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'Avatar: The Last Airbender' comic gets new creators, new designs
EW has an exclusive look at Faith Erin Hicks and Peter Wartman’s take on the fantasy world

VERY EXCITED to welcome Faith Erin Hicks as the new writer and Peter Wartman as the new artist of the Avatar: The Last Airbender comics with Dark Horse! Mike and I have been working closely with Faith on the next story arc, and Peter has been turning in some awesome early artwork (some of which you can see if you click the link above, as well as reading some kind words from Faith).

Mike and I are so grateful for the many years and beautiful books our former team—Gene Luen Yang (writer) and Gurihiru (art/color)—gave to the Avatarverse, and we wish them all the best in their many exciting future endeavors. We are so lucky to have had the chance to work with you three luminaries for so long!

Rick Riordan and Diversity

People complain about Rick Riordan “beating a dead horse” but HE CAN BEAT ALL THE DEAD HORSES HE LIKES.

Rick Riordan has actively added diverse characters in all of his books to represent more kids. Characters in his books include:

  • a Arab-American, Muslim Valkyrie (Magnus Chase)
  • a deaf/mute elf who uses sign language (Magnus Chase)
  • a Hispanic son of Hephaestus (Heroes of Olympus)
  • a half-Cherokee daughter of Aphrodite (Heroes of Olympus)
  • a Chinese son of Mars (Heroes of Olympus)
  • a bisexual God/Teen (Trials of Apollo)
  • a happy and loving gay couple, Nico and Will (Trials of Apollo)
  • a black male dwarf that loves fashion and design (Magnus Chase)
  • a black daughter of Hades (Heroes of Olympus)
  • a genderfluid, transgender warrior of Odin (Magnus Chase) 
  • kids with ADHD and dyslexia (All greek/roman demigods in Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus)
  • POC siblings of mixed heritage, Carter and Sadie Kane (The Kane Chronicles)

and that’s just off the top of my head! This is not at all a conclusive list!!

When Rick Riordan first revealed Nico, a son of Hades in his best-selling Heroes of Olympus series, as gay people asked him “why?” and he said because he wanted kids to see themselves in his books and that all kids need to be able to see themselves in literature and find reassurance that they’re fine just the way they are. HE PORTRAYS ALL OF THESE KIDS AS HEROES. This is SO SO IMPORTANT

So unlike some people who beat dead horses and don’t even try to be diverse (*cough*JKROWLING*cough*) at least Riordan is constantly adding more and more young heroes and heroines that are diverse, well-rounded, and important. 


A Study in Emerald

Dark Horse’s Gamain Library continues to expand with A Study in Emerald. From multiple award-winning writer Neil Gaiman comes this graphic novel adaptation featuring art by Eisner award-winning artist Rafael Albuquerque. Rafael Scavone, co-founder of publisher Stout Club with Albuquerque, lends his compositional talent to Gaiman’s award-winning short story.

A Study in Emerald is a supernatural mystery set in the world of Sherlock Holmes and H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. The heart-pounding tale features the brilliant detective and his faithful partner as they attempt to solve a horrific murder of cosmic proportions. The complex investigation takes the Baker Street investigators from the slums of Whitechapel all the way to the Queen’s Palace.

A Study in Emerald will be available for purchase on June 20, 2018.


Comix Thing was a bust last night, but it was kinda nice to people-watch and doodle for a few hours. All Sharpie in my Goodwill sketchbook.

I haven’t drawn horses in a looong time, hooboy. XD

The second page shows some splash page ideas for Brainsick. Gotta get back (tothepast) to using watercolors and acrylic inks, and making funky photo illustrations!

I did hold brief conversations over Junji Ito’s Uzumaki (a guest was wearing a button with the artwork) and the Portland Zine Symposium (I happened to table next to its founder!), which I applied for last week. 

Diane Nguyen was born in Boston. There she attended Boston University and majored in Literature and Equine Studies. In preparation for this book, Diane spent three years conducting research and interviews to bring to light the saga of Secretariat. Previous works include The Rise and Fall of Strongheart and the New York Times bestseller, Tracing Zippo Pine Bar.  

Diane currently lives in Los Angeles with a dog. 

Reviews below by The New Yorkie Times, USA Toady, and Newsbeak.

Every fantasy novel

Male protagonist: this is my large, black, muscular WAR STALLION, his name is TRIUMPH and he is the fastest, most powerful horse in the land.

Female protagonist: and this is my sweet, docile, white mare, her name is DAISY because she is soft and gentle as flowers, which I have woven into her mane.

Dark Horse & Nintendo on Graphic Novel Series

Earlier this year, Nintendo released ARMS, a fighting game exclusive to Nintendo Switch. To coincide with New York Comic Con and The Nintendo World Championships 2017, Dark Horse is excited to announce a new publishing program for the energetic and strategic fighting game.

The latest installment in Dark Horse and Nintendo’s partnership, ARMS is preceded by The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts, The Art of Fire Emblem Awakening, and The Art of Splatoon.

Dark Horse will publish the first of the ARMS graphic novels in Fall 2018.


Pictures updated!

It’s just a repost of my previous pictures of my book collection-slash-book haul-slash-to be reads,but without the wordings and galaxy mask.

May this be pleasing to your eyes and pretty enough for your dashboard,lol. :P

Top Ten Christie twists

while I’m up to my ears in Christie:

10) It was poison after all.

9) It was the detective’s assistant.

8) The murder announcement was all a front.

7) It was one of the murder victims.

6) It was the child.

5) It was the brother.

4) It was the detective.

3) It was the police officer.

2) It was everyone.

1) It was the narrator.

Congratulations to Tumblr user @akaejones on winning our Dark Horse poster caption contest! Check out the designed final product above. They look even cooler hung on a wall, people!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest. To snag your own poster, visit BiblioBoard next month at ALA! We’ll be waiting on you at Booth 1146.