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Gerard Way posts update, concept art for new ‘Umbrella Academy’

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Has it really been five years since the publication of the second Umbrella Academy miniseries? That’s … too long. On Twitter this week, writer Gerard Way gave an update on the project, saying that he and artist Gabriel Ba have started to talk about the third and fourth volumes.

“So I got a really nice email from Gabriel Ba the other day, he’s an amazing comic artist who was the artist on Umbrella Academy,” Way tweeted. “He was checking in to see how I was and that he was going to be finished with a project sometime next year, and we both agreed to Do part 3 and 4 of Umbrella Academy, starting next year..I am almost finished with my music project and so it’s time to get back into comics.”

Way also posted a couple of his concept sketches, “Gas Panic” and an unlabeled team shot, seen below.

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Fifth issue of Vaughan & Martin’s ‘The Private Eye’ now available

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Here’s a great early Christmas present — the fifth issue of Brian K. Vaughan, Marcos Martin and Muntsa Vicente’s The Private Eye is now available for purchase on the Panel Syndicate website. Like previous issues, you can name your own price.

The science fiction detective story is set in an Internet-less future where everyone wears a mask to protect their privacy and stars an unlicensed journalist, who is drawn into a mystery. The story is planned for “10 issues total; an old-school ‘maxiseries!'”

Check out a preview below.

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Avengers Alliance ‘Murderworld’ mission may be the best yet

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Marvel and Playdom’s popular Facebook game Marvel Avengers Alliance has held several special missions since it launched, but I think this latest one may be my favorite.

The game, which has been around since early 2012, allows players to control a SHIELD agent and team up with various Marvel characters, sending them on the hunt for silver as they fight through the ranks of Marvel’s baddest villains. In addition to the regular game, players are also treated to special limited-time operations every so often, which are sometimes based on storylines from the comics — recent ones drew from “Dark Reign” and Infinity.

And as cool as the Infinity one was (it introduced Thane before the comic did), the current one can be summed up in one word: Arcade. Ok, two words: Murderworld!

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I’m adding these hoodies to my fake Christmas list

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If I were making a list of non-existent things I wanted for Christmas, it would probably include a set of Iron Man armor, a few Batarangs, a copy of Matt Fraction’s Inhuman comic and several of these hoodies designed by deviantArt user seventhirtytwo, which have been making the rounds lately. They may not be real, but boy I wish they were.

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On sexual harassment and bad behavior in general

MariNaomi2MariNaomi’s first-person testimony of being sexually harassed onstage during a convention panel made the rounds of the comics blogsphere Thursday like lightning. Heidi MacDonald wrote about it at The Beat, and shortly afterward veteran writer Scott Lobdell outed himself as the person MariNaomi was talking about and publicly apologized. Usually when Heidi speaks on an issue like this, I don’t have much to add, but what struck me about the incident is that it’s a textbook case of something that happens to women all the time, and that many men, even those of good will, don’t always understand.

Sexual harassment is a difficult topic, and sometimes we tie ourselves up in knots trying to define and discuss it. But in MariNaomi’s account of the panel, it was very clear: Her harasser wasn’t just making some crude sexual jokes, he was ignoring what MariNaomi was saying and drawing attention away from it by focusing on her sexuality as a woman. He was denying everything about her except one aspect, her sexual attractiveness. That’s what sexual harassment is about.

It’s not necessarily about trying to pick up someone; that happens between consenting adults all the time. It’s not about dirty jokes, either. In context, with the right people, those can be fine.

It’s about not regarding women as full, complete people on an equal footing with men. It’s about not listening to what a woman has to say and focusing instead on her physical attributes. Pickup lines and dirty jokes are just the tools a sexual harasser uses to do the real job: belittling the other person.

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The Fifth Color | Comics shopping for people who don’t like comics

from the Broadway production "The Book of Mormon"

Time to spread the good word!

OK, it’s the last weekend before Christmas. This is it: Time to gird your loins and brave those last-minute gifts for friends and family you’re just not sure about. Or heck, maybe you were invited some place and you feel like you should bring a gift along. A Secret Santa deadline? Unexpected company who doesn’t have anything under the tree? Did you just get something practical and want to supplement it so you’re not just the Sock Giver? Don’t worry, comics are here to help!

“But Carla,” you cry, “not everyone likes comics! I want to be cool and hip, not just the nerd who foists other nerd stuff on people!” “Well,” I reply, “comics are for everyone, even those who have no interest in the medium.” There are just so much comic influence in the media right now, from TV and movies to games and other visual aesthetics, it’s hard to escape comic culture entirely. Trust me, even those who have never picked up a comic in their lives and have sworn off the idea of ever looking at words and pictures together in a sequence have a little bit of comics in their lives somewhere and, this Christmas is a good time to capitalize on it.

