The Middle Geeks Episode 60: ‘Squire’ Through the Lens of Palestine with Nadia Shammas

As the genocide of Palestinians continues in Gaza, we welcome back on acclaimed Palestinian American comic and video games writer Nadia Shammas to discuss their seminal work, Squire, through the lens of Palestine.

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NOC Exclusive: Lauren Lola and Ponsi Alfonso Break Down ‘Dasig’

As The Nerds of Color, we’ve been given a great many privileges to speak with some of the greatest, most talented individuals in the industries of film, television, music, and comics. But while it’s wonderful to get the opportunity to meet these terrific strangers and learn more about their respective crafts, it’s an even rarer and greater opportunity to work alongside these talents.

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Popular Novel ‘The Bromance Book Club’ Comes in Comics Form on Manta

Popular romance novel The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams becomes the latest IP to receive the webcomic treatment by Manta Studios. The Bromance Book Club digital comic will premiere on Manta on September 3, 2023. 

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Iman Vellani Discusses ‘Ms. Marvel: The New Mutant’ and Why the Character is so Timeless 

Iman Vellani, who additionally stars as Kamala Khan in Marvel Studios’ Ms. Marvel, is making her Marvel Comics debut with Ms. Marvel: The New Mutant. The limited series will be four issues and the first one will be on sale tomorrow, August 30.

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‘Lore Olympus’ Wins 2023 Eisner Award for Best Webcomic

The award marks the series’ second consecutive win after taking home Best Webcomic in 2022; the back-to-back win also marks WEBTOON‘s second Eisner Award. Lore Olympus boasts over 1.5 billion views and 6.3 million subscribers, with multiple number 1 New York Times bestselling print adaptations and an animated series in development.

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Adrian Tomine’s Classic Graphic Novel is Brought to Life in ‘Shortcomings’ Trailer

During the early aughts, indie comics were the only place to find Asian American stories by Asian American cartoonists. One of the biggest books to come out in that period was Shortcomings by Adrian Tomine. Now, a decade and a half later, that indie comic has been turned into an indie movie at Sony Pictures Classics in Randall Park’s directorial debut.

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For AANHPI Heritage Month, Here are 50 West Asians in Pop Culture You Should Know

May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month, a cause for celebration of these many diverse communities. But far too often, many who champion this month have belied and ignored specific groups within this collective, often presenting a limited scope of who counts as “Asian” or “Asian American” in this collective consciousness.

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‘White Savior’ Comic Spoofs a Familiar Asian American Movie Problem

The new comic book series White Savior is an adventure story which parodies a certain kind of adventure story. Written by Eric Nguyen and Scott Burman, with art by Nguyen, the first and second issues of the limited series from Dark Horse are available now.

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Hunter Gorinson Named President and Publisher of Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group

Earlier this week we had a chance to talk to some of our friends at Lion Forge about their highly anticipated animated series adaptation of Iyanu: Child of Wonder. And today the company has made a whopper of an announcement as former Boom Studios-exec Hunter Gorinson has joined the team as President and Publisher of the Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group.

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Southern Fried Asian: Patrick Michael Strange

On Southern Fried Asian, fellow NOC fam Patrick Michael Strange is in conversation with Keith about growing up as a military brat across the South! From South Carolina and Mississippi to joining the Navy in Viriginia, Patrick recounts coming to terms with his identity as a Filipino American and as a comic book nerd. They also discuss his own nerd empire and a memorable Comic-Con experience. Finally, Patrick reveals that tocino (and not lumpia or siopao) is his go-to Filipino dish.

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‘The Eightfold Path’ (An Endorsement)

If anything can be said about Abrams ComicArts books, it’s that they are undeniably beautiful. Aside from what lies within their pages, the books themselves are works of art. They are portable museums. The colors, the weight and heft of the paper used, the end paper designs, the cover images chosen, these make the books worth looking at. The stories being told? These make the books worth buying. Their Megascope imprint? These books are worth collecting.

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Southern Fried Asian: Greg Pak Returns

Southern Fried Asian is back and so is one of our previous guests. Keith welcomes back Greg Pak — whose moving new autobiographical project I Belong to You / Motherland is being turned into a choral performance in Austin — to discuss belonging and loss and share memories of his mother and childhood in Texas.

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The Cast of ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Discuss Kugelblitzes and Season 3

The Hargreeves are back! And this season of The Umbrella Academy, they have some pretty stiff competition in the form of The Sparrow Academy! You may remember at the end of Season 2, after saving the world from yet another apocalypse, the family and Number 5 teleported themselves back into the present. Only now, due to the changes they’ve made to history, it was a completely different present than the one they are used to. They created an alternate timeline! Let the expletives fly!

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Get Your Copy of ‘Scorpio’ Volume 1 on Kickstarter

Writer John Robinson IV wanted to tell a story that centered the astrology, particularly the zodiac signs. He had been a fan of the fantasy genre, but rarely saw any comic book stories that told it from a person of color point of view. He decided to combine his passion for writing and fantasy to create a world focusing on astrology and the stars, but with a lead character of color. This is how Scorpio was born.

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Carlos Pacheco Homages Superman in ‘La Borinqueña’ Variant Cover

Somos Arte just announced the third printing of La Borinqueña #2 will feature a variant cover illustrated by Carlos Pacheco — with colors by Emilio Lopez — that will be an homage to his iconic Superman #654 (2006) cover.

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Boss Fight Announces ‘La Borinqueña’ Action Figures

In news we would normally have covered coming out of Toy Fair (which was canceled this year), Boss Fight Studio just announced a line of La Borinqueña action figures. This is just part of the first launch of action figures inspired by the team of superheroes created by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, the Nitainos.

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‘La Borinqueña’ Tackles Climate Change

In 2016, Eisner Award-winning graphic novelist and philanthropist Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez created La Borinqueña to drive conversations around the social, economic, and environmental crises affecting Puerto Rico. As a direct response to Hurricane Maria, he created our La Borinqueña Grants Program which has awarded $165,000 in grants to non-profit organizations across Puerto Rico.

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Disney+’s ‘American Born Chinese’ Series Finds its Cast

Shortly after Disney released Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, director Destin Daniel Cretton signed on to helm a series adaptation of Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese. The genre-hopping action-comedy series is described as “a great universal story that moves between worlds and explores the impact of culture, identity, and acceptance through the lens of adolescence.” And now, the series has found its cast. 

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Samira Ahmed Talks about Writing ‘Ms. Marvel: Beyond the Limit’

Ms. Marvel has a new comic series out! In the five-issue Beyond the Limit, Kamala must deal with unexpected multiverse shenanigans as she visits her cousin Razia in Chicago. Writing her in this series is author Samira Ahmed, who is the first Desi Muslim to write Ms. Marvel!

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Looking Good and Feeling Good at ‘The King’s Man’ Press Conference

In 2014, audiences were introduced to Kingsman — an independent secret service agency hidden in a tailor shop in London, dedicated to saving the world. It’s been seven years and three films since, and the world introduced in Matthew Vaughn’s gonzo spy spectacle has only grown bigger and crazier. And this Christmas, audiences will get to truly witness the bloody beginnings of this organization, when The King’s Man hits theaters next Wednesday, December 22!

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