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It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for?

While you think about that, here’s some news and reviews from around the web to keep you entertained.

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Los Angeles Times – ‘Not Funny Ha-Ha’: Leah Hayes’ graphic novel about abortion goes beyond politics – Sounds like an interesting comic.

Geek and Sundry – Ten Rare Board Games to Snap Up the Second You Can – Some classic games here.

 

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IGN – Virgil

Around the Tubes

It’s a new week and lots of descriptions of video to come out of D23. Anything get you excited?

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Nothing But Comics – Marvels Diversity Problem Is The Same Diversity Problem We’ve Always Had – A very good read.

Kotaku – Kingdom Hearts III Is Getting A Big Hero 6 World – Hells yes!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

ICv2 – Awkward

Blogcritics – Girl in Dior

CBR – Plutona #1

IGN: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back GN

CBR – Virgil

Listen to Graphic Policy Radio With Guest Steve Orlando on Demand

This Thursday was a special episode of Graphic Policy Radio with writer Steve Orlando. Steve returned to the show to discuss his new series from Image Comics,Virgil!

Undertow and Midnighter writer Steve Orlando and Murder Book artist JD Faith present a brand new, “queersploitation” graphic novel on the streets of Jamaica in,Virgil, in stores this September 2015.

Betrayed, beaten, and banished by his own, an outed cop fights his way across Jamaica for revenge.

This is a Foxy Brown-style revenge action with a new face and new fists. Holding his gun and his badge, Virgil thought he was safe in the police force, hiding who he is. But when his own brothers on the force out him in the papers, it doesn’t bring him down. It sets him free! Now, he’s out for revenge. And he’s not leaving town without his man, and some blood on his hands.

We talked to Steve about the upcoming book as well as the Kickstarter that it spun out from, queer theory, and even some classic movies.

If you want to get Virgil, make sure to head to your comic shop to pre-order it! Pre-orders close this Monday August 17th, so make sure to tell your shop before hand!

Graphic Policy Radio with Guest Steve Orlando, This Thursday at 10pm

gp-radio-special-thurs-10pmThis Thursday is a special episode of Graphic Policy Radio with writer Steve Orlando. Steve is returning to the show to discuss his new series from Image Comics,Virgil! The show airs on a special day and time, this Thursday at 10pm ET.

Undertow and Midnighter writer Steve Orlando and Murder Book artist JD Faith present a brand new, “queersploitation” graphic novel on the streets of Jamaica in,Virgil, in stores this September 2015.

Betrayed, beaten, and banished by his own, an outed cop fights his way across Jamaica for revenge.

This is a Foxy Brown-style revenge action with a new face and new fists. Holding his gun and his badge, Virgil thought he was safe in the police force, hiding who he is. But when his own brothers on the force out him in the papers, it doesn’t bring him down. It sets him free! Now, he’s out for revenge. And he’s not leaving town without his man, and some blood on his hands.

We’ll talk to Steve about the upcoming book as well as the Kickstarter that it spun out from.

We also want your questions too! Tweet them to us @graphicpolicy.

You can listen LIVE this Thursday at 10pm ET.

Kickstarter Spotlight: Virgil, an Outed Cop Gets His Revenge & Saves His Man

When it comes to stories, you see some and you wonder why no one has done it sooner. Virgil is one of those ideas. That’s why it was easy to choose our latest Kickstarter Spotlight.

Welcome to Jamaica. A resort destination. 70% of citizens don’t think gay men and women deserve basic human rights. The world’s highest murder rate.The worst place on Earth to be gay.

Created by Steve Orlando, Virgil will feature the art of JD Faith, coloring by Chris Beckett and design and lettering by Victor Ochoa. The idea for the graphic novel began with Archie Comics’ announcement of Kevin Keller. The idea of taking this series that was unchanged for decades and infusing an LGBTQ character smoothly, as if he always belonged, struck Orlando. The normalcy of it all stood out.

Then came Django Unchained, and its commentary on racism in the form of a blaxploitation film. Orlando wanted to do his version, his gaysploitation story. With the anti-gay violence in Jamaica largely unknown, he had a place to set the book- a place commonly thought of as a vacation paradise, with an unexplored underbelly.

This is his way to explore the LGBTQ battle withing a story we’re all familiar with and can get behind and support. It’s a bold packaging and an interesting way to push forward a struggle that’s very much going on every day around the world.

You can find a preview below.

Best Pledge: $35 – Gets you the print edition with a Kickstarter only cover

Risk: LOW – I don’t expect there to be too many issues. This is a pretty veteran crew and the time frames makes sense to me. Amounts too also make sense. Maybe there’s some slight slips in delivery dates, but I don’t expect them, to be horrific like many I’ve experienced myself.

