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The CW’s ‘Arrow’ teases Cupid episode with one-page comic

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To help promote tonight’s episode of Arrow, The CW has returned to the series’ roots, with a one-page comic teasing the search for the latest threat to Starling City, Cupid.

Debuting in the closing moments of last week’s episode, where she immediately proved her deadliness, Cupid (aka Carrie Cutter) was introduced in 2009 in DC Comics’ Green Arrow/Black Canary #15, by Andrew Kreisberg and David Baron. Kreisberg of course went on to co-create Arrow and its spinoff The Flash (although he didn’t write tonight’s episode, “Draw Back Your Bow’).

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Iron Man becomes a ‘diabetes hero’ in ‘Early Warnings’

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Iron Man is one busy superhero. After teaming last month with pint-sized heroes Blue Ear and Sapheara to educate about hearing loss and cochlear implants, the Armored Avenger is now turning his attention to childhood diabetes.

Siemens Healthcare and Marvel Custom Solutions have partnered for Iron Man: Early Warnings, an eight-page comic in which Daisy and her elementary-school classmates visit Stark Industries, where Tony Stark unveils the prototype for his newest invention: the Heath-Y-Meter, a device that glows brightest when the wearer’s body is at its healthiest.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ soundtrack is free on Google Play

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Considering the soundtrack has sold more than 540,000 copies, odds are that you already own Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Volume 1. But on the off-chance that you don’t, a digital version is now available for free to U.S. residents on Google Play. Canadians apparently can download it for 99 cents.

The soundtrack will arrive Nov. 28 on cassette from Marvel Music/Hollywood Records, available exclusively at independent retailers associated with Record Store Day. For sale through Dec. 31, each cassette will come with a digital download.

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Comics A.M. | ‘Naruto’ creator looks ahead to next series

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Creators | In an interview to be published in Japan next Friday, Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto says he plans to spend some time with his wife and child, and take a long-delayed honeymoon, before starting his next series. And as he is about to turn 40, he hints that he may not be up for another weekly series. [Anime News Network]

Comic strips | The first color Sunday funnies appeared on Nov. 18, 1894, in Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World. David Shedden observes the 120th anniversary of this innovation with a look back at some popular comic strips and footage of New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia reading the funnies over the radio during the newspaper strike of 1945. [Poynter]

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It’s superheroes vs. game heroes in brutal fight for the Tesseract

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Putting a new spin on the Marvel vs. Capcom formula, this short from CorridorDigital pits superheroes against video game heroes when Minecraft Steve discovers the powerful Tesseract.

“In the hands of mortals, the Tesseract will only cause great harm,” Thor warns — and he turns out to be right, as what follows is a brutal, bloody brawl, involving Captain America, Wolverine, Ash Ketchum, Alyx Vance, Master Chief, the thunder god and, yes, Steve.

Poor Ash didn’t stand a chance, although Steve handles himself surprisingly well …

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Now’s your chance to get Mondo Batman prints inspired by TV

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You didn’t think Mondo was finished with those “75 Years of Batman” prints did you? After the first wave went on sale today, the collectible-art boutique revealed which posters will be available on Wednesday: They’re illustrations inspired by Batman ’66, Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond by Jason Edmiston, Tiny Kitten Teeth, Phantom City Creative, Craig Drake, Gianmarco Magnani and Kilian Eng.

Check out the prints below, and keep an eye on the Mondo Twitter feed on Wednesday for the sale announcement.

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The Star-Lord & Rocket Raccoon hoodies you’ve wanted are here

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ThinkGeek, which already offered Captain America and Winter Soldier hoodies, has added a couple of Guardians of the Galaxy sweatshirts to its lineup.

Seen in July at Comic-Con International, the licensed Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon hoodies mimic the heroes’ costumes; the former comes complete with mask, and the latter with ears (but alas, no tail). They’re $79.99 each, but they might make a pretty good gift for those Guardians fans in your life. Or, y’know, treat yo self.

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DC Entertainment hires new director of publicity

michael shellingDC Entertainment has hired Michael Shelling as director of publicity for publishing, a position left vacant since February, when Alex Segura returned to Archie Comics.

