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SDCC 2018: DC Reveals More Details about Heroes in Crisis

There’s a new kind of crisis threatening the heroes of the DC Universe, ripped from real-world headlines by New York Times bestselling author Tom King: How does a superhero handle PTSD? How do DC’s Trinity – Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman – handle massacres and mass shootings? This September, King explores these themes in Heroes in Crisis with artists Clay Mann and Mitch Gerads.

King said the series is a parable about what this New War generation is dealing with, the millions who have fought overseas to come home and try to return to their normal lives.

At the core of Heroes in Crisis is Sanctuary, an ultra-secret space to help superheroes who’ve been traumatized by crime-fighting and cosmic combat. King described the heroes walking the halls of Sanctuary — heroes like Aquaman, Superman, Lagoon Boy, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Arsenal, Batman, and more — as anonymous, wearing robes and gold masks to hide their identities from each other. In the debut issue, something goes inexplicably wrong and heroes wind up dead, with two well-known operators as the prime suspects.

The story is about the failures of Sanctuary. These heroes felt safe. They had security. Then something horrible goes wrong. Is it possible to repair that? To fight that? This is a story geared towards this moment in our history.

Heroes in Crisis is about heroes who have to live through violence to save the world, and what that violence does to them. They make a sacrifice to fight the bad guys and this series is about that sacrifice.

Heroes in Crisis #1 arrives on September 26, 2018.

SDCC 2018: American Gothic Press Reveals New Titles

Classic horror was alive and well at San Diego Comic-Con 2018. The “Sixty Years of Famous Monsters” panel was packed and American Gothic Press used it to announce new series.

Nice is by Dagen Walker, Joseph Ettinger, and John Terlesky and is described as a “hipster assassin mystery.” The cover is by Tula Lotay. Also mentioned was a sequel to Monster World, one of the publisher’s most popular titles.

But Nice wasn’t the only thing Famous Monsters and American Gothic Press talked about. Three new titles, all obtained from Famous Monsters’ competition at the yearly Silver Scream Festival, were also announced. Denis St. John’s Whisper in the Woods will appear as a short story in an annual, released in October, before being completed as a print graphic novel in 2019. Two Best Graphic Novel Script winners — Black Sunday by Matt Dreiling with art by Polychrome, and Hag by Chad Stroup with art by Jon Clark — will debut as digital first issues before being collected in print. All three feature haunted personalities and uniquely designed monsters, as appropriate for a Famous Monsters-affiliated publisher.

Comics Review: Rey Mysterio #1

San Diego Comic-Con 2018 saw the launch of the Luchaverse with Rey Mysterio #1. Published by Chido Comics and Masked Republic, the Luchaverse brings together such greats like Rey Mysterio, Blue Demon Jr, Konan, Los Cadetes del Espacio, and the Lucha Brothers in a shared comic universe.

Rey Mysterio #1 is a one-shot kicking off the universe as a dormant and mysterious power has been released.

The comic story and script is by Marco Lopez and Ivan Plaza with pencils and inks by Ben Harvey, colors by Bryan Magnaye, cover by Ben Harvey, and lettering by Micah Myers.

You can order your copy now!

SDCC 2018: Tokypop Announces New Japanese Licenses

Tokyopop has announced the release of two new titles to begin serialization in early 2019. Both titles were announced as a part of their Manga for Everyone! panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 on July 22nd 2018.

Long-time fans and new readers alike are invited to experience Aria: The Masterpiece, an all-new, collectible edition of the acclaimed manga by Kozue Amano. Following the amazingly successful Kickstarter campaign launched last year by Nozomi Entertainment — during which enthusiastic backers raised nearly $600,000 toward dubbing the anime adaptation of the Aria manga — Tokyopop is excited to announce this beautiful addition to every Aria fan’s collection. Each 2-in-1 volume will include select full-color pages and lavish gold-foil cover embellishment. Volume 1 of this collectible set comprises the first two books of the prequel series Aqua, and is scheduled for release in February 2019.

On the planet Aqua, a world once known as Mars, Akari Mizunashi has just made her home in the town of Neo-Venezia, a futuristic imitation of the ancient city of Venice. In pursuit of her dream to become an Undine — a gondolier who leads high-end tours around the city — Akari joins as a trainee with the Aria Company, one of the three most prestigious water-guide companies in Neo-Venezia.

Also debuting in January 2019 are the first of three volumes of Yuri Bear Storm, featuring an all-new plot adapted from the popular 2015 anime by prominent creator and director Kunihiko Ikuhara, whose signature achievements include the anime classic Revolutionary Girl Utena, as well as his work directing Sailor Moon. The manga tells an original story illustrated by Akiko Morishima, who also developed the anime character designs, and is best known for her nuanced and realistic portrayal of romances between women.

Every night, 16-year-old Kureha Tsubaki has strange dreams involving lilies, storms, and… being rescued by her classmate Ginko as an alien bear princess?!

