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‘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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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.

‘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)

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

Felipe Smith/Darryl Makes Comics

Felipe Smith/Darryl Makes Comics

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.

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?

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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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.”

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?

‘Fantastic Four’ Comic Series to End in 2015

Fantastic 4

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.”

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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