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‘Cul de Sac’ creator Richard Thompson passes away

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Cartoonist Richard Thompson, creator of the all-too-brief but much-acclaimed comic strip “Cul de Sac,” died Wednesday from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was 58.

While Thompson’s colleagues hailed “Cul de Sac” as a last flicker of greatness in a dying medium, Thompson himself will be remembered for the grace and humor with which he faced his disease — and the way it drew the cartooning community around him.

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‘4 Kids Walk Into a Bank’ HeroesCon variant to benefit Equality NC


It’s a classic ethical dilemma: Is it better to boycott a state — in this case, North Carolina — for a discriminatory law or support those who are fighting it? Matthew Rosenberg and Tyler Boss, creators of the new series 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank, decided to take the second route.

They’ll attend HeroesCon this weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina, where they’ll sell a limited edition of 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #1, featuring a cover by Josh Hixson, with proceeds going to benefit Equality NC.

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‘Assassination Classroom’s’ Yusei Matsui to appear at NYCC

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Assassination Classroom, Vol. 1

Yusei Matsui, creator of the hit sci-fi comedy manga “Assassination Classroom,” will appear in October at New York Comic Con for a series of events and autograph sessions.

Published in North America by Viz Media, the action-packed series debuted in 2012 in Japan, telling the story of a class of misfits determined to kill their new teacher — an alien octopus with bizarre powers who has just destroyed the moon and will do the same to Earth … unless his students can stop him. Making the scenario even more complicated, it turns out he’s the best teacher they’ve ever had.

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Greg Capullo meets Bruce Timm in amazing gallery of New 52/Animated Series mash-ups


Last week, fans said goodbye (for now) to Batman artist Greg Capullo who after completing nearly 50-issues of the Dark Knight’s flagship series walked away as a key part of the most productive, longest-running DC Comics’ New 52 creative team.

But one internet artist in particular gave Capullo a particularly animated goodbye over the past several weeks. As part of his Instagram feed, illustrator Rick Celis created an homage to each of Capullo’s 47 Batman covers in the style of Bruce Timm and company’s classic Batman: The Animated Series cartoon.

The mash-up not only revisited the designs and illustrations of Scott Snyder’s partner in crime. It also reveled in an insane level of detail to connect the New 52 and animated takes on Batman’s world. From Mark Hamill’s Joker putting on the freaky “Death of the Family” skin mask to the jawline of Timm’s Commissioner Gordon showing up for the “Superheavy” era to an all-star animated Justice League, Celis nailed the little details of the entire project. Check out the artist’s full gallery of cover homages after the jump.

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GoFundMe campaign launched to help ‘Max Overacts’ creator

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Caanan Grall put his webcomic Max Overacts on hiatus, and canceled his Patreon, at the end of last year due to a health problems, which was revealed earlier this month to be a brain tumor. With Grall facing surgery next month to remove the tumor, his sister-in-law has started a GoFundMe campaign to help the creator and his family through the post-operative period.

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This Iron Man bike up for sale looks like it was made by Stark Industries


Colorist Frank D’Armata is selling a pretty sweet custom Iron Man bike for only $2,000.

The creator, who has done work on several Marvel titles as of late — including “Captain America: Sam Wilson” and “Inhumans: Attilan Rising” — wrote the following post on Facebook, advertising his Iron Man Tribute Aprilia Atlantic 200 up for sale:

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‘Deadpool & Cable’s’ Reilly Brown needs some help after fire

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Deadpool & Cable: Split Second artist Reilly Brown could use a little help.

A week that began “amazingly” with the birth of his son William, which was followed by the premiere of the Deadpool movie, ended terribly, as a fire broke out Feb. 13 in Hoboken, New Jersey, and spread from building to building. Thankfully, no one was injured in the blaze, but Brown, his wife Shawna and their newborn child, along with the other residents of their apartment building, were forced to evacuate. The smoke and water damage to Brown’s apartment was extensive, and he says it will be months before his family can return.

