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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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DC and Vertigo Comic Book Releases For June 2015 [Solicitations]

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Courtesy of DC Comics, 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 superhero line and the mature readers Vertigo imprint.

June is DC's 'Divergence' month, featuring a whole slate of new launches by new creative teams that we're very excited about, including Brenden Fletcher and Annie Wu's Black Canary, Stever Orlando and ACO's Midnighter, and Ming Doyle, James Tynion IV and Riley Rossmo's Constantine. Also keep an eye out for the new Batman Beyond, in which the Batman of the future no longer has old man Bruce to guide him, and the new We Are Robins series, featuring the teenagers of Gotham uniting under the banner of the Boy Wonder to fight crime. Plus, Max Rockatansky's journeys beyond the Thunderdome will be told in a new prequel series to the upcoming summer blockbuster, Mad Max: Fury Road.

There are plenty of excellent comics on the way this June to get you hyped up for the summer. All of the following books can be purchased at finer comic book shops, where you can also pre-order your selections to ensure you’ll get a copy before they sell out.

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‘Suicide Squad’ Rumor Explains Batman’s Involvement

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We’ve been hearing a lot of rumors about David Ayer’s Suicide Squad over the last week or so, specifically pertaining to the Joker, which will reportedly be based on Frank Miller’s version of the iconic villain in The Dark Knight Returns. The last report only hinted at how Ben Affleck’s Batman might appear in the film, and today’s rumor expands on that a bit, shedding more light on the caped crusader’s role and how he’s viewed in this particular section of the DCU.

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Exclusive: IDW Announces ‘Miracleman Artifact Edition’ [Preview]

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Miracleman, aka Marvelman, has one of the most convoluted publishing histories in comics. Created by Mick Anglo, but very closely modeled on Fawcett's Captain Marvel, the character has passed between several owners and publishers over the years, and run afoul of all sorts of legal entanglements. Those complications seemed to be resolved by a recent court case --- so this is clearly the perfect time to add yet another publisher to the character's long history!

IDW is getting into the Miracleman game with a deluxe hardcover 'Artifact Edition' reproducing pages from the 1980s Miracleman revival in Warrior magazine, by artists Garry Leach, Alan Davis and John Totleben and "the Original Writer." (Pssst; it's Alan Moore.)

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‘Symbolia’ Comics Magazine Calls It Quits After Current Issue

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Symbolia magazine, the digital comics journalism brainchild of Erin Polgreen (editor and publisher) and Joyce Rice (creative director), just announced that their current issue will be their last. The issue just released is titled "The Future" and sadly marks the end of the magazine's two year run.

When Symbolia began two years ago, the landscape for comics was very different. Particularly when it came to comics journalism (in this case meaning journalism in the form of comics, not journalism about comics), Symbolia's mission was an ambitious one.

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AMC’s ‘Preacher’ Reportedly Eyes Dominic Cooper to Lead

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As AMC scurries about its latest spinoff attempts, we’re keeping a closer eye on the long-awaited adaptation of Preacher, as shepherded by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Only the pilot order is official, though a new report suggests Agent Carter star Dominic Cooper has become the frontrunner for the title role.

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Superheroic Style Spotlight: Wonder Woman & Superman’s New Costumes

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DC Comics' solicitations for June reveal that various members of the Justice League will be getting makeovers, and the new looks include a fully-covered Wonder Woman and a casual Superman.

In an effort to phase out the New 52 branding, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Arrow, and Green Lantern will get new costumes to replace the New 52 threads that they've worn since August 2011. Aside from a mysterious Bat-robot, the redesigns for Wonder Woman and Superman feature the most notable stylistic changes, which I will break down in terms of design and superhero costumes after the cut.

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Comixology Celebrates Indie Comics with 30 ‘Comixology Submit’ Books for $3

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Comixology's Submit program is kicking off its third year as a channel for the digital sale of indie comics, and to celebrate, Comixology is offering a bundle of 30 Submit books for just $3. The books are a diverse group, including projects by Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore, John Allison, Joe Benitez, Eric Grissom and Claire Connelly, and Andrea Tsurumi. Comixology co-founders John D. Roberts and David Steinberger will also promote the platform at SXSW this weekend with an appearance on the Geek Stage, which the company is sponsoring.

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Curt Pires and David Rubin’s ‘The Fiction’ Explores the Dangers of Getting Lost in a Book

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If you have fond childhood memories of those times you were so immersed in the fantastical world of a favorite book that a whole day seemed to pass you by, Curt Pires and David Rubín's The Fiction, from Boom Studios, may be the perfect series for you. Then again, it may make you rethink where that time went.

The intriguing premise of The Fiction takes that idea of getting lost in a fictional world to an extreme and sinister conclusion. It's the story of a group of friends who once found a set of books that actually allowed them to explore other worlds. But one of them never came back. And now that they're adults, another member of the group has gone missing...

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‘Chainmail Bikini’ Kickstarter Features Comics By Women About Gaming

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Editor Hazel Newlevant is running a Kickstarter campaign for a comics anthology titled Chainmail Bikini, in which women cartoonists create stories about gaming. Given the current environment of the gaming community, this project is a welcome move away from death threats and pathetic anti-"SJW" rhetoric towards a pure expression of love for the medium of games.

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