Gillen, Fuso enlisted for James Bond one-shot

Dynamite announces ‘James Bond: Service,’ a one-shot featuring an assassin’s plot to exterminate the “special relationship” between the U.S. and Great Britain.

Joining a list of writers that already includes Warren Ells, Andy Diggle, James Robinson and Benjamin Percy, Kieron Gillen has signed on to write Dynamite’s James Bond. He’ll team with artist Antonio Fuso to write James Bond: Service, a one-shot due out in May.

“The thing with the icons is that I’m not particularly interested in doing a one-size-fit-all story for them,” Gillen said in his email newsletter today. “You need to make them live, and that means finding something that really captures you. As such, this ends up digging into some of the interest in history and geopolitics which drives work like Uber, and merging it with the contemporary era. It is very much a Bond inspired by Brexit and realpolitik. If you can’t use a country’s icon to talk about the country, what’s the point, right?”

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Mark Waid takes expanded role at Archie Comics

The writer of their flagship title will mentor young talent and begin co-writing ‘Jughead’ in May.

In a press release about a new TV deal with Warner Bros., Archie Comics announced that Mark Waid will take a new role within the company, “working on an expanded number of titles in addition to serving as a writing mentor for young and upcoming talent.” He’ll begin co-writing Jughead in May with Ian Flynn, who has worked on Archie titles like Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man.

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Paul Pope helps Nike land a new pair of Air Force 1’s

Nike is whipping up a new pair of Air Force 1 sneakers in their lab, and to help promote them they brought in artist Paul Pope.

Pope created a short comic strip featuring the new shoes in action against the backdrop of a futuristic game of basketball. Visit the Nike site to check it out.

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Apologetic Kirkman autographed Walking Dead comic appears on eBay

Warning: This article spoils the season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead.

Hours after the brutal and controversial seventh season premiere of The Walking Dead aired, Jesse Chin decide to sell his autographed copy of The Walking Dead #100 on eBay.

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Preacher, Punisher artist Steve Dillon passed away

In a single tweet, Warren Ellis shocked the world with sad news that comic artist Steve Dillon has died.

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Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye — and a theme song

Watch Michael Avon Oeming draw Cave Carson to the tune of Gerard Way and Ray Toro’s ‘Into the Cave We Wander.’

At this year’s New York Comic Con, Gerard Way and DC Comics gave away a cassette tape featuring a new, original song, “Into the Cave We Wander.” Recorded by Way and his former My Chemical Romance band mate Ray Toro, it serves as a theme song for the second Way-written Young Animal comic, Cave Carson has a Cybernetic Eye.

The first issue of Cave Carson arrives tomorrow, by Way, Jon Rivera and Michael Avon Oeming, and if it’s as good as Way’s first Young Animal title, Doom Patrol, has been, then I suspect we’re all in for a treat. In the meantime, if you weren’t one of the lucky few to get a copy of the song in New York, Oeming has released a YouTube video that features the song AND Oeming working on a Cave Carson sketch.

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José Luis Ágreda’s stunning character renditions

I’ve been sitting on this link long enough now that I can’t remember where I first saw it — maybe Facebook? — but no matter where it came from, cartoonist and animator José Luis Ágreda’s renditions of various comic characters are really pretty. The set of characters, which he “redesigned with a limited color palette,” come from all over the world and include Batman, Kamandi, Devil Dinosaur, Astroboy, Little Nemo, Tintin, Tank Girl, Capitan Trueno, Johan and Pirluit, Corto Maltes and many others.

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Dustin Weaver celebrates early Image with sketch series

Check out the artists’ renditions of Spawn, Youngblood, The Maxx, Savage Dragon and more.

While we’re waiting for Dustin Weaver’s new Image book, Paklis, to hit next year, the artist has shared some pretty stunning sketches celebrating the early years of the publisher, starting with the original seven Image books and then the “Darker Image” titles that soon followed.

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New Charles Vess art book coming in November

Faerie Magazine will publish “Walking Through the Landscape of Faerie,” which also features the writing talents of Charles de Lint, Neil Gaiman, Ursula Le Guin and more.

Artist Charles Vess has a new art book, titled Walking Through the Landscape of Faerie, arriving in November.

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