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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

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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

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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

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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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‘GeGeGe No Kitaro’ creator Shigeru Mizuki dies at age 93

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Shigeru Mizuki, author of the enduring supernatural manga GeGeGe No Kitaro, which popularized the Japanese spirits known as yōkai, passed away today at age 93.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Mizuki had been hospitalized since Nov. 11, following injuries he sustained when he fell and hit his head at his home in Tokyo.

Long beloved in his own country, Mizuki rose to international attention in 2007 when his NonNonBa became the first manga to be honored as Best Album at the Angouleme International Comics Festival. Drawn and Quarterly began publishing his work in English in 2011, with his searing semi-autobiographical war story Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, which won an Eisner Award; two volumes of Showa, his history of the Showa period, won the 2015 Eisner. His most recent work to be released in English is his biography of Hitler, published earlier this month by Drawn and Quarterly.

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Surprised Stan Lee asks, ‘Is Iceman really gay?’

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Although the revelation that Marvel’s Iceman is gay has been widely covered in the mainstream media, it came as a surprise to the character’s co-creator Stan Lee.

“Is Iceman really gay?,” the 92-year-old writer asked BBC Radio 4 presenter Sarah Montague, who broke the news to him this morning.

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FBI joins investigation into inker Norman Lee’s disappearance

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The FBI has joined the investigation into the disappearance of Norman Lee, the veteran comic book inker who vanished March 5 while snorkeling with his wife in the Cayman Islands.

A spokeswoman for the FBI’s Boston office confirmed to the Weymouth, Massachusetts, Patriot Ledger that the agency is assisting the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, but declined to offer details.

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When Stan Lee met Grumpy Cat, there was much frowning

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When legendary comics creator Stan Lee met Internet phenomenon Grumpy Cat, there was only one way things could go down: with a grump-off. While it’s unclear who emerged the winner (besides us, of course), at least the showdown was captured for posterity.

The encounter occurred over the weekend at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo in Los Angeles, where Grumpy Cat was promoting her multimedia empire (including the new Dynamite comic The Misadventures of Grumpy Cat), and Lee was being, well, Stan Lee.

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Watch: ‘Attack on Titan’s’ Hajime Isayama reveals inspiration, early struggle

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Hajime Isayama, creator of Attack on Titan, talks about how he came up with the idea for the blockbuster manga in a video interview with BBC News — and he reveals he was rejected by so many publishers that when an editor did show interest, he wondered, “What’s wrong with this guy?”

“I was beginning to give up,” recalls the 29-year-old artist, “because there are so many people who want to become manga artists. I didn’t think I could become one of the big ones. […] If I didn’t become a manga artist, maybe I’d have tried to work at an Internet cafe.”

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Bob Kane to receive star on Hollywood Walk of Fame next week

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Batman co-creator Bob Kane will receive the 2,562nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during a ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Held in front of the Guinness World Records Museum, the event will also see Batman presented with the title of “Most Film Adaptations of a Comic Book Character.” Director Zack Snyder and DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee will speak at the ceremony, where the Batmobile from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice will be on display.

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Watch the new trailer for Stan Lee’s graphic memoir

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Stan Lee narrates the trailer for his upcoming graphic memoir Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible, a collaboration with writer Peter David and artist Colleen Doran.

Announced in April, the graphic novel is billed as “the story of how modern comics came to be,” chronicling the life, career and legacy of the co-creator of the Marvel Universe.

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