If you can, please try and make it in to your friendly neighborhood comic shop for some of these goodies. They’ll be glad you did! Otherwise, Amazon has their last minute shipping dates here. All right, let’s do this …

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10-year-old ‘Wonder Girl’ with leukemia is hero to her hometown

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When Monika Romo opened the door on Thursday morning, she wasn’t expecting the day that lay ahead: The 10-year-old leukemia patient was met by a crowd of well-wishers outside of her Vallejo, California, home, and then whisked away — with a police escort, no less — to begin her daylong tour as the city’s own superhero.

If that sounds more than a little like the celebration surrounding Batkid, it’s no accident: Romo, who was diagnosed in April with leukemia, is the only child cancer patient in the city, and the nonprofit group Vallejo Together wanted to do something special for her.

“We asked if she needed a Disney princess theme or something,” the organization’s founder Maria Guevara told KGO-TV. “But she doesn’t like Disney princesses, she likes Wonder Girl. So we were like, ‘Oh, my gosh, perfect setting, we’re going to do Batkid-style Wonder Girl in Vallejo.'”

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Flash mob recreates ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ dance scene

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I didn’t realize flash mobs were still a thing people do. That said, Mashable’s stunt recreating the dance scene from the timeless animated TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas is well orchestrated, and help along greatly by the editing of the video. It’s much, much better than the usual shaky phone footage, punctuated by giggling.

I like, too, that the performers coordinated the colors of their clothes with those of the Peanuts character (although I’ll note that Linus’ shirt was red, not purple; extra credit for the giant-sized Snoopy).

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Uproxx picks the 15 best comic books of 2013

afterlife with archie3As the clock ticks down on 2013, the entertainment and pop-culture website Uproxx joins has joined in the seasonal ritual with its list of the 15 best comic books of 2013. In slideshow form:

  • Batman, by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo (DC Comics)
  • Heck, by Zander Cannon (Top Shelf Productions)
  • Nowhere Men, by Eric Stephenson, Nate Bellegarde and Jordie Bellaire (Image Comics)
  • Mighty Avengers, by Al Ewing and Greg Land (Marvel)
  • Buzzkill, by Donny Cates, Mark Reznicek and Geoff Shaw (Dark Horse)
  • Astro City, by Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson (Vertigo)
  • The Crow: Curare, by James O’Barr and Antoine Dode (IDW Publishing)
  • Afterlife With Archie, by Roberto Sacasa-Aguirre and Francesco Francavilla (Archie Comics)
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Gordon Rennie reveals plans for 2014, bringing back two classics

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Veteran U.K. writer Gordon Rennie has been using his Facebook account this week to tease several upcoming projects, including a new edition of the long-out-of-print White Trash, the series that propelled the late, great Martin Emond to stardom. Emond loved rock ‘n’ roll, and rock ‘n’ roll loved him: He was regularly employed by Glenn Danzig at his horror/smut imprint Verotik, and had signed a deal to develop his character Switch Blade into an animated series with Interscope Records just days before he committed suicide in 2004.

White Trash features thinly veiled analogs for Elvis Presley and Axl Rose going together on an anarchic road trip across America. Rennie posted this image when he released the news, a cover from the original Tundra/Atomeka miniseries. I’m presuming this new Titan collection may well include shorts featuring these characters done for other sources, such as Heavy Metal and the U.K. anthology Blast!

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Diamond helping in search for Denys Cowan’s missing art

"Hardware" art by Denys Cowan

“Hardware” art by Denys Cowan

CEO Steve Geppi is putting the weight of Diamond Comic Distributors behind the search for 27 pieces of original art by Denys Cowan lost earlier this month by UPS in transit to Geppi’s Entertainment Museum in Baltimore.

“Over the next few days, we will be reaching out to as many people as possible,” Geppi said on the Diamond Galleries Scoop blog, which notes the comics distributor is a UPS customer. “Our goals are to let people know exactly what art is missing. […] Not only will be using our various email newsletters and social media, we’ll be personally contacting comic art collectors and dealers and asking them to help spread the word. In fact, that effort is well under way.”

The art was headed to “Milestones: African Americans in Comics Pop Culture & Beyond,” an exhibit curated by Milestone co-founder Michael Davis, who revealed the loss, and his frustrations with UPS, on Wednesday. The box of Cowan’s original art, along with a separate package belonging to Davis, were sent for overnight delivery; however, Cowan’s shipment was delayed en route, with no explanation. When the package arrived, with new tape used to reseal it, just one of the 28 pieces of artwork remained — an interior page from Wolverine #125 by Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz.

