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1. India’s Latest Superhero Speaks Out Against Rape

privaFilmmaker Ram Devineni has concerns about the rise in violence against women in India. So he created a new comic book hero to help inspire Indians stand up to against rape.

Her name is Priya. After being sexually attacked, Priva travels the country to speak out against victim shaming.

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After months of traveling around India talking to all sorts of people, including rape victims, about sexual violence, Devineni decided to create Priya. Shunned by her family and village after she is raped, she takes refuge in the jungle and is stalked by a tiger. Parvati, a Hindu goddess, comes to her aid and grants her special powers that include fearlessness and a magical mantra that she uses to change people’s minds.

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2. How to Craft a Cardboard Baby Groot

Still working on picking up gifts for the holiday season? The Homemade Game Guru YouTube channel offers a “Dollar Store Hack” solution for Guardians of the Galaxy fans: a “Cardboard Baby Groot Superhero” craft. If you want to make this project, watch the video tutorial embedded above. What do you think?

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3. Jerry Garcia Stars in Comic Book

Tribute Jerry GarciaBluewater Productions has created a biographical comic book profiling Grateful Dead rock star Jerry Garcia.

This book is part of the publisher’s Tribute series. According to the press release, Michael L. Frizell wrote the story, Andre St-Amour created the interior artwork, and David Frizell produced the cover art.

For Frizell, researching Garcia proved to be difficult because it required “separating the myth from the man.” Despite these challenges, he feels that this Garcia project is “every writer’s dream. Drugs. Rock culture. Conflict. Social turmoil. Unparalleled talent. Humble and rebellious beginnings.”

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4. Kabam’s New Mobile Game Taps Marvel Universe

marvelcontestOnline gaming site Kabam has partnered with Marvel Entertainment on a mobile video game featuring Marvel super heroes.

Marvel Contest of Champions allows players to create teams using heroes and villains from the Marvel Universe.

Marvel Contest of Champions stays true to classic Marvel storytelling with big threats, heroic moments, and shocking revelations wrapped into a game that is not only easy to pick-up and play, but is also fun,” stated Cuz Parry, Kabam’s Creative Director for Marvel Contest of Champions. “The development team is a huge fan of Marvel, and we’re proud to deliver an epic game that we know fans will be psyched to play.”

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5. Lion Forge Comics & IDW Publishing Partner Up For Miami Vice Remix

Miami ViceLion Forge Comics and IDW Publishing are teaming up to produce the Miami Vice Remix comic series. The story comes from the classic 80′s TV show.

Writer Joe Casey and artist Jim Mahfood will collaborate on this project together. The first issue will be released in February 2015.

Here’s more from the press release: “The comic follows the Metro-Dade Police Department detectives Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs through modern-day Miami as they go undercover facing dangerous encounters with voodoo, zombies and Crockett’s mysterious past…Miami Vice Remix is the latest Lion Forge title crossing over from digital to hard copy through IDW. The comic joins licensed and celebrity titles Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier and Saved By The Bell, which also are based on hit NBC television series.”

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6. Gene Luen Yang Creates a Confession Comic

Gene Luen YangEveryone makes mistakes, but not all people give a confession with a comic. Printz Award winner Gene Luen Yang created a comic to atone for a blunder in his most recent book, The Shadow Hero.

According to the piece, posted on the Diversity in YA blog, Yang did not refer to Chu F. Hing’s name correctly in the essay featured at the beginning of the book; Chu was the original creator of the Green Turtle comic stories. Yang explains how he made this error to begin with and how he came to learn about it.

First Second, the publisher of this comic, will make an adjustment in future printings of the book. What do you think?

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7. Jason Fuchs May Write the Script For the Wonder Woman Movie

Wonder WomanJason Fuchs, the screenwriter behind the Pan movie, may be scripting the Wonder Woman film adaptation.

