DC Universe Scraps Original Programming, New Seasons of ‘Titans’ and ‘Harley Quinn’ Head to HBO Max

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“Harley Quinn” renewed for Season 3 as DC Universe transitions into a comic-book subscription service

DC Universe’s first live-action series “Titans” will be migrating over to HBO Max for its upcoming third season as the two-year old streaming service is getting out of the original content business.

In addition, the animated “Harley Quinn” was renewed for a third season that will stream exclusively on HBO Max. “Doom Patrol” had recently been renewed for its own third season that will be exclusive to the WarnerMedia streaming service.

DC Universe will rebrand as DC Universe Infinite and focus exclusively to be a fan community and digital comics hub beginning Jan. 21, 2021.

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Vita Ayala And Rod Reis Take The New Mutants On A Wild Ride In The Aftermath Of X Of Swords

Vita Ayala makes their NEW MUTANTS debut this December, launching the book into a thrilling new era as the series’ new writer! Ayala will be joined by artist Rod Reis, a rising superstar who’s already brought his unique and kinetic art style to earlier issues of the hit series.

On the edge of mutant society, the younger generation of X-Men cut loose in the Wild Hunt—going big, blowing things up, and combining powers to see who gets crowned king of the mountain! In the aftermath of X of Swords, a mysterious threat has taken root on Krakoa. This ancient enemy is powerful, hungry, and all too familiar to the New Mutants, and it’ll take X-Men from all generations to stop it. Join Magik, Dani Moonstar, Karma, Warpath, Wolfsbane, Warlock, Scout, and more of your favorites in an unpredictable series that will explore uncharted territory of the new mutant status quo that kicked off in Jonathan Hickman’s groundbreaking House of X.

“The New Mutants (as a group of characters, and as a book) are the center of the Venn diagram of things that I love, and I am honored and stoked as all get out to be able to follow Jonathan [Hickman] and Ed [Brisson] on the title,” Ayala said. “The New Mutants are perfectly situated to start digging into some of the weird and dangerous stuff that lies just under the surface of the new Krakoan nation, to go poking at things that bite back, so expect them to be getting into all sorts of trouble… *ominous laugh*”. Be there for the next great X-Men saga when NEW MUTANTS #14 hits stands this December. For more information, visit marvel.com.

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Get An Adrenaline Rush This January With Non-Stop Spider-Man

The previously announced action-packed series written by Joe Kelly and drawn by artist Chris Bachalo, NON-STOP SPIDER-MAN, will debut this January. Kelly and Bachalo, two industry legends, will be teaming up to give readers the most web-slinging action that can possibly be contained in a comic book. These pulse-pounding adventures of everyone’s favorite web-head will feature his most iconic villains and his most amazing feats ever put to page.

“I get asked who my favorite character is to draw and I reply Spider-Man. I get asked who my favorite writers are to work with and I reply with Joe Kelly. I get asked why I draw comics and I reply that I like telling stories—fast stories,” Bachalo said. “As the name implies, Non-Stop Spider-Man, starting with panel one, is a breakneck, furiously paced Spider-Man story with the purpose to break ankles and knees and then leave you wanting more.”

“Non-Stop Spider-Man is, for me, the best of what Marvel comics can be: relentless action, epic storytelling, mind-melting art, and relevant themes, all grounded by the heart and soul of one of my all-time favorite characters, Spider-Man,” Kelly said. “Chris and I want to redline your adrenaline and shatter your hearts, giggling the whole time. Please sign your waivers and gather your safety gear of choice before issue one comes out. I truly can’t wait for this. Buckle up, Tigers.”
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Chadwick, Marvel’s Black Panther, Dies After Battle With Cancer

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Chadwick Boseman at the MTV Movie nad TV Awards 2018

Actor Chadwick Boseman, who starred in the massively successful Black Panther film, has died, a rep for Boseman said. He was 43. The actor has never made his diagnosis public.

He is survived by his wife and a parent and had no children, Fioravante said. Boseman’s wife, singer Taylor Simone Ledward, and family were by his side at his Los Angeles home.

Boseman’s career also includes his portrayals of Black American icons such as Jackie Robinson (in 2013’s “42”) and James Brown (in 2014’s “Get on Up”).

“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” said a statement posted to his Twitter feed. “It was the honor of his life to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”

In addition to “Black Panther,” Boseman also played the character in various Marvel Cinematic Universe installments such as Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
Most recently, he starred in Spike Lee’s Netflix war movie Da 5 Bloods which was released in June.

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See What The Future Holds For The X-Men In The X Of Swords: Creation Trailer

Kim Jacinto, one of Marvel’s most popular cover artists, delivers an electrifying take on Marvel’s greatest fighter in his cover for SHANG-CHI #1! Known for his eye-catching work on 2018’s Avengers storyline “No Surrender,” the acclaimed Filipino artist celebrates Shang-Chi’s return by depicting the former Avengers in a heated battle. This stunning cover joins more SHANG-CHI #1 variants by top talents like Jen Bartel, Dike Ruan, and more – to be revealed in the coming weeks.

In this exciting new era, Shang-Chi will discover hidden secrets about his family that will rock his world as he goes up against dangerous new enemies, including the deadly Sister Hammer, a figure from Shang-Chi’s past who will stop at nothing to destroy him. Shang-Chi is in for the fight of his life in this action-packed adventure full of startling revelations, shocking betrayals, and pulse-pounding battles. Check out Jacinto’s cover below and don’t miss SHANG-CHI #1 when it hits stands next month.

