The weekend is here! Take a look back at what’s happened in the past seven days. New comics, new stories, new podcasts, new art being made — it’s all part of the ComicsAlliance Weekender!
Conventions - Page 3
This has been a dispiriting, painful week, and if you're like me then you'll have turned to the world of comics to offer you a spark of imagination, excitement, and investment. We're all dealing with the last few days in our own way, and at ComicsAlliance we're determined to continue generating the brightest and loudest spark of investment with the medium that's possible.
So here we continue on with Weekender, unabated, delivering you a look at new comics, new podcasts, independent comics news, festivals and awards from around the world. This will continue to be a place where we give attention to the comics that deserve it --- and feature a range of different comics voices rising up to hopefully take over and make the next few years their own.
Canada has one of the brightest and most vibrant scenes when it comes to comics festivals that give time and focus to all aspects of the industry, and the Toronto Comic Arts Festival is renowned as one of the best celebrations of comics in the world. Today it has announced that, effective immediately, TCAF will also oversee all future iterations of its Vancouver-based cousin VanCAF, beginning with 2017's festival.
Gerard Way's pop-up imprint Young Animal has only been alive for a couple of months but it's already proved to be one of the most exciting and innovative platforms in superhero comics in recent memory. Way as a creator has always been one to wear his influences on his sleeves, so it's not too surprising that as part of Young Animal's presence at November's NC Comicon, the imprint will host a film festival with picks curated by its creators.
If you're going to be in the United Kingdom on November 5 and 6, there are a whole lot of good reasons to get yourself to Leeds and check out the Thought Bubble convention --- especially if you've got a blank spot on your wall that you've been waiting to fill with an artistic tribute to Judge Cassandra Anderson.
Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh & Carey Pietsch's Lumberjanes and James Tynion IV & Rian Sygh's The Backstagers are two of the most popular all-ages comics on the stands right now and both have proven to big books for Boom Studios' all-ages imprint Boom Box.
Next month, Boom Box will release New York Comic Con exclusive variants for each title and we have an exclusive first look at both covers.
Writer Steve Orlando's career has gone from strength to strength thanks to his work on critically acclaimed books such as Midnighter, Undertow, and Virgil. He's now working with some of the most fascinating heroes in the DC universe in his new ongoing Supergirl series and the upcoming Midnighter & Apollo, and he was recently announced as the new writer on Justice League of America. But he continues to balance these books with more personal projects, like the four-issue Boom fantasy miniseries Namesake, about a man hopping worlds to bury his two fathers' remains.
ComicsAlliance sat down with Orlando at Flame Con in Brooklyn last month to talk about queer heroes, the market for marginalized fans, and building bridges between creators and their critics.