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Small Press Expo Announces Tillie Walden, Shira Spector, Hartley Lin, Simon Hanselmann and Keiler Roberts as Special Guests for SPX 2021

Small Press Expo has announced the first group of Special Guests for SPX 2021. The virtual festival takes place on Saturday September 18 with live and pre-recorded programming about the amazing world of independent and small press comics, as well as a livestream of the annual Ignatz Awards.

Additional Special Guests will be announced over the next few weeks. SPX 2021 has announced the following creators as Special Guests to this year’s show:

Tillie Walden

Tillie Walden

Alone In Space compiles award-winning cartoonist Tillie Walden’s short comics into a comprehensive collection of the early work which shot her to fame on both sides of the Atlantic.

We start with Tillie’s first published comic The End of Summer, as well as I Love This Part, Tillie’s bittersweet breakout story of small-town teen romance, and A City Inside, a study of growth and adulthood through a surreal and poetic recounting of one woman’s life.

Finally we share never-before collected early sketches, webcomics, and short stories from magazines, such as What It’s Like To Be Gay In An All-Girls Middle School.

If Tillie Walden is the future of comics, then the future starts here.


Shira Spector

Shira Spector

Shira Spector literally paints a vivid portrait of the most eventful 10 years of her life, encompassing her tenacious struggle to get pregnant, the emotional turmoil of her father’s cancer diagnosis and eventual death, and her recollections of past relationships with her parents and her partner.

Set in a kaleidoscope of Montreal and Toronto, Red Rock Baby Candy from Fantagraphics unfolds as one of the most formally inventive comics in the history of the medium.The drawing is visceral, symbolic, and naturalistic and is the most formally revolutionary visual storytelling since Emil Ferris’s My Favorite Thing is Monsters. Photo courtesy- Zoë Gemelli


Hartley Lin

Hartley Lin

After insomniac law clerk Frances Scarland is recruited by her firm’s most notorious senior partner, she seems poised for serious advancement—whether she wants it or not. But when her impulsive best friend Vickie decides to move to the opposite coast for an acting role, Frances’ confusing existence starts to implode. Young Frances from Adhouse Books is an intimate study of work chaos and close friendships over time.

“Hartley Lin builds out a young woman’s life in illuminating detail and agonizing nuance… the draftsmanship is sumptuous and the storytelling is top-notch, making for a narrative meal that leaves one satisfied and enriched.” —Vulture


Simon Hanselmann

Simon Hanselmann

In March 2020, as the planet began to enter lockdown, acclaimed cartoonist Simon Hanselmann decided that what the world needed most was free, easily accessible entertainment, so he set out to make the greatest webcomic ever created! The result is also certain to be one of the most acclaimed and eagerly anticipated graphic novels of 2021, Crisis Zone from Fantagraphics.

As the Covid-19 pandemic continued to escalate far beyond any reasonable expectations, Crisis Zone escalated right alongside, in real time, with daily posts on Instagram. Over the course of 2020, Crisis Zone has amassed unprecedented amounts of new fans to the Megg and Mogg universe and is presented here, unabridged and uncensored, with a slew of added pages and scenes deleted from the webcomic, as well as an extensive “Director’s Commentary” from Hanselmann himself.


Keiler Roberts

Keiler Roberts

My Begging Chart is Keiler Roberts’s breakout graphic novel from Drawn & Quarterly is heralded by The Chicago Reader, Chicago Tribune, Publishers Weekly, and more. In it, Roberts mines the passing moments of family life to deliver an affecting and funny account of what it means to simultaneously exist as a mother, daughter, wife, and artist.

Drawn in an unassuming yet charming staccato that mimics the awkward rhythm of life, no one’s foibles are left unspared, most often the author’s own.

Preview: Wonder Woman: Black & Gold #2

Wonder Woman: Black & Gold #2

Written by: Rachel Smythe, Stephanie Williams, Tillie Walden, Che Grayson, Mariko Tamaki
Art by: Rachel Smythe, Ashley A. Woods, Tillie Walden, Corin Howell, Jamie McKelvie

This new, visually stunning, and all-star-packed celebration of Wonder Woman continues! Some of comics’ greatest storytellers present five beautifully bombastic tales that take Diana all over the DC Universe. First stop…the very depths of hell! Both friend and foe come along for the ride of a lifetime with guest appearances by Steve Trevor, Nubia, and the First Born. The issue concludes with a journey to a place never seen before-Wonder Woman’s dreams-as the celebration of her 80th anniversary continues!

