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In case you missed it, the 2019 Glyph Comics Awards were held on Friday, while Berger Books announced “Ruby Falls,” and Marvel unveiled “Age of Conan: Valeria.” YUNGBLUD and Ryan O’Sullivan are also teaming up with several artists at Z2 for “The Twisted Tales of the Ritalin Club.”
– IDW announced writer Jim Zub and artist Max Dunbar will reunite for a new Dungeons & Dragons comic, “Dungeons & Dragons: Infernal Tides.” The five-issue series, which is inspired by the upcoming board game Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus, sees the stronghold of Baldur’s Gate becoming infested with demons, forcing the heroic Minsc and friends to go on a Hellish journey to drive them out. Issue #1 will be released in November.
– Zub will also reunite with artist Troy Little on “Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons II: Painscape,” a sequel to last year’s crossover series published by IDW and Oni Press. The miniseries, which begins on September 18, was announced in conjunction with a Rick and Morty edition of the game, Dungeons & Dragons vs Rick and Morty: Tabletop Roleplaying Game Adventure, due out sometime this fall.
– IDW’s third and final announcement this weekend was for “Mountainhead,” a five-issue thriller from writer John Lees (“Sink”) and artist Ryan Lee (“Archer & Armstrong”) starting in August. It tells the story of Abraham Stubbs, a boy, and his father Noah, who live off the grid, believing they’re being pursued by the government, when they come into conflict with “the bloodied survivor of a climbing expedition gone horribly wrong.”
– Marvel solicited August’s ‘Acts of Evil‘ specials, which include “Deadpool Annual #1: Deadpool vs. Nightmare” (written by Dana Schwartz with art by Reilly Brown), and “She-Hulk Annual #1: She-Hulk vs. Bullseye” (respectively written and illustrated by Alexandra Petri and Andy MacDonald). The stories mark the comic book debuts of Schwartz, who is an entertainment journalist and author, and Petri, a satirist at The Washington Post.
The company also revealed September’s ‘Acts of Evil’ will consist of “Ghost-Spider Annual #1: Ghost-Spider vs. Arcade (by Vita Ayala and Pere Perez), “Moon Knight Annual #1: Moon Knight vs. Kang” (Cullen Bunn and Ibrahim Moustafa), and “Wolverine Annual #1: Wolverine vs. Morgan Le Fay” (written by Jody Houser with art TBD).
– Syfy have ordered an adaptation of Vault Comics’ sci-fi series “Vagrant Queen.” The comic, created by Magdalene Visaggio and Jason Smith in 2018, follows Elida, an exiled queen, who lives her life among the stars on the run from the Republic government seeking to end her bloodline.
Adriyan Rae (Light as a Feather) will play Elida, while Tim Rozon (Diggstown) has been cast as her friend Isaac, and Paul du Toit (Maze Runner) will play Lazaro, the menacing commander hunting her down. The show also has an all-female team of writers and directors, including showrunner Jem Garrard (Mech X4). Filming on the ten-part season will start in Cape Town, South Africa, in July for a 2020 premiere.
– Square Enix and Penguin Random House signed a distribution deal for a new line of English-language manga, novels, and art books from the Japanese publisher. Manga being published under the new deal this fall will include “Hi Score Girl,” “A Man and His Cat,” and the complete edition of “Soul Eater.”
– Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse received the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation at this year’s Nebula Awards. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America also awarded the 35th Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master prize to author and cyberpunk pioneer William Gibson (“Archangel”). You can read the full list of this year’s winners and nominees here.
– Finally, this weekend we asked for your favorite X-Men run. Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum and John Byrne’s “Uncanny X-Men” run won with 36.6 percent of your votes, followed by Grant Morrison’s “New X-Men” at 34.1 percent, and Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s “Astonishing X-Men” in third place with 16.3 percent. Thank you for voting, and stay tuned for our next reader poll on Friday.