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Keep An Eye Out For ‘Ghostbusters Annnual 2015′, Literally [Preview]

Gbostbusters Annual 2015

I'm not sure that anyone has ever looked at Ghostbusters and thought, "hey, you know what would make this better? Horrifying eye trauma!", but this being the Internet, I'm sure there's at least a few of you out there. If so, good news! It seems that Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening agree with you!

That, at least, is the impression that I'm getting from the handful of preview pages that we have for this week's Ghostbusters Annual 2015, in which the team's reconstruction of their firehouse headquarters is interrupted by the reappearance of the Sandman and... well, let's just say that if you have an "Eye Thing" like I do, you may want to skip page 2. Otherwise, check out a preview below!

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A Kickstarter For A Three-Day Wizard School LARP Made $90,000 In 20 Minutes


Should you ever doubt that humanity has a dire and implacable need to pretend to be wizards who go to magic school, consider this: When New World Magischola launched on Kickstarter at 7:00 PM yesterday with the promise of letting people live out that fantasy next summer in Virginia, it had an initial goal of $35,000. At 7:21 PM, it had just rounded $90,000.

The campaign is set to fund a three-day live-action roleplaying session next summer in Virginia, allowing backers to attend classes, cast spells, solve magical mysteries and --- if you're willing to shell out the cash for a premium experience --- even join a secret society with its own special subplot. Also, there will be a breakfast buffet, so I'm gonna need $450, thanks in advance.

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We’re Straight Up Idiots: Chip Zdarsky Talks ‘Kaptara,’ Action Figures And Soap Operas

Kaptara, Chip Zdarsky and Kagan McLeod

Over the course of its first five issues, Chip Zdarsky and Kagan McLeod's Kaptara introduced readers to an alien world where science, sorcery and barbarians collide for one of the year's weirdest adventures. What you might not realize, though, is how much the journey across the strange planet owes to General Hospital. Fortunately, Zdarsky is here to explain.

With the book on the verge of closing out its first arc with this week's fifth issue, I spoke to Zdarsky about the origins of the project, how he and McLeod fleshed out the increasingly bizarre world in the story, the complicated storylines he'd play out with his action figures that formed the basis of the project and, of course, the time he went to a mall to see his favorite soap opera star and was laughed at by "a room full of housewives."

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Ian McGinty Adds A Young Fan To The Cast Of ‘Welcome To Showside’

Welcome To Showside #2

As a kid, there are few things more thrilling than the idea of actually being friends with your favorite comic book characters. I mean, let's be real here, I'm 33 years old and I'm still obsessed with being Batman's best friend, so I can only imagine how exciting it must be to actually have something like that come along. For one young fan, though, there's no imagination necessary.

In the second issue of Ian McGinty's Welcome to Showside, there's a new member of the main characters' group of friends named Tolouse --- and he's based on a real-life fan of the book named Patrick, who's probably having a pretty cool week.

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Ranger Station Episode 14: Foul Play In The Sky

Ranger Station Episode 14; Foul Play In The Sky

With 800 episodes over the course of 22 years, the Power Rangers television show is arguably the single most successful live-action superhero franchise of all time, and certainly one of the strangest. Adapted from Japan's long-running Super Sentai series, created by manga legend Shotaro Ishinomori, the Power Rangers combined the giant robots and monsters of their Japanese counterpart with a completely different set of secret identities and problems, and became a pop cultural phenomenon. That's why we're looking back with an in-depth guide to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, including its source material, Kyuoryu Sentai Zyuranger, in ComicsAlliance's Ranger Station!

This week, Rita tries to murder Kimberly with a plane crash, and all things considered, that's a pretty good plan.

