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Diamond Announces 2017 San Diego Comic-Con PREVIEWS Exclusives

Diamond Comic Distributors is offering over 20 extremely limited PREVIEWS exclusives for this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego. The list includes variants of several popular Marvel titles, including Secret Empire, Star Wars, and All-New Guardians of the Galaxy, a new 2018 The Walking Dead calendar just in time for the new season on AMC, a slew of Diamond Select Toys items, and more! Comic-Con attendees will be able to preview the items at the Diamond PREVIEWS Booth #2401 and purchase from participating retailers on the show floor.

For more information and to pick up a one-sheet listing retailers on the show floor where you can purchase our SDCC PREVIEWS Exclusives, make sure to visit the Diamond PREVIEWS Booth #2401.

SDCC 2017 MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #17

(W) Kyle Higgins (A) Hendry Prasetya (CA) Peter Nguyen

The next Power Rangers epic starts here! The Power Rangers are finally reunited, but can things ever be the same? (MAR178669) Limited to 3,000 copies.

 

SDCC 2017 BETTIE PAGE #1 LINSNER VARIANT

(W) David Avallone (A) Colton Worley (CA) Joseph Michael Linsner

She’s more modest than Ms. Blaise, but peels more than Ms. Emma. She out-vamps Vampirella, but she’s sweeter than Honey West. She put the mod in model, and the bangs in bang-bang. Now the world can know the truth:  her classified adventures back in 1951 Hollywood have been declassified.  Dynamite, David Avallone and Colton Worley are proud to present The Secret Diary of Bettie Page, in handy comic book form. (MAR178681) Limited to 2,000 copies.

SDCC 2017 MOONSTRUCK #1 VARIANT

(W) Grace Ellis (A) Shae Beagle, Kate Leth (CA) Shae Beagle

A NEW ONGOING SERIES from Lumberjanes creator GRACE ELLIS and talented newcomer SHAE BEAGLE that tells a story of monsters, romance, and magical hijinks! The first arc also includes an additional short story with artist KATE LETH!  Fantasy creatures are living typical, unremarkable lives alongside humans, and barista Julie strives to be the most unremarkable of all. Normal job, normal almost-girlfriend, normal…werewolf transformations that happen when she gets upset? Yikes! But all bets are off when she and her centaur best friend Chet find themselves in the middle of a magical conspiracy. Will Julie and Chet be able to save their friends? Is Julie’s dogged determination to be normal a lost cause? Who’s going to watch the coffee shop while our heroes are out saving the world?? These questions and more will be answered in MOONSTRUCK, coming July 19 from Image Comics. (MAR178671) Limited to 3,000 copies.

SDCC 2017 WALKING DEAD 2018 CALENDAR WITH PX WD #1 VAR

(W) Robert Kirkman  (A) Tony Moore (CA) Charlie Adlard

ROBERT KIRKMAN’s THE WALKING DEAD is one of the most popular comics of all time. Show off your love of THE WALKING DEAD all year long with the new 2018 calendar featuring images from the comic, as drawn by artist CHARLIE ADLARD. (MAR178672) Limited to 5,000 copies.

SDCC 2017 ALL NEW GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #5 B&W VAR

(W) Gerry Duggan (A) Chris Samnee (CA) Chris Samnee

Star-Lord has been sailing the radio waves of the galaxy for years, keeping up with the one piece of Earth he could never quite leave behind. Guest artist Chris Samnee joins writer Gerry Duggan to check into Peter Quill’s sonic conquests!

Rated T+ (MAR178674) Limited to 5,000 copies.

SDCC 2017 DEADPOOL KILLS MARVEL UNIVERSE AGAIN #1 MINIMATES VAR

(W) Cullen Bunn (A) Dalibor Talajic (CA) Barry Bradfield

Remember the time Deadpool went a little TOO crazy and killed the entire Marvel Universe? Well, this isn’t that. This is a DIFFERENT time. Writer Cullen Bunn and artist Dalibor Talajic (A.K.A. the creators behind DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE) have reunited for ANOTHER tale of Deadpool taking out all of your faves in the most horrific ways possible! It’s gonna hurt him more than it hurts you…and you’re gonna love it! Parental Advisory. (MAR178675) Limited to 5,000 copies.

