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He Was a 'Big Tree' to Manga Artists Worldwide
He Was a 'Big Tree' to
Manga Artists Worldwide

He Was a 'Big Tree' to Manga Artists Worldwide

Akira Toriyama, creator of 'Dragon Ball' comic series, other popular manga and anime, dies at 68

(Newser) - Akira Toriyama, the creator of the bestselling Dragon Ball and other popular manga and anime that influenced Japanese comics, has died, his studio said Friday. He was 68. Toriyama died March 1 of a blood clot in his brain, Bird Studio said in a statement. "He was working enthusiastically...

There's a Hidden Meaning to This Record-Breaking Cartoon
Comic That Captured 'Spirit
of the Internet' Sells for $175K
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Comic That Captured 'Spirit of the Internet' Sells for $175K

Peter Steiner's 1993 'New Yorker' comic, sold for $175K, speaks to internet culture and imposter syndrome, too

(Newser) - In addition to being the most reprinted New Yorker cartoon in history, a black-and-white doodle showing a dog using the internet is now the most expensive single-panel cartoon ever sold at auction. Peter Steiner's 1993 cartoon featuring the line "On the internet, nobody knows you're a dog,...

Scott Adams to Launch Dilbert Reborn

And there are hints the main character in the comic strip may be 'angrier'

(Newser) - A new comic strip is dropping Monday, though it's not so much new as it is "reborn." In fact, the cartoon will be called Dilbert Reborn—created by embattled cartoonist Scott Adams, who saw his original Dilbert strip dropped by newspapers across the US, as well as...

8-Year-Old Sneaks Self-Made Comic Book Onto Library Shelf
8-Year-Old Sneaks Self-Made
Comic Book Onto Library Shelf
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8-Year-Old Sneaks Self-Made Comic Book Onto Library Shelf

Now there's a waiting list for Dillon Helbig's graphic novel in Boise, Idaho

(Newser) - Who needs a literary agent? Not this 8-year-old author from Boise, Idaho, who just self-published and promoted his comic book in a most unique way. Turns out Dillon Helbig snuck a copy of his DIY comic, The Adventures of Dillon Helbig's Crismis—by "Dillon His Self"—onto...

No, Missouri, the Joker Isn't on the Loose

Highway patrol accidentally sends out a fake alert

(Newser) - This week, people in Missouri got an emergency alert on their phones about a suspicious vehicle with the license plate "UKIDME." The message that buzzed on their phones read: “GOTHAM CITY MO PURPLE/GREEN 1978 DODGE 3700 GT MO UKIDME," per Fox News . There is no Gotham...

Marvel Writer Quits Over Editor's Alias: 'Changes the Equation'

Steven DeKnight slams CB Cebulski's 'deep lack of ethics' for once pretending he was 'Akira Yoshida'

(Newser) - "How does this man still have a job?" That was just one of Marvel writer Steven DeKnight's tweets upon hearing some news over the weekend about Marvel Comics' editor-in-chief, and before announcing he's cutting ties with Marvel until the matter is addressed. That revelation, at least to...

DC Comics Character Comes Out as Bisexual

Fans welcome Robin to the LGBTQ community

(Newser) - A comic book superhero rescued someone, then the two decide to go on a date. It's a not a big moment—unless it enters into the canon a big update to one of the characters. Batman’s affable sidekick, Robin, appears to have come out as bisexual, Entertainment Weekly ...

Comic Strip Characters Ditching Their Pants on Friday

Comic strip artists to celebrate No Pants Day in a way that helps charities

(Newser) - Fans of newspaper comics will instantly notice something missing in many of the strips this Friday—pants. More than 25 cartoonists behind strips from "Blondie" to "Zippy the Pinhead" are celebrating the quirky holiday No Pants Day in a way that helps charities get clothing to those in...

Keanu Has a New Excellent Adventure on the Horizon

55-year-old pens 'hyperviolent' 12-issue comic book series, with doppelganger main character

(Newser) - As Ted Logan from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure would say about the latest Keanu Reeves news: Whoa. USA Today reports the 55-year-old actor is penning an "action-packed and hyperviolent" 12-issue comic book series, with a doppelganger main character who "has walked a blood-soaked path across the...