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Kevin Keller Takes The Spotlight In The Next ‘Archie 75 Series’ Digital Collection

Archie 75 Series: Kevin Keller

Of all the changes that Archie Comics has made to Riverdale over the past few years --- you know, overrunning the town with zombies, doing a parallel universe marriage story and even rebooting the core continuity for the first time ever - I'm not sure that any of them have had the impact of Kevin Keller. Originally created by Dan Parent and introduced in Veronica #202 back in 2010, Kevin made headlines by being Riverdale High's first openly gay student, and even got his own ongoing series in the process.

Now, as part of Archie's series of digital collections celebrating its 75th Anniversary, the publisher is putting Kevin back in the spotlight with 75 pages of his adventures, including the time that he hung out with Star Trek's own George Takei. Check out a preview!

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ICYMI: Superman Just Got In A Fistfight With Frankenstein And All Is Right With The World

Action Comics #46

If you'd asked me back when it was coming out to put a bet on which character from Seven Soldiers would actually go on to become the most prominent of the DC Universe, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have put any money on Frankenstein. Just for the record, I would've backed the Manhattan Guardian all the way to the bank, and yet, here we are, in a DC Universe where Frankenstein is showing up everywhere.

It was just last week that he showed up leading the Creature Commandos in a cross-time caper in Justice League United, and this week, he's doing what all great heroes in the DC Universe must do in order to get to that next level of fame: Getting in a fistfight with Superman. And it's awesome.

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Ask Chris #277: Stories That Can’t, Couldn’t, Or Shouldn’t Be

Ask Chris #277, background art by Alex Ross

Q: Why did What Ifs and Elseworlds use to be so popular? And why don't we see them much anymore? -- @TheKize

A: I don't want to reject your premise outright since I think you're onto something here, but I also think it's worth pointing out that we're not exactly suffering from a lack of alternate-continuity stories, either. Multiversity, Convergence and Secret Wars were all based at least partially on the idea of exploring and playing around with the same kind of stories that didn't quite happen. If, however, you're talking about those specific brands, the What If books and the Elseworlds imprint that showed up on so many comics, then you're right.

For the most part, I think it just comes down to a simple swing of the pendulum back from oversaturation. There were a ton of those stories, and as is usually the case with these things, publishers just decided to put 'em away for a while. But there's another reason, too, and it has a lot to do with why so many of those stories exist in the first place.

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Mondo’s Latest Crime Is Life, And The Sentence Is A Limited Edition Judge Death Poster

Judge Death poster by Florian Bertmer

Over the past few weeks, Mondo seems like it's been on a dedicated and very effective mission to separate me from as much of my money as it can, but finally, it's taken a break from the high-end Batman: The Animated Series posters that it's been putting up for sale at random times on Twitter. Now Mondo's just doing a super-amazing poster of Judge Death instead and... c'mon, Mondo. I only have so much to give.

If you're not familiar with Judge Death - one of the best-designed villains in the history of comic books - he was created by John Wagner and Brian Bolland in 1980 as an interdimensional counterpart to Judge Dredd. While Dredd has a pretty hard-line stance on crime, Judge Death comes from a world where it was determined that since all crime was committed by the living, life itself must be a crime, leading him to kill off billions of people in various dimensions' Mega Cities One over the next 35 years.

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Take A Trip Down The Time-Bending Memory Lane In Archie’s Next Digital Exclusive [Preview]

Archie on Memory Lane

Whenever I'm called upon to explain just how weird Archie Comics are --- something that happens... well, probably about as often as you'd expect, really --- there's always one thing that I go to first. It's not Jughead's Time Police, it's not the crossover with the Predator, it's not even those stories from the '70s about Veronica being held at knifepoint and Betty having to fight off a bear when she goes camping. The one thing that sums it up most? The existence of Riverdale's Memory Lane.

If you're not obsessively familiar with it, Memory Ln. is an actual street in Riverdale that allows the people who walk down it to travel through time. Mostly, this is done so that they can meet versions of themselves from the '40s, but please note that there is also a Frostesque fork in a yellow wood that allows for the creation of alternate futures.

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