SDCC 2017 PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #1 MINIMATES VAR 

(W) Chip Zdarsky (A/CA) Barry Bradfield

SPIDER-MAN RETURNS TO THE FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD! The webslinging, wallcrawling wonder returns to New York City in the all-new PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN. A companion series to the best-selling Amazing Spider-Man series, Peter Parker is going back-to-basics for big heroics in the Big Apple. Featuring adversaries old and new, be there as Spider-Man returns to his friendly neighborhood for his never ending battle against crime and the dreaded “Parker Luck”. Rated T (MAR178676) Limited to 5,000 copies.

SDCC 2017 SECRET EMPIRE #5 (OF 9) SE MINIMATES VAR

(W) Nick Spencer (A) Leinil Francis Yu (CA) Barry Bradfield

They thought they were safe! They thought they could handle anything that was thrown against them! But the united heroes of the Marvel Universe never reckoned on the dread power that Steve Rogers would unleash! THE SECRET EMPIRE WILL AMAZE YOU! Rated T+ (MAR178677) Limited to 5,000 copies.

SDCC 2017 STAR WARS #33 B&W VAR

(W) Jason Aaron (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Mike Mayhew
The Hero of the Rebellion & the Princess of the Revolution! Luke and Leia finally get some time alone. Unfortunately, it’s stranded on a desert island. Rated T (MAR178678) Limited to 5,000 copies.

 

SDCC 2017 BATMAN BEYOND BATMAN RESIN BUST

The future is now, as the next Batman, Terry McGinnis, travels back in time to be the next exclusive bust in the DC Animated Universe bust line! Limited to only 850 pieces, this 6” bust comes in a full-color box with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Varner Studios. A Diamond Select Toys product! (DEC168438) Limited to 850 pieces.

SDCC 2017 BATMAN BEYOND BATMAN VARIANT RESIN BUST

The future is now, as the next Batman, Terry McGinnis, travels back in time to be the next exclusive bust in the DC Animated Universe 6” bust line! Limited to only 450 pieces, this limited unmasked variant comes in a full-color box with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Varner Studios. A Diamond Select Toys product! (DEC168439) Limited to 450 pieces.

SDCC 2017 JLA ANIMATED SERIES FLASH RESIN BUST

Add to your Justice League with this exclusive 6” bust of the team’s scarlet speedster, the Flash! Limited to only 650 pieces, this bust comes in a full-color box with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Varner Studios. A Diamond Select Toys product! (DEC168436) Limited to 650 pieces.

SDCC 2017 JLA ANIMATED SERIES FLASH VARIANT RESIN BUST

Add to your Justice League with this exclusive 6” bust of the team’s scarlet speedster, the Flash! This exclusive edition captures Flash at faster-than-light speeds, and is cast in a translucent material to simulate a speed effect. Limited to only 650 pieces, this bust comes in a full-color box with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Varner Studios. A Diamond Select Toys product! (DEC168437) Limited to 650 pieces.

SDCC 2017 MARVEL GALLERY DEADPOOL VARIANT PVC FIG

The Marvel Universe’s deadliest assassin is ready for his next team-up with this exclusive PVC Diorama! Wearing his X-Men colors, Deadpool leaps from a portal with his twin katanas flashing, and this 10” diorama comes packaged in a full-color window box with a fifth panel. Limited to 4200 pieces. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean. A Diamond Select Toys product! (DEC168441) Limited to 4,200 pieces.

SDCC 2017 MARVEL GALLERY SUPERIOR IRON MAN PVC FIG

Our Marvel Gallery Iron Man PVC just got an upgrade! As seen in the Superior Iron Man comic book series, Tony Stark wears his gleaming white armor as he rises into the air on his boot jets. This 11.5” diorama comes packaged in a full-color window box with a fifth panel, and is limited to 2500 pieces. Sculpted by Mat Brouillard. A Diamond Select Toys product! (DEC168442) Limited to 2,100 pieces.

SDCC 2017 DARK TOWER MONSTER VINIMATE 

The highly anticipated film adaptation of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series now has an ultra-secret Vinimates vinyl figure! This 4” figure of one of the creatures from the film features an articulated neck for different posing options, and comes in a full-color window box. Limited to 1500 pieces. A Diamond Select Toys product! (DEC168448) Limited to 1,500 pieces.

SDCC 2017 FORBIDDEN PLANET ROBBY WITH BLASTER VINIMATE

From the Forbidden Planet comes one of the most advanced robots of all time: Robby the Robot! This exclusive 4-inch Vinimates vinyl figure holds a blaster pistol, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Limited to 2000 pieces. A Diamond Select Toys product! (DEC168446) Limited to 2,000 pieces.

