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‘Deadpool’ Production Begins; Vanessa and Weasel Confirmed as Characters

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For a long time it seemed like the Deadpool movie could never happen. The character's first appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine completely mis-read Deadpool's appeal despite the seemingly perfect casing of Ryan Reynolds. When Reynolds made his DC with the Green Lantern movie for Warner Bros., it seemed unlikely that Deadpool would ever get back in track.

The canny decision to leak some test footage back in July of last year for a Deadpool movie treatment that relies heavily on CGI to embrace the character's Looney Tunes cartoonishness caused enough of a stir that Deadpool was suddenly alive again, with Reynolds still attached to star. Now we have evidence from the cast that the movie has entered into production, which means it is really, actually happening.

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‘Captain America: Civil War’ Plot Revealed and Start Date Announced

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Avengers 2 doesn't open for another few weeks, but deep inside Marvel headquarters they've already begun turning their attention to the next big movie: Captain America: Civil War. Frequently referred to as Avengers 2.5 because of the sheer amount of superheroes packed into this one film — Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Falcon, Black Panther, Spider-Man and Hawkeye are all confirmed to star — the third Captain America movie might be the biggest superhero film yet. As Marvel gets ready to begin filming, a casting call has given us our first look at the film's plot.

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Creators, Start Your Engines: Oni To Accept Submissions In May

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Today, Oni Press announced that in May they will begin to accept submissions. This is a big deal in the comics world, as Marvel and DC don't accept unsolicited submissions and only some of the next tier of publishers ever do. Accepting submissions puts Oni in a better place to bring new talent into the industry, and to compete for that talent with the few publishers who do accept submissions, like Dark Horse.

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‘Dredd 2’ Definitely Isn’t Happening, According to Writer Alex Garland

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Most people who saw 2012’s Dredd, a dark reboot of the classic British comic book anti-hero Judge Dredd, dug it. Almost 20 years after Sylvester Stallone made a thoroughly campy mess of the property in Judge Dredd, director Pete Travis, screenwriter Alex Garland and star Karl Urban produced a far more faithful version of Dredd with a bleak tone, gritty action, and a hero who never takes off his signature helmet.

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AMC’s ‘Preacher’ Casts ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Star Ruth Negga as Tulip

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Where AMC’s Preacher adaptation had reportedly eyed Howard Stark, er … Dominic Cooper as its titular lead, A Marvel-ous new twist has arisen. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Ruth Negga has transformed into the first official member of the Preacher cast, playing the role of the iconic Tulip.

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A Statement Regarding Chris Sims and His Harassment of Val D’Orazio

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In light of recent events, we have written this statement on our senior writer Chris Sims and his harassment of Val D'Orazio.

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‘Lighten Up’ is Ronald Wimberly’s Must-Read Commentary on Race In Comics

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Today, The Nib released a beautiful and evocative comic by cartoonist Ronald Wimberly about race in comics. Wimberly tells the story of how a Marvel editor asked him to change the skin color of a character who had been historically Mexican and African-American. The editor wanted the character's skin tone to be lighter, and in Wimberly's piece he discusses why this is so problematic.

White privilege is absolutely a real thing, and the wide-ranging implications of this editor's request probably never occurred to her. Being an editor at a place like Marvel or DC means putting up with a punishing monthly schedule and many cooks in the same kitchen. Asking an artist to make a color change is pretty routine - and to many editors, this note would seem like a minor request. As Wimberly makes clear in his comic, however, the request has many problems.

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The ‘Vocal Minority’ And Artistic Integrity In Comics

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Things got interesting over the past few days for comics folks who keep their ear to online skirmishes over how welcoming comics is or isn't --- and how welcoming comics should be in the first place. Between the new Killing Joke-inspired and tonally jarring cover to Batgirl #41 (which was just pulled at artist Rafael Albuquerque's request, and in line with the creative team's wishes) and Erik Larsen going on a Twitter rant about comics pandering to a "vocal minority" that in his mind wanted superheroines covered up, it would be easy for readers interested in the new world order of "comics for everyone" to feel discouraged. After all, if some of the decision-makers at DC and one of the owners of Image Comics don't get it, how can we expect everyone else to get it? The answer is easy: we move on without them.

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Marvel and Icon Comic Book Releases for June 2015 [Solicitations]

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Courtesy of Marvel, ComicsAlliance brings you an advance look at new periodical comic books, collected editions and graphic novels going on sale in June 2015 (and in some cases beyond) from the publisher’s mainline Marvel Universe titles, its licensed properties, and the creator-owned label Icon.

June is going to open the floodgates for some unusual but potentially awesome comic reading thanks to Marvel's continuing Secret Wars line-wide overhaul. After the masses are done watching Avengers: Age of Ultron, we'll be able to see the same robotic army take on the legions of Marvel's undead in Age of Ultron Vs. Marvel Zombies #1, which could be the series' best crossover since Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness. Love could be in the air between Peter Quill and Shadowcat in Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde #1, but we have a feeling there's some kind of trickery going on. Stephen King fans will be able to see his magnum opus work continue in Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three --- House of Cards #4, where we'll watch Roland Deschain and Eddie Dean continue to deal with The Prisoner.

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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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