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French Minister of Culture honors eight creators


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Eight creators were named last week as Knights of France’s Order of Arts and Letters in recognition of their contributions to arts and literature.

Fleur Pellerin, the French Minister of Culture, made the announcement Thursday at the opening night of the Angouleme International Comics Festival. The creators are: Julie Maroh, Chloé Cruchaudet, Aurélie Neyret, Tanxxx, Marguerite Abouet, Christophe Blain, Mathieu Sapi, and Riad Sattouf.

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Stan Lee reveals the extent of his failing eyesight

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Legendary writer and editor Stan Lee, who turned 93 just two weeks ago, revealed his vision has declined to the point that he can no longer read the adventures of the superheroes he helped to create.

“My eyesight has gotten terrible and I can’t read comic books any more,” he told Radio Times. “The print is too small. Not only a comic book, but I can’t read the newspaper or a novel or anything. I miss reading 100 percent. It’s my biggest miss in the world.”

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What would Ms. Marvel say to Trump? Sana Amanat has an idea


Considering that Kamala Khan, the Pakistani-American teen better known as Ms. Marvel, lives just over the river from Donald Trump, there’s a chance the two could someday cross paths, at least in the Marvel Universe. If that happened, what might the young superhero say to the Republican presidential frontrunner, who’s made so many controversial statements about Muslims and immigrants.

That’s what Seth Meyers asked Sana Amanat during her appearance this week on “Late Night,” and Kamala’s co-creator had an answer at the ready.

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Gene Luen Yang named ambassador for young people’s literature

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The Library of Congress has named acclaimed cartoonist Gene Luen Yang as its national ambassador for young people’s literature. It marks the first time a graphic novelist has been selected since the position was established in 2008.

A two-time National Book Award finalist, he is perhaps best known for his graphic novels American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints, and for his work on Dark Horse’s Avatar: The Last Airbender. Yang, who’s won a Los Angeles Times Book Prize and two Eisner Awards, began writing DC Comics’ Superman in June.

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Happy 93rd birthday to Stan Lee


Legendary writer and editor Stan Lee, who alongside such collaborators as Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Bill Everett, Larry Lieber and Don Heck forged the Marvel Universe, turns 93 years old today.

To celebrate the anniversary of Lee’s birth, we once again gather some of our favorite photos of the Man taken over the past five decades or so, some by himself, others with the likes of KISS, Lou Ferrigno, Chuck Norris, Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk. Oh, and one in which Lee is wearing nothing but a copy of Batman vs. The Incredible Hulk … and a smile.

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Fundraiser launches for Moon Knight co-creator Don Perlin post-cranial surgery


Clifford Meth has launched a GoFundMe campaign in an effort to raise funds for “Moon Knight” co-creator Don Perlin, who suffered severe cranial injuries this week.

Perlin recently had surgery to treat the injuries, and had a titanium plate put in his head to stop internal bleeding. He’s currently recovering in rehab.

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Julia Wertz goes time traveling in New York

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Julia Wertz, creator of the wry graphic memoirs The Fart Party, Drinking at the Movies and The Infinite Wait, has turned her hand to a different sort of subject matter: little-known aspects of the history of New York City.

The comics run in The New Yorker under the title “N.Y.C. Mystery History Hour,” and the subjects so far include Fiorello LaGuardia’s ban on pinball machines, the story of Bottle Beach in Dead Horse Bay, the fate of the uniquely designed lampposts made for the 1964-45 World’s Fair and, most recently, the Hess Spite Triangle. She has also done a fascinating then-and-now piece on the theaters of Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

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George Pérez shares ‘Star Wars’ art you’ve (probably) never seen


Legendary comics artist George Pérez — known for his landmark work on “The Avengers,” “The New Teen Titans,” and “Wonder Woman,” among many other series — unearthed some of his rarely seen “Star Wars” art — and of the three pieces, only one was actually published.

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