(on comiXology) Adrien tries to help his friend Nino out with his crush… Marinette! Unfortunately, there’s a mix-up and Marinette thinks Adrien is the one asking her out to the zoo. Things get even worse when the zookeeper, Otis, transforms into Animan. Now with the ability to shapeshift into any animal, Animan goes after Marinette’s classmate Kim. Will Ladybug and Cat Noir save him in time?
Yes, this month marked the release of Miraculous Adventures #1, which is my first time writing an original script (based on a story by Bryan Seaton). Previously, I only adapted episodes already on TV, so I'm really happy to be able to add a new story to the world of Miraculous - in its very first original illustrated comic book no less! Please check it out and I hope you enjoy it. If you do pick it up, leave a comment below letting me know what you thought of it!
And thanks for the great review from The Broken Infinite, who said: "Honestly, I'd feel confident in handing this issue to just about everybody to read. This comic was much better than expected and I feel a step in the right direction for Miraculous Ladybug in the comics medium."
And here's another adaptation I helped with that came out in July:
My articles from the month of July include:
"This week we’re showcasing the deluxe edition of Plague Doktor. Be transported to 13th century England during The Black Death. The writer and artist both spoke to me about their inspirations for the series and some unique historical facts."
"The legend of Prometheus continues in this new comic book series. Follow him as he journeys through the modern day, John Wick style!"
"This year marks the first ever Ghost City Comics Competition! This contest was made in the hopes of providing indie comic creators with a new outlet to show their work to the world, have it read and reviewed by industry professionals and receive prizes."
"Today the recurring WOMEN OF MARVEL panel discussion continued at the San Diego Comic Con. It was led by Marvel's content development director Sana Amanat and producer Judy Stephens. Alongside several panelists, they discussed working in the comic book industry as a woman and what this means for the future of the industry."
"This week we’re showcasing a digital anthology set in a world where people can’t form new memories. Transience has 56-pages filled with stories from writers and illustrations from artists located around the world. Learn more about this project from the creators and collaborators themselves. Plus exclusives pages from the anthology!"
I hope everyone enjoyed their June! This past month I did my very first audio interview with Ghost City Comics. It was a lot of fun. Learn more about the submissions process for Action Lab on iTunes:
Some adaptations that came out in June include:
Here are the Kickstarters I featured over the past month on Comic Frontline:
"This time on “Kickstart the Week(end)” we’re showcasing an original crime noir story, Broderick. Join the writer and artist as they talk about the Chicago underworld and its ties to their story. The creators say fans of Frank Miller’s Sin City, Brian Azzarello's 100 Bullets, and Richard Stark’s Parker by Darwyn Cooke will enjoy Broderick."
My Screen Rant lists from this month include:
Comic Maven's Archives May 2017 Update: The Miraculous Adventures of FCBD and Judging the Ghost City Comics Competition
A lot went on in May! I was interviewed by Free Comic Book Day for my FCBD book Miraculous: Illustrated Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir:
On May 6th, the Miraculous FCBD issue was released. It features a preview of things to come in July in Miraculous Adventures #1, as well as previews of the Action Lab books Kid Sherlock and Toyetica.
A few adaptations I worked on also came out this month, including:
In other news, I will be a judge at the first Ghost City Comics Competition!
I did several Kickstart the Week features in May, including one showcasing the immensely popular Kickstarter Sweet Dreams Cthulhu, which ended up raising $91,605. The power of Kickstarter is truly amazing sometimes!
"The Kickstarter that raised $21,000 in one day (and has now hit over $50,000), Sweet Dreams Cthulhu is an all-ages premium bedtime board book. The creators of the book also made C is for Cthulhu: The Lovecraft Alphabet Book, the best reviewed Lovecraft children’s book."
"What do you get when you put aliens, rednecks and storage units into one comic book? You get Unit 44, a sci-fi comedy story about Area 51 employees who forget to pay the rent on their facility's storage unit, resulting in it being sold to two rednecks at auction. I spoke in-depth with writer about his book’s funny bone."
"Robin Hood meets cyberpunk in this Kickstarter for Robin Hood: Eons Edge #1. Along with some noir elements, this is Robin Hood as you’ve never seen him before. Learn more about the creators’ favorite interpretations of Robin Hood, their “Mobile Comic” and more in my interview with the creative team of Robin Hood: Eons Edge."
This month I also helped write two PR pieces for Action Lab, which included information about Dan Mendoza's DollFace and the first issue of Miraculous Adventures that I wrote:
Bryan Seaton and Dan Mendoza's DollFace series broke records and became Action Lab's biggest debut series. Over 20,000 copies were preordered and the regular covers for DollFace #1 sold out and needed to be reprinted.
Miraculous Adventures of Ladybug and Cat Noir features all-new stories that take place in the universe of the popular Zag Entertainment television show Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir. These stories will appeal to readers 9 years and older looking for a fun superhero story.
