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The Sacrifice of Darkness Gets a Virtual Book Tour

The Sacrifice of Darkness

BOOM! Studios has announced The Sacrifice of Darkness Virtual Book Tour, in support of the original graphic novel from New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay, co-writer Tracy Lynne Oliver, artist Rebecca Kirby, and colorist James Fenner, adapting Gay’s New York Times bestselling short story “We Are the Sacrifice of Darkness” into a full-length graphic novel and expanding the short story about a tragic event that forever bathes the world in darkness, available in October 2020.

Follow a couple’s powerful journey through this new landscape as they discover love, family, and the true light in a world seemingly robbed of any. As they challenge the world’s notions of identity, guilt, and survival, they find that no matter the darkness, there remain sources of hope that can pierce the veil.

The Sacrifice of Darkness Virtual Book Tour includes multiple virtual events from October 27th through December 15th to celebrate the release of the graphic novel with Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 6pm PST: Hosted by Powell’s Books (Portland, OR), with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby. 
Click here for more info: http://bit.ly/SacrificeTour_Powells

Thursday, October 29, 2020, 5:30pm PST: Hosted by Literati Bookstore (Ann Arbor, MI), with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby. 
Click here for more info: http://bit.ly/SacrificeTour_Literati

Monday, November 2, 2020, 5:30pm PST: Hosted by Porter Square Books (Cambridge, MA), with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby. 
Click here for more info: https://www.portersquarebooks.com/

Thursday, November 5, 2020, 5:30pm PST: Hosted by Solid State (Washington, DC), with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby. 
Click here for more info: https://www.solidstatebooksdc.com/

Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 6pm PST: Hosted by Bookbar (Denver, CO), with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby. 
Click here for more info: https://www.bookbardenver.com/

Saturday, November 14, 2020, 7pm PST: Hosted by Auntie’s Bookstore (Spokane, WA), with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby. 
Click here for more info: http://bit.ly/SacrificeTour_Aunties

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 5pm PST: Hosted by Harvard Book Store (Boston, MA), with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby. 
Click here for more info: https://www.harvard.com/

Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 6pm PST: Hosted by Vroman’s Bookstore (Pasadena, CA), with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby. 
Click here for more info: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/

Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 6pm PST: Hosted by Bookworks (Albuquerque, NM), with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby. 
Click here for more info: http://bit.ly/SacrificeTour_Bookworks

Thursday, December 3, 2020, 6pm PST: Hosted by Everett Public Library (Everett, WA), with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby. 
Click here for more info: http://bit.ly/SacrificeTour_Everett

Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 6pm PST: Hosted by Mysterious Galaxy (San Diego, CA), with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby. 
Click here for more info: http://bit.ly/SacrificeTour_MystGalaxy

Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 5pm PST: Hosted by Astoria Bookshop (Astoria, NY), , with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby. 
Click here for more info: https://www.astoriabookshop.com/

Print copies of THE SACRIFICE OF DARKNESS will be available for sale on October 21, 2020 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the one nearest you), October 27, 2020 at bookstores, or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire.

Get a Look at The Sacrifice of Darkness

BOOM! Studios has revealed a new look at the original graphic novel, The Sacrifice of Darkness, from New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay, writer Tracy Lynne Oliver, artist Rebecca Kirby, and colorist James Fenner, adapting Gay’s New York Times bestselling short story “We Are the Sacrifice of Darkness” into a full-length graphic novel and expanding the short story about a tragic event that forever bathes the world in darkness, available in October 2020.

Follow a couple’s powerful journey through this new landscape as they discover love, family, and the true light in a world seemingly robbed of any. As they challenge the world’s notions of identity, guilt, and survival, they find that no matter the darkness, there remain sources of hope that can pierce the veil.

The Sacrifice of Darkness will be available for sale on October 21, 2020 at local comic book shops and on October 27, 2020 in book stores.

The Sacrifice of Darkness

Roxane Gay and Ming Doyle’s The Banks is Being Adapted for Film

TKO Studios has announced that The Banks is being adapted for film. The comic publisher is partnering with MACRO to produce the film. The comic series was written by Roxane Gay with art by Ming Doyle. Gay will write the screenplay of the film and serve as an executive producer.

Released as a comic series by TKO, the women of the Banks family are the most successful thieves in Chicago, but during the heist of a lifetime, they must band together to avenge a loved one taken too soon.

