Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead of the DCU”– John Arminio.

Secret_Six_Vol_3_36

Secret Six is easily one of the 5 best cape comics of the 21st century. Staring a diverse team of D-List supervillians, the series was created by Gail Simone working with artists including Nicola Scott, Jim Calafiore, and Brad Walker.

The true heir to the legendary 1980s’ Suicide Squad, this comic lovingly depicts mercenaries fucking up their contracts, backstabbing each other, then coming back together to tell the world to go to hell.

I’m joined by comics retailer and critic John Arminio for a deep dive into this brilliantly dark, funny and groundbreaking early 00s series.

Discussed:

  • Why D-List characters are so much fun
  • Scandal Savage Is Living the Lesbian Dream
  • Cigarettes, pools of blood and butts of all genders
  • Godbless you Nicola Scott for making Catman a sex symbol
  • Is this Bane?
  • Yes, you should watch Doom Patrol (we covered the 1st two Doom Patrol episodes here )

Also we are now on Spotify! So check us out http://bit.ly/GraphicPolicySpotify

A Wave Blue World is Donating 100% of All We Ever Wanted Profits to the Trevor Project in in June

A Wave Blue World is celebrating 2019 Pride Month with a donation campaign honoring the diversity of the LGTBQ+ community, by donating 100% of All We Ever Wanted profits for the month of June to the Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is a non-profit organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ youth.

All We Ever Wanted Editor Matt Miner said in the announcement:

When I was growing up in the 80s and 90s, there really wasn’t any media that normalized LGBTQ+ people.  With All We Ever Wanted, we’ve been able to create a beautiful book where many of the stories just have queer folks existing and being normal and living their lives and having adventures not always tied to their sexuality and struggle – and I think if books like this had existed when I was growing up, I might have had an easier time coming to terms with who I am.  The Trevor Project is doing vital life-saving work and I’m proud that A Wave Blue World has chosen to donate some of the proceeds from our book to that cause.

All We Ever Wanted is an anthology filled with stories that present a brighter vision of the future that gives a platform for a multitude of creative voices that shares A Wave Blue World’s mission of connecting people through storytelling.

The A Wave Blue World’s All We Ever Wanted’s Trevor Project Donation Campaign comes ahead of the 50-year mark of the 1969 Stonewall Riots on June 28th, a pivotal moment in the movement for LGBTQ+ equality.

All We Ever Wanted

Graphic Re-Reading Secret Six: 1st Rate Comics about Last Rate Supervillains

“The Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead of the DCU”– John Arminio.

Secret_Six_Vol_3_36Secret Six is easily one of the 5 best cape comics of the 21st century. Staring a diverse team of D-List supervillians, the series was created by Gail Simone working with artists including Nicola Scott, Jim Calafiore and Brad Walker. The true heir to the legendary 1980s’ Suicide Squad, this comic lovingly depicts mercenaries fucking up their contracts, backstabbing each other, then coming back together to tell the world to go to hell.

I’m joined by comics retailer and critic John Arminio for a deep dive into this brilliantly dark, funny and groundbreaking early 00s series.

Discussed:

  • Why D-List characters are so much fun
  • Scandal Savage Is Living the Lesbian Dream
  • Cigarettes, pools of blood and butts of all genders
  • Godbless you Nicola Scott for making Catman a sex symbol
  • Is this Bane?
  • Yes, you should watch Doom Patrol (we covered the 1st two Doom Patrol episodes here )

Also we are now on Spotify! So check us out http://bit.ly/GraphicPolicySpotify

The Pride Joins ComiXology Originals With The All-New Series The Pride Season Two

The Pride Season Two #1

comiXology and Queer Comix announced that The Pride Season Two – an all-new, six issue comic book series spinning out of writer Joe Glass’ acclaimed LGBTQ+ super hero series The Pride. The new volume will debut as part of comiXology Originals on June 5th, just in time for Pride month. Additionally, the acclaimed indie hits, The Pride Season One and The Pride Adventures Season One, also join comiXology Originals. The Pride is the first Submit series comiXology has invested in to continue through comiXology Originals, making these amazing stories available to a new worldwide audience.

