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1. Marvel’s ‘AVENGERS: S.T.A.T.I.O.N.’ Exhibit Opens in New York City

Marvel’s AVENGERS: S.T.A.T.I.O.N. has opened in New York City. Comic book fans will be able to enjoy this interactive exhibition at Discovery Times Square until January 05, 2015.

Visitors go through an “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” recruitment simulation; this allows them access to information files about the superheros that makes up The Avengers. Some of the items on display include Captain America’s Birth Pod, the Tesseract Portal Device, Loki’s Scepter, and a hermetically sealed Chitauri.

Here’s more from the press release: “NASA, the Science & Entertainment Exchange (a program of the National Academy of Sciences), Neuroverse, and Thwacke are all collaborating on the Marvel’s AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Exhibition visitors will get the chance to map out the stars to find Asgard, learn to operate Iron Man’s suit, witness the neurological effects of Bruce Banner’s transformation into the Hulk, and physically test themselves against Captain America.”

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2. The Best American Comics Series 2014 Issue Drops in October

The 2014 edition of The Best American Comics comes out this October, a collection of the best comics and webcomics of the year.

The collection features pieces from Allie Brosh, Raina Telgemeier, Nina Bujevac, Charles Burns, R. Crumb and Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Jamie Hernandez, Gilbert Hernandez, Adrian Tomine and Chris Ware, among others.

Comics expert Scott McCloud edited the volume. The book goes on sale on October 7th. You can read more at this link.

 

 

 

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3. The CW Unveils New Trailer For ‘The Flash’ TV Show

The CW has unveiled a new trailer for The Flash TV adaptation. The video embedded above offers glimpses of actor Barry Allen portraying the speedy superhero.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, this trailer features many details that fans of the comic book series would appreciate. Can you uncover them?

Check out this YouTube playlist to learn more about the television show. A premiere date has been set for October 07, 2014.

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4. IDW Publishing to Release An ‘Edward Scissorhands’ Comic Book Series

IDW Publishing will release a comic adaptation of the 1990 hit movie, Edward Scissorhands.

Author Kate Leth has been brought on as the writer. Illustrator Drew Rausch has been hired to create the interior art. Artist Gabriel Rodriguez designed the cover for the first issue.

The story of this series takes place twenty years after the ending of Burton’s beloved film. According to the press release, “Kim’s granddaughter, Meg, grows up with Edward Scissorhands only being a legend, a bedtime story. But when weird things start to happen in her sleepy little town, it reawakens her curiously and she decides to search out for the mysterious Edward Scissorhands.”

 

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5. Bluewater Productions & PETA Create a Poster Protesting Against Killer Whale Cruelty

Bluewater Productions and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have partnered together to create a promotional poster.

The 20-foot cartoon piece is being used to protest against the cruel handling of orcas at SeaWorld theme parks. It is displayed at Terminal 2 inside the San Diego International Airport.

Here’s more from the press release: “Bluewater, known for its edgy spoofs of controversial topics, designed the cartoon in the wake of last year’s hit documentary Blackfish. The film—viewed by 21 million on CNN alone—explored SeaWorld’s cruel capture and devastating confinement of orcas, which led the whale named Tilikum to kill three people.”

SeaWorld has made a public statement against this act. According to the Times of San Diego, the executives at SeaWorld claim that “the truth is that our killer whales are healthy and happy, and thrive in our care. The real animal welfare organization is SeaWorld, not PETA, and our trainers, aviculturists, animal-care staff and veterinarians are the true advocates for animals.”

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6. Teaser Trailer Unveiled For Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2

A teaser trailer for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 was unveiled this weekend at a Comic-Con International panel.

The video embedded above features Patton Oswalt doing double duty as Agent Billy Koenig and Agent Sam Koenig while overseeing a “security orientation.”

Entertainmeny Weekly reports the upcoming season will introduce several new characters including Barbara Morse a.k.a. Mockingbird, Isabelle Hartley, Lance Hunter, and Daniel Whitehall a.k.a. Kraken.

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7. Marvel Reveals Trailer For Contest of Champions Video Game

Marvel has a new video game for smartphones and tablets called Contest of Champions coming out this fall. The comic book publisher revealed the upcoming game over the weekend at San Diego Comic Con.

