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Kamala Khan and her creators named among ‘kick-ass Muslims’

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Ms. Marvel writer G. Willow Wilson and editor Sana Amanat are in impressive company on BuzzFeed list of “21 Kick-Ass Muslims Who Changed the Narrative in 2014, which includes a Nobel laureate, a religious scholar and an Olympic athlete.

Written by Ahmed Ali Akbar, the rundown singles out not only the duo behind the creation of teenager Kamala Khan, the Pakistani American superhero, but also the character herself.

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Nobody cares about Stan Lee, says Stan Lee

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It’s not easy being Stan Lee, particularly when it feels as if people only like you for your body of work.

“I’m glad people care about Spider-Man and Iron Man and the X-Men and the Hulk and Doctor Strange and all the others,” the legendary creator says in the latest installment of “Stan’s Rants.” “But this burns me up: I’ll meet somebody. ‘Hello, how are you? My name is Stan.’ ‘I’m Joe, that’s fine … Hey, Stan, tell me about Spider-Man.’ Or, ‘Hey, Stan, how come in the latest Iron Man story you did … Stan, how come this happened?’ Nobody ever says to me, ‘Tell me about yourself.’ All they want to know is my characters. How about me? What makes me happy? Did I have a good day, did I have a bad day? What are my hopes, my dreams, my aspirations? Nobody cares!”

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Nate Simpson’s ‘Nonplayer’ #2 gets a cover, likely May release

nonplayer2It turns out that Nate Simpson’s long-awaited Nonplayer #2 is not only finished, it has a tentative release date — and, as you can see at right, a cover.

Following up on last week’s announcement, the artist reveals the issue likely will be listed in Image Comics’ solicitations for May, a little more than four years after the critically acclaimed debut of Nonplayer #1.

In an FAQ posted on his website, beneath the headline “Halley’s Comic Returns,” the artist also elaborates on the factors that led to the lengthy delay between issues (in addition to the previously mentioned shoulder injury, new child and day job, Simpson reveals he also helped to care for his mother, who passed away last year).

“… I ended up having to throw out the original first six pages of #2,” he writes. “They felt like they had been drawn by somebody whose eye was not on the ball, which they were. When I finally shook off the brain-fog and gave the first pages an honest read, it was clear they’d have to be redone. Super bummer. On top of all that, I had contrived to switch from Photoshop to IllustStudio to streamline my pipeline. Not only did it take me a while to get comfortable with the new interface, the work I did with the program felt lifeless because of the way the linework was automatically stabilized. I finally found the right settings to replicate the feel of the first issue, but that took time. And then time ran out.”

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Watch this interview with Mark Gruenwald from 1988

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The now standard “What’s your next big storyline about?” approach to interviewing wasn’t created by the comics Internet. But before news sites existed, those conversations did take longer to reach the public. This weekend, one arrived after a 26-year delay.

Flying Color Comics retailer and Free Comic Book Day founder Joe Field wrote in with a curious discovery from his archives: a video interview conducted with Marvel writer and executive editor Mark Gruenwald at the 1988 Wonderful World of Comics Convention in Oakland, California, a precursor to today’s WonderCon.

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Seth Kushner is returning home for the holidays

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Seth Kushner self-portrait

Diagnosed in April with acute myeloid leukemia, photographer and writer Seth Kushner was able to return home in late September after a seemingly successful bone marrow transplant. But after just 16 days out of the hospital, it was discovered the leukemia had returned; Kushner’s prognosis was grim. However, the writer’s Facebook page was updated Sunday with some welcome good news: Following what they’re now just referring to as “alternative treatment,” and some uncertainty, “there is now no leukemia in my blood.”

“The doctors are saying this is remarkable,” Kushner writes. “I don’t know what the future holds, but for now I feel great and I’m planning on going home on Wednesday. Spending the holidays at home with my family, after spending the better part of the 8 months in a hospital bed, will be a gift.  Thank you all for all your prayers, support and positive thoughts. I have a lot of people to thank, but for now I’ll thank my lovely wife, Terra, without whom I surely would not be here now. I’m still here because she wouldn’t let me go. I feel like the luckiest guy in the world.”

Visit Kushner’s Facebook page to read the full post. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover medical costs not paid by insurance and for his wife and son’s living expenses.

Joshua Dysart heading to Kurdistan for UN project

joshua dysartUnknown Soldier writer Joshua Dysart has announced he’ll be traveling to the troubled Kurdistan region of Iraq to conduct research for a project he’s planning with the United Nations World Food Programme.

“We’ve been plotting to tell some stories about the complexity and necessity of feeding the world’s displaced people in an engaging way,” Dysart writes on his website. “Now we’re finally getting started and soon I’ll be leaving for northern Iraq. There, I’ll begin researching the current situation facing Kurdish refugees fleeing the Syrian conflict and the violent push of the Islamic State.”

The writer spent a month in Acholiland, Uganda, in 2007 to research Unknown Soldier, his Eisner-nominated Vertigo series that recast the classic DC Comics character as Moses Lwanga, a physician who returns to his native country to help the refugees caught up in the Lord’s Resistance Army insurgency.