Gal Gadotthe actress who plays the Amazonian princess in Batman Vs. Supermam flick, will reprise the role for this project. Michelle MacLaren will serve as the director.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, this character is “one of the most important installments of Warners’ cinematic universe based on the DC Entertainment characters and one of the most iconic characters in comic book history.” A theatrical release date has been set for 2017.

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8. ‘Serenity: Leaves On the Wind’ Claims Top Spot On The ‘New York Times’ Bestsellers List

Serenity ComicsSerenity: Leaves On the Wind, an anthology of six Serenity comics, has claimed the number one spot on the New York Times bestseller list.

According to the press release, “this official follow-up from executive producer Joss Whedon brings circumstances that force the crew to come out of hiding, and one of their own is captured, setting them on another mission of rescue and resistance.”

Writer Zack Whedon and artist Georges Jeanty collaborated on this project.

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9. 6 Actors Join The Cast For The ‘Suicide Squad’ Film Adaptation

Jared LetoWarner Bros. has announced that six actors have joined the cast of the Suicide Squad film adaptation.

The original story (published by DC Comics) stars a group of supervillains who band together as anti-heroes in service of the United States government. Jared Leto (pictured, via) will play the Joker, Will Smith will play Deadshot, Tom Hardy will play Rick Flagg, Margot Robbie will play Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney will play Boomerang, and Cara Delevingne will play Enchantress.

Deadline reports that Jesse Eisenberg may reprise his role as Lex Luthor (from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) for this movie. Filmmaker David Ayer has been brought on to serve as both the director and screenwriter. A release date has been scheduled for August 05, 2016. (via BuzzFeed)

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10. IDW Publishing to Adapt ‘Jem & The Holograms’ Into a Comic Series

JemIDW Publishing will adapt the Jem And The Holograms cartoon into a new comic series.

The creative team behind this project includes writer Kelly Thompson, illustrator Ross Campbell, and artist Sara Richard. The premiere issue will be released in March 2015. Five rainbow foil covers have been created for this first book.

Here’s more from the press release: “It’s the 21st century, and Jem and The Holograms are 21st century girls! Meet Jerrica Benton, the gifted singer of The Holograms, a band that has the right look and the right sound…But one thing is holding them back—Jerrica’s crippling stage fright. Luckily, Jerrica is about to find help in the most unlikely of places when she discovers a forgotten present left by her father. And what she finds is truly outrageous!”

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11. GraphicAudio Adapts a ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Prose Novel

GraphicAudio has adapted Guardians of the Galaxy: Rocket Raccoon and Groot – Steal The Galaxy! We’ve embedded a SoundCloud trailer above—what do you think?

This project is based on a Marvel Entertainment prose novel written by Dan Abnett. It features a cast of more than 40 voice actors, original music, and sound effects. Follow this link to listen to a sample snippet.

Here’s more from the press release: “They are not Captain America, Iron Man or Spider-Man, however Rocket Raccoon and the faithful Groot are the baddest heroes in the cosmos, and they’re on the run across the Marvel Universe! During a spaceport brawl, the pair rescues an android Recorder from a pack of alien lizard men. Everyone in the galaxy including the ruthless Kree Empire and the stalwart Nova Corps, seems to want that Recorder for their own power.”

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12. Benedict Cumberbatch to Play Doctor Strange

SherlockBenedict Cumberbatch (pictured, via) has been cast to take on the title role for Marvel’s Doctor Strange film adaptation. According to The Hollywood Reporter, other Hollywood stars who were being considered for this part include three-time Oscar nominee Joaquin PhoenixThe Notebook actor Ryan Gosling, and Academy Award winner Jared Leto.

Filmmaker Scott Derrickson will serve as the director for this project. Screenwriter Jon Spaihts will oversee the script; the first draft was a collaborative effort between writers Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer.

Here’s more from Deadline: “Doctor Strange was hatched by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko during that Marvel Comics heyday of the early 1960′s. He’s a neurosurgeon who becomes Sorcerer Supreme, protecting Earth against magical and mystical threats with powers of sorcery, mysticism, and martial arts.” (via The Verge)

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13. Kobo Adds 250+ Marvel Comics to its Digital Library

marvel logoMavel has formed an agreement with Kobo to add more than 250 comics to its digital library. Kobo users can now access several series including The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America, and The Amazing Spider-Man.