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Marvel Honors Indigenous History With Native American Heritage Tribute Covers By Jeffrey Veregge

Yesterday, Marvel announced MARVEL’S VOICES: INDIGENOUS VOICES #1, a landmark special written and drawn by some of the industry’s most renowned Indigenous talent including celebrated artist and writer Jeffrey Veregge. Veregge, who just wrapped up his exhibition Jeffrey Veregge: Of Gods and Heroes at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, also lent his talents to produce an extraordinary series of variant covers in November. The NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE TRIBUTE VARIANT COVERS will showcase Dani Moonstar, Black Panther, Spider-Man, Black Widow, Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, and Thor depicted in Veregge’s iconic artistic Formline style.

“The story of the hero is an ancient one. Starting with the very first cave drawings, artists and writers from across the globe have both captured and shared the fateful acts of their people’s heroes. Being from the Pacific Northwest, my own people, the S’Klallam Tribe, have used the art style known as Formline to record and share the stories of our people since time immemorial. The art style I use in my own work today is an extension of the same shapes and forms used for hundreds of years by Native artists from and around the very same region,” Veregge said.

“As a lifelong comic fan, artist and Native American, I am truly honored to work with Marvel Comics today. Not only to create pieces that represent a voice for Indigenous People in honor of Native American Heritage month, but also for the opportunity to share the same storytelling spirit of my ancestors by sharing the tales of some of today’s heroes.”
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Bill & Ted Face The Music Panel At Comic-Con@Home

Orion Pictures’ BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC just gave the most excellent panel discussion at this year’s Comic-Con@Home.

Moderated by Kevin Smith, the panel included cast members Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-Paine and William Sadler, as well as director Dean Parisot and screenwriters Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon.

Here’s the film’s synopsis:

The stakes are higher than ever for the time-traveling exploits of William “Bill” S. Preston Esq. (Alex Winter) and Theodore “Ted” Logan (Keanu Reeves). The now middle aged best friends set out on a new adventure to seek the song that will set their world right and bring harmony in the universe, with the helped by their daughters (played by Samara Weaving and Brigette Lundy-Paine), a new batch of historical figures and a few music legends. The film also stars Kid Cudi, Kristen Schaal, Anthony Carrigan, Erinn Hayes, Jayma Mays, Jillian Bell, Holland Taylor, Beck Bennett, William Sadler, Hal Landon Jr. and Amy Stoch.

Directed by Dean Parisot from the screenplay by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC will be released on demand and in theaters on September 1, 2020.

You can watch the panel on the link below:

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Witch Hat Atelier Wins Prestigious Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards During Comic-Con International 2020

In its first nomination and win, Witch Hat Atelier by Kamome Shirahama wins a 2020 Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material-Asia

First announced during the online award ceremony for the The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards held Friday, July 24, 2020 during Comic-Con International San Diego, Witch Hat Atelier by Kamome Shirahama, and published by Kodansha USA Publishing, was awarded a 2020 Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material-Asia category!

“Witnessing the spellbinding charm of this manga with universal appeal entrance the world has been enormously gratifying for us at Kodansha USA,” said President & CEO Alvin Lu. “This special recognition by the Eisners committee and voters is a great honor. On behalf of the enormously talented Shirahama-sensei, thank you.”

Often considered by the comics, manga and graphic novel industry as “the Oscars of Comics,” the Eisner Awards are voted on by industry professionals and given out in more than two-dozen categories each year during Comic-Con International San Diego. This year, Witch Hat Atelier won a 2020 Eisner Award, joining other Kodansha USA Publishing titles who have also received this award in the past including, Tokyo Tarareba Girls by Akiko Higashimura in 2019, and AKIRA by Katsuhiro Otomo in 2018.
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Comic-Con@Home: David S. Goyer Talks About The Art of Adapting Comics to the Screen

In a Q&A interview with Jeff Goldsmith, publisher of Backstory Magazine, writer, producer and director Goyer talks about his creative process, writing habits and some of his film moments.

Goyer is behind some of the iconic comic book film and TV adaptations including Blade trilogy, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, Dark City, Constantine (TV), Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

During the interview with Goldsmith, Goyer, discussed his creative writing process and what it took to bring these beloved characters and tales from the page to the screen, filling in the 7-year gap in his history in Batman Begins, Ra’s Al Ghul’s death at the end of Batman Begins, constructing the father/son tornado sequence in Man of Steel and creating aa memorable ending of Man of Steel. Goyer also provided a personal message about how the pandemic has affected his family.

The interview is also available in “The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith” podcast on iTunes or Spotify.

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HBO Releases Sneak Peek Of LOVECRAFT COUNTRY At Comic-Con@Home

During today’s Comic-Con@Home panel for HBO’s genre-bending LOVECRAFT COUNTRY, fans were presented an exclusive sneak peek from the first season.

View the sneak peek below:

In the scene, Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors), his friend Leti (Jurnee Smollett) and his father Montrose (Michael Kenneth Williams) raid a museum after hours in the pursuit of the clues they’re desperately seeking.

From showrunner and executive producer Misha Green, drama series LOVECRAFT COUNTRY debuts SUNDAY, AUGUST 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max. Based on the novel of the same name by Matt Ruff, the ten-episode series follows Atticus Freeman as he journeys with his childhood friend Letitia and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a road trip from Chicago across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father Montrose. Their search-and-rescue turns into a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and monstrous creatures that could be ripped from an H.P. Lovecraft paperback.

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