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ComiXology Originals Announces the First Season of YOUTH, a Weekly Comic Book Event by Curt Pires and Alex Diotto

Fri, 05/08/2020 - 00:44

Media Alert: ComiXology Originals Announces the First Season of YOUTH, a Weekly Comic Book Event by Curt Pires and Alex Diotto, Beginning May 12. YOUTH is in development as an original series with Amazon Studios.

Sex. Drugs. Music. Violence.

It’s time to forget everything you think you know about teenage superheroes. Visionary writer Curt Pires and acclaimed artist Alex Diotto are creating an epic superhuman saga unlike any other with the debut season of YOUTH, their all-new 4-issue mini-series releasing weekly beginning Tuesday, May 12.

In YOUTH, Franklin and River struggle to navigate family, friends, high school, work, drugs, and all the pressures of growing up. As a queer couple, they yearn to escape their lives in a small, bigoted Midwest town. They steal River’s stepfather’s Mustang and hit the road. Their destination? California. But along the way, the car breaks down. They meet some kids who are travelling the country, partying, and attempting to find themselves. They party some more. . . . And soon everything changes.

“I wanted to make a teen superhero comic that actually felt authentic to the uncertainty and beautiful confusion that encompasses the coming-of-age experience,” says writer Curt Pires. “There are lots of teen superhero comics, but most of them are written by writers closer to 47 than 17 and feel remarkably out of touch. I wanted to make something that captured the beauty and pain of the youth culture zeitgeist.”

YOUTH reunites Pires and Diotto, the co-creators of the acclaimed comic Olympia, and features colors by Dee Cunniffe, and lettering by Micah Myers. The latest creator-owned release from the comiXology Originals program, YOUTH will be released on a weekly schedule throughout the month of May and will be available upon release at no additional cost, for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited, and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology. YOUTH is also in development as an original series with Amazon Studios, to be adapted by Pires, with executive producer Patrick Moran.

YOUTH is the first of four comiXology Originals series coming from Pires. A second season of YOUTH is already greenlit and in the works and the other two titles will be revealed in the coming months.

“YOUTH is deeply personal storytelling for me, as it pulls from some of the real-life beauty and insanity I went through coming of age in my late teens /early twenties,” said Pires. “There’s chaos, violence, beauty, love, and everything in between.”

YOUTH is their story. YOUTH is what happened to them. YOUTH debuts Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

Part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive content, YOUTH will be available upon release, at no additional cost, for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited, and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology. Prime Reading offers all Amazon Prime members a rotating selection of over a thousand top Kindle books, magazines, short works, comic books, children’s books, and more – all at no additional cost. Kindle Unlimited offers over 1 million titles, thousands of audiobooks, and select current issues of popular magazines for just $9.99 a month with a 60-day free trial at amazon.com/kindleunlimited. ComiXology Unlimited now offers over 25,000 comics, graphic novels and manga for just $5.99 a month with a 60-day free trial at comixology.com/unlimited.

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#356: Jimmy Palmiotti

Thu, 05/07/2020 - 18:48

This week the goes sit down with comic writer Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn, Painkiller Jane, Marvel Knights). Together they discuss his career and his love of the Birds of Prey movie, enjoy!

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REVIEW CORNER: Super Duck # 1

Thu, 05/07/2020 - 14:11

“Super Duck # 1” (2020)

Writers: Frank Tieri & Ian Flynn
Artist: Ryan Jampole
Colorist: Matt Herms
Letterer: Jack Morelli

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I guess that I can’t leave those darn anthropomorphic characters alone, can’t it?! Well, it looks like this week I’ll take a look at Super Duck # 1 from the good folks at Archie Comics. When I read this, I have to say that this was very entertaining; Think “Ducktales” mixed in with the spirit of Superman along with a good dose of Deadpool thrown in for good measure. Really love how the book kicks off with the standard yet classic opening of the hero fighting his number one arch-nemesis in this case, Super Duck’s main villain is Dapper Duck (Who’s a perfect parody of The pre-Crisis Lex Luthor) and you’ll enjoy the action sequences the incorporate the comedic elements that really brings the story alive. For his part, Frank Tieri brings the humor that he showcased on his “Harley Quinn” run as well as his “Old Lady Harley” miniseries and it works very perfectly with a character such a Super Duck, plus I also have to add that I love that his powers come from taking “Super Vitamins” (That plot device will be played out in his miniseries); But this series is just so fun and silly when it comes to poking fun at the whole superhero genre that you’ll find yourself rooting for Super Duck or wondering if he’ll get his act together (He can be a little egotistical), But this is a comic that should be on anyone’s radar and it wouldn’t surprise me if Super Duck comes back for an ongoing series due to the enthusiasm that’s on display thanks to this series’ first issue.

