Bear-ing your heart: Oni announces new graphic novel from Ribon & Farris

Due next April, ‘My Boyfriend is a Bear’ features a woman who falls for a 500-pound American black bear.

Oni Press has announced a romantic comedy of a different breed — My Boyfriend is a Bear, by Pamela Ribon and Cat Farris. Fed up with the dating scene, Nora starts dating a 500-pound American black bear. Comedy ensues.

“The comics market right now has a lot of very dark, serious stories,” Farris said in a press release. “I’m really excited to help put a story out there that is silly and sweet. Something that hopefully makes people smile. It’s not every day you get to sell people a book about a girl dating a literal bear, and I hope folks are as charmed by this story as I have been while working on it.”

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Comics Lowdown: The future of MAD Magazine

Plus: New superhero universe Catalyst Prime, comics to fight fake news, Jillian Tamaki, Rico Renzi’s color palette, and more!

What’s up with MAD Magazine? Mark Evanier lays out a brief history of MAD, which has been part of DC Comics for a long time (it’s complicated!), and updates us on its current status, which is… not good. Like pretty much all print magazines, MAD has been struggling for a while, although Evanier thinks editor John Ficarra has been doing a bang-up job. When the rest of DC packed up and moved to Burbank, California, a while ago, the MAD staff stayed, but they are moving out of their New York office at the end of this year, and DC has not been forthcoming with any news about what will happen next, beyond the fact that the magazine is moving to Burbank and only one staffer, a production artist, will be going with it. The February 2018 issue will be the last one produced by the Usual Gang of Idiots. DC has not made any announcements about what happens next, but Evanier suggests following the blog of artist Tom Richmond, one of the most frequent contributors to the magazine, for updates.

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HarperCollins to release ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ graphic novel

Harper Lee’s classic novel will be adapted by Fred Fordham and released in November 2018.

Artist Fred Fordham will adapt Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird into a graphic novel, HarperCollins announced this week.

“Adapting a story that means so much to so many, and finding the appropriate art style to give it life in a long-form visual medium, is a great honor and responsibility, and, mercifully, also a great pleasure,” Fordham said in a statement.

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Fantagraphics to collect Michel Fiffe’s ‘Zegas’

One of the first projects by the creator of ‘Copra’ returns in a new collection this November.

Before Copra came Michel Fiffe’s Zegas, the title that started his self-publishing operation, Copra Press, back in 2011. Fiffe sold single issues of the title through his Etsy store, but they’re long gone at this point, so it’s good news then that “all the out-of-print stories previously lost to the ages” will be collected by Fantagraphics this November.

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Anders Nilson’s ‘Tongues’ kicks off in August

New comic retells the story of Prometheus, with a bit of a twist.

Big Questions creator Anders Nilson has announced his next project, Tongues — a retelling of the Greek myth of Prometheus.

“The book is a mash-up of many things,” Nilson writes on his website. “It’s an adventure story, set in the modern Middle East, it is based on Greek myth in part, but is also about human nature and origins, revenge and murder, politics and religion. And it brings back a character from the first real book I ever put out.”

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Talbots’ ‘Grandville’ series wraps up in November

Bryan and Mary Talbot’s five-part graphic novel series Grandville will complete its run this fall with the final volume, Grandville: Force Majeure, coming from Dark Horse Comics.

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TCAF: Koyama Press announces Fall 2017 titles

New books announced by Connor Willumsen, Sophia Foster-Dimino and more.

As Brigid mentioned earlier today, Annie Koyama’s Koyama Press is celebrating its 10th year at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. As part of that celebration, the publisher announced its Fall 2017 line of graphic novels.

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Comics’ coming-of-age party at TCAF this weekend

My, how we’ve grown! This year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival, which takes place this weekend in the Toronto Reference Library, will include a number of significant anniversaries.

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Street Angel joins a gang in July

New hardcover, ‘The Street Angel Gang,’ arrives from Image Comics July 26.

Following the release of the Street Angel: After School Kung Fu Special last month, Image Comics will release another hardcover featuring everyone’s favorite orphan ninja, The Street Angel Gang, this July.

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