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April 08, 2014 | 11:43 a.m.

Archie Comics announces beloved redhead to die in July issue

Cover of "Life with Archie" no. 36, in which Archie Andrews dies. (Archie Comics)
Archie fans might want to brace themselves: The beloved character will die this July. Archie Comics announced Tuesday that the lovable redhead Archie Andrews will bite the proverbial dust, to cap the recent “Life With Archie” series. “We’ve been building up to this moment since we launched ‘Life With Archie’ five years ago, and knew that any book that was telling the story of Archie’s life as an adult had to also show his final moment,” said Archie Comics Publisher/Co-CEO Jon Goldwater in a statement. MORE: RECENT ARCHIE NEWS While details of the character’s impending death are scant, it has been revealed that Archie will go out saving the life of a friend in “Life With Archie” No. 36, in which the two potential future timelines of the series finally will mesh. Comic readers will have no shortage of formats […]
April 07, 2014 | 6:30 p.m.

Conan O’Brien to host talk show from Comic-Con International in 2015

Conan O'Brien will bring his late-night talk show to San Diego's Comic-Con International in 2015. (Art Streiber/TBS)
“Conan,” the late-night TBS series hosted by self-professed nerd and comic critic Conan O’Brien, will broadcast from San Diego’s Spreckels Theatre for the week of July 8-12, 2015. According to a network announcement Monday, the shoot will mark the first time ever that a late-night show has broadcast from the conference-cum-party that typically draws some 130,000 visitors, many decked out in their finest cosplay duds. (Check out photos of costumed attendees from last year’s event in the gallery above.) O’Brien does have a history with the San Diego confab. In 2011, he appeared at Comic-Con as The Flaming C, a superhero alter ego he created with acclaimed DC animator Bruce Timm. At the appearance, he joked about blowing $25 million on a trailer for a Flaming C movie yet to appear. Other notable interactions with the Comic-Con world include O’Brien’s recurring “Clueless Gamer” bit in […]
April 04, 2014 | 4:42 p.m.

‘Batman: Death of the Family’: Joker mask paired with Vol. 3 release

The Joker (Greg Capullo / DC Comics)
Scrambling for that perfect way to commemorate Batman’s 75th anniversary? What about wearing the Joker’s face? DC announced Friday its fall release plans for writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo’s “Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family,” which collects “Batman” issues No. 13-17 and will come paired with a replica hand-painted vinyl latex mask of the Joker, complete with sewn-on hair and a white elastic band. The mask is a homage to the original cover of “Death of the Family,” which depicted the skinless face of the Joker, removed at the behest of the Clown Prince of Crime by Dollmaker as a symbol of his rebirth. PHOTOS: The Joker through the years The “Death of the Family” series was lauded as a jolt of life for the Batman universe and responsible for creating a new chapter in the Joker […]
April 03, 2014 | 3:47 p.m.

‘The Undertaking of Lily Chen’ weaves a tale of ghostly love

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The Chinese tradition of ghost marriages — weddings performed for deceased bachelors — serves as the inspiration for “The Undertaking of Lily Chen,” the latest graphic novel from author Danica Novgorodoff. The ancient practice sought to partner recently deceased singletons for their journeys into the afterlife, but a modern resurgence of the macabre tradition in contemporary China has led to grave-robbings and even killings — setting the stage for Novgorodoff’s tale. “Lily Chen,” from First Second Books, follows a young man named Deshi whose elder (and more favored) brother dies in an accident. Deshi’s parents hold him responsible and send him on a quest to find a corpse bride so his brother won’t have to enter the afterlife alone. When he meets the eponymous Lily Chen, a sharp-tongued and impulsive young woman trying to escape an arranged marriage, he sees […]
April 02, 2014 | 12:26 p.m.

Black Widow, Falcon inspire ‘Project Runway’ designers’ superhero style

Designers get fashion inspiration from Marvel characters. (Lifetime)
Ever wondered if a superhero cape could pass for haute couture? On Thursday, “Project Runway: Under the Gunn” viewers will find out. The four remaining competitors on the fashionable reality competition program will use fearsome Marvel characters such as Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Falcon, Hawkeye and the Guardians of the Galaxy as inspiration for a ready-to-wear challenge. Expect a run on camouflage, tool belts and spandex fabric at Mood Fabrics ( how fast can an ambitious designer make 10-foot feathered wings?).   Jaimie Alexander (who recently visited “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” as her “Thor” character Lady Sif) will serve as a guest judge ready to school the hopefuls on all things fierce. Cort Lane (that name just sounds like a superhero), Marvel’s vice president in charge of animation development and production, will also be on hand as a guest mentor. No word […]
April 01, 2014 | 3:28 p.m.

‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′: Gerry Conway campaigns for premiere invite

Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)
While Gerry Conway has spent his storied comic career standing out, he’s now looking to fit in. At least for a night. Conway took to Twitter today to kick-start a campaign to be invited to the premiere of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” As one of the co-creators of the Punisher and a longtime scribe of “Justice League of America,” Conway is still best known among Spidey fans for his memorable work in the summer of 1973 — “The Amazing Spider-Man” Nos. 121-122 featured the death of one major character who also happens to have a prominent role in Sony’s May 2 release. (Although there’s no word on whether the events in the film will exactly mirror those in the comics, anyone who would prefer not to know who dies in Conway’s story line might want to stop reading now and […]
March 27, 2014 | 10:25 a.m.

‘Ms. Marvel’: G. Willow Wilson, Sana Amanat on Kamala’s transformation

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The new Ms. Marvel was a media sensation months before her first adventure was published: Kamala Khan, the girl behind the superhero’s mask, would be Marvel’s first Muslim character to star in her own title. But what shape her comic book series would take, and whether sales would match the hype, remained to be seen. “People love to talk about new and different,” said “Ms. Marvel” writer G. Willow Wilson. “They don’t always love to buy and read new and different.” The fear in debuting such a risky character, series editor Sana Amanat said, is always: “If we do something like this, is it a gimmick?” As “Ms. Marvel” No. 1 heads to a third printing and next month’s No. 3 approaches, early indications are that the teenage Kamala’s story has resonated with readers – and drawn new customers into […]
March 27, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.

Batman 75th anniversary: Warner Bros., DC reveal Bat-logo, Bat-plans

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Sunday will mark 75 years since Batman first appeared in “Detective Comics” No. 27, and if you thought DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. were going to let that go unmarked, then you’re crazy enough for Arkham Asylum. Today marks the beginning of brawling billionaire Bruce Wayne’s yearlong diamond jubilee, with the launch of the anniversary celebration’s online hub, www.Batman75.com, and the release of a commemorative logo that will feature on many DC comics and Warner Bros. products. And, Gothamites, July 23 is Batman Day: There will be celebrations at comic shops, bookstores and libraries, complete with a free Caped Crusader comic special to the occasion. The months ahead also bring the “Batman Eternal” weekly comics series, the first-ever home video release of the ’60s “Batman” television series starring Adam West, convention events, a 25th anniversary edition DVD of Tim Burton’s […]
March 26, 2014 | 11:54 a.m.

‘Hellboy: The First 20 Years’: Mike Mignola marks two decades in hell

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Hellboy celebrates his 20th anniversary this month, and on April 1 a new hardcover collection, “Hellboy: The First 20 Years,” will arrive to mark the occasion. The deluxe, oversized volume presents Hellboy creator Mike Mignola’s favorite covers and illustrations in gallery style and includes key pieces of his art such as his first sketch of the character. Hero Complex readers can check out a selection of pages from the collection in the gallery above. The character first appeared in print in 1994, when Dark Horse published “Hellboy: Seed of Destruction,” which introduced readers to the gruff half-demon who was summoned by the Nazis, rescued by the Allies and raised by the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (and was inspired by Mignola’s father). Hellboy’s popularity and evolution surprised even Mignola, however, who said he never would have guessed that the […]
March 22, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.

Mike Mignola gets ready for a demon of a Hellboy Day

Mike Mignola, creator of the character Hellboy, at his home in Manhattan Beach.  (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
Mike Mignola walks downstairs every morning in his sunny Southern California home, enters his studio and descends straight into hell. “Hell is my place where I get to indulge. It’s my fantasy land,” he said, sitting at his work table earlier this week. Perhaps Mignola’s comfort in the fiery pits of the nether world should come as no surprise. He is the creator of Hellboy, the beloved, red-skinned half-demon and world’s greatest paranormal investigator of comics and film fame. But it’s hard to imagine Mignola on holiday in Hades. As the sun streamed into his book-lined studio, Mignola, dressed casually in denim and a T-shirt, smiled easily and was relentlessly humble while looking back on a career of which most comic book artists dream. He was quick to point out that Hellboy Day — Saturday’s festivities celebrating the 20th anniversary […]
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