'THE SACRIFICE OF DARKNESS' GRAPHIC NOVEL DEBUTS FROM BOOM! STUDIOS01/24/20 @ 4:18 pm EST
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ONI ANNOUNCES SUMMER WEBCOMICS COLLECTIONS02/28/20 @ 4:29 pm EST
BOOM! Studios announced today a new original graphic novel, THE SACRIFICE OF DARKNESS, from New York Times
bestselling author Roxane Gay, writer Tracy Lynne Oliver, artist Rebecca Kirby, and colorist James Fenner, adapting Gay’s New York Times bestselling short story “We Are the Sacrifice of Darkness” into a full-length graphic novel and expanding the short story about a tragic event that forever bathes the world in darkness, available in October 2020.
Follow a woman and a man’s powerful journey through this new landscape as they discover love, family, and the true light in a world seemingly robbed of any. As they challenge the world’s notions of identity, guilt, and survival, they find that no matter the darkness, there remain sources of hope that can pierce the veil.
Roxane Gay’s writing appears in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2018, Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, Harper’s Bazaar, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review,
and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times
. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State
, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women
and New York Times bestselling Hunger: A Memoir of My Body.
She is also the author of World of Wakanda
for Marvel and the editor of Best American Short Stories 2018
. She is currently at work on film and television projects, a book of writing advice, an essay collection about television and culture, and a YA novel entitled The Year I Learned Everything
. In 2018, she won a Guggenheim fellowship.
“Some stories don't leave you and such was the case with my short story ‘We are the Sacrifice of Darkness.’ When BOOM! Studios approached me about writing a graphic novel, I immediately knew what kind of story I wanted to tell--one about family and sorrow, faith that survives in a world of darkness, true love and an indelible bond between two people with the world against them,” said author Roxane Gay. “It has been a thrill to be able to bring breadth and depth to the world I created in my short story, and to be able to do so with one of my favorite writers, Tracy Lynne Oliver. She is an amazing collaborator who always pushes me creatively. We are excited to have this graphic novel out in the world later this year.”
Tracy Lynne Oliver is a writer based in Los Angeles. She has been published online at a variety of places such as Medium, Fanzine and Occulum. Her story, This Weekend
was chosen to be in Best Microfiction 2019
. This is her first graphic novel adaptation.
“‘We are the Sacrifice of Darkness’ was one of my favorite Roxane Gay stories, so I was more than thrilled with the opportunity to transform it into a graphic novel format,” said writer Tracy Lynne Oliver. “I once again fell in love with the characters and their struggles and yearning for love, warmth and light in this dark, cold world they were thrust into. I am so excited for readers to see this story brought to life in such a visually stunning way.”
Rebecca Kirby is a comic artist and illustrator based out of Philadelphia best known for her original comics, Biopsy
, which have been featured on Vice and Waves
, featured in Fantagraphics Now: The New Comics Anthology #4.
“It's been an incredible experience working with everyone as we create a graphic novel full of striking contrasts and tender moments splashed across the page,” said artist Rebecca Kirby. “I've had a great time illustrating the beautiful story that Roxane and Tracy have crafted, and I hope fans will have just as great an experience reading it.”
THE SACRIFICE OF DARKNESS is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning Archaia imprint, home to inspiring graphic novels such as Big Black: Stand at Attica
by Frank “Big Black” Smith, Jared Reinmuth, and Ameziane, We Served the People
by Emei Burell, The Realist by Asaf Hanuka, Girl on Film
by Cecil Castellucci and Vicky Leta, Melissa Duffy, V. Gagnon & Jon Berg, New World
by David Jesus Vignolli, About Betty’s Boob
by Vero Cazot and Julie Rocheleau, Waves
by Ingrid Chabbert and Carole Maurel, The Grand Abyss Hotel
by Marcos Prior and David Rubín, and more.
“It’s an honor to bring new dimension into Roxane Gay’s story, alongside Tracy, Rebecca, and James who have really evolved into an exciting, singular narrative voice,” said Dafna Pleban, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Grappling with questions of hope, culpability and identity, the graphic novel medium brings to life a world struggling to move on with a visual intensity and specificity that will make for a whole new reading experience for devoted Roxane Gay fans and new readers alike.”
Print copies of THE SACRIFICE OF DARKNESS will be available for sale in October 2020 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com
to find the nearest one), bookstores, or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire.
