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NYCC News: ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Avatar,’ and ‘Dinosaucers’

Star Wars Forces of Destiny Cropped

New York Comic Con, which took place last weekend, was the last big comic con of 2017, and publishers finished out the season with plenty of news and announcements. We already posted about First Second’s Maker Comics, but here are a few more NYCC announcements.

Peter Wartman's character sketches for Avatar: The Last Airbender

Peter Wartman’s character sketches for Avatar: The Last Airbender

Dark Horse announced that Faith Erin Hicks, the creator of The Nameless City and Friends with Boys, will take over from Gene Luen Yang as writer of Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novels, and Peter Wartman will be the new artist.

StarWarsFOD1-768x1171IDW announced Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny, a mini-series of five all-ages Star Wars comics that focus on the female characters in the franchise, including Leia, Rey, Padmé, Ahsoka, and Hera and, from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rose and Paige. All the writers and artists are women as well. This series looks like it will be in the same vein as IDW’s other Star Wars Adventures comics and graphic novels. The publisher, which has a number of licensed comics, also had three other announcements: It will publish Big Hero 6 comics based on the animated series that will be coming soon to Disney XD; a new three-issue Goosebumps story will be coming in 2018, this one by writer Jen Vaughn and artist Michelle Wong; and Ian Flynn, who scripted the Sonic the Hedgehog comics for Archie for many years, will be the writer for IDW’s new Sonic series.

DinosaucersLion Forge, which has been expanding its Cub House (kids’ comics) and Roar (YA) imprints, also had some new titles to announce at the show:

  • Dinosaucers, a revival of the 1987 animated series about shape-shifting anthropomorphic dinosaurs, to be written by Michael Uslan and drawn by Archie veteran Andrew Pepoy;
  • The Wormworld Saga, a lush, painted fantasy comic, originally published as a webcomic. by German artist Daniel Lieske;
  • Encounter, a superhero spoof written by the Tiny Titans team of Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani and illustrated by G-Man creator Chris Giarrusso;
  • This is a Taco, a graphic novel/picture book about a very assertive squirrel;
  • The Lost Path, a graphic novel by Amélie Fléchais; this book and its predecessor The Red Wolf are French imports and part of the Magnetic Press imprint.
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Brigid Alverson About Brigid Alverson

Brigid Alverson, the editor of the Good Comics for Kids blog, has been reading comics since she was 4. She has an MFA in printmaking and has worked as a book editor and a newspaper reporter; now she is assistant to the mayor of Melrose, Massachusetts. In addition to editing GC4K, she writes about comics and graphic novels at MangaBlog, SLJTeen, Publishers Weekly Comics World, Comic Book Resources, MTV Geek, and Good E-Reader.com. Brigid is married to a physicist and has two daughters in college, which is why she writes so much. She was a judge for the 2012 Eisner Awards.

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