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As big as the Hello Kitty franchise is, there’s never been a Hello Kitty comic book . . . until now. VIZ Media came out with the “Hello Kitty: Fashion Music Wonderland” SDCC exclusive comic book over the summer, and the first official Hello Kitty comic release, “Hello Kitty: Here We Go!” comes out in October. A second edition of “Fashion Music Wonderland” comes out in November (the cover will be different, but the content the same), and the volumes “Delicious!” and “Surprise!” will follow.

To get this going, VIZ hired several talented writers and artists and MTV Geek spoke with three of them. Jacob Chabot, whose “Mighty Skullboy Army” is published by Dark Horse and who’s illustrated VIZ Media’s “Voltron Force: Shelter from the Storm” and “Voltron Force: True Colors,” told MTV Geek about working on the franchise, what to expect from it, and if he’s a hero to little girls. Ian McGinty, who works on VIZ’s “Uglydoll” and KaBOOM’s “Adventure Time: Candy Capers,” talked about breaking into comics, writing and drawing for Hello Kitty, and the big surprise of Hello Kitty’s boyfriend. Stephanie Buscema, who’s been working on IDW’s “My Little Pony” and Dynamite’s “Red Sonja,” spoke about being a long-time Hello Kitty fan and her work as a Hello Kitty guest artist.

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There are always two sides to every conflict, and with First Second's “Boxers & Saints,” Gene Luen Yang explores characters on opposite ends of the Boxer Rebellion. Little Bao, a Boxer, and Vibiana, a Chinese Christian convert, take turns being both protagonist and antagonist.

It’s Yang’s first historical work, and while it’s darker than fans of “American Born Chinese” might expect, it still retains multiple instances of Yang’s well-known humor and light-heartedness. Yang spoke to MTV Geek about his inspiration for this sweeping and epic new project, the historical basis for the story, his use of magical realism with Chinese gods and Joan of Arc, and what other projects he has up his sleeve.

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The typical library doesn’t have 7,000 graphic novels on its shelves, but thanks to Comics Plus: Library Edition, libraries can now digitally offer more than 7,000 graphic novels, comics and manga to its patrons. The new service was launched by iVerse Media — with Brodart Co. providing distribution — and libraries are already lining up for the new service. MTV Geek spoke with iVerse Account Director Josh Elder and Brodart Co. Vice President Gretchen Herman to understand more of how the service works and how libraries can get involved.

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Zombillenium” features a witch who rides around the air with a skateboard on her magic broom. That’s all you need to know.

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Some cartoonists stick to a particular area, but others, like Jeffrey Brown, like to branch out. In addition to getting personal with graphic memoirs, Brown lightens the mood with his “Star Wars” books. In his most recent release, “A Matter of Life,” Brown talks about growing up the son of a minister and losing his faith. However, instead of being a book all about doubt and belief, he also examines the power and influence of family. MTV Geek spoke to Brown about “A Matter of Life,” what inspired him to turn Darth Vader into a doting dad in “Darth Vader and Son” and “Vader’s Little Princess,” and what we can expect from his soon-to-be-released “Jedi Academy.”

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It’s Geek Week on YouTube, which made it the perfect opportunity for acclaimed comics writer Grant Morrison to launch his first-ever animated webseries, “18 Days.” The webseries, which is a Graphic India production, retells the “Mahabharata,” and new episodes will be coming out weekly. MTV Geek spoke with Morrison to learn more about his endeavour, what he thinks of webseries in the comics world, and why the “Mahabharata” spoke to him.

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Comics icon Will Eisner lived in a time where comics creators had to fight for respectability. These days graphic novels are valued as a legitimate form of literature, and Eisner was no small part in bringing this about. Likewise, a real change has been seen over the last twenty years in the library market, with an increasing number of librarians working to stock their shelves with graphic novels. At the American Library Associate conference, the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation came together with Will Eisner Studios to hold a reception connecting comics experts with librarians.