Lastly, for Screen Rant I wrote the following lists:
8 Most Powerful (And 7 Insanely Weak) Nintendo Villains
Please let me know in the comments below how I can make these updates better and if there is anything in particular you'd like to see on the site!
Comic Maven's Archives April 2017 Update: PopCultHQ Interview, Comic Book Releases and Other Articles
This month, two more issues of my adaptations came out this month. Enjoy Peter David's Artful #5 and Zag Entertainment's Miraculous #12, in comic book stores and on comiXology. The Broken Infinite even gave Artful #5 a 9/10, commenting that it "the intrigue has you wanting to read every page and get the next issue."
My highlight of the month was when Jason Bennett of PopCultHQ interviewed me about my work at Action Lab Entertainment, which you can enjoy below!
I also kickstarted a week with my friend Steve Bryant and talked with him about his project Athena Voltaire.
"As a member of Action Lab Entertainment, I've been helping with their latest Kickstarter for the Eisner-nominated Athena Voltaire. The story follows the globetrotting pulp heroine Athena Voltaire’s adventures. Writer Steve Bryant and Action Lab Entertainment are making a new ongoing series starring the titular heroine. I spoke with Steve about what we can look forward to from the new series."
Other Articles from April 2017
My Screen Rant lists include:
15 Things You Forgot About Neopets
Sailor Moon: 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Sailor Venus
Here are the articles I reprinted this month:
Best/Worst Comic Book Covers of January 2015
Best/Worst Comic Book Covers of February 2015
Best/Worst Comic Book Covers of March 2015
Con: Why Barbara Gordon Should NOT Be Batgirl
It's Time for Some REAL Heroes
Marvel’s “Sexist” T-Shirts
New Captain America Flying High
New 52 Year One Retrospective: Bats in the Belfry Part 1 - Villains
New 52 Year One Retrospective: Bats and the Belfry Part 2 - Villains
Perchance to Dream Police
Titles that Should Have Been Part of the New 52
Hey all! Hope you enjoyed your March.This month I decided to reformat my website, collapsing my reviews, news stories and features into a "My Articles" tab and dividing them up based on website. I hope you enjoy the tweaked look!
This past month, my adaptations for Miraculous #11 (based on the "Horrificator" episode) and Peter David's Artful #4 came out. A big thanks to everyone who covered the titles.
Check out my latest Screen Rant articles as well (can you tell Power Rangers came out this month?):
Power Rangers: 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Rita Repulsa
15 Most Powerful Power Rangers, Ranked
15 Things You Didn’t Know About Sailor Jupiter
Here are the interviews I did this month for Comic Frontline:
"This week I’m interviewing the co-editors of Dates Volume 2. This anthology of "queer historical fiction" focuses on happy endings rather than the tragic ones that often befall fictional characters in the LGBT+ community. The stories take place in a variety of time periods and settings."
"Today we’re showcasing The Golden Guard, an annual comic book magazine and tabletop RPG about legacy heroes. The story takes place during WWII and present day, exploring both the golden and modern ages. Learn more about the project with an in-depth interview featuring creators Vito Delsante (Stray), Charlie McElvy (WatchGuard) and Carlos Cabaliero (Thrillbent, Cloudwrangler)."
"Celestial Falcon is the first superhero series from the new Last Ember Press imprint 529 Studio. The story of Celestial Falcon follows Chris, who finds out there is something more to his life. As the Celestial Falcon, he must protect the world from the evil being that wants to destroy everything and plunge it into darkness. Learn more about this new project from the creative team themselves, which includes Frontline’s very own Chris Dibuduo, Brant Fowler and Lisa Moore, as well as Lucas Santos."
And finally, please enjoy the articles I reprinted this week:
Best Comic Book Covers of 2014
Eight Archie and IDW Publishing Mash-Up Covers Unveiled
First Look: Angel & Faith Season 10 #1
Hector Hammond Bio
IDW Games Kill Shakespeare Artists Announced
Indestructible: Stingray #1 Review A Good Introduction to the World of Indestructible
NYCC 2014: Archie Meets Predator Announced
NYCC 2014: Spider-Gwen Gets Her Own Ongoing Series
Raven vs. Emma Frost
SDCC 2014: James Gunn Directing/Writing Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Stolen Comic Story Becoming Feature Length Film
Thor is a Woman
The Walking Dead Works with Hero Initiative for Charity
Worst Comic Book Covers of 2013
Worst Comic Book Covers of 2014
Z-Girl and the 4 Tigers: Odyssey #3 Review
Zombie Outlaw #1 Review
Updates on Weekends
Wizard World Philadelphia 2014
The Great Allentown Comic Con 2014
New Jersey Comic Expo 2015
SDCC 2016 Day 1
SDCC 2016 Day 2
SDCC 2016 Day 3 & 4