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AT&T U-verse releases short film on Toronto’s R.A.I.D. studio

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Making comics is generally a solitary experience, but there are a few pockets of camaraderie that have sprung up where artists share a space and work together. One of the most thriving spaces is Toronto’s R.A.I.D. Short for the Royal Academy of Illustration & Design, it’s where some of today’s top comic artists, including Francis Manapul, Ramón Pérez, Cary Nord and Kalman Andrasofzsky, do a majority of their work — and they’re now the subject of a short documentary film.

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Quote of the Day | Kurt Busiek on writing ‘believable women’

Kurt-Busiek“I’ve never been asked how to write believable male characters. I have been asked how to write believable female characters, as if they’re alien beings or something.

‘How do I write believable women?’ from male writers, is essentially asking how to write characters that are different from you. But all characters are different from you, or should be, unless they’re you. Characters are individuals, not types. If you’re writing them as types, you’re doing it wrong.

All characters are like you in some ways, and not like you in others. How do you write the parts that aren’t like you? Same as you do with any character. You have eyes, ears and a brain. You write from observation, experience, research and analysis.

If you’re writing a woman, you’re not writing a ‘women.’ Write her. That character, that individual. A person, not a category.”

– Kurt Busiek, writing in response to the oft-asked question of “writing believable female characters” posed to comics writers

Take a look at DC Collectibles’ Jae Lee action figure line

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Jae Lee’s work on Superman/Batman has simultaneously been among the most unique and divisive of DC Comics’ New 52. After years working on Marvel’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, Lee’s return to superhero work has found a balance between iconic and creepy; while his style might seem tailor-made for the likes of Batman and Catwoman, his depiction of Superman has been both haunting and boyish in all the various main- and alternate-universe incarnations.

And now, DC is using those designs as the basis for a line of collectible figures.

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Corto Maltese sets sail with new story by ‘Blacksad’ writer

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Corto Maltese is one of the most prized series and characters in European comics, and now he’s coming back.

The comic’s longtime publisher Casterman has announced the October 2015 release of the first new Corto Maltese story in 25 years. As creator Hugo Platt passed away in 1995, Blacksad writer Juan Diaz Canales will be joined by artist Ruben Pellejero for the new story. There’s no word word whether this will be serialized or published as a standalone book, but Casterman promises it will be released simultaneously in Europe in French, Spanish, Italian and Dutch. What about English-speaking audiences? Well, that’s another story.

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Nate Simpson resurfaces with video game, ‘Nonplayer’ update

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Cartoonist Nate Simpson burst into comics in 2011 with his Image Comics series Nonplayer. He won the prestigious Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award just three months later, sold the film rights to he comic, and then unfortunately broke is collarbone. Now, three years later, he’s back — but not how you might think.

Simpson, who resumed his career in video games, announced on his blog that he created a new game for Uber Entertainment called Human Resources, on which he’s serving as art director.

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‘Die Hard’ meets Disneyland in ‘Ricky Rouse Has a Gun’

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What if terrorists took over a theme park, and the only onwho could save you was one of the park’s costumed mascots? That’s the story of the recently released graphic novel Ricky Rouse Has a Gun by writer/director Jörg Tittel and artist John Aggs. Using thinly veiled versions of Disney’s mascot and a host of other media properties to to populate their theme park, Tittel and Aggs aren’t only making an action story, they’re critiquing corporate consumerism.

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Sword & sorcery & stoners in ‘King Maul’

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Artist Zak Kinsalla says his new webcomic King Maul, created with former Marvel editor Aubrey Sitterson, is about a “space barbarian,” but I think he means “space” in more ways than one.

Premiering in August, King Maul centers on a savage warrior (named King Maul, of course) who burst out of a portal in space with ominous narrative boxes dubbing him a conqueror, destroyer and creator of an empire. His first battle, with an unnamed green-skinned alien, is less Conan the Barbarian and more WWE Raw — in a good way. In early episodes, fighting is briefly delayed when Maul is offered to smoke a mysterious substance, only to be renewed with his newly established battle cry of “Baaaaaaaaaaallllllssss.”

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Ba and Moon mark project’s completion with unique tradition

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Like most comic creators around the world, celebrated artists Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon work from home. That doesn’t require much in the way of a dress code, but for the past nine years the two brothers have celebrated the completion of major projects with a unique tradition: dressing up.

