It’s complicated: Marvel Netflix TV and movie characters won’t crossover in Avengers: Infinity War

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If you were concerned that the next Avengers movie, Avenger: Infinity War, slated for 2018, would contain 150 Marvel characters and sacrifice drama, storytelling and memory storage to too many characters running around, rest easy: there will only be 100 characters in the film. That’s because the Marvel Netflix character can’t really cross over into the movies. This little tiddlebit was revealed by A:IW director Anthony Russo—one half of the Directin’ Russo Brothers—who was being interviewed by a Portuguese outlet, and thought, as many have before him, that just because it was in a foreign language he could be be more candid than normal. Google Translate, Anthony. It’s free.

Marvel’s Civil War II Creative Team is revealed — UPDATED

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Marvel teased Civil War II with a postcard last October, but no more information has been revealed. However, a calendar for retailers had the project as the calendar girl for April, and Lucas Siegel got them to fess up: it will be written by Brian Michael Bendis and Drawn by David Marquez, basically the current […]

Based on these photos, Comic Arts LA was swell

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The second annual Comics Arts LA festival was held yesterday, in its first year as a two-day show. It’s the Los Angeles stop on the Premiere Indie Comics Circuit, and had a strong influence from the local animation community, as befits its founders, Jen Wang, Angie Wang. Iris Jong and Jake Mumm, several of whom have ties to that community. While I haven’t found any detailed write-ups, it seems like everyone was up on their socials, with happy photos of comics and people all backlit with the warm, golden sun of early winter downtown LA.

The McDuffie Award for Diversity In Comics submissions are open until Dec. 31

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The McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics was established last year to recognize comics work that promotes the spirit of diversity. (I was honored to be on the inaugural judging panel.) Submissions for the 2016 award are open until December 31st. The winner will be announced at the Long Beach Comic Con on February 20, […]

DC Super Hero Girls line gets a graphic novel: “Finals Crisis”

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The DC Super Hero Girls franchise, which appears to my pretty darned toyetic, is moving right along, with the first print graphic novel announced: DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: FINALS CRISIS. As previously announced, it will be written by Shea Fontana, with art by Yancey Labat, colors by Monica Kubina, and lettering by Janice Chiang. The book goes on sale on July 6th.

Webcomic Alert: Sacha Mardou’s “The State I’m In” at Mutha Magazine

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Mutha Magazine is an online journal that deals with issues surrounding motherhood. It has a regular comics section, edited by Meg Lemke, and she’s put together some amazing work from cartoonists including Lauren Weinstein, Glynis Fawkes, Tyler Cohen and many more. Today a standout, Sacha MArdou’s THE STATE I’M IN: A Birth Story in Comics, in which the expectant Mardou and her husband has to deal with the possibility that her child has Down Syndrome.

Fruits Basket is coming back from Yen Press, along with lots more from Natsuki Takaya

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Natsuki Takaya’s Fruits Basket was one of the greatest hits of the First Manga Era, with the English editions from TokyoPop one of the best selling manga of the time. The original was published from 1998 to 2006 in Japan and was turned into a successful anime as well. While ToykoPop’s manga have been OP for five years, Yen Press knows a good thing when they see it and they’re bringing back Fruits Basket in fully updated collector’s editions AND publishing more from Takaya’s list including her classic Twinkle Stars and her new Liselotte & Witch’s Forest.