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ComicsAlliance Week-in-Review: June 18-23, 2012

Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat shared the harrowing tale of his attack by pro-government forces, who broke both of his hands in an attempt to stop him from criticizing those in power through his work, in this heart-breaking but ultimately inspiring video.

The other sad news story we shared this week didn’t have a happy ending: Comics writer Robert L. Washington III passed away a few weeks ago, and now the Hero Initiative is seeking donations to help cover the costs of his funeral.

Join us after the jump for much lighter, less tragic news from the week as covered by ComicsAlliance.


Publishing:

-Terrible news for Daredevil readers: Daredevil artist Paolo Rivera is following fellow Daredevil artist Marcos Martin, and leaving the book to concentrate on his own comics. Rivera will be ending his decade-long exclusive arrangement with Marvel, but will continue to work for the publisher in a non-exclusive capacity

-What’s next for Chris Roberson? MonkeyBrain Comics.

-Udon is releasing a Marvel Vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works art book, chronicling the work from the many collaborations between the two companies an featuring art work from Joe Madureira, Adi Granov, Takeshi Miyazawa, ComicsAlliance favorite Adam Warren and many others.

-George Takei will become the latest real-life celebrity to be imported into the Archie-verse, in the pages of November’s Kevin Keller #6.


Previews:

-Adventure Time #5‘s back-up by Paul Pope.

-Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro-Series #5: Splinter by Erik Burnham with art by Charles Paul Wilson III. And check out that David Petersen cover…when is Petersen going to do his own TMNT project?

-Higher Earth #2 by Sam Humphries and Francesco Biagini.

-Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, a graphic novel based on the storyboards of the movie based on the novel.

-The Art of Howard Chaykin.

-Harbinger #2…and a brief interview with writer Joshua Dysart.

-Sakuran by Moyoco Anno.

-Prophet #26 by Brandon Graham.


Reviews:

-John Parker on the first year of Spawn, part two.

-David Brothers on The Dodsons.

-Chris Sims on Life With Archie #196.



Film:

-Sims and David Uzumeri finish watching Steel.

-Here’s the first trailer for the new Judge Dredd movie, which is apparently just called Dredd. Looks Rob Schneider-free, so it’s already better than the original!

-Dark Knight Rises hype, parts one and two.

-Is director Barry Sonnenfeld considering making a Metal Men movie? Will the freaking Metal Men get a movie before Wonder Woman does?


TV:

-Say, this new computer-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon on Nickelodeon looks like it’s gonna be pretty all right…I dig the ninja running and the visible sound effects…

Video games:

-Here’s a hands-on preview of The Amazing Spider-Man.

-Here’s the final trailer for Lego Batman 2. I still maintain that it’s a better trailer than any for The Dark Knight Rises, by a factor of one million.

-Here’s a little featurette demonstrating Stan Lee’s appearance as playable character in The Amazing Spider-Man.

-Here’s a preview of Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition for the Wii U.

-Facebook game/The Dark Knight Rises promotional tool The Fire Rises lets players participate in a strategy game set in Gotham City…only as one of the bad guys, rather than Batman.

-Sims reviews Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes.

-Here’s a featurette focusing on Bruce Campbell’s voice work in the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man videogame.


Toys:

-Toys ‘R’ Us is letting fans and collectors vote to decide who becomes a Minimate in an Avengers Vs. X-Men box set. I vote Jason Aaron.

-SDCC exclusive announcements: and a Alpha Flight Minimates box set.


ART:

-Sharon Moody paints comic books…in her own unique way.

-Igor Scalisi Palminteri transforms saints into superheroes with well-chosen paint jobs.

-This week’s Best Art Ever (This Week) (Wow, that’s some Tank Girl from Joelle Jones…)

-Everyone’s parodying Guillem March’s cover for Catwoman #0, even Guillem March! Check March’s sketch of the same subject, drawn in the style of R. Crumb

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