'PW' talks with newly appointed IDW publisher Nachie Marsham and IDW v-p of sales Blake Kobashigawa, about adapting to a comics and graphic novel marketplace reshaped by the pandemic. more
'Fangirl': Now a Manga!
Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, everybody is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life. Cath's sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath just can't let go. Now that they’re in college, Cath must decide if she’s ready to start living her own life. But does she even want to if it means leaving Simon Snow behind? (Sponsored) more
Review: We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen
Chen’s comical prose sendup of superhero tropes features Mind Robber, a super villain dude, and Throwing Star, an Asian American super heroine, who bond after discovering they gained their powers (and lost their memory of how it happened) in the same oddball manner: both woke up in a strange apartment with a note explaining their new powers. More
Review: The Book Tour by Andi Watson
Watson’s deadpan comic sendup of authorial insecurity follows his author-hero G.H. Fretwell as the somewhat clueless writer embarks on a benighted book tour that is mostly ignored by the reading public (as well as his publisher) as it turns into an extended and increasingly dark series of comical mishaps and embarrassments.
The Impending Blindness of Billie Scott by Zoe Thorogood
This lively, eccentrically illustrated graphic novel is the story of young art school dropout Billie Scott, an ambitious but uncertain painter, who discovers she is going blind after taking a vicious punch to her head. Reconciled with the grim diagnosis, she embarks on a rail quest through the U.K. to paint “ten portraits of ten interesting people,” before her vision is gone.
- The Global Multi-Verse: Over at The Millions Nick Ripatrazone surveys six new books of poetry that are being released in October.
- Art Spiegelman’s Maus at 40: Forty years after the publication of the first chapter of Maus, Art Spiegelman’s Holocaust graphic memoir masterwork, the cartoonist talks with The Guardian about working on the book, its impact on his career, on the broader culture of comics publishing, and on political cartooning during the Trump regime.
- A New, New Negro: In October, Oxford University Press will release a paperback edition Jeffrey C. Stewart’s The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, an acclaimed biography of Locke, who was a longtime Howard University professor, the first Black Rhodes Scholar, and a key critical and mentoring presence during the Harlem Renaissance, the seminal flowering of African American literary, visual and performing arts that took place during the 1920s. The book was awarded a 2018 National Book Award as well as a 2019 Pulitzer Prize and Stewart was profiled by PW.
- Animation Nation: New York magazine’s pop culture news site Vulture reached out to our PW colleague John Maher and his collaborator Eric Vilas-Boas, editors of the Dot + Line, the now-dormant animation news site, to oversee a team of researchers that have collected 100 influential sequences in animation history. This remarkable listing and display of video excerpts begins in 1892 with a segment of Théâtre Optique by Charles-Émile Reynaud, ends with one from Steven Universe in 2019, and in between presents key sequences from a captivating range of animated works that have enriched and transformed the medium.
- Selfies: Not Just for Phone Cameras: Cartoonist De La Cruz, an “artist and activist from the Bronx and a lover of New York,” conducts a video workshop on “drawing selfies” as part of The Believer magazine’s ongoing series of video workshops by comics artists. De La Cruz’s forthcoming graphic memoir, I’m a Wild Seed, will be published by Street Noise Books in February 2021.
This Week on the More to Come Podcast
This week on More to Come,
Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald talks to Tea Fougner, editorial director of comics at King Features, about her career, syndicated digital comics, the evolution of webcomics, finding new voices and this week's controversial revival and redesign of the venerable Mark Trail comics strip by Jules Rivera. More
Dune, Frank Herbert’s 1965 global bestseller and landmark epic science-fiction novel, has been adapted into a graphic novel by a creative team that includes Herbert’s son, Brian Herbert, an acclaimed science-fiction author in his own right, and novelist and comics writer Kevin J. Anderson, with art by Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín. The cover art is by legendary comics artist Bill Sienkiewicz. In this nine-page excerpt, the novel’s key character, Paul Atreides, and his family members prepare to travel to, and take control of, the planet Arrakis, the only source of “The Spice,” a rare substance that extends life and human capabilities, after Paul manages to pass the harrowing and deadly test of the Gom jabba. DUNE: The Graphic Novel, Book 1: Dune by Frank Herbert, adapted by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, illustrated by Raúl Allén, and Patricia Martín will be published by © Abrams ComicArts in November 2020. Click the image above to view the full excerpt.