Wonder Woman: Black & Gold #2

Skybound X #1 Sells Out and Gets a New Printing

Skybound X, the weekly comic book event of the year, is here… and it’s already sold out!

That’s right, Skybound X#1 from Image Comics and Skybound, featuring the first comic book appearance of Clementine (the star of the bestselling video game series Telltale’s The Walking Dead) and the return of “Rick Grimes 2000 “(which originally debuted in the now iconic The Walking Dead #75), has sold out and will return with a second printing.

Featuring a brand-new cover by Jorge Corona and a rare B&W incentive variant both featuring Clementine, this new printing of Skybound X#1 includes stories from superstar creators Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley, Tillie Walden, James HarrenChris Dingess, and Matthew Roberts! Experience can’t-miss adventures from the worlds of The Walking Dead, Ultramega and Manifest Destiny in this celebration of Skybound’s past, present and FUTURE!

Skybound X #1 second printing  will be available at  comic book shops  and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, August 4.

  • Skybound X #1 second printing Cover A by Jorge Corona (Diamond Code MAY219329)
  • Skybound X #1 second printing Cover B by Jorge Corona B&W 1:25 copy incentive (Diamond Code MAY219330)  

Review: Skybound X #1

Celebrating 10 years of Skybound, Skybound X celebrates the past, present, and future. And… will definitely become collectibles due to the debuts.

Story: Robert Kirkman, James Harren, Chris Dingess, Tillie Walden
Art: Ryan Ottley, James Harren, Matthew Roberts, Tillie Walden
Ink/Tones: Cliff Rathburn
Color: Dave McCaig, Dave Stewart
Letterer: Rus Wooton, Pat Brosseau, Tillie Walden

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 Launches a New YA and Middle Grade Graphic Novel Imprint Skybound Comet

Skybound Comet

Skybound has announced that Skybound Comet, a new original graphic novel imprint aimed at Young Adult (ages 12+) and Middle Grade (ages 8-12) audiences, will launch next year everywhere books are sold.

Skybound Comet officially takes flight in July 2022 with Clementine Book One, beginning a trilogy set in the world of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, from award-winning writer/artist Tillie Walden. This will be followed by the original graphic novel Everyday Hero Machine Boy from rising star voices Tri Vuong and Irma Kniivila in September 2022, and then Sea Serpent’s Heir Book One, kicking off a fantasy trilogy from acclaimed creators Mairghread Scott and Pablo Tunica, in October 2022.

It’s a new beginning for Clementine, the star of the bestselling video game franchise Telltale’s The Walking Dead, in Clementine Book One, as she’s back on the road, looking to put her traumatic past behind her and forge new path all her own. But when she comes across an Amish teenager named Amos with his head in the clouds, the unlikely pair journeys North to an abandoned ski resort in Vermont, where they meet up with a small group of teenagers attempting to build a new, walker-free settlement. As friendship, rivalry, and romance begin to blossom amongst the group, the harsh winter soon reveals that the biggest threat to their survival…might be each other.

Clementine makes her first comic book appearance in Skybound X #1, available in comic shops and at digital providers on July 7, 2021.

In Everyday Hero Machine Boy, the titular hero falls from the sky to the domed city of Mega 416, leaving a wake of destruction in his path…until Karate Grandpa is able to turn on his heart. Now, Machine Boy wants nothing more than to become a hero! Whether he is fighting giant bugs in the school’s basement, rescuing cats from trees, or making the perfect spaghetti sauce, Machine Boy is always looking for the best way to help others. But when his heart begins to interact dangerously with other debris from space, Machine Boy wonders if he can be a power for good after all.

Machine Boy makes his first comic book appearance in Skybound X #2, available in comic shops and at digital providers on July 14, 2021.

The end of the world is coming in Sea Serpent’s Heir Book One as a teen named Aella on Kinamen Isle spends her days fishing and minding her aunts, dreaming of life beyond the horizon. Everything changes, however, when she awakens an ancient evil within herself as it’s revealed that she’s the reincarnation of Xir, the serpent that almost destroyed the world. Worse yet, a fanatical religious organization has arrived on Kinamen Isle in search of Xir.

Aella makes her first comic book appearance in Skybound X #4, available in comic shops and at digital providers on July 28, 2021.

Clementine Debuts and Rick Grimes Returns in Skybound X #1

Image and Skybound have revealed a first look at Skybound X #1, featuring two of the biggest The Walking Dead stories ever – the first comic book appearance of Clementine (the star of the bestselling video game series Telltale’s The Walking Dead) and the return of “Rick Grimes 2000 “(which originally debuted in the now-iconic The Walking Dead #75). The debut issue of this hotly-anticipated weekly event series debuts in July, featuring superstar creators Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley, Tillie Walden, James HarrenChris Dingess, and Matthew Roberts.