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Varla Ventura likes to investigate the bizarre. After writing “The Book of the Bizarre” and “Beyond Bizarre,” she began work on “Among the Mermaids: Facts, Myths, and Enchantments from the Sirens of the Sea,” a new book that recounts old mermaid tales and gives quirky facts on these hybrid animals. After she turned the book in, Animal Planet aired its infamous fake documentary on mermaids, proving that Ventura’s not the only one interested in these mythological creatures.

I spoke to Ventura about what surprised her most while doing her research, what modern accounts of alleged mermaid sightings are like, and how mermaids in mythology can differ from mermaids in popular culture. She also gave me tips on other pieces of bizarre knowledge, like why you can’t file a lawsuit against the devil (in Pennsylvania).

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Over the last few days, Papercutz has been dropping teaser images around the web, and now MTV Geek has the exclusive reveal. '90s kids, listen up, because no one else knows this yet: Papercutz is launching a “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” graphic novel series starring the original Power Rangers team!

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The wait is finally over: Mance Rayder has been cast in "Game of Thrones!" After much fan speculation (and different people voting for different actors) "Rome’s" Ciarán Hinds has officially nabbed the part.
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No amount of stakes in the heart will kill the legend of the vampire, and these creatures get an entirely new mythology in the dystopian graphic novel "Things to Come," due out in bookstores October 20. Walter Koenig, best-known for playing Pavel Chekov in "Star Trek" and Alfred Bester in "Babylon 5," penned the story originally as a screenplay, but felt turning it into a graphic novel upped his chances for a movie and created another outlet to tell his story. To do that, this writer needed an artist, and so he hooked up with JC Baez, loving the lushly atmospheric drawings Baez created to his words.
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Osamu Tezuka may be considered the “god of manga,” but not all of his titles have been translated into English. Unico, his children’s manga about a baby unicorn, is one of the titles that has never been in English . . . until now.

Digital Manga Publishing wanted to publish Unico, but because of the cost of printing (which would be especially high since Unico is a rare manga that’s in all-color) it turned to Kickstarter to see if it could raise $20,500. It succeeded in days, and now Unico is slated to be released — in single volume form — early next year. Read More...

Starting in July, the Ultimate Universe is about to crossover in a big way... And none of Marvel’s characters may survive the experience. Teaming up writers Brian Michael Bendis, Sam Humphries, and Brian Wood on Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Ultimate Comics Ultimates, and Ultimate Comics X-Men respectively, the event - titled “Divided We Fall” - introduces a new enemy in the Ultimate Universe that may change everything. Read More...

Elliott Serrano, host of Chicago’s “Geek To Me” show, welcomed some local creators for one of the last panels of C2E2 2012, a spirited discussion about deep dish pizza, and wind. Just kidding. The panelists included Jenny Frison (cover artist on Angel), Mike Norton (Battlepug), Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash), Rafael Nieves (The Apocalypse Plan), and a late arriving Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother).

Serrano kicked things off talking about what’s different about working in Chicago. “There isn’t a lot of challenges in Chicago, other than that in New York City there’s Marvel and DC,” said Seeley. “It used to be that was the only place you could do things, but now, with FTPs, and the Internet, you can be in Chicago. I think it’s really the third place to be after NYC and LA.”

“Other than time zones,” added Norton. “Sometimes they call me earlier than I’d rather. You can do face to face in New York, but I really don’t like being face to face with people. I like being farther away, where I can use distance as an excuse.” Read More...

With C2E2 2012 winding down on its last day, that didn’t mean there wasn’t still room for a few big announcements from Marvel. A packed, standing room crowd filled the room at the publisher’s Next Big Thing Panel to reveal some new series, big crossovers, and more. Attending the panel were Director of Communications Arune Singh, Talent Director C.B. Cebulski, Editors Sana Amanat and Daniel Ketchum, and writers Dennis Hopeless, Kelly Sue Deconnick, James Asmus, and Cullen Bunn.

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