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The weekend is almost here and we’re definitely using it to relax a bit. What geeky things will you all be doing while we catch up on some much needed rest? 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.

Comicbook – San Diego Comic-Con Issues Statement on Coronavirus – We’ll admit, it’s on our mind for every convention.


Talking Comics – Alienated #1
Newsarama – Amethyst #1
Newsarama – X-Men #7
Newsarama – X-Men/Fantastic Four #2

SDCC 2019: IDW to reprint 60s Captain Action comics

Captain Action

At their annual San Diego Comic-Con panel, Captain Action Enterprises announced plans for a collection of the classic comic series to be published by IDW Publishing in 2020. Originally published by DC comics from October/November of 1968 to June/July of 1969, these Captain Action comics have always been held in high regard by both comics fans and toy collectors.

Although short-lived, high-profile creators contributed to this series including Wallace Wood, Gil Kane, Jim Shooter, Dick Giordano, Carmine Infantino, and Irv Novick. In fact, this was the series where Jim Shooter received his first in-comic credit and where Gil Kane first took the creative reins as both writer and artist.

Comic writer Mark Waid, also longtime Captain Action fan and collector, will provide the introduction to the collection.

Plans call for the hardcover release with a myriad of Captain Action extras, including “lost art” from Silver Age artists Murphy Anderson, Kurt Schaffenberger and Chic Stone.

This series focused on the adventures of Captain Action, Action Boy, his pet panther, Khem and the insidious Dr. Evil.  Captain Action’s amphibious “super-car” the Silver Streak, was also prominently featured in the series. 

More details, including pre-ordering and retailer information, will be made available soon.

SDCC 2019: Katie O’Neill’s Dewdrop is Out from Oni in Spring 2020

At San Diego Comic-Con 2019, New Zealand creator Katie O’Neill announced her next book, Dewdrop, coming in early 2020!

From the author of The Tea Dragon Society comes Dewdrop, the delightful children’s tale of an adorable axolotl who cheers on his underwater friends as they each bring their talents to the pond’s sports fair! 

Dewdrop is an easygoing, gentle axolotl who enjoys naps, worm pie, and cheerleading. When the yearly sports fair nears, he and his friends—Mia the weightlifting turtle, Newman the musical newt, and three minnows who love to cook—get ready to showcase their skills to the whole pond! However, as the day of the fair gets closer, Dewdrop’s friends can’t help putting pressure on themselves to be the best. It’s up to Dewdrop to remind them how to be mindful, go at their own pace, and find joy in their own achievements.

This new picture book teaches the values of friendship, teamwork, healthy competition, and community in a sweet story for parents and children to enjoy together. 

Dewdrop will be released in finer comic book shops and bookstores everywhere in April of next year for $12.99!


SDCC 2019: 19 Panel Records and Pictures

Jamie Coville has once again done an amazing job and has provided recordings and pictures from 19 panels from San Diego Comic-Con 2019.

You can listen to the original audio files at The Comic Books as well as check out the panels below with links to the audio.

San Diego Comic Con 2019 (July 17 – 21) 57 Photos

The Art and Magic of Comics Lettering: Discussion with Richard Starkings (53:09, 48.6mb)

With Ivan Salazar and Taylor Morgan asking questions, Richard spoke about the classes that he teaches on lettering. He went through a slide show of different lettering types and spoke about where and what is lettering. He showed where balloons should be placed, how it can assist with the art, 2 and 3-dimensional planes, gave examples from works he felt were really well done, why he pioneered digital lettering, how to deal with difficult creative situations and losing the organic feel of pen lettering.

Batman and the Secret Origins of Bill Finger (44:27, 40.6mb)

Marc Tyler Nobleman was interviewed by Brad Ricca and Danny Fingeroth. They spoke about Marc learning about Bill Finger, what Bill contribution to Batman’s creation, the people he researched, who he found, the lengths he went to in finding people that knew Bill or those close to him, Finger’s Grand Daughter, the decision to do a picture book, the documentary and changing of the Batman credit to acknowledge Bill Finger.

