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Best of 7 | ‘Multiversity,’ ‘Project Superpowers’ and more

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Welcome to Best of 7, where we talk about “The best in comics from the last seven days” — which could be anything from an exciting piece of news to a cool publisher’s announcement to an awesome comic that came out. So let’s take a look at the last seven days in comics …

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WonderCon | Dark Horse to publish ‘Venture Bros.’ art book

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In addition to all the comics they publish, Dark Horse has put out some pretty nice hardcover art books over the past few years, for properties like The Legend of Korra, Mass Effect, Dragon Age and The Legend of Zelda, to name a few. And coming this fall, you can add the popular Adult Swim series The Venture Bros. to the list.

According to the press release, the coffee table book will include original artwork, character designs, storyboards, painted backgrounds and props from the show, with commentary on the development of the series from co-creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer. Comedian Patton Oswalt will write the foreword.

The Venture Bros. debuted as a part of the Cartoon Network’s late-night Adult Swim block in 2003, and five seasons have run to date. Season six will reportedly start in the fall or early 2015.

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WonderCon | ‘X-Files: Year Zero’ reveals origin of X-Files unit

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Karl Kesel, Vic Malhotra and Greg Scott are teaming up to tell the secret origins of the X-Files. The X-Files: Year Zero, a five-issue miniseries debuting in July, will see Agents Scully and Mulder tackling a mystery that dates back to the 1940s and the beginning of the FBI’s X-Files unit.

“The origins of the X-Files unit of the FBI were only hinted at in the TV show, and we’re proud to present the story of how the precursors of our favorite paranormal agents established the division in the late 1940s,” said editor Denton J. Tipton in a press release. “I think Bing and Millie will become fan-favorites alongside Mulder, Scully, Reyes and Doggett.”

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Liefeld, Piskor recruited for ‘Transformers vs. G.I. Joe’ covers

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While looking for some art earlier I can across something cool — artist Tom Scioli, who is hard at work on IDW’s Transformers vs. G.I. Joe comic, posted some alternate covers for the project from Rob Liefeld (Youngblood) and Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree) on his Tumblr.

“I can’t believe they’re letting us do this,” John Barber, who is writing the project, said yesterday at WonderCon. “It’s coming from a real pure place. The storytelling is crazy innovative, pure sci-fi, army cosmic clash between Earth and alien invaders. The Free Comic Book Day story on May 3, the Joes are engaging in a final showdown with Cobra and that’s right when Starscream shows up pursuing Bumblebee, that’s when things get out of hand. It’s so much fun. I’ve been a fan of Joes and Transformers since I was able to read.”

Check them out below. The comic kicks off this summer.

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Shelf Porn straight from the silver screen

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Welcome to a different kind of Shelf Porn, as today Eric shares his home office filled with all sorts of cool movie items, masks, toys and, of course, some comics. “My philosophy on collecting has always been to surround yourself with things that speak to you and pull particular feelings out of you,” Eric said. “Whenever possible, I try to find cheaper items and improve upon them, and this has also become a fun part of the hobby.”

If you’d like to share your collection with us, you can find details on how to do that at the end of this post.

And now here’s Eric …

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WonderCon | ‘Doberman’ takes a bite out of crime in July

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Darby Pop, Jeff Kline’s comic imprint that’s distributed by IDW, announced today plans to publish Doberman, the story of a former bad-boy cop who rejoins the force in a quest for vengeance.

“From the minds” of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Unsupervised producers Rob Rosell and Scott Marder, with writer Jack Lambert and artist Brandon McKinney, the humorous comic will make its debut this July.

“Doberman is the tale of a roundhouse-kicking, beer-shotgunning, Dodge Stealth-driving badass with a badge, shamed into years of personal exile. But, now he’s back, with only one thing on his mind — revenge!” Lambert said in a press release. “Simply put, if Sylvester Stallone, Steven Seagal, and Jean-Claude Van Damme had a child, Frank Doberano (aka Doberman) would be that bastard’s name.”

Check out the full cover by Bernard Chang below.

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Natalie Nourigat makes a good case for global travel

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If you’ve ever wanted to travel abroad but were afraid something bad might happen, A Boy & A Girl artist Natalie Nourigat makes the case for just going for it in her webcomic Home Is Where The Internet Is.

Over the past year Nourigat has shared both comic strips and blog posts about her travels through Europe, but this latest strip stands out as less of a travelogue and more of a motivational speech.

“For most of my life, my everyday choices were based on the assumption that I could not trust other people,” she wrote. “I thought it was my job to foresee and prevent all harms from befalling me.” As she got older, though, she said she accepted two simple facts: everybody dies, and “I would like to live a little first.”

It’s a great strip, and if you’ve ever thought twice about international travel, it might make you think a third time.


