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Legendary Comic Inker Joe Sinnott Passes Away at 93

Legendary Comic Inker Joe Sinnott Passes Away at 93

The family of Joe Sinnott has announced that the long time comic artist has passed away this morning June 25, 2020. He is a member of the Will Eisner Hall of Fame and is well known for his long run at Marvel Comics starting in 1965.

He is the recipient of multiple industry awards and is well respected among past and current comic professionals. His work on Fantastic Four is often cited as one of his greatest accomplishments, and he was still active into his nineties.

We wish to offer our condolences to his family and friends.

Joel Schumacher Dies at 80 [Variety]

Joel Schumacher, costume designer-turned-director of films including “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “The Lost Boys” and “Falling Down,” as well as two “Batman” films, died in New York City on Monday morning after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 80.

Source: Joel Schumacher Dead: Batman Films Director Dies at 80 – Variety

Press Release: Free Comic Book Day 2020 to Take Place July 15 through September 9

Press Release: Free Comic Book Day 2020 to Take Place July 15 through September 9

Diamond Comics Distributors has released new information regarding how the annual Free Comic Book Day will be handled. This proves once again that 2020 is not like any other year. There are some interesting developments in the extended summer of Free Comic Book Day and plenty of intriguing books listed after the announcement.

Press Release:

Every Day Can Be Free Comic Book Day During July and August!

(Baltimore, MD) — (June 18, 2020) – Free Comic Book Day, the comic book industry’s largest annual promotional event, is traditionally scheduled to take place the first Saturday in May each year. However, the impact and spread of COVID-19 prevented the event from being celebrated at its normal time this year. Now, the beloved event has been rescheduled and reworked to take place throughout July and early September in order to accommodate social-distancing and store capacity regulations across the country, effectively making it Free Comic Book Summer!

Scheduled to take place between July 15 and September 9, retailers will receive five to six Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) titles in their weekly shipments during each week of the promotional window. Release of these titles may vary from shop to shop, as retailers are encouraged to release the books as they see fit for their unique circumstances. Retailers may release one free title a day, make all of that week’s free titles available at once, or any other plan that works for them. Free Comic Book Summer is designed to be flexible and customizable so retailers and consumers can get the most out the event.

“Every year, Free Comic Book Day is our big event to thank current comics fans, welcome back former fans and invite those new to comics to join the fun,” said Joe Field, originator of FCBD, and owner of Flying Colors Comics in Concord, CA. “In this very different year, Free Comic Book Day is more like Free Comic Book Summer… and there’s so much fun to discover in this year’s FCBD comics! So many cool stories are available for this stretched-out Free Comic Book Day 2020. I’m confident long-time fans and newcomers alike are going to find a story that’ll make them want to visit their local comic shop every week! Fans, bring your friends and family and head to your local comic shop every week starting July 15 through September 9 to check out the new, and fantastic, free comics available that week!”

Free Comic Book Summer will feature 45 of the previously announced titles from publishers like Marvel Comics, Image Comics, BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, Dynamite Entertainment, DC, and more! The 45 titles are designed to appeal to a broad range of tastes and run the gamut from superhero stories, to TV and movie tie-ins, to sci-fi adventures, all-ages tales, and beyond. There will also be two educational support titles from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Gemstone Publishing.

A complete listing of all 45 FCBD titles, including the 10 Gold Sponsor and 35 Silver Sponsor comic books, can be viewed online at www.freecomicbookday.com. A release schedule of when titles will be hitting comic shops is available below.

For more FCBD news and updates, visit www.freecomicbookday.com and become a fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram!

COMICS AVAILABLE ON JULY 15

  • BOOM! Studios | POWER RANGERS: RANGER SLAYER
  • IDW Publishing | MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC
  • Marvel Comics | X-MEN
  • Chapterhouse Publishing | CAPTAIN CANUCK BEYOND AND CAPTAIN BATTLE
  • Papercutz | ASTERIX
  • Yen Press| THE WEIRN BOOKS

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DC Comics Ends Agreement with Diamond Comic Distributors

DC Comics Ends Agreement with Diamond Comic Distributors

DC Comics is severing ties with Diamond Comic Distributors, the dominant US comic distributor for the past two and half decades. The publisher has told customers that orders for DC product will be fulfilled by Lunar Distribution and UCS Comic Distributors for periodical releases, and Penguin Random House for graphic novels and collected editions.

DC sent an email to retailers on Friday morning that stated.

“We recognize that, to many of you, this may seem like a momentous decision. However, we can assure you that this change in DC’s distribution plans has not been made lightly and follows a long period of thought and consideration. The change of direction is in line with DC’s overall strategic vision intended to improve the health of, and strengthen, the Direct Market as well as grow the number of fans who read comics worldwide.”