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Derf Backderf celebrates 11 years well spent

Backderf at the Angouleme International Comics Festival last January

Backderf at the Angouleme International Comics Festival in January

Derf Backderf, author of My Friend Dahmer, has a poignant post on his blog marking the 11th anniversary of the end of his cancer treatment:

On that grey day in November when I walked out of the Radiology Department in the basement of University Hospitals for the final time, I was exhausted, sporting several ghastly scars and missing a few chunks of my body, battered and roasted to a crisp, but happy. I’d made it.

Cancer messes with your head. I always thought I’d live to a ripe old age like my grandfather, who lived to 105 (his brother lived to 108!), but my body started to fall apart at age 35  like a Chevy Vega. On that November 18th, I was determined to make the most out of whatever time I had left.

And he did; in the past 11 years he has completed three graphic novels, including the award-winning My Friend Dahmer, published five minicomics, two webcomics and numerous other works, traveled to France and Belgium, won multiple comics awards, and, on a personal note, watched his children grow up and his parents grow old.

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‘Smile’ creator Raina Telgemeier visits the dentist

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This February will mark five years since the release of Raina Telgemeier‘s Smile, the autobiographical graphic novel about her childhood from sixth grade to high school, partially documented by her orthodontia experience through those years.

Telgemeier’s teeth were forefront in her mind earlier this week as she visited her dentist, taking a couple of pictures while there, which she shared on her Instagram account.

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From Russia with comics love: a look at artist Artyom Trakhanov

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New artists come along in comics seemingly ever week, but among the newest crop one has stood out for me: Russian illustrator Artyom Trakhanov. I discovered Trakhanov from his U.S. debut, the Image miniseries Undertow, but the more I’ve seen about him the more I’ve liked his work.

Since the completion of Undertow (which he describes as “Star Wars underwater”), Trakhanov has been churning out a number of one-off covers, short stories and concept art that have circulated online. Although more issues of Undertow are a possibility, the artist has been working on concept art for a number of other projects, including an enticing-sounding book with Brian Funk titled Enforcer, about gang wars in a city filled with magic. Artyom also has his long-running webcomic Madblade, which he hopes to resume and at some point translate into English.

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Artists to follow on Twitter: Janet K. Lee

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While many creators use Twitter, not all of them do so to such a thorough degree as Janet K. Lee. The artist behind Return of the Dapper Men, Jane Austen’s Emma (for Marvel) and Lost Vegas shares commission pieces as well as works in progress and warmup sketches. Here are a few recent examples.

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Hayao Miyazaki isn’t sure he can finish his samurai manga

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Although we’ve known it’d likely be a long time before we saw Hayao Miyazaki’s samurai manga, the anime legend now concedes he’s become so busy since his retirement that, “I have my doubts as to whether I can finish it or not.”

Miyazaki, who’s being honored Saturday with a Governors Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, told Variety the manga “keeps getting pushed behind other projects. I can’t work on it as much as I’d like to.”

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Are you Stan Lee’s biggest fan? You could win a chance to meet him

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Despite insisting he doesn’t like when people tell him they’re his “biggest fan,” Stan Lee is now searching for just that: his biggest fan. Does he contradict himself? Hey, Stan Lee is larger than life, he contains multitudes.

The 91-year-old creator has partnered with LiveJournal (yes, LiveJournal) to not only launch a blog but also to discover his most devoted follower. “Maybe you have read all my comics, maybe you have collected all of the Stan Lee figurines, or maybe you even have my signature tattooed on your body,” Lee writes. “Whatever it may be, I want to hear it.”

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Film and exhibit show Seth’s real and imaginary worlds

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The Canadian cartoonist simply known as Seth has been the focus of two remarkable events in recent weeks: a documentary, Seth’s Dominion, that just won the grand prize for best animated feature at this year’s Ottawa International Animation Festival, and an exhibit of his model town, Dominion, at the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery in Lethbridge, Alberta.

The film was directed by Luc Chamberland and is a mix of live-action and animation based on Seth’s art. Chamberland described the start of the process in an interview:

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Nathan Edmondson whips up first pages of a Black Widow movie

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Some of the excitement about seeing Captain Marvel, Black Panther and Doctor Strange among Marvel Studios’ Phase 3 plans was tempered in some circles by disappointment over the absence of a Black Widow solo film. That feeling was given voice in a #BlackWidowMovie Twitter campaign, which received support from Nathan Edmondson, writer of Marvel’s Black Widow comic.

However, Edmondson didn’t stop at a mere retweet; instead, he “whipped this up”: the first six pages of a hypothetical Black Widow screenplay. It’s a sequence that’s sure to please fans of the Marvel super-spy (and, judging from Twitter reaction, already has).

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Joe Hill reveals how the Devil is ‘like a superhero’ on ‘Late Night’

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Author and Locke & Key co-creator Joe Hill appeared Monday on Late Night with Seth Meyers to promote the film adaptation of his novel Horns, and to provide another perspective on a perhaps-misunderstood figure: the Devil.

“I feel like he’s got an unfairly bad reputation,” he explains. “[…] I feel like the Devil could be right on the Avengers. He’s like a superhero: He punishes the bad guys, he’s got a cool look — he’s got horns and the red costume. On his very first adventure, he freed two naked prisoners being held in a jungle prison by a megalomaniac, and in the process, he introduces fruit into their diet and sort of taught them about their own sexuality, which I think makes him like a cross between Animal Man and Dr. Ruth. And that’s awesome.”

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