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Why LGBTQ Kids’ Comics Matter

LGBTQ representation is especially important in all-ages comics, and while certain publishers are making tremendous strides, others are missing the boat.

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Shazam’s Top Ten Villains

You voted to see who Shazam‘s ultimate arch-enemy was, and we’ve tabulated the results and assembled a video counting down the definitive top 10.

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Loved ‘Kubo’? Try These Comics

If you loved Kubo and the Two Strings, we've put together a list of five comics to check out that explore rich storytelling traditions from around the world.

‘American Gods’ Teases Fuller Photo of Kristen Chenoweth’s Easter

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Starz / NBC

Starz and Bryan Fuller’s American Gods has gone a bit quiet since the trailer premiere at Comic-Con and subsequent TCA panel, but a Fuller reunion is always worth the wait. Enter Pushing Daisies alum Kristin Chenoweth decked out as Easter, the latest American God given a photo tease.

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Here’s Why ‘Gotham’ Threw That Joking Cameo Into Season 2’s Finale

Gotham Season 3 Jerome Joker Cameo
FOX

Mileage may vary on whether Gotham does an effective job of setting up Batman’s beginnings, though most grew to embrace the bizarre proto-Joker of Cameron Monaghan’s Jerome. It may take until Season 4 before we finally see the character again, but producers at least explain how that Season 2 finale cameo came about.

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John Krasinski Blames Chris Hemsworth’s Bod of Thunder for His Failed Captain America Audition

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe, now in its eighth year, has been known to kickstart a lot of otherwise unknown actors’ careers, and give some their big break while rebooting others’ careers. While Robert Downey Jr. definitely had the biggest name at the start, it wasn’t easy for Jon Favreau to convince the Marvel execs that he was right for Tony Stark, but we’re all so glad he did. Chris Evans’ only other blockbuster credit was as the Human Torch in Fox’s Fantastic Four (2005) and its ill-fated sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), but his chiseled jawline soon landed him the title role in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger.

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‘Captain Marvel’ Director Shortlist Includes Lesli Linka Glatter, Lorene Scafaria and Niki Caro

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Marvel

Not long ago, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige assured fans that we’d learn who’s directing and starring in Captain Marvel by the end of the summer, or by fall, at the latest. The studio officially confirmed Brie Larson’s casting last month at Comic-Con, when they welcomed the Oscar-winning actress to the MCU in Hall H, but they still hadn’t found a director for her upcoming solo adventure despite various rumors regarding potential candidates. That might change pretty soon, as the Captain Marvel director shortlist offers a few interesting options.

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The Importance Of LGBTQ Representation In All-Ages Comic Books [Kids’ Comics]

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LGBTQ representation in comic books is important, and it’s something we’ve talked about --- and will continue to talk about --- at ComicsAlliance at length. But what doesn’t get said enough is that LGBTQ representation is especially important in all-ages and young adult comic books. Representation at such a young age can be legitimately life-changing for children, and while certain publishers are making tremendous strides in the right direction, others are missing the boat completely.

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On The Cheap: Get One Of The Best Justice League Stories Ever For $2 Today

Justice League America #39

This week, Comixology is celebrating the return of Jaime Reyes and Ted Kord in Blue Beetle: Rebirth with a big Blue Beetle sale. If you dig a little deeper into what's on offer, you'll find that there's a ton of the '80s International era of Justice League on sale for a dollar an issue. And that means that for two bucks, you can get one of the single greatest Justice League stories of all time: the massive, world-shaking fight with Despero in Justice League America #38 and 39, from Keith Giffen, JM DeMatteis, and Adam Hughes.

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‘Doctor Strange’ Taps ‘Rick and Morty’ Co-Creator Dan Harmon For Last-Minute Script Work

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Marvel / Emma McIntyre, Getty Images

Doctor Strange is set to hit theaters in a couple of months, but it looks like there’s still a little work left to do on Marvel’s latest superhero outing. The studio is reportedly receiving some assistance from a (pleasantly) surprising source, as Community creator Dan Harmon has been hired to help write some last-minute scenes for the upcoming film.

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‘Bloodshot USA’ #1 Features Bloodshot And Ninjak, Will Be The Best Comic Of The Year

Bloodshot USA #1, Valiant Comics

With Bloodshot's relaunch in October as the four-issue Bloodshot USA looming large, that raises the question of just how Jeff Lemire and Doug Braithwaite are going to top what they've already done. And now, with a preview of the first issue, we know exactly how.

First, they're going to infect the entire population of Manhattan with Bloodshot nanites that'll turn them into mindless killing machines, and second --- oh hell yes --- Ninjak's getting involved.

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‘Arrow’ Pays Tribute to Laurel’s ‘Legacy’ in New Season 5 Promo

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The CW

Just as yesterday brought us a fresh look at The Flash Season 3, so too is Arrow opening the quiver for our first Season 5 footage since Comic-Con 2016. Laurel’s legacy is at last unveiled, while Mayor Queen gets an intimidating new foe and some rough meetings in a new trailer.

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Doug Liman to Direct Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Dark Universe’ DC Movie

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DC

After Guillermo del Toro dropped out of the Dark Universe adaptation for DC and Warner Bros., it became yet another in a growing list of potentially cool movies that were never made and the future of the project was uncertain. Now it seems that Dark Universe has been resurrected, with Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman replacing del Toro, who will remain involved as producer and screenwriter.

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