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The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will you all be up to? Sound off in the comments! While you wait for the weekday to end and weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Beat – Jen Wang’s The Prince and the Dressmaker to become a movie musical from the Frozen team – Ooooo!

Newsarama – DC Editor Alex Antone Joins Skybound as Senior Editor – Congrats!


Newsarama – Decorum #1
The Beat – The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
CBR – Plunge #1

Pharoah Miles’ Favorite Comics of 2018

Vietnamese Memories

Vietnamese Memories – This series by Clement Baloup is not only timely but tells stories that rarely get the time of day, even in comics

Tao Te Ching – The creative team behind this book does more than an adaptation of this important tome, they make it understandable to every reader

The Prince and The Dressmaker – In probably one of the most heartfelt stories I have read this year, Jen Wang, proves to be a master storyteller in story and art, in a story that proves that people are more than meets the eye

X-Men: Grand Design - Second Genesis

X-Men: Grand Design – Ed Piskor has proven himself to be one today’s premiere creators with his Hip Hop Family Tree series, and he shows his love for the X-Men in this series that packs so much in in one panel, it puts most creators to shame.

Old Man Hawkeye – Although this series is meant to be a precursor to Old Man Logan, I found this story to be even more compelling than the story that follows this, as we meet many old faces, as well as new ones, giving fans a dystopian world very much like Walking Dead, but with superheroes.

How To Read Nancy – Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden give comic book fans a treasure trove of information in what really is a textbook but also a graphic novel, as this book both entertains and educates fans on the history of this comic strip and how one should deconstruct a comic strip in the first place.


Abbott – In what is part thriller/ supernatural romance, we get a tale of an investigative reporter in Detroit searching for the truth about some ghastly unsolved murders that the police have ignored, one of them being the death of her husband.

Sleepless – As a fan of historical medieval stories, like The Tudors and The Borgias (both series) this series begins with heartbreak as the protagonist, Lady Pyppenia, is the sole heir to the throne, one currently occupied by her uncle, who sees her as a threat, as the series antes up on “ palace intrigue” as she navigates the scary waters of being a royal, as well as romance, as she starts to fall for her guard, the Sleepless Knight, Cyrenic.

Shards Volume 2 – As one of the best upcoming comic studios in the past few years, we get another collection from this talented collective, with their wide array of stories and characters that leave readers engrossed in these worlds, leaving nothing to chance.

Power& Magic: Immortal Souls – In an excellent collection from this small press company out of Oregon, we get a second volume of stories about witches who just so happen to be LGBTQ or POC or both, in what is a pure joy to read from such interesting voices

Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation

Destiny, New York Volume 2 – In the continuation of this excellent series, we drop back into the world of Logan and Lilith, and the mysterious magical underworld that lies in plain view, as they face controversy , secrets and ultimately, loss.

Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation – In this fantastic adaptation, we finally get to see Anne in all her complexities, as the heartbreak will get the reader even if you know what will happen

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It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you looking forward to? Sound off in the comments.

While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Comichron – New: The complete Action Comics postal circulation record, 1960-89 – Some cool comic history.

Metal Injection – Carnifex Frontman Announces His Death Dreamer Graphic Novel – Interesting.

Hyperallergic – An Afrofuturist Graphic Novel Revives the Lost Histories of Women-Led Slave Revolts – This sounds cool.

CBR – Universal Acquires Feature Rights for The Prince and the Dressmaker – Is there anything not acquired at this point?



The Beat – Black Hammer: Age of Doom #1

AiPT – Death or Glory #1

ICv2 – Fighting American Vol. 1

Comic Attack – The Immortal Men #1

Review: The Prince and the Dressmaker

I remember viewing movies with my grandparents in our family home in New York. We did not only watch what was considered family friendly movies, like the King and I, but just about every movie that came on HBO. One of those movies, was Victor/Victoria, with Julie Andrews, James Garner, and the guy who played Webster’s dad, Alex Karras. This was the first time as a kid, I saw someone who I closely associated with a certain character, Julie Andrews in Sound Of Music, play a character nowhere near who they were in that particular film. That was not the part of the movie, that changed my view, is how a woman could dress as a man, which is something I asked my parent about soon after the movie was over.

They tried to explain in their most PC way, which further confused me. It was not until I saw Rocky Horror Picture Show, that I even begin to understand what transvestitism is, and I only recently found out how different it is from being transgender, thanks to Transparent. As the world forges to become more accepting of all sexualities and gender identities, it still feels as though the world is stuck in a time warp, and that is why the world needs more stories, not only to educate but for them to empathize. Jen Wang’s The Prince and The Dressmaker is one of those stories that does both and does quite enchantingly.

We are in Enlightenment era Paris, and the prince of Belgium Prince Sebastian, is holding court to find a wife or more accurately his parents are looking to marry him off, to secure more power. We also meet Frances, a low-level seamstress, who makes a beautiful dress one night, which changes her life forever as she is secretly hired to be a personal seamstress. This is where our two protagonists meet, and a rare friendship is sparked, one where trust knows no bounds and the one secret they share liberates them both. By book’s end, this newly found freedom, leads to their happiness, one which shows the and the world, it’s okay to be who you are.

Overall, a magical book that shows how the world handles perceptions, and how acceptance starts with person struggling to find it. The story by Wang is touching, funny, deep, and charmed. The art by Wang is breathtaking and alluring. Altogether, a story that will make you root for both of the protagonists, and understand that the love of one’s self is  one of the keys to life.

Story: Jen Wang Art: Jen Wang
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

First Second provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for the work day to end and the weekend begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web!

The Beat – Help Wanted: Comics Outreach Lead for Kickstarter – Another great job in the comic industry.

ICv2 – Top Five Comics Business Events in 2017 – Agree or disagree with this list?

CBR – Fox Officially Renews The Gifted for Season 2 – What will debut in the second season?

CBR – Marvel’s Runaways Reportedly Renewed for Second Season – Yay!!!



ICv2 – The Prince and the Dressmaker

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Comic Attack – Transformers vs. The Visionaries #1