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Sunday May 6, 2012 3:27 pm

Weekend Reading: Avengers, Overload, Don Bluth and John Cleese

The Avengers CastSo how many times are we all seeing The Avengers this weekend? And in how many ways is it the movie of the summer?

In honor of the new Avengers movie, Longbox Graveyard looks at the Kree/Skrull War, from Avengers #89-97. “Nearing the end of his iconic six-year stint on Avengers, Roy Thomas — along with artists Neal Adams and Sal & John Buscema — delivered what was up to then arguably the longest and most complex continuing story in superhero comics, as Earth became a battleground between the warring Skrull and Kree star empires.”

Rod Lott at Flick Attack looks at a superhero movie you’ve never heard of: Mirageman, from South America.

It’s not too late to contribute to Mark Stegbauer’s all-ages comic book, Dr. Goyle, on Kickstarter.

Almost everyone with a comic book would like to see it turned into a TV series. Reality TV Producer Troy DeVolld offers up advice to writers wanting to sell a TV show. A good read by a guy who knows his stuff, and while it pertains to reality shows, it's still a good breakdown of how the industry works.

Chris Arrant at Cartoon Brew has a very nice interview with animation veteran Don Bluth on the return of Dragon’s Lair.

Spinetingler Magazine has announced their annnual Spinetingler Awards and the winner for Best Crime Comic or Graphic Novel? 99 Days, by Matteo Casali and Kristian Donaldson from Vertigo Crime.

John Scalzi (Redshirts, Fuzzy Nation) picks his must-see sci-fi movies. One of them is Iron Giant, which happens to be one of mine.

Is there anyone who doesn’t like Tom Whalen’s posters?

Cartoonist Ben Towle has found a perfect pen. And for those who think that’s silly, in the world of comic art, that’s like finding the Holy Grail.

The Forbidden Planet Blog posts word of a new comic coming out later this month called Overload. The cover to the first issue is just awesome and gross and wonderful.

Nora Rawlinson at Early Word rounds up a couple of words on Alison Bechdel’s new graphic novel, Are You My Mother?

One of the USA Today blogs wants you to start reading the webcomic, America, Jr. So do I!

The Bonfire Agency is recruiting fan voices to be heard as part of their FanPan program, a consumer input panel.

And finally, because I will post any link related to Monty Python, here’s a story about John Cleese muscling the British tabloid The Sun over a false story.

Now, use your internets responsibly!

[Artwork: The Avengers]

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