The Banks

Get a First Look at The Sacrifice of Darkness from Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, Rebecca Kirby, and James Fenner

BOOM! Studios has released a first look at the original graphic novel, The Sacrifice of Darkness, from New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay, writer Tracy Lynne Oliver, artist Rebecca Kirby, and colorist James Fenner, adapting Gay’s New York Times bestselling short story “We Are the Sacrifice of Darkness” into a full-length graphic novel and expanding the short story about a tragic event that forever bathes the world in darkness, available in comic shops on October 21, 2020. and in bookstores on October 27, 2020.

Follow a couple’s powerful journey through this new landscape as they discover love, family, and the true light in a world seemingly robbed of any. As they challenge the world’s notions of identity, guilt, and survival, they find that no matter the darkness, there remain sources of hope that can pierce the veil.

THE SACRIFICE OF DARKNESS

Review: Marvel’s Voices #1

Marvel's Voices #1

Marvel’s Voices is an Experience, capital E. It’s the first comic I know about that adapts the concept of a podcast into a comics anthology collecting stories from black creators giving their take on the Marvel universe.

The book’s title carries over from the podcast it’s based on, which is hosted by Angélique Roché. The list of creators includes Vita Ayala, Damion Scott, Kyle Baker, Brian Stelfreeze, Roxane Gay, Method Man, Alitha Martínez, among other notable industry names. What’s interesting about the project, though, is that it embraces its multimedia roots by featuring essays from other creators accessible via Marvel’s Voices online page.

Two particular essays grabbed my attention: Regine L. Sawyer’s “Growing Up Marvel” and Karama Horne’s “The Legacy of Isaiah Bradley: The First Black Captain America.” (Disclosure: Karama and Regine have both contributed to our site – ed.)

Sawyer’s essay is about her origin story into comics through a less conventional avenue than most other stories of the kind: X-Men trading cards. I don’t want to spoil the essay because it is a fascinating and well-written story, but it is wonderful to get this look at how comics allow for multiple entry points given it’s an entire cultural package. It made me remember my card collecting days growing up, both the same X-Men cards Sawyer collected and the classic Pepsi Cards I religiously hunted down back when they came out in Puerto Rico. I still have them with me and they also helped me embrace comics.

Horne’s essay is about two comics: Truth and The Crew. Each one stands as some of Marvel’s best comic book offerings. They were subversive and hard-hitting, daring enough to give Marvel a black Captain America (in Truth), complete with an exploration of the tragic treatment black heroes get using real-life black history as the basis for the problems each character faces (which is expanded upon in The Crew).

The essay is a great and concise history of these comics, but it also serves as a lesson on visibility. That Marvel hasn’t reprinted these stories or released newer editions of the paperbacks brings up more questions than it should. I think Horne’s essay makes a strong argument as to why we need these comics back on the stands.

On the comic’s side of Marvel’s Voices, we get a strong if a bit uneven set of short stories that are personal, celebratory, and thoughtful as to why Marvel characters mean so much in the struggle for more diverse voices in the industry. Kyle Baker, for instance, produced a one-pager Ant-Man and Nick Fury story titled “Perspective,” about Fury’s problem with depth perception. It’s a quick hit but the art on display here is impressive enough to make anyone want to see Baker do more Marvel work.

Geoffrey Thorne, Khary Randolph, and Emilio López’s “Top of the Key,” on the other hand, is a one-pager on Mosaic story (a character Marvel has severely underused, in my opinion) that would’ve benefited from an additional page or two. It feels more like a setup for a larger story and we only really just get a taste of it.

Rob Markman, Damion Scott, and Dono Sánchez-Almara’s “What a Wonderful World” stands as one of the most impressive stories in the anthology as it offers a well-rounded look at a Marvel character with outstanding art and a clear message to boot. It centers on a troubled Silver Surfer, comparing Marvel’s biggest villains with humanity’s own villainy when it comes to protecting the environment. No panel was spared, no color was misplaced, and no bit of text hung without intent. Just a really good two-page story.

The best story in the book is without question “Inspiration,” by James Monroe Iglehart, Ray-Anthony Height, and Emilio López. This 4-page tale gives the radioactive spider that gave Peter Parker his powers a much-deserved platform to contemplate his role in the grand scheme of things. The script showcases an interesting play on what a superpowered spider is supposed to be and how much of its natural instincts define its actions. It’s simply unforgettable and truly worthy of getting its own comic book series.

Marvel Voices #1 is the type of book Marvel needs to invest more on. It shows just how important it is to bring in other perspectives into this superhero universe and just how different it can all turn out to be. It speaks to the power of voices hungry for diversity in storytelling. And that, in itself, is a beautiful thing.