As Newsarama noted, no official announcement has been made, but Shelling revealed on his Facebook page that he’s already working in the publisher’s offices in Burbank, California.

Shelling was most recently public relations manager of Carbine Studios, the Aliso Viejo, California-based division of NCsoft devoted to developing massively multiplayer online games. He previously worked at Sony Online Entertainment, which developed DC Universe Online, among numerous other titles.

DC is expected to complete its move from 1700 Broadway in New York City to 2900 W. Alameda Ave. in Burbank in the spring, with editorial operations joining the film, digital, consumer-products and administrative operations. In 2011, the company signed a 10-year lease for the entire second floor, which amounts to 35,000 square feet of space.

‘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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Shanghai Disney Resort will include ‘Toy Story’ hotel

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New concept art has debuted for the Shanghai Disney Resort, revealing plans for a Toy Story-themed hotel.

Released on Disney Insider, the images provide an overview of the resort, which will include a Magic Kingdom-style theme park, two hotels and a shopping, dining and entertainment district called Disneytown (complete with Walt Disney Grand Theatre).

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Happy 86th birthday, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse

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Eighty-six years ago today, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse made their official debut in “Steamboat Willie,” the 1928 animated short that helped to launch an entertainment empire (their actual first appearance was in a May 1928 test screening of “Plane Crazy”).

To celebrate the occasion, Biography has released a history of Mickey Mouse (sorry, Minnie), highlighting the iconic character’s origins, his 1935 makeover, and his promotional role during World War II.

Disney, meanwhile, sent a rickshaw-driving Mickey on a trip across India for his birthday in a new animated short called “Mickey Mumbai Madness,” which debuted today on Disney Channel India (you can watch it below, along with “Steamboat Willie”).

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Comics A.M. | Charges filed against ‘Hi Score Girl’ creator, others

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Legal | The saga of Hi Score Girl continues this week, with the Osaka Prefectural Police charging creator Rensuke Oshihiri and 15 employees of publisher Square Enix with copyright infringement. Game publisher SNK Playmore originally filed criminal charges against Square Enix over the summer, claiming that Hi Score Girl, a comedy about gamers, used its characters without permission. Square Enix has recalled the published volumes of the series and halted serialization in its Monthly Big Gangan magazine. [Anime News Network]

Passings | Political cartoonist and collector Art Wood, a founding member of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, died Nov. 4 at age 87. He donated more than 40,000 pieces of original cartoon art to the Library of Congress for its bicentennial, and the library published a book, Cartoon America, based on the collection. [The Daily Cartoonist]

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Christopher Nolan, Sean Murphy explore ‘Interstellar’ backstory in comic

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Filmmaker Christopher Nolan has collaborated with artist Sean Gordon Murphy on a short story to address one of the mysteries of Interstellar: What happened to Matt Damon’s Dr. Mann and his robot SKIPP on the other side of the wormhole?

The seven-page comic, titled “Absolute Zero,” appears in the December issue of Wired magazine, which Nolan guest-edited, and can be read on Wired.com. Here’s how the magazine describes the story:

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You can buy Mondo Batman prints by Francavilla, Jock and more

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If you’ve been itching to get your hands on some of those posters created for Mondo’s “75 Years of Batman” gallery show, here’s your chance. With the exhibit in Austin, Texas, now closed, the collectible-art boutique is making the remaining prints available for purchase, beginning Tuesday.

The sale, which will of course be announced at a random time on the Mondo Twitter feed, begins with stunning pieces by Jock, Francesco Francavilla, Alex Pardee, Matt Taylor, We Buy Your Kids, JC Richard, Tom Whalen and Brandon Holt. Check them out below, and keep an eye on Twitter on Tuesday.

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Amazing Spider-Dad has birthday surprise for son with cancer

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Mike Wilson wanted to do something special to celebrate the fifth birthday of his son Jayden, who was diagnosed in September 2013 with a grade 4 brain stem tumor and given about a year to live.

Drawing inspiration from Jayden’s favorite superhero — “His bedroom is covered in Spider-Man pictures,” his dad tells The Independent — Mike had a costume custom-made so he could deliver a birthday surprise.

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