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– Anne Frank’s diary has been adapted into a new graphic novel from the creators of the Israeli film Waltz with Bashir. The comic, which was made in full cooperation with the Anne Frank Fonds in Basel, will be published initially in France on September 18. Director Ari Folman wrote the adaptation, which David Polonsky illustrated, and it shall also form the basis of an upcoming animated film. You can read more about the book’s creation at the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, though it should be noted it is not the first “official” adaptation of The Diary of a Young Girl: the Anne Frank House Museum oversaw a 2010 version by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón (“The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation”).
– Hasbro’s first HasCon took place during the weekend in Providence, Rhode Island, and with it came a few announcements from IDW for December: a “Transformers vs. Visionaries” crossover series, a relaunch of “G.I. Joe” and “M.A.S.K.” as “G.I. Joe: Scarlett’s Strike Force,” a teaser for Unicron’s debut, and a tie-in series for Netflix’s forthcoming Stretch Armstrong cartoon titled “Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters.” James Gunn was also in attendance and gave two major hints about the direction of Marvel’s Cosmic movies.
– Dark Horse Comics are reprinting “Hellboy” in an omnibus series presented in chronological order. The four volumes are titled “Seed of Destruction,” “Strange Places,” “The Wild Hunt,” and “Hellboy In Hell,” with an additional two to collect “The Complete Short Stories.” The omnibuses will begin publication in mid-2018. Entertainment Weekly have the first look at the covers for Vol. 1, Vol. 3, and “The Complete Short Stories” Vol. 1. Incidentally, the cover for “The Wild Hunt” omnibus was sold as a print at Rose City Comic Con in Portland this weekend, with the proceeds going to the Houston Food Bank in the wake of Hurricane Harvey sweeping through the city.
– After it emerged retailers were refusing to order the required number of copies to qualify for “Marvel Legacy”‘s lenticular covers, Marvel is now offering a discount for a subsequent issues, Bleeding Cool reports. Any store that orders enough to qualify for the covers will be able the next issue of each series for 50, 60 or 70% of the recommended retail price.
– The fourth of BOOM! imprint Archaia’s limited series based on Jim Henson’s The Storyteller will be “Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Fairies.” The first issue, ‘The Elf Queen and the Shepherd,’ is due out in December and is a retelling of an Irish folk tale written and drawn by “2000 AD” veteran Matt Smith. You can view the covers for #1 at The Nerdist.
– BOOM! Studios’s young reader imprint KaBOOM! will be reprinting Jay Fosgitt’s “Bodie Troll” in an upcoming graphic novel. The collection will contain the original Red 5 Comics limited series, but also have new stories. The comic is due for release in February, and you can view the cover on ComicBook.com.
– Gavin O’Connor (Warrior, The Accountant) was announced as the director of Suicide Squad 2 last week. He will also reunite with his regular writing partner Anthony Tambakis to pen the script. Filming is expected on the sequel will begin next year after Will Smith completes his next projects, Aladdin and Gemini Man.
– Entertainment Weekly posted a photograph of Nick Blood on location reading the teleplay from season five of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., confirming he will return as Lance Hunter. Blood departed the show during season three to star with Adrianne Palicki (who played Bobbi Morse) in a pilot titled Most Wanted, which was not picked up by ABC. It’s unknown if Palicki will return too, as she is busy starring on Seth MacFarlane’s Star Trek parody The Orville.
– Entertainment Weekly have the first clip from I Kill Giants, based on Joe Kelly and J. M. Ken Nimura’s acclaimed Image Comics series. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday to warm reviews, and in the meantime you can read our takes on the comic book here and here.Continued below
– Maze Runner trilogy director Wes Ball has been approached by 20th Century Fox to helm a film based on David Petersen’s “Mouse Guard.” Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes, The Batman) is overseeing the project as executive producer, while Gary Whitta (Rogue One) has written the screenplay.
– Preacher executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg plan to adapt another Garth Ennis comic, “The Boys,” into an Amazon Prime series. A straight-to-series order is being considered, though there’s no word on whether Simon Pegg will be approached to star. The Boys is intended with other Amazon projects to have a wider global appeal than previous series, a full breakdown of which can be read in Variety.