SDCC 2017 GHOSTBUSTERS GID SLIMER VINIMATE

Is he friend or foe? Whichever he is, he glows! The Ghostbusters get their little buddy with this exclusive new Vinimates vinyl figure of Slimer! Cast in an exclusive glow-in-the-dark material, Slimer stands approximately 4 inches tall on his stand, and comes package in a full-color window box. Limited to only 1500 pieces. A Diamond Select Toys product! (DEC168445) Limited to 1,500 pieces.

SDCC 2017 IRON GIANT VARIANT VINIMATE

The Iron Giant is cosplaying for SDCC! This exclusive 4-inch Vinimates vinyl figure features the Iron Giant with his famous “S” chest emblem, striking a heroic pose straight out of the classic animated film, and his articulated neck allows you to further customize that pose. Figure comes packaged in a full-color window box. Limited to 1500 pieces. A Diamond Select Toys product! (DEC168447) Limited to 1,500 pieces.

SDCC 2017 DC REBIRTH HARLEY QUINN BOOMBOX PX STATUE

Based on the variant cover of Harley Quinn #1 comes this amazing polystone statue of the Maid of Mischief.  Measuring almost 8 inches tall with boombox, each statue is individually numbered, hand painted, and includes a Certificate of Authenticity. (JAN178423) Limited to 2,500 pieces.

SDCC 2017 POP POWER RANGERS MEGAZORD 6IN VINYL FIG 

From Funko comes the POP! Power Rangers Megazord! Stands 6″ tall and come packaged in a window box for easy display.  (DEC168629) Limited to 8,000 pieces.

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Win Tickets To SDCC And Party With The Cast of Wynonna Earp

Imagine winning the ultimate San Diego Comic-Con experience where you and a friend will party with the cast of the hit Syfy series Wynonna Earp, take a selfie with Kevin Eastman, and you’ll bring home a curated collection of IDW Publishing comic books! Plus, the winner will also get round-trip airfares for 2 and hotel accommodations in beautiful San Diego.

The sweepstakes will run until 11am on June 14, 2017. Anyone in the world can bid on the sweepstakes prize for as little as $10. Each bid is a donation to Traveling Stories, a 501c3 nonprofit organization in San Diego that helps kids fall in love with reading by the 4th grade.

Traveling Stories is shooting for a goal of $30,000 – and in the event they raise less than that amount, they’ll instead split the money they do receive with the grand prize winner.

The sweepstakes grand prize includes:

  • Round trip airfare for 2 within the continental United States
  • Hotel accommodations for 2
  • 2 four-day passes to San Diego Comic-Con
  • 2 tickets to the Wynonna Earp Cast Party
  • Meet-n-Greet with Kevin Eastman, the co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • A collection of comic books curated by IDW’s CEO & Publisher, Ted Adams

The 2017 Eisner Nominations Are Out!

Comic-Con International has released the nominees for the 2017 Eisner Awards. Check out the full list below and congrats to all of the nominees. The winners will be announced at San Diego Comic-Con.

Best Short Story
  • “The Comics Wedding of the Century,” by Simon Hanselmann, in We Told You So: Comics as Art (Fantagraphics)
  • “The Dark Nothing,” by Jordan Crane, in Uptight #5 (Fantagraphics)
  • “Good Boy,” by Tom King and David Finch, in Batman Annual #1 (DC)
  • “Monday,” by W. Maxwell Prince and John Amor, in One Week in the Library (Image)
  • “Mostly Saturn,” by Michael DeForge, in Island Magazine #8 (Image)
  • “Shrine of the Monkey God!” by Kim Deitch, in Kramers Ergot 9 (Fantagraphics)

Best Single Issue/One-Shot
  • Babybel Wax Bodysuit, by Eric Kostiuk Williams (Retrofit/Big Planet)
  • Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In, by Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, and Jill Thompson (Dark Horse)
  • Blammo #9, by Noah Van Sciver (Kilgore Books)
  • Criminal 10th Anniversary Special, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)
  • Sir Alfred #3, by Tim Hensley (Pigeon Press)
  • Your Black Friend, by Ben Passmore (Silver Sprocket)

Best Continuing Series
  • Astro City, by Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson (Vertigo/DC)
  • Kill or Be Killed, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)
  • The Mighty Thor, by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman (Marvel)
  • Paper Girls, by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang (Image)
  • Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image)