Pennsylvania retailer seeks donations for charity auction

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Wade Shaw, owner of Wade’s Comic Madness in Levittown, Pennsylvania, is looking for donations for an auction to benefit one of his customers.

“Our longtime customer and friend Mike Pacenski is going through a terrible situation, as his 6-month-old daughter Willa has been diagnosed with leukemia,” he said in an email to CBR. “To assist with their mounting bills, on May 3 we will be running silent auctions, raffling prize baskets and selling ‘Team Willa’ wristbands all day, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the family.”

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Best of 7 | Colbert and comics, Kaare Andrews returns and more

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Welcome to Best of 7, where we talk about “The best in comics from the last seven days” — which could be anything from an exciting piece of news to a cool publisher’s announcement to an awesome comic that came out. So get ready to fly really, really fast as we reverse the Earth’s orbit and head back for a look at the last seven days in comics …

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‘Young Avengers’ takes home a GLAAD Media Award

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Marvel’s latest Young Avengers series by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie has won a GLAAD Media Award for “Outstanding Comic Book.” The awards were presented last night in Los Angeles.

Young Avengers, which featured Loki, Miss America, Marvel Boy, Kate Bishop/Hawkeye and the homosexual couple Wiccan and Hulkling, wrapped up with its 15th issue in January. In addition to Gillen and McKelvie, other creators who worked on the book include Mike Norton, Kris Anka, Stephen Thompson, Becky Cloonan, Ming Doyle, Joe Quinones, Matthew Wilson, Jordie Bellaire, Maris Wicks, Lee Loughridge, Clayton Cowles, Lauren Sankovitch and Jake Thomas.

The awards honor outstanding portrayals of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities in various media. Other nominees this year included Batwoman, which won two years ago; The Fearless Defenders; Husbands and Life With Archie. The original Young Avengers series won in 2006, while Avengers: The Children’s Crusade was nominated in 2011 and 2012, and Young Avengers Presents in 2009.

You can find a complete list of winners on the GLAAD site.

Can drones deliver my comics? Six thoughts on the Amazon/comiXology deal

amazon-ology-2-700e4In case you missed it, Amazon announced last Thursday their intent to buy the popular digital comics provider comiXology. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of this year, and terms were not disclosed.

Maybe this explains why my Prime membership went up in price? OK, probably not. But this is a major shift for the industry, as the biggest seller of digital comics will be owned by a mega Internet company. It’s really too soon to know exactly what this will all mean, but here are a few thoughts I’ve had after shifting through the announcement and some of the reactions to it.

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Comics, statues and more in this edition of Shelf Porn

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Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, our weekly look at one fan’s collection. Today’s shelves come from Joseph in Parts Unknown, who shares his collection of comics and more.

If you’d like to see your collection here, you can find instructions on how to submit it at the end of this post.

And now here’s Joseph …

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Strange amnesia, talking severed heads populate ‘The Amateurs’

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What if you woke up one morning and completely forgot how to do your job? That would be bad, especially if your job is butchering animals. Courtesy of our friends at Fantagraphics, we’re pleased to share a preview of The Amateurs, the debut graphic novella by Conor Stechschulte. I should warn you that the preview is NSFW, as it’s a bit gruesome.

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Powell to show ‘March Book Two’ pages at SPACE this weekend

MARCH2001small-150Fans attending this weekend’s SPACE, the long-running small press show in Columbus, Ohio, will have the first opportunity to see some of artist Nate Powell’s work on the forthcoming March Book Two.

March Book Two, as you can probably guess, is the followup to March Book One, and is written by Rep. John Lewis and Andrew Aydin. The well-received graphic novel, published by Top Shelf, is Lewis’ memoir of the civil rights movement. According to the creator, “Original pages from the forthcoming March: Book Two will be unveiled for the first time ever, and will be on exhibit near my table all weekend.”

Powell will also give a presentation about his upcoming projects on Saturay at 3 p.m., which include Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero, a collection of comics called You Don’t Say, a new printing of Swallow Me Whole, an early look at his next solo book and “collaborations with acclaimed writers Scott Snyder and Van Jensen.”

In addition to Powell, SPACE will also host a ton of creators from the Midwest and beyond, including Matt Feazell, Ryan Claytor, Jimmy Gownley, John Porcellino, Carol Tyler and many more. Find the complete list here.

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Who was that furry lawyer in the back of ‘Shutter’ #1?

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If you bought Shutter #1 this week by Joe Keatinge and Leila del Duca — and you should, if you haven’t yet — then you probably noticed the return of a certain orange-and-black-stripped attorney — Tiger Lawyer!

Created by Ryan Ferrier, Tiger Lawyer has starred in a couple of self-published comics and also ran as a back-up in a previous Joe Keatinge comic, Hell Yeah. Ferrier created the character with the idea that he could use him all sorts of different situations and genres, and work with a variety of artists.

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