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Review: Lola: A Ghost Story

Lola: A Ghost Story

Bill Cosby is one of those public figures, whose career has brought joy to a lot of people’s lives through the art he made. These days, it’s his crimes in his private life that has become the centerpiece of what people think of.

No one can argue with the importance of Fat Albert, The Cosby Show, and A Different World, which have given the world a more complete picture of Black people. One of the movies that some may consider one of his lesser works, but still is important is Ghost Dad. In it, he plays a widower who dies but haunts his children so they know that they are not alone. In J.Torres and Elbert Or’s modern day  family  classic, Lola: A Ghost Story we get a related ghost story.

We meet Jesse, a young boy who can see everything supernatural including ghosts. He and his family fly to the Philippines as his Lola (grandmother) has passed and the family is there for her funeral. As he gets reacquainted with his family there, he soon finds out his Lola had the same gift as him. The more time he spends there, the more supernatural creatures present themselves to him. It’s a secret he can’t keep from his family as his cousins start to notice his strange reactions to them. His family’s grieving also becomes overwhelming, as everyone is affected by the loss of his Lola. Each family deals with it in their own way.

Overall, a beautiful and affecting story that illuminates, scares and is full of emotion. The story by Torres is heartfelt, affected, and at times, funny. The art by Or is stunning. Altogether, a story that will make you miss the ones that left you and love the ones who are still here.

Story: J. Torres Art: Elbert Or
Story: 10 Art: 9.7 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Comic Book Trade Paperback Edition

Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Comic Book Trade Paperback Edition

(W) Leighton Gray, Vernon Shaw, Josh Trujillo, Wendy Xu, Lee C.A., C. Spike Trotman
(A) DJ Kirkland, Drew Green, Jarett Williams, Jack Gross, Ryan Maniulit
(C) Matt Herms, Reed Black, Jeremy Lawson (CA) Kris Anka
Age Rating: Teen, 15+ — Genre: Video Games/LGBTQ/ Romance
Price: $19.99 — Page Count: 129

Oni Press presents Dream Daddy, a comics series based on the acclaimed Game Grumps visual novel video game!

Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator invites the player to Maple Bay, where they play as a single Dad new to town and eager to romance other hot Dads. The comic series tells five standalone stories, each focused on different Maple Bay Dads, their kids, and their relationships with one another. Dive into entirely new stories featuring the backstories and adventures of your favorite Dads, told by game co-creators Leighton Gray and Vernon Shaw, along with the comic industry’s top indie talent like C. Spike Trotman, Josh Trujillo, and Kris Anka!

Includes an introduction by Leighton Gray and Vernon Shaw, plus bonus creator commentary!

Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Comic Book Trade Paperback Edition

Stumptown Gets its First Trailer from ABC

Based on the Stumptown graphic novel series by Greg RuckaMatt Southworth, and Justin Greenwood , follows Dex Parios (Cobie Smulders) as a strong, assertive, and sharp-witted army veteran with a complicated love life, gambling debt, and a brother to take care of in Portland, Oregon. Her military intelligence skills make her a great P.I., but her unapologetic style puts her in the firing line of hardcore criminals and not quite in alliance with the police.

Coming to ABC.

Graphic Policy Weekly Episode 1: Pilot

Welcome to the launch of Graphic Policy Weekly, our new weekly show going over the biggest comic news out there.

On this debut episode:

  • Last week and this week’s comics!
  • Marvel Celebrates 80 Years
  • Dark Horse and Netflix cut a first look deal

Main story:

  • Polarity, Lion Forge, and Oni Press, this past week’s biggest comic news. We dissect what it means, why it happened, and why you shouldn’t believe the spin.

Preview: Kaijumax, Season 4 #6

Kaijumax, Season 4 #6

(W/A/C/CA) Zander Cannon
Age Rating: Mature Audiences— Genre: Sci-Fi/Comedy
Price: $3.99 — Page Count: 32

SEASON FINALE! The female wing of Kaijumax prison is seething with hatred between monster-sized gangs, former intergalactic allies, and exploited inmates with a taste for revenge. Warden Shui Bao attempts to fuse her five-robot MegaBoard of Directors for a problem-solving summit, but her right hand—White Tiger Wu—refuses to cooperate. Dr. Zhang finally gets the chance she’s been waiting for, but will she take it? Also: Torn-off limbs! Split-screen technology! Magical shrinkage! And… an adorable demi-robot?

Kaijumax, Season 4 #6

Preview: Morning in America #3

Morning in America #3

(W) Magdalene Visaggio
(A/C/CA) Claudia Aguirre
Age Rating: Young Adult Audiences — Genre: Action-Adventure/Sci-Fi/Horror
Price: $3.99 — Page Count: 32

After one of their own is taken, the Sick Sisters team up to figure out the source of the monsters that plague their town. Could the secrets be hidden in the pages of The Mortal Divide, the science fiction book that Ashley loved? Or is it a grand conspiracy between the police and the new factory? Hopefully, nothing a little breaking and entering won’t solve.

