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In case you missed it, yesterday it was announced that Gail Simone and Adriana Melo will be the creative team behind a new “Plastic Man” miniseries set to be start in June.
– Kicking things off, Dark Horse announced in a press release that it will be putting Mark Andrew Smith and James Stokoe’s “Sullivan’s Sluggers” back into print. “Sullivan’s Sluggers” was originally solicited for Image Comics in 2012, however, the creators launched a Kickstarter campaign which led to a controversial feud between Stokoe and Smith where the artist demanded his name get removed from the book. The “Sullivan’s Sluggers” hardcover will be on sale August 22, 2018. For more info head over to DarkHorse.com.
– With Dan Slott and Valerio Schiti taking over the reigns on Marvel’s ‘fresh start’ Iron Man series, CBR reports that the creative team will not only bring back hundreds of different armors, but will expand Tony Stark’s supporting cast. Jocasta and Bethany Cabe will be returning to “Tony Stark: Iron Man” in some capacity. Bethany Cabe has been most notably absent from Iron Man stories since “Invincible Iron Man” #527 (2012). CBR also has some character designs provided by Marvel, so do go check them out.
– Teen Titans Go! to the Movies has tapped a couple of members of the music industry to voice cameo appearances for Wonder Woman and Green Lantern. Singer/songwriter Halsey is voicing the Amazon princess Wonder Woman, while rapper Lil Yachty will play Green Lantern. Teen Titans Go! to the Movies will be in theaters on July 27, 2018.
– According to Newsarama, as students around the country prepare for the National School Walkout Day, and for the March For Our Lives demonstration in Washington D.C., the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the National Coalition Against Censorship have released a free comic book that will help students protect their first amendment rights. “Be Heard!,” by cartoonist Kai Texel, outlines some of the best practices to help kids assert their rights to speech, protest, assembly and petition, and warns about risks. The comic provides resources to get more help. Neil Gaiman, who co-chairs the CBLDF said “This comic is a valuable guide that teaches students how to ensure their truth is heard.” The National School Walkout day is scheduled for tomorrow on March 14, 2018, while the March for Our Lives Demonstration will take place March 24, 2018. Make sure to download a free copy of “Be Heard!” here.
– The Beat has the shortlist of nominees for the sixth annual Cartoonist Studio Prize for both best print comic and best web comic. Among the nominees in the best print category are “The Academic Hour” by Keren Katz, “My Favorite Thing Is Monsters” by Emil Ferris, and “Boundless” by Jillian Tamaki. Some of the nominees for the best web comic include “A GoFundMe Campaign Is Not Health Insurance” by Ted Closson, “Leaving Richard’s Valley” by Michael DeForge, and “Neighbors” by Christina Tran. For the full lists of nominees make sure to visit here.
– In other award news, “Illegal,” a graphic novel written by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin, with art by Giovanni Rigano, has been nominated for the Children’s Books Ireland (CBI) Book of the Year Award. The book is about a refugee’s journey from West Africa to Italy. To see all of the nominees for the CBI Book of the Year award head over to The Irish Times.
– There’s no denying Black Panther’s success at the box office, as it recently crossed the $1 billion mark. Needless to say, the movie has also had a major cultural impact across the globe. This can especially be seen in the athletic community, as black athletes all over the world are using the ‘Wakanda Forever’ salute to celebrate their victories. The salute players use has ranged from soccer matches to tennis and rugby matches and continues to grow. You can read more about the cultural impact here.Continued below
– And finally, political and satirical cartoonists from The Nib have released the first episode of their second season of animated shorts of the same name. The newest episode of The Nib, featuring President Trump, is titled “Health Genius,” and is available to stream here along with the 10-episode first season. The Nib was created by Matt Bors with Daniel Powell serving as executive producer.