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1. 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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2. 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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3. 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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4. Neil Gaiman On the Value of Scary Stories

Newbery Medal winner Neil Gaiman sat with TOON Books publisher Françoise Mouly and Pulitzer Prize winner Art Spiegelman to discuss his new graphic novel, Hansel and Gretel. The video embedded above features the entire conversation.

Gaiman confesses that the “Hansel and Gretel” fairy tale really frightens him, but he does believe that children must be exposed to dark stories. Gaiman thinks that “if you are protected from dark things then you have no protection of, knowledge of, or understanding of dark things when they show up. I think it is really important to show dark things to kids—and in the showing, to also show that dark things can be beaten, that you have power.”

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5. ‘Riverdale’ TV Drama to Feature Characters From The Archie Comics Universe

Riverdale TVFox is developing an Archie Comics TV drama called Riverdale.

It will feature several characters from the Archie universe including Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Reggie Mantle, Jughead Jones, Kevin Keller, and Josie & The Pussycats. Warner Brothers Studios and Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions will partner together to produce this project.

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa will work on the writing. He gave this statement in the press release: “This is something we’ve been working on for awhile now, figuring out the best way to bring these characters to life for what will be, essentially, the first time. The entire team working on Riverdale is as passionate about Archie as Jon and I are, so it feels like the stars have finally aligned for Archie and the rest of the gang.”

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6. Constantin Film & Dark Horse Entertainment to Partner On the ‘Polar’ Movie

PolarConstantin Film and Dark Horse Entertainment are teaming up to create a movie adaptation of Polar: Came From The Cold.

Victor Santos’ graphic novel was published in November 2013. According to the press release, “the adrenaline-pumping action-thriller tells the story of Black Kaiser, a master assassin forced out of retirement when he finds himself the target of a motley crew of new generation hitmen.”

Jayson Rothwell will write the screenplay. The movie studio is currently looking to hire a director to helm this project.

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7. ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Teaser Released

Marvel has unleashed a teaser for The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The video embedded above features “Ultron trying to tear apart Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and the rest of the world.” What do you think?

An internet leak compelled the company to release the trailer earlier than planned. The theatrical release date for The Avengers sequel has been scheduled for May 01, 2015. (via The Verge)

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8. DMC No. 1 Arrives: Biff! Boff! Boom!

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Hip-hop pioneer Darryl McDaniels, a founding member of Run-DMC, who turned to comics for courage as a kid facing bullies in Hollis, Queens, has created a new superhero who takes the stage in DMC No. 1, the first in a new series of comic books from Darryl Makes Comics.

McDaniels told George Gene Gustines of the New York Times:

“I was a kid who had my lunch money taken away. …To get to my house was terror. Spider-Man took me to a place where everything was great. …Comic books were educational — they were empowering but also inspiring.

“I always wanted to do something with integrity. I didn’t want to be another rapper messing up another genre just because he has a hit record.”

Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, editor in chief of Darryl Makes Comics, noted the attention from a diverse fan base the comic book DMC was garnering at conventions like the recent Comic Con in Manhattan. “It’s Asian, it’s white, it’s Latino, it’s black, it’s 13-year-olds, it’s 63-year-olds.”

Bringing his vision DMC to the page, McDaniels worked with a team including Miranda-Rodriquez, Atlantic Records executive Riggs Morales, and story consultants Damion Scott and Ron Wimberly. The artists who bring DMC to life are Sal Buscema, Carlos Rodriquez aka Mare 139, Chase Conley, Jeff Stokely, Felipe Smith, Mark and Mike Davis aka The Madtwiinz, Shawn Crytal, Chris Sotomayor, and Deron Bennett.

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9. Dark Horse Comics Offers Star Wars Humble Bundle Deal

Star WarsDark Horse Comics has formed a partnership with Humble Bundle. The two organizations have crafted a digital comics package tailored for Star Wars fans.

According to the press release, this deal makes it so that “fans of the epic sci-fi franchise can pay what they want for up to $190 worth of digital comics.” Buyers who pay $15.00 or more will have access to a total of 89 different titles.

Customers can choose whether the funds go towards the publishing house or the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. This Humble Bundle deal will be made available until October 29th. What do you think?

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10. Marvel to Publish YA Novel Starring The Black Widow

Black WidowMargaret Stohl will write a young adult novel starring the Black Widow.

The announcement was made during the “Woman of Marvel” panel at New York Comic Con. The book is slated for release in 2015.

According to ComicsBeat.com, Stohl feels that this project “is the badassiest thing I’ve ever been asked to work on in my life. Black Widow is the very best hot mess I know. She kicks ass, she’s more of a Wolverine than a Captain America.”

