Smash Pages Q&A: Stephanie Graegin on ‘Super Manny Stands Up!’

The young picture book artist talks about the backstory of the greatest superhero story of 2017.

In recent years, artist Stephanie Graegin has established herself as one of the best young picture book artists. If anyone wasn’t convinced of her talents, this year saw the release of three picture books that Greagin illustrated, including one based on the Elvis Presley song Love Me Tender, two novels that she illustrated, in addition to her debut as a writer and illustrator, Little Fox in the Forest.

The sheer volume of work she’s able to draw is impressible, but she is also very good, and there is so much detail and nuance in her work to pour over. From a day in the life of a city park to what it means to have a relative suffering from Alzheimer’s to the nature of being a collector to the small joys found in everyday, Graegin finds a way to blend a playful style with the profound in a way that brings these humanistic stories to life. Moreover she does so with such care and detail, as though each page is a world.

This summer saw the release of Super Manny Stands Up! which was written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Graegin. It is a story about the power of imagination and the way that it can influence and change lives, and is, quite simply, one of the best and most important superhero stories of the year. Super Manny is the hero we need and thankfully Stephanie Graegin is one of the artists we have. She answered a few questions about how she works, and how her superpower seems to be not sleeping.

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Giffen, Lemire working on ‘Inferior Five’ series with ‘Peacemaker’ back-ups

Two 1960s comic creations make a return in a 12-issue miniseries.

On the last day of the New York Comic Con, DC Comics publisher Dan DiDio invited a surprise guest to join him on stage during the publisher’s “Sunday Conversation” panel — legendary comics creator Keith Giffen, who announced he’s working with Jeff Lemire on a new Inferior Five miniseries.

This isn’t the first time the duo have worked together, as both were part of the four-man team that wrote the weekly Futures End series for DC. Lemire and Giffen will co-plot the series, which Lemire will write and will feature artwork by Giffen. In addition, Lemire will write and draw a back-up for the comic starring the Charlton Comics character Peacemaker. Lemire will work with his Sweet Tooth collaborator, colorist Jose Villarubia.

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‘Spencer & Locke’ sequel teased at NYCC

It looks like a second miniseries will arrive in 2018.

David Pepose and Jorge Santiago Jr. turned heads with their Sin City/Calvin & Hobbes mash-up Spencer & Locke this year, and it looks like the miniseries from Action Lab Entertainment is getting a sequel:

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‘Milk Wars’ pits DCU vs. Young Animal … and milk, apparently

Heroes from both lines will team up in a weekly series of specials.

Get your milk mustache ready — the DC Universe and the Young Animal line will meet up next year in ‘Milk Wars,’ a story that will run through five specials.

First announced in San Diego this past July, Vertigo Executive Editor Mark Doyle and writer Steve Orlando shared more details at the New York Comic Con this week.

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Visaggio + Liew bring ‘Eternity Girl’ to Young Animal

Six-issue miniseries starts in March.

The Young Animal line’s cast of curious characters is getting a new friend: Eternity Girl. Kim & Kim writer Magdalene Visaggio and Eisner winner Sonny Liew (The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye) will tell the story of Caroline Sharp, a former secret agent who can’t die — so she decides to destroy the universe.

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Vertigo announces new series from Spurrier, Williamson

‘Motherland’ from Si Spurrier and Rachael Stott, and ‘Deathbed’ by Joshua Williamson and Riley Rossmo arrive from Vertigo early next year.

Vertigo turns 25 next year, and DC Comics co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan Didio revealed at New York Comic Con plans to relaunch the line next August. But that doesn’t mean we have to wait until then for new series announcements, as today Mark Doyle, Executive Editor of Vertigo, revealed two new miniseries in New York.

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IDW to publish ‘Star Wars: Forces of Destiny’ weekly comic series

New series will feature work from Jody Houser, Devin Grayson, Elsa Charretier and more, on characters like Rey, Leia, Ahsoka and Hera.

Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, the animated web series and merchandise line featuring female heroes from the Star Wars universe, is taking aim at comics. IDW Publishing announced plans at New York Comic Con for a weekly comic book series featuring Leia, Rey, Padmé, Ahsoka and Hera, along with the newest stars from the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rose and Paige.

Working on the new series are Delilah S. Dawson, Elsa Charretier, Beth Revis, Jody Houser, Devin Grayson, Arianna Florean, Eva Widermann, Valentina Pinto, and Nicoletta Baldari.

“The Forces of Destiny initiative has won over fans with its inspiring tales about these iconic heroes,” said IDW Senior Editor Denton J. Tipton. “IDW Publishing couldn’t be more excited to be part of the celebration of these beloved characters.”

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Faith Erin Hicks, Peter Wartman will bend air at Dark Horse

The publisher announces the new creative team for their popular ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ graphic novel series.

Dark Horse has announced that Faith Erin Hicks (The Nameless City) and Peter Wartman (Over the Wall) will take over the Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novel series, based on the television show that used to air on Nickelodeon.

Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of my favorite things in the world. I’m totally not kidding: I remember watching the series finale over ten years ago when I was a struggling animator, wishing I could work on a show that was even 10 percent as thoughtful and compelling as Avatar. I was so in love with the world and characters,” said Hicks. “Even now, there’s nothing that has filled my heart quite like Avatar, and I’m so honored to contribute to the real thing.”

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‘Dark Matter’ becomes ‘New Age of DC Heroes,’ adds two titles

Dark Knights: Metal serves not only as a crossover event featuring some bad, bad Batmans, but also as the springboard for a new line of comics — a line featuring top talent who will have equity in the comics they’re creating.

Previously announced as “Dark Matter,” at the New York Comic Con DC Comics announced they’ve renamed this new publishing initiative as “New Age of DC Heroes.” They’ve also added two new titles to the mix, taking the line up to seven.

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