After launching graphic novel lines at Andrews McMeel and Lion Forge, Andrea Colvin has joined Hachette with big plans for graphic novels at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. more
A Charming Tale for Fans of Japanese Folklore
There are animals occasionally born with great powers. Senzou the black fox is one of those—but he abused his strength until the Sun Goddess imprisoned him for his bad behavior. Three hundred years later, he's finally been released—but on one condition: he can't regain his powers until he successfully helps a tanuki cub named Manpachi become an assistant to the gods. (Sponsored) more
Interview: PW Talks with Mark Russell
Comics writer Mark Russell talks with PW
about writing the controversial graphic novel Second Coming,
a satire about Jesus Christ returning to earth, this time with Earth's mightiest superhero as his roommate. more
PW Talks With Lawrence Wright
Wright talks with PW
about his new novel, a chillingly prescient, hair-raisingly plausible, geopolitical narrative constructed around a deadly pandemic that starts in Indonesia and invites an uncomfortable comparison to our dire contemporary moment. more
Review: Keep Calm and Log On by Gillian “Gus” Andrews
Disguised as a handbook for technophobic dummies, Andrews book is actually a lively guide to media literacy, online privacy, digital security, and online culture, that will be as useful to tech newbies as it will be to digital warriors. More
- Literary Vaccinations: For those unafraid to peer into the literary abyss of historical apocalyptic sickness, The Millions’s Ed Simon offers a prophylactic survey of writing on pandemics beginning in the 14th century with the Black Death (which killed 60% to 90% of the European population) and moving to Albert Camus’s The Plague and Tony Kushner’s AIDs masterwork Angels in America, to the viral zombification depicted in George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead and Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead graphic novels. “Illness reminds us that the world isn’t ours; literature let’s us know that it is—sometimes,” Simon writes. “Most of all, take care of each other. And wash your hands.”
- Viral Response: In the wake of the spread of the new coronavirus, bookstores, libraries and authors are canceling promotional events. In response, retailers and public institutions as well as authors such as acclaimed graphic novel artist Gene Luen Yang, whose much-anticipated basketball-focused graphic novel Dragon Hoops will be published this month, are devising virtual events and online campaigns to stay in touch with fans, patrons and customers.
- Live From Where You Can’t Go: Created in response to the cancellations of public events, The Social Distancing Festival was founded to provide an online alternative to in-person art and cultural events, substituting a listing of livestreamed events and performances in the wake of the spread of the coronavirus and the need for social distancing.
- Brown Girl On BookTube: YouTube will unveil the sixth episode of BookTube, its monthly video book club, on March 19 in a show featuring acclaimed writer Jacqueline Woodson talking about her new novel, Red at the Bone, and her acclaimed National Book Award winning memoir Brown Girl Dreaming.
- Kickstarter Digs Webcomic Jazz Cats: Lackadaisy, a webcomic created by artist, animator and designer Tracy Butler, is the basis for a Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $137,000 in less than two days (the goal was $85,000) to fund an animated short based on the comic and an artbook collection to be published by Iron Circus Comics. Butler’s wildly popular funny-animal webcomic—all the characters are cats—is funny, beautifully illustrated, deeply researched, and set in 1920s St. Louis among a group of jazz musicians and bootleggers.
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 recent spate of comics events canceled or postponed (among them Emerald City Comic Con, MoCCA Arts Fest, and WonderCon) due to the spread of the new coronavirus; plus Heidi reports on C2E2, including DC publisher Jim Lee after the departure of Dan DiDio, plus an interview with comics creator and novelist Joe Hill of the 'Locke and Key' and 'Heart Shaped Box' from C2E2. More
DC’s new YA graphic novel The Oracle Code by Marieke Nijkamp with art by Manuel Preitano updates the Batman legend of Barbara Gordon, daughter of Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon, who is paralyzed after she becomes the victim of a gunshot wound. Reimagined by Nijkamp, an autistic YA author and advocate for the disabled, Babs Gordon is now a wheelchair-bound teenager struggling emotionally with her disability, newly and reluctantly enrolled in Gotham City’s Arkham Center for Independence to learn to adapt to her condition. But she’s also a world class hacker who turns sleuth when she realizes something’s not quite right at the facility when patients start disappearing. In this 13-page excerpt Babs slowly comes out of her shell, trains using her wheelchair, and teams with a patient whose brother is missing in an effort figure out what’s going on. The Oracle Code was published this month by DC Graphic Novels for Young Readers. Click the image above to view the full excerpt.