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11. The Morgan Library is Hosting An Exhibit on Richard McGuire’s ‘Here’

321387_10151430125866183_744849131_nThe Morgan Library & Museum is hosting an exhibit called “From Here to Here: Richard McGuire Makes a Book.” This art show was organized to celebrate the publication of the graphic novel, Here.

This full-color book, due out on December 9th, is based on McGuire’s original black-and-white comic. The closing date has been scheduled for November 9th.

Here’s more about the exhibit: “Though the viewpoint in Here remains fixed on one corner of a living room, time in the story is boundless and elastic. Populating the space with multiple frames of action, dating from the ancient past to the distant future, McGuire conjures narratives, dialogues, and streams of association that unite moments divided by years and centuries. The exhibition combines original drawings for the strip and the novel with source photographs, books that influenced the form and content of McGuire’s invention, and collages and sketchbooks that afford glimpses into his creative process.”

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12. Dana Walrath Believes Comics Can Help Those Who Suffer From Dementia

Anthropologist and writer Dana Walrath gave a TED Talk on “Comics, Medicine, and Memory.” She shared memories of caring for her mother who suffered through dementia. Her mother derived great enjoyment from reading comics throughout this difficult time period; the “visual-verbal combination makes up for some of the memory loss and lets content stay sophisticated.”

Walrath’s observations ultimately lead her to conclude that comics are highly accessible to those who suffer from dementia. She firmly believes that “by meeting through story, we make peace and we move on. Even if we’re sick or hurt or dying.” That is how she came to pen Aliceheimer’s. We’ve embedded a video showcasing the entire presentation above. What do you think?

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13. ‘Fantastic Four’ Comic Series to End in 2015

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Rumors have been circulating that Marvel plans to end the Fantastic Four comic series. During a New York Comic Con panel, editor-in-chief Axel Alonso and Fantastic Four writer James Robinson revealed that this will take place next year.

According to Entertainment Weekly, “the final issue is scheduled to release in June of 2015, which will close the book temporarily on the group, only a few months before the Fantastic Four film reboot is set to debut on Aug. 7.” Fans can look forward to the triple-sized issue, #645, which will feature a story arc entitled “The End is Fourever.”

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14. Bryan Lee O’Malley: ‘Every new book idea, I’m just going to tackle a problem and fix it.’

Bryan Lee O'MalleyOver the weekend, Bryan Lee O’Malley appeared at New York Comic Con panel for a conversation with Cory Doctorow about his latest book, Seconds.

Following the great success he achieved with the Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series, he wanted to “do something super arty and weird.” For Seconds, O’Malley set out to write “a very external character…characters who just barge through life.” The star protagonist of this story, Katie, was partially inspired “by an obnoxious rock star.”

Regardless of the project, two parts of O’Malley’s creative process remain constant. First, he has to create the perfect mix tape because he will likely listen to it “thousands of times.” Second, he takes this approach: “every new book idea, I’m just going to tackle a problem and fix it.” What’s the initial step you take when you start a new project?

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15. IDW & Ideate Media to Partner on the ‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’ Comic Series

Dirk GentlyIDW Publishing announced at New York Comic Con that it has formed a partnership with Ideate Media to publish “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.” This comic series is based on Douglas Adams’ 1987 humor novel.

Publication has been scheduled for 2015. Chris Ryall, the chief creative officer and editor-in-chief at IDW, will serve as the writer. Fables artist Tony Akins and Chew co-creator Rob Guillory will collaborate on the artwork.

Ryall gave this statement in the press release: “I know that an American writing Dirk comics is going to get a certain segment of British Adams fans a bit brassed off but, much like in the case of the oft-referenced Schrödinger’s cat in the Dirk novels, we can all agree that until the world opens these comics, they are both good and not good, right? And certainly Adams’ writing transcends all borders and has rightfully earned him a worldwide following. I can’t wait to bring Dirk into the world of comics.”

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16. Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang Tell All About ‘In Real Life’

IRLCory Doctorow and Jen Wang have collaborated on a new graphic novel entitled In Real Life.

The book touches on several subjects including gaming, socializing over the internet, and more. This project marks the first time that Doctorow and Wang have come together as collaborators.

We spoke with both the writer and the illustrator to hear their thoughts on creativity, research, and editing. Here are the highlights…

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17. Kabam Unleashes New Trailer For ‘Marvel Contest of Champions’ Mobile Game

Kabam, an interactive entertainment company, has unveiled a new trailer for the mobile game “Marvel Contest of Champions” at New York Comic Con. Players will be able to create teams with super heroes and villains including Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Thor.

The video embedded above offers fans glimpses of gameplay featuring Wolverine, The Hulk, and The Punisher—what do you think? A release date has been scheduled for December 2014.

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18. Archie Comics & Dark Horse Comics Partner Up For ‘Archie Meets Predator’

Archie Meets PredatorArchie Comics and Dark Horse Comics are partnering together for a crossover project called Archie Meets Predator. The two companies made this announcement at New York Comic Con.

