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Paul Willoughby’s ‘Twin Peaks’ Postcards Are The Best/Most Foreboding Possible Mail

Art by Paul Willoughby, http://www.paulwilloughby.com/

Ever since Laura Palmer washed up on the riverbank wrapped in plastic, Twin Peaks has been a benchmark for engaging television. Created and directed by David Lynch, the series is known not just for great acting and an engaging and ultra-creepy mystery, but for the striking visuals that it presented viewers. Which, when you consider it, is probably why it's been such a popular subject for artists to take a shot at.

One such artist is Paul Willoughby, and in a series of fantastic pieces that he produced back in 2012, he interpreted the characters of Twin Peaks on postcards from the show's Pacific Northwest setting.

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‘Arrow’ Producers Are New Writers On ‘Green Arrow,’ So Get Ready For Ollie To Be A Jerk

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DC Comics announced Thursday that Green Arrow will have a new creative team starting with October's issue #35, and TV fans who like to scroll through the credits might recognize the writers' names. Andrew Kreisberg and Ben Sokolowski, producers on The CW's hit series Arrow, will take over writing duties while Daniel Sampere (Batgirl) will handle art.

The current Green Arrow team of Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino will finish up their run in September's Green Arrow: Futures End #1, according to the DC Comics blog.

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She’s A Problem Solver: Animator Brianne Drouhard Talks DC Nation’s ‘Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld’ [Interview]

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Warner Bros. Animation's DC Nation shorts produced some pretty fantastic material and shined a mass media spotlight on a lot of obscure DC Comics characters. But my favorite, hands down -- and that of many viewers -- was the animated reimagining of Dan Mishkin, Gary Cohn and Ernie Colon's Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld. Over the course of seven 75-second shorts produced, directed and designed by artist and animator Brianne Drouhard, Amy Winston was upgraded from an '80s straight-faced sword-and-sworcery concept to a a synthesis of gamer culture and magical girl anime, starring a contemporary young woman pulled into a funny and dangerous video game world where she's a princess of destiny set on a quest to battle skeletons, slay dragons and save the world.

With the series of shorts concluded and available to watch online, we spoke to Drouhard about how she pitched the fan-favorite story, the trials of adapting her illustrating style for animation, and why it was important for Amethyst to have video games in her life. We also got plenty of gorgeous Amethyst art from Drouhard in the process.

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Sin City’s Original Miho, Devon Aoki, Will Play Katana On ‘Arrow’

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Actress Devon Aoki already has experience playing a sword-wielding martial arts expert from comics with her role as Miho in Sin City, so her newest role, as DC Comics character Katana on The CW's Arrow, shouldn't be too difficult of a challenge. Deadline reports that Aoki will have a recurring role in the series' third season, which will, if the second season finale is any indication, partially take place in Hong Kong.

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Here’s The Thing, Episode 14: Why Is Destro So Great?

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If our weekly Ask Chris column isn't enough of definitive comic book (and pro wrestling) opinions for you, good news: ComicsAlliance is proud to present Here's The Thing, a series of videos where you can join our own extremely opinionated senior writer, Chris Sims, as he dives into comics history to explain why you're wrong and he's right.

This week, a reader wants to know why Chris, who is often so opposed to romanticizing villains, loves Destro so much. What is it about an arms dealer who supplies a terrorist organization bent on world domination that makes him different from other villains -- and makes him so easy for us to identify with?

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The Avatar’s Family Dynamic Is Explored In ‘Legend Of Korra: Book 2′ Bonus Feature [Video]

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If you're a fan of Avatar: The Legend of Korra, then you're probably having a pretty good week. Not only did Book 3 start up this weekend with the promise of Korra re-founding the Air Nation and going up against a team of super-powered crooks bent on destruction -- including an Water Bender who uses tendrils of water and ice in place of her missing arms, which is awesome -- but today marks the release of Book 2 on home video, for anyone who needs to catch up.

As you might expect, the Blu-Ray/DVD has more to offer than just the episodes of the show. There's a whole list of special features, including one where show creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko discuss the family dynamic that influenced the second season.

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New SpongeBob Annual Stars Golden Age Cartoonist Fletcher Hanks’ Stardust The Super Wizard (Sort Of)

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In putting together this summer's superhero-themed SpongeBob Comics Annual-Size Super-Giant Swimtacular #2, United Plankton Pictures dug deep and left-of-center for inspiration and riff material. How deep, and how left-of-center? Well, the book includes, "I Shall Destroy All The Civilized Planktons!", a rather meticulously assembled homage to the work of Golden Age oddball artist Fletcher Hanks and his Stardust The Super-Wizard, by Paul Karasik and R. Sikoryak.

That story follows a few featuring more traditional targets of parody, like a Western-themed story starring SpongeBob regular Mermaid Man, who is basically just Silver Age Aquaman with sea shells over his nipples and a starfish in the middle of his face, and another in which Squidward becomes Batman parody the Squishy Knight and SpongeBob becomes "Multi-Purpose Sponge, the hero with a different costume in every panel" (which allows for panel after panel of SpongeBob dressed as various Marvel and DC superheroes).

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The X-Men Episode Guide 4×10: ‘Beyond Good And Evil, Part 3′

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The early ’90s were spoiled for choice when it came to comic book adaptations. Not only was Batman: The Animated Series on the air, but X-Men led Marvel’s push to get on the small screen, diving right into the often convoluted continuity of everyone’s favorite mutants, luring in a generation of fans, and paving the way for cartoons to follow. That’s why we’ve set out to review every single episode of the ’90s X-Men animated series.

This week, the show really wants you to care about Cable and his son. But on the bright side, ROBOT MUMMIES!

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New ‘Gotham’ Character Portraits Include Poison Ivy And Her Completely Different Name

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Viewers have had plenty of opportunities to see the lead characters of Fox's new not-Batman-we're-serious series Gotham staring ahead and looking solemn, but they haven't seen everyone just yet.

Entertainment Weekly has published eight new character portaits, and though they include some familiar faces -- Ben McKenzie as James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, Jada Pinkett-Smith as Fish Mooney, and David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, to name a few --the feature also comes with some new ones. Not only are viewers getting their first really good look at Edward Nygma, a.k.a. the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), they're also seeing the show's version of Poison Ivy, played by Clare Foley. You'll notice she's not Pamela Isley anymore.

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Hollywood Trade Guilds Support Jack Kirby’s Estate In Court Battle With Marvel

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Three of Hollywood's biggest industry guilds have submitted an amicus brief in support of the Kirby estate in the case of Lisa Kirby V. Marvel Characters. The brief urges the Supreme Court to hear the case, as the guilds believe the outcome will have major implications for the film industry.

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