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– It’s Adventure Time, but not for Finn and Jake as their beloved video game console and friend BMO gets its own anthology comic series with the announcement of “Adventure Time: BMO Bonanza.” The collection, which will be available in March 2018, will feature stories from Laura Langston, Cynthia Cheng, Nicole Mannino, Boya Sun, Ian Moore, and Shirley Chan and will focus on BMO going on its own solo adventures throughout the Adventure Time universe. “Everyone loves BMO, as they should, and we’re thrilled to finally BMO their own dedicated special,” said editor Whitney Leopard. “We’ve assembled a great roster of creators who will each give BMO the starring role they rightfully deserve!”
– With news of the Fox and Disney merger coming any day now, Hugh Jackman sadly confirmed that he would not be reprising his role as Wolverine within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. During promotions for his upcoming film The Greatest Showman, the 49-year-old actor said: “Every time I saw an Avengers movie, I could just see Wolverine in the middle of all of them like punching them all on the head. But it was like, ‘Oh well, that’s not gonna happen,’ and it was interesting just when I first saw that headline, it was just the possibility of it and who knows what’s gonna happen, obviously, I was like, ‘Hang on!’ But I think, unfortunately, the ship has sailed for me.” But all hope is not lost — Jackman said he would like to see Wolverine within the MCU, just played by another actor in his place.
– Less than a month after its release, Marvel’s The Punisher has already been given the greenlight by Netflix for a second season. The Punisher is the sixth Marvel series on Netflix and follows veteran-turned-vigilante Frank Castle, played by Jon Bernthal, who takes the law into his own hands after the death of his family in a mass shooting. With its renewal, The Punisher follows its fellow Marvel titles including Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, which have all been renewed for their own individual new seasons.
– Alert your Morty, because the superhero team The Vindicators from the popular television show Rick and Morty will be getting their own comic book spin-off! The Vindicators will be the first of four heroes within the Rick and Morty multiverse to be getting their own issue of Oni Press’ new quarterly series “Rick and Morty Presents”. The comic will be 40 pages long and is set for release on March 7th, 2018. Other Rick and Morty presents stories will be centered on fan-favourites Sleepy Gary, Krombopulos Michael, and Pickle Rick and Jaguar.
– The National Cartoonists Society raised over $53,000 in funds for hurricane relief by auctioning original comic strip art from 34 different artists as part of the Thanks & Giving Auction last month. The event was put together by the National Cartoonists Society Foundation and Heritage Auction and included cartoons drawn by Patrick McDonnell, Brian Diskin, and Mo Willems. The highest-grossing cartoon was Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes “The Last Sunday” print, which went for over $10,000.
– Writer Gerard Jones’ trial is set to begin in March of 2018. The writer, known for his work on popular comic book titles including “Green Lantern”, “Justice League”, and “Batman”, was arrested in January of this year on charges of distribution and possession of child pornography. According to Bleeding Cool, the trial will begin on March 19th in San Francisco, California.