At school, Kureha’s unassuming personality and looks render her practically invisible. Sometimes, it feels like no one notices her at all, until cute and outgoing transfer student Ginko asks Kureha to be her friend. With Ginko’s encouragement and protection, Kureha starts to come out of her shell and realizes that, whether or not her new classmate really is a bear, her feelings toward Ginko might be stronger than friendship after all.

SDCC 2018: The Second Annual Prism Awards Winners

Prism Comics and the Cartoon Art Museum have announced the Winners of the Second Annual Prism Awards. The Awards announcements took place at the Prism Awards panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 on Saturday July 21, 2018.

Prism Awards Chairperson, Maia Kobabe, moderated the panel which included Prism Awards Founders Ted Abenheim and Nina L. Taylor Kester and judges Ajuan ManceWilliam O. TylerHeidi McDonald,  Mey Rude, and Rob McMonigal.

The ceremony began by re-announcing winners from last year’s 2017 Prism Awards and honoring the judges of this year’s awards. As the 2018 nominees and winners were announced, Molly Ostertag and Zora Gilbert accepted winning their 2018 Prism Awards in person with heartfelt speeches on the importance of the awards to themselves and the community at large. Videos were presented to the audience for acceptance speeches by those 2018 winners who were unable to be present in person, including Blue Delliquanti, Noella Whitney, Weshoyot Alvitre and Daniel Heath Justice .

The Prism Awards are presented to comic works by queer authors and works that promote the growing body of diverse, powerful, innovative, positive or challenging representations of LGBTQAI+ characters in fiction or nonfiction comics.  In keeping with the creative spirit of LGBTQAI+ comics creators, the Awards themselves are hand-crafted with design by Nina L. Taylor Kester including a glass rainbow by Amy Karadbil and etched comic book base by Barry Figgins.

The panel closed with encouragement for submissions for the 2019 Prism Awards which will open next Spring 2019 and will be announced through the Prism Comics websiteThe Queer Comics Expo in partnership with the Cartoon  Art Museum which held the first Prism Awards ceremony in 2017 was also announced to return in 2019 with newsletter signups for updates.

The Winners and Nominees for the 2018 Prism Awards are:

To Measure by Noella Whitney, 2017
Contact High by James F Wright and Josh Eckert, August 2017 –
Figurinha by Dante Luiz, May 2017 –
There’s More Than One! by Justin Hubbell, June 2017 –
It Was 1973, and Tiffany Banks Was Totally Winning at Gender by Ajuan Mance, 2017 –

O Human Star by Blue Delliquanti, (excerpts from 2017)
Cans of Beans chapter 9 by Tamara Go, 2017
SuperButch Issue 1 by Becky Hawkins and Barry Deutsch, 2017
Monster Pop! by Maya Kern, (excerpt from 2017)
Superpose by Ciaran and Anka C, (excerpt from August 2017 – November 2017)

The Boys Who Became Hummingbirds by Daniel Heath Justice and Weshoyot Alvitre, Alternate History Comics Inc., June 2017
Steam Clean by Laura Ķeniņš, May 2017
My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris, Fantagraphics, February 2017

The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag, Scholastic Graphix, 2017
Iceman by Sina Grace (writer), Alessandro Vitti (artist), Kevin Wada (artist), Marvel Comics, 2017
Heavy Vinyl by Carly Usdin (Writer), Nina Vakueva (Pencils), Irene Flores (Inker), Rebecca Nalty (Colorist), Jim Campbell (Letterer), Boom Studios, 2017

Dates: An Anthology of Queer Historical Fiction Volume 2 edited by Zora Gilbert and Cat Parra, August 2017 –
Power & Magic: IMMORTAL SOULS edited by Joamette Gil, 2017
Oh Joy Sex Toy, Volume 4 edited by Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan, 2017

Graphic Policy Radio Talks San Diego Comic-Con 2018. Listen on Demand and on the Go!

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San Diego Comic-Con is an economy in itself. This is the US’s biggest pop culture convention and it has massive implications not just in nerd friendly TV, Movies and oh yeah, comics — but also in politics. Get the Graphic Policy Radio style scoop on the convention on our site and also from this week’s guest and resident San Diegan:

Arturo R. Garcia has worked as a journalist across the media spectrum – newspapers, television news and now as a reporter and fact-checker for Snopes.com. For the past two years he’s also been one of two correspondents for Rolling Stone covering San Diego Comic-Con. His work has also appeared at The Raw Story, Racialicious, The Guardian, and Alternet. He has followed a multitude of superhero media fandoms and there is a Rocky Horror Picture Show convention named after him.

SDCC 2018: Magic Wheelchair Unveils 7 Epic Star Wars Costumes

Magic Wheelchair, a nonprofit organization that builds epic costumes for kids and young adults with disabilities, made history this weekend unveiling seven Star Wars-themed wheelchair costumes at San Diego Comic-Con.

