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In case you missed it, “The Beano” writer Tommy Donbavand passed away at the age of 53, writer Michael Moreci inked a multi-project deal with Vault Comics, and Neal Adams is launching a new Ra’s al Ghul-centric miniseries.
– Publishers Weekly brings word of a new independent publisher that will specialize in graphic memoirs and illustrated nonfiction for young adults. Street Noise Books will launch in January 2020 with six titles, and according to founder and publisher Liz Frances, the new publisher will produce books that are “unapologetic, authentic, and politically relevant.”
– Paste broke the news that cartoonist John Patrick Green has a new middle-grade comic coming from First Second. Titled “InvestiGators,” the story will follow a pair of tech-savvy, crime-solving alligators who have “a complete disregard for brick walls.” “InvestiGators” releases March 31, 2020.
– Newsarama shared a look at Koyama Press’s fall 2019 and winter 2020 line-up, including new books from Ben Passmore (“BTTM FDRS”), GG (“I’m Not Here”), Connor Willumsen (“Anti-Gone”), and Michael DeForge (“Brat”). You can see the full line-up by clicking here.
– Amulet Books revealed the title and cover of the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid novel. Publishers Weekly reports that the novel will be titled Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball, and will arrive in stores on November 5.
– Patrick Stewart’s new Star Trek series is officially titled Star Trek: Picard, according to StarTrek.com. The show’s title and logo were revealed at a CBS upfront presentation yesterday.
– The upcoming Snowpiercer TV series (based on the movie which was based on the graphic novel) is moving to TBS, and has already been renewed for a second season. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series has been shuffled to TBS as part of that network’s expansion into drama, and it will debut in spring 2020.
– Variety reports that AGC Studios is developing a television adaptation of “Angeltown,” a Vertigo noir series from 2005. The comic, created by writer Gary Phillips and artist Shawn Martinbrough, was the blaxploitation-inspired story of a private detective tracking down a basketball player accused of the murder of his wife. The news came as part of an AGC Studios informational meeting at Cannes.
– And finally, Rick and Morty will return to Cartoon Network in November of this year. According to Variety, Rick and Morty season 4’s release month was announced yesterday, at a WarnerMedia upfront presentation in New York.