Best Limited Series
  • Archangel, by William Gibson, Michael St. John Smith, Butch Guice, and Tom Palmer (IDW)
  • Briggs Land, by Brian Wood and Mack Chater (Dark Horse)
  • Han Solo, by Marjorie Liu and Mark Brooks (Marvel)
  • Kim and Kim, by Magdalene Visaggio and Eva Cabrera (Black Mask)
  • The Vision, by Tom King and Gabriel Walta (Marvel)
  • We Stand on Guard, by Brian K. Vaughan and Steve Skroce (Image)

Best New Series
  • Black Hammer, by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston (Dark Horse)
  • Clean Room, by Gail Simone and Jon Davis-Hunt (Vertigo/DC)
  • Deathstroke: Rebirth, by Christopher Priest, Carlo Pagulayan, et al. (DC)
  • Faith, by Jody Houser, Pere Pérez, and Marguerite Sauvage (Valiant)
  • Mockingbird, by Chelsea Cain and Kate Niemczyk (Marvel)

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)
  • Ape and Armadillo Take Over the World, by James Sturm (Toon)
  • Burt’s Way Home, by John Martz (Koyama)
  • The Creeps, Book 2: The Trolls Will Feast! by Chris Schweizer (Abrams)
  • I’m Grumpy (My First Comics), by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (Random
  • House Books for Young Readers)
  • Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea, by Ben Clanton (Tundra)

Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12)
  • The Drawing Lesson, by Mark Crilley (Ten Speed Press)
  • Ghosts, by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic)
  • Hilda and the Stone Forest, by Luke Pearson (Flying Eye Books)
  • Rikki, adapted by Norm Harper and Matthew Foltz-Gray (Karate Petshop)
  • Science Comics: Dinosaurs, by MK Reed and Joe Flood (First Second)

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)
  • Bad Machinery, vol. 5: The Case of the Fire Inside, by John Allison (Oni)
  • Batgirl, by Hope Larson and Rafael Albuquerque (DC)
  • Jughead, by Chip Zdarsky, Ryan North, Erica Henderson, and Derek Charm (Archie)
  • Monstress, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image)
  • Trish Trash: Roller Girl of Mars, by Jessica Abel (Papercutz/Super Genius)
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, by Ryan North and Erica Henderson (Marvel)

Best Humor Publication
  • The Further Fattening Adventures of Pudge, Girl Blimp, by Lee Marrs (Marrs Books)
  • Hot Dog Taste Test, by Lisa Hanawalt (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Jughead, by Chip Zdarsky, Ryan North, Erica Henderson, and Derek Charm (Archie)
  • Man, I Hate Cursive, by Jim Benton (Andrews McMeel)
  • Yuge! 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump, by G. B. Trudeau (Andrews McMeel)

Best Anthology
  • Baltic Comics Anthology š! #26: dADa, edited by David Schilter and Sanita Muizniece (kuš!)
  • Island Magazine, edited by Brandon Graham and Emma Rios (Image)
  • Kramers Ergot 9, edited by Sammy Harkham (Fantagraphics)
  • Spanish Fever: Stories by the New Spanish Cartoonists, edited by Santiago Garcia (Fantagraphics)

Best Reality-Based Work
  • Dark Night: A True Batman Story, by Paul Dini and Eduardo Risso (Vertigo/DC)
  • Glenn Gould: A Life Off Tempo, by Sandrine Revel (NBM)
  • March (Book Three), by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (Top Shelf)
  • Rosalie Lightning: A Graphic Memoir, by Tom Hart (St. Martin’s)
  • Tetris: The Games People Play, by Box Brown (First Second)

Best Graphic Album—New
  • The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, by Sonny Liew (Pantheon)
  • Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash, by Dave McKean (Dark Horse)
  • Exits, by Daryl Seitchik (Koyama)
  • Mooncop, by Tom Gauld (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Patience, by Daniel Clowes (Fantagraphics)
  • Wonder Woman: The True Amazon by Jill Thompson (DC Comics)

