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– In case you missed it, IDW will be publishing a new “Transformers” graphic novel, Black Mask Studios announced a new sci-fi series, and Joss Whedon is returning to “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” But the big news of the day were the 20+ titles announced at Image Expo.
– Yesterday we learned that Marvel’s fastest hero will be getting his own five-issue series. “Quicksilver: No Surrender” #1 will spin out of Marvel’s event, ‘Avengers: No Surrender.’ Saladin Ahmed (“Black Bolt”) and artist Eric Nguyen (“Old Man Logan”) will serve as writer and artist according to CBR. The series will explore Pietro’s time in a frozen reality and has direct ties to Marvel’s mega event. Keep your eyes peeled for issue #1 hitting shelves this May.
– Archie Comics’ “The Archies,” which had originally been planned as an ongoing monthly series, will be coming to an end with May’s issue #7. “The Archies” teams Archie Andrew’s band (The Archies) with real life bands and is written by Alex Segura (“Archie”) and Matthew Rosenberg (“Phoenix Resurrection”) with art by Joe Eisma (“Morning Glories”). You can view all of the solicitations for Archie’s May 2018 titles here.
– Black Panther director Ryan Coogler issued a statement, released in a tweet, expressing his gratitude towards all the people who went out to watch the film this past weekend. He thanked his collaborators and fans for making the film as successful as it was. If you’ve been living under a rock the last few days, Black Panther had a record shattering weekend, becoming the 5th largest opening of all time. Check out Coogler’s full statement here.
– In other Black Panther news, Marvel will be turning last year’s “Black Panther: Soul of a Machine,” for which they partnered with Lexus, into a motion comic with added sound effects. The comic is written by Fabian Nicieza ( “Red Robin,” “Stan Lee’s God Woke”)and pencilled by Andrea Di Vito (“Annihilation,” “Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill”). All 8 chapters of the motion comic are now available.
– British actor Blake Ritson (Da Vinci’s Demons) will portray iconic Superman villain, Brainiac on the new Superman prequel series Krypton. From the look of things, Ritson’s make-up is pretty spot on. The actor says, “”The first week I turned a corner and one of the cast (members) who hadn’t seen the makeup before screamed.” Krypton debuts on Syfy on March 21, 2018.
– By now, many of you have seen this touching cartoon drawn by Pia Guerra, featuring Aaron Feis, who sacrificed himself to save his students during the horrendous shooting in Parkland, Florida last week. Guerra has since opened up about the cartoon, and how the mass shooting affected her. She says the cartoon not only represents this shooting, but the Sandy Hook and Columbine shootings as well. You can read more about her cartoon here.
– Congressman John Lewis’s historic graphic memoir, “March,” will be the subject of an exhibition by the Society of Illustrators. The exhibition, titled ‘The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece,’ will open on February 28, 2018. “March” chronicles the life of John Lewis and his role in the civil rights movement and is co-written by Andrew Aydin. The exhibit will feature more than 150 original pieces by artist Nate Powell. The Society of Illustrators also plans on holding panels, tours and other events, to be announced at a later date. ‘The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece,’ will run until June 30, 2018 at the Society of Illustrators gallery in New York City.
– Finally, the LA Times book prize, one of the more prestigious awards given in the literary field has released the nominees for the award for graphic novels/comics. “Iceland” by Yuichi Yokoyama and “Present” by Leslie Stein are among the nominees. Additionally, “Black Panther” scribe Ta-Nehisi Coates is nominated for the Non-Fiction prize for We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy.