The death of Stanley Crouch - author, jazz critic, columnist and novelist - at age 74 ended five decades of engrossing, often iconoclastic declarations on race, jazz, politics, film criticism, and American culture. more
PSU Press Launches Graphic Mundi Imprint
The Penn State University Press will launch Graphic Mundi, a new fiction and nonfiction graphic imprint, in spring 2021. The new imprint will build on the press’s Graphic Medicine series, but expands the subject matter to include graphic works on the environment, human rights, and social justice as well as health and medicine. more
Request an ARC: ‘Save It For Later’
From Nate Powell, National Book Award–winning artist of March
, comes a timely anthology of comics essays, in which he addresses living in an era of what he calls “necessary protest.” Save It for Later
is Powell’s reflection on witnessing the collapse of discourse in real time as he explores how to equip young people to shape the future of the country. (Sponsored) more
Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Fiction
’s reviews editors have put together an overflowing collection of books of all kinds suitable for holiday gifts. Among them cartoonist Adrian Tomine's Loneliness of the Long-Distaance Cartoonist
. Check out other graphic works in the Comics and Graphic Novel listing under the Fiction category. more
Interview: PW Talks with Kimiko Tobimatsu
talks with Tobimaatsu, a queer Asian-Canadian, about her debut graphic nonfiction account (with art by Keet Geniza) of dealing with a treatable, but nonetheless frightening, diagnosis of breast cancer, and its impact on her relationships with friends, family and her romantic partner. More
Review: Imperfect Arrangements by Frances Mensah Williams
In her new novel, Ghana-born author Williams offers a story rich in cultural detail that examines the relationships of three friends—contemporary African professional women—who are struggling with gender roles, marriage, pregnancy and motherhood, and the lure of romantic fantasies.
Outlawed by Anna North
North has created an irresistible queer feminist western set in the Dakota territories at the end of the 19th century. Accused of witchcraft by a former friend who suffered a miscarriage, 18 year-old Ada flees her home to join a violent all female gang of outlaws out to create a town where gender and LGBTQ nonconformers can find refuge.
- On The Road to California: The Millions’s Marie Myung-Ok Lee talks with the novelist C Pam Zhang about her new novel How Much of these Hills is Gold, “a thrilling, lyrical take on the harsh and beautiful landscapes of the American West.” It’s the story of two Chinese American siblings that take off after their abusive father dies and must figure out how to survive while traveling through Zhang’s literary dreamscape. The book was longlisted for the Booker Prize.
- Just The Two of Them & Books: Wade and Cheryl Hudson, cofounders of Just Us Books, a groundbreaking publisher focused on producing books for African American children and young adults, have produced Just Us &, an online interview show on YouTube. The show’s hosts interview authors, editors and others that work to get books into the hands of readers, librarians and booksellers.
- Black Stories Matter: Melanin in YA is an online resource and directory for information on black storytellers and producers. Created by Melody Simpson and funded by a GofundMe campaign, the site is designed to provide a wide range of information on Black writers, agents, editors, and designers as well as news about book rights, TV options and much more.
- Immigrants Get The Job Done: The Association of the U.S. Army, a nonprofit educational and professional development resource serving U.S. soldiers, has released the latest in a series of graphic novels to honor recipients of the Medal of Honor, the highest honor that can be awarded to members of the U.S. military. The latest release is Medal of Honor: Tibor Rubin by Chuck Dixon, Rick Magyar, and Le Beau Underwood, the story of the only holocaust survivor to be awarded the Medal of Honor. Rubin emigrated to the U.S. after World War II, joined the army and fought in the Korean War. During the war in 1950 he single-handedly fought off a North Korean attack and inflicted enormous casualties on the enemy. He was captured and while imprisoned continued to risk his life to help his fellow prisoners. The comic is free to download.
- Restored: Native Son The Movie: Film distributor Kino Lorber has produced a restoration of the 1951 film version of Richard Wright's acclaimed novel Native Son, a book focused on the oppression of African Americans under American racism. The film stars Wright as the protagonist Bigger Thomas. The film was heavily censored when it was first released and for this restoration a complete 16mm print of the original film release in Argentina was combined with an incomplete but uncensored 35mm negative to create the most complete version of Native Son available in the U.S. Kino Lorber plans to screen the film online.
This Week on the More to Come Podcast
This week the More to Come
crew—Calvin Reid, Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald and Kate Fitzsimons—discuss the transformation of the DC Universe streaming TV/film service into DC Universe Infinite, a digital comics subscription service; compare the comics industry in 1994 with today; rave about Watchmen
's whopping 11 Emmys; and discuss IDW’s new kids and young adult content division. More
Acclaimed science-comics writer Jim Ottaviani and artist C.M. Butzer team with the celebrated biologist and naturalist Edward O. Wilson to turn Naturalist, his 1994 memoir, into an equally delightful and engrossing graphic work that unpretentiously documents his life growing up in the 1930s and 1940s, as well as capturing the course and scientific importance of his landmark career as a biologist. In this 13-page excerpt Wilson, in love and recently engaged, nevertheless heads to New Guinea in 1954 to study his specialty, ants, alone and without any high tech devices, in an intriguing look at how a scientific field investigation was conducted in a very different time period. Edward O. Wilson’s Naturalist: A Graphic Adaptation by Jim Ottaviani and C.M. Butzer will be published in November by Island Press. Click the image above to view the full excerpt.