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Christian Cooper Joins the Diversity Comic-Con Panelists to Address Racial Injustice

With the recent deaths of African Americans at the hands of Police, the country has been forced to face its issues with racism like never before. This was the case when comics writer Christian Cooper was harassed in New York’s Central Park by a woman who threatened to call the police claiming “there’s an African American man threatening my life.” All Cooper had done was ask her to leash her dog as was the rules of the park. Luckily no one was injured in the confrontation but the incident was captured on video and has since gone viral.

October marks the beginning of Civility Week for the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), part of the State University of New York system. Over several days, the college offers up programming that addresses the issues of diversity and inclusion. This year’s theme is “Social Justice” to shed more light on current events in our community. For the past two years, the week has been capped off by Diversity Comic-Con. A celebration of multiculturalism in the sequential arts.

This year’s Diversity Comic-Con is even more significant as it hosts a special Q & A session sponsored by DC Comics. Cooper along with artist Alitha Martinez, through DC, have produced a comic anthology called “Represent: It’s a Bird” partly inspired by his experience in Central Park but focusing more on the broader subject of racism. “I hope young people read it, and that they’re inspired to keep the focus where it needs to be, which is on those we have lost and how we keep from losing more.” Said Cooper in an interview. “This moment is about the ones we’ve lost, and how we’re going to keep from losing any more.” The live Diversity Comic-Con interview will be conducted by Alitha’s son on Saturday, at 2:30 pm.

Also appearing will be Shawn Martinbrough, renowned artist of such characters as Batman and Black Panther. “As a New York native and artist, I have always been inspired to create by diverse populations and their environments. Variety and different voices are the lifeblood of creativity.” Martinbrough will be delivering the keynote address and answering questions as well. Other diverse creators appearing include Kiku Hughes, Alex Sanchez, LL McKinney, Mika Song, Vivek Tiwary, Alex Segura, Amy Chu, Regine Sawyer, Jonah Newman, and Robert Scull.

Aspiring artists and writers are also encouraged to submit their own comic stories and art to the anthologyBlack Stories Matter” which is the theme of the comic con itself. “The book will be released a few weeks after the event and creators can submit 1-5 pages of comic stories by October 30th,” says organizer Ramon Gil. “We wanted something tangible that remains after the event is over. All the details are on the website.”

Scholastic Graphix, Archie Comics, First Second, Random House Graphic, and Nickelodeon are also supporting the event by contributing prizes and having their creators at the various panels throughout the weekend. “I’m excited to return to Diversity Comic-Con this year – a year that has shown more than ever that discussion, education, and change in diversity is essential for everyone in the publishing industry.” offers Gina Gagliano, publishing director at Random House Graphic. 

Diversity Comic Con 2020 is completely online and accessible by anyone anywhere with internet access. It happens Friday, October 16, and Saturday, October 17. The event is free and live online where people can also find all the details on how to participate as a creator.

SDCC 2020: Random House Graphic Goes Virtual with Awesome Panels for Comic-Con@Home

You can see some of the incredible creators and books from Random House Graphic throughout the weekend! Register for these awesome panels:

Wednesday, July 22


Featuring Stepping Stones creator Lucy Knisley!

Link here: https://www.comic-con.org/cciathome/2020/video/usVy_zerb74


Featuring Cardboard Kingdom and Doodleville creator Chad Sell!

Link Here: https://www.comic-con.org/cciathome/2020/video/vaWlLTYk-c0

Sunday, July 26


Featuring RH Graphic Marketing & PR Manager, Nicole Valdez

Link here: https://www.comic-con.org/cciathome/2020/video/EHvXm36-zjk


Featuring The Magic Fish creator Trung Le Nguyen and RH Graphic Publishing Director Gina Gagliano

Link here: https://www.comic-con.org/cciathome/2020/video/qewL4-7m08s

Random House Graphic is Hosting an All-Day Comic Contest During PRH Virtual Con

Penguin Random House is connecting with fans by hosting Virtual Con! Mark your calendars for April 24, and get ready for author AMAs, exclusive content, giveaways, an interactive #GeekGeekRevolution game show, and more! The event runs from 9 A.M.–7 P.M. EDT! You can follow #PRHVirtualCon all day long!