Writers: John Jennings, Anthony Piper, Luciano Vecchio, David Betancourt, James Monroe Iglehart, Evan Narcisse, Vita Ayala, Regine L. Sawyer, Brian Stelfreeze, Brandon Montclare, Tatiana King Jones, Karama Horne, Kyle Baker, Roxane Gay, Yona Harvey, Don McGregor, Geoffrey Thorne, Rob Markman, Method Man, Daniel Dominguez, Charlamagne The God, David F. Walker, Chuck Brown
Art: Anthony Piper, Luciano Vecchio, Ray-Anthony Height, Jahnoy Lindsay, Bernard Chang, Brian Stelfreeze, Natacha Bustos, Kyle Baker, Brittney L. Williams, Khary Randolph, Damion Scott, Alitha E. Martinez, JJ Kirby, Sanford Greene
Color: Anthony Piper, Luciano Vecchio, Emilio Lopez, Marcelo Maiolo, Brian Stelfreeze, Tamra Bonvillain, Kyle Baker, Rachelle Rosenberg, Dono Sánchez-Almara, JJ Kirby, Matt Herms
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Writing: 9 Essays: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10
Recommendation: Buy and make sure to bag and board it.

Roxanne Gay’s We Are the Sacrifice of Darkness Becomes a Full-Length Graphic Novel

BOOM! Studios has announced a new original graphic novel, The Sacrifice of Darkness, from New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay, writer Tracy Lynne Oliver, artist Rebecca Kirby, and colorist James Fenner, adapting Gay’s New York Times bestselling short story “We Are the Sacrifice of Darkness” into a full-length graphic novel and expanding the short story about a tragic event that forever bathes the world in darkness, available in October 2020.

Follow a woman and a man’s powerful journey through this new landscape as they discover love, family, and the true light in a world seemingly robbed of any. As they challenge the world’s notions of identity, guilt, and survival, they find that no matter the darkness, there remain sources of hope that can pierce the veil.

The Sacrifice of Darkness

Review: The Banks

The Banks

White Collar was one of those shows that USA Network had on for a few years which both charmed and beguiled viewers. It followed a unique relationship between an FBI agent and a former grifter as they investigate white-collar crimes. Its starred Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Tiffani Thiessen, and the immortal Diahann Carroll, in a show which explored both sides of the line of the law, often referring to Bomer’s character’s past and previous proclivities. It really elevated the buddy comedy genre in ways that many shows have tried to imitate since.

What was fascinating was how the show delved deep into the criminal underworld and gave viewers a deep dive into con artist tradecraft. As a writer I often wondered about the roads not taken in stories, and one of those within the show was the backstory of Carroll’s husband, who was also a con man. I felt it would have been better to show this story than to allude to it as the show did through its entire run. The idea of a family of thieves was something I wished W.E.B. Griffin would have tackled in his prolific career. Roxane Gay and Ming Doyle’s beautifully woven The Banks gives us a family whose business is about the next big score and they live by one code, don’t get caught and don’t get greedy.

We’re taken to 1972 Evanston, Illinois, where we meet Clara Banks, a shrewd robber whose skill set as a safecracker has made one of the best in all of Chicago. She develops a family business which is far from your typical. The story weaves through the past to the present delivering an interesting family of thieves and eventually leading to a score and revenge.

Overall, an excellent and intricately told story about a family whose business is more than ill-gotten gains, as love and legacy is paramount to everything. The story by Gay is immense, heartfelt, and harrowing. The art by the creative team is beautiful. Altogether, a story that does more than add sepia tones to the crime noir genre but elevates it a new standard of storytelling.

Story: Roxane Gay
Art: Ming Doyle, Jordie Bellaire, Ariana Maher, Jared K Fletcher,
and Jeff Powell
Story: 10 Art: 9.8 Overall: 9.9 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel’s Voices Expands Into Comics with Marvel’s Voices #1

Following last year’s debut of Marvel’s bi-weekly podcast interview series, Marvel’s Voices, Marvel expands the spotlight on some of the comic book industry’s most critically-acclaimed storytellers with Marvel’s Voices #1, written and drawn by an all-star roster of talent including Vita Ayala, Roxane Gay, Brian Stelfreeze, Method Man, and many more!