“In the near term, Diamond will only be fulfilling orders placed through June 1 Final Order Cut-Off and will not solicit the sale of new DC titles further. To ensure a smooth transition for retailers, DC will suspend Final Order Cut-Off for June 8, making those books available to order on Final Order Cut-Off on June 15.”

This is a developing story and we will continue bring more news on how this changes comic publishing and distribution as it is released.

Source: DC Cuts Ties with Diamond Comic Distributors | Hollywood Reporter

Katee Sackhoff Cast in The Mandalorian S2 As Bo-Katan  [/Film]

Katee Sackhoff Cast in The Mandalorian S2 As Bo-Katan [/Film]

“Battlestar Galactica star and Star Wars veteran Katee Sackhoff is joining The Mandalorian season 2. We have exclusively learned that Sackhoff will be playing a live-action version of Bo-Katan Kryze, a Mandalorian warrior she previously voiced in Dave Filoni’s animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and later Star Wars Rebels.”

Source: The Mandalorian Season 2 Bo-Katan Casting: Katee Sackhoff – /Film

Breaking: DC Comics Will Start Publishing New Comics on April 28

Breaking: DC Comics Will Start Publishing New Comics on April 28

Even more news in the ever changing business of comic book publishing coming at you. Earlier today we reported that Diamond Comics Distributors is making plans to resume comic book distribution. DC Comics has just announced through Newsarama that they will publish new comic books before the end of the month. This distribution will be outside of its normal Diamond distribution channel.

Stay tuned for even more updates….

 

Press Release

DC ANNOUNCES ITS RETURN TO COMIC BOOK STORES ON TUESDAY, APRIL 28

New DC Comic Books to be Available at Open and Operating Comic Book Retailers

DC comic books are returning to comic shops beginning Tuesday, April 28. After a four-week break, fans can celebrate that new superhero stories will be arriving at operating retail stores.

After surveying more than 2,000 stores across the U.S. and Canada, it became clear that many comic book store owners are finding new and creative ways to get books to the fans who want them. To find stores that may have the new titles, visit the comic shop locator webpage:

www.dccomics.com/comicshoptracker

Check the page often, as it will be updated with new retailers.

The new slate of titles includes (also available for digital purchase at participating digital retailers):

Tuesday, April 28:

Batman #89 (3rd Printing)
Featuring the first appearance of Punchline!
Daphne Byrne #4
Daphne gains a new ally as she continues to wrestle with the malevolent forces within her!
The Dreaming #20
The unbelievable finale to Si Spurrier and Bilquis Evely’s epic tale from the Sandman Universe!
Nightwing #70 (2nd Printing)
The Clown Prince of Crime comes to Ric Grayson and Bludhaven in this prelude to The Joker War!
Batman GIANT #4
Classic stories from the world of The Dark Knight, plus an all-new chapter of the original story “Concrete Jungle,” by Mark Russell (Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles) and Ryan Benjamin!

Tuesday, May 5:

Batman and the Outsiders #12
DC Super Stars #17 (Facsimile Edition)
The Flash #753
The Green Lantern Season Two #3
Hawkman #23

House of Whispers #20
Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #4

Tuesday, May 12:

New Comic Books:
Harley Quinn #72
Justice League #44
Justice League Odyssey #20
Lois Lane #10
Metal Men #6

Source: DC To Start Publishing New Comics April 28

Comic Con International 2020 Cancelled in Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

Comic Con International 2020 Cancelled in Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

For the first time in its 50-year history San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC), the organizers behind the annual pop culture celebration, announced today with deep regret that there will be no Comic-Con in 2020. The event will instead return to the San Diego Convention Center from July 22-25, 2021.

Source: Comic-Con International: San Diego Comic Con 2020 Cancelled

Brian Dennehy Dead: ‘Tommy Boy’ and ‘First Blood’ Star Dies at 81 [Variety]

Brian Dennehy Dead: ‘Tommy Boy’ and ‘First Blood’ Star Dies at 81 [Variety]

Brian Dennehy, the star of “Tommy Boy” and “First Blood,” and the winner of two Tonys, has died. He was 81.

Source: Brian Dennehy Dead: ‘Tommy Boy’ and ‘First Blood’ Star Dies at 81 – Variety

Gail Simone Is Having #ComicsSchool on Twitter

Gail Simone, renowned comic book writer, is planning something interesting on Twitter. She says that she is planning out a five-day course of information for new comic writer. In the spirit of the forced isolation the world is experiencing, we support any way to bring positive interaction into the inter-webs.

Below is a link to the beginning of the thread. It is sure to be entertaining and, hopefully, informative to people looking to write comics.

Don’t forget to keep checking back on the thread for updates.

 

Update #1: #ComicsSchool begins at 1:00PM PDT/ 4:00PM EDT. You need a Box, Notebook, Phone, Pencil AND an 8 sided die if you have one (but don’t worry if you don’t).