In a release marking the centennial of the birth of Jazz alto saxophonist and bebop co-creator Charlie “Bird” Parker, this month cartoonist and Jazz trumpeter Dave Chisholm will publish the graphic biography Chasin’ the Bird: Charlie Parker In California. more
A Virtual Reality Check for Publishing
The Virtual Reality gaming marketplace is projected to reach $45.2 billion by 2027. It’s a mighty optimistic forecast for the niche field, and game publishers have plenty of incentives to jump in, but many setbacks could be keeping them on the sidelines. more
Launching HarperAlley, a New Graphic Novel Imprint
Join our live virtual launch event on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. EDT. Hosted by The Fanatic in partnership with HarperCollins, it'll be an evening of original art raffles, giveaways, and interviews with HarperAlley creators led by PW's Calvin Reid. The first 200 registrants will receive a limited edition HarperAlley tote bag. (Sponsored) Register Here
PW Talks with Rebecca Roanhorse
talks with the acclaimed fantasy author about her new novel, which is based on indigenous cultures in the pre-Columbian Americas. Three unlikely companions—a female high priest facing opposition, a young boy on a mission of divine retribution, and a female sea captain with magical powers—are thrown together in a rousing tale of “politics, generational trauma, and the path to redemption.” more
The Low Low Woods by Carmen Maria Machado with Dani
The acclaimed horror writer’s debut graphic novel is set in the unnervingly named mining town of Shudder-to-Think, where underground fires have burned for years, a town slowly dying, victimized by defunct industries, strange creatures in the woods, and an illness that destroys memory. Two young women leave a movie theater and realize they have forgotten the film they just watched, and set out to find answers. More
Review: The Sacrifice of Darkness by Roxane Gay with Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby
In this graphic adaptation of Gay’s fable-like Afrofuturist short story, Hiram Hightower, a miner in an alternate world, becomes deranged after working endlessly in the darkness of underground mines and flies an airship into the sun that destroys all sunlight for years, crippling society. His son Joshua, and the family are now shunned putting pressure on the romance between Joshua and a local girl, Mara, in this charming parable of love and hope in the face of darkness.
- Suburban 'Hoods: The Millions’s Nick Ripatrazone interviews Jared Diamond about his new book, The Sprawl: Reconsidering the Weird American Suburbs, in which he separates the mythology of the suburbs from its multifaceted and diverse reality.
Black Panther After Boseman: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney had no idea how seriously ill the Black Panther star was and now that he has passed, studio executives genuinely grieve for him at the same time they are forced to grapple with how to continue without his charismatic presence.
- Bird Lives!: To mark the centennial of the birth of bebop innovator Charlie “Bird” Parker (August 29, 1920–March12,1955), the Charlie Parker estate has turned its website into a hub for resources honoring the alto-saxophonist and composer, one of the most revered and influential musicians in the history of Jazz. Among many other aspects, Bird’s 100th birthday celebration will feature an exhibition on his life and music at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, a commissioned graphic biography with a foreword by Kareem Abdul Jabbar, a special flexi-disc recording, a new release from Verve Records and much more.
- Kirby Lives Too!: Jack Kirby, a key architect of Marvel comics and co-creator of such characters as the Black Panther and The Fantastic Four, is arguably the greatest comic book artist of all time. To mark Kirby’s 103 birthday on August 28, the Jack Kirby Museum and Research Center hosted three days of events and discussions presented on YouTube that featured an extensive list of guests speaking about his life and work, among them cartoonist Tom Scioli, author of Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics, a new graphic biography of the King of Comics, published by Ten Speed Press.
- It’s a WAP! Sir!: Rappers Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s wildly popular hit tune and video WAP has, so to speak, invaded the military. Apparently two female soldiers performed the tune’s athletically risqué dance routine on a TikTok video and some military folks lost their minds over it. Although the Army and the Navy have banned TikTok, anyone who uses TikTok (approximately 30 million people in the U.S.) can see that the military, police, hospital staff, fast food workers, and pretty much the rest of the uniformed world, are all over the video app.
This Week on the More to Come Podcast
This week the More to Come
crew—Calvin Reid, Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald and Kate Fitzsimons—recap DC FanDome, DC’s massive 24-hour online fan festival (especially the relaunch of Milestone Media), take note of Jim Lee and DC after the layoffs, report on Scott Snyder’s big bucks crowdfunder, Asia’s animation streaming wars, and, ask whether the classic French childrens' comics series Asterix is racist. More
In Blade Runner 2019: Off World Vol. 2, the graphic novel sequel to Ridley Scott’s acclaimed 1982 dystopian sci-fi film, Ash Ashina, a Blade Runner or bounty hunter charged with tracking down and destroying the biomachanical humanoids known as replicants, has separated from Cleo, daughter of business tycoon Alexander Selwyn, who she rescued and transported to the Off World colonies. In this 10-page excerpt, it’s seven years later and Ash has been tracked by Hythe, a new and typically ruthless Blade Runner, hired in the wake of a violent replicant uprising. She’s been hired to find Cleo and tracking down Ash is the first step. Blade Runner 2019: Off World Vol. 2 by Michael Green, and Mike Johnson with art by Andres Guinaldo will be published this month by Titan Comics. Click the image above to view the full excerpt.