The game features many Marvel Comics heroes. The publisher shared a trailer for the game over the weekend, which we have embedded above for you to explore. Here is more from the Facebook page: “We’re very excited to announce Marvel Contest of Champions! Here’s a preview of what’s to come! Check back often for sneak previews, behind the scenes info and more!”

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8. Free Samples of 2014 Eisner Award Winning Comics

The winners of the 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards have been announced. Follow the links below for free samples of books by some of the winners.

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples won the prize for “Best Continuing Series” for Saga. Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson, and Kyle Baker came out on top in the “Best Reality-Based Work” category for The Fifth Beatle. Matthew Inman took home the “Best Digital Comic” award for The Oatmeal.

Here’s more from the press release: “Named for acclaimed comics creator the Will Eisner, the awards are celebrating their 26th year of highlighting the best publications and creators in comics and graphic novels. The 2014 Eisner Awards judging panel consists of comics retailer Kathy Bottarini (Comic Book Box, Rhonert Park, CA), author/educator William H. Foster (Untold Stories of Black Comics), reviewer Christian Lipski (Portland, OR Examiner), Comic-Con International board member Lee Oeth, library curator Jenny Robb (Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum), and Eisner Award-nominated cartoonist/critic James Romberger (Post York, 7 Miles a Second).”
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9. Fight Club Sequel Coming as Graphic Novel Next Year

Dark Horse Comics and Chuck Palahniuk are teaming up to produce a graphic novel sequel to Palahniuk’s classic novel Fight Club.

Palahniuk revealed the news last week while he was speaking at a panel at San Diego Comic-Con. The book is slated for publication next year. Palahniuk told the fan site Chuckpalahniuk.net more details about the story. Check it out:

Chelsea Cain has been introducing me to artists and creators from Marvel, DC and Dark Horse, and they’re walking me through the process.  It will likely be a series of books that update the story ten years after the seeming end of Tyler Durden.   Nowadays, Tyler is telling the story, lurking inside Jack, and ready to launch a come-back.  Jack is oblivious.  Marla is bored.  Their marriage has run aground on the rocky coastline of middle-aged suburban boredom.  It’s only when their little boy disappears, kidnapped by Tyler, that Jack is dragged back into the world of Mayhem.

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10. Gene Luen Yang: ‘Our world is colorful, so our books should be too.’

When we last spoke with graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, his advice for writers is to “give up TV.” Since then, he has been hard at work on a collaborative project with artist Sonny Liew reviving the story of an Asian American superhero called The Green Turtle. First Second, an imprint of the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, released the print edition of The Shadow Hero earlier this week. We spoke with Yang (pictured, via) to learn his insights on diversity, collaboration, and mapping out a career in publishing. Here are the highlights…

Q: How did you land your first official book deal?
A: My very first book deal was for a two-issue comic book miniseries called Duncan’s Kingdom. It was written by me and drawn by the amazingly talented Derek Kirk Kim. It was published by Image Comics in the late 90’s. The story is now a part of The Eternal Smile, published by First Second Books.

A friend of ours named Jimmie Robinson was already published by Image. Jimmie has done several comics through the years, including Bomb Queen, Evil & Malice, and Five Weapons. He sent our submission directly to his editor. Throughout my cartooning career, friends have played key roles.

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11. Edward Snowden Comic Book Coming Soon

Bluewater Productions is working on a new comic book biography of Edward SnowdenBeyond: Edward Snowden, will explore Snowden's biography to try to understand what motivated him to reveal news of wide spread government surveillance by the NSA. Marvel Comics writer Valerie D'Orazio wrote the story and Dan Lauer did the artwork. "Working with Bluewater on this comic was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring such a fascinating public figure's story to life," stated D'Orazio. "Dan's art really added another dimension to this project and provided a look at a side of Edward Snowden the public has never really seen before. As a writer, I feel really lucky to have found a publisher who was willing to work with me so closely to turn my vision into a reality." The comic will be available in print and eBook versions on May 21st. You can preorder the comic for $3.99 at this link.

