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Artists Chris and Justin Copeland are Special Guests of AfroComicCon

Chris and Justin Copeland

AfroComicCon has announced artists Chris and Justin Copeland will be among the Special Guests for the virtual convention!

Born and raised on the North Side of Chicago, Chris and Justin Copeland spent a lot of time indoors drawing and imagining worlds outside of poverty and violence. Brought up at a time when graffiti and underground hip hop began to surface as inspiration in every medium, the brothers took to both quickly, as they scanned the rooftop masterpieces on the “L” trains through Chicago. 

Film directing was always the goal for the Copelands, but it seemed unattainable given their life situation. However, after watching the 1989 Batman film and receiving a box full of comics (as well as the making of the Batman film book), the duo turned their attention toward drawing and comic books. The comic industry, while very difficult to break into, offered the Copelands the chance to attend comic conventions and meet artists from all over the world and to expand their horizons. It also gave them a medium to hone their drawing and filmmaking skills.

After years of conventions and networking, a few up-and-coming animation industry artists encouraged them to pursue animation as a career, which they took to immediately. Chris was quickly hired at Warner Brothers, and Justin at Marvel Animation. After years of successfully navigating around the industry and learning storytelling, Justin made his directorial debut on Batman: Hush at WB, while at the same time, Chris debuted as a director on Kipo at Dreamworks. SkyBound came calling soon after with an offer to work on Robert Kirkman’s Invincible animated tv show for Amazon.

After a year working with Skybound, Chris and Justin are now at Dreamworks Animation overseeing development of two TV series and a feature animated movie. As brothers and co-collaborators, they look forward to continuing to work together and push the boundaries of storytelling.


AfroComicCon​‘s 1st virtual convention will be held on October 24, 2020. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the annual event started in 2017 by the ​Oakland Technology & Education Center (OTEC), ​will be held virtually and free through a portal on the organization’s website. Sponsored by the NNPA, the ​Oakland A’s, and Pixar Entertainment, AfroComicCon promises to be a day full of exciting panels, screenings, entertainment, gaming, cosplay and special guests. The 12-hour event is currently slated to be live-streamed across multiple platforms including YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook. You can register now.

Review: The Walking Dead Deluxe #1

The Walking Dead returns in full color with extras! The Walking Dead Deluxe takes us back to the beginning with each issue now featuring full color. There’s also extras of what might have been with notes as part of “The Cutting Room Floor.”

What’s it like to revisit this modern classic? How does it change all these years later… and in color? Find out!

Story: Robert Kirkman
Art: Tony Moore
Color: Dave McCaig
Letterer: Russ Wooton

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

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Skybound Unveils the Lineup for Skybound XPO: Halloween

Skybound Xpo: Halloween

Skybound has unveiled segments and guests to be included in Skybound Xpo: Halloween, a convention-like digital experience streaming on YouTube and Facebook on October 30, 2020. Segments will include:

  • The Walking Dead Reacts to Reacts: Actors and creatives behind the hit television series The Walking Dead react to fans, reacting to big moments from the show. Full circle!
  • Queer Horror: A History of Fabulous Fright: Horror personality, filmmaker, and podcaster Michael Varrati pulls back the curtain and reveals why queer representation is at the very core of Hollywood horror. With special guests Nay Bever (Attack of the Queerwolf) and Dru Phillips (Sister Hyde Design).
  • The Skybound Halloween 2020 Costume Xtravaganza: Throughout the Halloween-themed Xpo, costumes based on Skybound IP will be on display. Fans can show off their costumes on Twitter with #SkyboundHalloween for a chance to see themselves during the Xpo.

The full Skybound Xpo: Halloween schedule can be found HERE.

Skybound Xpo: Halloween continues the company’s ten-year anniversary celebration, being recognized through various digital streams, exclusives, and new projects throughout the year. RSVP to Skybound Xpo: Halloween HERE.

Skybound Xpo: Halloween

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Snake Eyes: Dead Game #2

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

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

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

American Ronin #1 (AWA Studios) – Corporations engage in a silent war for global domination using highly-skilled, technologically-enhanced operatives to wage war. What happens when one of those operatives breaks free of the control?

American Vampire 1976 #1 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – The fantastic series is back for another ride as Skinner Sweet must help with a heist to help stop a true evil.