Best Graphic Album—Reprint
  • Demon, by Jason Shiga (First Second)
  • Incomplete Works, by Dylan Horrocks (Alternative)
  • Last Look, by Charles Burns (Pantheon)
  • Meat Cake Bible, by Dame Darcy (Fantagraphics)
  • Megg and Mog in Amsterdam and Other Stories, by Simon Hanselmann (Fantagraphics)
  • She’s Not into Poetry, by Tom Hart (Alternative)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material
  • Equinoxes, by Cyril Pedrosa, translated by Joe Johnson (NBM)
  • Irmina, by Barbara Yelin, translated by Michael Waaler (SelfMadeHero)
  • Love: The Lion, by Frédéric Brémaud and Federico Bertolucci (Magnetic)
  • Moebius Library: The World of Edena, by Jean “Moebius” Giraud et al. (Dark Horse)
  • Wrinkles, by Paco Roca, translated by Erica Mena (Fantagraphics)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia
  • The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, by Sonny Liew (Pantheon)
  • Goodnight Punpun, vols. 1–4, by Inio Asano, translated by JN PRoductions (VIZ Media)
  • orange: The Complete Collection, vols. 1–2, by Ichigo Takano, translated by Amber Tamosaitis, adaptation by Shannon Fay (Seven Seas)
  • The Osamu Tezuka Story: A Life in Manga and Anime, by Toshio Ban and Tezuka Productions, translated by Frederik L. Schodt (Stone Bridge Press)
  • Princess Jellyfish, vols. 1–3 by Akiko Higashimura, translated by Sarah Alys Lindholm (Kodansha)
  • Wandering Island, vol. 1, by Kenji Tsuruta, translated by Dana Lewis (Dark Horse)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips (at least 20 years old)
  • Almost Completely Baxter: New and Selected Blurtings, by Glen Baxter (NYR Comics)
  • Barnaby, vol. 3, by Crockett Johnson, edited by Philip Nel and Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics)
  • Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy, Colorful Cases of the 1930s, edited by Peter Maresca (Sunday Press)
  • The Realist Cartoons, edited by Paul Krassner and Ethan Persoff (Fantagraphics)
  • Walt & Skeezix 1931–1932, by Frank King, edited by Jeet Heer and Chris Ware (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books (at least 20 Years Old)
  • The Complete Neat Stuff, by Peter Bagge, edited by Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics)
  • The Complete Wimmen’s Comix, edited by Trina Robbins (Fantagraphics)
  • Fables and Funnies, by Walt Kelly, compiled by David W. Tosh (Dark Horse)
  • Trump: The Complete Collection, by Harvey Kurtzman et al., edited by Denis Kitchen and John Lind (Dark Horse)
  • U.S.S. Stevens: The Collected Stories, by Sam Glanzman, edited by Drew Ford (Dover)

Best Writer
  • Ed Brubaker, Criminal 10th Anniversary Special, Kill or Be Killed, Velvet (Image)
  • Kurt Busiek, Astro City (Vertigo/DC)
  • Chelsea Cain, Mockingbird (Marvel)
  • Max Landis, Green Valley (Image/Skybound), Superman: American Alien (DC)
  • Jeff Lemire, Black Hammer (Dark Horse); Descender, Plutona (Image); Bloodshot Reborn (Valiant)
  • Brian K. Vaughan, Paper Girls, Saga, We Stand On Guard (Image)

Best Writer/Artist
  • Jessica Abel, Trish Trash: Roller Girl of Mars (Papercutz/Super Genius)
  • Box Brown, Tetris: The Games People Play (First Second)
  • Tom Gauld, Mooncop (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Tom Hart, Rosalie Lightning: A Graphic Memoir (St. Martin’s)
  • Sonny Liew, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye (Pantheon)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team
  • Mark Brooks, Han Solo (Marvel)
  • Dan Mora, Klaus (BOOM!)
  • Greg Ruth, Indeh (Grand Central Publishing)
  • Francois Schuiten, The Theory of the Grain of Sand (IDW)
  • Fiona Staples, Saga (Image)
  • Brian Stelfreeze, Black Panther (Marvel)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)
  • Federico Bertolucci, Love: The Lion (Magnetic)
  • Brecht Evens, Panther (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Manuele Fior, 5,000 km per Second (Fantagraphics)
  • Dave McKean, Black Dog (Dark Horse)
  • Sana Takeda, Monstress (Image)
  • Jill Thompson, Wonder Woman: The True Amazon (DC); Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In (Dark Horse)

Best Cover Artist (for multiple covers)
  • Mike Del Mundo, Avengers, Carnage, Mosaic, The Vision (Marvel)
  • David Mack, Abe Sapien, BPRD Hell on Earth, Fight Club 2, Hellboy and the BPRD 1953 (Dark Horse)
  • Sean Phillips, Criminal 10th Anniversary Special, Kill or Be Killed (Image)
  • Fiona Staples, Saga (Image)
  • Sana Takeda, Monstress (Image)

