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Comics A.M. | Superheroes’ big-screen struggle for diversity; Z-Cult FM returns

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Movies | National Public Radio commentator John Ridley critiques Hollywood for being even less diverse than the Big Two when it comes to diversity in lead characters, and demolishes their blame-the-audience theory that white people won’t go to see a movie with a black lead by pointing to a study by Indiana University professor Andrew Weaver: “Weaver found that white audiences tended to be racially selective with regard to romantic movies, but not necessarily when it came to other genres. So, sorry, Hollywood. You can’t blame it on the ticket buyers.” [NPR]

Piracy | Comic-book torrent tracker Z-Cult FM, which was threatened with legal action by Marvel in 2007 and eventually shut down in 2009, has re-opened its virtual doors. [Facebook]

Creators | Becky Cloonan talks about the joys and the hardships of being a full-time comics creator: “Comics are hard work. Comics are relentless. Comics will break your heart. Comics are monetarily unsatisfying. Comics don’t offer much in terms of fortune and glory, but comics will give you complete freedom to tell the stories you want to tell, in ways unlike any other medium. Comics will pick you up after it knocks you down. Comics will dust you off and tell you it loves you. And you will look into its eyes and know it’s true, that you love comics back.” [Becky Cloonan: Comics or STFU]

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First look at art from Jim Henson’s The Storyteller anthology

Nate Cosby has posted some artwork by Jennifer Meyer, Colleen Coover, Tom Fowler, and Roger Langridge from Archaia’s upcoming Jim Henson Storyteller anthology. (That’s the Langridge piece, above.) For a bit more on the project, check out Cosby’s Wondercon interview with our own Tim O’Shea.

Roger Langridge teases new projects

Roger Langridge posted some tantalizing news at his blog yesterday about what he has been up to since he stepped down from the Muppets comics earlier this year.

Three things, actually. He is scripting a chapter for his webcomic Mugwhump the Great, which looks like it hasn’t been updated in a couple of years. No new material is up yet, but now is as good a time as any to catch up. Langridge is in negotiations about a print collection as well.

Next, very vaguely, “I may have a small Jim Henson-related project coming up.” More to come on that, apparently.

And finally, a mini-comic! “I’ve had a fun time working for the Diamond crowd over the past couple of years, but it feels nice to be doing a proper comic again,” says Langridge. That’s the cover up there. Stay tuned for more details.

Straight for the art | Artists pay tribute to Jim Henson

by David Petersen

by David Petersen

It’s been 20 years since The Muppet Show creator Jim Henson passed away, and ToughPigs.com paid tribute to him by asking several artists — including David Petersen (above), Amy Mebberson, and Roger Langridge, among others — to contribute original illustrations honoring the visionary creator. Go take a look.

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