WWE Star Goldberg To Attend Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con

Official Press Release

WWE, TV, Movie Star Bill Goldberg To Attend Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con

Joins Bruce Campbell, Adam Baldwin, Pam Grier, 300+ Celebrity Guests, Leading Comic Book Artists and Writers, June 17-19, 2011 at Pennsylvania Convention Center

Bill Goldberg (Photo: Adam Rickert)NEW YORK and PHILADELPHIA, May 16, 2011 – Wizard World Inc. (WIZD) is proud to announce that popular WWE professional wrestler, television and movie star Bill Goldberg has joined a standout list of celebrity guests scheduled to attend the 11th annual Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  Goldberg, who will be making his first Wizard World event appearance, will meet fans on Saturday, June 18th.  The event, which will feature more than 300 celebrities, comic book creators and great guests, will be held June 17-19.

Goldberg followed in the paths of many wrestlers who have made the transition from the gridiron to the squared circle to become wrestling stars – he just did so faster and to a greater magnitude than anyone else in history. In only his second year in the business, Goldberg became one of the biggest names the wrestling business has ever seen. And now, Goldberg has transitioned from being a star in the WWE to a television and feature film star.

“Bill Goldberg is an iconic figure to a generation of fans of wrestling and the WWE,” said Gareb Shamus, Wizard World CEO.  “He will bring a whole new crowd of fans to Comic Con and the city of Philadelphia. I just hope he doesn’t ‘Jackhammer’ me.”

In addition to Goldberg, other headline guests on the Philadelphia Comic Con guest list include Bruce Campbell, Adam Baldwin, Pam Grier, Vivica A. Fox, Julie Benz and Billy Dee Williams.  The event will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop culture, movies, comics, toys, video gaming, television, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

Goldberg was not a typical wrestling fan growing up, but instead focused most of his attention on football. An excellent player in high school, Goldberg starred as an All-SEC and All-American Nose Guard at the University of Georgia. When his career as a Bulldog was over, he eyed stardom in the National Football League. After spending time with the Los Angeles Rams and then winning the World Bowl with the Sacramento Surge of the World League of American Football, Goldberg signed on with the Atlanta Falcons in 1991. After three years with the team he suffered a torn abdominal muscle which put him out for the 1994 season. Goldberg was signed by the Carolina Panthers in 1995, but could not rebound from the injury sufficiently enough to play. He was thus forced to retire from football.

Goldberg never planned on becoming a professional wrestler. He crossed paths with many World Championship Wrestling stars while living in Atlanta. Though the world of wrestling was intriguing to him, joining the ranks of professional wrestlers was not an option that Goldberg seriously considered at the time. Later, Goldberg was working out in a gym owned by Lex Luger and Sting and was convinced by Sting to take a chance in the squared circle. After months of training in the WCW Power Plant, Goldberg made his official professional debut in WCW against Hugh Morrus, pinning the 300 pound wrestler. The next year and a half would be among the most remarkable periods in professional wrestling history.

Other wrestling guests scheduled to attend Philadelphia Comic Con include “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, Virgil, Candice Michelle, Torrie Wilson, and Brimstone.

Children and adult attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite villain, superhero or pop culture personality for the chance to win special prizes in costume contests.  Event-goers may also try their hand at interactive product exhibits and shop for collectible comics, movie and television memorabilia, toys and games at more than 200 dealer booths.

Philadelphia Comic Con is the sixth stop on Wizard World’s 2011 North American tour.  Hours are Friday, June 17, noon – 8 p.m., Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday, June 19, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Tickets are available in advance online at http://www.wizardworld.com/philadelphia.html at a savings over tickets purchased at the door.  Advance adult single-day tickets are priced at $25 ($35 on site); three-day weekend tickets are $45 ($55 on site), and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult).  VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available on a limited basis.

About Wizard World:
Wizard World, Inc. produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premiers, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests. Wizard World, Inc. also produces Wizard World Digital, an online publication covering new and upcoming products and talents in the pop culture world, is distributed on a weekly basis to online and iPad users worldwide.

The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.

***** SAVE THE 2011/12 DATES *****
May 21-22 – Big Apple Comic Con
June 17-19 – Philadelphia Comic Con
August 11-14 – Chicago Comic Con
September 17-18  – New England Comic Con
September 24-25 – Los Angeles Comic Con
October 22-23 – Mid-Ohio Comic Con
October 28-30 – Central Canada Comic Con (C4)
November 11-13 – Austin Comic Con
January 28-29, 2012 – New Orleans Comic Con
March 23-25, 2012 – Toronto Comic Con
April 27-29, 2012 – Anaheim Comic Con
December 8-9, 2012 – Miami Comic Con