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The Naughty Knot: Unpacking Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso’s Comments On Sex Appeal And Diversity

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In an interview with The Telegraph's Radhika Sanghani, Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso offered some insights into how he regards the superhero comic industry's treatment of female characters -- and his own intentions towards diversity.

The interview is chiefly noteworthy for confirming what already seems apparent from recent changes in Marvel's line-up, namely that Marvel understands and is responding to demographic changes in the marketplace. "We believe there's an audience of women out there who are hungry for this [product] and we want to make sure they get it," said Alonso. "This is affirmative action. This is capitalism.”

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Link Ink: Deadpool Cupcakes, New Spider-Man Mobile Game And ‘Avengers’ Facts

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Each weekday, ComicsAlliance brings you a carefully selected variety of links from around the web about comics and comics-related media, including movies, video games, toys, and whatever else might be worth noting. Quite frankly, these are items you may just need to know about to have a productive day. Take a look at today's hand-picked links after the jump.

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Karl Kerschl’s Hello Kitty Comic Is Adorable, Raises Even More Questions About Her Species

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In case you haven't been keeping up on the anniversary celebrations of your favorite Japanese cuteness icons, this year marks the 40th anniversary of Hello Kitty. To celebrate the occasion, Sanrio -- which has recently been pretty cagey about whether or not Hello Kitty is actually a cat -- put out a hardcover featuring artists from all over the world, with comics celebrating 40 years of adorability.

One such creator was Karl Kerschl, the artist of the upcoming Gotham Academy, who contributed a sci-fi-inspired three-page strip that is absolutely delightful. There's just one problem: The third page was rejected by Sanrio for implying that Hello Kitty is actually a cat.

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Hayley Atwell’s Agent Carter Returns With The Howling Commandos In ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

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Marvel fans were ecstatic to learn that 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' season 2 would premiere with a return appearance by Hayley Atwell's 'Agent Carter,' but the question remained what time period we'd see Peggy in. Now, the latest photo from September 23 premiere "Shadows" has answered that question with a resounding howl, placing Neal McDonough's Dum Dum Dugan and Kenneth Choi's Jim Morita back in Howling Commando action as well!

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The Guinness-Certified World’s Largest Comic Collection Is 94,268 Issues Deep

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After nearly two years of convincing Guinness' record judges that his comic book collection is, in fact, the world's largest, Mission Viejo, California man Bob Bretall was able to announce on his Facebook page that it's finally official: His comic book collection is on page 172 of the new Guinness Book of World Records.

Bretall's collection totals 94,268 issues, all of which are "unique" books, which presumably means there are no duplicates. The whole collection weighs a whopping 16,800 estimated pounds. That's more than eight tons of comics.

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Batmobile Photo Is Most Colorful ‘Batman V. Superman’ Image We’ve Seen Yet

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While director Zack Snyder did share a look at the 'Batman vs. Superman' version of the Batmobile, it was parked in a warehouse and half-covered in smoke. In short, you couldn't really get a good sense of what it would look like in action. Today, we get a much better look at what Batfleck's Batmobile will look like in 'Batman vs. Superman' as Bruce Wayne's whip has rolled onto the film's set for the first time.

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Link Ink: NYCC-Exclusive Deathstroke Figure, Movie Bane Invades ‘LEGO Batman 3′

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Each weekday, ComicsAlliance brings you a carefully selected variety of links from around the web about comics and comics-related media, including movies, video games, toys, and whatever else might be worth noting. Quite frankly, these are items you may just need to know about to have a productive day. Take a look at today's hand-picked links after the jump.

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JOYRICH’s Expensive Richie Rich Fashions Hilariously Marketed To Awful Rich Kids, Irony Is Dead

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LA-based fashion brand JOYRICH has collaborated with DreamWorks to create a decadently tacky streetwear collection starring none other than Richie Rich. Although this is not Richie Rich's apparel debut (he previously appeared in the MISHKA NYC x Harvey Comics collaboration), JOYRICH's approach to the character solely features a repetitive motif of Richie holding a large sack of his parent's money on shirts, skirts, purses, and more.

Judging from the price list, the imagery may serve as an indicator of how many sacks of money you'll have to shell out for this gear. From $40 iPhone skins to $198 backpacks, it's clear that JOYRICH x Richie Rich is genuinely and unironically reaching out to stylish rich kids who have enough money bags to be covered in an allover pattern rich kids holding money bags.

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Jock Donates ‘Batman: The Black Mirror’ Art To Auction Benefitting Toddler With Leukemia

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If you need an incentive to help a two-year-old boy with his leukemia treatment beyond basic human decency, how about an original page from one of the best Batman stories of the past decade?

An eBay seller is auctioning off the above page from Detective Comics #871, the first part of the acclaimed "The Black Mirror" storyline by Scott Snyder and Jock, to help a little boy named Nathaniel, who has acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Jock himself donated the art for the auction.

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Small Press Previews: A New Way Of Keeping Up To Date With The Latest Indie Comics

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One of the difficulties in keeping up with small press comics -- particularly with readers newly interested in the area -- is that it can be so bitty: a plethora of artists self-publishing with their individual websites and stores, independent imprints releasing books which aren't listed in Diamond's catalogue, and so forth. Comic readers are used to dates shifting around, but this puts the more of an onus on the reader to search out what titles are releasing when -- and that's if they're aware of the publications in the first place. So the launch of Small Press Previews, a website that brings together over 40 small press publishers, allowing them to upload information about what they're releasing each month: information, previews, where-to-purchase deatils, is a very welcome and useful resource.

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