Best Coloring
  • Jean-Francois Beaulieu, Green Valley (Image/Skybound)
  • Elizabeth Breitweiser, Criminal 10th Anniversary Special, Kill or Be Killed, Velvet (Image); Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta (Image/Skybound)
  • Sonny Liew, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye (Pantheon)
  • Laura Martin, Wonder Woman (DC); Ragnorak (IDW); Black Panther (Marvel)
  • Matt Wilson, Cry Havoc, Paper Girls, The Wicked + The Divine (Image); Black Widow, The Mighty Thor, Star-Lord (Marvel)

Best Lettering
  • Dan Clowes, Patience (Fantagraphics)
  • Brecht Evens, Panther (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Tom Gauld, Mooncop (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Nick Hayes, Woody Guthrie (Abrams)
  • Todd Klein, Clean Room, Dark Night, Lucifer (Vertigo/DC); Black Hammer (Dark Horse)
  • Sonny Liew, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye (Pantheon)

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism

Best Comics-Related Book
  • blanc et noir: takeshi obata illustrations, by Takeshi Obata (VIZ Media)
  • Ditko Unleashed: An American Hero, by Florentino Flórez and Frédéric Manzano (IDW/Editions Déese)
  • Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White, by Michael Tisserand (Harper)
  • The Life and Legend of Wallace Wood, vol. 1, edited by Bhob Stewart and J. Michael Catron (Fantagraphics)
  • More Heroes of the Comics, by Drew Friedman (Fantagraphics)

Best Academic/Scholarly Work
  • Brighter Than You Think: Ten Short Works by Alan Moore, with essays by Marc Sobel (Uncivilized)
  • Forging the Past: Set and the Art of Memory, by Daniel Marrone (University Press of Mississippi)
  • Frank Miller’s Daredevil and the Ends of Heroism, by Paul Young (Rutgers University Press)
  • Pioneering Cartoonists of Color, by Tim Jackson (University Press of Mississippi)
  • Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation, by Carolyn Cocca (Bloomsbury)

Best Publication Design
  • The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, designed by Sonny Liew (Pantheon)
  • The Complete Wimmin’s Comix, designed by Keeli McCarthy (Fantagraphics)
  • Frank in the Third Dimension, designed by Jacob Covey, 3D conversions by Charles Barnard (Fantagraphics)
  • The Realist Cartoons, designed by Jacob Covey (Fantagraphics)
  • Si Lewen’s Parade: An Artist’s Odyssey, designed by Art Spiegelman (Abrams)

Best Webcomic

Best Digital Comic

 

POC-Friendly Comic Book Conventions

(originally posted at theblerdgurl)

I get asked so often about conventions that are run by people of color, or are POC-friendly, that I decided to make this list to keep folks informed. I have either attended one of the cons myself of I know someone who has. I will be updating this list from time to time on my site, so feel free to check it out there as well.  Thanks! Read more

Rachel Antonoff Discusses Her Betty and Veronica Clothing Line with Archie

Rachel Antonoff BETTY & VERONICAAt San Diego Comic-Con 2016 I got to speak with Rachel Antonoff concerning her upcoming fashion line inspired by Archie ComicsBetty and Veronica. In June the clothing line was announced, though details were scarce.

Last night, during New York Fashion Week, the line debuted and our friend Jeff Trexler was there to snap photos which he has graciously allowed us to use in this interview.

Get the scoop about the upcoming fashion line and the origin of the Clinton campaign slogan “I’m With Her.”

Courtesy Jeff Trexler @fashionlawinst

Courtesy Jeff Trexler @fashionlawinst

Graphic Policy: So there hasn’t been a lot released beyond the announcement that you’ll be working with Archie to create a clothing line based on Betty and Veronica. Can you give some more details?

Rachel Antonoff: Yah. It’s going to be women’s contemporary, ready to wear clothing. We’re doing a lot of varsity themed stuff which feels very Betty and Veronica, also very Riverdale. But also is on trend with the season so that worked out well in our favor. So we have some varsity jackets, some cheer skirts, but all Betty and Veronica… ized. We have patches, prints, various types of prints. One is called an in progress print which was inspired by watching Dan Parent draw and seeing the inprogress drawing going from one line to the finished thing.

