Lion Forge Comics may have had the best New York Comic Con out of all the publishers in attendance, as the up-and-coming publisher unveiled a host of good news about its growth and expansion for the next year. In addition to the news that it has acquired Magnetic Press and will publish titles under the new imprint known as Magnetic Collection, Lion Forge also announced the formation of new imprints focused on young readers and superhero stories.
The good news is that thanks to the foundation laid down by Dr. Pamela Isley's research into the longevity of certain kinds of trees, there's now a new treatment for otherwise incurable diseases that can extend someone's lifespan and help them manage, or even eradicate their health problems. The bad news is that all of this is happening in the DC Universe, so it's a treatment that turns you into a giant murderous plant monster that needs to eat stem cells to survive. Side effects, am I right?
Either way, it's a consequence that Poison Ivy is going to have to face when the Grim --- the aforementioned tree monster --- shows up to eat her super-powered sporeling children in the climax of Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life And Death. Check out a preview below!
Journalist and editor Jennifer de Guzman convened some up-and-coming Asian-American writers for a roundtable discussion about the state of Asian representation in comics. Amy Chu is the current writer on Poison Ivy, a former writer on Sensation Comics, and the co-creator of her own self-publishing imprint Alpha Girl Comics. Sarah Kuhn’s novel trilogy about Asian-American superheroes, Heroine Complex will be released by DAW Books in July. She’s also written for Rosy Press’s Fresh Romance and is currently writing a series of Barbie comics. Jonathan Tsuei is the co-creator with Eric Canete of RunLoveKill, published by Image Comics.
Last week saw Batman villainess Pamela Isley ditch the leafy costume and come back to her, ahem, roots: life as a working scientist. Written by Amy Chu and drawn by Clay Mann, Poison Ivy: Cycles of Life and Death is a four-issue miniseries that sees the character working at a lab while looking for some kind of balance between her plant and human nature.
The series is also a murder-mystery where the prime suspect is the lead character, which makes for a fun, twisty story, seen through the perspective of a lady who really doesn't care for humans that much anymore. Or does she? ComicsAlliance caught up with Chu to find out how the series came together, and what readers can expect from Ivy over the next few issues.
One of Gotham's greatest villains is getting her own series for the first time in January, when DC releases Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death by writer Amy Chu and artist Clay Mann. This six-issue series tells the story of Pamela Isley attempting to hold down a respectable job at the Gotham Botanical Gardens, even as her reputation inevitably makes her a suspect in some manner of plant-related murder.
Today, The Mary Sue reported that GenCon would be hosting a panel titled "Writing Comics: Writing Women Friendly Comics" that featured only male comics writers. While GenCon has since stated that they will be including women on the panel, this isn't the first time this has happened at a convention. Men are also usually the majority of convention guests. One group of women hopes to make it the last time it happens.
AfterShock Comics, the new publisher formed earlier this year by Joe Pruett, has announced a huge slate of writers who'll be penning creator-owned stories for their eventual launch line - including Justin Jordan, Garth Ennis, Marguerite Bennett and Amanda Conner.
Over the last several years, Vertigo has revived several forgotten anthology titles with good results: Strange Adventures, Mystery in Space, The Witching Hour and Time Warp. With Strange Sports Stories, Vertigo once again dips into comics history, drafting a lineup of heavy hitters and utility players for odd tales of sports and science fiction coming together in unexpected ways.
In the overwhelmingly male comic book industry, it has been a challenge for some editors and readers to see the ever growing number of talented women currently trying to make a name for themselves. With that in mind, ComicsAlliance offers Hire This Woman, a recurring feature designed for comics readers as well as editors and other professionals, where we shine the spotlight on a female comics pro on the ascendance. Some of these women will be at the very beginning of their careers, while others will be more experienced but not yet “household names.”
Today we're speaking with writer and self-publisher Amy Chu. Chu has written a few short stories in collaboration with creators like Larry Hama, CP Wilson III, Steve McNiven, and Janet K. Lee, as well as self-published her own comics under the name Alpha Girl Comics.