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In case you missed it, Drew Ford, the founder and publisher of the archival imprint It’s Alive, died on Sunday. We also spoke to “The Beekeeper’s Tale” creator Ben Fleuter, and the creators of Harrow County: The Game of Gothic Conflict.
– Marvel have announced that the New York Public Library will release a special, limited-edition Spider-Man library card on October 11. The publisher hopes the move will inspire new and existing patrons to explore a multitude of free books, resources, and programs at the Library. The special card will be available just in time for NYCC 2022, as well as the 60th anniversary of “Amazing Fantasy” #15. In addition, the release marks the one year anniversary of the New York Public library eliminating late fees, and kicks off the Library’s Open House week, which begins Tuesday, October 11. The card will be available to new and current patrons free on a first-come, first-serve basis at all NYPL branches, located throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. For more info, check out how to get your card here.
– Via Popverse, following the departure of former editor-in-chief, Mike Marts, AfterShock Comics have hired former DC senior story editor Brian Cunningham, and IDW Publishing veteran Chris Ryall. Cunningham will fill the role of editor-in-chief at the company, while Ryall will be serving as a publishing consultant. Speaking about the company and his new position, Cunningham said “I’m thrilled and grateful to be called upon to carry on that tradition and build on that success.” Marts, who co-founded AfterShock in 2015, left to become Mad Cave Studios’ new Executive Vice President and editor-in-chief this weekend.
– Titan Comics have announced, via Twitter, Dan Slott and Christopher Jones’s “Doctor Who: Special” would be rescheduled for Summer 2023. Slott also took to Twitter to explain the story celebrating the Tenth Doctor felt strange to release while the world says goodbye to the Thirteenth Doctor. He continued and said that the book has been scripted, drawn, colored and lettered. “Doctor Who: Special” will debut in Summer 2023 ahead of the series’ 60th anniversary next year.
– Via Broken Frontier, Silver Sprocket announced its Spring 2023 publishing lineup. Among the lineup is “Golden Record” by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, described as a bilingual English/Spanish poetry magazine and autofiction chapbook. Next is “Sugar and Other Stories” by Joy San, a collection of horror stories. Then there’s “Fart School” by Mel Stringer, about the author’s experience attending art school in the early 2000s. “Prokaryote Season” by Leo Fox follows Sydney after a cosmic being grants them a wish, and “Grog the Frog” by Alba BG & Davilorium follows the titular frog as he prepares for the most magical time of the season: the Perseids harvest. You can check out Silver Sprocket’s full Spring 2023 line up here.
– Via Vanity Fair, Emma Caulfield Ford, best known for her work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer as well as WandaVision revealed she has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The actor said she was “going public in part because she doesn’t want to hide her MS from her little girl.” Caulfield Ford also revealed she will reprise her WandaVision role as Sarah Proctor in the upcoming spin-off series Agatha: Coven of Chaos, starring Kathryn Hahn. You can read Caulfield Ford’s full interview here.
– Via The Wrap, Jonás Cuarón will direct Sony Pictures’ El Muerto, starring Grammy Award-winner Bad Bunny, also known as Benito A Martínez Ocasio. The film is being written by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, who also wrote DC’s Blue Beetle. El Muerto, or Juan Carlos Estrada Sanchez, is the son of a luchador, and the next in line to inherit the ancestral power of El Muerto, a superpowered wrestler. El Muerto is a one-time wrestling opponent of Spider-Man, and is part of Sony’s Spider-Man universe of films. El Muerto will see the first Latino character to lead a Marvel movie and is currently in production. Cuarón (Desierto) is the son of Alfonso Cuarón, and co-wrote his father’s 2013 hit Gravity.
– Deadline reports that 20th Century Studios have landed the film rights for the comiXology/Dark Horse series “Night of the Ghoul,” written by Scott Snyder with art by Francesco Francavilla. Rob Savage (Britannia, The Boogeyman) is set to direct, with both Snyder and Francavilla signed on as executive producers. The story follows a father and son as they search for a long lost Golden Age horror film, however, as they dig deeper, they risk unleashing a dark secret. “Night of the Ghoul” #1 is available today in comic stores.
– Via Collider, during an interview with “BRZRKR” creative team Keanu Reeves, Matt Kindt and Ron Garney, Reeves said he had yet to read Mattson Tomlin’s script for the upcoming Netflix film adaptation, but is interested in directing the feature film. Reeves even put a number on it, saying there’s a 33% chance he’d direct. Last year, Netflix announced that it would transform “BRZRKR” into a live-action movie and a two season animated series. Currently, there is no release date for either project.