The recipients of the new Magic Wheelchair costumes have been deemed ‘ultimate Star Wars fans’ and now get to enjoy the ultimate cosplay experience. They were matched with volunteer builders worldwide including Adam Savage, Tom Spina, Fon H Davis, Michael McMaster, Gordon Tarpley, Pixologic, Dangling Carrot, and Monster City Studios, who worked tirelessly for over three months to ensure that the custom-fitted costumes – which include sound, animatronics, LED lighting and other special effects – are EPIC.

Adam Savage, former co-host of MythBusters and editor-in-chief of Tested.com, emceed the reveal on Saturday. As it was the first time the kids and their families saw the costumes, it proved to be a powerful and emotional experience for everyone in attendance. The kids were then able to spend the rest of the weekend enjoying the show in their new amazing cosplay.

Magic Wheelchair was at San Diego Comic-Con as Mimoco’s selected charity partner.

SDCC 2018: VIZ Media Announces New Titles Debuting in Early 2019

VIZ Media expands its publishing catalog with a variety of new acquisitions announced during its official panel events held this past weekend at San Diego Comic-Con 2018.

The new titles are scheduled for release beginning early next year and include My Hero Academia: School Briefs, the first of three prose short story collections based on the hit superhero action series created by Kohei Horikoshi. Rumiko Takahashi’s beloved manga series Urusei Yatsura receives a new large trim edition, and Hiromu Arakawa brings us hilarious four-panel comics from the world of Fullmetal Alchemist. Two new Nausiccaä books, The Art of Nausiccaä of the Valley of the Wind and Nausiccaä of the Valley of the Wind Picture Book were also announced. Each book features vivid Studio Ghibli art from the legendary director Hayao Miyazaki.

Additional information on each of these titles will be announced in the near future.


By Kohei Horikoshi and Anri Yoshi
Debuts Spring 2019

The U.A. High School hero course teaches young hopefuls everything they need to become heroes. Between killer events like the sports festival and internships, there’s even a Parents’ Day! Life is never dull for the students of U.A. High!



By Rumiko Takahashi
Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · Debuts Winter 2019

Revisit the acclaimed romantic comedy about an unlucky human boy who meets a beautiful space alien princess in this large trim size edition with all-new translations and new cover designs. In the series, Ataru Moroboshi’s supernatural encounters with the feminine kind all start when he’s chosen to play tag with an alien princess named Lum who invades the earth on her UFO. Ataru has ten days to touch Lum’s horns or aliens will take over the earth! As it turns out, the game of tag is only the beginning of Ataru’s troubles, as he continues to attract strange encounters with otherworldly beings like beautiful snow spirit Oyuki and the sexy crow goblin Princess Kurama!


By Hiromu Arakawa
Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Debuts Spring 2019

Collects all of author Hiromu Arakawa’s beloved four-panel comic strips from the graphic novel series, her bonus strips from the anime DVDs of Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and rare strips from Japan! No joke is too cheesy and there are no sacred cows when Arakawa takes up her pen to spoof her own characters in this delightfully zany take on FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST!



By Hayao Miyazaki
Debuts Spring 2019

Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, based on his own manga, was

released in 1984 and has been a cult classic ever since. In a long-ago war, humankind set off a devastating ecological disaster. The earth is slowly submerging beneath the expanding Sea of Corruption, an enormous toxic forest that creates mutant insects and poisonous spores. Beyond the sea lies the Valley of the Wind, a kingdom of barely 500 citizens and home to Nausicaä, who risks everything to save her people and bring peace and health to the valley. Includes sketches, developmental water colors, cel animation, and more.



By Hayao Miyazaki
Debuts Spring 2019

In a long-ago war, humankind set off a devastating ecological disaster. The earth is

slowly submerging beneath the expanding Sea of Corruption, an enormous toxic forest that creates mutant insects and releases a miasma of poisonous spores into the air. At the periphery of the sea, lies the Valley of the Wind, a kingdom of barely 500 citizens; a nation given fragile protection from the decaying sea’s poisons by the ocean breezes; and home to Nausicaä, who risks everything to save her people and bring peace and health to the valley. Includes scene-by-scene illustrations and character dialogue from the film in a double-length picture book.

SDCC 2018: VIZ Media Acquires the Home Media Rights to Castlevania Season 1

VIZ Media expands its catalog with the acquisition of Season 1 of Castlevania.

VIZ Media announced the acquisition of Castlevania during its official panel held this past weekend at San Diego Comic-Con. VIZ Media has acquired home media distribution rights to the American anime-influenced series, which is produced by Frederator Studios. Castlevania Season 1 has streamed to wide acclaim on Netflix.

Inspired by the classic video game series, Castlevania is a dark medieval fantasy following the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepes himself. In Season 1, Trevor Belmont, embittered and excommunicated, finds himself drawn into a battle for the survival of Europe – a region that has brought doom upon itself by taking away the one thing its greatest monster loved.

Joe’s Corner: Last Week in Geek SDCC Edition

Joe goes over the comic book, video game, movie and television news for the past week. If you’d like, follow Joe @jriddy5000son on Twitter, Instagram, and Mixer.

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