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The CW’s superhero series Arrow re-imagines Green Arrow for a TV audience as a tough, often ruthless vigilante bent on setting things right in his home of Starling City by punishing the wicked. ComicsAlliance’s Matt Wilson will be following along to see how he fares.
This week, a few things that didn't make much sense get explained, a new villain is seemingly born, and a new macguffin emerges.
People who want to break into the comics profession as artists and writers often think a whole bunch about the creative side of things, then only come to terms with the business side when they realize that's a huge part of it, too, often after they've already started working. That mentality sometimes leads to people making bad deals, giving up rights they shouldn't, and otherwise hurting themselves professionally.
To help aspiring creators from going down that path, MK Reed and Joe Flood -- who are comic creators in their own right -- created the document "Comics Economics: How To Earn a Living With a Comics Degree." It answers questions about contracts, finances, page rates and more in a straightforward, easy-to-understand way, and it's a must-read for folks who want to make their way in the world of comics.
Hayao Miyazaki, the cartoonist behind Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and director of films including Princess Mononoke, Ponyo, and Howl's Moving Castle, has been pretty outspoken about his feelings about the popular trends in anime. He's not a big fan.
But what if he was? Odds are the films he made at Studio Ghibli would look pretty doggone different. CollegeHumor has dug deep into that question and come up with some examples of how his movies might look different under the effects of some other... popular influences. Prepare for a little Dragon Ball Z, Pokémon, Sailor Moon and more.
Only Batman is eternal. Everything else ends.
DC Comics has announced what the third weekly comic series debuting this year will be, and it's going to deal with Earth 2. Earth 2: World's End will kick off in October, joining the publisher's already-running weekly series, Batman Eternal, and the weekly series The New 52: Futures End, which debuts May 3.
It didn't even get to 52.
DC's digital-first Adventures of Superman series concluded Tuesday with issue #51, with a story by Jerry Ordway and Steve Rude. We here at ComicsAlliance have documented our appreciation of the series, which offered a wide variety of Superman stories from some of comics' most talented creators. We're sad to see it end.
If the preview images for DC Comics' new Robin Rises: Omega one-shot, which hits stores July 16, indicate what it looks like they're indicating, then Damian Wayne's comic-book death will have lasted just a bit less than 17 months.
The writer of the book, Peter J. Tomasi, wouldn't tell Hero Complex exactly which Robin is returning, but since almost every other Robin seems to be alive, well, and doing other things (with the exception of Stephanie Brown, who's in sort of a gray area), Damian seems to be the prime suspect, especially considering that Ra's al Ghul plays a major role in the one-shot.
Remember how a big chunk of the game map was frozen and icy in Arkham City? The new DLC for Batman: Arkham Origins, "Cold, Cold Heart" extends that idea a bit, with the ice seemingly extending throughout the city as Penguin and Mr. Freeze terrorize the landscape on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC (but not the Wii) on April 22.
A leaked video reveals the first half hour of the DLC, the first Arkham DLC that actually adds single-player, storyline-driven gameplay instead of challenge packs and multiplayer maps. Much of it takes place in Wayne Manor as Bruce Wayne charges to the Batcave to pick up his batsuit. (Another toyetic iceproof costume shows up later.)
Nightwing is no more.
In the series Grayson debuting July 2, Dick Grayson is hanging up his domino mask and taking on a new life as an undercover spy. The series will be written by Tim Seeley (Revival, Batman Eternal) and Tom King, a former CIA counterterrorism officer who wrote the superhero book The Once Crowded Sky.
You may remember WGN America as the national cable channel where you could watch The Bozo Show, find out about Chicago's often-terrible weather, and watch a huge number of Cubs games, but it's soon to become a channel with original, hour-long dramas, just like every other cable channel on TV. Among its upcoming shows is a TV adaptation of Scalped, the hugely acclaimed Vertigo series by Jason Aaron and R.M. Guera with covers by Jock that follows FBI agent Dashiell Bad Horse as he goes undercover to bring down a crime ring at the Native American Reservation where he grew up.
Doug Jung, writer of the movie Confidence and quite a few episodes of the undercover-cop series Dark Blue, will write the show's script.