The Rundown: May 11, 2023

Welcome back to The Rundown, our daily breakdown on comic news stories we missed from the previous day. Have a link to share? Email our team at [email protected].

In case you missed it, Mignolaversity took a look at August’s releases.

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Art by Jay Stephens

– Via Boing Boing, Oni Press announced “Dwellings,” a horror pastiche of Harvey Comics and Saturday morning cartoons by writer/artist Jay Stephens (the creator of The Secret Saturdays). Further described as a mash-up with the films of David Lynch, the book follows the nightmarish adventures of the children in the suburban town of Elwich, some of which involve murder, and even demonic possession. The comic, which is described as being definitely not for kids and “cowards,” will be released bimonthly across three, 72-page issues, each featuring two stories, beginning August 9.

– Marvel announced Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing, and Carmen Carnero’s “Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty” will conclude with a one-shot after the ‘Cold War’ crossover, and July’s oversized “Captain America” #750. The special, “Captain America Finale” #1 (due out August 16), will see the end of Steve Rogers’s battle against the Outer Circle, including their new recruit Bucky Barnes. Both Kelly and Lanzing confirmed this will not be the end of their Captain America run (which started in June 2022), stating “though it’s bittersweet to bring ‘The Century Game’ to a close, rest assured that we aren’t done with these characters or the arcs they’ve begun here.”

– Webtoon and Discord launched “Wumpus Wonderventures,” a four-part comic starring the messaging platform’s mascot. Written by Merryweather with art by Joakim Waller, the whimsical comic sees Wumpus and friends go on a journey through space and time, from the death to the universe, to other fantastical worlds. It is part of a cross promotion, where readers can redeem a free one-month trial of Discord Nitro by finishing the comic, while current Nitro subscribers are being offered 10 free Webtoon coins to redeem on paywalled episodes of comics; both offers are valid until June 8, with the trial code lasting until July 10. You can read “Wumpus Wonderventures” here.

– Via The Wrap, Shortcomings, Randall Park’s film adaptation of the graphic novel by Adrian Tomine, will be released theatrically on August 4. The comedy drama, starring Justin H. Min, Sherry Cola, and Ally Maki, premiered to positive reviews at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and will be screened at the Tribeca Festival before its wider release this June. The film, which marks Park’s feature directorial debut, was written by Tomine himself, and also features Debby Ryan, Tavi Gevinson, Sonoya Mizuno, Jacob Batalon, and Timothy Simons, as well as cameos from Ronny Chieng and Stephanie Hsu. And in further movie release window news, Netflix confirmed Nimona will arrive in June.

– Via The Hollywood Reporter, more details were revealed about the upcoming animated Babylon 5 film, which is titled Babylon 5: The Road Home, and being directed by Matt Peters (Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons) from a script by J. Michael Straczynski. The film will follow John Sheridan (voiced again by Bruce Boxleitner) on a journey through the multiverse; it will also include Claudia Christian, Peter Jurasik, Bill Mumy, Tracy Scoggins, and Patricia Tallman, as well as (taking over for various deceased cast members) Paul Guyet, Anthony Hansen, Mara Junot, Phil LaMarr, Piotr Michael, Andrew Morgado, and Rebecca Riedy. The Road Home will be released direct-to-video sometime this summer.

– “Achewood” cartoonist Chris Onstad has revived his comic strip after a six-year hiatus on Patreon. Additionally, Onstad launched an A.I. based on the comic’s protagonist, cat Ray Smuckles, at the site RayBot. In an interview with Polygon, Onstad acknowledged skepticism about A.I., but claims he and his team have “come to see that, for the next several generations, A.I. is just going to have the potential to be a critical writer’s tool or assistant, like the way that we use word processors or Wikipedia or Google to help us in our writing.” You can also read more from Onstad at The Verge.

– British cartoonist Gemma Correll has alleged that Swedish feminine hygiene brand Libresse plagiarized her artwork for multiple promotional illustrations around the world. The copied image in question is a 2016 portrayal of menstruation as an island that AFAB people visit once a month. Correll comments, “Libresse is part of Essity – according to Wikipedia, their net sales in 2019 amounted to EUR 12.2 billion. They can afford to pay artists but instead chose to steal my artwork.” You can contact Essity here.

– Furthermore, the AFP reports major Hong Kong newspaper Ming Pao is dropping cartoonist Zunzi, after criticism from the government over a cartoon that mocked them for reducing the number of directly elected seats in the city’s district councils. Zunzi (real name Wong Kei-kwan) had been published by the paper since 1983. His suspension will begin after Sunday’s strip. Zunzi was also previously published by Apple Daily and Next Magazine, two publications that were shut down after their owner, the pro-democracy tycoon Jimmy Lai, was arrested and incarcerated in 2021. Zunzi told the AFP, “Cartoon is just a medium. One should just do what he ought to do and what we can do.”

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