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– Image Comics announced “Antioch,” a new ongoing series from “Frontiersman” writer Patrick Kindlon and artist Marco Ferrari. Set in the same universe as their previous series, “Antioch” follows a king from a lost continent, who is thrown into a superhuman prison after he attempts to stop us from destroying the planet. The book will also continue the story of the ageing environmentalist hero Frontiersman, although he is not the main character here. “Antioch” #1 will be released on September 7.
– British music artist Yungblud and Z2 Comics unveiled the third installment in the “Twisted Tales of the Ritalin Club” series, co-written by Ryan O’Sullivan with art by Annapaola Martello and Vasilis Lolo. The new entry in the supernatural series, “The Funeral,” will see Yungblud’s alter-ego Undead Joshua reuniting his old friends to stop the Spreading Darkness, two years after he sacrificed himself to save the world from the Mangaverse. The book is now available to pre-order in various editions at the link, for an October 31, 2022 release.
– The 18th annual Doug Wright Awards were held over the weekend at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, and the winners included Brigitte Archambault’s “The Shiatsung Project,” which won the Doug Wright Award for Best Book. The Nipper, the Doug Wright Award for Emerging Talent, went to Sami Alwani for “The Pleasure of the Text,” while the Pigskin Peters prize for Best Small or Micro-Press Book was given to Jay Stephens’s “Dwellings” #2. Gillian Goerz’s “Shirley and Jamila’s Big Fall” won the Egghead for Best Kids’ Book, and children’s illustrator Margaret Bloy Graham (1921–2015) was inducted into the Giants of the North: The Canadian Cartoonist Hall of Fame.
– Marvel and the Comic-Con Museum announced Spider-Man will be inducted into the museum’s Character Hall Of Fame, as part of the 60th anniversary celebrations marking Peter Parker’s first appearance in 1962’s “Amazing Fantasy” #15. The event will take place at the Balboa Park, San Diego site during Comic-Con’s Preview Night, on Wednesday, July 20. In the meantime, Spider-Man: Beyond Amazing – The Exhibition will open at the museum on July 1. Spider-Man is the fourth character to be inducted into the Hall Of Fame, following Batman, Pac-Man, and Wonder Woman.
– Speaking of Spider-Man, last week’s “What If…? Miles Morales” #4, ‘What If… Miles Morales Became Thor?,’ came under fire from fans and readers over racial stereotypes. Via The Independent, the comic was widely criticized on social media for dialogue like “by Odin’s fade,” constant hip hop references, and for depicting Asgard as a New York neighborhood. It should be noted the issue’s writer, Yehudi Mercado, is the sole writer on the series who isn’t a Black man. The Independent and CBR have both reached out to Marvel for comment.
– Via Deadline, Management Production Entertainment will develop the Scout Comics series “Midnight Western Theatre” into a TV show. Created by writer Louis Southard and artist David Hahn, “Midnight Western Theatre” is a supernatural mash-up that follows two crime fighters in the 1860s: Ortensia Thomas, the Woman in Black, and Alexander Wortham, her right-hand man, and a reluctant vampire. Kevin Carroll (Life’s No Fairytale) has been tapped to write the adaptation.
– Finally, Glen Trotiner, a first or second assistant director on such films and TV shows like Captain America: The First Avenger, Independence Day, and The Untouchables passed away last week, aged 65. The cause of death was not given. Trotiner was also a member of the Directors Guild of America Training Program’s Board of Trustees, and taught at his alma mater of the State University of New York at Albany. He is survived by his sister and his niece.