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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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‘The Peanuts Movie’ video spotlights Charles Schulz’s legacy

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The legacy of legendary cartoonist Charles M. Schulz is brought into focus in a new featurette for The Peanuts Movie called “The Art of Dreaming Big.”

“My dad always said, ‘If you read the comic strip you know who I am,” recalls son Craig Schulz, “and you can see that all the characters in the comic strip are really elements of him.”

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Will Sliney proposed to his girlfriend with this touching comic

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When Spider-Man 2099 artist Will Sliney decided to propose to girlfriend Laura O’Callaghan last week, he went with what he knows: comics. But not just any comics.

Gathering friends and family on Sept. 11 for O’Callaghan’s surprise birthday party, Sliney projected onto a large screen a series of heartwarming illustrations that recounted the story of their relationship, complete with rhyming text, from their first meeting to their vacations to an imagined future together, complete with kids.

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‘Key & Peele’ star’s surprising comic book connection is a familial one

KeyR6These days, it’s not uncommon for a celebrity on the PR circuit to drop some hidden comic book connection — usually a piece of childhood fandom meant to earn fanboy cred — but Key & Peele star Keagan Michael Key recently announced a different kind of connection: a familial one.

Appearing on the podcast You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes, the comedian, whose award-winning Comedy Central show just ended its run, revealed that he shares a father with the late legendary comic writer Dwayne McDuffie. Though Key has spoken often in interviews about his family background, it appears the Detroit native has just recently learned about his connection to the Static Shock co-creator, who died in 2011.

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‘Akira’s’ Katsuhiro Otomo creates stunning art for jazz festival

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The Montreux Jazz Festival Japan has unveiled the main visual for its 2015 event, created by none other that acclaimed Akira artist Katsuhiro Otomo.

“I really don’t want to explain my work,” he said, “but since it is going to be held in Tokyo, I was strongly aware of the image of Japan.” The art will appear on posters and merchandise for the festival, held for 12 days in October in Tokyo; it’s tied to the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the second-largest jazz festival in the world.

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Pay what you want for Neil Gaiman rarities, and help CBLDF

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Here’s a chance to get your hands on some rare Neil Gaiman work and support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. OK, maybe not “hands,” because it’s all digital …

The bestselling author has teamed with Humble Bundle for the appropriately titled “Neil Gaiman Rarities” bundle, featuring a range of books from early in his career, including his debut book, Duran Duran: The First Four Years of the Fab Five, from his days as a journalist.

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Veteran comic book inker Bob Wiacek in need of help

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Veteran comic book inker Bob Wiacek — who worked on such titles as Marvel’s “Uncanny X-Men” with John Romita Jr., Walter Simonson on “X-Factor” and George Pérez on DC Comics’ “Brave and the Bold” — recently suffered an injury from a bad fall, causing him to lose more than a week’s worth of work.

Unable to produce as much work as he normally does, the comic creator has launched a GoFundMe page and reached out to fans, asking for some financial assistance.

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Hear Jack Kirby and Stan Lee reminisce, clash 28 years ago today

LeeToday marks the 98th anniversary of the birth of Jack Kirby, King of Comics. And all corners of the comics internet are celebrating the contributions of the most legendary artist in the history of the medium (see CBR’s gathering of 98 mind-blowing Kirby images or Comics Should Be Good’s artist tribute for starters).

But the birth of Kirby also marks another strange anniversary for comics historians as 28 years ago today, the artist and his longtime Marve collaborator Stan Lee had one of their very few public arguments about what went in to the creation of the Marvel Universe.

In 1987, Kirby celebrated his 70th birthday with an interview on “Earthwatch” — a cultural program on New York City public radio station WBAI. During the broadcast, hosts Robert Knight, Warren Reece and Max Schmid asked Kirby about a range of fan topics from the origins of the Red Skull and the Cosmic Cube to comics perceived readership in the Golden Age and beyond. But the journalists pulled a somewhat stunning “Gotcha” move on their guest by asking him about the legend of the Marvel Bullpen before inviting Lee on as a caller.

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How to get an autograph from ‘Naruto’s’ Masashi Kishimoto at NYCC

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If you’re among the thousands of Naruto fans hoping to get Masashi Kishimoto’s autograph during his appearances in October at New York Comic Con and New York Super Week, Viz Media has announced what you’ll have to do.

In his first-ever appearance in the United States, Kishimoto will participate in two convention panels, on Oct. 8 and Oct. 10, and two signing sessions, on Oct. 9 and Oct. 10.

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Cleveland Heights honors late writer with Harvey Pekar Park

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The late writer Harvey Pekar, often called Cleveland’s unofficial poet laureate, was celebrated Saturday in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, with the dedication of a park in his name.

Located at the northwest corner Coventry Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard, Harvey Pekar Park was welcomed with a comic festival, jazz music, storytelling and an outdoor screening of American Splendor, featuring an introduction by the writer’s widow Joyce Brabner.

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‘Black Lightning’ creator Tony Isabella & DC Comics reconcile

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In an era where the creator’s rights conversation is as loud as its ever been in comics, this week saw some surprising news quietly slip out onto the web: Black Lightning creator Tony Isabella and DC Comics have taken the first steps towards reconciling a very contentious relationship.

The writer has long contended he’s the sole creator of DC’s first black superhero to star in a solo series as the character wasn’t introduced under a work-for-hire agreement but rather a partnership between he and DC. It was only after Isabella sought to buy out the publisher’s interest in the character following the cancellation of that first series in 1978 that he says DC declared artist Trevor Von Eeden as Black Lightning’s co-creator.

While Isabella did some later work with the publisher — most notably the first nine issues of a 13-issue Black Lightning revival in 1995 — he’s spent the majority of the past two decades being very vocal about his discontent with the publisher and their treatment of him. Most recently, the writer spoke out against DC’s choice to revive and redesign the hero as part of the New 52 initiative.

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Stan Lee celebrates James Cameron’s ‘Spider-Man’ movie in Bullpen Bulletin from 1991

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Marvel movies sure have come a long, long way. We’re currently on the brink of a third incarnation of Spider-Man on the big screen. If things had played out a little differently, however, it could have been the fourth.

Back in the early 1990s, Carolco Pictures came incredibly close to producing a Spider-Man film that was written, directed, and produced by none other than James Cameron. In the end, financial and legal troubles, among other Hollywood hooha, kept the film from seeing the light of day. Fans have known about this obscure piece of comic film trivia for decades, but new slice of nostalgia recently surfaced via Imgur brings us back to a period of “What If…,” courtesy of Stan Lee himself.

In one of Lee’s classic Stan’s Soapbox pieces from the Bullpen Bulletin section that ran in the back of ’90s comics, Spider-Man’s co-creator sings the joys of signing the deals to bring Cameron onto the film. “So you can take this to the bank, Believer,” writes The Man, “SPIDER-MAN is destined to be the biggest, boldest, baaaaadest block-bustin’ bombshell of a super hero action extravaganza ever to hit the screen!” Well, almost anyway. Read the whole thing above.

Stan Lee hospitalized, but out in time for ‘Ant-Man’ premiere

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Stan Lee was reportedly rushed to the hospital Sunday, but that certainly didn’t stop the 92-year-old from appearing last night at the Hollywood premiere of Ant-Man.

According to TMZ, Lee called 911 Sunday morning, complaining that he didn’t feel well, and was taken from his Hollywood Hills home to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. A representative for Lee wouldn’t confirm the report, but pointed EW.com to the comics legend’s attendance at the movie premiere.

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