Writer Alex de Campi will pen the story. Artist Fernando Ruiz will create the illustrations. A publication date has been scheduled for Spring 2015.

Here’s more from the press release: “Archie and friends hit Costa Rica for spring break, where party and beach games soon get replaced by the most dangerous game! What mysterious attraction does the gang hold for the trophy-collecting Predator, and will the kids even realize they’re in danger before it claims them all?”

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19. Sheryl Sandberg Stars in Comic Book

FFSherylSandbergBluewater Productions has created a biographical comic book profiling Facebook COO and Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg.

Publisher Darren G. Davis had this statement in the press release: “Our goal is to show the behind-the scenes machinations – many of them ignored by the mainstream media – that resulted in Sheryl Sandberg becoming a leading voice in empowering successful businesswomen. A visual medium provides perspective that is not only accessible but more relatable to the average person without losing any of the information involved.”

This new project, part of the Female Force series, contains a story written by Michael L. Frizell and artwork by Angel Bernuy. Other women who have been featured in this series include Mother Teresa, Hillary Clinton, Tina Fey, and more.

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20. Stan Lee Stars in a Banned Books Week Video

How does Stan Lee feel about censorship? In honor of Banned Books Week, the legendary comics creator participated in the virtual read-out.

In the video embedded above, Lee talks about the value of comic books and graphic novels; he firmly believes that these books cultivate a lifelong love of reading. What do you think?

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21. Alison Bechdel to Create Third Graphic Novel Memoir

Alison BechdelCartoonist Alison Bechdel has become well-known for her graphic novel memoirs. Her first, Fun Home, came out in 2006 and her second, Are You My Mother?, followed in 2012.

Bechdel plans to create a third entitled The Secret to Superhuman Strength. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will release the finished book in 2017.

According to The New York Times, this project “chronicles her decades long obsession with various fitness and exercise fads, including downhill skiing, uphill skiing, rollerblading, martial arts, running, hiking, weight lifting and home workout videos and currently, yoga. The book will also explore the history of American fitness fads, and Ms. Bechdel’s efforts to rekindle her creativity through exercise, and it is shot through with her signature darkness.”

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22. Book Riot Launches New Comics Website

PanelsThe Book Riot team has launched a new comics website called “Panels.”

2% of this venture’s gross revenue will be donated to philanthropic causes. The website has formed a partnership with the Open Books literacy organization. Editor Paul Montgomery penned a welcome letter for readers. Here’s an excerpt:

“We wanted to drum up a community of seasoned comic book readers as well as novices to the form. That’s who we hope to speak to and also who we are. We looked for a wide array of voices. We found ourselves a chorus, and will continue to grow. Every day we get to play show-and-tell with our favorite new finds. We’re excited about that.”

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23. ‘Naruto’ to End its 15-Year Serialization

NarutoNaruto, the popular Japanese manga series, will soon end its 15-year serialization. Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump only has 5 installments left to be published.

According to CrunchyRoll.com, the concluding episode will appear in “the magazine’s 50th issue to be published in Japan on November 10.” For fans in Japan, the 71st volume of the manga book will come out on November 4th and a new anime film adaptation entitled The Last: Naruto the Movie will be released on December 6th.

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24. Marvel to Debut Squirrel Girl Comic Series in January 2015

marvel logoMarvel has given the green light for The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl comics series. The first book starring Squirrel Girl (a.k.a. Doreen Green) will be released in January 2015.

Here’s more from Entertainment Weekly: “In her first appearance, she defeated Doctor Doom. Since then, she’s taken on Wolverine, Deadpool, and freaking Thanos—and she’s never lost. Not a bad track record for a superhero–especially considering that the superhero in question is Squirrel Girl, a Marvel Comics back-bencher who’s probably best known for being Luke Cage’s nanny.”

Writer Ryan North and artist Erica Henderson will collaborate on this project together. Henderson created a cover for the first issue that includes appearances from The HulkThorCaptain America, and other heroes. Veteran comics creator Art Adams designed a variant cover. Follow this link to read an interview between North and Comic Book Resources.

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25. John Lennon Stars in Comic Book

John LennonBluewater Productions has created a biographical comic book profiling legendary musician and songwriter, John Lennon.

Writer Marc Shapiro had this statement in the press release: “I approached writing Tribute: John Lennon as an exploration of a life full of potential and promise that was, sadly, cut short. We all know the importance of John Lennon as part of The Beatles. But I felt it was more important to concentrate on his post Beatles’ life and career, both good and bad, so that readers would get the clearest possible idea about who he was as a creative entity, husband and father.”

This new project, part of the Tribute series, features interior artwork by Luciano Kars and cover art by Graham Hill. Other recording artists who have been featured in this series include Queen lead vocalist Freddie Mercury, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, and more.

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