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Comics A.M. | This weekend, it’s Small Press Expo



Conventions | With the 20th Small Press Expo kicking off Saturday in Bethesda, Maryland, The Washington Post’s Lori McCue singles out three of the show’s biggest draws: appearances by Jules Feiffer, Lynda Barry and Bob Mankoff. Meanwhile, Michael Cavna spotlights Fear, My Dear, the new release from convention guest Dean Haspiel. [The Washington Post]

Creators | As he prepared to head out to Small Press Expo, Farel Dalrymple paused for an audio interview about his newest book, The Wrenchies, which will debut at the show. [Comics Grinder]

Creators | Writer Tom Taylor teases what we can expect in his new Superior Iron Man series. [Previews World]

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Stan Lee creating ‘perfect’ Chinese superhero

Stan Lee, surveying his domain at Comic-Con International

Adding to his long list of projects, Stan Lee has signed on to create a superhero for the Chinese government-run National Film Capital.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the character, called the Annihilator, will star in an English-language movie that tops a slate of of planned Hollywood co-productions that includes the action-fantasy Dragon Scroll and the historical epic Genghis Khan.

“This is the perfect Chinese hero,” Lee said in a taped message shown Monday at the Shanghai International Film Festival. “China is a nation that is involved with movies and the industry is growing so it’s as though all the pieces are coming together beautifully.”

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