Kobo merchandiser Santiago Melo had this statement in the press release: “For more than 75 years, Marvel has been transporting comic fans to exciting new galaxies. Tackling big issues with larger than life characters, these stories continue to be a constant source of enrichment in our popular culture and we couldn’t be happier to welcome them to the Kobo family.”

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14. Marvel Reveals a Special Look at ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’

A special look at The Avengers: Age of Ultron aired during last night’s episode of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show.

The video embedded above features a scene with all the members of The Avengers and several allies. Follow this link to watch the first teaser trailer.

Marvel Studios recently revealed that 11 adaptation projects will come out starting in 2015 up until 2019. See the complete list of movies and the theatrical release dates below.

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15. Gene Luen Yang Acts as an Editor For His Brother-in-Law’s First Comic

Gene YangWhat does it take to create comics? Award winning graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang has been collaborating with his brother-in-law Luke to help him create his first comic book.

Gene has been offering guidance, suggesting exercises, and essentially acting as an editor for Luke. The collaborators decided to chronicle the process on Gene’s blog “so other folks could see what the development of a comics creator looks like.”

Thus far, three episodes have been posted. Gene’s own editor Mark Siegel, the editorial director of First Second Books, chimed in with a tip in the comments section of the first post. We’ve collected three pieces of advice below so that other writers can glean from Gene’s wisdom.

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16. How Can One Use Comics to Break the Silence On Taboo Subjects?

Can comics help to break the silence on taboo subjects? Aditi Gupta and Tuhin Paul hope to do so with the Menstrupedia initiative.

The husband-and-wife collaborators gave a talk at TEDx Bangalore to discuss the origins of how they launched this organization. They also talk about how creative process behind the Menstrupedia comic book. They believe that using interesting stories is an effective way to educate young girls.

Gupta and Paul developed this tool for a secondary purpose; to help eliminate any shame surrounding the subject of menstruation. Follow this link to read the first chapter for free. We’ve embedded a video showcasing the entire presentation above—what do you think?

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17. Hayao Miyazaki to Create a Samurai Manga

Hayao Miyazaki

Back in September 2013, Hayao Miyazaki shocked the world when he announced that he was retiring from making feature-length films. It turns out that the Oscar-winning animated filmmaker (pictured, via) has other creative projects he wants to focus on.

In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, Miyazaki talked about the manga comic he’s currently drawing. The story follows “samurai in the 16th century, wearing full armor, battling it out with each other.”

Miyazaki wants to take a stab at creating this story because he felt “very dissatisfied with the way that era was depicted in fiction and film, so I wanted to draw something that would reflect the way I thought that era should look.” What do you think?

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18. Mashable Profiles ‘Iron Man’ On The ‘TL; DW’ YouTube Channel

Mashable created a YouTube series called “TL;DW” (short for “Too Long Didn’t Watch”). The latest offering (embedded above) features a two-minute overview of the Iron Man film trilogy. In the past, Mashable has created videos about Harry PotterGame of Thrones, and Lord of the Rings. Do you have any suggestions on which movies and TV shows should be tackled next?

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19. Sony May Create a Movie About Peter Parker’s Aunt May

Aunt MayRumors are swirling in Hollywood that Sony plans to create a movie about Peter Parker’s Aunt May.

Here’s more from Latino-Review: “The target mood is some sort of espionage story in the vein of AMC’s Mad Men, which sounds like a way of saying ‘classier Agent Carter‘ without name-dropping Marvel’s upcoming series. But the whole point here is that I NOT mention Marvel, because Sony isn’t giving up the Spider-Verse before they make an attempt at a movie based on the completely fabricated past of May Parker. Well, the espionage part is fabricated.”

