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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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‘Fantastic Four’ Comic Series to End in 2015

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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?

IDW & Ideate Media to Partner on the ‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’ Comic Series

Dirk GentlyIDW Publishing announced at New York Comic Con that it has formed a partnership with Ideate Media to publish “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.” This comic series is based on Douglas Adams’ 1987 humor novel.

Publication has been scheduled for 2015. Chris Ryall, the chief creative officer and editor-in-chief at IDW, will serve as the writer. Fables artist Tony Akins and Chew co-creator Rob Guillory will collaborate on the artwork.

Ryall gave this statement in the press release: “I know that an American writing Dirk comics is going to get a certain segment of British Adams fans a bit brassed off but, much like in the case of the oft-referenced Schrödinger’s cat in the Dirk novels, we can all agree that until the world opens these comics, they are both good and not good, right? And certainly Adams’ writing transcends all borders and has rightfully earned him a worldwide following. I can’t wait to bring Dirk into the world of comics.”

Kabam Unleashes New Trailer For ‘Marvel Contest of Champions’ Mobile Game

Kabam, an interactive entertainment company, has unveiled a new trailer for the mobile game “Marvel Contest of Champions” at New York Comic Con. Players will be able to create teams with super heroes and villains including Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Thor.

The video embedded above offers fans glimpses of gameplay featuring Wolverine, The Hulk, and The Punisher—what do you think? A release date has been scheduled for December 2014.

Archie Comics & Dark Horse Comics Partner Up For ‘Archie Meets Predator’

Archie Meets PredatorArchie Comics and Dark Horse Comics are partnering together for a crossover project called Archie Meets Predator. The two companies made this announcement at New York Comic Con.

Writer Alex de Campi will pen the story. Artist Fernando Ruiz will create the illustrations. A publication date has been scheduled for Spring 2015.

Here’s more from the press release: “Archie and friends hit Costa Rica for spring break, where party and beach games soon get replaced by the most dangerous game! What mysterious attraction does the gang hold for the trophy-collecting Predator, and will the kids even realize they’re in danger before it claims them all?”

3 Tips for Creative Graphic Novels Aimed at Young Readers

1375892_10152036421120579_1041237056_nAt New York Comic Con, a group of comics creators shared advice during the “Creating Graphic Novels for Kids” panel.

The panelists included Andrew Arnold, Alexis Frederick-Frost, Dave Roman, James L. Barry, Jimmy Gownley, Paul Pope, and Chris Duffy.

Below, we’ve rounded up three handy tips from the discussion…

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Marvel Universe LIVE! to Start Touring in 2014

Marvel has partnered with Feld Entertainment, a production company, to conceive and develop the “Marvel Universe LIVE!” arena show. Marvel made the announcement at New York Comic Con.

The traveling show will kick off in July 2014, complete with pyrotechnics and martial arts performances. The video embedded above features a teaser trailer–what do you think? Here’s more from the press release:

“Marvel Universe LIVE! will bring Marvel’s most iconic heroes and fearsome villains to life like never before during a live-action arena spectacular that will tour 85 North American cities in its first two years. Officially kicking off in July 2014, Marvel Universe LIVE! will redefine the live show experience by integrating a Marvel character driven story with state-of-the-art special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts and countless other show elements.”

Jonathan Maberry Inks Deal with Dark Horse Comics

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Stoker Award-winning writer Jonathan Maberry has landed a deal with Dark Horse Comics for five-issue mini-series, Bad Blood.

Tyler Crook, an Eisner Award winner, will do the artwork. The announcement, made during New York Comic Con, revealed that the first installment will be released on January 01, 2014. Maberry gave this statement in the press release:

Bad Blood tells the story of Trick, a teenage slacker on the losing side of a fight with cancer. When he’s attacked by a vampire, he figures it’s game over. Except that the chemo drugs in Trick’s blood poison the vampire. As punishment, the vampires begin slaughtering everyone Trick loves. So he goes hunting for the vamps to try to destroy them.

 

Is the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo a Superhero?

Would you consider Lisbeth Salander (a.k.a. the girl with the dragon tattoo) a superhero?

At New York Comic Con this year, a panel of veteran comic book writers and editors debated this topic; the panelists included Tom DeFalco (Marvel), Danny Fingeroth (Marvel), Paul Levitz (DC) , and Denny O’Neil (DC, Marvel). Psychologist Robin Rosenberg, editor of  The Psychology of Superheroes and The Psychology of the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, acted as the moderator.

The panelists all agreed that the definition of a superhero is difficult to pin down. However, they discussed two particular qualities that many superheroes possess: a heroic role heroic and abilities that go beyond what humans are realistically capable of.

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