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– Scout Comics announced “Black Cotton” by writers Patrick Foreman and Brian Hawkins, artist Marco Perugini, letterer Francisco Zamora, and graphic designer Jerry Nilsson. The series, which was announced via press release, will reverse the social order of “white” and “black,” and follow the unravelling of the Cottons, an elitist family, after Zion Cotton, a police officer, shoots a young white woman. Hawkins stated that in addition to being a comic, the series is “also a mindset; it’s a mindset that’s being explored in a comic.” “Black Cotton” #1 is scheduled for release in February 2021.
– Marvel officially cancelled many of the books they had previously delayed due to the pandemic earlier this year. The list includes titles such as “Valkyrie: Jane Foster” #11 and #12, a series which had already ended with issue #10, and “2020 Ironheart” #1 and #2, which switched to a digital-first release, but will no longer be getting a printed edition. Head over to ComicBook.com for the full list of titles.
– France’s Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin announced that French law will be adjusted shortly to condemn individuals who oppose caricatures deemed to be insulting to Islam, with foreigners specifically having the potential to be punished by deportation. When speaking to French channel Europe 1, Darmanin said “if parents go to a teacher to tell him to stop teaching caricatures in the course on free speech, tomorrow it will be a criminal offense,” adding “a judge will be able to say, if you are foreigners and you are condemned to this offense, you will leave the national territory.” This is the latest action to be taken by French officials following escalating tension and violence in the country after the republication of Charlie Hebdo‘s caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.
– Amazon Prime Video renewed The Expanse for a sixth and final season. The series will retain many of its current cast, although Cas Anvar will not be returning as Alex Kamal after a sexual misconduct investigation earlier in the year. This will be the third season produced by Amazon, after they picked up the series when Syfy cancelled it after season three. Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, the series’ executive producers, said “We have prided ourselves on having one of the most diverse casts on television and giving a platform to stories that matter. A special thanks to Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, the writers of both the books and series, and to Naren Shankar, the series showrunner and Executive Producer.” The Expanse will debut its fifth season on Amazon Prime Video on December 16, with its sixth season not yet scheduled.
– Sandra Saad won Best Performer at the Golden Joystick Awards for her portrayal of Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan in Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix’s Marvel’s Avengers. Saad was the only comic book-related winner at the awards, although Marvel’s Iron Man VR and The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners were respectively nominated for PlayStation Game of the Year and PC Game of the Year. You can watch the moment that Saad found out she had won here.
– Steve Blackman, the showrunner of The Umbrella Academy revealed that the first episode of the upcoming third season will be titled “Meet the Family.” The episode has been written by Blackman and Michelle Lovretta, who was consulting producer on the first episode of season two. The title itself is likely a reference to the members of the Sparrow Academy, the alternate world equivalent of the Umbrella Academy who were introduced at the end of the second season. The third season of The Umbrella Academy does not currently have a release date.
– Finally, The Calvert Journal detailed how the Croatian comic-strip magazine, Komikaze, is promoting the work of artists from south-eastern Europe. Founded in 2002, Komikaze publishes comics on the internet and as part of an annual 100-page zine, specifically promoting “authorial comics,” meaning comics that are produced by illustrators who want to tell their own story instead of producing comics or visuals exclusively for commercial use. This year, the magazine has released “Covix,” a collection of works from 11 artists on their lockdown and quarantine experiences, as well as a sell-out issue of “Femicomix,” which had an accompanying exhibition in October.