In addition to new The Walking Dead stories, this extra-length issue features all-new stories from some of Skybound’s most acclaimed series ever, including Ultramega and Manifest Destiny.

If you want to know what to expect in Skybound’s next 10 years, it all starts here with a celebration of the past, present…and the FUTURE!

Skybound X #1  will be available at  comic book shops  and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, July 7:

  • Skybound X #1 Cover A by Ryan Ottley (Diamond Code MAY210037)
  • Skybound X #1 Cover B by James Harren (Diamond Code MAY210038)
  • Skybound X #1 Cover C by Tillie Walden (Diamond Code MAY210039)
  • Skybound X #1 Cover D by Charlie Adlard (Diamond Code MAY210040)
  • Skybound X #1 Cover E Blank Sketch Cover (Diamond Code MAY210041)
  • Skybound X #1 Cover F 1:10 Incentive Cover by James Harren (Diamond Code APR219065)
  • Skybound X #1 Cover G 1:10 Incentive Cover by Tillie Walden (Diamond Code APR219066)
  • Skybound X #1 Cover H 1:10 Incentive Cover by Charlie Adlard (Diamond Code APR219067)
  • Skybound X #1 Cover I 1:25 Incentive Cover by Ryan Ottley (Diamond Code APR219068)

Image and Skybound Reveals New Skybound X Covers

The comic book event of the summer is almost here and Image and Skybound revealed rare new variant covers to all five issues of Skybound X. The weekly series features the first appearances of Clementine (the star of the bestselling video game series TELLTALE’S THE WALKING DEAD), Everyday Hero Machine Boy and Sea Serpent’s Heir along with the return of fan-favorite “Rick Grimes 2000”! Join the most-superstar-packed lineup in comics as Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley, Tillie Walden, Donny Cates, Joshua Williamson, Chip Zdarsky, James Harren, and Daniel Warren Johnson celebrate the past, present, and future of the Skybound beginning Wednesday, July 7.

The newly revealed incentive variant covers feature stunning black and white versions of the previously announced covers to Skybound X, with extra rare versions of the main cover art featuring “Rick Grimes 2000” and the most shocking vision of The Walking Dead you’ve ever seen!

Skybound X #1  will be available at  comic book shops  and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, July 7 with subsequent issues releasing weekly.

On-Sale Wednesday, July 7, 2021:

  • Skybound X #1 Cover A by Ryan Ottley (Diamond Code MAY210037) 
  • Skybound X #1 Cover B by James Harren (Diamond Code MAY210038) 
  • Skybound X #1 Cover C by Tillie Walden (Diamond Code MAY210039) 
  • Skybound X #1 Cover D by Charlie Adlard (Diamond Code MAY210040) 
  • Skybound X #1 Cover E Blank Sketch Cover (Diamond Code MAY210041) 
  • Skybound X #1 Cover F 1:10 Incentive Cover by James Harren (Diamond Code APR219065) 
  • Skybound X #1 Cover G 1:10 Incentive Cover by Tillie Walden (Diamond Code APR219066) 
  • Skybound X #1 Cover H 1:10 Incentive Cover by Charlie Adlard (Diamond Code APR219067) 
  • Skybound X #1 Cover I 1:25 Incentive Cover by Ryan Ottley (Diamond Code APR219068) 

On-Sale Wednesday, July 14, 2021: 

  • Skybound X #2 Cover A by Cliff Rathburn (Diamond Code MAY210042) 
  • Skybound X #2 Cover B by Andrei Bressan (Diamond Code MAY210043) 
  • Skybound X #2 Cover C by Tri Vuong & Irma Kniivila (Diamond Code MAY210044) 
  • Skybound X #2 Cover D 1:10 Incentive Cover by Andrei Bressan (Diamond Code APR219069) 
  • Skybound X #2 Cover E 1:10 Incentive Cover by Tri Vuong & Irma Kniivila (Diamond Code APR219070) 
  • Skybound X #2 Cover F 1:25 Incentive Cover by Cliff Rathburn (Diamond Code APR219071) 

On-Sale Wednesday, July 21, 2021: 

