IDW to publish ‘younger reader’ Star Wars comics

‘Star Wars Adventures’ launches this fall.

Coming out of the big Star Wars Celebration event that happened in Orlando last week, IDW Publishing has announced they’ve obtained the license to “create and publish new Star Wars comic books aimed at younger readers.” The first title is expected in the Fall, just in time for all the hype that’ll build for the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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‘Swords of the Swashbucklers’ sails again

Kickstarter for a new collection of Bill Mantlo and Jackson Guice’s classic Epic Comics series funds in under 24 hours.

Dynamite Entertainment is looking to bring Bill Mantlo and Jackson Guice’s Swords of the Swashbucklers back into print, and they’ve turned to Kickstarter to do it. And less than 24 hours into their campaign, they’re already 100 percent funded.

If the name doesn’t ring a bell, Swords of the Swashbucklers began life as a graphic novel from Marvel back in 1984, followed by a a series that ran for 12 issues under their Epic Comics banner. It’s about a teenage girl whose parents are kidnapped by an alien empire, so she joins up with a crew of space pirates to try and save them.

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McCourt, Alexovich thread together ‘Stitched’ for new Charmz line

The new imprint from Papercutz debuts in May with three titles; check out a preview of the first one.

Next month Papercutz will debut a new line of graphic novels aimed at “tween” girls, under the Charmz banner, and they’ve shared a preview of one of the debut graphic novels.

Stitched, by Mariah McCourt and Aaron Alexovich, is about a girl who wakes up in crypt without any memory of who she is:

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Batman ’66 to meet the Legion of Super-Heroes, courtesy of the Allreds

Lee, Michael and Laura Allred team up for a one-shot featuring time travel, Egghead, Universo and more.

The creative team behind the DC/Young Animal Bug title Bug!: The Adventures of Forager will turn their attention to the 30th century this June in the Batman ’66 Meets The Legion of Super-Heroes one-shot special.

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DeForge, Brown, Doucet among The Doug Wright Awards 2017 nominees

‘Neil the Horse’ creator Katherine Collins named to the Giants of the North, the Canadian cartoonist hall of fame.

Awards season continues in earnest today as the Doug Wright Awards announced the 2017 nominees for “the best work and most promising talent in Canadian comics.”

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David Petersen captures the essence of Third Earth with his ThunderCats portraits

Known for his drawings of mice in his popular Mouse Guard series, David Petersen recently turned his pen to a group of cats — The ThunderCats, to be precise. On his blog, the artist shares some recent portraits of the team from the popular animated series.

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Eleanor Davis, Christina Tran win Slate’s Cartoonist Studio Prize

Created in conjunction with the Center for Cartoon Studies, the program offers $1,000 to each winner.

Slate and the Center for Cartoon Studies have announced the winners of the Cartoonist Studio Prize, which awards $1,000 to the year’s “best” print comic and webcomic.

Libby’s Dad by Eleanor Davis, published by Retrofit and Big Planet Comics, won for Best Print Comic. Christina Tran’s “On Beauty” won the award for Best Web Comic.

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Smash Pages Q&A: David Pepose on ‘Spencer & Locke,’ gritty crime and imaginary friends

“What if this imaginary friend wasn’t so benign?”

Debuting in comic shops tomorrow, David Pepose and Jorge Santiago Jr.’s Spencer & Locke imagines a world where Calvin and Hobbes went on to join the police force and take down bad guys. But when Sophie Jenkins — you remember Susie, right? — turns up dead in back alley, well … that’s where the story begins.

Published by Action Labs Entertainment, Spencer & Locke is a four-issue miniseries written by Pepose, whose name comics fans might recognize from his reviews at Newsarama, with art by Santiago (Curse of the Eel), colorist Jasen Smith and letterer Colin Bell.

On the eve of the book’s debut, I spoke with Pepose about the secret origins of the project.

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‘Usagi,’ ‘Giant Days,’ ‘Octopus Pie’ among NCS divisional nominees

The National Cartoonists Society announces the divisional nominees for the 71st Annual NCS Reuben Awards.

The National Cartoonists Society has announced the 2016 NCS Divisional nominees for the 71st Annual NCS Reuben Awards, which annually recognize creators of comic strips, animation, illustrations, comic books and more. The winners will be announced May 27, and the nominees for their biggest award, the Reuben itself, should be coming later this month.

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