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Harvard Professor Uses Manga To Teach Students About Steve Jobs

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Harvard Business School

A manga about the partnership and subsequent falling out between Apple founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak is a big hit. At Harvard Business School, at least.

And this isn't Caleb Melby's The Zen of Steve Jobs or the Japanese manga titled Steve Jobs, either. This is a 32-page graphic novel titled Apple's Core that was developed specifically to offer students a cautionary tale about how business relationships can go bad.

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‘Amazing Spider-Man: Family Business’ Puts The ‘Spy’ In ‘Spider-Man’ [Review]

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Marvel Comics

I have pretty strong feelings about Peter Parker's parents. To put them succinctly, I don't think they should matter. Peter's parents are dead, and that's that. Uncle Ben and Aunt May raised him, and they're the ones we should care about.

I say that to explain upfront that Amazing Spider-Man: Family Business, the new graphic novel by Mark Waid, James Robinson, Gabrielle Dell'Otto and Werther Dell'Edera was fighting an uphill battle with me from about the fifth page in. The story hinges quite a bit on Peter's family history, specifically on his parents' history as spies in the CIA. In the end, the team's charming mix of spies and Spidey mostly won me over, though not everything completely gels.

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‘FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics’ The Latest Vertigo Title To Enter The Movie Pipeline

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Vertigo

Less than a year into its run at Vertigo, Hollywood is already calling for writer Simon Oliver, artist Robbi Rodriguez and colorist Rico Renzi's tripped-out sci-fi comic FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics.

Deadline reports that Justin Marks, writer of the upcoming live-action Jungle Book movie and of the screenplay for Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, is adapting a treatment written by Oliver. David S. Goyer, who has been a driving force behind a good many DC Comics movie properties over the past several years, will produce.

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Oni Press Cuts Ties With Packaging Supplier ULine Over Its Support Of Anti-Gay-Marriage Organization

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In an open letter posted to its Tumblr Tuesday and signed by the full editorial staff, comics publisher Oni Press announced it was ending its relationship with ULine, the supplier of Oni's office and packaging supplies for years, over ULine's ties to Family-PAC, a political organization based in Illinois that describes itself as "pro-family."

In particular, Family-PAC lobbied heavily against the recently enacted law that legalized gay marriage in Illinois. Oni described the organization as one whose "core espoused beliefs run counter to the beliefs we hold vital and true." See the full letter after the jump.

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Drew Goddard Named As Director Of ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ Spinoff Movie ‘Sinister Six’

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Marvel Comics

Back in December, Sony Pictures announced that it was going full-force with its Spider-Man franchise, not just with a followup to the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie, but with Venom and Sinister Six movies to boot.

The directors for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and Venom were already in place at the time of that announcement (Marc Webb is sticking with the main series and Alex Kurtzman will handle Venom), but Sinister Six's director wasn't yet confirmed. Now, it seems like an almost-done deal that screenwriter Drew Goddard, who directed The Cabin in the Woods and is also writing the new Netflix Daredevil series, will have the job.

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New ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Clip Serves Up A Bit More Star-Lord [Video]

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Marvel Studios

If you've seen the trailer for the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie, you're likely already familiar with the prominently featured scene in which Chris Pratt's Star-Lord tiptoes up to an ancient-looking artifact with designs on stealing it in a manner reminiscent of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Now, Marvel Studios has released a slightly longer look at that scene in what you might call a clip or what kind of seems like a slightly different trailer cut. Whatever you'd call it, the video awaits your eyes.

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Doraemon Meets ‘Akira’ In Disturbing 2020 Tokyo Olympics Animation [Video]

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Aleix Pitarch

The city of Tokyo won its bid to host the 2020 Olympics this past fall, leading many people, this site included, to draw the parallel between reality and the post-apocalyptic manga and anime feature film Akira, which took place in the run-up to the 2020 Olympic Games in Neo-Tokyo.

The organizers real-life Games in Tokyo have turned to another manga/anime, Doraemon, to help promote the Olympics. The famous robot cat is an ambassador for the 2020 Games. With that in mind, animator Aleix Pitarch has combined Akira, Doraemon and the Olympics in a tribute video. It's...harrowing.

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‘Littlest Pet Shop’ Joins IDW’s Line Of All-Ages Comics

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IDW/Hasbro

IDW's line of licensed cartoon books is blowing up. Not only is the publisher the home to a huge new Cartoon Network event that ties into a number of ongoing series, it's also the publishing home of Hasbro's My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and now Littlest Pet Shop. It will be written by Georgia Ball (My Little Pony) with art by Nico Peña and Antonio Campo (The Penguins of Madagascar).

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War Rocket Ajax Early Edition: Detective Comics, Dead Letters and Ultimate Spider-Man [Podcast]

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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 up at WarRocketAjax.com on Mondays.

This week, it’s Chris is back from Emerald City and he's talking to Matt about three of the big comic releases of the week: Detective Comics #30 by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato, Dead Letters #1 by Christopher Sebela and Chris Visions, and Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #200 by Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez and a bunch of other artists.

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‘Arrow’ Season 2 Recap, Episode 18: ‘Deathstroke’

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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, we get the (weak) origin of a villain's name, the (confusing) revelation of a character's secret, and a (baffling) betrayal.

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