(from press release)
Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro’s Bitch Planet is probably the most feminist, satirical, diverse and visceral story that I’ve read in awhile. The series, described by DeConnick herself as a “dystopian sci-fi take on the exploitation genre” started off in December 2015 and has published 10 issues (and two trade paperback volumes) to date. Taking a brief break from the series, DeConnick and De Landro decided to create an anthology series recruiting other artists and writers to contribute to the series.
Is’nana the Werespider is the story of Anansi the Spider’s son. Written by Greg Anderson-Elysée, the story is based on Anansi the trickster god of the Akan people of Ghana, whose stories have spread for centuries throughout Africa as well as the Caribbean. Anansi is also present in the Vodun tradition which made it’s way from West Africa to Haiti, where Anderson-Elysée hails from.
As reported yesterday by Deadline, the popular comic book BLACK created by Kwanza Osajeyfo, Tim Smith 3, Khary Randolph, Jamal Igle and Sarah Litt has been optioned by Studio 8 to be made into a film by Executive Vice President Jon Silk who will oversee development along with co-executive Rishi Rajan.Matteo Pizzolo (Calexit) is producing for Black Mask Studios,
Roye Okupe has turned Kickstarter into a standard business model for his comic book series. Malika: Warrior Princess is the third major offering from YouNeek Studios to use the platform to pay for printing and distribution. His previous graphic novels E.X.O.: The Legend of Wale Williams, Part I and Part II also used the platform and became so successful they have won a Glyph Award as well as distribution by Diamond in comic book stores, and Diamon also featured Malika during this year’s New Comic Book Day. I have been a fan of Okupe’s for a while so when I got the chance to read the full Malika TPB, I jumped at the chance. What makes Malika different from Okupe’s previous offerings is that instead of taking place in a futuristic version of Nigeria, this story takes place in the fictional ancient African country of Azzaz ruled by a Queen and warrior named Malika.
Some of you may already have heard about this, but late Friday night, on June 30, I basically got fed up with the whole discussion over whether or not diversity in comics sells, why Black Panther World of Wakanda, as well as Black Panther and the Crew, got canceled (among other titles). I had had a pretty long week of work and the #wellactually cadets were out in full force. So I do what I always do when I’m stressed about something. I research.
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