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– Fans of the hit Adult Swim cartoon Rick and Morty can look forward to a four issue second volume of “Rick and Morty Presents.” The quarterly one-shot series from Oni Press will focus on a different character in each standalone story. CJ Cannon will provide art for the entire project, with veteran comics writers, including Ryan Ferrier and James Asmus, contributing.
– The prestigious Broadcast Film Critics Association’s 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards has released its list of nominations, via Deadline. Black Panther‘s 12 nominations were second only to critical darling The Favourite. Avengers: Infinity War and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse also made appearances on the list.
– Ex-Blink-182 band member Tom DeLonge will be bringing his graphic novel “Strange Times” to television at TBS, under the auspices of writer/executive producer Aaron Karo. DeLonge, The Cartel’s Stan Spry and Jeff Holland and Strike Entertainment’s Russell Binder will serve as executive producers. In an interview with Variety, DeLonge characterizes his work as “something that could be described as sort of a ‘science fiction Disney,’ where our entertainment franchises are worlds.”
– Chris Ryall has returned to IDW after a brief stint at Skybound Entertainment, replacing IDW Publishing’s President/Publisher Greg Goldstein. Ryall will also be the company’s Chief Creative Officer, a title he previously maintained from 2011 until resigning earlier this year. Over at Newsarama, Ryall commented on the move, stating that he is “eager to help the company celebrate its 20th year anniversary in 2019 in varied and creatively invigorating new ways.”
– In further indie-executive-musical-chairs, Executive Editor Joe Illidge has vacated his position at Valiant Entertainment. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news Monday afternoon, confirming Illidge’s departure, but declined to elaborate further, with no comment from Illidge.
– Meanwhile, Frank Darabont’s $300 million The Walking Dead lawsuit refuses to die, with Deadline reporting that the five year ordeal has reached a critical turning point with New York Supreme Court Justice Eileen Bransten’s decision to move forward with a trial. The Hatfield-and-McCoy-esque feud between Darabont and AMC has become so convoluted that both sides have claimed victory following the judge’s determination. The case is expected to see trial — at the earliest — in 2019.
– Finally, the seminal Ghost in the Shell franchise will be receiving a new installment on Netflix in 2020. The project, entitled Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 will team famed directors Kenji Kamiyama (of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex notoriety) and Shinji Araki (Appleseed) with animation studios Production I.G. and SOLA Digital Arts.