3rd Annual Prism Awards (29:49, 27.2mb)

On the panel were Maia Kobabe, Ted Abenheim, Nina L. Taylor Kester, Rob McMonigal, Sina Grace and Heidi MacDonald. They spoke about the awards and it’s association with the Cartoon Art Museum., they gave a shout out to last years winners, spoke about the judges, the awards themselves and presented the awards for the following categories:

Best Short Form Comic – See Me by E. Jackson
Nominated: You Don’t Have to Be Afraid of Me by Victor Martins and Fazenda De Sangue Azul by H. Pueyo and Dante Luiz

Best Web Comic – Super Butch by Barry Deutsch & Becky Hawkins
Nominated: After the Fog by H-P Lehkonen and Null Point by Amara Sherm

Best Comic from a Small to Midsize Press – Meal by Blue Delliquanti and Soleil Ho
Nominated: The Lie and How We Told It by Tommy Parish and It Will Be Hard by Hien Pham

Best Comic from a Mainstream Publisher – Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass by Lilah Sturges, polterink, and Jim Campbell
Nominated: Runaways #12 by Rainbow Rowell, Kris Anka, Matthew Wilson, & Joe Carmagna, and Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #6 by Mark Russel, Brandee Stilwell, Paul Mounts, Jeremy Lawson, Rose Campbell, Ben Caldwell, Mike Morales, Gus Vazquez, Sean Parsons, and Mike Feehand

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

The Hard boiled Return of Ms. Tree (52:32, 48.1mb)

Max Allan Collins was interviewed by Andrew Summer. They talked about how Ms. Tree was started, the look of Ms. Tree designed with Terry Beatty, the soft reboot of the series when it was published by DC, things done in Ms. Tree that wasn’t being done in comics at the time, Ms. Tree being set in the 80s, Mickey Spillane and his relationship with him and Mike Hammer, Jack Webb and Dragnet, the Challenge of his career and advise he got, the Ms. Tree letter pages, how Terry drew the comic and the criticism he got for it.

The 70s Panel (1:16:06, 69.6mb)

Tony Isabella, Trina Robbins, Arvell Jones, Lee Marrs, Mike Friedrich, Louise & Walt Simonson, and moderator Mark Evanier spoke about why they got into the comics industry and their attitude towards doing it as a career. They also revealed if they got some discouraging advise from veteran creators, if they were told to work in a certain style, the freedom of working on underground comics and keeping their rights, Star Reach and connecting the underground and mainstream comics to ‘ground level’ comics, editing comics and Archie Goodwin, how the Direct Market affected their work and their 70s work they are most proud of.

Excelsior! Remembering Stan Lee (49:32, 45.3mb)

Moderated by Danny Fingeroth panelists Denis Kitchen, Maggie Thompson, Paul Levitz, Marv Wolfman, Michael Uslan, John Semper Jr and Todd McFarlane all shared their favorite stories of Stan Lee, demonstrating his humor, willingness to help people, the joy of interacting with comic fans, intelligence and more. Danny also played a video of Stan wishing Al Jaffe a happy 95th birthday that was funny and ‘pure’ Stan Lee.

Kurt Busiek Spotlight (48:53, 44.7mb)

Scott McCloud interviews his life long friend Kurt Busiek, revealing that he wouldn’t be in the comics industry if it wasn’t for Kurt. The two reminisced about what they enjoyed about comics, doing a fundraising comic for the Boston Pops that had the permission to use DC and Marvel heroes together in the same story, breaking into the comics industry, his interviewing Dick Giordano and how that lead to his first work, his “fun” mistakes early in his career, their liking Manga in the 1970s, Kurt’s view of the mistake the comics industry made with the Direct Market, why he’s getting special thanks in the Marvel movies, Arrowsmith, Marvels, Astro City and more.

