Vaughan & Chiang's "Paper Girls" Builds a Familiar Yet Disconcerting World
The GLAAD Media Awards are traditionally a fairly mainstream affair, with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation recognizing outstanding portrayals of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities in works that reach a wide audience. Although in the past, the organization has honored the likes of Fun Home, Luba and Strangers in Paradise, the outstanding comic book category is typically heavy on superhero titles released by Marvel and DC Comics.
However, with the announcement this morning of the nominees for the 26th annual GLAAD Media Awards comes a couple of big surprises: Just one superhero series is singled out, and, for the first time since the comic book category debuted in 2003, there are no titles published by DC or its imprints.
On the heels of its three-project deal with Justin Jordan, BOOM! Studios has announced a new horror miniseries from The Woods writer James Tynion IV and his House in the Wall collaborator Eryk Donovan.
Told in three 48-page issues, each covering a 24-hour period, Memetic follows “the progression of a weaponized meme that leads to the utter annihilation of the human race within 72 hours. The root of this apocalypse is a single image on the internet, a ‘meme’ in the popular sense. A meme that changes everything.”
The meme in question is the hypnotic “Good Times Sloth” (above), which the publisher unleashed last week online. Presumably our world is safe, at least for the time being.
“James Tynion IV is one of the brightest new voices to emerge in recent years, and it’s been a flat-out joy to make a home for his original projects at BOOM!” Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon said in a statement. With Memetic, James and Eryk show us the destructive power of the internet, a terrifying look at how imagery and ideas can shape the behavior of our culture.”
Memetic #1 is scheduled to arrive Oct. 22.