Batman #100 (DC Comics) – “Joker War” wraps up with this issue and it’s a hell of a finale.

Champions #1 (Marvel) – The first issue was solid and plants the flag as to what this latest volume of Champions is all about. Read our review.

Getting It Together #1 (Image Comics) – A family/friend drama about relationships and friendship. There’s something intriguing about this dramedy from Sina Grace, Omar Spahi, and MX Struble.

Hollywood Trash #1 (Mad Cave Studios) – A top entertainment mogul puts a hit on two local garbage men who have stolen from him. It’s one epic day of sword fights, forest fires, and giant mechs!

Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology #1 (Dark Horse) – Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell, Mike Mignola, and Jerry Ordway is enough to sell us on this series that breathes “new life into action Norse stories.”

Penultiman #1 (AHOY Studios) – The Next-To-Last-Stage In Human Evolution, is the greatest, best-looking, and most admired super-hero in the world! So how can he stop hating himself? His android understudy, Antepenultiman, thinks he knows the answer!

Snake Eyes: Deadgame #2 (IDW Publishing) – The first issue was solid as Rob Liefeld does his thing with the beloved G.I. Joe character. It exceeded our expectations and we’re hoping the second issue does the same.

Transformers/Back to the Future #1 (IDW Publishing) – The two classic properties crossing over might seem silly but IDW has been knocking it out of the park with these sort of stories these past few years. We love both Transformers and Back to the Future, so we’re in.

The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 (Image Comics/Skybound) – If you’ve never read the modern classic series, here’s your chance. Colored for the first time, it’ll be interesting to see how the horror/zombie series might be different in color compared to its original black and white.

We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #2 (BOOM! Studios) – This is basically Moby Dick with space gods and the art is amazing.

Skybound Entertainment is Going Virtual for a Halloween Event on 10/30

Skybound Entertainment has announced its next convention-like virtual experience, Skybound Xpo: Halloween, airing on October 30, 2020. Like the inaugural Skybound Xpo in July, the Halloween event will include a variety of panels, product drops, exclusive merch announcements, and first-looks, and will stream on YouTube and Facebook. Fans can stay up to date with Skybound Xpo: Halloween.

Fresh off hosting the first-ever Xpo, Skybound Xpo: Halloween will welcome back TV writer and actress Dani Fernandez and online gaming and geek culture host Hector Navarro for the one-day event.

Confirmed segments include:

  • Skybound’s one and only Shawn “Big Clutch” Kirkham brings his Comics Vault livestream to the Halloween extravaganza! This is THE premiere spot to get your exclusive comic books.
  • Father of the Schmoedown Kristian Harloff brings his competition to the Xpo, where everyone fends for themselves in this last-man-standing trivia competition. Eighteen competitors will fight to see who knows the most about the horror genre of cinema. Who will be the final girl in the Schmoedown’s first ever Horror Free4All?
  • Printmaking master Attack Peter talks about his love of all things monsters while giving a sneak peek into his process. And if you’re quick enough, you can grab one of his exclusives! 

Fire Power Gets a Double Sellout and New Printings

The New York Times bestselling, Eisner Award winning pop culture phenomenon Robert Kirkman has caught lightning in a bottle once more on his co-creation with Eisner winning artist Chris Samnee, Eisner Award-winning colorist Matt Wilson, and letterer Rus Wooton in the new series—Fire Power. Issues #1 and #3 are being rushed back to print in order to keep up with breakout customer demand.

Despite a total of 200K copies of Fire Power #1 already pumped into circulation, the launch issue has sold out at the distributor level, alongside Fire Power #3, with backorders piling up.

In the new series Fire Power, Owen Johnson’s journey to China to learn about his birth parents eventually leads him to a mysterious Shaolin Temple. The students there study The Fire Power—the lost art of throwing fireballs. A power they claim will be needed soon to save the world. Will Owen Johnson be the first person in a thousand years to wield the Fire Power?

Fire Power #1, second printing (Diamond Code AUG208118) and Fire Power #3, second printing (Diamond Code AUG208119) will both be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, October 14.

Stillwater #1 Heads Back to Print

Image Comics and Skybound’s horror series Stillwater—by The New York Times bestselling, Eisner Award winning writer Chip Zdarsky and Eisner, Harvey, and Shuster Award-winning artist Ramón K. Pérez—is being rushed back to print in order to spread more chills this October. You can read our review of the first issue.

