Comics Lowdown | A Charlie Hebdo survivor speaks

Plus: Lost Charles Schulz comics emerge, new graphic novel from Nnedi Okorafor and Tana Ford, and more!

The New York Times profiles cartoonist Corinne Rey, who was working in the offices of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on January 7, 2015, the day that two masked gunmen massacred the staff; Rey, who uses the pseudonym Coco, was just leaving the offices of Charlie Hebdo when two masked gunmen arrived and forced her to unlock the door. Her new graphic novel, To Draw Again, recently published in France, depicts that moment and its aftermath. Rey is now the resident cartoonist at the newspaper Libération, the first woman to hold that post.

An image from 'To Draw Again,' showing two enormous black-clad gunmen towering over a trembling woman, who says "C'est pas ici. Pardon." [Not here. Sorry.]
An image from Corinne Rey’s ‘To Draw Again’

What if Lucy and Charlie Brown were grownups? Shortly after the launch of Peanuts, Charles Schulz put together another pitch for his syndicate, this one a strip featuring adults – a tough-as-nails boss and her meek underling.

An unpublished "Hagemeyer strip" by Charles Schulz
One of the never-published “Hagemeyer strips” (Charles M. Schulz/copyright SFIPT)

As far as anyone knows, there are only seven “Hagemeyer strips,” as they are known, and three have never been shown in public before – until now. The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center recently acquired the three strips that were thought to be lost, and they will bring them together with the four other strips as part of their exhibit titled “Adults by Schulz.”

People: Immortal Studios has hired former DC Comics executive Hank Kanalz as head Of publishing.

Drawing of a cat, with a cluttered room in the background. The cat says "Hi. My name Pumpernickel Pickle Periwinkle Chukuo Okorafor. You call me Periwinkle."

Breaking Cat News: There are a couple of new cat comics in the works, including Periwinkle, a middle-grade graphic novel by Nnedi Okorafor and Tana Ford, who won both an Eisner and a Hugo award for La Guardia.

Cover of Apsara Engine

Lambda Awards: Two graphic novels were awarded Lammys, the Lambda Literary Awards: Mike Curato’s Flamer took the prize for LGBTQ Young Adult, and Bishakh Som’s Apsara Engine won the LGBTQ Comic award.

Interviews and Profiles

Cover of My Begging Chart

Hometown Hero: The Chicago Tribune profiles Keiler Roberts, interviewing her and several of her peers, including John Porcellino and Eleanor Davis.

Cover of BlackHand & IronHead vol. 2

At The Beat, Zack Quaintance interviews David López about his new comic, BlackHand & IronHead Vol. 2, which just launched on Panel Syndicate.

Recommended REading

The cover of 'Poison Ivy: Thorns'

At the New York Times, George Gene Gustines recommends eight graphic novels for Pride Month.

Cover of The Sea Shepherd

Andy Oliver reviews Sean Azzopardi’s The Sea Shepherd, a graphic “biography” of the marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd and its founder, Paul Watson.

Cover of Stone Fruit

At The Guardian, Rachel Cooke reviews Lee Lai’s Stone Fruit, one of the Pride books recommended in the NYT.

First panel of Before Stonewall: A group of people are overturning a car. The text reads "The Stonewall Riots in 1969 are rightfully remembered as a turning point in the queer liberation movement. But they were far from the origin of queer organizing or mass resistance. Their legacy was built upon a decade of organizing and similar riots and protests that have been largely forgotten."

At The Nib, Hazel Newlevant depicts the history of Queer resistance in Before Stonewall.

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