Next Week I’ll keep “Review Corner’ going with another review so be on the lookout for that and I’ll see you all next time.

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DC UNIVERSE LAUNCHES NEW REWARDS PROGRAM FEATURING HIGH VALUE COLLECTIBLES AND EXCLUSIVE ITEMS

Thu, 05/07/2020 - 13:58

OPEN TO ALL FANS, DC UNIVERSE LAUNCHES NEW REWARDS PROGRAM FEATURING HIGH VALUE COLLECTIBLES AND EXCLUSIVE ITEMS

BURBANK, CA – May 7, 2020 – The ultimate destination for DC fans, DC UNIVERSE, unveiled a new program today, DC Universe Rewards. Running from May 7 through the fall, the program is designed to reward fans for doing what they already love – diving deep into their fandom. Giving all fans – not just service subscribers – the opportunity to participate in select options, the DC Universe Rewards program features can’t-miss items and exclusive releases, all at no cost.

An authentic celebration of fandom, DC Universe Rewards will enable users to earn special tokens for ongoing engagement and participation on DC UNIVERSE, including the free-to-all Community section, editorial features and “DC Daily.” These tokens are redeemable for an amazing set of rewards, from a 30-day premium subscription to DC UNIVERSE to ultra-exclusive collectibles such as a special, limited edition Harley Quinn Super-Villains pin set.  DC Universe Rewards will offer new earn opportunities and rewards each week.

Fans can earn tokens and “level up” simply by doing what they already love. Whether it’s subscribers finishing a DC digital comic, watching an entire DC movie or TV episode, or even non-subscribers and subscribers alike interacting with other fans on the DC UNIVERSE community boards, there are various opportunities for fans to accumulate tokens that can be redeemed for rewards.

All participants need to do is register for free on DC UNIVERSE and select a customized avatar. Then they can start earning tokens redeemable for rewards by navigating to the rewards program in the MyDC section of DC UNIVERSE or clicking/tapping on REWARDS in the menu.

Below are prizes currently available with the official launch of DC Universe Rewards, with more continuously rolling out throughout the program:

  • DC Universe 30-day Premium Subscription
  • DCU Exclusive HARLEY QUINN Super-Villains Pin Set
  • DC Universe Exclusive Harley Quinn Show Statue
  • DC Artists Alley Batgirl (White & Gold) by Sho Murase Designer Vinyl
  • Digital Movie Redemption via Movies Anywhere
  • DC Universe Exclusive Limited Edition TITANS Poster
  • DC Universe Exclusive Limited Edition DOOM PATROL Poster
  • DC Universe Meta Madhouse Lex Luthor Masterminds T-shirt
  • DC Universe Meta Madhouse Darkseid Invaders T-shirt
  • DC Universe Meta Madhouse The Cheetah Beasts T-shirt
  • DC Universe Exclusive Batcave Wallpapers
  • DC Universe Exclusive Fortress of Solitude Wallpapers
  • Shop DC $5 Off Purchase
  • Shop DC $10 Off Purchase
  • Shop DC $25 Off Purchase

Plus, DC Universe Exclusive rewards tied to the upcoming debut of STARGIRL, DOOM PATROL Season Two and much more – coming soon!

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The Sheldon Mayer Estate Featuring Sugar and Spike & Many of His Earliest Works Sell for $284,452 

Thu, 05/07/2020 - 07:37

LOS ANGELES,  May 6, 2020 – The Sheldon Mayer collections featuring “Sugar and Spike” comic strips was auctioned for $284,452 last Thursday by Nate D. Sanders Auctions.

The highest price realized was an Original “Scribbly” artwork from September 1939, which sold for $29,845. These iconic four pages of Scribbly appeared as four complete stories in the #6 issue, chronicling Scribbly Jibbet’s journey of getting hired as a 13 1/2 year old boy cartoonist, a storyline based on Mayer’s own experiences in the comic book industry during the early 1930s.

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