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– The fan-favorite limited series “Fence” has been upgraded to an ongoing series by Boom! Studios. Written by C.S. Pacat and illustrated by Johanna The Mad, the sports manga-inspired comic focuses on Nicholas, a outcast fencer who attends an elite boys school. “Retailers, fans and press have sent a clear message – they want more ‘Fence’ and I couldn’t be happier to let you know that’s just what you’re getting,” said BOOM! Studios editor Dafna Pleban. “Not only can you go to your comic shop every month to get all the teen drama, suspense and surprises you’ve come to love at Kings Row, but now it’s the first place you can get ‘Fence’ Vol.1!” “Fence” will return in April with its fifth issue. “Fence” Vol. 1 Discover Now Edition will also be released in April and is a collection of the first four issues.
– More money has been stolen from Stan Lee’s bank account, but this time used to purchase an $850,000 condo in West Hollywood. This news follows after Stan Lee filed a report with the Beverly Hills police department last week after a check was written out for $300,000 as a ‘loan’ to Lee’s own charity Hands of Respect without his consent. As discovered by TMZ, the purchase of the almost million dollar condo was found through an audit after the fraudulent check was discovered; Lee’s team suspects that the theft is an inside job.
– DeWanda Wise is making her first major motion picture debut after being cast in a co-star role opposite Brie Larson in Marvel’s highly anticipated film, Captain Marvel. Wise is known for role as Nola Darling in the Netflix series adaptation of Spike Lee’s film She’s Gotta Have It, which was just renewed for a second season.
– Warner Bros. named Walter Hamada as President of Production for DC Films, replacing Jon Berg and Geoff Johns. Berg and Johns were put in charge of DC Films in 2016, but Berg stepped down last month due to Justice League‘s poor performance and now works as a production partner of Roy Lee. Johns will continue to work alongside Hamada as DC Entertainment’s president. Hamada is known for producing films like It, Annabelle: Creation, and 47 Ronin.
– Musician Kendrick Lamar has curated and produced an entire album titled Black Panther: The Album alongside Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith. Lamar was chosen by Black Panther writer and director Ryan Coogler for the project, and he also created the lead track for the album, “All The Star,” with artist SZA. “Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is amazing, from its cast to its director,” said Lamar. “The magnitude of this film showcases a great marriage of art and culture. I’m truly honored to contribute my knowledge of producing sound and writing music alongside Ryan Coogler and Marvel’s vision.”
– For the second time ever since its release, “The Walking Dead” has increased its price point. This week’s issue of “The Walking Dead” #175 cost $3.99, a dollar increase from the $2.99 price its been for the last twelve years. Almost all Image Comics have become $3.99 since 2016 with the only a few exceptions left, like “Saga,” “Paper Girls” and “Spawn.”
– Fox’s The Gifted has been renewed for a second season. Bryan Singer, who directed the pilot, is still credited as executive producer per his deal, despite allegations of sexual misconduct and a lawsuit claiming sexual assault. Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn explained, “As part of his deal for directing the pilot, he is an executive producer on the series. Truthfully, after he shot the pilot, he went and did a movie and had little to no involvement day-to-day in Season 1. But we take all the allegations very seriously, and we’re looking into it for Season 2. Right now we have a lot of time before it premieres, and we continue to have discussions about it.”