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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.”

 

Amazon to Acquire comiXology

comicsAmazon has agreed to acquire digital comic book publisher comiXology, in a deal whose terms were not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to close during Q2 2014.

“We have long had the goal of making every person on the planet a comics fan,” wrote David Steinberger, co-founder and CEO of comiXology, on the company’s site. “With Amazon’s help, this crazy goal is more possible than ever before. With the Kindle, Amazon has shown a passion for reinventing the reading experience, just like comiXology has shown for comics and graphic novels.”

comiXology will continue to operate under its name, as a subsidiary of Amazon. The firm will remain in its New York offices. The platform offers digital comic book content from more than 75 comic book publishers.

Final ‘Life with Archie’ Comic to Feature the Death of Archie Andrews

Life with ArchieArchie Comics has announced that protagonist Archie Andrews will die in the final installment of the Life with Archie series.

A release date for this double commemorative issue has been scheduled for July 2014. In issue #36, readers will learn how Archie sacrifices himself to save a friend’s life. In issue #37, the story will detail how the Riverdale gang reacts to this tragic turn of events.

Publisher Jon Goldwater had this statement in the press release: “We’ve been building up to this moment since we launched Life with Archie five years ago, and knew that any book that was telling the story of Archie’s life as an adult had to also show his final moment. Archie has and always will represent the best in all of us—he’s a hero, good-hearted, humble and inherently honorable. This story is going to inspire a wide range of reactions because we all feel so close to Archie.”

Sheryl Sandberg Stars in Comic Book

bluewaterproductionLean In author Sheryl Sandberg will star in a new comic book from Bluewater Productions. The comic is a visual biography about the Facebook Chief Operating Officer titled Female Force: Sheryl Sandberg.

CNET has the exclusive: “The comic, written by Michael Frizell, details both Sandberg’s professional and personal life, from her family to her education to her successful career, which has made her famous within the tech industry.”

The publisher has created dozens of such comic books about the lives of famous people. For example, the company has created books on Chris Christe, Kurt Cobain and Barbara Streisand.

AMC Signs Fourth Season of Comic Book Men

comicbookmenAMC has signed on to produce a fourth season of Kevin Smith’s unscripted reality television series Comic Book Men, along with two other projects.

The Hollywood Reporter has more: “Smith seems like a natural choice in AMC’s current unscripted roster to help expand its alternative offerings. Three seasons in, Comic Book Men averages a very competitive 1 million viewers and a 0.6 rating among adults 18-49 — at the very late hour of midnight. In the key demo, it outperforms cable series like Top Chef, The Americans and the similarly targeted King of the Nerds.”

The reality show is set in a New Jersey comic book store in which regular characters discuss their vast knowledge of comic books.

Kurt Cobain Stars in Comic Book

TributeKurtBluewater Productions has announced that the next issue of the Tribute series will profile legendary rocker Kurt Cobain.

Jayfri Hashim penned the story and created the artwork for this biographic comic. The book will be released on April 2nd to honor the 20th anniversary of Cobain’s passing.

Here’s more from the press release: “Nirvana front man’s life from his early days to his battle with overwhelming fame and the pain he suffers mentally and emotionally. Tortured by success and struggled with an addiction to drugs before his death at the age of 27 twenty years ago.”

Bluewater Productions Publishes Two Projects Inspired By ‘Alice in Wonderland’

wonderlandAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland, one of the world’s most beloved children’s books, has inspired two projects at Bluewater Productions.

The first, an original fiction series called “Queen of Hearts,” stars Wonderland’s infamous monarch. According to the press release, the story in these comics will explore the history “behind one of the most memorable villains in all literature.”

The second, a comic called “Tribute: Lewis Carroll – Author of Alice in Wonderland,” features the life story of the author himself. The publishing house enlisted Michael L. Frizell to write this biography and Mark Stroud to create the art.

Lena Dunham to Pen Archie Comics Story

archie girlsLena Dunham, best known as the lead actress and creator of Girls, will write a four-part mini-series for Archie Comics.

The publisher plans to release the four Dunham issues sometime in 2015. In an interview with Comic Book Resources, chief creative officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa promised that Dunham’s story will be “really, really funny.”

Dunham had this statement in the press release: “I was an avid Archie collector as a child — conventions, first editions that I kept in plastic sleeves, the whole shebang. It has so much cultural significance but also so much personal significance, and to get to play with these beloved characters is a wild creative opportunity.”

New York Comic Con Promoter Launches New Comic Event

reedpopReedPOP, the company that puts on New York Comic Con, is launching a new comic book event called Special Edition: NYC. The first one will be held June 14-15 at Javits Center North.

The event is designed specifically for comic books, as New York Comic Con has grown beyond just comic books. The idea is for fans to connect with comics creators. “This new comic book festival will provide fans the opportunity to connect with artists, socialize with fellow collectors in a unique setting and search for those always hard to find back issues,” explains the press release. “The event is a pure celebration of comic book culture created specifically for die-hard comic book fans, creators and publishers.”

“New York Comic Con has grown to include so much more than comic books – it is the ultimate pop culture event. Special Edition: NYC will give comic book fans an intimate destination to meet with publishers and special guests,” explained Lance Fensterman, Global Senior Vice President of ReedPOP, in a statement. “Its creation is meeting consumer demand for more comic book experiences and builds upon our mission to provide fans of all kinds the very best in experiential events.” Read more

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