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JACOB - from Piskor, Hip Hop Family Tree and X-Men: Grand Design Artist, Reportedly Passes Away at Age 41

“Ed Piskor, the artist of the Eisner Award-winning comic Hip Hop Family Tree, has reportedly passed away, per a Facebook post by his sister. Piskor, the co-host of popular podcast and YouTube channel Cartoonist Kayfabe, had recently become embroiled in controversy after two women accused Piskor of sexual misconduct, leading to the cancellation of a planned art exhibit in Pittsburgh showcasing his Hip Hop Family Tree art and Cartoonist Kayfabe co-host Jim Rugg announcing that he was ending his "working relationship" with Piskor. On Monday, Piskor posted a lengthy note where he indicated he had plans to take his own life after refuting some of the allegations against him.”

“Last month, comics artist Molly Dwyer posted private messages between herself and Piskor from 2020, which Dwyer stated occurred when she was 17 years old. Dwyer shared one post in which Piskor called her a "naughty girl" and others where he offered to let her stay with him in Pittsburgh. A screen capture of some of Dwyer's comments can be found here {link in the article}. A second artist, Molly Wright, came forward in a now-deleted Twitter/X post and claimed that Piskor offered his agent's phone numbers for sexual favors. In the note posted on Monday, Piskor apologized for his behavior towards Dwyer but said that he wasn't attempting anything untoward. He also denied Wight's account.”

SPENCER - from bleedingcool.comMD Bright of Armor Wars, Quantum & Woody and Icon Dies, Aged 68

“Comic book creator Mark D Bright, also known as MD Bright, died last week, peacefully, on the 27th of March at the age of 68. Born in 1955, he is best known in the comics field for drawing the Iron Man comic book story Armor Wars, about to be turned into a movie. As well as drawing the iconic Green Lantern: Emerald Dawn miniseries, co-created Icon for Milestone and Quantum and Woody for Acclaim, all with Christopher Priest, a personal comic book highlight for me, and the pinnacle of their partnership together.”

Also, from Robbins, Legendary Cartoonist and Wonder Woman Artist, Passes Away at 85

“Trina Robbins, the cartoonist and artist known for her decades-long career in the underground comix movement, has passed away at the age of 85. The news was broken on Wednesday night, with comic writer Gail Simone paying tribute to Robbins in a Facebook post. Beginning in the 1970s, Robbins became one of the most instrumental female voices in underground comix, contributing to or editing a number of anthologies or papers. She was also a prolific advocate for chronicling the history of women in comics and cartooning, publishing over half a dozen books on the subject.”

“In addition to her unground work, Robbins designed the original costume for Warren Publishing's heroine Vampirella, and was the first-ever woman artist to draw DC's Wonder Woman. Robbins illustrated the character on the 1986 four-issue miniseries The Legend of Wonder Woman, and wrote the 1998 one-shot Wonder Woman: The Once and Future Story. She even cameoed in 1989's Wonder Woman Annual #2. She also created the Millie the Model spinoff Misty for Marvel's Star Comics.”

JACOB - from‘Super/Man: The Christopher Reeve Story’ To Hit Theaters In September – CinemaCon

DC Studios co-head Peter Safran told CinemaCon attendees Tuesday that Warner Bros’ Sundance acquisition Super/Man: The Christopher Reeve Story is getting a September theatrical release.

No exact date was specified.

Safran showed a moving trailer involving Reeve’s son’s distress after the horse accident that left the actor paralyzed, the actor’s connection to pal Robin Williams, and his prep for his role as the Man of Steel in the 1978 Richard Donner classic Superman.

Warners snapped up the documentary for $15 million out of Park City festival as Deadline first told you.

Super/Man is directed by Ian Bonhote and Peter Ettedgui; they also co-wrote it with Otto Burnham.”

SPENCER - from the DC Vault: Death in the Family: Robin Lives! #1: What Happens After Jason Todd Survives His Encounter with The Joker?

“Following the seminal events of 1988’s original Batman #428 and 2023’s Batman #428 “fauxsimile” edition, featuring an alternate ending in which Jason Todd survives his brutal encounter with The Joker, DC is planning an all-new story that tells readers what happens to the ex-Robin during and after his recovery from nearly being killed by the Clown Prince of Crime.

On Wednesday, July 10, writer J.M. DeMatteis and artist Rick Leonardi add an all-new chapter to this iconic story when From the DC Vault: Death in the Family: Robin Lives! #1 arrives at participating comic book shops and digital retailers. 

‘Continuing this classic, and controversial, story and following in the footsteps of Jim Starlin and Jim Aparo, two creators I greatly admire, has been both a challenge and a joy,’ said DeMatteis. ‘This is a great opportunity to tell a story that’s big on action, but also takes a very deep dive into the heads of our main characters as we ponder what would have happened if Jason Todd had survived The Joker’s brutal attack. And having a master like Rick Leonardi bringing it to life visually? I couldn’t ask for anything more.’”

JACOB - from‘The Fantastic Four’: Julia Garner Joins Marvel Studios Movie As A Shalla-Bal Version Of Silver Surfer

“Garner’s star has been on the rise ever since she won her first of three Emmys for playing Ruth on the Netflix crime drama Ozark. She also landed an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Anna Delvey on the limited series Inventing Anna.

