BOOM!’s ‘Wynd’ will return in 2021

The series by James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas and Aditya Bidikar will continue with new issues next year.

BOOM! Studios has announced that Wynd, the five-issue miniseries by The Woods team of James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas and Aditya Bidikar, will return with issue #6 in May.

The series, which was originally supposed to be a graphic novel, was released early and as a miniseries as a way to help retailers when the comics industry returned from its COVID-19 lockdown earlier this year.

“James, Michael, and Aditya have built a world so steeped in magic and adventure, it’s been an absolute pleasure to see it all unfold,” said Eric Harburn, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Wynd’s story is far from over, and we can’t wait to show fans and new readers alike what’s in store for the magical winged boy and his friends as they journey across Esseriel in search of the place they truly belong.”

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Smash Pages Q&A: James Otis Smith

The creator of ‘Black Heroes of the Wild West’ discusses the book, which is out now from Toon Books.

James Otis Smith made a splash in 2019 with two books. Gang of Fools, which came out from Lion Forge, was a webcomic about a dystopian future, gentrification, the mob and more. The other book was Showtime at the Apollo: The Epic Tale of Harlem’s Legendary Theater, a nonfiction book from Abrams. The two were radically different books but showed an artist who was able to work in different styles and approaches, as skillful at tackling fiction as nonfiction, conveying lots of information in dynamic ways. 

His new book, which is out now from Toon Books, is Black Heroes of the Wild West. The book looks at three real life figures from the Old West, each of whom was unique and stood out – then and now. But more than simply being fascinating, interesting people, they complicate our understanding of the Old West and how the West was settled. Black people were ignored when the history was written, erased when fiction and myths were crafted, and sometimes redlined and banned from towns and even entire states. Black Heroes of the Wild West is an important glimpse of what’s been lost and ignored.

Smith was kind enough to answer a few questions about the book, which is an artistically masterful work, and what he wants to do next.

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‘The One You Feed’ by Cates + Burnett debuts at Panel Syndicate

Pay what you want for the first digital issue of the new fantasy horror title.

The One You Feed, a new title by Donny Cates (Thor) and Dylan Burnett (Ant-Man) has debuted on Panel Syndicate.

The “fantasy terror tale” will be a five-issue miniseries, released digitally on the site in their standard “pay what you want format,” like they’ve done with previous titles like Friday, Barrier and The Private Eye.

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Can’t Wait for Comics | Jokers, a ronin and the return of the Runaways

New comics arrive this week from Geoff Johns, Jason Fabok, Rainbow Rowell, Natacha Bustos, Eastman & Laird, and more.

We are back with a look at what’s arriving in comic shops, bookstores and on digital this week.

If you’re wondering what to get this week, check out a few recommendations below. ComicList has this week’s list of new comics arriving in stores, and the comiXology new releases page for what’s available digitally.

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comiXology Originals announces ‘Snow Angels’ by Lemire + Jock

The project will arrive in 2021.

After teasing it last week, comiXology Originals has announced a new title, Snow Angels, by Jeff Lemire and Jock.

The announcement — which is really more of a second teaser — doesn’t reveal anything about the project beyond the title and the two creators involved, and the company didn’t share anything else. You can watch it here:

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Smash Pages Q&A: Ethan Heitner

Heitner discusses co-editing this year’s volume of ‘World War 3 Illustrated,’ this year’s contributions, working with cover artist José Muñoz and more.

Ethan Heitner may not be the most well-known contributor to World War 3 Illustrated, but he’s co-edited this year’s volume of the long-running anthology with co-founders Peter Kuper and Seth Tobocman.

World War 3 Illustrated is one of the best comics anthologies of recent decades and the new volume, which has the theme “The World We Are Fighting For,” is more evidence of the artistic scope and skill of the publication, but also of the depth and power of the work. It shows how important and powerful political comics can be. The best work is not about what happened yesterday but has history and perspective, and offers ways to think about the past, present, and the future in new ways.

It’s a great project and Heitner was kind enough to answer questions about the book and the process of assembling it, and his own work.

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Shortlist announced for the 2020 British Fantasy Awards

‘Die,’ ‘DCeased,’ ‘Basketful of Heads’ and more among the nominees for this year.

The British Fantasy Society has announced the shortlist for the 2020 British Fantasy Awards.

The awards recognize fantasy and horror literature across a range of categories, including the “Best Comic/Graphic Novel” category. Their site says winners will be announced “in due course.”

Here’s a rundown of the “Best Comic / Graphic Novel” category:

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Marvel’s Demon Rider will ride again in 2021

Kushala, who first appeared in ‘Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme,’ will return next year in a solo series.

Kushala the Demon Rider, who first appeared in 2016 in Marvel’s Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme title, all but disappeared from the comic pages after that title was cancelled, but she’s going to come back … with a vengeance.

First, Marvel has announced another variant cover by artist Jeffrey Veregge for Marvel Voices: Indigenous Voices, the one-shot anthology featuring stories about Marvel characters by Native American creators. And it features the Demon Rider:

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What Are You Reading? | ‘Iron Man,’ ‘Commanders in Crisis,’ ‘American Flagg!’ and more

See what the Smash Pages crew has been reading lately.

Welcome to What Are You Reading?, our weekly look at what the Smash Pages crew has been reading lately.

Let us know what you read this week in the comments or on social media.

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