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Stan Lee Shares Children’s Book Writing Advice

The legendary comic book creator Stan Lee recently founded his own children’s book imprint with 1821 Comics and Terry Dougas (pictured, with Lee).

Stan Lee’s Kid’s Universe introduces a host of new storybook characters and brings Lee’s comic book legacy to a new generation of readers. We caught up with Lee for an email interview, getting his advice about creating the best books for kids. He shared these essential elements:

Colors and fun characters are essential in capturing children’s attention and sparking their imagination. Then, a creative story that takes these characters on an exciting, educational journey to make children care about these characters and engage them on a deeper level.

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How the Amazing Spider-Man Should’ve Ended Animated Spoof

Do you agree with the way director Marc Webb and his screenwriting team ended The Amazing Spider-Man? For those who feel dissatisfied, the “How It Should Have Ended” (HISHE) YouTube web series has just released its latest animated spoof, How the Amazing Spider-Man Should’ve Ended.

We’ve embedded the entire spoof video above–what do you think? HISHE co-creators Daniel Baxter and Tina Alexander drew ideas from the 16,000 fan comments they received concerning this project. Perhaps the filmmakers behind The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will consult this video for the sequel.

Here’s more from the release: “The video features a special guest appearance by Stan Lee, the former publisher of Marvel Comics and co-creator of Spider-ManThe Incredible HulkX-MenFantastic FourIron Man and most recently the star of his very own YouTube channel, Stan Lee’s World of Heroes…’How The Amazing Spider-Man Should Have Ended’ launches at a time of accelerating growth for the HISHE franchise. The HISHE YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/HISHEdotcom, recently surpassed one million subscribers, putting them in the prestigious ‘Top 100 Most Subscribed’ of YouTube’s millions of channels.”

Stan Lee Hosts Photo Caption-Writing Contest

Comics legend Stan Lee is hosting a caption-writing contest on Facebook.

Write a snappy caption for this artistic rendition of Stan Lee as a ”Mission Commander” (pictured) and post it as a comment at this link. Lee will personally pick the winning submission. No official reward has been revealed, but a “special prize or two” could possibly be given out.

This contest promotes a new project developed by mobile entertainment publisher Moonshark and Stan Lee called “Verticus.” This superhero action-adventure game is available on iOS-supported devices (i.e. iPads). Follow this link to learn about the full details of this contest.

The First Comic Book Style Press Release We’ve Ever Received

Instead of sending out a boiler-plate press release about his new book, author Rob Salkowitz tapped a great comic book artist to create the first illustrated press release this GalleyCat editor has ever received (complete with a comic blurb from Stan Lee.

We’ve embedded the release for Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture above–how does it compare to your average text-based release? Click here if you want to see a full-size version of the release.

Here’s more from his publisher: “What better way to illustrate a visually-driven business – the business of comics – than with a comic-style press release?  … Salkowitz turned to Eisner Award-winning veteran comics illustrator Steve Lieber to craft a four-color one-sheet, which explains the book in the classic comic vernacular, complete with comic book font, eye-popping colors, and even the head of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.”

New York City Comic Con News Round-Up for 2011

Over the weekend, New York Comic Con celebrated comic books and entertainment. It was jam-packed with events, panels, and screenings. This GalleyCat correspondent brought back some news from the show.

1. At the Legendary Comics panel, Frank Miller confirmed that he will publish new Sin City comics with Dark Horse Comics.

2. Archaia Entertainment editor-in-chief Stephen Christy described the graphic novel adaptation of Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl‘s screenplay A Tale of Sand as “Alice in Wonderland meets 127 Hours if directed by Jim Henson.” The graphic novel will be released this December.

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Stan Lee Launches New Kids Imprint

The legendary Stan Lee has teamed up with publisher 1821 Comics to launch a new multi-platform imprint for children called “Stan Lee’s Kids Universe.”

