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See the first 6 pages of the new 'Sleepy Hollow' comic book series

Few recent TV shows have inspired as much Tumblr meme-crafting, hardcore shipping, and hashtag-trending fandom as Sleepy Hollow, which just returned to kick off its second season a few weeks back. The show is one of the most unique on television, as it is part cop procedural, part demon-hunting fantasy, and part fish-out-of-water comedy—the latter driven by time-traveling American Revolutionary Ichabod Crane.

Sleepy Hollow has built up that deep-diving level of devotion by crafting a totally unique world, so it’s no wonder that people have sought to tell other stories within that universe that go beyond the weekly adventures on the TV show. The first of an expected cavalcade of tie-in novels is already available, and now comes a monthly comic book series from Boom! Studios, the same publisher responsible for the Big Trouble In Little China books (among many awesome others).  READ FULL STORY

Why Kirby v. Marvel mattered

In 2014, it’s quite common to know almost every detail behind the production of a superhero movie before the movie is even released. From the release date to the cast to the director to screenwriters, every detail is examined and disseminated across myriad blogs and social media sites, to the point where, if you’re even mildly interested, you could easily find out the names of those responsible for getting that film to your local cinema.

But how about the people who created the characters in the pages of comic books?

In the early days of comic books, the relationship between creators and publishers was often exploitative. Many of the people responsible for creating the heroes that would make publishers millions were freelancers, working from home, never making a regular salary outside of their normal page rates and often struggling to get back their original artwork, collect royalties, or even get the level of credit due to them. People create pop culture, not corporations.

Of all those people, few have gotten the short shrift like Jacob Kurtzberg, better known as Jack Kirby.

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See the magic behind the new 'Harry Potter' book covers

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Johnny Duddle faced a huge challenge: Re-designing the Harry Potter book covers for a new generation of readers.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Duddle reveals how he was selected (the test cover that got him the job, pictured), his artistic process, and criticism received. “All I can really do, as an artist, is draw my vision of that scene,” Duddle told The Telegraph of the giant task at large.

What’s more, an accompanying slideshow shows the steps in how the covers were achieved for both Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Together, the images act something like a flipbook as color, highlights, and other details are added to the original sketches. The slideshow also shows early and completed sketches of Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape, and beloved house-elf, Dobby, among others.

Check it out, Potterheads, and as for Duddle, get this man a butterbeer!

 

 

'Goosebumps' writer R.L. Stine on fear: 'I've never experienced it'

R.L. Stine doesn’t exactly sympathize with victims in horror movies. “When I go to a movie or something, and the shark jumps up on the screen and eats the girl, I’m the one in the theater who’s laughing,” the Goosebumps author tells EW. “Horror always makes me laugh.”

Something else that makes Stine laugh? Mostly Ghostly: Meet My Ghoulfriend, a film based on Stine’s Mostly Ghostly book series that coms to DVD Sept. 2. In the movie, Max (Ryan Ochoa) plays a teenage boy who’s trying to impress his crush (Bella Thorne) but faces an otherwordly obstacle: The Berserker Ghoul, a ghost that inhabits him every so often and makes him go, well, berserk at inopportune times. READ FULL STORY

This map of the DC Comics multiverse will blow your mind

Grant Morrison has spent much of his career in comic books sketching out the farthest reaches of the comic cosmos, taking iconic characters like Batman and Superman far beyond our fragile borders of space and time. And the upcoming Multiversity takes Morrison’s fascination with alternate realities to its logical apex. Comprising six adventures set in different parallel universes—along with a two-part framing story and a guidebook to the DC Multiverse—it’s a trippy saga that features iconic variations on the major DC characters: a vampire Justice League, a fascist Superman, and (naturally) Dino-Cop. READ FULL STORY

'Hawkeye' #19 to tackle deafness with sign language, empty word bubbles

There are a lot of reasons to be reading Hawkeye, Matt Fraction and David Aja’s comic about what life is like for the Avenger who isn’t imbued with any godlike powers or power armor. The adventures of Clint Barton and Kate Bishop, the Hawkeyes of two different Coasts, are regularly among the best in superhero comics, and the most inventive.

Like next week’s long-awaited Hawkeye #19, which will feature dialogue almost entirely in sign language.

