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‘Arrow’ Season 2 Recap, Episode 20: ‘Seeing Red’

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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 follows along to see how he fares.

In this week's episode, "Seeing Red," Roy goes on a rampage, a relationship reaches the breaking point, and a character becomes far more sympathetic (and on TV, you know what that means).

Obviously, SPOILERS follow.

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5 Key Takeaways From Publishers Weekly’s Annual Comics Retailer Survey

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The big headline on Publishers Weekly’s site when it published the results of its comics retailer survey last month blared that comics sales were down during the early months of 2014, though retailers seem relatively optimistic about it.

What comes after is a sometimes difficult-to-parse snapshot of the world of comics as it looks now. It’s not necessarily a bleak picture, but it’s very clearly one that portrays an industry may not be able to sustain itself as it is now. Change is occurring, and here are some key items from the report that show how, and what might be changing.

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‘Thrillbent 3.0′ Introduces Subscription Model, App, New ‘Empire,’ ‘Insufferable,’ ‘Charlie Wormwood’

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Thrillbent, the digital comics publishing website founded by writers Mark Waid and John Rogers, has spent the past two years offering up free comics for pretty much free.

In a Wednesday blog post, Waid unveiled what he's calling "Thrillbent 3.0," which adds another layer of content that Waid is calling a sort of "Hulu Plus of comics." Fans can pay a $3.99 monthly fee -- about as much as the cover price for most Marvel single issues -- to access a collection of titles including a revived version of Waid, Barry Kitson and Chris Sotomayor's Gorilla Comics/DC series Empire. There's also a free new app available for iOS that gives fans mobile access to the material.

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Boom! Studios Expands Executive Lineup With An Eye Toward Movies And Multimedia

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Boom! Studios has officially opened up shop on the 20th Century Fox lot, as per the publisher's first-look deal with the studio, and has taken the opportunity to expand and reshuffle its executive offices.

Stephen Christy, who was the editor-in-chief at Archaia before Boom! acquired it last year, has shifted into the position of president of development for the publisher. Christy will now oversees all film, television, web and animation projects across Boom!, Archaia, KaBoom! and Boom! Box. The publisher has also hired Adam Yoelin will be Boom!'s senior vice president of film.

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Kek-W And Shaky Kane’s ‘Cap’n Dinosaur’ To Bring Comic Ads From The ’50s And ’60s To Life

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The mail-order ads from comics of the 1950s and '60s have long been a source of great entertainment for comics fans and bloggers over the years, but writer Kek-W (2000 AD) and artist Shaky Kane (The Bulletproof Coffin) are making a whole comic out of them with the new Image Comics one-shot Cap'n Dinosaur, on July 16.

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‘Supreme: Blue Rose’ By Warren Ellis & Tula Lotay Takes Liefeld & Moore’s Work To New, Unspecified Places

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, the Extreme Studios/Image Comics/Awesome Comics character created by Rob Liefeld and for whom Alan Moore wrote a highly regarded run in the mid-1990s, is coming back, though it's a little hard to say whether the character will look all that familiar to fans.

Image Comics released a rather cryptic press release for Supreme: Blue Rose, a new series by Warren Ellis and Tula Lotay, in which it promises to re-introduce Supreme in a whole new way. The new series premieres July 23.

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War Rocket Ajax Early Edition: Batman, Superior Spider-Man and The Auteur

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Each week, ComicsAlliance’s Chris Sims and Matt Wilson host the War Rocket Ajax podcast, their online audio venue for interviews with comics creators, reviews of the books of the week, and whatever else they want to talk about. ComicsAlliance is offering clips of the comics-specific segments of the show several days before the full podcast goes

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‘Arrow’ Season 2 Recap, Episode 19: ‘The Man Under The Hood’

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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.

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‘Comics Economics’ Has Sound Advice For Aspiring Creators

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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.

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Miyazaki Movies Get Mashed Up With Dragon Ball Z, Pokemon, Sailor Moon And More [Video]

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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.

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