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– Boom! Studio’s Arachia imprint plans to bring French cartoonist Loïc Locatelli-Kournwsky’s “Persephone” to the US next May. Locatelli-Kournwsky’s approach to the Classical Greek myth is, by his admission, highly influenced by his love of Studio Ghibli’s movies, particularly Whisper of the Hear and Only Yesterday. It will follow Persephone’s epic adventure into the Underworld to discover who or what she is.
– Ed Brisson, writer of “Iron Fist,” “Cable,” “Sheltered,” and “Comeback,” among others, has a new creator-owned book coming from Oni Press: “Ballad of Sang”. Its’s a pulpy, violent, vengeance-filled action story about a child kidnapped from the streets in the Philippines, raised to be an assassin. The tale has been kicking around Brisson’s head for a decade and he’s finally getting a chance to tell it with the artistic help of Alessandro Micelli, who makes his American debut with this mini-series.
– Mark Stanford, Cartoonist in Residence at the Cartoon Museum, has a new project commissioned by the British Council connected to the South Korean Kangkangee Arts Village Project. The 21-page love story, called “Kangkangee Blues,” is inspired by his trip to visit Daepyeong-dong (Naming-dong) of Yeongdo, one of Korea’s first modern ship yards. The project was commissioned in hopes of raising the profile of the area.
– Lawyers are asking the UN to intercede for detained cartoonist Ramón Esono Ebalé, who was arrested without charge when he returned to his home country Equatorial Guinea. Ebalé fled his home country after writing several stories criticizing Guineas dictatorial leader and only returned briefly to renew his passport. A UK law firm teamed with Cartoonists Rights Network and the group EG Justice to Petition the United Nations on his behalf.
– In a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Power Rangers franchise and the 25th issue of the ongoing comic series, Kyle Higgins and Daniele Di Nicuolo are bringing together all the various Rangers teams from across time and dimensions for one story. The massive story, ‘Shattered Grid,’ starts in issue 25 of “Power Rangers” continuing in “Go Go Power Rangers” #9. It centers around plot by the Lord Drakkon to erase the Rangers from across time and space one team at a time.
– The Slate Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies announced the Sixth Annual Cartoon Studio Prize. The $1000.00 prize, awarded in two categories one for print and one for digital cartooning, aspires to celebrate the best work in the medium from the previous year. Previous winners include Chris Ware, Noelle Stevenson, Taiyo Matsumoto, Eleanor Davis, and Christina Tran.
– Every month comics shops have to decide how to order for their shop from the ever-growing Diamond Previews Catalogue. Collector’s Paradise, a two-shop chain in Southern California, opens up their version of the process to icv2 so customers curious can see what their take on how it’s done looks like.