In the town of Stillwater, nobody dies. That’s not just a promise. It’s a threat. This eerie new series is the perfect read for all the Halloween vibes and promises fans even more terror to come.

Stillwater #1, second printing (Diamond Code AUG208252) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, October 14.

Stillwater #1, second printing

Michelle Czajkowski Fus’ Ava’s Demon: Reborn is Live on Kickstarter

Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment are partnering with author and artist Michelle Czajkowski Fus to release an all-new print version of her YA fantasy/sci-fi webcomic Ava’s Demon.

The comic, which has gained a dedicated online fan base, follows a young girl and an ancient queen who make a pact to destroy the most powerful being in the universe.

The campaign is live on Kickstarter now and ends on October 14.

In addition to the Kickstarter going live, Michelle also launched new pages on www.avasdemon.com today. The new installment features a bit of horror involving Odin’s backstory, and Ava’s guilt and fears. Art from the update, attached, can be used as an asset.

Skybound Entertainment recently announced a partnership with Michelle Czajkowski Fus to assist in efforts around the Ava’s Demon: Reborn Kickstarter and future projects, including a mass-market softcover of Ava’s Demon down the line.

The Walking Dead will End with Season 11 in 2022 But Getting More Spin-offs

The Walking Dead Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon and Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier

Skybound and AMC have announced that The Walking Dead television series will come to an end in 2022 with a 24-episode eleventh season.

But, don’t despair, with the ending comes something new as there will be spin-offs and new series to look forward to.

In 2023, a spin-off series centered around Norman Reedus’ Daryl Dixon and Melissa McBride’s Carol Peletier will launch. Showrunner Angela Kang will return with Scott Gimple to helm the series.

Also in the works is “Tales of the Walking Dead” series. Gimple is also developing this anthology series with individual episodes or arcs focused on new and existing characters, backstories, and other stand-alone experiences.

Beyond that, there’s even more being worked on.

The season 10 finale of The Walking Dead will air on Sunday, October 4th at 9pm and will be followed by The Walking Dead: World Beyond, the newest spin-off, at 10pm. Fear The Walking Dead will air its sixth season on Sunday, October 11.

The Walking Dead Deluxe Gets Charlie Adlard Connecting Covers and Sketch Covers, and Covers by Art Adams and Julian Totino Tedesco

Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment have revealed numerous covers for the upcoming The Walking Dead Deluxe. New covers by Charlie Adlard, Art Adams, Julian Totino Tedesco, and a sketch cover will all be available for the series.

Charlie Adlard is creating a series of six highly collectible, connecting variant covers which will be unleashed over the course of the first story arc of The Walking Dead Deluxe full-color editions. The iconic independent series that took the entertainment world by storm 17 years ago—The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard—will be reissued starting in October as The Walking Dead Deluxe and fully colored by Dave McCaig.

Also revealed are covers by Adams and Totino Tedesco which can all be seen below.

These Deluxe editions of the series will also feature a variety of other variants—including covers by David Finch and Tony Moore—commemorating major character introductions and the series’ most memorable twists and turns. Each issue will include a new installment of “The Cutting Room Floor,”  featuring Kirkman’s original handwritten plots along with commentary on abandoned storylines and plot points that may have changed along the way.

The Walking Dead Deluxe issues will NOT be collected into trade paperback any time soon, so fans and new readers should not trade-wait to experience this fully colored edition of the popular survival horror series.

The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, October 7:

  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover A David Finch & Dave McCaig – Diamond Code AUG200027
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover B Tony Moore & Dave McCaig – Diamond Code AUG200028
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover C Charlie Adlard (connecting) – Diamond Code AUG200029
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover D Julian Totino Tedesco – Diamond Code AUG200030
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover E Arthur Adams – Diamond Code AUG200031
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover F sketch cover – Diamond Code JUL209321
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #2 Cover A Finch & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200236
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #2 Cover B Moore & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200237
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #2 Cover C Adlard & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200238
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #2 Cover D Tedesco & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200239
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #2 Cover E Adams & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200240
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #3 Cover A Finch & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200241
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #3 Cover B Moore & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200242
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #3 Cover C Adlard & McCaig (connecting) – Diamond Code SEP200243
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #3 Cover D Adams & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200244
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