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Superhero epic 'Invincible' heads to Amazon as an animated series

June 19, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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Amazon Studios has greenlit an animated series based on the comic Invincible, which was created by artist Cory Walker and writer Robert Kirkman, who made The Walking Dead. The new show’s source material tells the story of Mark Grayson, an ordinary teen whose father is the planet’s Superman-like guardian. When Mark manifests powers himself, he discovers what it means to be a superhero — with a twist that switches up the classic alien-becomes-Earth’s-protector story.

The comic series, which ended with issue 144 back in February, was Kirkman’s first landmark series when it launched in 2002 (a year later, he followed it up with The Walking Dead). Film rights were sold in 2005 and a version was in the works with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg as recently as this year, but an animated series might make more sense, especially with the comic’s bright, clean (and occasionally graphic) style. Invincible will be eight hour-long episodes and will globally premiere on Amazon Prime Video at an undisclosed date.

Invincible will be Kirkman’s third comic adapted to the small screen, after the long-running The Walking Dead and Cinemax’s Outcast, which debuted in 2016. While the new series shows that streaming platforms are taking superhero shows seriously, Netflix has invested harder than its competitors, buying successful creator Mark Millar’s company (and its properties) last fall and Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld’s material in March.

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Dark Horse's ‘Stranger Things’ comics chronicle Will's journey

June 18, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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There will soon be quite a few ways for you to experience the world of Stranger Things, as books, a video game and now a line of comics are all in the works. Entertainment Weekly announced today that Netflix has teamed up with Dark Horse for the new comics, the first series of which is scheduled to launch in September. “Dark Horse is known for championing stories and storytellers,” Dark Horse President Mike Richardson said in a statement. “We are so excited to work with Netflix to bring the world of Stranger Things to comics.”

While we saw what happened in Hawkins after Will Byers disappeared to the Upside Down in season one, we never found out what happened to Will himself. But that’s going to change with the release of these comics — a four-issue miniseries will give us a look into Will’s experience and what went on while he was trapped in the Upside Down.

Earlier this month, Netflix announced that a handful of books were on the way including a behind-the-scenes companion book, a gift book and a series prequel that will give readers a look at Eleven’s mother Terry and her connection to the MKUltra program. Last week, Telltale also revealed that it was working on a game based on Stranger Things.

Stranger things #1 will be available September 26th.

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A DC-themed Snapchat Lens could get you into Comic-Con

June 11, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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You’re not completely hosed if you missed your chance to attend San Diego Comic-Con… if you’re willing to dabble in some augmented reality art. Snap and DC Comics have launched a DC Super Heroes Challenge that asks you to create a DC-themed Lens championing Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman for the chance to win an expenses-paid trip to San Diego Comic-Con in July. You don’t have to start completely from scratch, thankfully, as there’s a load of DC assets to bring into Lens Studio.

The Challenge is open to Americans, and you have until the night of July 8th to submit your AR masterwork.

This is Snap’s first Lens Studio Challenge involving a big-name brand, and it hints at how the company might spur you to create Lenses in the future — if your artistic muse isn’t enough to make it happen, a tangible reward might. No, Snapchat isn’t about claim a decisive victory over Facebook in the AR space as a result of this contest. However, it might give you a reason to keep returning to Snapchat (whether or not you’re a creator) when you’d otherwise drift away.