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‘Andre The Giant’ Cartoonist Box Brown Talks Wrestling, Fact-Checking, And Adapting Real Life For Comics

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Earlier this year, First Second released Box Brown's Andre The Giant: Life And Legend – a graphic novel biography of the wrestling legend that immediately jumped onto the New York Times bestseller list, and has been met with great acclaim from wrestling fans and comics critics alike. Our own Chris Sims described the book thusly:

"It shows Andre as a person. Not the giant with a dubious fifteen-year undefeated streak, not as the monster who was bodyslammed by Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania III, not as the absent father that was put on blast by A Current Affair shortly before his death, and not even as the drinker and prankster behind the scenes in the world of wrestling. It shows him as all of those, as a person whose life was larger than everyone’s, but whose flaws were no bigger or smaller than anyone else’s. It makes the Giant relatable without ever undermining him. There’s a love in this book, but there’s an honesty, too, and it comes through in every scene..."

Recently, we got the chance to sit down and speak with Brown about the culture of professional wrestling, his artistic approach to comics, and how he went about adapting Andre's outsized life for a graphic novel.

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Wrestler CM Punk Debuts At Marvel Alongside Rob Guillory With ‘Thor Annual’ #1

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If you're a fan of the King of Sports, professional wrestling, then you may have wondered what CM Punk has been up to since he left the WWE the day after last January's Royal Rumble. Punk, occasionally known outside the ring as Phil Brooks, has been quiet about his plans for the future, but this week it was announced that he'll be writing a story for February's Thor Annual #1, with art by Chew's Rob Guillory, who will also be making his debut at Marvel.

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Skottie Young Takes ‘Rocket Raccoon’ Space-Wrestling In Issue #1, Has Clearly Made The Best Comic Of The Year

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Look, I'll admit that I haven't been completely excited about the upcoming Rocket Raccoon series by Skottie Young. Don't get me wrong, I love Bill Mantlo and Keith Giffen's spacefaring guardian as much as the next guy, and I'm pretty sure it's just our signature brand of ComicsAlliance Elitist Hipsterism creeping through that made me a little dismissive since the upswing in popularity that's keyed to this summer's big-budget Guardians of the Galaxy movie, but I just wasn't really into it. And then I found out that the first issue is about space-wrestling.

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The First Trailer For The Scooby-Doo/WWE Crossover Movie Surfaces, My Dreams Are Becoming Real [Video]

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As Hans Gruber once said, Christmas is "the season of miracles," and there is nothing more miraculous than the present Warner Bros. has just given us. After announcing all the way back in August of 2012 that there was going to be an animated crossover movie between Scooby-Doo and World Wrestling Entertainment, it seems that my dream of a better world is perilously close to becoming reality. Today, a trailer for Scooby-Doo WrestleMania Mystery has arrived online, and it is everything I have ever hoped for in my life.

The trailer, featuring appearances by the Miz, Brodus Clay, Sin Cara, AJ Lee, Triple H, Kane and, of course, John Cena, teases plenty of in-ring action for Scooby and Shaggy, although Velma and Daphne's heated rivalry for the Divas Championship remains unconfirmed. Check it out below!

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War Rocket Ajax: The WrestleMania Special With Joe Keatinge And Danielle Matheson

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Ah, springtime, when a young man's fancy turns to... WrestleMania! It's our annual 'Mania-themed podcast, and this time, we're welcoming Glory and Morbius: The Living Vampire writer Joe Keatinge and podcaster Danielle Matheson for a roundtable discussion of this year's biggest wrestling event -- and you can listen to the whole show right here on ComicsAlliance!War Rocket Ajax #152: WeatherMania with Joe Keatinge and Danielle Matheson
(WARNING: Contains NSFW language)

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Ask Chris #97: The Best and Worst of Wrestling Comics

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Here at ComicsAlliance, we value our readership and are always open to what the masses of Internet readers have to say. That's why every week, Senior Writer Chris Sims puts his comics culture knowledge to the test as he responds to your reader questions!

Q: What's the worst wrestling comic you've read? What's the best? -- @chudleycannons

A: I thought about saving this question for a few weeks until this year's Wr

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Parting Shot: Wolverine Maybe Breaks a WWE Wrestler’s Jaw

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So X-Men Origins: Wolverine star Hugh Jackman jumped into the middle of a fake WWE fight earlier this week by fake punching a wrestler called Dolph Ziggler, an act of sudden violence that prompted the announcer to shouted "X-Men-esque!" I don't claim to understand kayfabe the way Chris Sims does (or really at all), but it seems that Zig

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Roundtable Review: ‘WWE Heroes’ #2

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ComicsAlliance writers Laura Hudson, Chris Sims, Caleb Goellner, Jason Michelitch, and David Uzumeri sit down for a roundtable discussion about "WWE Heroes" #2. WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW.

David: This comic is both better and worse than it has any right to be.

Chris: I guess it falls to me to do the r

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The ComicsAlliance Quiz: Comic Book Character or Wrestling Move?

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This week's release of "WWE Heroes #2" might not do much to narrow the divide between pro wrestling and comics, but when you get right down to it, they might already be a little closer than we thought

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Titan’s WWE Comics Will Most Likely Be Terrible

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This week, it was announced that Titan, a UK-based publisher best known for producing magazine tie-ins to genre TV shows like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Grey's Anatomy," have signed on to produce at least 20 issues worth of comics tying in to World Wrestling Entertainment. Kicking things

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