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Archie Comics Introduces First Character With a Disability

Archie 656Archie 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.”

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.

Edward Snowden Comic Book Coming Soon

a20791a1459a027f34b051_mBluewater 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.

Randall Munroe Asks ‘What If?’ at TED 2014

Randall Munroe, the creator of the “xkcd” webcomic, gave a presentation at TED 2014 about how asking “What if…?” influences his work.

During his talk, Munroe revealed that he enjoys using math to answer hypothetical questions and creating comics about them. He shared a story about encountering a particularly hard question: “If all digital data were stored on punch cards, how big would Google’s data warehouse be?”

We’ve embedded the full talk in the video above. In addition to delivering his presentation, Munroe also contributed drawings for Allan Adams’ improvised talk, “The Discovery That Could Rewrite Physics.” What do you think? (via the TED Blog)

Freddie Mercury Stars in Comic Book

Freddie MercuryBluewater Productions has created a biographical comic book profiling the legendary musician Freddie Mercury for their Tribute series.

Mike Lynch and Manuel Díaz worked together to pen the story. Michael Troy and Graham Hill created seven alternate exclusive covers for this project.

Here’s more from the press release: “Freddie Mercury was one of the best performers of his generation. Now read the story behind the legend. His childhood in the paradise island of Zanzibar, his exile to England, and then going on to become the front man for one of the greatest bands of all time Queen.”

Hayley Atwell to Star in the ‘Marvel’s Agent Carter’ TV Series

Agent CarterMarvel has developed a new TV show for Captain America fans starring the superhero’s love interest, Agent Carter.

Actress Hayley Atwell (pictured, via) was first introduced as Peggy Carter in the Captain America: The First Avenger film adaptation. Atwell played this character again in a short film called Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter. She has signed on to reprise her role for this new series and is currently filming The Avengers: Age of Ultron movie.

Here’s more from Deadline: “It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark, all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life – Steve Rogers.”

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Fox Unveils the Trailer For ‘Gotham’

Fox has unleashed a trailer for a Batman prequel TV series called Gotham. It follows a young James Gordon and his early days fighting crime in Gotham City. The video embedded above features glimpses of actor Ben McKenzie as Gordon.

According to Wired, the show ”will feature younger incarnations of familiar Batman villains—including Catwoman, The Riddler, and The Penguin—as well as a particularly young Bruce Wayne as played by Touch‘s David Mazouz.“ The series premiere is scheduled to air this Fall. What do you think?

Saturday is Free Comic Book Day

Saturday is Free Comic Book Day, in which comic book shops across North America are giving away free comic books.

To find a participating store in your area, follow this link. Here is some advice from the event’s planners on how to make the most of the generous day:

Either call your local comic shop, check out their Facebok page and/or website to see what their Free Comic Book Day policy plans are in addition to what extra events are going to be taking place during their FCBD. Some comics shops give out 1-2 comics, while others give out more. It is good to know how many comics you can expect to get for free so you can plan out if you want to visit other comics shops to see if you can get more free comics and different books.

The above video explains more about the event.

Darwyn Cooke Creates a New ‘Batman Beyond’ Short

Artist Darwyn Cooke has created a new short from the Batman Beyond animated series. According to The Huffington Post, it first premiered during the Warner Bros. panel at WonderCon.

The video embedded above features a fight between Bruce Wayne’s successor Terry McGinnis and what looks to be a red-eyed version of the original Caped Crusader. Longtime Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy plays the elderly Wayne and Will Friedle reprises his role as McGinnis.

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Bluewater Productions Founder on Celebrity Biography Comics

hillaryclintonBluewater Productions, the publisher behind dozens of comic book biographies of famous people, got into celebrity biographies back in 2008 as an attempt to do something new with comics.

After seeing a comic of Barack Obama and John McCain during the 2008 elections, the founders of the company decided to do Hillary Clinton.

“So I thought, let’s do this, but let’s do it differently,” Darren Davis, founder of Bluewater Comics explained in an interview with Oregon Live. “Let’s not do it like everyone else, with a boring biography. We did it with a female empowerment angle. We released Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin at the same time, and whether you like Sarah Palin or hate Hillary Clinton, you have to respect both of them for where they came from and who they are.”

 

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