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Archie to Take a Bullet For Gay Friend in Final Comic

archieArchie Comics is killing off its “Life with Archie” comic book series with a dramatic conclusion. The publisher announced the conclusion back in April, and the final issue comes out this week. Archie will die standing up for his gay friend Kevin Keller.

The Associated Press has more: “‘The way in which Archie dies is everything that you would expect of Archie,’ said Jon Goldwater, Archie Comics publisher and co-CEO. ‘He dies heroically. He dies selflessly. He dies in the manner that epitomizes not only the best of Riverdale but the best of all of us. It’s what Archie has come to represent over the past almost 75 years.’”

The “Life with Archie” series launched in 2010. For the past four years, the series has chronicled alternate futures in which Archie married both Veronica and Betty.

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

dark circleArchie 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.”

Nick McWhorter Named VP of Media Licensing at Dark Horse Comics

dark horse logoNick 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!”

Bluewater Productions Partners with LezGetReal.com For ‘The Big Gay Comic Book’

BIGGAYBluewater 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.”

Kids Read Comics! Kids’ Comics Award Winners Unveiled

great comicsThe 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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Bluewater Productions Releases ‘Beyond: The Joker, The Man Who Laughs’

JokerBluewater Productions has published a “news biography” project that focuses on the infamous villain of the Batman comic series, The Joker.

This new comic book, Beyond: The Joker, The Man Who Laughs, delves into and explores several Joker-related, real life, criminal cases. Dan Lauer created the artwork and Valerie D’Orazio worked on the writing; they both collaborated on the recently released Beyond: Edward Snowden comic.

D’Orazio had this statement in the press release: “I’ve always found the Joker to be both fascinating and disturbing, and wanted to get at the heart of the character’s worldwide appeal. What I discovered was no less paradoxical and uncanny than the Joker himself, and that’s what this comic is all about.”

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

AquamanActor 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?

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)

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

Sabrina CoverArchie 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.

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

Ant-ManMarvel 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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