Since the end of Ozark, Garner has built out her film slate starting with the recently released The Royal Hotel. Next up she has the Blumhouse and Universal pic Wolfman, in which she will star opposite Christopher Abbott, and also has the Paramount thriller Apartment 7A

SPENCER - exclusively from‘Hellboy’ Creator Mike Mignola Launches ‘Bowling With Corpses’ Anthology, ‘Lands Unknown’ Comic Universe

“‘I created a whole new world. Not too different than our world a few centuries ago, but with a lot more gods and monsters,’ Mignola tells TheWrap

It’s also [This is] the first book from Mignola’s all-new Dark Horse imprint, “Curious Objects.” Mignola and fellow artist Ben Stenbeck’s first book from their new “Lands Unknown” universe will be an anthology of folklore-inspired fantasy tales, both written and illustrated by Mignola. While it’s an anthology format, they take place in a shared universe that he’s cocreating with Stenbeck.

‘It all started with an Italian folktale about a boy who goes bowling with corpses,’ Mignola said in a statement. ‘I fell in love with the story as soon as I discovered it, but I wanted to play fast and loose when adapting it, so I created a whole new world. Not too different than our world a few centuries ago, but with a lot more gods and monsters. Once I created that world, new characters and stories just started pouring out of it.’

These stories explore many of the same macabre themes Mignola has shown a love for over the years, including tales of the undead, the devil, pirates and sorcerers. ‘There is a whole lot to play with here and I expect to be at it for a very long time,’ he said.

The Bowling With Corpses and Other Strange Tales From Lands Unknown anthology will be written and drawn by Mignola, colored by acclaimed colorist Dave Stewart and lettered by Clem Robins. It’s set for release in bookstores on Nov. 5 and comic book shops on Nov. 6.”

JACOB - from‘Dead Boy Detectives’ Trailer Brings Neil Gaiman Comics to Life With Ghosts, Zombies and a Demon Dragging Kids to Hell

“Netflix has released a trailer for “Dead Boy Detectives,” the upcoming series following the Neil Gaiman-created comic book characters of the same name.

The series centers Edwin Payne (George Rexstrew) and Charles Rowland (Jayden Revri), who helm the Dead Boy Detectives agency. Teenagers born decades apart who find each other only in death, Edwin and Charles are best friends and ghosts who solve mysteries. They will do anything to stick together — including escaping evil witches, hell and Death herself. With the help of a clairvoyant named Crystal (Kassius Nelson) and her friend Niko (Yuyu Kitamura), they are able to crack some of the mortal realm’s most mystifying paranormal cases.”

SPENCER - exclusive from‘Star Wars’: Beau Willimon to Co-Write James Mangold’s Movie

“Beau Willimon is going from House of Cards to House of Jedi.

The playwright and screenwriter has been tapped to work the script for Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi, Lucasfilm’s feature that is to be directed by James Mangold.

Willimon is joining Mangold to write the script for the project that will trace the origins of the Force and be set 25,000 years before any of the timelines and stories told by the movies and shows so far.

Dawn of the Jedi, which is a working title, was first unveiled almost exactly one year ago, at the last Star Wars Celebration, held in London in April 2023.”

JACOB - Joker: Folie A Deux got a trailer

SPENCER - from

“In his Instagram stories, photographer Steve Sands shared an image from the set of the upcoming Daredevil: Born Again that seems to reveal that Ayelet Zurer will be reprising her role as Vanessa Mariana.”

JACOB - from! Studios to Publish Jeff Lemire's Longest Comic Since Sweet Tooth

“Jeff Lemire's latest comic series is on the way, and it sounds like it's a doozy. Wednesday, BOOM! Studios announced its first-ever title from Lemire, a mysterious ongoing series that little is known about. In a press release distributed by BOOM!, it's said the series will be released later this year and Lemire is handling both writing and drawing duties. Furthermore, Lemire says it's going to be his longest ongoing series since he released Vertigo's Sweet Tooth, which ran for 46 issues.

‘This series is literally a dream come true for me,’ BOOM! Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon said of the series. ‘Jeff Lemire is one of my all-time favorite creators and it's a career highlight to have him bring his newest original creation to our publishing house. This will be a true ongoing series in the grand tradition of Jeff's masterpiece Sweet Tooth. The work Jeff is producing right now is astounding. We look forward to sharing this series with the world and adding it to Jeff's pantheon of award-winning books.’"

SPENCER - from starwars.comStar Wars: Tales of the Empire Trailer Revealed

Star Wars: Tales of the Empire arrives May 4, 2024, on Disney+.”

JACOB - from starwars.comThe Acolyte Trailer, Key Art, and Premiere Date Revealed

Two episode premiere releases June 4th

SPENCER - from dc.comJoker: The World – DC’s Hardcover Anthology Takes the Clown Prince of Crime Around the World This September!

“This September, The Joker takes his unique brand of madness and mayhem on a world tour, as DC today announced plans to publish Joker: The World, a 184-page hardcover anthology.

