Welcome back to The Rundown, our daily breakdown on comic news stories we missed from the previous day. Have a link to share? Email our team at email@example.com.
In case you missed it, Posy Simmonds and Danny Noble were the joint winners of the first CWIP Prize for Published Humorous Graphic Novel; Bad Idea’s “The Hero Trade” #1 hit shelves completely by surprise; and Brian Stelfreeze and Doug Wagner have joined forces for “Thomas River” from 12-Gauge Comics.
– This December, Marvel will be releasing “King-Size Conan” #1, a celebration of fifty years of Conan the Barbarian comics from the publisher. The book will feature five stories from a wide array of creators, including Netflix’s Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnight, and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” co-creator Kevin Eastman in their first work for Marvel. Also featured is Roy Thomas, writer of 1970’s “Conan the Barbarian” #1, the first Conan book published by the company.
– Also, this December’s “Wolverine” #8 will be renumbered to celebrate “350 issues of Wolverine’s solo adventures.” In “Wolverine” #350, writer Benjamin Percy confronts Marvel’s Best At What He Does with a series of murders involving his old unit, Team X, bringing him back into contact with his old teammate Maverick. Adam Kubert and Viktor Bogdanovic provide the art for the issue.
– Hit hard by COVID-19, publisher ShortBox has announced ShortBox Comics Fair 2020, an all online comics fair scheduled for October 24-25. The fair will feature comics and prints, many from their past quarterly boxes. ShortBox is best known for its mail order boxes, featuring five comics from indie creators, and assorted bonus items. These include art zines, prints, and other items.
– Writer Anthony Del Col and artist Josh Adams have produced a comic for Business Insider, providing a critical overview of US President Donald Trump’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. The comic, titled “Totally Under Control,” details the spread of the coronavirus, and Trump’s public downplaying of it. Business Insider also provides a list of citations with the comic, with articles from NPR, The Wall Street Journal, and others.
– CBS All Access will be officially rebranding as Paramount+ early next year. In addition to the name change, the streaming service will be adding content from other ViacomCBS networks, including BET, Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickelodeon. It will also be adding several films from the Paramount Pictures vault, and several original series. These original series include The Offer — a ten-part miniseries based on the filming of The Godfather — and MTV’s Behind the Music – The Top 40, a reboot of the classic docuseries.
– The first trailer for The Mandalorian season two is now online. Not only can returning cast members Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, and Carl Weathers (and of course… Baby Yoda) be seen, but the trailer also teases the first appearance of the Jedi in the Star Wars spin-off. The season 2 trailer can be viewed on YouTube.
– AfterShock Comics’s metawestern “Undone by Blood” is coming to television. Norman Reedus and his company bigbaldhead productions have signed a deal to produce the modern day Western. According to The Hollywood Reporter, comic co-creator Lonnie Nadler is optimistic of the transition to screen. “We wouldn’t be doing this unless we felt it was one-hundred-percent the right fit. And from our first discussion with Norman and his team at bigbaldhead, it was clear that their passion for the project matched our own with genuine enthusiasm.”
– Marry Me director Kat Coiro will helm the pilot and several other episodes for Marvel’s She-Hulk, scheduled to appear on Disney+. Leading the writing team will be Jessica Gao (Rick and Morty). Neither Disney nor Marvel have confirmed when production will begin.
– Black Widow’s already delayed release date may be getting pushed back further. Currently scheduled for a November 6 release, the Scarlett Johansson superhero spy blockbuster was pushed back from its original May 1 date. Pixar’s animated feature Soul is still scheduled for a November 20 release, though rumors suggest it will move to Disney+.
– Finally, Jason Momoa continued his support for Justice League co-star Ray Fisher. In a post on his Instagram, the Aquaman actor calls for an investigation into the alleged abuse that occurred on the set of the 2017 superhero feature. He also accuses Warner Bros. of releasing a fake announcement for a Frosty the Snowman film, which was said to star Momoa, to distract from Fisher’s accusations against the studio.