The Pride Season Two #1, written by Joe Glass and illustrated by Cem Iroz with colors by Mark Dale and letters by Mike Stock, as well as The Pride Season One and The Pride Adventures Season One will be digitally available to read for members of Prime Reading, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited, and available for purchase on Kindle and comiXology upon release, June 5th. All of The Pride will be available in print via Amazon.com at the same time as The Pride Season Two collected edition release.

The Pride Season One

In The Pride Season Two you’ll join an amazing cast of heroes who united to form a team comprised entirely of LGBTQ+ crime fighters in bright and fun action-packed adventures that any super hero fan can enjoy. The team returns with exciting newadventures where they must stop a nuclear meltdown, welcome new heroes, and investigate a spate of mysterious attacks on the world’s biggest pop star.

In a world populated by people with superpowers, FabMan (Tomorrow’s Fabulous Man, Today) feels a deep schism in the representation of his community and his own heroic exploits, which are often presented as fluff pieces in the news. Wanting to fight for change, he forms The Pride, the world’s premier LGBTQ+ supergroup – featuring a diverse range of characters representative of the broad LGBTQ+ spectrum, from gay, lesbian, bi and trans superheroes to non-binary, drag queen, HIV+, children of gay parents, and more. Together they fight to protect the world from prejudice, misrepresentation, and injustice, not to mention a pesky supervillain or two!

Northwest Press announces Theater of Terror

Credit: Art by Phil Jimenez, color by William O. Tyler

Comics publisher Northwest Press, an LGBTQ comics publisher founded in 2010, today launched a crowdfunding campaign for its newest anthology, Theater of Terror: Revenge of the Queers.

Edited by Justin Hall and William O. Tyler, the project will be a full-color, 250-page book, and will feature work by 33 comics writers and artists. It also features cover art by comics superstar Phil Jimenez and features a connecting storyline featuring Peaches Christ, a real-life drag horror hostess.

In addition to Jimenez’ cover, the book has contributions from a lot of prominent comics creators, including Mariko TamakiSina GraceBrad RaderRachel PollackTana Ford, and Terry Blas.

The Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of the book launched on May 17th and runs until June 16. It offers rewards such as print and digital editions of the book, signed limited edition pinup prints, an all-over-printed t-shirt based on the endpapers designed by Michael Wertz, custom video messages from host Peaches Christ, and original art from contributors to the book.

Arledge Comics acquires Strange Waters anthology from Haunted Cosmos Press

Strange Waters

Arledge Comics has announce they’ve acquired Strange Waters, a queer fantasy comic, from Haunted Cosmos Press. The acquisition was finalized earlier this week and the publisher hopes to restructure the volume and turn the previously failed anthology into a success.

Strange Waters is an anthology that is incredibly on brand for Arledge Comics as the publisher strives to elevate queer voices, creators as well as stories. Although it had failed two Kickstarter campaigns, Arledge Comics is positive that with some restructuring of the anthology, it can become successful. The indie comics publisher will also be working closely with the original creators as they edit and restructure the volume.

Jenn Arledge and Bryce Beal will be the editors of the anthology, with other credits being given to previous editors of the Strange Waters anthology before the acquisition.

Strange Waters will be launching on Kickstarter winter 19/20.

The guests for the anthology include the following:

The 2019 Prism Awards Nominees Have Been Announced

Prism Comics, The Queer Comics Expo and the Cartoon Art Museum have announced the Nominees for the Third Annual Prism Awards. The winners of this year’s Prism Awards and Prism Award Honorees will be announced at the Prism Awards presentation at San Diego Comic-Con, Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, July 21, 2019. The day and time of the presentation will be posted when Comic-Con programming schedule is published in early July.

The Prism Awards are presented to comic works by queer authors and works that promote the growing body of diverse, powerful, innovative, positive or challenging representations of LGBTQAI+ characters in fiction or nonfiction comics. The goal of the Awards is to recognize, promote and celebrate diversity and excellence in the field of queer comics, and the nominees and awards are voted on by a diverse group comics professionals, educators, librarians, journalists and writers.

