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Marvel expands Infinite with 'Ultimate Spider-Man'

Two years after launching its Infinite line of digital comics, Marvel Entertainment said it intends to expand the line’s offerings with its first all-ages titles as it moves to attract younger readers familiar with characters like Spider-Man from animated television shows.

Announced Sunday at the annual South by Southwest event in Austin, Texas, Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso and Kristin Vincent, the vice president of its digital products, called the new Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man digital title the publisher’s first for kids in the Infinite format.

“We’re trying to reach the next generation of comics fans,” Vincent said. “These stories resonate with kids.”

By taking tales from the television series of the same name, the publisher hopes the digital comics will find an audience in kids who are more used to reading on a tablet than traditional paper.

“The story telling just lends itself naturally to a tablet. Images replace the other images,” she said, adding that while it’s not animation, the pages and story are bright, vivid and redolent of what kids see on television.

With the Infinite format — a digital-only medium that features stories and art native to digital readers — Alonso believes kids will get their first hands-on experience with comics in a way more akin to what they’ve experienced with TV.

“It will excite them and it’s in a format they understand,” he said of the title, which is due out later this year and will eventually be available in more than 10 languages around the globe.

The stories feature writers known to readers of traditional comics, including Eugene Son, Matt Kindt, Cullen Bunn and Tim Seeley, along with artists Luciano Vecchio and Soutchey Leimetry and storyboards by J.L. Mast and Geoffrey Beaulieu.

Like the ongoing TV series on Disney XD, the Infinite series will focus on Peter Parker and his adventures as Spider-Man. It will also feature other teenage heroes, too, including Iron Fist, Power Man, White Tiger and Nova, Alonso said.

“This is going to be the first time that our Infinite Comics format will feature Spider-Man and the team of young heroes. It’s… a very diverse, multi-ethnic cast with very different power sets,” he said. “All of them are going to appeal to very different types of kids.”

'The Art of Archie': See classic comic covers from new collection -- EXCLUSIVE

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Wish you could go back to a simpler time when everything was swell, kids called their junky cars “jalopies,” and mainstream feminism was nothing but a housewife’s distant fever dream? This new Archie Comics art book has you covered.

The Art of Archie: The Covers follows in the footsteps of last year’s The Art of Betty & Veronica, celebrating more than 70 years of teenage hijinks by collecting some of the venerable franchise’s most memorable covers. Warning: Thumbing through these images, which were selected by both Archie fans and the comic’s creators, will make you feel nostalgic — even if your own adolescence began long after Archie’s first published appearance. (Archie Andrews made his debut in 1941, alongside Betty Cooper. Take that, Veronica!)
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Celebrate 1 million 'My Little Ponies' with commemorative comic cover -- EXCLUSIVE

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood: My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic‘s comic book spinoff has sold one million copies!

To celebrate, Hasbro and IDW Publishing will print a special commemorative cover for the comic’s upcoming 12th issue. Only 12 of these covers will be printed — so keep an eye out for messages from IDW and Hasbro, who will reveal how fans can get their hooves on a copy.

Get a glimpse at artist Andy Price’s self-referential work below.

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Marvel's 'Avengers Assemble' and 'Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.': Series will premiere...

Assemble, Marvel fans — Disney XD has just announced the premiere dates for two new comic-inspired series.

Both Avengers Assemble and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. will debut this summer, the first on Sunday, July 7 and the second on Sunday, Aug. 11. Additionally, Disney XD will give viewers a special one-hour sneak peek at Avengers on Sunday, May 26. All of these showings will occur at 11 a.m. ET.

Each series features a cast of beloved heroes and villains from Marvel’s comics, as well as a few new characters just to keep things interesting.  READ FULL STORY

The search for common ground with a tween

Jonathan W. Gray has a Ph. D. in American Literature and teaches at John Jay College.  He’s an expert on American Literature and culture after WWII, African American Literature, Comic Books, and Graphic Novels.  His first book, Civil Rights in the White Literary Imagination, arrives in stores early next year.  (You can read an academic article he wrote on Jay-Z and Lupe Fiasco or one on Kyle Baker’s graphic novel Nat Turner.) But mostly he’s  a father to three amazing children (fast forward to 3:39 for a glimpse of the kiddies) and husband to an incredibly accomplished partnerBetween planning the play dates, taking the kids to doctor appointments, doing school drop offs and pick ups, chaperoning school trips, and so much more, this Brooklyn dad often feels like he’s part event planner, part parent.  But truth be told, he’s having a blast being the primary caregiver, exposing his kids to the varied cultures of NYC because cultural events often provide the narratives that enable us to make meaning of our lives.

My daughter is 11 years old. This means I am experiencing many things that I find exciting (preparing for middle school!) and terrifying (training bras!). But it also means that our tastes on pop culture have begun to diverge.  We used to enjoy watching Backyardigans together, and she likes Alicia Keys and Florence and the Machine because I liked them first. But now she watches A.N.T. Farm and Cake Boss, and has embraced the music of Katy Perry and Carly Rae Jepson, all of which causes me to retreat to whatever book I am currently reading.  I understand why she likes these things, and am fully cognizant that she won’t necessarily enjoy these things in four years (though she might! *shudder*) but there is less and less that we can share.

Except, thankfully, for comics. READ FULL STORY

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