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DMP’s Kickstarter For Osamu Tezuka’s ‘Alabaster’ Only Has Three Days Left and I Really Want To Read This

Osamu Tezuka's Alabaster

All right, look. I've been pretty late on getting around to reading the considerable library of titles that Osamu Tezuka produced over the course of his forty-year career in manga. Much as I've enjoyed going back through Astro Boy, and as much as I'm looking forward to continuing it when Dark Horse's line of omnibus editions drop this fall, I still haven't read Black Jack or Buddha or any of his other major works, despite knowing that I really should. But folks, I am doing my best, which is why I really hope you head over to Kickstarter and throw a few bucks towards DMP's project to bring Tezuka's Alabaster to America.

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Thumbnail: A Celebration of the Cars of Sean Phillips

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'Thumbnail' is a new recurring feature on ComicsAlliance in which we invite our writers to reflect on comic book details that deserve a little extra attention, whether it's a favorite character, and artistic choice, or a striking page. For this installment, John Parker looks at Criminal artist Sean Phillips' unusual affinity for beautiful and realistically rendered cars.

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Filed Under: , Category: Art, Image, Opinion, Thumbnail

Bizarro Back Issues: The Arkham Asylum Softball Team (1994)

Showcase 94 #4, DC Comics

Since the last installment of the Bizarro Back Issues column was a request explaining one of those memorable Silver Age covers that only got weirder once you cracked it open and read the actual story, I thought it might be a good idea to see if there were any other comics people had always wondered about. I put out the call, and to be honest, the last thing I expected was to find out about something I'd never heard of before, but then @saintwalker88 suggested a story that I knew would be amazing before I even read it.

Because this is the story of the Arkham Asylum Softball Team and their game against Blackgate Prison.

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Toy Fair 2015 Comic Collectibles Round-Up: Zombies and Turtles and Bombshells, Oh My

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From companies like Cryptozoic, which is venturing into busts for the first time, to longtime figuremakers like NECA and Mezco, almost every company at the show this year had some sort of comic collectible to show off. Toy Fair is wondrous place filled with all kinds of cool stuff, but this was the cream of the comic book crop.

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‘Avengers 2’ Director Joss Whedon Explains Why You Won’t See Ant-Man in the Film

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It’s already been widely reported that Avengers: Age of Ultron will feature an origin story for Ultron that’s different from the original Marvel comics, in which Hank Pym (aka Ant-Man) was responsible for the creation of the super-villain. If you were curious about why Ant-Man won’t be in the upcoming Avengers sequel at all, director Joss Whedon has some answers.

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Poll: Vote on the Best and Worst Comic Book Romances, Round VII

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From Wally West and Linda Park, to Harley Quinn and Mistah J, we're asking you to vote on comics' most famous couples so we can determine the best (and worst) romantic partnerships that comics have to offer. If you think the couple is star-crossed and meant to be, vote 'True Love.' If you think they've got unstable chemistry and can only end badly, vote 'Bad Romance.'

In today's polls, we're looking at matched pairs. Hawkfolk. Acrobats. Size-shifting bug-themed heroes. When it comes to love, is it always opposites that attract, or is the secret to a lasting relationship the shared ability to breathe underwater? Fun fact: This is what Carrie Bradshaw would sound like if she lived in the Marvel or DC universe. Let's try another; If you want to build a future together, does it help to share a history of murdering people for the Russians?

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CBS ‘Supergirl’ Adds Calista Flockhart and Laura Benanti

CBS Supergirl Calista Flockhart Cat Grant Laura Benanti Alura
DC Comics / Jason Merritt - Laura Cavanaugh, Getty Images

CBS’ forthcoming Supergirl series boasts a number of DC figures among its primary cast, and while Kara Zor-El and Jimmy Olsen have already been found, two new figures from DC lore have joined the party. Calista Flockhart will return to television to portray Superman media mogul Cat Grant, while Nashville star Laura Benanti will play Kara’s Kryptonian mother.

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‘Deadpool’ Needs A New Colossus: We Choo-Choo-Choose ‘Choo-Choo’ From ‘Justified’

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Actor Daniel Cudmore, who played Colossus in the X-Men movies, took to Twitter to tell his fans that he won't reprise the role. A physically imposing figure, Cudmore may not have the range that Deadpool requires. Playing the straight man in a comedy is a demanding job for any actor, and calls for an actor with excellent comedy timing.

Fortunately, an unknown but similarly-sized actor recently made his debut in the TV show Justified. With a vacancy for a new Colossus now open, the man they call "Choo-Choo" may be perfect for the job.

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Dark Horse Announces ‘Astro Boy’ Omnibus For Oversized Butt-Guns

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Good news for fans of robots who have jet-boots, rocket fists and machine guns that pop out of their butts: This October, Dark Horse is releasing an oversized omnibus of Osamu Tezuka's legendary Astro Boy, a welcome change since the original digest-sized versions from a few years back have been out of print for quite some time.

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I Am Jack’s ‘Fight Club 2′ Six-Page Preview

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Last year at San Diego, Dark Horse announced that Fight Club would be joining Dredd and Serenity in that rare pantheon of non-comics stories with official sequels in comics form. Written by Fight Club's creator, novelist Chuck Palahniuk, and drawn by Cameron Stewart, the comic takes place ten years after the events of the original Fight Club, when the unnamed narrator of the film is married to Marla Singer and suffering through the exact sort of tedious existence that he and his alter-ego railed against.

Now, thanks to our smoking-jacketed friends at Playboy, we can finally see exactly what the comic is going to be like in a six-page preview, where it is revealed that Palahniuk and Stewart are actually the same person. Uh... spoiler warning, I guess?

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