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Robert Atkins Signs On as Guest Artist For the America’s Army Comic Series

America's ArmyRobert Atkins will serve as the guest artist for four issues of the America’s Army comic series. In the past, Atkins has worked on the GI JOE comic series.

Here’s more from the press release: “The America’s Army comic series provides an inside perspective into the world of Soldiers in the U.S. Army, their jobs and the challenges they face. Based on the highly successful PC game, the America’s Army comic follows American forces deployed to the small nation of Czervenia where President-General Kazimir Adzic and his advanced army launch a genocidal war against the neighboring country of the RDO, setting in motion a mysterious plan that could change the course of world power.”

IDW Publishing recently released the twelfth installment of this series. Atkins’ artwork will be featured starting in the thirteenth issue. Follow this link to access these free digital comic books from the United States Army.

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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.

NPR has more:

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.

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?

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.”

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.”

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.”

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?

Krysten Ritter to Play Jessica Jones in New Netflix Series

Krysten RitterNetflix plans to create a new original series starring the Marvel character Jessica Jones. Breaking Bad actress Krysten Ritter (pictured, via) has been hired to take on the titular role.

Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “Ritter will play Jessica Jones, the cynical, sardonic and tough-as-nails, but innately cool and sexy, title character. Jones is described as a superhero suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder that leads to her hanging up her costume and opening up her own detective agency, where she ends up helping people and assisting other superheroes.”

According to MTV.com, the company will also produce three additional series featuring Marvel superheroes: Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. Netflix has a track record for using books as inspiration for its original series projects. House of Cards debuted in February 2013, Orange Is the New Black came out in July 2013 and an adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is currently being developed.

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.

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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