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In case you missed it, we were very sad to report that Marvel colorist Justin Ponsor passed away after a long battle with cancer.
– Fans of Cobra Kai anxiously awaiting new episodes after season 2 wraps up will get a reprieve in the form of a new comic book series from IDW. There are no further details yet, other than the series will likely be released between season 2, which is currently airing, and season 3, which releases in 2020.
– Mike Friedrich (“Batman,” “The Flash,” “Justice League of America,” “Iron Man,” “Ant Man,” “Captain Marvel”) and E. Nelson Bridwell (“Mad,” “Super Friends,” “Batman”) are this year’s recipients of the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing. The award, created in 2005, honors writers who are considered under-recognized by the industry and its readers at-large. It will be presented on Friday, July 19, during the Eisner Awards ceremony.
– The Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont and his representatives struck back at AMC after the cable giant accused the Creative Artists Agency of ripping off Darabont. According to Darabont, the accusation is a tactic to distract from the $300 million profit participation lawsuit he’s currently embroiled in with AMC, the trial of which is scheduled to begin next year.
– Alita: Battle Angel is coming to digital, Blu-Ray, and DVD this July. For fans in North America, the digital release is scheduled for July 9, while physical copies can be bought beginning July 23. IGN has all the details, including international release dates and information on special features.
– May 23 is the last day to stream the pilot for Doom Patrol ahead of the series’ May 24 season finale on DC Universe. Did we mention it’s free? Check it out on DC’s YouTube channel, IGN or IGN’s YouTube channel, Rotten Tomatoes, and WatchMojo.
– Dynamite is offering fans a chance to create their own “Vampirella” comic ahead of the character’s 50th anniversary. Beginning this month, the “Vampirella Blank Comic Book” is available for pre-order and allows creators to write and illustrate their own adventure for the Daughter of Draculon. It is set for release in July.
– Netflix acquired the rights, outside of Spain, to two Spanish genre films, including Origenes Secretos by David Galan Galindo. The film, based on Galindo’s own novel, is about a policeman who enlists the help of a comic book store owner to help him solve a series of crimes that recreate the origin stories of classic superheroes.
– Finally, the team behind the comiXology original series, “Teenage Wasteland,” put together a playlist featuring the songs they listened to while creating the first several issues. It includes artists like Salt ’n’ Pepa, Garbage, Smashing Pumpkins, and Oasis.