DC Entertainment’s plans for its new DC Zoom and DC Ink titles, announced this week, look promising for younger comic readers, with some great creators attached, including Harley Quinn – Breaking Glass, written by award-winning Canadian comics writer Mariko Tamaki (Skim, This One Summer) and drawn by British artist Steve Pugh (2000AD, Animal Man).
DC announced DC Zoom and DC Ink earlier this week, two new imprints created for readers aged 8 to 12 will be launched in spring 2019.
The DC Zoom titles, debuting in April 2019, will focus on stories about friends, family and growing up. The line will launch with Super Sons: The Polarshield Project, written by Ridley Pearson and illustrated by Ile Gonzalez, followed in May 2019 with DC Super Hero Girls: Space Out, written by Shea Fontana, and illustrated by Agnes Garbowska.
The two other titles are Batman: Overdrive, written by Shea Fontana and illustrated by Marcelo Di Chiara, set for August 2019 and Black Canary: Ignite in October 2019, written by Meg Cabot and illustrated by Cara McGee.
DC Ink, for young adult readers aged 13 and up, will offer thought provoking tales that centre on everyday aspirations, struggles and triumphs. Mera: Tidebreaker, written by Danielle Paige and illustrated by Stephen Byrne, debuts in April 2019, followed by Under The Moon: A Catwoman Tale, written by Lauren Myracle and illustrated by Isaac Goodhart, in May 2019.
Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass, written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Steve Pugh is set for June 2019 and Teen Titans: Raven, written by Kami Garcia and illustrated by Gabriel Picolo, is planned for July 2019.
DC Zoom and DC Ink authors Kami Garcia, Ridley Pearson, Shea Fontana, Meg Cabot, Danielle Paige, Lauren Myracle and Mariko Tamaki will share more details about their upcoming books on various panels at this year’s American Library Association Annual Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, taking place 21st – 26th 2018.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.