Like DC’s bestselling and critically acclaimed Batman: The World, this can’t-miss anthology will feature Joker stories by creative teams representing 13 different countries, including renowned storytellers such as Geoff Johns, Satoshi Miyagawa, David Rubin, German Peralta, Alvaro Fong Varela, Jason Fabok, and others. With stories tailored to the authentic style, tone, and cultural sensibilities of different nations around the world, Joker: The World highlights how DC’s most popular super-villain has inspired chaos on a global scale.”

JACOB - from comicbook.comX-Men: From the Ashes: Marvel Confirms New X-Men Comics for Franchise Relaunch

“Straight from South by Southwest, Marvel Comics have pulled back the curtain on X-Men: From the Ashes, the new line-wide relaunch of the series that will begin this summer. Picking up from the end of the Krakoan Age, X-Men: From the Ashes will be centered around three flagship comics including: X-Men by Jed Mackay and Ryan Stegman; Uncanny X-Men by Gail Simone and David Marquez; and Exceptional X-Men by Eve L. Ewing and Carmen Carnero. In their announcement Marvel has confirmed that ‘each series will offer different explorations of the mutant mythos as they take Marvel's Merry Mutants into bold and untrodden territory.’

‘The X-Men are fractured in the aftermath of the end of Krakoa, scattered across the globe without a central base of operation,’ Marvel Comics VP Executive Editor Tom Brevoort said in a statement. ‘What that means in practice is that all three titles carrying the name X-MEN are core X-MEN series-they all center around one of the major aspects of what the team has been about at different points. This is very much by design. We want to field a wide assortment of X-titles with different styles and tones and approaches, an X-MEN book for virtually any taste.’”X-MEN  #1 Written by Jed MacKay ON SALE JULY 10thUNCANNY X-MEN #1 Written by Gail Simone ON SALE AUGUST 7thEXCEPTIONAL X-MEN #1 Written by Eve L. Ewing ON SALE SEPTEMBER 4th

This leads into another article from Announces X-Force Relaunch With Deadpool.

“X-Force is forging a new path. Marvel Comics has officially announced a new X-Force ongoing series set in the X-Men's upcoming From the Ashes era, the publisher's post-Krakoan Age of X-books beginning this summer. X-Force, from screenwriter and comics writer Geoffrey Thorne (Star Trek, Marvel's Mosaic) and artist Marcus To (Excalibur, Shang-Chi), joins a lineup of new X-Men comics that…” I just talked about.

“The just-announced roster is led by the mutant sorcerer, inventor, and warrior Forge and includes Rachel Summers, a.k.a. Askani, a telepath from an alternate future; Captain Britain Betsy Braddock, the telepathic mutant martial artist formerly known as Psylocke; Noriko Ashida, a.k.a. Surge, an electric-powered mutant who previously led a team of the New X-Men; the molecular-manipulating mutant known as Tank; and the super-genius Sage, who served as X-Force's new director in Benjamin Percy and Robert Gill's recent run that concluded with X-Force #50 in March. 

Marvel also revealed Stephen Segovia's cover for X-Force #1, on stands July 31.”

ALSO ALSO:Jean Grey Stars in New Phoenix Series for Marvel's X-Men From the Ashes Relaunch

“Phoenix is a new ongoing Jean Grey solo series from writer Stephanie Phillips (Spider-Gwen: The Ghost-Spider, Black Widow & Hawkeye) and artist Alessandro Miracolo (White Widow). It follows the events of Rise of the Powers of X and X-Men Forever, which find Jean Grey inside the White Hot Room, the epicenter of creation and rebirth for the Phoenix. The new Phoenix series will also feature Jean Grey in a new costume and heading to the cosmos where her reputation as the host of the Phoenix Force leads to some unwanted drama.

Phoenix #1 goes on sale July 17th.”

SPENCER - last one, from Announces Daredevil 60th Anniversary Issue

“Co-created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett, the blind attorney-at-law and horn-headed hero of Hell's Kitchen has served as one of Marvel Comics' most faithful defenders of justice since debuting in the pages of Daredevil #1 in April 1964. Six decades and multiple comic book volumes later, Marvel Comics will commemorate 60 years of the Man Without Fear this April with Daredevil #8, a special super-sized anniversary issue of writer Saladin Ahmed and artist Aaron Kuder's current comic run.

The issue — which hits stands April 17 — will feature a main story continuing Ahmed and Kuder's ongoing saga that has pit the born-again Father Matthew Murdock, now a Catholic priest, against the demonic Seven Deadly Sins. The over-sized issue also features new stories by writer Ann Nocenti, who penned now-classic issues during a run on Daredevil in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Eric Schultz (Daredevil: Gang War), Elsa Sjunneson (Women of Marvel), and prolific Daredevil writer D.G. Chichester, who returns to the main title to pen a '90s-set showdown with Frank Castle, a.k.a. the Punisher. Artists on the issue include Stefano Raffaele (Hawkeye), Jan Bazaldua (Captain Marvel),  Tommaso Bianchi (Alien: Black, White & Blood), Ken Lashley (Venom), and covers by Daredevil legends John Romita Jr. and Frank Miller.

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