Comics Lowdown: IDW adapts ‘The Force Awakens,’ Ringos slated for BCC

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IDW announced its all-ages Star Wars Adventures comic series a few months ago, but they sprang a surprise this week: In August, they will publish an 80-page graphic novel adaptation of the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The graphic novel, which is also intended for younger readers, is part of Disney’s Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi publishing program, which is designed to gin up excitement for the eighth movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which will be out in December. The writer of the adaptation is Alessandro Ferrari, and the art is provided by “a group of Disney artists intended to bridge the gap between Star Wars and traditional Disney animation, making it more attractive for younger audiences.” You’d think people with that sort of ability would merit an actual name credit, but I guess not. This same anonymous group has done other Star Wars graphic novel adaptations that were published by Disney Lucasfilm Press, and in fact, Bleeding Cool notes that this graphic novel was announced in an article about them almost a year ago. That means the big news is really the publisher—it looks like IDW, will launch Star Wars Adventures in September, is becoming the chief publisher of Star Wars comics for young readers.

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Baltimore Comic-Con honors 75 years of ‘Archie’

A huge list of artists contribute their renditions of Archie and Friends for this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook.

In past years the Baltimore Comic-Con has spotlighted an independent comic creation in their annual yearbook, available at the show and featuring a collection of pin-ups by other artists. Usagi Yojimbo, for instance, was featured in 2013 for the character’s 30th anniversary. This year the convention has chosen a whole line of characters to feature, as they honor Archie Comics’ 75th anniversary.

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