GP: Is it more graphic shirts or is it style of clothing? Both?

RA: It’s both. We do a lot of graphic t-shirts and sweat shirts and then a lot of regular clothing.

GP: How’d you get involved in the project?

RA: They actually reached out to us. I got an email from them and was so excited, I didn’t know what to do with myself. We just went from there.

GP: When I think of Betty of Veronica I think fashion. They’re fashion icons in a way…

RA: They are…

GP: What are your thoughts on the two character’s fashion and how it’s involved over the years?

RA: Well, it reall is astounding to me, the artists are and were true fashion designers. When you go through the archive and you look at the outfits, they’re so specific, they’re so detailed. And, they’re so on trend for whatever time period they’re drawn in. It’s amazing. I don’t know if they were just gifted fashion designers or they did an epic amount of research. I found it totally impressive. I think of the clothing throughout the history of Archie comics as a character unto itself.

Courtesy Jeff Trexler @fashionlawinst

Courtesy Jeff Trexler @fashionlawinst

GP: Comic fans come in all shapes and sizes. Betty and Veronica are a very particular size. As a designer, how do you create clothing with their aesthetic, but make it so anyone can wear it?

RA: I think as we move into the future and Archie continues to evolve, I think it’s important that Betty and Veronica do as well. Specifically, with that in mind. Betty and Veronica are an idea. Do you know what I mean? They’re a feeling. I don’t think they should be as binary as two thin girls. I’m just not into that. So, we are working really hard, we really want to diversify things and make sure that that’s very obvious as we put the line out there and that it’s for all shapes and sizes, just different people, different ages, different ethnicities. That’s very important to me.

GP: With the fashion debuts you’ve done, they’ve been very unique. Have you talked to Archie about that?

RA: Yes, we’re going to do an event. I’m really excited. That’s always one of my favorite parts. My grandmother told me I should be a Bar Mitzvah planner if this didn’t work out. So, yeah I’m very excited for that.

Courtesy Jeff Trexler @fashionlawinst

Courtesy Jeff Trexler @fashionlawinst

GP: You’re very politically active and Archie has been really ahead of the times recently when it comes to things. Are thoughts of that going through your head as you come up with this line?

RA: Yes. First of all, some of the things that have been done within Archie Comics has been so cool to me. The fact that Jughead is Aesexual. The fact that there’s a gay character. I just think it’s incredibly important. I did going into this consider potential backlash that these are two very thin white women. Not a lot of diversity going between the two of them. Like I said I think it’s really important to put it right out there from the beginning that it’s not going to be like that.

GP: Nice.

RA: I want it to be accessible and relatable for all.

GP: It’s a little off topic, but our site does a lot of comics and politics. You coined “I’m With Her” which has taken on a life of its own.

RA: Yes, it’s amazing.

GP: For you you how does it feel for it to take off as it has?

RA: Really cool. We got “I’m With Her” from the original “I’m With Stupid” from back in the day. There were t-shirts that said “I’m With Stupid.” So, it’s not like we invented it. I was really psyched to see it in her campaign. We’re doing a reprint of ours just because… why not?

Courtesy Jeff Trexler @fashionlawinst

Courtesy Jeff Trexler @fashionlawinst

GP: Has anyone from the campaign reached out?

RA: No, but we spoke to them and talked about doing something together and we haven’t figured out yet. I’m a pretty big supporter.

GP: To get back on topic. With Betty and Veronica, are you being inspired by any of the other characters or is it just those two?

RA: For now, it’s really just focused on just those two. In our research we constantly finding things like Ethel. There’s just so many cool great characters, so there’s many ways the line could go, but for now the line is pretty B&V centric.

GP: Are you focused on a certain era or is it looking at their entire history?

RA: It’s an interesting combination of throughout and now. We of course want people to buy the clothes, so we have to pay attention to what the current trends are. It’s sort of a combo.

Courtesy Jeff Trexler @fashionlawinst

Courtesy Jeff Trexler @fashionlawinst

GP: For you, off of these two characters, what is their distinct signature thing?

RA: One of thing about them is that they were constantly stylish no matter the era they were in. So, one of my favorite Betty and Veronica eras was the 70s and Veronica got really into women’s lib. There’s some really cool… one of our sweatshirts says “female powered” and is taken directly from the comic that Veronica made these sweatshirts for a rally.

That’s one of my favorite things about them. They did evolve. Their fashion evolved so much over the decades and was so on point. So that stuck out to me.

