News & Things: Hellfighters and Snow Queens

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New Book on Black WWII Soldiers Combines History and Entertainment

Coming from World War Z author Max Brooks and Uber artist Canaan White, the new graphic novel Harlem Hellfighters follows the black soldiers of the 369th Infantry Regiment who fought in World War One. Amidst the history of war comics, black and other minority members of the miliatry are often overlooked, and with the upcoming centenary of World War I coming up in August, it’s great to see a book come along to tell this true story. Also nice to see the book has a black creator on it too!

 

Years After His Death, Creators Still Look to Will Eisner for Inspiration

At a panel at ECCC, comics creators like Matt Fraction, Jeff Smith, and Michael Avon Oeming discuss Will Eisner’s work and how its impact has shaped their own creative endeavors.  It’s interesting to see the way Eisner, whose name is synonymous with one of the industry’s biggest awards, continues to shape people’s ideas of what comics can be.

First X-Men: Days of Future Past TV Spot Premieres

As its May 23 opening day approaches, FOX releases the first TV spot for the next film in the X-Men franchise.   It’s similar to the trailer, but I’m sure some eagle-eyed fans will find new bits to encourage speculation on how the past and present fit together in the film.

And finally…

Frozen Becomes Highest-Grossing Animated Film Ever

Frozen has officially become the highest grossing animated film of all time with a total gross of $1.072 million dollars to date.  Who said female leads can’t open films, Hollywood filmmakers?  The next record to eclipse is The Dark Knight Rising at $1.084 billion.  Seeing as it’s only recently opened in Japan, Frozen‘s total gross is expected to go higher.  Watch out, Batman, Elsa is coming for you.

 

 

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Catie is a lawyer by day, comics fan by night (and during the lunch hour). Unsurprisingly, her idol is She-Hulk and can only wish that she could work a purple suit in the courtroom like Shulkie can. She's also into Stephanie Brown, because she has apparently an affinity for characters in purple.

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