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In case you missed it, BOOM! Studios has cancelled publishing the print collection for webcomic “Husband & Husband.” We also interviewed Ted Fox and James Otis Smith, creators of the upcoming graphic novel “Showtime at the Apollo: The Epic Tale of Harlem’s Legendary Theater.”
– In an interview with Newsarama, Spawn creator and Image Comics co-founder Todd McFarlane confirmed that he will resume writing and drawing “Spawn” with issue #301. “Spawn” #290 was released earlier this month, and if the book continues as planned, it will become the longest running independent American comic with issue #301 – surpassing Dave Sim’s 300 issue run of “Cerberus.” You can read his entire interview here.
– After the delayed release of “Doom Patrol” #12 earlier this week, writer Gerard Way took to Instagram to both celebrate the end of this arc and announce a new incarnation of the book. “While we close the chapter on the first big 12 issue arc of ‘Doom Patrol.’ We will return with an all new vibe. Working away on it as we speak. Stay tuned.“ There are currently no new “Doom Patrol” issues solicited.
– The anti-human trafficking organization UNITAS has created a series of digital comic strips in an effort to educate young people about techniques human traffickers use in abductions and how they can be avoided. Writer Dan Goldman (“Shooting War”) has partnered with UNITAS to help create these strips. In an interview with CNN, he explained that each of the stories were informed by real life human-trafficking survivors. The comics will be available on Instagram, Facebook, and several other social-networking platforms.
– Dark Horse Comics’ CEO Mike Richardson will retain a “large chunk” of the company he founded after a large investment was made by the Chinese corporation Vanguard Visionary Assets. According to Richardson, the investment included “a stock purchase,… a development fund and a film fund, investment in the publishing and product divisions, and expansion of our retail efforts.” Vanguard Visionary Assets’ Stanley Cheung will join the five-person Dark Horse Board and Richardson will retain his status as CEO.
– First Second Books have revealed the cover for the upcoming “Grimoire Noir” graphic novel by Vera Greentea and Yana Bogatch. You can find details on how to purchase the book, which is due out July 23rd, 2019, here.
– ”Ms. Marvel” #37 has been delayed several weeks due to an illness that writer G. Willow Wilson sustained in September. “Ms. Marvel” #37’s new release date is January 30th, 2019.
– Director Cathy Lan has reportedly confirmed that her upcoming Birds of Prey movie will be rated R. This news comes after Lan took the stage at the US-China Entertainment Summit to speak about the film publicly for the first time. Lan is the first Asian-American woman to direct an American superhero film and the third female director to be hired by DC.
– Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that actor Jesse L. Martin will be taking a leave of absence from CW’s The Flash following a back injury he sustained while the show was on hiatus. There is currently no timeline regarding how long he will absent from the show.
– Finally, voting for the Goodreads Choice Awards is now open. You can see the nominees for Best Graphic Novels & Comics and vote here.Continued below