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'INVISIBLE MAN' APPEARS WITH $23M-$25M OPENING WEEKEND02/28/20 @ 4:27 pm EST
PORTLAND—Oni Press adds multiple collections of some of the web’s most beloved comics to their 2020 publishing slate. Following up on this month's release of Valerie Minelli's Mrs. Follein
hardcover collection, and the all-new omnibus editions of Chris Onstad’s seminal strip Achewood
, Oni Press announces three more print editions of modern webcomics for the summer season!Starting in May, Oni will collect Kyle Latino’s Savage Beard of She Dwarf
, a humorous young adult fantasy webcomic that tells the heartwarming story of a lonely dwarf searching for her place in the world.
She Dwarf believes herself to be the last dwarf in existence. Hoping to find evidence to the contrary, She Dwarf sets out on a mission to find the lost dwarven city of Dammerung. But Dammerung isn’t on any map and will not be easily found. Strong forces stand in She Dwarf’s way. Begrudgingly forced to take on a partner to aid in her mission, She Dwarf is joined by war barbarian, Hack Battler. Together, the pair will face vengeful shorcs, sludge demons, mutant bear monsters, and more. When warned by an elf named Drift of the dangers of searching for the lost city, She Dwarf will come face to face with the consequences of her quest. Driven by memories of her mother, She Dwarf is more determined than ever to unearth the truth of the dwarves.Series creator Kyle Latino says “That scrappy little webcomic I drew is gonna be an honest, for-real graphic novel! Don't that just beat all! All seven chapters of the Savage Beard of She Dwarf will be printed in luscious color and hit store shelves next spring! I couldn't have done it without the support of my readers. THANK YOU ALL!”In June, mainline pure Hell Was Full
in a first-time collection of Branson Reese’s notoriously dark and hilarious webcomic, complete with the infamous alt text and an illogical amount of brand-new material. A group of raccoons gnaw on God’s severed head; a man brags to his friend about driving a Transformer out of its own funeral; a toaster revolts against its master. These are just some of the scenes in the pitch-black world of Hell Was Full
, the popular webcomic that blends the bleak and the absurd into a delicious dadaist cocktail.“On a scale of one to ‘ah oh my god holy shit!’ I’m off the charts excited for this collection of comics to hit unsuspecting bookshelves nationwide” says creator Branson Reese. “Working with Oni Press and especially Amanda Meadows has been a dream come true. They’ve taken my -frankly- disgusting little fever dreams and turned them into an extremely beautiful book. Oh man. You’re just gonna flip for this book, I tell ya! Hell of a book!”In August, hilarious indie comics darling Frankie Comics
is collected for the first time in this full-color hardcover edition – purrfect for cat lovers everywhere. Fans of Johnny Wander, Pusheen, and Chi's Sweet Home will love this collection of the hit webcomic by Rachel Dukes.
When they discover a kitten asleep in their doorway, real-life artist couple Rachel and Mike immediately fall prey to her charms. Soon, the new queen of their home is a blue point Siamese cat named Frankie. Stealing snacks, making mischief, and taking snuggling very seriously, Frankie proves, again and again, the wholesome joys of a feline companion.“I started Frankie Comics to amuse myself during a period of isolation in my final year of grad school, and its popularity as a webcomic took me by complete surprise. Creating Frankie, meeting fans, and befriending other cat enthusiasts has changed my life, truly” says creator Rachel Dukes. “Years on, I'm so excited and happy to be releasing a remastered, full-color collection of the series for a new generation of readers – I could purr!”Look for more information on these new collections and others in the Oni Press summer 2020 lineup in the coming weeks! Available now is the first-time collection of Valérie Minelli's global hit webcomic, Mrs. Follein
in a deluxe hardcover.
Valérie Minelli’s tremendously popular comics have been stirring emotion in people all over the world with heartfelt and earnest strips making fun of the mundane. These perfectly poignant webcomics find inspiration in the everyday, encompassing rainy coffee mornings, playful relationship adventures, and quiet introspective moments. The small, unexpected minutes that quilt life together. Small Hours: A Mrs. Frollein Collection
was released in finer comic shops and bookstores everywhere on February 18, 2020.
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DeadlineC2E2: SILK RETURNS! 02/28/20 @ 4:15 pm EST
reports that The Invisible Man
is on his way to a $9.1M first day, including last night’s $1.65M, for a 3-day between $23M-$25M at 3,610 theaters.
Advance ticket sales are reportedly far ahead of Universal/Blumhouse’s Ma
which posted at first day of $7.2M and opening of $18.1M last June. As of this report, ticket sales are surging so by tonight we may see a higher result. At this range, it’s a very good start for the $7M Univeral-Blumhouse production. Get Out
posted a first day of $10.8M, which included $1.8M previews, on its way to a $33.3M start.
Paramount’s 3rd weekend of Sonic the Hedgehog
is taking 2nd with an estimated $13.85M at 4,177 off a Friday of $3.2M (-50%), -47%, and running total by Sunday of $126.1M.