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Sean Murphy goes old-school arcade with ‘Castlevania’ art

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Sean Murphy is in the middle of drawing his first Image Comics series — a collaboration with Rick Remender called Tokyo Ghost — but he still has time for a side project, especially a fun one. Over the weekend Murphy posted a gorgeous illustration based on the classic video game Castlevania, but it’s not just a pin-up — it’s a piece done to the specifications of a classic stand-up arcade box.

“For fun, I’m going to do a series of pieces that are 23×7 like the marquee of a retro stand-up arcade machine (it’s that plexiglass light at the top),” Murphy writes.

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As Scotland decides its future, a new hero emerges: Scotsman

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The fate of the United Kingdom will be decided in five hours, when the polls close on a referendum that determines whether Scotland will declare independence from England after 307 years. To mark the historic occasion, U.K. digital publisher Eco Comics has introduced an “all-new, all-Scottish” superhero in the form of Scotsman

The Mohawk Media imprint unveiled the character’s design on Wednesday. Eco Comics editor Stuart Buckley told ROBOT 6 that Scotsman will be introduced in the recently launched Englishman series, and a one-shot is already in the works. However, whether he’ll be Englishman’s friend or foe will depend on today’s vote.

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The Holy See gets unholy in ‘Roman Ritual’

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Exorcism has long been staple of horror fiction, whether film, television, comics or prose. But two Spanish creators are dialing up  turning it up a notch by showing a person in need of an exorcism who lives at the Vatican. That’s right, the pope is possessed.

Debuting next week from Amigo Comics, Roman Ritual is a four-issue miniseries by El Torres and Jaime Martinez that sees self-exiled Catholic priest John Brennan summoned to Rome when the Pope becomes possessed. It’s certainly a provocative premise, and Torres and Martinez don’t shy away from it.

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‘Flight’ artist spreads his wings with ‘Jellybots’

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After years of working on anthologies and as a concept artist, Nicholas Kole is looking to make a name for himself … with jelly.

The Rhode Island artist recently launched Jellybots, a webcomic about a boy named Sam who’s enrolled by his family in a prestigious school called the Frontier Academy. Not much else is known about the series, given that it’s just six pages into its run, but the concept material and pin-up art show Sam interacting with supernatural, whimsical and fluid jellyfish.

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New service Comic Cartel thinks outside (and about) the box

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Mail-order comics services have been around for decades, but with the Internet they’ve grown by leaps and bounds. Still, when you put together the words “online” and “comics,” many people naturally think digital, but a new online mail-order business is putting print — and comics as a physical product — squarely into the limelight.

Launched earlier this summer, Comic Cartel has the standard offerings of other online mail-order services, with the ability to shop for individual issues and graphic novels, as well to create subscriptions. But what sets Comics Cartel apart is its attention to detail when it comes to comics as a physical object — one worthy of high care and exceptional packaging.

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80-year-old Art Deco artist primes for his comic debut

dd2641dccf3bc3ed0b03486cd90d525c_largePolish expat Andre Krayewski has had a long and interesting life. Born in 1933 in Stalinist Poland, de Krayeski dreamed of America and jazz music, and he expressed himself through art. With his Art Deco style, he became known in his home country for creating Polish movie posters, and he later moved to America, where he found success in the art scene. He’s best known for creating the 1997 Panasonic Jazz Festival poster, as well as paintings for the New York Film Academy.

The artist put pen to paper and wrote a-semi autobiographic novel titled Skyliner relating his jazz-loving youth in 1950s Poland. And now, at age 80, Krayewski is adapting that work for comics.

Described by his son Ed Krayewski as “a love letter to the American myth,” Skyliner is the story of a Polish teenager coming of age behind the Iron Curtain as the influence of American culture spread around the world. Krayewski adapted his story over the past two years with help from his son while undergoing dialysis treatments.

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Meet comics’ ‘first autistic superhero’

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We’ve seen superheroes with all sorts of abilities, and now a new comic is introducing one hero who uses his own autism to save people.

First mentioned here a year ago, Face Value Comics is now available in comic stores and online, and features a young man named Michael with a keen mathematical mind in a steampunk world. Created by writer Dave Kot and illustrated by Sky Owens, the story and the message of Face Value Comics has struck a chord with its depiction of what’s believed to be the first autistic superhero in comic books.

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