Among the missing art — a partial rundown can be found at the Scoop — are interior pages from Hardware and Steel, concept pieces for Static, Rocket and Hardware, and pieces featuring Batman. Davis has received little response from UPS.

(via The Beat)

io9.com’s best comics and graphic novels of 2013

east of west6The sci-fi and technology blog io9.com has released its list of the best comic books and graphic novels, which writer Rob Bricken acknowledges includes “a lot” of Image Comics titles (well, five out of 18):

  • East of West, by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta (Image Comics)
  • The Wake, by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy (Vertigo)
  • Hawkeye, by Matt Fraction, David Aja, Javier Pulido, et al (Marvel)
  • Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller, by Joseph Lambert (Disney-Hyperion)
  • Sex, by Joe Casey and Piotr Kowalski (Image Comics)
  • Adventure Time, by Ryan North, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb (BOOM! Studios)
  • The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship That Sank Twice, by Mike Carey and Peter Gross (Vertigo)
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Our best look yet at Bryan Lee O’Malley’s ‘Seconds’

omal__jkt_aLL_r1.inddSeconds, Bryan Lee O’Malley’s much-anticipated follow-up to Scott Pilgrim, will be released July 15 by Random House after being delayed when the cartoonist suffered a shoulder injury. But while there’s still seven months until the book’s debut, io9.com has the most substantial preview yet of Seconds, including the cover (we’d previously been treated to a limited-edition print, and glimpses on O’Malley’s blog).

Although O’Malley has avoided giving too many details about the graphic novel, he revealed last year that, “Seconds is about a restaurant, and the restaurant is called Seconds, and 90 percent of the story takes place within it. Beyond that it’s really hard for me to explain and I’m going to have to work on that so I can talk about it properly when it comes out. But it’s funny and weird and kind of big and crazy despite the mundane setting.”

The protagonist Katie, described by the cartoonist as “a loveable spaz,” can be seen on the cover and in some of the preview art.

The 328-page hardcover is written and drawn by O’Malley, with ink assists by Jason Fischer, colors by Nathan Fairbairn and lettering by Dustin Harbin. Check out part of the preview below, and the remainder at io9.com.

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Comics A.M. | Linework NW comics festival set for Portland

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Conventions | The standalone Stumptown Comics Fest may be history, but an event has popped up to help fill the void: Linework NW, organized by Zack Soto and Francois Vigneault, a free, one-day show that will take place April 12 in Portland, Oregon. Michael DeForge has been announced as a special guest for the event, which will include such exhibitors as Fantagraphics, Koyama Press, Oni Press and Top Shelf Productions. [The Comics Reporter]

Creators | Scott Snyder is the subject of a glowing profile in The New York Times, which states the writer has “reinvented Batman in the past two years, deepening and humanizing the Dark Knight’s myth — in the making since 1939 — like no one since Frank Miller in the 1980s.” [The New York Times]

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Grumpy Old Fan | DC’s March is in like a Vamp, out like a Talon

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In ‘Batman: Odyssey,’ he’s steering with those teeth

We’ve known for a while that DC’s superhero line will go through some changes in the wake of Forever Evil, and as the March solicitations bring the end of that Big Event, not surprisingly the month looks rather transitory. In fact, Forever Evil #7 is scheduled to appear on March 26, just as the final issue of Blackest Night — also written by Geoff Johns as a spinoff of his highest-profile series, in case you’d forgotten — dropped on the last week of March 2010. (It must be pure coincidence that these solicits feature a $200 White Power Battery tchotcke.) Back then, BN #8 was supposed to “set the stage” for the “next epic era of DC Comics,” which turned out to be about 18 months long and featured the biweekly sort-of-sequel miniseries Brightest Day. This time, Forever Evil #7 teases the importance of the “Hooded Man” and promises to “leave the DC universe reeling and reveal the secrets to the future.”

So, yeah, sounds like another cliffhanger ending, perhaps even leading into another big-deal miniseries — specifically, the May-debuting weekly Futures End.  Considering that the three tie-in miniseries (ARGUS, Arkham War and Rogues Rebellion) all seem to feed into FE #7, the actual content of that final issue may well be a giant scrum, not unlike the final issue of Flashpoint, in which some cosmic button is pushed, defeating the Crime Syndicate but at a significant cost to DC-Earth. As it happens, there’s no mention of the “Blight” sub-crossover (bringing together Phantom Stranger, Pandora, Constantine and JL Dark) feeding back into Forever Evil, but I’m not sure how much it’s supposed to relate, beyond being about the JLD trying to pick up the post-invasion pieces.

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