And then of course, there was the comic I had as a child and still have. And those specific outfits in those comics are iconic to me because they’re mine.

GP: Geek culture has really exploded in fashion over the years. As a designer, what do you look for to be inspired by it?

RA: That’s so interesting. For this we looked directly to the comics. Because there’s so much material you could go through the archives forever and never hit the bottom. So, we had so much to work with there and that’s where we looked for inspiration.

As a whole we didn’t look into geek culture, so I hope we got it right.

GP: As a whole beyond Archie, what are your thoughts of geekdom transcending and becoming the dominant pop culture?

RA: I think it’s awesome. There’s lots of collaberations happening nowadays. With various comics, superheroes. It’s really cool.

GP: With the actual desing process, what is that? I’d imagine Archie has some say into it.

RA: We, the Antonoff team, put together a collection. We present it at the sketch phase and get notes and discuss and it then turns into a sample line. And then more notes and discussion. And then it’s off to production. It’s the same process that we do internally, but with the Archie team.

GP: Since you’re so politically active. Are you focusing on the manufacturing aspect of it?

RA: We are really excited to be manufacturing with the same factories that we work with right now for the most part. So we’ve already vetted them. We’ve been there visiting them. We know what’s happening there is on the up and up. So that makes me feel very comfortable.

GP: I think you’d be able to sleep better knowing that. So, final question. When is the line being released?

RA: November.

GP: Thanks so much. It was great meeting you.

And check out the video Jeff shot at the event below!

What was Thor Up to During Captain America: Civil War?

It was one of the most buzzed about videos from San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H. Directed by Taika Waititi, the mockumentary shows what Thor was up to during Captain America: Civil War. Marvel Studios has finally released the video short to help promote the release of Captain America: Civil War on demand on video.

The short will be part of the Captain America: Civil War special features when it’s released on video.

SDCC 2016: Robert Venditti Discusses Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps

The Green Lantern Corps has fallen apart and in its place stands Sinestro and the Sinestro Corp. Hal Jordan is all that stands in the way.

This is the beginning of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, the series written by Robert Venditti.

I got a chance to speak to Venditti at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 about the series and what we might expect.

DC Super Hero Girls Gets All Sorts of New Toys

At San Diego Comic-Con DC Super Hero Girls was front and center in many ways with lots of new toys on display and making their debut. Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Harley Quinn, Batgirl are about to get a whole bunch of friends (and toys based on them).

Wonder Woman’s Invisible Jet made its debut. It’ll be available from Mattel this fall.

Invisible Jet

Starfire joins the line and flies on to shelves.

Starfire

The superheroes get a new size with mini Super Hero Vinyls that features them on their signature items.

mini Super Hero Vinyls

Hot Wheels character cars inspired by the characters in DC Super Hero Girls will be rolling out.

DC Super Hero Girls Hotwheels Supergirl

Finally, Wonder Woman gets a plush figure!

Wonder Woman plush

This is just some of the items that’ll become available over the next months.

SDCC 2016: Gary Phillips Talks The Vigilante: Southland

In July, DC Comics announced The Vigilante: Southland, a new miniseries updating the classic character! The series will be written by Gary Phillips with pencils and inks by Elena Casagrande, colors by Giulia Brusco and covers by Mitch Gerads. The series will be hitting comic retailers October 5.

We got a chance to talk to Gary about the series at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 about the series and what we can expect.

Mattel’s San Diego Comic-Con Exclusives Go On Sale Monday

Mattel_logoThis Monday at noon ET Mattel‘s exclusives from San Diego Comic-Con go on sale. If you didn’t make the show, or weren’t able to pick them up there, you can get some of the exclusives online.

Here’s the full list of products available:

  • DC Comics™ Multiverse Wonder Woman™ Figure + Invisible Jet – $15
  • DC Super Hero Girls Katana – $40
  • Disney Pixar Cars Precision Series Die-Cast Dirt Track Fabulous Hudson Hornet Vehicle – $25
  • Ghostbusters™ Lights & Sounds Multi-Pack – $24.99
  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe® She-Ra® – $75
  • WWE® Elite Figure Shockmaster™ Limited Edition – $30
  • Kubros TMNT – Leonardo™ vs. Bebop™ Special Edition Set – $25
  • Kubros TMNT – Michelangelo™ vs. Rocksteady™ Special Edition Set – $25

There will be limited quantities, so good luck!

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