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– Rapper Common is launching a new comic through LINE Webtoon. Titled “Caster,” the comic follows a “rare antiques dealer whose love of luxury and risk causes him to get mixed up in the world of international espionage.” “This sounds crazy,” Common said of the story, “but also fun and exciting.” The story’s created by Austin Harrison, Zach Howard, and Mike Raicht while featureing art by Jason Masters. It will launch digitally in 2018.
– Greg Goldstein has been named as the new publisher for IDW. Goldstein worked as the President of the publisher and was instrumental in its acquisition of Top Shelf. IDW co-founder, Ted Adams, is stepping down from the publisher position, though he will still remain on as the company’s CEO. Chief Creative Office, Chris Ryall, has also been promoted to Editor-in-Chief. Further, David Hedgecock will also take on the Associate Publisher role. “I have tremendous faith in Chris, David, and the rest of the IDW team to help lead us to even greater success,” Goldstein said in a press release.
– Hope Nicholson is teaming up with Renegade Arts to help bring her imprint, Bedside Press, to a wider audience. Nicholson has worked with creators like Trina Robbins and Margaret Atwood and released such bestsellers as “The Secret Lives of Geek Girls.” “Bedside Press has published impressive and important books,” said Renegade EIC, Alexander Finbow, “often taking a chance on titles that other publishers are too risk adverse to champion.” Nicholson continues, “I couldn’t be more pleased with this opportunity.”
– Spain is in turmoil right now. What with the government trying to stop Catalonia from seceding with some questionable actions and protests popping up all over the country. A group of Spanish cartoonists have issued a manifesto, standing up against the attacks on political satire throughout.
– Rotten Tomatoes is delaying the release of their Tomatometer for Justice League. Frequently cited by studios as a reason why people aren’t turning out for their terrible movies, it seems the company is trying to release the information as closely as possible to the Zack Snyder film’s release date. Of course, Rotten Tomatoes does not measure the actual quality of the movie, but rather provides an aggregate of reviews for critics who liked or didn’t like the film. While Suicide Squad and First Order Superman v. Fascist Batman: Dawn of Just Ussssssss didn’t earn high marks, Patty Jenkins’s Wonder Woman has become the highest rated superhero film on the website. All three of the movies were box office successes. Warner Bros., the parent company of DC Comics, also owns a small stake in Fandango, the company which owns Rotten Tomatoes.
– Brandon T. Snider is writing two novels to expand on the world of Avengers: Infinity War. (Not that there’s a whole generation of comics already, but hey.) The books are aimed at younger readers and will release after the film next year.