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Stephen Colbert Stars in Comic Book

PPStephenColbertBluewater Productions has created a biographical comic book profiling The Colbert Show host Stephen Colbert.

According to the press release, Hal Hilden wrote the story and Kelly Brine created the artwork.

For Hilden, the “goal was to write a fun little biography, mixing fact with fiction, that hopefully one of Stephen Colbert’s many personas would enjoy reading.”

Dark Horse Comics to Publish a Gillian Flynn Short Story in an Anthology

gillian-flynn-237x300Gillian Flynn’s comic short story, entitled “Masks,” will be featured in the Dark Horse Presents 200 anthology.

According to the press release, this will be the first time that “Masks” appears in a United States publication. It was originally released in The Guardian, a United Kingdom-based newspaper.

Dave Gibbons, the illustrator behind the Watchmen series, has signed on to create the artwork for this project. The book will come out on February 18, 2015.

Sony May Create a Movie About Peter Parker’s Aunt May

Aunt MayRumors are swirling in Hollywood that Sony plans to create a movie about Peter Parker’s Aunt May.

Here’s more from Latino-Review: “The target mood is some sort of espionage story in the vein of AMC’s Mad Men, which sounds like a way of saying ‘classier Agent Carter‘ without name-dropping Marvel’s upcoming series. But the whole point here is that I NOT mention Marvel, because Sony isn’t giving up the Spider-Verse before they make an attempt at a movie based on the completely fabricated past of May Parker. Well, the espionage part is fabricated.”

The plot from the screenplay would be set during May Parker’s youth before she became a guardian for Spider-Man. In recent years, actresses Rosemary Harris and Sally Field (pictured, via) have taken on the role of Ben Parker’s widow. Who would you cast as a young Aunt May?

Mashable Profiles ‘Iron Man’ On The ‘TL; DW’ YouTube Channel

Mashable created a YouTube series called “TL;DW” (short for “Too Long Didn’t Watch”). The latest offering (embedded above) features a two-minute overview of the Iron Man film trilogy. In the past, Mashable has created videos about Harry PotterGame of Thrones, and Lord of the Rings. Do you have any suggestions on which movies and TV shows should be tackled next?

Hayao Miyazaki to Create a Samurai Manga

Hayao Miyazaki

Back in September 2013, Hayao Miyazaki shocked the world when he announced that he was retiring from making feature-length films. It turns out that the Oscar-winning animated filmmaker (pictured, via) has other creative projects he wants to focus on.

In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, Miyazaki talked about the manga comic he’s currently drawing. The story follows “samurai in the 16th century, wearing full armor, battling it out with each other.”

Miyazaki wants to take a stab at creating this story because he felt “very dissatisfied with the way that era was depicted in fiction and film, so I wanted to draw something that would reflect the way I thought that era should look.” What do you think?

How Can One Use Comics to Break the Silence On Taboo Subjects?

Can comics help to break the silence on taboo subjects? Aditi Gupta and Tuhin Paul hope to do so with the Menstrupedia initiative.

The husband-and-wife collaborators gave a talk at TEDx Bangalore to discuss the origins of how they launched this organization. They also talk about how creative process behind the Menstrupedia comic book. They believe that using interesting stories is an effective way to educate young girls.

Gupta and Paul developed this tool for a secondary purpose; to help eliminate any shame surrounding the subject of menstruation. Follow this link to read the first chapter for free. We’ve embedded a video showcasing the entire presentation above—what do you think?

Gene Luen Yang Acts as an Editor For His Brother-in-Law’s First Comic

Gene YangWhat does it take to create comics? Award winning graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang has been collaborating with his brother-in-law Luke to help him create his first comic book.

Gene has been offering guidance, suggesting exercises, and essentially acting as an editor for Luke. The collaborators decided to chronicle the process on Gene’s blog “so other folks could see what the development of a comics creator looks like.”

Thus far, three episodes have been posted. Gene’s own editor Mark Siegel, the editorial director of First Second Books, chimed in with a tip in the comments section of the first post. We’ve collected three pieces of advice below so that other writers can glean from Gene’s wisdom.

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Marvel Reveals a Special Look at ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’

A special look at The Avengers: Age of Ultron aired during last night’s episode of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show.

The video embedded above features a scene with all the members of The Avengers and several allies. Follow this link to watch the first teaser trailer.

Marvel Studios recently revealed that 11 adaptation projects will come out starting in 2015 up until 2019. See the complete list of movies and the theatrical release dates below.

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Benedict Cumberbatch to Play Doctor Strange

SherlockBenedict Cumberbatch (pictured, via) has been cast to take on the title role for Marvel’s Doctor Strange film adaptation. According to The Hollywood Reporter, other Hollywood stars who were being considered for this part include three-time Oscar nominee Joaquin PhoenixThe Notebook actor Ryan Gosling, and Academy Award winner Jared Leto.

Filmmaker Scott Derrickson will serve as the director for this project. Screenwriter Jon Spaihts will oversee the script; the first draft was a collaborative effort between writers Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer.

Here’s more from Deadline: “Doctor Strange was hatched by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko during that Marvel Comics heyday of the early 1960′s. He’s a neurosurgeon who becomes Sorcerer Supreme, protecting Earth against magical and mystical threats with powers of sorcery, mysticism, and martial arts.” (via The Verge)

Kobo Adds 250+ Marvel Comics to its Digital Library

marvel logoMavel has formed an agreement with Kobo to add more than 250 comics to its digital library. Kobo users can now access several series including The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America, and The Amazing Spider-Man.

Kobo merchandiser Santiago Melo had this statement in the press release: “For more than 75 years, Marvel has been transporting comic fans to exciting new galaxies. Tackling big issues with larger than life characters, these stories continue to be a constant source of enrichment in our popular culture and we couldn’t be happier to welcome them to the Kobo family.”

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