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– In an interview on BBC Radio today, Peter Capaldi announced that the tenth series will be his last on Doctor Who. The twelfth Doctor will be following showrunner Steven Moffat out the door after the 2017 Christmas special. Capaldi, like his predecessors Matt Smith and David Tennant, will be regenerating following three series of timey-wimey adventures.
The new series premieres April 15th.No announcement on who will replace Capaldi has been made, so let the speculation begin! (What’s Billie Piper up to these days?)
– Four new inductees into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame were announced today. Milt Gross, H.G. Peter, Antonio Prohias, and Dori Seda lead the 2017 inductee class. Normally only two names are selected by the judges with the rest left up to voting by comics professionals, but perhaps since this is the posthumous celebration of Will Eisner’s 100th birthday the committee is making an exception. Voting is underway until March 10. The list of 17 other nominees is here. The winners will be announced July 21 at SDCC.
– It appears that Marvel’s newfound relationship with Square Enix is already bearing fruit. It was announced today that, along with the in-development Avengers project, the companies are in the process of developing a game. Between this, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hitting in May, and the Telltale Games series also getting the green light, the Guardians have a lot going for them right now! Ain’t no mountain high enough!
– While we are on the topic of the Guardians, star Pom Klementieff posted on social media confirming her character Mantis will be in Avengers: Infinity War, which at this point stars everyone in the MCU (minus those Netflix people, sorry guys…)
– As if Greg Berlanti didn’t have enough on his plate with the premiere of Riverdale last week, it was reported today that his new series Black Lightning starring the DC Comics hero of that name, is set to shoot a pilot in March in New Orleans. Fox who picked up the series, making it doubtful it will crossover with the Arrowverse, has not confirmed this. Jefferson Pierce’s alter ego was one of DC’s first major African-American superheroes with his debut in 1977 and would go on to be a prominent member of Batman’s Outsiders, and, eventually, the Justice League.
– “Blackhawk”, “Scooby-Doo”, and “Hopalong Cassidy” artist Dan Spiegle passed away Saturday at the age of 96. His friend and collaborator, Mark Evanier, wrote a heartwarming tribute here
– In comic-con news, Long Beach Comic Con announced today they are hosting a creator event prior to the main con to connect creators with industry professionals. Wizard World today also announced a new SocialCon, hosting today’s social media influencers, in conjunction with Wizard World Comic Con in Portland, Oregon.
– Newsarama put out an interview today with Al Ewing, writer of April’s upcoming “Royals” from Marvel following the fallout of “IVX’ in the midst of the X-Men/Inhuman line-wide “Resurrxion”. Ewing promised epic cosmic Marvel action, death, Inhuman mythology, and lasting consequences. You can read the whole interview here.
– Lastly, for kicks, Star Wars’ upcoming Episode VIII has a theme song from the Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle. Hopefully it makes you laugh like it did us. The full clip can be found here.