The world of “Bitch Planet” is set to expand, with a new anthology miniseries bringing multiple creators into the satirical sci-fi series created by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro.
The five-issue “Bitch Planet: Triple Feature” is scheduled to debut in June from Image Comics, as revealed by DeConnick on Friday afternoon during the Milkfed Criminal Masterminds (DeConnick and Matt Fraction’s studio) panel at Emerald City Comicon in Seattle. Each issue will have three eight-page stories set in “Bitch Planet” continuity, from creators outside of the usual team. De Landro will draw the covers, and each issue will have backmatter similar to the main “Bitch Planet” series, including essays by DeConnick. (No art has yet been released to press from the series.)
DeConnick told the panel audience the series will “come out in the interim while we’re banking issues of volume 3.”
At the panel, DeConnick revealed the creative lineups for the first three issues of “Bitch Planet: Triple Feature.” The first issue will include stories by Cheryl Lynn Eaton & Maria Fröhlich, “March” co-writer Andrew Aydin & Joanna Estep and writer Conley Lyons (an artist for Lyons’ story was not named). Issue #2 will feature stories by Che Grayson & Sharon De La Cruz; Danielle Henderson, Ted Brandt & Ro Stein and Jordan Clark & Naomi Franquiz. The lineup for issue #3 is Alissa Sallah & Alec Valerius, Dylan Meconis and Kit Cox & Vanesa Del Rey.
“We’re trying to focus on creators of color, and women and non-binary artists,” DeConnick told the crowd. “Not exclusively. We let a couple of white men in, as our tokens.”
“Bitch Planet” debuted in December 2014 to overwhelming critical acclaim, as a feminist take on ’70s “women in prison” exploitation movies. The next issue of the series, “Bitch Planet” #10, is scheduled for release on April 5 (the first new issue of the series since November) and wraps the second arc of the series, titled “President Bitch.”
DeConnick previously spoke briefly about “Bitch Planet: Triple Feature” on the Milkfed Criminal Masterminds email newsletter and in an interview with Vox, telling the latter the series is intended to “pay forward some of the support we’ve had.”
At the panel, DeConnick also provided updates on several other projects, including the upcoming murder mystery series “Parisian White” (first announced in 2015), in which she’s working with legendary comics artist Bill Sienkiewicz.
“It is a book about murder, objectification and obsession and also the nature of color, and what color is, and how something that looks red is actually everything but red,” DeConnick said of “Parisian White.”
— Kelly Sue DeConnick (@kellysue) March 4, 2017
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