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Mad Magazine’s Keil and Kerschbaum Present ‘The Substitute Teacher’s Manual’ [Preview]

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We're now several weeks in to the new school year, which means disillusioned and exhausted teachers may have started calling in sick to work already, and it's time for the substitutes to step up. Thankfully Mad Magazine's usual gang of idiots --- specifically Kenny Keil and John Kerschbaum --- have provided a helpful illustrated guide to the challenges of substitute teaching in the upcoming issue #536, and we've got an exclusive first look. Of course, it's about as respectful of the profession as you might expect.

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Art of Color: The Infinite Horizons of Sloane Leong


Comics coloring is one of the most unappreciated aspects of the medium, despite enhancing the thematic subtext of a work and just making it look better. In this series I’m going to shine a spotlight on some of the best and most interesting colorists in comics.

Sloane Leong colors horizons better than any other colorist in comics. Any artist worth her salt knows that you can't just plop down a single color for the sky and sit with your feet back, but Leong has a particular knack for punctuating the emotions of a scene with a unique gradient.

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The Revolution Can Begin Now That Sideshow’s Red Son Batman Statue is Almost Here

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Sideshow Collectibles

The final piece of Sideshow's Superman: Red Son trinity has finally been revealed in full, as Red Son Batman makes his dramatic entrance alongside rivals Superman and Wonder Woman. As the only member of the classic DC trifecta to not be completely won over by the Communist ideals of Stalin's regime, Batman fights hard against the corruption his former friends enforce in this alternate universe. That's all thanks to his parents being gunned down by one of Superman's allies in Stalin's military. Of course, it's one thing for a billionaire to fight off Superman, but it's another entirely for one of the working class to take on the strongest being on the planet all by himself.

We got a look at the full prototype during San Diego Comic-Con, which did look nice, but we could only get so good a look at Batman behind its glass enclosure. Sideshow's released a bunch of new images showing the figure up close and personal. The mixed-media piece makes strong use of leather and canvas clothing to give Batmankoff his weathered and battered look. Where Superman's uniform being so simplistic works against the fabric materials just a bit, the tailoring and fine detail on Batman make the figure that much more impressive.

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Best Comic Books Ever (This Week): New Releases For September 30 2015


The question most often asked of the ComicsAlliance staff is a variation of, "Which comic books should I be reading?" or, "I'm new to comics, what's a good place to start?" The Wednesday deluge of new comic books, graphic novels and collected editions can be daunting even for the longtime reader, much less for those totally unfamiliar with creators, characters and publishers, and the dark mysteries of comic book shopping like variants, pre-ordering, and formats.

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Filed Under: Category: DC, Fantagraphics, IDW, Lists, Marvel

David Tennant’s ‘Jessica Jones’ Villain Spotted Filming ‘Luke Cage’ Scenes

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Marvel’s Jessica Jones already upped the inter-connectivity of Netflix’s four Defenders by the inclusion of Daredevil characters and Luke Cage himself, and it seems Mike Colter’s Hero-for-Hire will return the favor. Jessica Jones baddie David Tennant has been spotted filming Luke Cage scenes as Zebediah Kilgrave, but what does it mean for the so-called “Purple Man”?

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Chip Zdarsky Declines Harvey Award For ‘Sex Criminals’

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Other than that one time that NASCAR Heroes was nominated a few years ago, the Harvey Awards are not usually rocked with controversy. This year, however, has been marked by one notable exception: Chip Zdarsky's refusal to accept the Special Award For Humor In Comics for his work on Sex Criminals.

In a post at his website, Zdarsky discussed his reasons for declining the award, specifically citing the inherent unfairness of not including writer Matt Fraction, who, in Zdarsky's words, "supplies 90% of the humor."

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New ‘Flash’ Trailer Drops a Major ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Spoiler

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Apart from a few peeks at Zoom and Jay Garrick, The Flash has kept most of its major Season 2 spoilers under wraps in advance of next week’s premiere. Now, however, a new look brings with it a major spoiler for Legends of Tomorrow, and could well spell doom for a Flash friend ahead.

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Exclusive Clip: ‘Power Rangers’ Hits Its 800th Episode Milestone This Saturday


It feels like I've said this somewhere before, but Power Rangers is arguably the most successful live-action superhero franchise of all time. It's been running virtually uninterrupted since 1993, and this week, it's about to hit a major milestone. "Sync or Swim," the episode airing on Saturday, isn't just the 13th episode of the current season, Dino Charge --- it's the 800th episode of the series.

To mark the occasion, we've got an exclusive clip of the episode featuring a team-up between the Gold Ranger and the Red Ranger, and as someone who has actually watched all 800 episodes, I am almost positive that they're celebrating with the show's first-ever use of the phrase "stinking scallywag."

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Patrick Atangan’s ‘Fires Above Hyperion’ Finds the Universal in One Love Life


The first line of copy on the back of Patrick Atangan's Fires Above Hyperion reads, "Imagine if Sex and the City were written by a gay Charlie Brown..." So of course, I thought, 'I don't just want to imagine that. I want to read Sex and the City written by a gay Charlie Brown, and I want to read it as soon as possible."

And so, in all likelihood, will you.

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