Comics Law: Disney, Malibu and the Uncensored Mouse (52:02, 47.6mb)

On the panel was Michael Lovitz, Dave Oblrich, Chis Ulm and Nat Gertler. They discussed what the Uncensored Mouse was and played an Entertainment Tonight story about the comic, Dave spoke about publishing the book, Michael discussed what is public domain and how it related to the comic, the cover and why it was legally smart, why Disney hit them with a Cease and Desist and the negotiated settlement with Disney, lessons learned from the experience, asking for permission vs for forgiveness, looking up if a property is public domain or not, trademark law and from the audience David Seidman spoke about the reaction within Disney where he worked at the time.

Best and Worst Manga of 2019 (45:50, 41.9mb)

Moderated by Deb Aoki, Rob McMonigal, Megan Peters, Christopher Butcher and Zac Bertschy discuss their picks for Best New Manga for kids and teens, Best New Manga for Grownups, Best Continuing Manga for Kids and Teens, Best Continuing Manga for Adults, Worst Manga, Most Anticipated New Manga, Underrated but Awesome Manga. They go through a large number of titles, giving a 1 minute summary of why they chose the title for it’s category.

Innovations in Comics (51:00, 46.7mb)

Brett Schenker talks to Nick Coglianese, Jordan Plosky, Atom Freeman and Shing Yin Khor. They introduced themselves and what innovations they have been working on, what kind of gap they saw that inspired them to create their software, gatekeeping and crashing those gates, democratizing the industry, lessons learned, what technology they’d like to see, helping educators and digital comics.

Nerd Finance: Valuable Tax Advice for Creatives and Freelancers (51:08, 46.8mb)

This talk by Neil Narvaez went through several topics in regards to taxes and finance including Hobby vs. Business, 5 Deductions, the right business structure if they need to establish an LLC, and Estimated Tax Payments. He broke each topic down and went into more detail with some specific information on each one.

Stan Sakai Spotlight (50:21, 46mb)

Jessica Tseang interviews Stan about his career going into topics such as how long Stan has been going to Comic-Con, how Usagi Yojimbo started, why he left Fantagraphics and Dark Horse, why he’s now with IDW, his views on black and white vs color comics, looking back at his old work, how Usagi has changed, his level of control over the series with the various publishers, interacting with Stan Lee, how the business of comics changed over the years, views on digital comics, Usagi being developed for other media, being a part of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more.

The Awards of Comic-Con (51:32, 47.1mb)

Moderated by Jackie Estrada (Eisner Awards), the award administering panelists were Ruth Clampett (Bob Clampett), Mark Evanier (Bill Finger), David Glanzer (Icon), Joe Ferrara (Spirit of Retailing), Gene Henderson (Russ Manning) and William R. Lund (Inkpot). At the beginning the United States House of Representatives gave an Proclamation to David Glanzer for Comic Con’s positive contribution to the city of San Diego. All the panelists spoke about their respective Awards, when they started, how they evolved, their judging criteria and a few funny stories about presenting the awards.

Comics and Comic Convention Historians: The Next Generation (58:16, 53.3mb)

On the panel was Terry Stroud, Mike Royer, Bill Morrison, Matt Dunford, Greg Koudoulian, Elliot S! Maggin, Steve Geppi, Josh Geppi, and Alonso Nunes. Greg started by playing a news story by Walter Cronkite about comic book collecting. The group talked about a variety of issues including, comics now building a new ground floor and helping the movie industry, more women are now interested in making comics, Terry spoke about selling comics, Mike Royer his involvement in the first comic con, Matt Dunford spoke about being inspired by comic con, Elliot talked about his getting into comics, Steve Geppi spoke about the magic of comics, Josh and Steve Geppi also spoke about comics surviving digital comics and how they were a good thing for the industry and the group told what their first comic convention was. [Note this came to an abrupt end as they ran over time and were cutting into J. Michael Straczynski’s panel time]

Batton Lash Tribute (52:29, 48mb)

Moderated by Rob Salkowitz the panelists were Jackie Estrada, Anina Bennett, Dan Bois, Jim Pascoe, Jon Cooke, and Bill Morrison. Everyone spoke about the first time they met Batton. They spoke about Wolff & Byrd, how it started and changed over time, how Jim became a character in it, Batton’s influence as an artist and how his being well dressed caused others to become better dressed for the Eisner Awards.