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12. Disney Reveals Teaser Trailer For ‘Big Hero 6′

Disney has unveiled a teaser trailer the computer-animated film adaptation, Big Hero 6. The story follows a team of superheroes that were originally developed by Marvel Comics. A release date has been scheduled for November 07, 2014. According to Deadline, filmmakers Don Hall and Chris Williams served as the co-directors. The cast of voice actors include The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson, The Avengers star Samuel L. Jackson, and Saturday Night Live star Maya Rudolph.

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13. Archie Comics Introduces First Character With a Disability

Archie Comics will introduce a new female character named Harper. The newest member of the Riverdale gang, cousin to Veronica Lodge, has a disability. Writer and artist Dan Parent became inspired to create Harper after having a conversation with author Jewel Kats, who is also disabled. The character's debut will take place in Archie issue #656; this comic is slated for release on June 18th. Co-CEO and publisher Jon Goldwater had this statement in the press release: "Harper is, first and foremost, a funny, fashionable and witty teenager. The fact that she's disabled is only one part of her story, and we’re excited to welcome her to Riverdale and Archie Comics."

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14. Julia Child Stars in Interactive Comic Book App

Bluewater Productions has created an app edition of the Female Force: Julia Child comic book. After the original print version of this biographical comic had sold out, the publisher used Authorly to transform it into an interactive app. The price for this app has been set at $2.99; readers can download it from iTunes, Google Play, or the Amazon Appstore. Here's more from the press release: "Click on 'audio hotspots' to hear sound effects play and swipe to navigate through Child's journey toward being a chef. Authorly apps include features such as narration, word-by-word highlighted text, audio and video hotspots, basic animation and movements, sound effects and background music, and more!"

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15. Peyton Reed to Direct the ‘Ant-Man’ Film Adaptation

Marvel has hired filmmaker Peyton Reed to helm the Ant-Man film adaptation. Writer Adam McKay will work on the script. Prior to this announcement, McKay had been in talks to take the director's seat himself. Last month, he sent out a tweet confirming that he would not take on that position. Deadline reports that comedic actor Paul Rudd will star in the titular role and Oscar winner Michael Douglas will play Dr. Hank Pym. A release date has been scheduled for July 17, 2015.

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16. Archie Comics to Launch New ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ Horror Series

Archie Comics will launch a new horror series starring Sabrina the Teenage Witch called Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who also works on the Afterlife with Archie series, will serve as the writer. Robert Hack has signed on to create the art. According to the press release, this new series "promises to show fan-favorite character Sabrina in a way fans have never seen her." The first issue has been scheduled to come out in October 2014.

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17. New Trailer Revealed For ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’

Dimension Films has unveiled a new trailer for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. The story for this film adaptation is largely based on book two of Frank Miller's Sin City series. The video embedded above features scenes with actors Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. A release date has been scheduled for August 22, 2014. (via Deadline)

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18. Jason Momoa to Play Aquaman in the ‘Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Movie

Actor Jason Momoa has landed the role of Aquaman in the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Momoa has become well-known for his portrayal of the character Khal Drogo in the Game of Thrones HBO series. An announcement on Facebook has received more than 200 "likes." Other confirmed members of the cast include Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex LuthorGal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane. The release date for this film, originally scheduled for July 2015, has been moved to May 2016. What do you think?

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19. Kids Read Comics! Kids’ Comics Award Winners Unveiled

The winners of the Kids Read Comics! Kids’ Comics Awards have been announced. The organizers counted votes cast by kids to determine the winning comics and characters in eleven different categories. Below, we’ve created a list of all the nominated titles. (via ComicsAreGreat.com)
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20. Bluewater Productions Partners with LezGetReal.com For ‘The Big Gay Comic Book’

Bluewater Productions has partnered with the popular LGBTQIA website LezGetReal.com. The two collaborated on a two-volume comic project entitled The Big Gay Comic Book in honor of Gay Pride Month.

Both books profile the lives of various activists and performers who have made positive contributions within the Gay Community. The first installment, which features a cover designed by artist Michael Troy, will be released on June 25th.

Publisher Darren G. Davis gave this statement in the press release: “As a publisher who happens to be gay, I also want to make sure that supporting the LGBTQ community is one of the main focuses of Bluewater. We do a lot of titles that get international attention, but I never forgot whom I am.”

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21. Nick McWhorter Named VP of Media Licensing at Dark Horse Comics

Nick McWhorter has been promoted to vice president of media licensing at Dark Horse Comics.