Taking place after a battle that leaves Clint Barton with severe ear damage, the story will explore how he deals with a sudden loss of hearing. It’s the sort of thing that’s happened to Hawkeye before, but never quite like this: Word bubbles will be blank, the sign language used will not be interpreted, and body language will be more important than ever.

“If nothing else, it’s an opportunity for hearing people to get a taste of what it might be like to be deaf,” writer Matt Fraction said in an interview with The New York Times.

Hawkeye #19 marks the second time Fraction and Aja make a bold departure from convention. Last summer’s 11th issue, “Pizza Is My Business,” told a dialogue-free story entirely from the perspective of Hawkeye’s pizza-loving dog Lucky as the perplexed dog solves a murder. It may very well be crowned with an Eisner Award for best single-issue story of the year at Comic-Con tomorrow.

Batman at 75: DC Comics co-publisher discusses the Dark Knight's future

Batman Day is finally here, and as part of DC Comics’ year-long celebration of the Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary, comic-book stores everywhere are giving away a free special edition of Detective Comics #27, which features a retelling of the Dark Knight’s first appearance by Brad Meltzer.

In honor of the big day, EW spoke to DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee to discuss all things Batman: the character’s 75th anniversary, the most memorable Batman stories from the past 75 years , the new Batman titles coming in the fall and where he sees the Caped Crusader going in the next 75 years.

EW: We’re halfway through the year-long celebration of Batman’s 75th anniversary and there’s still a ton of Batman-related things to come: Fox’s Gothamwhich looks great from the trailer, is premiering in the fall, and DC is also launching some new titles. What are you looking forward to in the back half of the celebration? 
Jim Lee: You’ve got Gotham, which like you said looks tremendous. There’s a lot of anticipation and excitement for that.  You’ve got these great series launching, like Batgirl, which I think is in October. We have the release of the Batman ’66 Blu-ray set, which I have been waiting literally all my life for. I’ve got these crappy bootleg video tapes that I’ve kind of acquired over the years—mysteriously. To finally have those episodes, with the pristine quality and all of these episodes of my youth that I’ve never been able to catch up on and share with my family is going to be a great opportunity. I expect there to be a lot of viewing parties come this fall. READ FULL STORY

Batman at 75: Jim Lee and Bruce Timm talk most memorable comic stories

On July 23, comic book stores everywhere will celebrate Batman Day as part of DC Comics’ yearlong celebration of the Caped Crusader’s 75th anniversary. In anticipation of the big day, EW conducted separate interviews with DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee and Batman the Animated Series creator and producer Bruce Timm, asking each to pick the most memorable and significant Batman stories of the past 75 years.

Both Lee and Timm have be heavily involved with Batman throughout their careers. Apart from being co-publisher of DC (alongside Dan Didio), Lee has illustrated several Batman comics including Batman: Hush with writer Jeph Loeb and All Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder with legendary writer Frank Miller. In addition to his work on Batman the Animated Series and the rest of the DC Animated Universe, Timm has produced  several animated feature film adaptations of Batman classic Batman stories including Batman: Year One, The Dark Knight Returns, and Batman: Under the Red Hood.

When asked to pinpoint Batman’s greatest arcs, both men cited a few usual suspects— Batman: Year One and The Dark Knight Returns. But each list also contained a few surprises, revealing each one’s knowledge and love of the character’s history. Here’s what they had to say: READ FULL STORY

Video: Why 'Frozen' scared Bob Saget

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The title of Bob Saget’s book, Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian, shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s familiar with his career. But his answers to our Pop Culture Personality Test will. Watch it below. READ FULL STORY

Don't think 'Song of Ice and Fire' will get finished? 'F-- you,' says George R.R. Martin

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The author of the Song of Ice and Fire Saga—still unfinished nearly 20 years after the publication of its first volume, A Game of Thrones—is unbent, unbowed, and unbroken…despite the naysayers who fear that he may never complete his magnum opus.

“I find that question pretty offensive, frankly, when people start speculating about my death and my health,” Martin said matter-of-factly during a recent interview with the Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger. (Thank Uproxx for pointing it out.) “So f–k you to those people.” And yes, he punctuated that “eff off” with a chortle and a defiantly raised middle finger. (Tyrion would be so proud.)

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