Friends of Lulu: We Changed Comics (46:57, 42.9mb)

Alexa Dickman moderated a panel with Friends of Lulu founders Anina Bennett, Trina Robbins, Liz Schiller, Lee Marrs, Heidi MacDonald, and Jackie Estrada. The group talked about why the group started, the reason they chose the name, what the early meetings were about, the things they were able to accomplish, the push back they got from conventions and retailers, the awards they gave out and the ripple effect on their work.

Jae Lee Spotlight (46:18, 42.3mb)

Jae Lee is interviewed by Andrew Farago, they go over his starting comics and breaking into Marvel, the massive shift in style between him and John Byrne on Namor, why he hated the color purple for a long time, the working relationship he had on titles, his doing Hellshock and why he took 2 years off between Volume 1 and 2, his work in Inhumans, Dark Tower, and what he wants to work on going forward.

DC Too Tough Trivia (56:00, 51.2mb)

Hosted by Hector Navarro, the panelists were Frank Tieri, Steve Orlando, Dan Jurgens, Paul Levitz, Benjamin Le Clear and Marie Javins. Audience members were to pick a topic from Golden Age, Silver Age, Supervillains and Batman. A question was asked and the audience would pick which DC pro would answer the question. The audience member would say if they though the pro was correct or not. There was some cheating involved. Regardless, the audience member would then get a prize for their participation.

John Rogers Tribute (52:29, 48mb)

On the panel were David Glanzer, Janet Tait, Robin Donlan, Mark Yturralde, Maija Gates, Mark Stadler, and moderator Eddie Ibrahim. They all spoke of how John had taught them or influenced them in some way, how he was a very intelligent problem solver, how he had faith in his employees, his compassion, his not wanting credit or to be in the spotlight, how he made them laugh, his being a “work dad” and wanting to know about any major purchase you made, his being very technically proficient and his dog Parker.

SDCC 2019: Tokyopop Announces New Manga Including Horror and Three Boys’ Love Titles

Tokyopop unveiled the launch of a new horror manga series, as well as three new, single-volume boys’ love titles to be released in early 2020 at their San Diego Comic-Con 2019 panel. 

From Kaili Sorano, the creator of supernatural manga series Monochrome Factor, comes another action-packed occult story entitled Parham Itan: Tales From Beyond. It follows the mysterious adventures of two high schoolers, Yamagishi and Sendo, who accidentally find themselves entangled in occult conspiracies and a fantastical array of paranormal phenomenon plaguing their school, including a plant-faced monster that seems to be assimilating innocent victims around the area. With the help of an enigmatic paranormal investigator named Akisato, the two must set aside their many differences and work together to stop these preternatural perils from the world “beyond.” 

According to the artist, this new manga series is heavily inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s Call of Cthulhu, as well as the tabletop role-playing game of the same title. Horror manga fans can look forward to the Lovecraftian monsters and mysteries of Parham Itan: Tales From Beyond in February 2020. 

Also launching in early 2020 are three more boys’ love titles, each in single-volume format. 

The first of the three, titled Dirty Darling, is authored and illustrated by boys love artist Gorou Kanbe. In it, a young man takes in and takes care of an unfortunate vagrant, helping him clean up and get back on his feet. A special relationship begins to blossom between the two unlikely companions in this bittersweet story of loss and love.

Also scheduled for early 2020 are Dekoboko Sugar Days by Atsuko Yusen and RePlay by Saki Tsukahara, both of which feature a romance between two young men who started out as childhood friends.

Dekoboko Sugar Days is a fun, lighthearted romance between main characters Yuujirou Matsukaze and Rui Hanamine, who have been close since the two of them were young. At that time, Yuujirou was the one who stood up for and took care of his adorable, soft-hearted friend. As it turns out, however, Yuujirou’s childhood dreams end up growing a little too big to handle — or, rather, too tall! At over six feet in height, the cheerful and happy-go-lucky Rui towers over his would-be protector… and still has no idea Yuujirou’s had a crush on him since they were kids! 