Who loves comics?! We sure do! This is why during the virtual con, Random House Graphic is hosting a family-friendly event—RH GRAPHIC LOVES ART NERDS! On April 24, RH Graphic will be hosting an all-day comic contest to encourage families, comics lovers, and everyone in between to show us their own graphic novel cover sketch! Grab a pencil, paper, and anything else you might need and join us in celebrating this fantastic medium.

Here’s how to join: It’s simple! Think of what your comic story would be, give it a title, draw the cover, and snap a picture to post on social. You must share your post on Friday, April 24 to be entered.

Where to post: You can post on Twitter OR Instagram!

Who to tag: Make sure to use #RHGArtNerdContest and tag @RHKidsGraphic and @RandomHouseKids.

The prize: A deluxe package of graphic novels from Random House Graphic and Random House Children’s Books, plus some bonus goodies! (Please note: due to current events, the prize delivery may be delayed.)

Join the RH Graphic social channels throughout the day to see RH Graphic creators sharing their own graphic novel creation process. We will also be sharing bonus content from current and upcoming titles. 

“RH Graphic Loves Art Nerds” Logo created by Lucy Knisley @LucyKnisley (Stepping Stones, Relish, Kid Gloves)


NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter April 24, 2020 only. Open to US residents, 13 and older. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. See Official Rules at https://www.rhkidsgraphic.com/2020/04/14/rhgartnerdcontest-official-rules/ for full details. 

Review: Noisemakers: 25 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World

Want to learn some history about women who changed the world? Noisemakers is exactly that and an amazing first release from Kazoo.

Noisemakers features over 200 pages of inspirational storytelling, including:

  • Mary Shelley by Emil Ferris (My Favorite Thing is Monsters)
  • Hallie Daggett by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me)
  • Josephine Baker by Alitha E. Martinez (Black Panther: World of Wakanda)
  • Julia Child by Lucy Knisley (Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos)
  • Hedy Lamarr by Sarah Winifred Searle (Sincerely, Harriet)
  • Jeanne Baret by Lucy Bellwood (Baggywrinkles: a Lubber’s Guide to Life at Sea)
  • Wangari Maathai by Brittney Williams (Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!)
  • Raye Montague by Yao Xiao (Everything Is Beautiful, And I’m Not Afraid)
  • Eleanor Roosevelt by Emily Flake (Lulu Eightball)
  • Bessie Coleman by Shannon Wright (Betty Before X)
  • Ida Lewis by Rebecca Mock (Compass South)
  • Rosa Parks by Ashley A. Woods (Tomb Raider: Survivor’s Crusade)
  • Eugenie Clark by Maris Wicks (Primates)
  • Mary Anning by Little Corvus (The Bridge: How the Roeblings Connected Brooklyn to New York)
  • Caroline Herschel by Chan Chau (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Sirens)
  • Emily Warren Roebling by Kiku Hughes (Displacement)
  • Madam C. J. Walker by K. L. Ricks (Naima)
  • Annie Londonderry by Kat Leyh (Lumberjanes)
  • Maria Tallchief by Weshoyot Alvitre (Alice Sixkiller)
  • Junko Tabei by MariNaomi (Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories)
  • Frida Kahlo by Naomi Franquiz (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl)
  • Maya Angelou by Shauna J. Grant (Princess Love Pon)
  • Kate Warne by Molly Brooks (Sanity & Tallulah)
  • Nelly Bly by Jackie Roche (Escape from Syria)
  • Mother Jones by Sophie Goldstein (House of Women)

Get your copy in comic shops and bookstores now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon (Hardcover): https://amzn.to/2SliNHg
Amazon (Paperback): https://amzn.to/2OzEwKF
Kindle/comiXology: https://amzn.to/2SqoT9b
Zeus Comics: https://www.zeuscomics.com/products/65703/batman-tp-tales-once-upon-a-crime?tag=graphicpolicy

Knopf provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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Advance Preview: Aster and the Accidental Magic

Aster and the Accidental Magic

From Thom Pico and Karensac
Available March 3

Quiet . . . birds . . . nature. . . .UGH the worst!