McWhorter has been with the company for ten years. Prior to this advancement, he served as the director of custom projects.

According to the press release, “McWhorter was instrumental in facilitating and building industry wide support to kick off Dark Horse Comic’s licensed video game lines with BioWare’s Mass Effect. To date, Nick McWhorter has inked publishing deals with such notable properties as EVE, Halo, Tomb Raider, The Last of Us, Plants vs. Zombies, as well as #1 Bestseller – The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia!”

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22. Archie Comics to Re-Launch Superhero Imprint as Dark Circle Comics

Archie Comics plans to re-launch their superhero imprint under a new name, Dark Circle Comics. This division was previously known as Red Circle Comics.

The executives plan to announce some of the new work-in-progress titles on the Dark Circle list at this year’s Comic Con International: San Diego event. Alex Segura, who serves as senior vice president of publicity and marketing, has been named editor of this imprint.

Co-CEO and publisher Jon Goldwater had this statement in the press release: ”This is a fresh start and a new direction for these iconic characters. It all boils down to story – tales that feature compelling characters by some of the best talent in comics. Alex – with the help of myself, our President Mike Pellerito, CCO Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and Editor Paul Kaminski – has carefully curated a line of comics that will hopefully be seen as the definitive interpretations of these characters for a long time. We couldn’t be more excited.”

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23. New ‘Life With Archie’ Issue Sells Out at Comic Book Shops

Archie Comics has released Life With Archie #36. This highly anticipated title, which features the death of protagonist Archie Andrews, has sold out at the comic shop distributor level.

The company has already ordered a second printing and plans to release it with a new cover. As we previously reported, Archie meets his demise after heroically taking a bullet for his friend Senator Kevin Keller. The following issue will celebrate Archie and the impact this character has had on pop culture.

Co-CEO/Publisher Jon Goldwater had this statement in the press release: “This day will never come again. This is not a gimmick. This is not a stopgap for a year until we bring him back in LIFE WITH ARCHIE. While he will live on forever as a teenager in the digests and classic stories, his adventures in LIFE WITH ARCHIE end today, and we will remember his bravery, loyalty, friendship and pure heart. I’ve said this before – Archie represents the best in all of us, and this issue and next week’s LIFE WITH ARCHIE #37 amplify and celebrate one of the greatest characters in pop culture history. “

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24. Marvel Makes Major Changes to Thor, Captain America, & Iron Man

Marvel plans to shake things up in The Avengers universe for three major characters: Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man.

Henceforth, a woman will swing the Uru hammer in the Thor series. A Nerdist article reveals that the original Asgardian God of Thunder proved “himself to be unworthy, as per the inscription on his mighty hammer Mjolnir, Thor is stripped of his godly powers and this new mystery woman will take up the charge.”

With all the super soldier serum extracted from his body, Steve Rogers is in no condition to continue on as Captain America. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sam Wilson, an African-American best known as The Falcon, will pick up the shield and serve in Rogers’ place.

Tony Stark will trade in his iconic burgundy and gold suit for a silver version. According to Entertainment Weekly reports that Stark has not only developed an upgraded suit, but also “a new perspective on life” that includes great ambitions.

So far, it seems that these changes apply exclusively to the comic books. Female Thor will be introduced in Thor #1 due out in October 2014. African-American Captain America will make his debut in All-New Captain America #1 due out in November 2014. Tony Stark will show off his new gear in Superior Iron Man #1 also set for release in November 2014.

 

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25. Lion Forge Comics & IDW Partner to Bring Airwolf & Knight Rider Digital Comics to Print

Lion Forge Comics has teamed up with IDW Publishing to introduce bring its digital comics library into the print comics market. This begins with print editions of the digital comics Airwolf and Knight Rider, which are based on the classic NBC Universal television series.

In addition, IDW has plans to publish a print edition of Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier, inspired by MMA fighter, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. The partnership will include additional titles, which will be announced down the road.

“We are excited to be entering this creative endeavor with IDW, a company we feel is on the forefront of progressive publishing,” stated David Steward II, CEO, Lion Forge. “With IDW’s experience and reputation for innovation, this partnership will exponentially  increase Lion Forge’s potential to explore new and unique avenues for our content.”

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