At the New York Comic Con presentation, Lee (pictured with Terry Douglas) explained: “Our main purpose is we feel that there aren’t enough comic books or books for kids that really hit the target, that gives them excitement and humor together and are filled with surprises. We have a whole new group of new characters that the kids can call their own, just as the teenagers called Spider-Man their own so many years ago.”

The imprint’s inaugural list consists of six projects; five books and an interactive game for the iPhone and iPad. The first two books, Monsters vs. Kittens and Once Upon a Time, were both created by Dani Jones and they will be released in Spring 2012.

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Stan Lee, Yoshiki, & Todd McFarlane to Unveil ‘Blood Red Dragon’ Comic at Comic-Con 2011

The first issue of the comic book series Blood Red Dragon will be unveiled at Comic-Con International on Thursday, July 21st. This project features the collaborative efforts of Spider-Man comics creator Stan Lee, Japanese rock star Yoshiki (of the band X Japan), and Spawn comics creator Todd McFarlane.

GalleyCat reported back in October 201o when Lee and Yoshiki personally announced this project at New York Comic Con. Lee explained that the project would be a “motion comic,” which he described as “more than a comic, but less than an animated film. It’s somewhere in between.” The series is being published by Todd McFarlane Productions.

Here’s more from the release: “[The comic] focuses on the origin of an ancient and benevolent force, locked in an epic battle with the dark armies of Oblivion. Creative expression and destiny collide, as once in a generation an individual is born with the potential to unlock the awesome might of the Blood Red Dragon, thus channeling a power beyond comprehension and assuming the mantle of Earth’s protector.”

New York Comic Con Random News Round-Up

New York Comic Con took place over the course of a 3-day weekend and was jam-packed with events, panels, and screenings. This GalleyCat correspondent perked her ears for bits of news throughout the convention:

1.  R&B artist Ne-Yo received the support of comic book legend Stan Lee for a comic he created and wrote entitled Libra Scale.

2. As we noted, The Archie series’ first gay character, Kevin Keller will have his own stand alone 4-book series. His debut appearance in Veronica issue #202 demanded for a re-printing and it was only released on September 1st 2010.

3. Melissa de la CruzBlue Bloods will be adapted into graphic novel format and published by Disney’s Hyperion. Editor Christian Trimmer jokingly said, “Blue Bloods is ‘Gossip Girl‘ meets ‘Twilight.’”

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Stan Lee to Collaborate with Japanese Rock Star

Comic book legend Stan Lee announced at New York Comic Con that he will be collaborating with Japanese icon, Yoshiki. Lee explained: “This absolutely great musician has agreed to do some work with me. We’re going to do a motion comic together. He going to do the music. I’m going to do whatever else needs to be done.” The project is planned for a 2011 release.

Yoshiki co-founded and plays in the 5-man Japanese rock band, X Japan. He serves as the primary songwriter. He also performs both drums and piano. The group has played to sold out shows at the 50,000 seat Tokyo Dome 18 times.

After exchanging salutations, hugs, and bows, the two media personalities sat down to answer some questions about the forthcoming collaboration. To clarify, Lee defined a “motion comic” as “more than a comic, but less than an animated film. It’s somewhere in between.” The superhero will be modeled after Yoshiki and he will possess a “very unique super power.” Lee credits Yoshiki with conceiving of the original story idea and Lee himself asked the Japanese musician how he came up with it. Yoshiki answered, “I am a superhero anyway.”

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The $100,000 Comic Book

stanlee.jpgThe very first issue of X-Men #1–sold for $101,000 at a Missouri rare comic book auction–apparently setting a world record for comic book pricing.

The 1963 comic was penned by Stan Lee and drawn by Jack Kirby. According to Digital Spy, the auction sold 3,000 comics for more than one million dollars, auctioning off an epic collection of comics inherited by an anonymous relative of a deceased comic book collector.

Here’s more from the article: “According to Tina Weiman of Mound City Auctions, it is unknown whether the original owner knew how much the comics are worth. ‘I don’t think he necessarily knew the value of them,’ she said. ‘I don’t know when he looked at them last. I know that that were pulled out from underneath the basement steps.’”