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DC And Vertigo Comic Book Releases For July 2014 [Solicitations]

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Courtesy oDC Comics, ComicsAlliance brings you an advance look at new periodical comic books, collected editions and graphic novels going on sale in July 2014 (and in some cases beyond) from the publisher’s New 52 superhero line, the mature readers Vertigo imprint, and the DC Entertainment brand of special projects, digital-first, all-ages and licensed titles. 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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Captain America Lives On: Joe Simon’s Granddaughter On Marvel’s Films, Credits, and the Great Comic Book Creator

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The following was authored by Megan Margulies, granddaughter of the late Captain America co-creator Joe Simon.

Today Marvel Studios releases Captain America: The Winter Soldier. These movies are not only a cause for celebration by comic book fans, but also for the artists who created the superhero decades ago. In 1941, Jack Kirby and my grandfather, Joe Simon, dreamt of Captain America in an attempt to keep their heads above the turbulent waters of the comic book industry. Much to their surprise and joy, the character went on to receive worldwide fame.

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Comics, Everybody: The History Of Rocket Raccoon Explained!

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It's time again to break down the convoluted history of comics in the recurring segment we call Comics, Everybody! Created by Eugene Ahn, AKA Adam WarRock and artist Chris Haley of the webcomic Let's Be Friends Again (and colors by Jessica Marrs), today's subject is an anthropomorphic alien who is sure to steal the show in Marvel's upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film: Rocket Raccoon.

Who is he? How did he join the Guardians of the Galaxy? How did he work his way into a feature film? Read on to find out.

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Photos from the Oni Press/Comics Alliance Party at Emerald City Comicon 2014

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In case you missed the flyer we were spamming for two weeks before the event, ComicsAlliance teamed up with Oni Press and Emerald City Comicon for an epic crossover event that took the form of a convention kickoff party last Thursday in Seattle. The affair was very well attended, with comics pros, bloggers and readers rolling in throughout the night to party/laugh/smile/chill/drink. The party was DJ'd by our own Senior Editor Andy Khouri, whose playlist was peppered with Oni-related works from the Scott Pilgrim film soundtrack, 8-bit versions of Daft Punk and even a track performed by Bryan Lee O'Malley himself (you can see the full setlist here).

The event was photographed by local shooter, comics reader and notoriously friendly human being Ed Peterson with John Kieltyka. The sense of fun and friendship conveyed by their photos very accurately document the overall vibe of ECCC, and his work helped set the tone for one of our favorite shows in recent memory.

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Where to Find Comics Alliance at Emerald City Comicon 2014

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This year's Emerald City Comicon kicks off tonight, beginning a weekend in Seattle that for many fans and industry professionals is the most comics-related fun a person can have except for actually reading comics. ECCC has earned a reputation for its grand ambiance of community and creativity, as evidence by the wide variety of scene-specific panels and other celebrations presented throughout the weekend. Obviously the ComicsAlliance staff is very fond of ECCC and have been privileged to participate in some of those events.

If you're inclined to listen to what we have to say or ask us questions or check out some of the non-CA comics stuff we do, read on to learn where and when to catch the CA contributors this weekend in Seattle..

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Marvel and Icon Comic Book Releases for June 2014 [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 June 2014 (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 before they sell out.

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Filed Under: Category: News, Previews

DC And Vertigo Comic Book Releases For June 2014 [Solicitations]

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Courtesy of DC Comics, ComicsAlliance brings you an advance look at new periodical comic books, collected editions and graphic novels going on sale in June 2014 (and in some cases beyond) from the publisher’s New 52 superhero line, the mature readers Vertigo imprint, and the DC Entertainment brand of special projects, digital-first, all-ages and licensed titles. 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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The Comics Alliance Collection: Cool Stuff We Got This Week

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The ComicsAlliance staff is a diverse lineup writers, editors, artists, photographers and designers, but before we're any of those things we're simply fans. Appreciators. Collectors. Almost every day we share with each other via Instagram all the great books, toys, artwork, apparel, and other beautiful and/or inescapably cool objects we collect almost ceaselessly in comics stores, at conventions, and from all kinds of sources all over North America (and sometimes beyond). Displaying (i.e. showing off) some rad swag typically inspires everyone to one-up their pop-archeologist game in the never ending quest to find awesome stuff, and simply posting the week's new comics usually causes someone to discover a new title or artist, which in turn inspires a whole new line of excavation.

In the past we've published photos of our "con hauls" here on CA and the resulting discussion with readers -- i.e. collector kudos -- has always been fun, so with the ComicsAlliance Collection we're going to do it every week. But more importantly, we want to see your collection too. Show us new additions to your collections by using the hashtag #CAcollection on Instagram or tag us @ComicsAlliance and we'll embed the best stuff alongside our own recent acquisitions.

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Marvel and Icon Comic Book Releases for May 2014 [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 May 2014 (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 before they sell out.

Highlights for May include the first issues of Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man, Original Sin, Amazing Spider-Man, Cyclops and Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu.

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Filed Under: Category: Marvel, News, Previews

Marvel Studios’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Trailer Looks [Obscene Headline Alert] Rad

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Staring Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, and the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper as Groot and Rocket Racoon, respectively, Guardians of the Galaxy is the first Marvel Studios film to depict some of the decidedly less iconic characters of the Marvel comic book universe. In an interview with USA Today’s Brian Truitt, Pratt and Guardians director James Gunn shared new images from the film and revealed some details about the characters and the overall nature of the film, which they hope will be a “fresh diversion” for superhero movie fans who’ve been seen the same movie again and again and again.

Why don't you check out the first full trailer and tell us how close they came to that mark.

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Filed Under: Category: Marvel, News, Video

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