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Marvel & Icon Solicitations: January

ComicsAlliance brings you an advance look at new Marvel and Icon periodical comic books, collected editions and graphic novels going on sale in January 2015.

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Mancalendar: Webcomics Do Beefcake

Mancalendar is a project put together by Countershot Press that brings together talented illustrators to present refreshingly different takes on the pin-up.

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DC & Vertigo Releases For January 2015

ComicsAlliance brings you an advance look at new comic books, collected editions, graphic novels and toys going on sale in January 2015 from DC and Vertigo.

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‘Grindhouse: Drive In, Bleed Out’

Read a preview of "a brutal holiday tale of revenge and supernatural terror in the driven snow!" And they're not kidding, either: there's even a terrifying clown.

Jason Momoa Excited To Represent Polynesians As Aquaman

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"Whitewashing," the practice of casting of white actors to play characters who were other ethnicities in the source material, has been a highly controversial Hollywood practice over the past several years. But what about when the reverse happens, and someone who isn't white is cast to play a character who has long been portrayed as white?

Well, at minimum it can help correct an historic imbalance in superhero comics; in the specific case of Aquaman, it may also make him a lot cooler. The actor who plays Aquaman in DC's upcoming slate of superhero movies is Jason Momoa, who was born in Hawaii and is of partly Polynesian descent -- and Momoa fully intends to embrace his Polynesian heritage in his portrayal of the character.

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Riot In The Streets With A Hot Cup Of Coffee (And An Earth-Shattering Lightning Punch) In ‘The Wicked + The Divine’ #5

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As someone who will argue vehemently against the very existence of a second Pipettes album, I've been a fan of Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie's comics about the (literal) magic of pop music since day one. The only problem I've had with them is that they tend to lack the true indicators of quality literature: Explosions and people getting punched in the head with lightning bolts. This, incidentally, is why Street Fighter remains the high point of modern art.

Fortunately, The Wicked + The Divine is out to remedy that with as much explosion-based storytelling as Gillen and McKelvie can cram into it, and this week's issue takes things to the extreme. Not only are there finger-snapping kabooms and electric Falcon punches, there's a full-on riot in the streets going down. And also, I suppose, minor vandalism, but that's a little less impressive in the scheme of things.

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Sketchbook Spotlight: James Harren’s NYCC 2014 Commissions

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Around here, New York Comic-Con marks the end of convention season, capping off a long summer of announcements, reveals, and other assorted fun. As such, it's also one of the last big places for fans to get amazing sketches and commission pieces from artists, who tend to cap off the season with some truly amazing art.

You may already know the amazing James Harren from his work on Dark Horse's BPRD and Conan. If you don't, get ready to have your mind blown by a few of the commissions that he did at NYCC, including a bullet-riddled Wolverine, a Right Hook of Doom from Hellboy, and Deadpool rocking a gun so large that even Cable thinks that it might be a little excessive.

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Marvel And Icon Comic Book Releases For January 2015 [Solicitations]

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Courtesy of Marvel, ComicsAlliance brings you an advance look at new periodical comic books, collected editions and graphic novels going on sale in January 2015 (and in some cases beyond) from the publisher’s mainline Marvel Universe titles, Ultimate Comics, the mature readers MAX imprint and the creator-owned label Icon. All of the following books can be purchased at finer comic book shops, where you can also pre-order your selections to ensure you’ll get a copy.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Soundtrack to Be Released on Cassette Tape in November

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As successful as 'Guardians of the Galaxy' was at the box-office (and, as the highest-grossing film of the year, it certainly was that), the film's iconic soundtrack was equally as successful. "Awesome Mix Vol. 1" spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and is currently the 10th largest selling album of 2014. You've been able to buy the digital album, the CD, vinyl and even a "Deluxe Edition," but so far, no actual cassette like the mix tape in the film. But, that's all about to change.

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Mancalendar: Webcomic Artists Unite For Countershot Press’ Beefcake Pinup Calendar [Interview]

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One of the great strengths of webcomics is that they can offer a corrective to mainstream media. Rather than pandering to the interests of the perceived common majority, webcomics can target under-served audiences, embrace alternative heroes, and present a non-traditional view of the world. And sometimes that philosophy can manifest in surprising places. Like a beefcake calendar.

Mancalendar is a project put together by Countershot Press, a collective of five webcomic creators from Canada, the US and the UK, which brings together twelve talented illustrators to present their refreshingly different takes on the pin-up.

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Link Ink: ‘LEGO Batman’ Clip, Alex Ross’ ‘Batman ’66′ Two-Face Cover And Special Effects Galore In ‘The Avengers: Age Of Ultron’

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Each weekday, ComicsAlliance brings you a carefully selected variety of links from around the web about comics and comics-related media, including movies, video games, toys, and whatever else might be worth noting. Quite frankly, these are items you may just need to know about to have a productive day. Take a look at today's hand-picked links after the jump.

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Alex De Campi & R.M. Guera Get A Head Start On Christmas Scares In ‘Grindhouse: Drive In, Bleed Out’ #1 [Preview]

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I love Halloween, but if we're going to be honest with each other -- and I think that's important if we're going to remain America's Most Beloved Comic Book News And Opinion Website™ -- then I'll have to admit that my favorite thing about October is seeing Christmas decorations pop up in stores. Yes

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Dave Gibbons Named U.K. Literacy Group’s First Comics Laureate

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The United Kingdom has a new charity that promotes literacy through the medium of comics, Comics Literacy Awareness, and it has named its first ever comics laureate: Watchmen artist and The Originals creator Dave Gibbons.

The charity named Gibbons to the position at this year's Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal, England. In his position as laureate, Gibbons will go on school visits, help with training events for school staff, and participate in education conferences.

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DC And Vertigo Comic Book Releases For January 2015 [Solicitations]

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Courtesy of DC Comics, ComicsAlliance brings you an advance look at new periodical comic books, collected editions, graphic novels, toys, statues and other collectibles going on sale in January 2014 (and in some cases beyond) from the publisher’s New 52 superhero line; the mature readers Vertigo imprint; the DC Entertainment brand of special projects, digital-first, all-ages and licensed titles; and the limited edition products from DC Collectibles. All of the following books can be purchased at finer comic book shops, where you can also pre-order your selections to ensure you’ll get a copy before they sell out.

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Filed Under: Category: DC, News, Previews, Vertigo

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