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FIRST TIME EVER! MCFARLANE DRAWS SPAWN & SPIDER-MAN TOGETHER!02/28/20 @ 11:30 am EST
Back in 2014, the world learned that Peter Parker wasn’t the only one who was bitten by the radioactive spider in Amazing Fantasy
#15. Equipped with spider powers of her own, Cindy Moon took the Marvel Universe by storm as the beloved super hero Silk! Just announced at C2E2, Silk will weave a new web this July, filled with ruthless new villains including the cat demon Kasha as Cindy takes on a new investigative reporter gig under the one and only J. Jonah Jameson.
Acclaimed novelist Maurene Goo (I Believe in a Thing Called Love
, Somewhere Only We Know
) makes her grand foray into comic books alongside superstar artist Takeshi Miyazawa to deliver a thrilling series that will pack action, heart, and relevatory insights about the character. Cindy’s new mission will quickly turn as personal as it is deadly and prove Silk to be one of Marvel’s most dynamic and intriguing heroes.
“The opportunity to write a Korean American super hero—a woman, no less—is one that I never thought would come my way,” Goo said. “I’m so excited to flex this writing muscle and to explore new stories for Silk—a character I love. Her fierceness and loyalty are qualities I understand and relate to, and I hope readers feel the same as she fights new foes and protects old friends.”
Don’t miss a beat of the latest adventures of Cindy Moon when SILK #1 swings into comic shops in July!SILK #1 Written by Maurene Goo Art by Takeshi Miyazawa Cover by Stonehouse On Sale July 2020
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‘PENNYWORTH’ ADDS FIVE NEW SERIES REGULARS AS PRODUCTION BEGINS ON SEASON 202/28/20 @ 11:18 am EST
Todd McFarlane, one of the artists famed for leaving Marvel Comics to form Image Comics in the 1990s, has returned to the web, so to speak. And brought his greatest creation with him.
McFarlane has tweeted out an image of Spider-Man and his mega-creation, Spawn, together for the first time! The rendering is for a new cover to this year's Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide.
accompanying the drawing, the comics creator wrote:
"This is a momentous occasion in Comic Book History! It's been 27 years since I left @Marvel Comics and drew Spider-Man professionally. But for the first time ever, Spawn and Spider-man, TOGETHER!"
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NEW 'MONSTER HUNTER' MOVIE POSTERS REVEALED02/28/20 @ 11:12 am EST
James Purefoy (The Following, Sex Education
), Edward Hogg (Taboo, Harlots)
, Jessye Romeo (Curfew, In the Long Run
), Ramon Tikaram (Brassic, The Victim
) and Harriet Slater (Faunutland and the Lost Magic)
are set as series regulars opposite Jack Bannon for the upcoming second season of Epix’s DC origin story Pennyworth,
from Warner Horizon Scripted Television.
Purefoy, Hogg and Romeo are new cast members for the upcoming season, and Tikaram and Slater, who recurred in season 1, have been promoted to series regulars. The 10-episode sophomore season began production in the UK in January at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, with an eye towards a summer 2020 premiere on Epix.
Purefoy will play Captain Gulliver Troy. Alfie’s former SAS Captain, Gulliver Troy is a charismatic, cultured brute and a powerful man of appetites – whether that be drink, women or danger.
Hogg will portray Colonel Salt. A would-be despot masquerading as an obedient civil servant, Salt is a calculating killer, whether by pen or sword. (via Deadline
Romeo will play Katie Browning. An idealistic art student whose life is uprooted by civil war, Katie is righteous, defiant and wonderfully naive.
Tikaram is Inspector Victor Aziz. Season one’s charming, sardonic Inspector Aziz returns, keeping his clear head and dry wit even as London descends into chaos.
Slater is Sandra Onslow. Budding 60s starlet, Alfie’s on-again-off-again girlfriend, Sandra, is now resident singer in his club, with dreams of becoming the next Sandie Shaw.
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'THE INVISIBLE MAN' SHOWS UP WITH $1.65M ON THURSDAY NIGHT02/28/20 @ 11:03 am EST
The Monster Hunter
movie has two new teaser posters which have been revealed by IGN
The posters show stars Tony Jaa and Milla Jovovich respectively, each holding weaponry drawn from the game series. Jaa, who plays The Hunter, is holding the Great Hunter's Bow, Jovovich (playing Lieutenant Artemis) totes a Great Sword, the Giant Jawblade. The desert setting they're in is based on the look of Monster Hunter World's Wildspire Wastes area.
The film arrives in theaters on September 4.