  • Skybound X #3 Cover A by Arthur Adams (Diamond Code MAY210045) 
  • Skybound X #3 Cover B by Cory Walker (Diamond Code MAY210046) 
  • Skybound X #3 Cover C by Erica Henderson (Diamond Code MAY210047) 
  • Skybound X #3 Cover D by Daniel Warren Johnson (Diamond Code MAY210048)
  • Skybound X #3 Cover E 1:10 Incentive Cover by Cory Walker (Diamond Code APR219072) 
  • Skybound X #3 Cover F 1:10 Incentive Cover by Erica Henderson (Diamond Code APR219073) 
  • Skybound X #3 Cover G 1:10 Incentive Cover by Daniel Warren Johnson (Diamond Code APR219074) 
  • Skybound X #3 Cover H 1:25 Incentive Cover by Arthur Adams (Diamond Code APR219075) 

On-Sale Wednesday, July 28, 2021: 

  • Skybound X #4 Cover A by Charlie Adlard (Diamond Code MAY210049) 
  • Skybound X #4 Cover B by Khary Randolph (Diamond Code MAY210050)
  • Skybound X #4 Cover C by Pablo Tunica (Diamond Code MAY210051) 
  • Skybound X #4 Cover D 1:10 Incentive Cover by Khary Randolph (Diamond Code APR219076) 
  • Skybound X #4 Cover E 1:10 Incentive Cover by Pablo Tunica (Diamond Code APR219077) 
  • Skybound X #4 Cover F 1:25 Incentive Cover by Charlie Adlard (Diamond Code APR219078) 

On-Sale Wednesday, August 4, 2021: 

  • Skybound X #5 Cover A by David Finch (Diamond Code MAY210052) 
  • Skybound X #5 Cover B by Chris Schweizer (Diamond Code MAY210053)
  • Skybound X #5 Cover C by Jason Howard (Diamond Code MAY210054) 
  • Skybound X #5 Cover D 1:10 Incentive Cover by Chris Schweizer (Diamond Code APR219079) 
  • Skybound X #5 Cover E 1:10 Incentive Cover by Jason Howard (Diamond Code APR219080) 
  • Skybound X #5 Cover F 1:25 Incentive Cover by David Finch (Diamond Code APR219081) 

Get a New Look at Skybound X including New Covers and Clementine!

On Friday at Skybound XpoImage Comics and Skybound teased an early look at the first comic book appearance of Clementine (the star of the bestselling video game series Telltale’s The Walking Dead) and revealed jaw-dropping cover art from the hotly anticipated Skybound X weekly comic book event. Superstars including Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley, Tillie Walden, Donny Cates, Joshua Williamson, Chip Zdarsky, James Harren, and Daniel Warren Johnson will contribute stories to this five-issue limited series launching on Wednesday, July 7.

These freshly unveiled covers  include the main cover to Skybound X #2 spotlighting “Rick Grimes 2000” by Cliff Rathburn; the main cover to Skybound X #4 by Charlie Adlard featuring the Rick Grimes vs Negan battle you never expected; and the Skybound X #5 variant by Chris Schweizer bringing fans a behind-the-scenes look at The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton!

If you want to know what to expect in Skybound’s next ten years, it all starts here with a celebration of the past, present… and the FUTURE! Each issue features a chapter of “Rick Grimes 2000,” the unforgettable story originally introduced in The Walking Dead #75, that reunites the Invincible team of Kirkman and Ottley! Plus, the first appearances of Everyday Hero Machine Boy, Sea Serpent’s Heir and more in this celebration of hit series like Excellence, Manifest Destiny, Ultramega, Assassin Nation, and more!

Skybound X #1  will be available at  comic book shops  and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, July 7, with subsequent issues releasing weekly:

  • Skybound X #1 Cover A by Ryan Ottley (Diamond Code MAY210037) 
  • Skybound X #1 Cover B by James Harren (Diamond Code MAY210038) 
  • Skybound X #1 Cover C by Tillie Walden (Diamond Code MAY210039) 
  • Skybound X #1 Cover D by Charlie Adlard (Diamond Code MAY210040) 
  • Skybound X #1 Cover E Blank Sketch Cover (Diamond Code MAY210041) 
     
  • Skybound X #2 Cover A by Cliff Rathburn (Diamond Code MAY210042)
  • Skybound X #2 Cover B by Andrei Bressan (Diamond Code MAY210043)
  • Skybound X #2 Cover C by Vuong & Kniivila (Diamond Code MAY210044)
     
  • Skybound X #3 Cover A by Arthur Adams (Diamond Code MAY210045)
  • Skybound X #3 Cover B by Cory Walker (Diamond Code MAY210046) 
  • Skybound X #3 Cover C by Erica Henderson (Diamond Code MAY210047)
  • Skybound X #3 Cover D by Daniel Warren Johnson (Diamond Code MAY210048) 
     
