This is going to be a headache of a week! We don’t just have Comic-Con International having their big online shindig – SDCC@HOME – in the absence of the physical convention in San Diego, but we also have a whole bunch of ancillary companies, publishers, broadcasters and exhibitors putting on their own efforts, including the likes of Funko, Mondo and more… Alongside? In competition of? That’s a conversation for another time but, for right now, comiXology has announced their participation for two of those shows: SDCC@HOME and Amazon Virtual Con.
SDCC@HOME (Thursday 23rd – Sunday 26th July; Preview Night, Wednesday 22nd July) may have already announced their line-up so the comiXology news in that regard isn’t exactly fresh but the Amazon panel details is new stuff so it’s good to see what they have in mind.
And it’s a lot, featuring the likes of superstar creators such as Richard Starkings (ELEPHANTMEN), Jeremy Holt and Elizabeth Beals (VIRTUALLY YOURS), Mags Visaggio and Claudia Aguirre (LOST ON PLANET EARTH), Chip Zdarsky, Curt Pires, Dee Cunniffe and more, showcasing upcoming comiXology Originals releases due to hit the platform from July onwards.
SDCC@HOME 2020: COMIXOLOGY PANEL
Are you currently reading digital comics? Are you familiar with comiXology’s exclusive digital content program – comiXology Originals? Join comiXology’s Head of Content, Chip Mosher and a cast of beloved comic creators and rising-stars including, this year’s Eisner Award Nominees for Best Digital Comic writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Jason Loo (AFTERLIFT), artist Claudia Aguirre (LOST ON PLANET EARTH), writer Curt Pires (YOUTH), writer Johnnie Christmas (Crema), writer Jeremy Holt (Virtually Yours) to get the scoop on the latest comiXology Originals series direct from the creators making them! They’ll intrigue you with behind-the-scenes stories about the process of bringing comics from concept to the page and what it’s like pushing the envelope with digital comics, and beyond.
AMAZON VIRTUAL CON: COMIXOLOGY PANEL
- Comic Book Movie Trivia Night (Friday 24th July, 5:00pm PT/8:00pm ET)
Hosted by Eisner Award winner Chip Zdarsky on the comiXology Twitch channel.
- ComiXologist Kiwi will host live drawing sessions on comiXology’s Twitch channel with GLAAD Media Award-winning illustrator Tula Lotay and three-time New York Times best-selling British artist Jock.
- Kiwi will also host an interview series with creators from comiXology’s Originals line of exclusive digital content, including Curt Pires & Dee Cunniffe (YOUTH), Jeremy Holt & Elizabeth Beals (Virtually Yours), and Johnnie Christmas (Crema).
JULY 2020 – COMIXOLOGY RELEASES
ELEPHANTMEN 2261 SEASON 3 (issue #1 on sale July 7)
- Written by Richard Starkings
- Art by Axel Medellin
British documentarian, Theo Laroux comes to Los Angeles to interview the Elephantmen! His first subject is LAPD Lieutenant Trench, who takes him on a ridealong on the darker side of Los Angeles, 2261.
LOST ON PLANET EARTH (issue #4/5 on sale July 14)
- Written by Magdalene Visaggio
- Art by Claudia Aguirre
Once Basil’s dream assignment has be-come her living nightmare. Forced to enlist in the fleet as a low ranking crewman on the ship she dreamed of serving on, the Sojourner, has placed Basil firmly under Captain Maine’s thumb. Her old friend Charlotte is aboard in the hopes of rekindling her friendship with Basil, but the crew has other plans. Can Basil survive this life she was so close to escaping?
VIRTUALLY YOURS (graphic novel on sale July 14)
- Written by Jeremy Holt
- Art by Elizabeth Beals
A rom-com for the digital age. Shouldn’t finding a life partner be more challenging than ordering a pizza? Welcome to Virtually Yours, a virtual dating app that provides all the proof of being in a relationship without actually being in one. With her career front of mind, Eva Estrella joins Virtually Yours, after a nudge from her sister, to alleviate some family pressure as she continues to look for her dream job in journalism. While Max Kittridge, a former child star in the middle of a divorce, takes a gig at Virtually Yours servicing multiple clients as a fake boyfriend. As they navigate their current circumstances, both Eva and Max find that sometimes what you’re looking for is right in front of you.
CREMA (graphic novel on sale July 21)
- Written by Johnnie Christmas
- Art by Dante Luiz
Esme, a barista, feels invisible, like a ghost…. Also, when Esme drinks too much coffee she actually sees ghosts. Yara, the elegant heir to a coffee plantation, is always seen, but only has eyes for Esme.
Their world is turned upside down when the strange ghost of an old-world nobleman begs Esme to take his letter from NYC to a haunted coffee farm in Brazil, to reunite him with his lost love of a century ago. Bringing sinister tidings of unrequited love.