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Deadline'DAY OF THE DEAD' AND 'THE SURREALTOR' TV SERIES ORDERED BY SYFY02/28/20 @ 11:00 am EST
reports that Universal-Blumhouse’s The Invisible Man
made its first appearance last night at 7PM shows nationwide with $1.65M, an an amount of cash that’s near both studios’ previous collaborations, Get Out
($1.8M Thursday) and Split
Both 2017 titles overperformed their $20M-predicted tracking at the time, with Split
posting a $40M start, and Get Out
taking $33.3M. Invisible Man,
directed and written by Leigh Whannell, is forecasted to be in the mid to high $20M range, a solid start for the $7M net production shot with Australian tax credits; however, like Split
and Get Out,
it’s expected to go higher potentially in the $30M+ zone.
Exits and reviews indicate that’s possible with Invisible Man
‘s Rotten Tomatoes score at 92% Certified Fresh being just under Get Out
‘s 98% certified fresh, but much higher than Split
‘s 77% certified fresh and Halloween
‘s 79% certified fresh. The RT score is key because that’s the catalyst which will persuade non-genre diehards to buy tickets.
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Deadline'TURNER AND HOOCH': LYNDSY FONSECA AND CARRA PATTERSON TO STAR IN TV SERIES REBOOT FOR DISNEY+02/27/20 @ 9:30 pm EST
reports that Syfy has given 10-episode straight-to series orders to Day of the Dead,
based on George A. Romero’s classic zombie film, from Cartel Entertainment (Creepshow
); and The Surrealtor,
from Blue Ice Pictures (Ginny and Georgia)
. Both are expected to air on Syfy in 2021.The Day of the Dead
order follows the straight-to-series pickup by Syfy of another classic horror movie title, Chucky,
as the network continues to expand its slate into the horror genre. Syfy has been investing in high-end scripted content with a focus on edgy, younger-skewing shows with off-kilter sensibility, including comic book adaptations.
The NBCUniversal cable network, which is mounting a major push in animation, also has been increasingly betting on straight-to-series orders vs. pilots with four in a row: Vagrant Queen
, based on the comic and also produced by Blue Ice Pictures, Chucky, Day of the Dead
and The Surrealtor.
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Deadline'PROUD FAMILY' REVIVAL ORDERED TO SERIES AT DISNEY+02/27/20 @ 9:25 pm EST
reports that Nikita
alumna Lyndsy Fonseca and Carra Patterson (The Arrangement
) have been cast as female leads opposite Josh Peck in Turner & Hooch,
Disney+’s reboot of the classic 1989 buddy-cop comedy feature. The TV series, which has a 12-episode order, comes from Burn Notice
creator Matt Nix and 20th Century Fox TV.
Additionally, Fonseca has been tapped for a season-long arc on Fox’s 9-1-1: Lone Star,
playing Liv Tyler’s sister. Both series are produced by 20th TV, and she will be filming them concurrently.
Like the movie, the hourlong series centers on Scott Turner (Peck), who now is a U.S. marshal — versus the police detective played by Tom Hanks in the movie. When the ambitious, buttoned-up marshal inherits a big unruly dog, he soon realizes the pet he didn’t want may be the partner he needs.
Fonseca will play Laura, Scott’s sister and the mother of 7-year-old Matthew. Like the rest of her family, Laura is still coming to terms with the death of their father. A dog lover, who currently owns special-needs dogs, Laura (with Matthew) brings over to Scott their father’s legacy: a huge, slobbery dog named Hooch. Laura is close to both her brother and mother — with whom she discovers that their father’s death might not have been an accident.
Patterson will portray Jessica, Scott’s partner, and a sharp contrast to his spit-and-polish ways, which she constantly teases him about. Brave and quick-thinking on the job, though sometimes her sense of humor gets her in trouble, Jessica genuinely respects and supports Scott. Happily married to Grady, Jessica has no problem with Scott’s new sidekick, and she’s willing to bring Hooch to work with them on a tough case.
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reports that The Proud Family
revival has officially been greenlit at Disney+.
The Disney Channel animated series will return with all new episodes on the streamer, with most of the original voice cast returning. The returning cast members are: Kyla Pratt as Penny Proud, Tommy Davidson as Oscar Proud, Paula Jai Parker as Trudy Proud, Jo Marie Payton as Suga Mama, Karen Malina White as Dijonay Jones, Soleil Moon Frye as Zoey Howzer, and Alisa Reyes as LaCienega Boulevardez. Cedric the Entertainer will also return as Uncle Bobby Proud.
The new show, which is titled The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder
, is currently in production at Disney Television Animation. Series creator Bruce W. Smith and executive producer Ralph Farquhar are returning to lead the revival along with original series writer Calvin Brown Jr., who will serve as co-executive producer and story editor.