Archie's reboot titles have been firing on all cylinders from right out of the gate, largely in part to the publisher's adept hand at selecting top quality creators to update and rethink some of the most iconic characters in comics. That trend is set to continue this September as The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl's Ryan North and Trip Fantastic's Derek Charm take over creative duties for Riverdale's hungriest citizen with Jughead #9.
The runaway success of Ryan North and Erica Henderson’s The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl shows no signs of letting up, as Marvel announced an original graphic novel, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Marvel Universe, to be released later this year. The announcement came at the Women of Marvel panel at this weekend’s Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), and the current Squirrel Girl team of North and Henderson will also be the creative team on the OGN.
The Toronto Comics Anthology has been the jumping off point for scores of great new local talent for a couple of years now, and for many of the creators it gives them the first opportunity to have comics work printed and published for the world to see. After the success of last year’s second volume, the anthology is back to show off the best and brightest of the Toronto indie scene to the world.
Back when Ryan North launched his Kickstarter to publish To Be Or Not To Be, a chooseable-path version of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, he made the promise that if it was successful enough, he'd work on a similarly interactive version of Romeo & Juliet. Now, it's happening, and while we've known for a while that it's set to hit shelves this summer, today we have a brand new cover by Noelle Stevenson to go along with it.
And considering that it involves Romeo and Juliet battling a giant robot with buzzsaw hands and laser eyes, I think it's fair to say that once again, North has drastically improved on his source material. Plus, I think there's a distinct possibility that Romeo might become a Batman.
Our judges have adjudicated; our readers have voted. We’re proud to present to you the outstanding creative team of 2015 — and four great runners up.
Welcome to Cast Party, the feature that imagines a world with even more live action comics adaptations than we currently have, and comes up with arguably the best casting suggestions you’re ever going to find for the movies and shows we wish could exist. This week we're looking at a webcomic for the first time, and in fact it's one of the most respected and long running comics on the web, Ryan North's Dinosaur Comics.
Now you my be wondering how it would be possible to make an entertaining movie out of a web comic in which each installment has the exact same artwork with only the dialogue changed. Honestly, I wonder that too. That's why I would hire Phil Lord and Christopher Miller to write and direct this movie. As the team behind Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street, and The Lego Movie, they have a proven track record of making very funny films out of material that ought to be disastrous. So let's get them talking to Mr. North, and see what they can figure out.
Welcome to Cast Party, the feature that imagines a world with even more live action comic book adaptations than we currently have, and comes up with arguably the best casting suggestions you’re ever going to find for the movies and shows we wish could exist. Today, by popular demand, we're imagining a film based on Marvel's Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, the recently relaunched series by Ryan North and Erica Henderson.
Ryan North's To Be Or Not To Be is one of my all-time favorite books, and just to give you an idea of how serious that is, keep in mind that I also own a novel where Batman fights a car that's possessed by a ghost. The Choose-Your-Own-Adventure-style take on Hamlet, built around that simple joke of the title, has an incredible sense of humor, an incredible roster of illustrators, and a brilliant use of the form that involves changing lead characters, a second choosable path adventure hidden within the first, and even a game of chess played against Queen Gertrude, and it's been one of my go-to recommendations ever since it came out.
But if you were a Kickstarter backer for that original campaign, then you might remember that North promised a second Shakespeare-inspired game book. Now, we've finally got an announcement, and it looks like Romeo And/Or Juliet is set for release next June.
As you have no doubt been informed by the internet by now; today, October 21, 2015, marks the date that Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled to from 1985 in Back to the Future Part II. Sure, we might not have hoverboards, and we never did make it to that 19th Jaws movie --- although we have had three Sharknados, which ought to count for something --- but it's still a good time to look back on what is legitimately one of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time.
And to do that, we of course turned to Dinosaur Comics creator and multiple Eisner award-winner Ryan North, the man who once wrote a book-length page-by-page critical breakdown of the novelization of the feature film. Turn your pockets inside out and join us for a discussion of its influence on our childhood vocabularies, and the strange scenes that were cut out to make a much better movie than it otherwise might have been.
Yesterday, the world of comics was rocked by a true life story that rivaled any cataclysmic event that we have ever seen on the printed page: Ryan North, award-winning comic book writer, was trapped in a hole in a Canadian skate park for almost an hour. Throughout the harrowing experience, North was communicating with the outside world, sharing the drama of the experience with his Twitter followers who, as a community, came together to help North escape his predicament and return to the surface world.
In the aftermath of that experience, I spoke with North about the struggle of escape, how he refused to save himself and leave his loyal companion behind, and how being trapped in a hole can affect all of us --- even the very tall.