That’s what Aster expects when her parents move their whole family to the middle of nowhere. It’s just her (status: super-bored), her mom and dad (status: busy with science), her brother (status: has other plans), and… magic?

In her new home, Aster meets a mysterious old woman with a herd of dogs who gives her a canine companion of her own. But when she and her dog Buzz are adventuring in the forest, they run into a trickster spirit who gives Aster three wishes. After wishing for the ability to understand and talk to her dog, she becomes only able to talk in dog language . . . and the trouble she gets into is just starting.

Maybe the middle of nowhere will be more interesting than Aster thought.

Enjoy this fun, action-packed fantasy adventure about a girl, her dog, and magic gone wrong!

Aster and the Accidental Magic

Review: The Runaway Princess

Random House Graphic kicks off their young readers line of graphic novels with this collection of stories featuring a young princess who enjoys adventure.

Story: Johan Troïanowski
Art: Johan Troïanowski

Get your copy in comic shops and book stores now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon (Hardcover)
Amazon (Paperback)
Zeus Comics

Random House Graphic provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

The Runaway Princess

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Atlantis Attacks #1 (Marvel) – Marvel has been building to something involving Namor and we’re in for another piece of that bigger picture puzzle.

Batman #87 (DC Comics) – The new team has taken Batman in a new direction and all of the themes and upcoming stories hinted at in the last issue has us intrigued enough to see what else there is to come.

Ghostbusters: Year One #1 (IDW Publishing) – Never before seen adventures of the first year of the team after they’ve defeated Gozer.

Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (Marvel) – The team has saved the universe once again and decided to relax and take a vacation. But the returned Olympians ravaging the universe have a different plan. A new volume that seems to be the main series so much of Marvel’s Cosmic Universe will revolve around.

Kidz #1 (Ablaze) – Ablaze is an up and coming new publisher whose material has been solid so far. This zombie apocalypse has a twist in focusing on young boys whose world is turned upside down when some girls come to town.

Once & Future #6 (BOOM! Studios) – A fantastic modern fantasy series that plays with Arthurian legend. Well worth checking out.

Runaway Princess (Random House Graphic) – The publisher kicks off their new line of graphic novels with this one that follows the adventures of a Princess who has runaway. Kids’ comics are an explosive business and it’s always interesting to see the new releases and imprints focused on that audience.

Vampire State Building #4 (Ablaze) – Vampire survival goodness taking place in the Empire State Building. It’s just entertaining, solid, horror, and action.

The Visitor #2 (Valiant) – The Visitor targets the world’s leaders in this very intriguing series from Valiant written by Paul Levitz that has us wanting to see more and how it fits into the Valiant big picture.

Wonder Woman #750 (DC Comics) – It’s a huge issue with a who’s who of creators celebrating the iconic character. There’s also stories that will define Wonder Woman, and the DC Universe, going forward.

NYCC 2019: Random House Graphic Reveals their 2020 Debut Graphic Novels

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

Bug Boys

by: Laura Knetzger
On-sale February 11

The Runaway Princess

by: Johan Troianowski
On-sale January 21


by: Jessi Zabarsky
On-sale April 14

Around the Tubes

Blade Runner #1

San Diego Comic-Con is underway and we’ve got lots of coverage coming your way. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and Instagram (links at the top of the site) where you can see news from the show!

While you await more going on, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Kotaku – Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Is A Couch Co-Op Superhero Party – We’re so excited to play this!

Kotaku – Yu-Gi-Oh! Creator Apologizes After Criticizing The Current Japanese Government – Flop the vote!

Newsarama – Random House Graphic Reveals 2020 Launch Titles – Some good titles there.


AIPT! – Blade Runner 2019 #1
Coffin Bound #1
Collapser #1
Ghost Tree #4
The Punisher Annual #1
Talking Comics –
Unearth #1

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