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‘Green Lantern: The Animated Series’ Producer Giancarlo Volpe Explains Focus Groups In New Comic

Art by Giancarlo Volpe, http://giancarlovolpe.tumblr.com

In his time working in animation, Giancarlo Volpe has worked on some of my all-time favorite cartoons. As a writer, director and animator, he worked on Avatar: The Last Airbender (including directing the pretty phenomenal series finale), King of the Hill, and most recently as the director of the JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time movie. As a result, you'd think he'd know a little something about how to make an exciting and enjoyable animated series, right? But it seems that even he can learn a lot from a focus group!

At least, that was the opinion of the studio during Volpe's time as the showrunner for Green Lantern: The Animated Series, when he attended his first focus group run by the studio. On his tumblr, Volpe recounted the experience in the form of a comic featuring an appearance by Bruce Timm, and to say the least, it does not sound like a fun time. Read a few pages below!

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‘All-New Ultimates’ #1 Turns The Ultimate Universe On Its Ear [Review]

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Marvel Comics

A little over a decade ago, when Marvel's Ultimate Universe was really coming into its own, the creative teams behind the Ultimate books established a distinct storytelling style that seemed to serve as a contrast to the mainstream books being published at the time. The pacing was deliberate, with a lot of time spent on character conversations. The art was big, bold and filmic, with an emphasis on realism. Iconic characters had long arcs.

All-New Ultimates #1 by writer Michel Fiffe, artist Amilcar Pinna and colorist Nolan Woodard doesn't do any of that (other than perhaps the art being bold). It's lightning-fast, takes place in a very heightened reality and, Spider-Man aside, revels in its focus on characters you're unlikely to see starring in a movie anytime soon. In many ways, it's a rejection of the established Ultimate style, a very Ultimate idea, indeed.

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Vision Actor Paul Bettany Teases ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Abilities [Video]

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Marvel Comics

He couldn't reveal much on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last Friday night, but Avengers: Age of Ultron star Paul Bettany was able to tease some information about his transition from voicing Tony Stark's AI Jarvis in the Iron Man movies to going full-fledged Vision on May 1, 2015.

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The X-Men Episode Guide 3×19: ‘Nightcrawler’

X-Men Episode Guide 3x19: Nightcrawler

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, Nightcrawler shows up and Wolverine finds Jesus. Not even kidding.

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‘The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker’ Link Nendoroid Coming In August

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Good Smile Company/Max Factory

It looks like Good Smile Company and Max Factory's Luigi won't be the lone Nintendo Nendoroid from the line for much longer. The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker Link Nendoroid we saw at Toy Fair 2013 will be sailing to retail in late August.

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Comics Alliance Podcast 106: Amazon Buys ComiXology

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The big story of the week is the acquisition of leading digital comics retailer ComiXology by Amazon.com. ComiXology has facilitated over 200 million downloads of digital comics, making it the largest provider of American comic books from nearly every major publisher as well as small press and independent creators. Amazon.com is one of if not the biggest retailers of, well, everything in the world, including a leading seller of digital content in the form of music, video and electronic books.

What does this acquisition mean for Comixology and the American comic book industry as a whole? To address these questions and ask even more besides, Senior Editor Andy Khouri is joined tthis week by Heidi MacDonald, Editor-in-Chief of comics news and culture site The Beat; Matt D. Wilson, ComicsAlliance contributor and the writer of the digital comic book Copernicus Jones, Robot Detective; and Alison Baker and Chris Roberson, publishers of Monkeybrain Comics, an imprint with an exclusive digital distribution deal with ComiXology.

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Barry Blankenship’s Posters Are Bright, Poppy And Awesome

Art by Barry Blankenship, barrytheartguy.com

I've been thinking a lot about picking up some new art lately to decorate these old walls. I mean, don't worry, that framed theatrical poster for The Goonies ain't going nowhere, but I've had it for years and it's getting a little stale. Perhaps the Gooies r only Good Enuf.

Either way, I'm seriously considering decking out every flat surface in this place with the art of Barry Blankenship. His work is beautifully bright, fantastically clever, focused on detailed, poppy representations of stuff like Monster Squad, Scott Pilgrim and, of course, the Batman, and that means it's right up my alley. Check out a few of my favorites from his gallery below!

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