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— Marvel will publish two ‘Empyre’ epilogue one-shots this September that answer the question of who will be left standing in the event’s fallout. “Empyre: Fallout Fantastic Four” will be written by Dan Slott and illustrated by Sean Izaakse with a cover by R.B. Silva. “Empyre: Aftermath Avengers” will be written by Al Ewing and illustrated by Valerio Schiti with a cover by Jim Cheung. We’ll have more on Marvel’s final September announcements in our Soliciting Multiversity column next week.
— BOOM! Studios announced the first ever “Lumberjanes” event story, ‘The End of Summer,’ which starts in September’s issue #73. The story by current series creator Kat Leyh and co-writer Shannon Watters, sees the members of Miss Qiunzella’s Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types confronted by an evil force known only as the Grey, which is draining the life from the forest, and taking their friends. A prelude will be published in August’s “Lumberjanes: Farewell to Summer,” which was initially intended for Free Comic Book Day.
— Announced at Cannes, Josep marks the film debut of award-winning cartoonist Aurélien Froment, a.k.a. Aurel. Over a decade in development, the portrait of Catalan artist Josep Bartolí focuses on his time in a French internment camp after the Spanish Civil War, and the friendship he developed with a French gendarme. Variety has an interview with Froment on his inspiration for this feature debut.
— Brendan Wright has been accused of sexual misconduct by former coworker Bekah Caden, according to a series of tweets that allege the former Dark Horse editor stalked her for a year. Writer Warren Ellis was also accused of sexual misconduct this past week, resulting in his two-page story being removed from “Dark Nights: Death Metal – Legends of the Dark Knights.” It will be replaced by a story written by Marguerite Bennett and illustrated by Jamal Igle. Multiversity covered Ellis’s response to the allegations, which he addressed in his weekly newsletter.
— Thought Bubble, the UK’s biggest comic art festival, announced it’s postponing its 2020 convention due to COVID-19. The show will now take place November 13-14, 2021, at Harrogate Convention Centre. In lieu of a physical convention, Thought Bubble will hold a free digital convention this November 14-15; several guests have already been revealed. The con will include five digital exhibitor halls, live interviews, exclusive masterclasses, children’s story time, live drawings, and more.
— The Cartoon Museum is asking for help to relieve financial hardships brought on by COVID-19. The museum closed on March 18 and is anticipating an 80% reduction in visitors for the 2021 season. As of this writing, over £57,000 of the £150,000 target has been raised.
— Frolic Media has struck a deal to adapt Korean webtoon “Yes, My Boss!” for TV while simultaneously launching it as a podcast. “Yes, My Boss!” is the story of webcomic artist Ilene Jung as she struggles with balancing her role as a comic artist with her day job, complete with an overbearing boss who turns out to be her intern/biggest fan.
— According to Deadline, Nickelodeon has won the rights to “Phoebe and Her Unicorn,” the comic strip by Dana Simpson. It follows 9-year old Phoebe Howell, who deals with the challenges of childhood alongside her unicorn Marigold, her friend Max, and her enemy Dakota. It will be produced by Roy Lee, Miri Yoon, and Bridget McMeel.
— The first three episodes of Doom Patrol season 1 are available for free on YouTube beginning today, June 22. Season 2 premieres on DC Universe and HBO Max June 25.
— Finally, waiting for a trailer for The King’s Man? Wait no longer! The movie’s official Twitter account shared one this past Sunday. The King’s Man premieres in theaters on September 18, 2020.