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Did you know that Aug. 1-7 was International Clown Week? On Aug. 2, 1971, President Richard Nixon issued a proclamation to honor those who “go into orphanages and children’s hospitals, homes for the elderly and for the retarded, and give a part of themselves.” It also states that clowns are “as vital to the maintenance of our humanity as the builders and the growers and the governors.” And thus International Clown Week was established.
Perhaps you knew nothing of this strange little proclamation, nor of this week’s significance. Or perhaps you did know, and you’ve been hiding under your sheets all week to stave off imaginary Pennywises and Captain Spauldings.
As I noted in the intro to the first round of HeroesCon 2014 Day 1 photos, I tried to cover a lot of ground in taking photographs. It turns out I got around to so many people on the first day that I needed to split the photos into two posts. Now on with part II!
Atlanta is known as the Jewel of the South, the headquarters of Coca-Cola and CNN, and the home of DragonCon. But what the chamber of commerce doesn’t tell us is that was also a hotbed for kaiju attacks — forcing the city to call upon a giant robot piloted by three fearless heroes. But as time passes and memories fade, what happens to the city (and its protectors) when a new threat rises?
That’s what cartoonist Wook Jin Clark asks in Megogogo, Vol. 1, due on Feb. 24 from Oni Press. It’s a high-octane graphic novel packed with humor, drama, giant-robot action and the perhaps-unexpected menace of the Ku Klux Klan. Here’s the official description:
What do you get when you put a washed up loser, an awkward teen going through puberty, and an immortal being into a giant robot? MEGAGOGO, THAT’S WHAT!! A new ongoing graphic novel series from Wook Jin Clark!
After ten years of peace and quiet, monsters have returned to wreak havoc on the South. Adam, along with a rag-tag team of misfits, must defend the city of Atlanta. But first they’ll have to get past … the KKK!
Clark squeezed in some time during the holidays to answer some questions from ROBOT 6 about his influences and process for Megagogo, and his plans for the second and third volumes. Oni Press, meanwhile, has provided us with a preview.
Oni Press brought guns, war and webcomics to New York Comic Con today, announcing a new graphic novel from Joe Harris and Adam Pollina, a Sixth Gun spinoff miniseries and the transformation of their website from “a marketing resource for its print titles into a full-fledged content hub with comic updates five days a week.”
Here’s a rundown of the announcements ….
Wars in Toyland by Joe Harris and Adam Pollina
From the Slingers (hey, remember Slingers?) team comes an oversized graphic novel “darkly inspired” by Babes in Toyland. Per the press release, “this new book looks at the once wondrous and beautiful Toyland after the rise of the teddy dictator, Roxbury. After Matthew’s brother and playmate, Alex, disappears, young Matthew finds himself carried into Toyland by his own loyal toy soldiers. Only Matthew soon learns that Alex has been here, too – and is now being held captive by Roxbury. Leading an attack on the teddy bear’s fortress, Matthew never considers that his brother might be beyond saving.”