BBC: Masked comic superheroes fight Covid disinformation

BBC: Masked comic superheroes fight Covid disinformation. “In Priya’s Mask, due to be launched on 2 December, the comic crusader joins hands with Jiya, the ‘Burka Avenger’, a popular character from a Pakistani cartoon show, as the two go about trying to tackle the pandemic – and also the ‘infodemic’, a major proliferation in fake news surrounding the coronavirus.”

CNET: LA Comic Con 2020 is going ahead despite coronavirus concerns

CNET: LA Comic Con 2020 is going ahead despite coronavirus concerns. “Despite San Diego Comic-Con going virtual in July, Los Angeles Comic Con has announced it intends to open its doors in December. ‘Over the past six months, we’ve been struggling with a very important question: “Should we even ATTEMPT to have LA Comic-Con in 2020?”‘ Chris DeMoulin, general manager of LA Comic Con, wrote in a statement Sunday (via Los Angeles Daily News).” I suspect they will get pushback such that the event will be cancelled.

Attractions Magazine: Comic-Con Museum will open in San Diego in 2021

Attractions Magazine: Comic-Con Museum will open in San Diego in 2021. “The museum will also rely on fan sourcing and respond to current interests to distinguish it from other pop culture museums and make it more accessible and dynamic for audiences worldwide. Plus, an online museum will engage those who can’t travel to San Diego and provide pre- or post-visit experiences for those who can, including live streams and digital museum programming.”

SYFY Wire: Comixology Releases over 200 issues of Black Panther comics for free

SYFY Wire: Comixology Releases over 200 issues of Black Panther comics for free. “The world is still celebrating the life of Chadwick Boseman, who died last Friday at the age of 43. Comixology is paying tribute to Boseman by releasing over 200 issues of Black Panther comic books for free on their site.”

CBR: DC FanDome Unveils Twitter Emojis for Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash and More

CBR: DC FanDome Unveils Twitter Emojis for Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash and More. “As DC FanDome approaches, the upcoming virtual convention has revealed special Twitter emojis based on the characters of the DC Universe, as well as their adaptations, such as the Arrowverse or the DC Extended Universe.”

Orange County Register: How LA-based comics artist MariNaomi created Cartoonists of Color

New-to-me, from Orange County Register: How LA-based comics artist MariNaomi created Cartoonists of Color. “The six-year-old database, maintained by Los Angeles-based comics creator MariNaomi, features a wide range of artists and writers based everywhere from the United States to Chile and Australia. The work on display ranges from slice-of-life to fantasy to historical fiction. All of the 1400+ people listed in the database identify as people of color. It’s a testament not just to the diversity of subject matter in comics, but to the diversity of those making them.”

io9: Some of the Scientific Minds Behind the UK’s Coronavirus Response Have Helped Fund a New Sci-Fi Pandemic Comic

io9: Some of the Scientific Minds Behind the UK’s Coronavirus Response Have Helped Fund a New Sci-Fi Pandemic Comic. “io9 can exclusively reveal the first look at Planet DIVOC-91, a 9-part satirical sci-fi webcomic being produced by Dr Bella Starling, Director of Vocal at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and Sara Kenney, Creative Director at Wowbagger Productions, in association with the UK Academy of Medical Sciences. Featuring a cavalcade of comics talent across each chapter, Planet DIVOC-91 wants to tell a fictional, sometimes absurd story about an intergalactic pandemic while educated readers about the threats faced closer to home with our current grasp of the novel coronavirus crisis.”

CNET: Warner Bros. announces DC FanDome virtual convention

CNET: Warner Bros. announces DC FanDome virtual convention. “Warner Bros. has announced DC FanDome, a free 24-hour virtual convention for fans of the DC superhero comics, movies, games and TV series. It’ll host panels and reveal upcoming content, with director James Gunn announcing that he and the cast of The Suicide Squad will be taking part.”

New York Times: Create Your Own Digital Comics Whether You Can Draw or Not

New York Times: Create Your Own Digital Comics Whether You Can Draw or Not. “Even if you can’t draw or paint, you can still construct a comic. Some educators have found the medium to be a good way to entice children into creative writing. Thanks to a variety of apps, you can make your digital comics on a smartphone, a tablet, a computer or even a plain old piece of paper. Here’s a guide.”

Screen Rant: Free Digital Comics Are Helping Fans Get Through Coronavirus Lockdown

Screen Rant: Free Digital Comics Are Helping Fans Get Through Coronavirus Lockdown. “The Coronavirus pandemic has thrown the comic book industry for a loop, giving fans week after week without new comics for the first time in years. To make matters worse, their favorite superheroes, characters, and senses of humor have gone missing when they’re needed most, as millions around the world weather the storm in isolation. To help those comic readers during this difficult time, some creators and publishers have come to the rescue by releasing free digital content while the printed weekly issues and trade paperbacks are unavailable. We’ve rounded up some of those that are currently providing fans with the best online content for free.”

Slate: When Cathy Met the Coronavirus

Slate: When Cathy Met the Coronavirus. “The most salient criticism of Cathy has always been the charge that she perpetuated negative stereotypes about women, although more recent feminist reconsiderations of the character have recognized that it was more complicated than that. This is all pretty academic considering we’re talking about a person who only sometimes has a nose—but either way, during the coronavirus crisis, Cathy’s struggles read as so much less gendered than before.”

The Pull List: Comic Shop Database Arises With New Comics On Hold. Also Hugo Picks! (SyFy Wire)

SyFy Wire: The Pull List: Comic Shop Database Arises With New Comics On Hold. Also Hugo Picks!. “Last week, a group known as the Comics Industry Collective launched its new website 28 Pages Later, a guide for comics fans and customers looking for local stores around the country. The site has its roots in efforts that began some time ago, as comics writer Leah Williams (Gwenpool Strikes Back) stepped up and began compiling information on which local stores were still open and could still offer some kind of service even as shelter-in-place orders meant many non-essential businesses were closing up shop for the time being.”

Marvel: Marvel Unlimited Now Offering Free Access to Iconic Comic Book Stories

Marvel: Marvel Unlimited Now Offering Free Access to Iconic Comic Book Stories. “Marvel Unlimited, Marvel’s digital comics subscription service, is now offering all fans FREE access to some of Marvel’s most iconic stories from recent years, including now-classic Marvel Comics events and critically acclaimed runs featuring the Avengers, Spider-Man, Black Widow, Captain America, Captain Marvel, and more. Fans who are social distancing will be able to escape into the Marvel Universe and revisit their favorite stories from a curated selection of complete story arcs – completely free – on Marvel Unlimited, starting Thursday, April 2 until Monday, May 4.”

CNET: Marvel and DC grind to a halt due to coronavirus lockdown

CNET: Marvel and DC grind to a halt due to coronavirus lockdown. “Both Marvel and DC have delayed their April 1 comic releases due to the coronavirus outbreak. Following distributor Diamond’s decision to stop shipping print comics to retailers last week, the two publishers opted to stop or cut back on their digital releases as well, as previously reported by CNET sister site Comicbook.com.”