Bleeding Cool reported earlier on the Milkfed panel at Heroes Con, with the launch of their new website. But there was more to come. Jonathan Rich writes,
During the packed Milkfed Criminal Masterminds panel, Kelly Sue DeConnick took the microphone to discuss the expanding worlds of her popular titles Bitch Planet and Pretty Deadly, as well as the return of the #VisibleWomen role model initiative.
"The next story arc will have new backup short stories and tales of the non-compliant," DeConnick said to the enthusiastic crowd regarding Bitch Planet. "We wanted to expand the universe with stories not done by just Val and I" she continued referring to series co-creator Valentine De Landro and announcing one-time Bleeding Cool con reporter Cheryl Lynn Eaton and Swedish Phantom artist Maria Fröhlich would be providing short stories four to eight pages in length in upcoming issues.
Lack of a projection screen did not stop MCM from sharing new work with the audience. Images of new covers were projected on the walls and ceiling of the building until a screen arrived 25 minutes into the presentation.
"We are all real excited because what they have shared so far is so fantastic," DeConnick raved to her fans in the crowd.
She also gave an update to regarding what is next for readers of Pretty Dreadful.
"The last issue of the second arc starts to finish up our type in the mythological Old West," she explained. "The third arc deals more with early Hollywood and incorporates the art influences of Lottie Reiniger and Jan Suankmajer. We hope you think it will be a lot of fun."
In regards to the need to promote greater diversity within current comics creatorship, she also wanted to address some misconceptions and update interested parties about the #VisibleWomen initiative.
"There's a perception there aren't that many women in the audience for some books and I just find that mind-boggling," she said to the delight of the diverse audience before informing the audience that visiblewomen.org will soon begin accepting applications from creators wanting to promote female role models in the largely male-dominated comic book industry. "We're going to do it again August 5th, so be ready and we'll add you to the database."
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Jonathan Rich is a freelance journalist, high school educator, and self-professed comic book nerd working in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. He writes about entertainment and pop culture for various print and web publications, including bleedingcool.com.