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News Beat: Friday Round-Up!

Hey kids! It’s Friday, so it’s time for me to round up some of the links you may have missed over the course of the week…Y’know, if you have “real lives” that don’t involve just looking at the Internet all day. Without further ado:

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Marvel’s “Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N” (no, I’m not going to spell out that acronym for you. Click the link if you care so much. Marvel’s gone too crazy with the acronyms lately and I’m putting my foot down in the name of common sense.) opens this week, and gives visitors a chance to learn some of the science behind things like Iron Man’s suit and the neurological effects of turning into the Hulk, as well as the opportunity to take a look at props from Marvel movies. Field trip, anyone?

Image from Comics Alliance

Image from Comics Alliance

The MPAA banned a poster for the upcoming Sin City sequel, A Dame To Kill For, because it showed “curve of under breast and dark nipple/areola circle visible through sheer gown.”  As ever, I will never understand the MPAA or Frank Miller comics.

 

Amazon reminded the world that, oh yeah, they’re a somewhat evil megacorporation this week by severing ties suddenly with Hachette, a publishing group that handles major publishers like Little, Brown, Grand Central, and Hyperion. This evoked the ire of a good number of authors — with good reason, their books aren’t being made available to the public through what is easily the most commonly-used book purchasing resource. Amazon has yet to comment.

 

Grigori Rasputin Alan Moore has plans to launch a digital-only comics anthology, in partnership with Garth Ennis, Peter Hogan, and Peter Snejbjerg, called “Electricomics”. In keeping with Alan Moore’s usual…thing, his first title will be a reimagining of  Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo, a comic that terrified children in the early 1900s (and again as a movie in the 1990s!). I’m sure it will contain the following: violence, old man sex, and vaguely racist overtones.

A Kickstarter to bring back Reading Rainbow, a staple for many American childhoods of the 80s and 90s, earned over $1M in a single day (at the time I’m writing this article, it has earned $2, 793, 580). Watch this COMPLETELY ADORABLE video of LeVar Burton finding out the good news:

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