Morning in America #3

Polarity’s Oni Acquisition Leaves Staff Scrambling for Jobs, to Pay Bills, and Medical Coverage

While some were praising the acquisition of Oni Press by Lion Forge‘s new parent company Polarity, there was a very human side to the story as individuals were laid off just hours after the announcement. That’s even after the initial press announcement article said staffing decisions were still being made about that.

While many rightly pointed out those fired were women, queer, disabled, and people of color, they are also human beings with bills to pay and medical expenses to cover. They need our help in the short term and jobs in the long term.

While an official butcher’s bill isn’t know, we’ve been told from those in the know that most of Lion Forge’s staff has been laid off along with some of Oni’s. In essence, Oni was acquired to absorb Polarity’s comic publishing arm and run that operation out of their Portland office.

The firings undermine the quote from a damage control interview where Polarity/Lion Forge founder David Steward II has said:

…there are things that we have to do, unfortunately, from a business standpoint to make sure that the organization stays healthy and that we’re able to continue to keep on our mission going forward.

Part of the initial announcement of Polarity was one of investment and funding. While the elimination of redundant positions would be expected in a merger/acquisition, this mass layoff, including another 11 laid off recently at Lion Forge, signals a business hemorrhaging money, a comics and entertainment dot com bubble in the making. It’s a sign of weakness, not strength. It also has become the story of the acquisition.

It looks like those fired are again in the double digits leaving talent out their for other publishers to snatch up including award winning creators. Some of that talent directly responsible for the diversity in creators and content that the company claims is a priority.

The layoffs also make little sense unless production is also being cut, otherwise you’d have a smaller staff producing the content of two publishers. No matter the careful spin by Polarity, there’s many questions they haven’t answered.

Below are just some of those looking for work or need our help to help cover medical expenses (if there are more, please comment below or contact us so we can add them):

This is just some of those laid off and the real people behind corporate decisions beyond their control.

There’s much more to come to this story.

Cobie Smulder’s Stumptown Goes to Series at ABC Based on Greg Rucka, Matt Southworth, and Justin Greenwood’s comic

Cobie Smulders Stumptown

ABC has announced that it has picked up Stumptown adapting the comic series and starring Cobie Smulders. The drama is based on the comic series by Greg Rucka, Matt Southworth, and Justin Greenwood.

The series is about Dex Parios who’s an army vet with a complicated life, some gambling issues, and a brother she takes care of in Portland, Orgeon. She’s uses her military skills as a P.I. to make a living.

The series also stars Tantoo Cardinal as Sue Lynn Blackbird, Cole Sibus as Ansel Parios, Adrian Martinez as Tookie, Camryn Manheim as Lieutenant Cosgrove, and Michael Ealy as Det. Miles Hoffman.

Rucka, Southwort, and Greenwood will all executive produce with Jason Richman writing and and also being an executive producer. Ruben Fleischer and David Bernard are executive producers as well with James Griffith directing the pilot.

Layoffs Have Already Begun Due to the Oni/Lion Forge Merger

Update: We’ve been told of many more layoffs but attempting to confirm the extent so as to not exaggerate. If anyone has more specific details or can confirm what we’ve been told, please contact us.

The press release and announcement isn’t even 2 hours old and already staff are losing their jobs due to the merger of Oni Press and Lion Forge. We’re told there’s multiple staffers who have been let go of the around 40 staff involved. In the initial story staffing decisions were mentioned but it’s happening much sooner than expected.

Mergers will lead to staffing cuts as positions overlap but decisions can take weeks, months, or longer to shake out. The Disney/Fox merger for instance is expected to cause up to 10,000 jobs lost over the next year as decisions are made.

We’ll let the Tweets below do the talking.

https://twitter.com/swindlesoiree/status/1126173121348694016

Lion Forge and Oni Press Merge Under Polarity

Rumors have been swirling of buyouts and mergers in the comics publishing world for some time and this year it looks like some of that is finally play out with today’s announcement that Lion Forge and Oni Press have announced a merger. Polarity, the parent company of Lion Forge, will become the majority owner of the new combined entity, with James Lucas Jones serving as president and publisher and the Oni team leading creative and business operations.

The combination of the two companies creates an industry player focused on creator-owned, cutting-edge licensed partnerships and original content. Both companies are known for engaging diverse and under-served audiences. In March 2019, Oni Press held 0.74% of the dollar share and 0.64% of the unit share for Diamond Comic Distributors. In 2018, the publisher made up 0.83% of the dollar share and 0.54% of the unit share.

The deal, which streamlines and concentrates the editorial, marketing, production and operations in Portland, OR, was orchestrated by Polarity president, Edward Hamati, who oversees administration and corporate development for Polarity.

As part of this transition, Joe Nozemack is stepping down as president and will move to a board and advisory role with the company. Sarah Gaydos will be serving as editor in chief of the new company. The staffing of the two companies is still up in the air as both have about 20 employees.

The move comes after the announcement of Polarity, Lion Forge’s parent company and its focus on expanding its reach into other media such as games, television, and film.

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