25 Years Later, Famous Cartoon Is Back—With a Twist

Gary Larson debuts new 'Far Side' panels, this time drawn on a digital tablet

(Newser) - Late last year, Gary Larson suggested we'd soon be seeing some new samples of his famous comic strip, "The Far Side." That day came this week, a quarter century after Larson officially retired the quirky cartoon, the New York Times reports. On website, fans are...

Iconic Comic Is Now Online. And There's More to Come

'The Far Side' website aims to cut down on copyright infringement

(Newser) - New comics from The Far Side creator Gary Larson are indeed coming. The Far Side's official website , which previously teased a return of the single-panel comic retired in 1995, was updated Tuesday and again Wednesday to show a selection of past comics. According to a letter from Larson and...

After Nearly 25 Years, Far Side Might Be Coming Back
Looks Like an
Iconic Comic Strip
Is Coming Back
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Looks Like an Iconic Comic Strip Is Coming Back

Gary Larson's 'The Far Side' teases some sort of return

(Newser) - Gary Larson published the last of his iconic The Far Side comics on January 1, 1995. And since 2000, the comic's official website had remained exactly the same—until Friday. Not only did the site get an update, it got an update that appears to tease the comic's...

Stan Lee Dies at 95
Stan Lee
Dies at 95

Stan Lee Dies at 95

His daughter confirms the news to TMZ

(Newser) - Stan Lee, the co-creator of Marvel Comics, is dead at 95, Lee's daughter tells TMZ . The gossip site reports an ambulance was called to Lee's Hollywood Hills home early Monday and he died at a nearby medical center. His cause of death is not yet clear, but TMZ...

Netflix Makes Its First Acquisition
Netflix Makes Its
First Acquisition

Netflix Makes Its First Acquisition

Scoops up Millarworld in major comic-book company deal

(Newser) - Netflix has made its first acquisition: comic book publisher Millarworld, whose graphic novels Kick-Ass, Wanted, and Kingsman have already graced the silver screen. CNBC says Netflix plans to create new films and shows for both kids and adults based on Millarworld characters. While there's no word on how much...

Thor Just Became Female
 Thor Just Became Female 

Thor Just Became Female

But this is still Thor, not She-Thor, people

(Newser) - We have seen the future Thor, and she is female: In a rather startling change, Marvel revealed today (to The View, naturally?) what it calls "one of the most shocking and exciting changes" to rattle the ranks of its biggest heroes—it seems our "classic Thunder God" is...

Here's How Archie Dies
 Here's How Archie Dies 

Here's How Archie Dies

So stop reading this if you don't want to know

(Newser) - As you've perhaps been dreading since April , Archie Andrews is going to die (sort of) on Wednesday. The beloved comic book character will be killed off in the issue of Life With Archie that comes out that day (but he'll remain alive in the other Archie Comics series),...

Calvin and Hobbes Creator Makes Secret Return

Bill Watterson draws several 'Pearls Before Swine' strips

(Newser) - It's been almost 20 years since Bill Watterson stopped drawing Calvin and Hobbes, and we've hardly heard from him since. But this week, another comic, Pearls Before Swine, took on a new style—and fans speculated that something unusual might be going on. They were right: Much of...

Man Pays for Wedding ... With Spider-Man Comic

Bought it for 12 cents, sold it for almost $8K

(Newser) - Richard Schaen, 69, was worried about how to pay for his daughter's upcoming wedding. Then his spidey senses started tingling. Schaen unearthed his old comic book collection, which had been gathering dust in his Ohio home. Inside, he discovered a copy of Amazing Spider-Man No. 1, which he had...

Coming Back to the Big Screen: Peanuts

But feature film won't be out until 2015

(Newser) - It's either good news or bad news for Peanuts fans, depending on your faith in 20th Century Fox: Charles Schulz's classic comic strip is coming back to the big screen. The Peanuts feature film, written by Schulz's son Craig, grandson Bryan, and Cornelius Uliano, hits theaters Nov....

Archie Celebrates Gay Wedding
 Archie Celebrates Gay Wedding 

Archie Celebrates Gay Wedding

Kevin Keller marries in January issue

(Newser) - The Archie gay wedding is here. Kevin Keller, the first openly gay character in Archie’s hometown of Riverdale, is getting married as promised in the January issue of Life With Archie. Kevin, who serves in the US military, and his African-American partner, Clay Walker, met in a military hospital....

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