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– Rob Liefeld’s EXTREME UNIVERSE characters might be coming to the big screen. Liefeld secured a deal with Graham King, Akiva Goldsman and Brooklyn Weaver to “build movies from the comic book characters.” This comes on the heel’s of last year’s Deadpool, one of the highest-grossing R-rated movies ever (apparently). Characters you might see include Bloodstrike, Re-Ge, Bloodwulf, Baboom, and a bunch of other dopes whose names are too ridiculous for me to type out.
– Alterna Comics, publishers of “The Chair”, “Unit 44”, “Lilith Dark”, and a handful of other creator-owned projects, have announced plans to release print editions of their comics for under $2. “While most companies seem to be trying to out do each other with premium paper stocks and escalating price tags, we’re aiming to make comics affordable and bring back a practicality to single issues,” said Alterna Comics President and Publisher, Peter Simeti in a press release. He promises to make single magazine comics like the floppies he grew up with 30 years ago, while still retaining the higher-quality, glossier pages for the company’s graphic novel line.
– Dwayne Johnson is excited to play Black Atom, calling him the “most intriguing superhero”. This comes after Matthew McConaughey said he turned down the villain role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 because he didn’t want to feel like an amendment and Ridley Scott, despite being asked several times by several studios, saying he cannot ”believed the thin, gossamer tightrope of non-reality of the situation of a superhero”.
– All that being said, Usain Bolt wouldn’t mind being in a superhero movie, especially The Flash.
– Check out this interview with Michael Tisserand, George Herriman’s biographer. Krazy: George Herrimann, a Life in Black & White is in bookstores now.
– At the end of last year, we asked what were your favorite books of 2016. Well, it’s been a long time coming, but the results are in!
With 51 votes and owning 18% of the list, “4 Kids Walk Into a Bank” was our #1 readers’ choice. This was followed by “The Vision” at #2 (with 38 votes) and “Black Hammer” rounding out the top three (with 35 votes). Oddly, “Civil War II: Kingpin” got a not unsubstantial number of votes, leading me to believe these might be the same people who voted for Harambe in the 2016 United States Presidential Election.