In this gripping one-shot anthology, fans will get another look at the X-Men following the events of House of X and Powers of X; the return of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur; and other stories featuring the Hulk and Wolverine, Black Panther, Killmonger, She-Hulk, Black Widow, Ant-Man, and the rest of the Marvel Universe.

Since the podcast’s launch, Marvel’s Voices has featured guests and talent from across Marvel’s comics, live-action television shows, animation, games, and celebrity fans of Marvel from entertainment and beyond. The series garnered a loyal following for its in-depth exclusive interviews by host Angélique Roché, highlighting unforgettable stories and key moments from the Marvel Universe through a wide range of unique perspectives. Marvel’s Voices will launch its new season in February 2020.

Don’t miss Marvel’s Voices #1, in stores this February!

MARVEL’S VOICES #1

MARVEL’S VOICES #1

Written by VITA AYALA, ROXANE GAY, BRIAN STELFREEZE, GEOFF THORNE, ANTHONY PIPER, KYLE BAKER, EVAN NARCISSE, METHOD MAN, ROB MARKMAN, CHUCK BROWN, and DAVID F. WALKER
Art by BRIAN STELFREEZE, ANTHONY PIPER, KYLE BAKER, SANFORD GREENE, DAMION SCOTT, RAY-ANTHONY HEIGHT, ALITHA E. MARTINEZ, NATACHA BUSTOS, and LUCIANO VECCHIO
Cover art by RYAN BENJAMIN

THE WORLD OUTSIDE YOUR WINDOW!

Marvel’s acclaimed podcast series focusing on telling the stories of diverse creators and their unique perspectives becomes a one shot of brand-new adventures! The X-Men find their place in the world after declaring a new nation! Killmonger strikes! Moon Girl and Devil Dino return!

TKO’s Second Wave of Comics is Now Available

TKO Studios burst upon the comic book scene last December with a bold new strategy to binge-release entire miniseries in both collectors box sets and trade paperbacks. Their first wave of books included series by some of comics’ best writers and artists.

TKO has released their second wave of books. The titles include:

SENTIENT

Written by Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer) and drawn by Gabriel Walta (The Vision)

When a separatist attack kills every adult on board a colony ship in deep space, it is up to VALERIE, the on-board A.I., to help the ship’s children survive. But as they are pursued by dangerous forces, can Valerie become more than what she was programmed to be — a savior to these children?

SENTIENT

THE BANKS

Written by Roxane Gay (Black Panther: World of Wakanda), drawn by Ming Doyle (The Kitchen), and colored by Jordie Bellaire (Redlands)

Chicago, Southside. For fifty years the women of the Banks family have been the most successful thieves in the city by following one simple rule: Get in. Get away. Get paid. Never get greedy.

THE BANKS

POUND FOR POUND

Written by Natalie Chaidez (Queen of the South), drawn by Andy Belanger (Southern Cross), and Daniela Miwa (The Fearsome Doctor Fang)

MMA fighter Dani Libra fears nothing… except for her recurring blackouts and fractured memories that obscure a bloody past. When her sister is kidnapped, Dani must shine a light on the darkness in her own mind. But can she keep her own demons at bay for long enough to save her sister?

POUND FOR POUND

EVE OF EXTINCTION

Written by Sal and Steven Simeone, drawn by Nik Virella (Deadpool) and Isaac Goodhart (Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale), and Ruth Redmond (Amazing Spider-Man)

The rain brought something. Something that changed the men. In order to reach their stranded daughter, two mothers must survive the hurricane, and the horrors it unleashed. But can they work together long enough to save their daughter in a world where all men have become monsters?

EVE OF EXTINCTION

 Each first issue of every mini-series is free to read at TKOpresents.com.

Marvel Offers a Free Digital Black Panther Bundle

Long Live the King! This February, Marvel is celebrating Wakanda Forever and the reign of King T’Challa by offering a FREE digital bundle of the following five Black Panther comics for a limited time. Relive some of the most iconic and thrilling Black Panther stories from Marvel’s most acclaimed creators, including Ta-Nehisi Coates, Nnedi Okorafor, Roxane Gay, Yona Harvey, Reginald Hudlin, John Romita Jr., and more!

SHURI #1 (2018)
BLACK PANTHER #1 (2018)
MARVEL’S BLACK PANTHER PRELUDE #1 (2017)
BLACK PANTHER #1 (2005)
BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA #1 (2016)

Use redeem code FOREVER at www.marvel.com/redeem to get a FREE digital bundle of the above stories through 2/10, 11:59 EST! Celebrate Wakanda Forever all month long!

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