April 29, 2021 – Multiversity comic strip
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– The DC FanDome return on October 16, 2021. The publisher has not announced any other details about the return of the fan convention online, other than a video asking fans to “save the date.”
– Bryan Talbot’s “Luther Arkwright” graphic novels have been selected as a live-action television series by Three River Studios. Talbot, who wrote and drawn science fiction for mature readers in the ’70s and’ 80s, is attached as an executive producer. “Luther’s unique status as a traveler between parallel realities and his qualities as a savior might compare him to Doctor Who“Three River CEO Jonathan Drake said of the title character,” but an R-rated version, unafraid of sex, politics, and the dire realities of violence. The graphic novels were previously adapted as an audio drama with the old Doctor Who star David Tennant.
– Dark Horse Comics has signed a multi-year contract with audio drama producers Graphic Audio and Recorded Books to adapt several comics and prose novels from the publisher. The first batch of audio adaptations, “The Mask: I Pledge Loyalty to the Mask” and “X”, is scheduled for release this September. These will be followed by “Ghost: In the Smoke and Din” and “Living with the Dead: A Zombie Bromance” in November.
– Mad Men and angel Star Vincent Kartheiser to join DC’s cast Titans on HBO Max, according to the show’s manager Twitter. Katheiser joins the series as Batman villain Jonathan Crane, aka the Scarecrow. Titans Season 3 is slated to debut later this year.
– Montreal-based Horizon Comics is suing Marvel Entertainment and Disney over allegedly stolen creations from the Avengers movies. The lawsuit, filed by Horizon founders Ben and Raymond Lai, claims that MCU renditions of Iron Man and Ant-Man used designs and patterns from their “Radix” series without permission. Horizon previously filed a lawsuit in 2013 after the release of Iron man 3 for similar reasons, although Marvel ends up winning this battle in 2019.
– Brooklyn nine-nine Actor Dirk Blocker has revealed he was screen tested for a possible live-action adaptation of “Far Side” several years ago. The blocker posted pictures of the screen test on his Twitter and Instagram, but with little information outside of that, there are several moons.
– Lionsgate has has announced the release date for the upcoming adaptation of “White Bird: A Wonder Story” by RJ Palacio. The coming of age story on WWII will be directed by Marc Foster, with a cast that includes Gillian Anderson and Helen Mirren. “White Bird” was Palacio’s first graphic novel, but featured characters from his novel Wonder. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on September 16, 2022.
– The cast of Strange things will be the guest of a new update for the mobile game The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross. The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross x Stranger Things The game is scheduled to launch on April 27. The game is based on the manga “The Seven Deadly Sins”, which ended its almost eight years. Shōnen Weekly Magazine last March.
– Dragon ball and Kamen Rider composer Shunsuke Kikuchi died on Saturday. Kikuchi has received numerous awards over his nearly 60-year career, including Best Music at the 6th Japan Academy Award ceremony in 1983 and Lifetime Achievement Award at the 57th Japan Record Awards in 2015. He was 89 years old.
– Finally, Malaysian cartoonist Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque (alias Zunar), faces a police investigation into a cartoon satirizing the decision of the majority Muslim government to cancel Hindu holidays. The cartoon depicted a Kedah state politician smashing a table with a meat cleaver, with members of various ethnic groups sitting around the now destroyed table. The Zunar investigation comes just after the arrest of artist Fahmi Reza for a Spotify playlist that allegedly insulted Queen Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah. Zunar was previously arrested in 2016 for cartoons mocking then-prime minister Najib Razak.