  • Skybound X #4 Cover A by Charlie Adlard (Diamond Code MAY210049)
  • Skybound X #4 Cover B by Khary Randolph (Diamond Code MAY210050)
  • Skybound X #4 Cover C by Pablo Tunica (Diamond Code MAY210051)
     
  • Skybound X #5 Cover A by David Finch (Diamond Code MAY210052) 
  • Skybound X #5 Cover B by Chris Schweizer (Diamond Code MAY210053)
  • Skybound X #5 Cover C by Jason Howard (Diamond Code MAY210054)

Image and Skybound Reveal Pride Month Charity Variants to Benefit the Transgender Law Center

In celebration of Pride Month this June, Skybound Entertainment will release a line of nine variant covers featuring art by LGBTQI+ creators.

All proceeds  from the sales of these Pride Month variant covers,  will be donated to the Transgender Law Center, the largest national trans-led organization advocating for a world in which all people are free to define themselves and their futures. Skybound will continue these charity initiatives throughout the year along with additional actions in support of underrepresented and vulnerable communities.

Skybound’s  Pride Month variant covers will be available exclusively at comic book stores and include:

Available on Wednesday, June 2—

  • Fire Power #12 Cover M by Kira Okamoto (Diamond Code MAR219145)
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #16 Cover D by Tillie Walden (Diamond Code MAR219153)

Available on Wednesday, June 9—

  • Birthright #50 Cover B by Binglin Hu (Diamond Code MAR219155)
  • The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton #1 Cover C by Ed Luce (Diamond Code MAR219150)
  • Oblivion Song #31 Cover B by Em Allen (Diamond Code MAR219149)

Available on Wednesday, June 16—

  • Stillwater #8 Cover B by Gabrielle Kari (Diamond Code MAR219151)
  • Ultramega #4 Cover E by Kris Anka (Diamond Code MAR219152)
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #17 Cover E by Marty G (Diamond Code MAR219154)

Available on Wednesday, June 23—

  • Manifest Destiny #44 Cover B by TBA (Diamond Code MAR219148)
Fire Power #12 Pride Month Variant

Avery Hill Publishing Reveals Six New Releases for 2021

Alone in Space – A Collection

Tillie Walden

Out 10/06/2021 (UK) – 06/07/2021 (USA)

A collection of Tillie’s three longform comics with Avery Hill: I Love This Part, The End Of Summer and A City Inside.
Plus the early sketches, short comics for magazines and webcomics such as What It’s Like To Be Gay In An All-Girls Middle School that shot her to fame on both sides of the Atlantic and have never been collected before.

Alone in Space - A Collection

Quiet Thoughts

Karen Shangguan

Out 19/08/2021 (UK) – 24/08/2021 (USA)

A collection of sketches and poetry comics from Vancouver artist Karen Shangguan.

Quiet Thoughts

Lights! Planets! People!

Lizzy Stewart and Molly Naylor

Out 23/09/2021 (UK) – 28/09/2021 (USA)

An adaptation of Molly Naylor’s play about a renowned scientist who is undergoing catastrophes in her work and personal life. Molly Naylor is an award-winning writer, performer and director and creator of Sky One comedy After Hours.
Lizzy Stewart is an award-winning artist and writer, and creator of Walking Distance which came out from Avery Hill in 2019.

Lights! Planets! People!

Methods of Dyeing

B. Mure

Out 07/10/2021 (UK) – 12/10/2021 (USA)

A new book in the quiet, fantastical Ismyre series by Bristol-based creator B. Mure.
Mure continues to expand the Ismyre universe, this time with a detective story!

Methods of Dyeing

Jinx Freeze

Lord Hurk

Out 21/10/2021 (UK) – 26/10/2021 (USA)

Down on the Riviera a famous sculpture has been stolen and the local police force are out of their depth – can a vast cast of local heroes, such as ‘King Gianthead Fighter Policeman O.X.’ or ‘Danny Kildare the Space Priest’, help solve the crime or will the thieves get away with their prize?

Told through the twisted creative lens of Hurk, Jinx Freeze is a heist story unlike any you’ve read before!

Jinx Freeze

Sour Pickles

Clio Isadora

11/11/21 (UK) – 16/11/21 (USA)

A semi-autobiographical comic about being bi-racial and working class whilst struggling to finish the final year at a prestigious London art school.

From exiting new Manchester-based artist Clio Isadora.

Sour Pickles
Almost American
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