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— Oni Press announced that the next installment in its “A Quick and Easy Guide” series will be hitting shelves on October 28, 2020. “A Quick and Easy Guide to Consent” is written and illustrated by Isabella Rotman and explores “how to tell someone you want to do stuff with them; how to ask if they want to do stuff with you; how to discuss exploring what stuff you want to do with each other; and more.” Readers are guided through this tricky subject by Sergeant Yes Means Yes from the Consent Cavalry, who offers “tips on what affirmative consent looks like, advocating for what you want, and setting boundaries that honor your comfort and safety.”
— Publisher Artists Writers & Artisans has decided to go fully online in the wake of its unfortunately timed launch during the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to comiXology, the publisher will also release its comics on its own website and webcomic platforms like Webtoon and Tapas. The online releases will begin with the first installment of “The Resistance,” a comic that ironically details the story of a pandemic that gives people super powers.
— Vault Comics is offering free digital comics to readers who purchase gift cards from their local comic shops in an effort to help support retailers in these uncertain times. The comics being offered by Vault are “Heavy” #1 by Max Bemis and Eryk Donovan, and “Hundred Wolves” #1 by Myke Cole and Tony Akins. To learn more on how to participate, click here.
— David Aja revealed on Twitter that he’s completed work on “The Seeds.” The first two issues of the four-issue series, written by Ann Nocenti, were released in the fall of 2018, and has been on hiatus since.
— DC has launched DC Kids Camp, a program aimed at helping parents keep their kids engaged while they’re self-distancing at home. Parents of middle-grade aged students can follow DC’s social channels to download superhero-themed activities and previews of past and upcoming graphic novels. Several authors have also signed on for livestream activities and events, including Meg Cabot, Agnes Garbowska, Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, Minh Lê, Michael Northrop, Ridley Pearson, Kirk Scroggs, and Gene Luen Yang, among others.
— In a letter to retailers, Dark Horse founder/publisher/co-owner Mike Richardson announced that Dark Horse is offering 90-day returnability to retailers to help mitigate any effects businesses might be facing due to the coronavirius pandemic. Richardson also noted that Dark Horse is reducing its output of comics and graphic novels for the coming months, though he did not indicate how this might affect digital releases.
— LeftField Media is canceling its inaugural Anime Frontier event due to concerns over COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus). The convention was scheduled to take place at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas, this May. It will now be held on May 14-16, 2021. Tickets purchased for this year’s event will be honored for the new date, but attendees also have the option to request a refund.
— Finally, all four Disney-owned Avengers movies are being re-released in Chinese theaters, according to Variety. This comes after news of a nationwide reopening of movie theaters after they had previously been shuttered to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The movies will reportedly be available starting today, March 26, until the end of June.