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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
In case you missed it, writer Ethan Sacks and artist Robert Gill are teaming up for a new Marvel series entitled “Old Man Quill,” and Italian comic publisher Sergio Bonelli Editore have announced a partnership deal with DC Comics and RW Edizioni, which will spawn a series of crossover stories between characters of the Bonellian and DC universes. We also spoke with Katherine Arden about her books, including her spooky middle-grade novel Small Spaces.
– Marvel.com has revealed (via Bleeding Cool) some of the details and creative teams for their forthcoming “Merry X-Men Holiday Special.” Celebrated X-writer Chris Claremont will be contributing a new Kitty Pryde story, along with other new material from Cullen Bunn, Charlemagne Tha God, Christopher Daniels, Terry Dodson, Pere Perez and Cory Smith (to name just a few). Marvel’s Jordan White described the one-shot as an “Advent Comic” with 25 different stories for every day of the Christmas advent.
– Reuters is reporting that a Hong Kong exhibition by Chinese artist Badiucao has been cancelled out of safety concerns. A statement from the Hong Kong Free Press, Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders cited threats from the Chinese government (a frequent target of Badiucao’s satiric and politically tinged artwork).
– Cartoonist Keith Knight (creator of the autobiographical “K Chronicles” strip) will be portrayed by Lamorne Morris (New Girl) in a new a half-hour comedy pilot for Hulu. The project, entitled Woke, focuses on the African-American cartoonist and documents his evolution from a mild mannered cartoonist into a politically and socially “woke” advocate for police reform. According to The Hollywood Reporter, production for Woke will commence in January of 2019.
– Netflix’s She-Ra and the Princesses of Power was originally slated for a November 16th, but io9 has confirmed that the animated series will actually debut three days earlier, on November 13th. io9 also released a new trailer for the show along with some exclusive pictures.
– Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the DC villain Psycho-Pirate will appear in the upcoming Arrowverse crossover “Elseworlds.” In the comics, Psycho-Pirate debuted in 1944 as a nemesis of the Justice Society of America and has since played key roles in everything from “Crisis on Infinite Earths” to Grant Morrison’s “Animal Man.” For the small screen, Psycho-Pirate will be portrayed by Bob Frazer (The 100) and will make his debut at some point in the CW Arrowverse crossover (which begins with the Sunday, Dec. 9 episode of The Flash).
– In an official announcement, Image Comics (via The Hollywood Reporter) have announced that they will no longer offer DRM-free digital editions of their releases through ImageComics.com. The statement (which is also posted on their website) reads in part: “This is an email alert to inform you that ImageComics.com is discontinuing the sale of DRM-free titles through our site. Beginning on November 5th, 2018, DRM-free versions of our books will no longer be available for purchase and all sales of DRM-free versions through ImageComics.com will be discontinued.” However, Image did confirm that customers will have a few months (until February 3) to log in and download their purchases.
– Brian Hitch has signed another exclusive deal with DC Comics. Though long rumored, Hitch finally confirmed the news on his Twitter feed: “So, signed another DC Exclusive. Its not just for Hawkman. ;)” Hitch also emphasized that a new “Justice Society” book was on his “bucket list.”
– Armando Iannucci has won two BAFTA Scotland awards for his highly acclaimed film The Death Of Stalin. Iannucci won awards in two categories – Director/Fiction and Writer Film/Television.
– SPOILERS for last night’s The Walking Dead: at The Hollywood Reporter, AMC announced Andrew Lincoln will return as Rick Grimes in three planned Walking Dead TV movies. The first is set to begin production in early 2019, although it is unknown where they will be shot: Lincoln left the show to spend more time with his family in England, and made his final appearance on the episodic series in this weekend’s episode.Continued below
And finally we can can report the results of the latest Multiversity Comics Readers poll. In our most recent poll we asked you to name your favorite comics writer-turned-novelist. The results were as follows: Neil Gaiman with 58.7 percent, Warren Ellis with 22.7 percent, and Alan Moore with 13.3 percent. Thank you for voting, and be sure to join in this Friday’s poll.