With the San Diego Comic-Con canceled and all public gatherings on hold, comics publishers and creators and pop culture show organizers struggle. more
Vortex247 Showcases African Digital Comics
Vortex247, a Lagos, Nigeria-based African-centric digital comics platform, is developing the next generation of talent and content aimed at the African continent’s rapidly-expanding mobile-digital consumer base. more
An Anxious Actor Must Face Inner Demons
Is there a method to actor Kei Yonagi’s madness? The young thespian has siblings to feed, but a new role triggers her psychological demons. Her desperate acting catches the eye of a famous director, Sumiji Kuroyama, who’s looking for raw talent to mold. With his help, can Yonagi navigate the cutthroat world of acting without going insane?(Sponsored) more
Interview: PW Talks with V. E. Schwab
Talks with bestselling fantasy novelist V.E. Schwab about The Rebel Army
, the final volume in her graphic novel trilogy Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince
, which was published July 8 by Titan. more
Review: Stone and Steel by Eboni Dunbar
Dunbar, a PW
reviewer, has written an engrossing work of Black queer speculative fiction. Set in a fantasy kingdom now in decline, the book is focused on a royal family at war with itself and a female general forced to confront her former lover, now the realm’s despotic queen, in a desperate effort to save the kingdom. More
- Teachable Moment: The Millions’s Nick Ripatrazone interviews novelist Shannon Reed about Why Did I Get a B?, her new, smart and hilarious memoir about life as a teacher. She talks about the myths around teaching and on the struggles of teaching in a pandemic.
- No Stinking Badges Needed: While the annual Comic-Con International: San Diego (better known as the San Diego Comic-Con) has been canceled, CCI has organized Comic-Con @ Home, a virtual recreation of the massive pop culture convention. The in-person SDCC attracts more than 150,000 fans and usually sells out every ticket as soon as they are available. But Comic-Con @ Home can offer unlimited attendance: No tickets, no lines, no problems. The virtual con will take place from July 22-26.
- Quarantine Comics Benefit: Pop culture writer Whitney Matheson and cartoonist Dean Haspiel have curated Pandemix: Quarantine Comics in the age of ‘Rona,’ a benefit comics anthology that will donate all proceeds to The Hero Initiative, a nonprofit organization that provides emergency medical or financial support to comics creators. The 56-page digital anthology will include comics by 19 artists and writers, most from New York City. Cartoonists include Haspiel, Josh Neufeld, Kristen Radke, N. Steven Harris, Ellen Lindner and others.
- Truthcast: Acclaimed historian and New Yorker writer Jill Lepore has launched The Last Archive, a podcast series in which she looks at the history of evidence, proof, and, ultimately, the truth, using archives and all manner of found evidence. Season one begins with a murder in Vermont in 1919.
- Publishing Just Got A Bit Darker: The New York Times looks at the appointments of two Black women—Dana Canedy at S&S and Lisa Lucas at Pantheon/Schocken Books—to head major New York trade book houses within the last two or three weeks. Is the book publishing industry, long criticized for its lack of diversity, on the verge of genuine change?
This Week on the More to Come Podcast
This week on More to Come
Calvin interviews Joe Sacco about this new book, Paying the Land,
an immersive and moving examination of the history of Indigenous people in Canada’s Northwest Territories, the impact of predatory treaties and Canada's notorious residential schools, and he profiles a new generation of First Nations leaders facing off against oil, fracking, and mining interests over Indigenous control of vast wilderness tracts filled with valuable resources. Scroll down for an excerpt from the book. The book will be published by Metropolitan Books in July. More
In his new book Paying the Land, acclaimed comics journalist Joe Sacco pays a visit the Dene and other Indigenous people in their vast and majestic homelands in Canada’s Northwest Territories near the arctic circle. Sacco is there to learn the history of Canada’s First Nations peoples, their tragic conflict with the Canadian government, and to understand their new struggle with mining, oil and fracking interests to control and benefit from the extraction of these resources from their traditional lands. In this 12-page excerpt Sacco talks with chief Dolphus Jumbo and Indigenous activists and learns about the terrible impact of Canada’s residential schools, and the pull between traditional life in the bush and the benefits and the severe social problems that come with modern life. Paying the Land by Joe Sacco was published in July by Metropolitan Books. Click the image above to view the full excerpt.