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Country Music Label Average Joes Launches Its Own Dirt Road Superheroes

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Everyone deserves stories about heroes who look and act and live like them; the ability to inspire people is one of the great real world powers that superheroes all share, so it's important to have heroes from every walk of life. That's true for readers inspired by Ms. Marvel or the new Thor and Captain America, and it's just as true for the country music fans that the Average Joes music label hopes to reach with its new line of heroes inspired by its performers!

Music producer Shannon Houchins and country rapper Colt Ford are the founders of the music label Average Joes, and in addition to representing their artists, they've also turned them into heroes in a series of comics sold through the Average Joes website, created by writer Doug Wagner and artist Daniel Hillyard and published by 12 Gauge Comics. As the video trailer above reveals, the heroes' tongue-in-cheek powers include banshee yells, redneck shape-shifting, and transforming into a mud-man. Shannon Hoechins explained why he felt it was important to create country music heroes.

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‘Cover Versions’: Comic Artists Remix Classic Album Covers

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Music and comics. Like chocolate and peanut butter, they're two great tastes that taste undeniably great together. Until 14th May, London's Orbital Comics store is celebrating the union of the two art forms with the 'Cover Versions' exhibition.

As part of the event, 14 comic artists have created new cover art for some their favorite albums. If you've ever wanted to see Christian Ward covering Radiohead's Kid A, or a mash-up of The Beatles' Abbey Road with Morrison's New X-Men --- and if you didn't previously know you needed these in your life, you do now --- then look no further.

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KISS and Scooby-Doo Team Up For New Animated Feature

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One day, every pop-culture property will team up with every other pop-culture property. We're getting there bit by bit.

Case in point: Sometimes-comics stars KISS and the Scooby-Doo team will join forces in a new animated feature, Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery, which will be out on Blu-ray and DVD July and on digital on-demand services a little earlier, July 10.

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Kirby Krackle Urges You To ‘Mutate, Baby!’ With New Album

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Nerd-rock group Kirby Krackle has been making geek rock and roll for years now, and is releasing their fifth studio album, Mutate, Baby today. The band sings about a little of everything related to geek culture: comics, video games, genre television, and general geek experiences. Their newest album has a lot in common with their previous albums, but it's also about putting a positive spin on geek life.

ComicsAlliance spoke with KK frontman Kyle Stevens to talk about this new album and the band's evolution and inspiration.

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‘Death Note: The Musical’ Is Coming To Japan; Listen To The First Song In English

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Death Note, Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s wildly popular tale of good, evil, and perfectly mussed hair, has been adapted into an anime, three live action movies, a prose novel, and various video games. In my foolishness, I’d thought we were done. I'd thought the consumption of 2007 anime clubs everywhere was enough to sate Death Note's ravenous appetite. But I was wrong—and, believe it or not, happily so. From April 6th to the 29th, Death Note The Musical will run at Tokyo’s Nissay Theater. Further performances have been scheduled in Osaka, Nagoya, and South Korea.

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This Live-Action ‘Jem’ Movie Sure Is Different Than We Thought It Would Be

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As regular readers will no doubt be aware, ComicsAlliance's most anticipated movie of 2015/ever is the upcoming live-action adaptation of the greatest glam-rock cartoon of all time, Jem and the Holograms. That said, there are a lot of rumors floating around about changes made in the transition from the small screen to the big screen. Some of them are interesting (possibly recasting Eric Raymond as a woman), some of them are worrisome (making an entire Jem movie without the Misfits), but they're all pointing at a Jem that's pretty different from the one we're used to. We just weren't quite expecting it to be this different.

As you can see from the video above, it seems like the live-action Jem has recast its stars as men who sing in Italian. So... that's unexpected.

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Adam WarRock’s ‘Spider-Gwen’ Rap Is Your Spider-Jam

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It probably shouldn't be surprising that Jason Latour and Robbie Rodriguez's Spider-Gwen is inspiring musical tributes from readers. She is, after all, one of the year's most talked about costume designs, ranking just behind the Batgirl of Burnside in terms of spiking fan interest even before the comic came out, and once it did, the revelation that she was the drummer for a band called the Mary Janes paved the way for people to express their love of Gwen Stacy through the magic... of song.

We loved Married With Sea Monsters' grrl-group take on The Mary Janes' fictional anthem "Face It Tiger," and we're equally fond of the new track from ComicsAlliance's favorite MC, Adam Warrock. As you may already know, Adam (alias Euge Ahn) does a fundraiser every year called the 24-hour Rap-A-Thon, where he does as many tracks as he can in a single day, and one of those tracks was all about Gwen Stacy's turn as the new Spider-Woman. Today, he dropped the remix, and it's pretty great.

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Mondo Offers Die-Cut Vinyl Of Danny Elfman’s ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Theme

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Mondo, you are killing me with this.

As part of their year-long celebration of Batman's 75th Anniversary, Mondo has produced an art show, posters, and a truly beautiful soundtrack album that sold out of all five designs at San Diego, and now, they're giving me the most compelling reason yet to get into vinyl: a die-cut single of Danny Elfman's theme from Batman: The Animated Series. I definitely do not need this because I don't even own a record player, but y'all... it's shaped like a bat. How can I not get this?

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Soundtrack to Be Released on Cassette Tape in November

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As successful as 'Guardians of the Galaxy' was at the box-office (and, as the highest-grossing film of the year, it certainly was that), the film's iconic soundtrack was equally as successful. "Awesome Mix Vol. 1" spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and is currently the 10th largest selling album of 2014. You've been able to buy the digital album, the CD, vinyl and even a "Deluxe Edition," but so far, no actual cassette like the mix tape in the film. But, that's all about to change.

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Mondo’s Vinyl Releases Continue With ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix’

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It looks like the good folks over at Mondo have been on quite a tear lately when it comes to cornering the market on comic book themed vinyl records. Just a few months ago at San Diego's Comic-Con International, they put out a limited edition Batman: The Animated Series soundtrack, and now, they've announced that they're following that up with a collectible edition of the soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy.

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