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SelfMadeHero Publishes a Graphic Novel Adaptation of ‘The Man Who Laughs’

The Man Who LaughsSelfMadeHero, an imprint at ABRAMS, has released The Man Who Laughs. Writer David Hine and artist Mark Stafford teamed up for this graphic novel adaptation of Victor Hugo’s L’Homme qui rit.

The original book was first published in France back in 1869. Follow this link to access a free digital copy of Hugo’s novel (English language edition).

Since its publication, Hugo’s story has been well regarded within the comics community. It has sparked other graphic novel adaptations and also served as the inspiration for Batman’s infamous nemesis, The Joker.

First Second Books to Publish a Pénélope Bagieu Graphic Novel in English

ExquisiteFirst Second Books will publish an English-language edition of Exquisite Corpse by Pénélope Bagieu. A release date has been scheduled for May 05, 2015.

While Bagieu is unknown in America, she has become a well-regarded artist and blogger in her native France. In fact, Cadavre Exquis (as it is called in French) was released back in 2010. The story follows a young woman named Zoe who gets caught up with a famous author that faked his own death.

In an interview with The Mary Sue, Bagieu gave her own description for this graphic novel: “It’s about two worlds that were never meant to meet: The Parisian literary scene, and the hard-working twenty-something who’s never entered a bookstore. They’re two worlds that I’m sort of made of, and that I have a lot of tenderness for. What happens when these two planets collide, let alone fall in love? I really liked the idea.”

Gene Luen Yang & Mike Holmes to Collaborate On ‘Secret Coders’ Comic Series

Secret CodersGraphic novelist Gene Luen Yang will be writing a middle grade grade comic series entitled Secret Coders. Cartoonist Mike Holmes has signed on to create the illustrations.

The story follows two prep school students named Hopper and Eni who develop a friendship and a passion for computer coding. In an interview with Wired, Yang explained the inspiration behind this project: “I started collecting comics in the fifth grade, and I started coding in the fifth grade. I’ve always wanted to bring them together.”

Yang, a high school computer science teacher, revealed on Twitter that “Secret Coders is a love letter to my favorite programming language of all time: Logo.” First Second Books will release the first installment on September 29, 2015.

Marvel is Killing Off Wolverine

deathofwolverineMarvel is killing off one of its most famous X-Men characters: Wolverine!

Today, the publisher released The Death of Wolverine, the first in a four-part weekly comic series which will lead to the character’s ultimate demise.

Check it out: “Logan has spent over a century being the best there is at what he does…but even the best fade away eventually. Over the years, Logan has been a warrior, a hero, a renegade, a samurai, a teacher—and so much more. But now, the greatest X-Men hero will play a role he’s never played before in this special weekly event brought to you by industry superstars Charles Soule and Steve McNiven.”

New Teaser Unleashed For ‘Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

A new teaser has been released for Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show. The video embedded above offers glimpses the newly appointed director Phil Coulson, computer hacker Skye, and scientists Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons. The premiere episode of season two will air on September 23rd. (via Deadline)

Original Superman Comic Sells For $3.2M on eBay

actioncomicsA mint condition first edition copy of Action Comics #1, the first comic book featuring Superman has sold on eBay for more than $3.2 million.

Darren Adams, the owner of Pristine Comics in Washington State, received 48 bids on the comic, which was originally published in 1938. He sold it to an unnamed buyer. Here is an excerpt from the eBay listing:

This is THE comic book that started it all. This comic features not only the first appearance of Superman, Clark Kent and Lois Lane, but this comic began the entire superhero genre that has followed during the 76 years since. It is referred to as the Holy Grail of comics and this is the finest graded copy to exist with perfect white pages. This is …. the Mona Lisa of comics and stands alone as the most valuable comic book ever printed.

(Via NPR Books).

Marvel’s ‘AVENGERS: S.T.A.T.I.O.N.’ Exhibit Opens in New York City

Avengers StationMarvel’s AVENGERS: S.T.A.T.I.O.N. has opened in New York City. Comic book fans will be able to enjoy this interactive exhibition at Discovery Times Square until January 05, 2015.

Visitors go through an “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” recruitment simulation; this allows them access to information files about the superheros that makes up The Avengers. Some of the items on display include Captain America’s Birth Pod, the Tesseract Portal Device, Loki’s Scepter, and a hermetically sealed Chitauri.

Here’s more from the press release: “NASA, the Science & Entertainment Exchange (a program of the National Academy of Sciences), Neuroverse, and Thwacke are all collaborating on the Marvel’s AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Exhibition visitors will get the chance to map out the stars to find Asgard, learn to operate Iron Man’s suit, witness the neurological effects of Bruce Banner’s transformation into the Hulk, and physically test themselves against Captain America.”

The Best American Comics Series 2014 Issue Drops in October

image002The 2014 edition of The Best American Comics comes out this October, a collection of the best comics and webcomics of the year.

The collection features pieces from Allie Brosh, Raina Telgemeier, Nina Bujevac, Charles Burns, R. Crumb and Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Jamie Hernandez, Gilbert Hernandez, Adrian Tomine and Chris Ware, among others.

Comics expert Scott McCloud edited the volume. The book goes on sale on October 7th. You can read more at this link.

 

 

 

The CW Unveils New Trailer For ‘The Flash’ TV Show

The CW has unveiled a new trailer for The Flash TV adaptation. The video embedded above offers glimpses of actor Barry Allen portraying the speedy superhero.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, this trailer features many details that fans of the comic book series would appreciate. Can you uncover them?

Check out this YouTube playlist to learn more about the television show. A premiere date has been set for October 07, 2014.

IDW Publishing to Release An ‘Edward Scissorhands’ Comic Book Series

Edward Scissorhands ComicIDW Publishing will release a comic adaptation of the 1990 hit movie, Edward Scissorhands.

Author Kate Leth has been brought on as the writer. Illustrator Drew Rausch has been hired to create the interior art. Artist Gabriel Rodriguez designed the cover for the first issue.

The story of this series takes place twenty years after the ending of Burton’s beloved film. According to the press release, “Kim’s granddaughter, Meg, grows up with Edward Scissorhands only being a legend, a bedtime story. But when weird things start to happen in her sleepy little town, it reawakens her curiously and she decides to search out for the mysterious Edward Scissorhands.”

 

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