RePlay also features a couple who started out as close friends, but with a twist for sports-manga fans. Main characters Yuuta and Ritsu have been part of the same baseball club for years, but after being defeated in a local tournament over the summer, the two decide to quit the club and begin studying for the same university. Still, Yuuta finds himself unable to give up his lingering attachment to baseball. The one person who can truly understand him is Ritsu. 

Details on these upcoming 2020 Tokyopop manga releases are below.

Title: Parham Itan: Tales From Beyond, Vol. 1
Story/Art: Kaili Sorano
ISBN: 978-1-4278-6226-6
Rating: 13+
SRP: $12.99
Trim: 5″x7.5″
Pages: 176
Cover: Softcover
Release month: February 2020

Parham Itan: Tales From Beyond, Vol. 1

Title: Dirty Darling
Story/Art: Gorou Kanbe
ISBN: 978-1-4278-6225-9
Rating: 16+
SRP: $12.99
Trim: 5″x7.5″
Pages: 176
Cover: Softcover
Release month: January 2020

Dirty Darling

Title: Dekoboko Sugar Days
Story/Art: Atsuko Yusen
ISBN: 978-1-4278-6228-0
Rating: 16+
SRP: $12.99
Trim: 5″x7.5″
Pages: 256
Cover: Softcover
Release month: February 2020

Dekoboko Sugar Days

Title: RePlay
Story/Art: Saki Tsukahara
ISBN: 978-1-4278-6227-3
Rating: 18+
SRP: $12.99
Trim: 5″x7.5″
Pages: 192
Cover: Softcover
Release month: February 2020


SDCC 2019: Dark Horse Announces New Umbrella Academy Including a One-Shot Comic in November

The world of The Umbrella Academy continues to grow at Dark Horse Comics! From new coffee mugs to keychains to wrapping paper, Dark Horse Comics has the perfect gifts for The Umbrella Academy fans in your life! During the second half of 2019, Dark Horse will release a variety of new and exciting products based on Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s award-winning universe, including a new one-shot comic featuring the infamous assassins Hazel and Cha Cha.

On July 31, 2019, Dark Horse will release The Umbrella Academy When Evil Rains Mug and The Umbrella Academy Hazel and Cha Cha Mug. These 11-ounce mugs retail for $12.99. Dark Horse Comics will also release four new The Umbrella Academy patches on August 7, 2019. Each measuring 2.5″ in diameter, The Umbrella Academy Umbrella Logo PatchThe Umbrella Academy The Rumor R Logo PatchThe Umbrella Academy Crest Logo Patch, and The Umbrella Academy The Kraken Skull Logo Patch all retail for $6.99. Join the family!

Being a hitman is thirsty work. With The Umbrella Academy Hazel and Cha Cha pint glass set, you and your partner in crime can relax and refresh after a long day on the job. The Umbrella Academy Hazel and Cha Cha pint glass set goes on sale August 14, 2019, and retails for $19.99.

The Umbrella Academy Knit Hat is a ribbed, cuffed black knit beanie with an embroidered The Umbrella Academy logo on the front. Also available on September 25, 2019, Dark Horse will release The Umbrella Academy Hotel Oblivion Keychain, which retails for $7.99. On October 2, 2019, Dark Horse will release The Umbrella Academy Wrapping Paper for $9.99.

The Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion trade paperback goes on sale September 17, 2019. Dark Horse is also publishing deluxe library editions of The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite in bookstores on September 24, 2019, and The Umbrella Academy: Dallas in bookstores on November 26, 2019.

And just in time for the holidays, a new one-shot comic Hazel and Cha Cha Save Christmas: Tales from the Umbrella Academy! In this all-new story, Hazel and Cha Cha—the bizarre assassins who first appear in The Umbrella Academy: Dallas and blew audiences away in the Netflix series—track down a rogue time agent, and cross paths with a plot to discredit Christmas! The 32-page comic goes on sale on November 20, 2019!

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