The plot from the screenplay would be set during May Parker’s youth before she became a guardian for Spider-Man. In recent years, actresses Rosemary Harris and Sally Field (pictured, via) have taken on the role of Ben Parker’s widow. Who would you cast as a young Aunt May?

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20. Dark Horse Comics to Publish a Gillian Flynn Short Story in an Anthology

gillian-flynn-237x300Gillian Flynn’s comic short story, entitled “Masks,” will be featured in the Dark Horse Presents 200 anthology.

According to the press release, this will be the first time that “Masks” appears in a United States publication. It was originally released in The Guardian, a United Kingdom-based newspaper.

Dave Gibbons, the illustrator behind the Watchmen series, has signed on to create the artwork for this project. The book will come out on February 18, 2015.

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21. Stephen Colbert Stars in Comic Book

PPStephenColbertBluewater Productions has created a biographical comic book profiling The Colbert Show host Stephen Colbert.

According to the press release, Hal Hilden wrote the story and Kelly Brine created the artwork.

For Hilden, the “goal was to write a fun little biography, mixing fact with fiction, that hopefully one of Stephen Colbert’s many personas would enjoy reading.”

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22. Christopher Nolan Has Written An ‘Interstellar’ Comic

Christopher NolanHave you seen the movie Interstellar? Director Christopher Nolan (pictured, via) wrote a comic to reveal a back story for two characters: Dr. Mann (played by Oscar winner Matt Damon) and his robot SKIPP.

Wired posted “Absolute Zero” in its entirety on the magazine’s website. The 7 page comic will also appear in the print edition; Nolan is serving as the guest editor for this issue which focuses on themes of time, space, and multiple dimensions. Animator Sean Gordon Murphy created the artwork for this project.

Here’s more about the comic book: “Before Cooper left his daughter to find humanity a new home in space, there were the Lazarus missions. Led by Dr. Mann, this was NASA’s first attempt to locate a hospitable exoplanet. So what happened to Mann on the other side of the wormhole? We teamed Christopher Nolan with award-winning comic-book artist Sean Gordon Murphy to tell Mann’s story.” (via The Hollywood Reporter)

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23. Bono Stars in Comic Book

Fame BonoBluewater Productions has created a biographical comic book profiling U2 frontman Bono.

According to the press release, Michael L. Frizell wrote the story, Jayfri Hashim created the interior artwork, and David Frizell produced the cover art.

For Frizell, “Bono is a fascinating artist. Equal parts rock star, goodwill ambassador, and humanitarian, his work has stood the test of time…In writing the comic, I wanted to convey the legendary performer as the ultimate Everyman.”

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24. IDW Publishing to Release a U.S. Edition of ‘The Infinite Loop’

Infinite LoopWriter Pierrick Colinet and artist Elsa Charretier formed a partnership to create a comic called The Infinite Loop. The collaborators launched a crowdfunding campaign in France and raised €12,575 (approximately $15646.57 USD) for this project.

IDW Publishing has acquired the rights to release a U.S. edition. The first installment of this 6-issue mini-series will be released in April 2015.

Here’s more from the press release: “The Infinite Loop is a science-fiction series that asks the age-old question, ‘What would you risk for a chance at true love?’ Meet Teddy, a young woman who lives in a faraway future where time traveling is a common practice and her job is to maintain the status quo by correcting time paradoxes. But when she meets Ano, ‘a time paradox’ and the girl of her dreams, Teddy must decide between fixing the time stream or the love of her life, both of which have unique consequences.”

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25. Harper Lodge to Re-Appear in New Archie Comics Project

Harper Lodge ArchieEarlier this year, Archie Comics introduced a new character with a disability named Harper Lodge. She first appeared in Archie issue #656.

Harper will return for another adventure with the Riverdale gang in Archie issue #665. The company will release this new project in 2015.

Here’s more from the press release: “Harper’s latest venture: writing a romance book about the boys in Riverdale, has everybody trying to figure out the big question: Who is Harper writing about? Will the gang be able to solve the mystery?”

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