Announcing the Nominees for the 2019 Prism Awards.

Short Form Nominees:
You Don’t Have To Be Afraid of Me by Victor Martins 
Fazenda De Sangue Azul by H. Pueyo and Dante Luiz 
see me by e Jackson

Webcomic Nominees:
SuperButch by Barry Deutsch & Becky Hawkins
After the Fog by H-P Lehkonen   
Null Point by Amara Sherm

Small To Midsize Press Nominees:
It Will Be Hard by Hien Pham(self published) 
Meal by Blue Delliquanti and Soleil Ho (Iron Circus) 
The Lie and How We Told It by Tommy Parish (Fantagraphics)

Mainstream Nominees:
Runaways #12 by Rainbow Rowell, Kris Anka, Matthew Wilson and Joe Carmagna (Marvel) 
Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #6 by Mark Russell, Brandee Stilwell, Paul Mounts, Jeremy Lawson, Rose Campbell, Ben Caldwell, Mark Morales, Gus Vazquez, Sean Parsons and Mike Feehan (DC) 
Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass by Lilah Sturges, polterink, and Jim Campbell (Boom! Studios)

Anthology Nominees:
ABO Comix Vol 2: A Comic Anthology by LGBTQ Prisoners edited by Casper Cendre  
Group Chat edited by Carolynn Calabrese, Jenny Mott, Ashley Gallagher, Rachel Weiss 
Being True: LGBTQ+ Comics From The Boston Comics Roundtable edited by Renie Jesanis, Kyri Lorenz, and Steph Rose Glass


Below is the group of fifteen judges who read and evaluated this year’s submissions:

Short Form Judges:
Mey Valdivia Rude (writer at them, Autostraddle)
Joamette Gil (Heartwood: Non-binary Tales of Sylvan Fantasy)
Sfé R. Monster (The Beyond Anthologies)

Webcomic Judges:
Matt Lubchansky (The Nib)
Ajuan Mance (Gender Studies)
Zora Gilbert (Dates: An Anthology of Queer Historical Fiction Stories, Books 1 and 2)

Small to Midsize Press Comic Judges:
Juliette Capra (Crowded)
Noella Whitney (Dates: An Anthology of Queer Historical Fiction Stories, Book 2 )
Heidi MacDonald (editor-in-chief of Comicsbeat)

Mainstream Publisher Comic Judges:
Brian Andersen (Stripling Warrior)
AJ Real (writer, Advanced Death Saves)
Jack Baur (Librarian, Berkeley Public Library)

Anthology Judges:
e jackson (Flux)
Hazel Newlevant (Sugar Town)
Rob McMonigal (founder and head writer at Panel Patter)

The Prism Awards Organizing Team:
Ted Abenheim (Prism Comics)
Nina Taylor Kester (Queer Comics Expo, Cartoon Art Museum)
Maia Kobabe (Gender Queer: A Memoir)

Doom Patrol Episodes 1 & 2: To Doom Patrol or Not to Doom Patrol?

DC‘s new high concept streaming TV series is based on the cult classic comics. The show is exclusively available on DC’s streaming platform DC Universe. Is the show good? Is it worth subscribing to the platform? We discuss the service and the show’s first two episodes in depth (first part is spoiler-free). We also geek out on the brilliant comics that inspired it all and when or how to read them.

  • Mental illness and unrully bodies
  • Doom Patrol: X-Men or Fantastic Four?
  • Negative Man is Green Lantern as horror
  • Worthy usage of a David Bowie song
  • “Dad feels are the new romance”
  • Is Doom Patrol capable of handing it’s queer characters? 
  • Reading the comics while watching the show?

My guests are:

Comic’s retailer and pop culture critic John Arminio@QuasarSniffer on Twitter.

Mark Argent: Resident Doom Patrol-ologist. Who back in High School served as the Virgil to my Dante in the hell of comics fandom. Perhaps this show is their fault. But @mark_argent can’t take it back now. 

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