RAT QUEENS Finds Replacement Artist

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According to a press release sent out December 11, 2014, Image Comics announced that Stjepan Sejic will be the new artist on Rat Queens beginning with issue #9 on February 25, 2015. Sejic has garnered acclaim for his work on Top Cow titles like Witchblade and Aphrodite IX, as well as Sunstone — his web comic, which Top Cow will publish in collected form later this December.

Sejic, working with series creator/writer Kurtis Wiebe, will be the fantasy comic’s first regular artist since original artist/co-creator Roc Upchurch was arrested for domestic abuse and subsequently removed from the title. Rat Queens, the Image press release–reprinted below–also states, will return to regular monthly publication beginning with issue #12 in May. Rat Queens was nominated for an Eisner this past summer for Best New Series and has been optioned for film.

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STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Character Names Revealed

Nifty ain’t it? Also how has no one made a Cameron Crowe joke with Poe Dameron yet?

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On December 11, Lucasfilm revealed the names of the new characters to debut in Star Wars: The Force Awakens that were glimpsed in the teaser dropped Thanksgiving weekend. In an exclusive reveal to Entertainment Weekly, Lucasfilm unveiled the names of the characters played by John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Oscar Ridley as well as the Sith and droid characters that appeared in the teaser.

The names were revealed in the style of old-school Topps trading cards, viewable in a slideshow on EW‘s website. Ridley’s landspeeder pilot — widely rumored to be the daughter of Han Solo & Princess Leia — is named Rey. Boyega’s character, who sports Stormtrooper armor, is named Finn; Issac’s X-Wing pilot is named Poe Dameron. The Sith, whose actor is still unrevealed, is named Kylo Ren; the new droid’s name is BB-8.

Directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is scheduled for release on…

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TEKKEN 7 Will Not Include ‘Lucky Chloe’ in U.S. Release

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Lucky Chloe, a new character designed for the upcoming fighting game Tekken 7, will not be in the game’s U.S. release after receiving negative online feedback. Game director Katsuhiro Hanada announced on Twitter that the character will be restricted to Asia and Europe in response. Hanada unveiled Lucky Chloe — a female fighter with cat ears, pink paws, a tail, headphones and pigtails — at a recent live stream event.

A thread on NeoGAF criticized the character, finding her design unappealing and stereotypical of J-pop stars’ attire. The thread, and several others, were forwarded to Hanada through Twitter. In response, Hanada revealed Chloe’s Asian/European exclusivity, but was also highly critical of the backlash. In an online statement Hanada explained, “By the way, Are you ‘Western’ only one bulletin board? Hello small world. I’ll make muscular & skinhead character for you.”

Source: The Escapist, Katsuhiro Hanada (via Twitter)

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‘The Father of Video Games’ Ralph Baer Dies At 92

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Ralph Baer, the inventor often dubbed “the father of video games,” died at the age of 92 on December 6, 2014 at his New Hampshire home. Baer created the very first home console video game system in the early 1970s, which was licensed and sold as the Magnavox Odyssey and had games like Table Tennis.

Born in 1922 into a Jewish family in Germany, Baer’s family emigrated to New York in 1938 with the young Ralph eventually working in a leather factory. Described by Gamespot as “a lifelong inventor,” an adult Baer, while working as an engineer, came up with the idea for a device allowing games to be played on television. Later, he created the famous electronic game Simon. In 2006, he was awarded the National Medal of Technology. In 2008, he received the Game Developers Choice Pioneer Award.

Source: The New York Times; Gamasutra; Gamespot


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Channel Awesome, the online production company behind hit web series like The Nostalgia Critic and Atop The Fourth Wall, unveiled a newly designed website called Channel Awesome on December 2, 2014. This replaces the company’s former primary website, That Guy With The Glasses.

Lewis “Linkara” Lovhaug, the star and producer of Atop The Fourth Wall, explained and defended the reasons for constructing the new website on his Tumblr page. “It’s been long overdue,” he said, citing that one problem with thatguywiththeglasses.com was the fact that the site’s name and design emphasized Doug Walker–creator of The Nostalgia Critic, Bum Reviews and several other series for the site–at the expense of the site’s legion of other producers, like Brad Jones (Cinema Snob) and Mathew Buck (Bad Movie Beatdown, Projector).

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AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Promo Artwork Circulated

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New promotional artwork for Avengers: Age Of Ultron surfaced on December 5, 2014. Among other things, the artwork revealed the first look at the android character the Vision, who will be portrayed in the film by Paul Bettany. An image popped up on Instagram and briefly circulated before being deleted. However, full images were later posted online, seemingly officially.

In Age Of Ultron, to be released May 1, 2015, the Vision will be a synthetic humanoid created by android Ultron (James Spader) to prove that he can also create life after being created in turn by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr). In the comics, the Vision rebelled against Ultron and eventually joined the Avengers, falling in love with fellow team member Scarlet Witch (to be played by Elizabeth Olsen onscreen). Age Of Ultron, like its predecessor, will be directed by Joss Whedon.

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Image Comics announced in a press release on December 3, 2014 that their hit fantasy series Tooth And Claw will be retitled The Autumnlands: Tooth And Claw. The new title takes effect with the series’ second issue (released December 3) and will be reapplied to the first issue’s reprinting on January 7, 2015.

In the press release, reprinted in full below, series writer Kurt Busiek said,”The launch of our new series has gone beautifully. We couldn’t be happier. Well, maybe just a little happier. I’m still not sure how we managed to screw up the trademark search. But as it turns out, the title we thought was clear for use is in fact registered to someone else, which is embarrassing as all hell. Oops.” The series is illustrated by artist Benjamin Dewey, colored by Eisner Award-winning colorist Jordie Bellaire and lettered by Comicraft’s John Roshell.

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