The kids assembled for story time at the Comic Book Classroom Corral during Denver Comic Con got a treat when a very special guest arrived to read the classic "Where the Wild Things Are."

Gather up the little ones and see William Shatner take the stage to share the gift of Maurice Sendak's work in this very special convention moment.


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It may not have taken comics to teach me to read (as a latchkey kid, sometimes Piers Anthony and Robert Heinlein were my best friends after school), but when I found comics, they opened up reading for me in a pretty big way, adding a back catalog of decades of fictional continuity to chase down and absorb as I fell into the worlds of Spider-Man, Batman, and uh, "Warriors of Plasm."

Colorado-based Comic Book Classroom is hoping to do the same for poor and needy kids in the community, using comics as an end run to promote literacy and storytelling to help young readers develop problem-solving skills in their everyday lives. CBC is on the ground at Denver Comic Con, where proceeds from each ticket will be used to fund the program while several workshops throughout the weekend will give some of the younger comic fans out there a chance to learn how to tell stories sequentially.



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Fans of Stephen King's (sometimes sneakily) connected universe know that the prolific horror maetsro plants enough nuggets, easter eggs, and inside tidbits to make Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse feel who never does stuff like that*.

Well thanks to Gillian a.k.a. Tessie Girl's amazing poster, you guys will always have some type of reference material for the next time you get in an argument with one of your friends who swears Dinky Earnshaw from "Dark Tower" has nothing to do with Carrie White.



Next week, Titan Books is releasing "The Simon and Kirby Library - Science Fiction" which restores classic works from Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. And one of those strips is "The Last Enemy," from the September 1957 issue of "Alarming Tales" #1.

In it, a time traveler takes a trip to the 26th century, where gun-toting, anthropomorphic beasts have become the dominant civilization on Earth--which bears striking similarities to the future envisioned in Kirby's "Kamandi: The Last Boy" at DC.

After the jump, check out the six-page adventure and if you'd like to see more, "The Simon and Kirby Library - Science Fiction" will be available on June 4.



With some pretty serious finality, the last episode of the ratings-challenged "Fringe" effectively sewed up any dangling plot threads for Peter, Walter, and Olivia. It was the kind of finale that was satisfying to fans, inasmuch as it closed the loop on many of the show's mysteries, but poses a problem for anyone who wants to come along and do anything with these characters.

And that's how we end up with "Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox," the first of three prequel novels from publisher Titan Books this year, spotlighting the trio at the heart of the series. And writer Christa Faust, in constructing a tale about the origins of Cortexiphan delivers a clunky early adventure featuring Walter Bishop and future Massive Dynamics founder William Bell (and Nina Sharpe, too), as the action moves to the West Coast bringing the trio up against the Bay Area serial killer whose atomic fists and murderous appetites threaten all of San Francisco.




By now, you've probably heard the news that ABC has ordered a full season of "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.," the show set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, masterminded by Joss Whedon.  Last week, we recapped the comic book History of S.H.I.E.L.D. and today, we take a look at the agency's appearances in other media.


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There's big news in the world of fandom this week as Amazon announced its Kindle Worlds program. It's a program in which anyone can submit a story to Amazon for electronic publication via the Kindle and receive a portion of the proceeds for every one that's sold. While this may sound like something they've been doing for quite some time (it is) the significant part of this story is that Amazon has teamed up wtih Alloy Entertainment to allow these stories to be about intellectual properties that ran on television. Currently "Gossip Girl," "Pretty Little Liars," and "The Vampire Diaries" with promises of more licenses to come later. The upshot of this announcement is that you can get paid to legally write "Vampire Diaries" fan fiction.


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"I think people are going to be surprised," Act 4 Entertainment Vice President of Production and Development Jesse Singer says of his company's plan to bring "American Psycho" to the stage. Previously adapted for the screen in 2000 by director Mary Harron, and based on a novel by outspoken author Bret Easton Ellis, it's a chronicle of pharmaceutical and credit-fueled excess with a famously brand-obsessed yuppie, Patrick Batemen, as its antihero protagonist.

Bringing it to the stage is one more layer in the "American Psycho" narrative, the continued transformation of a book and film that have been decried as cruelly misogynistic into something embedded in our pop consciousness. Act 4 has taken to Kickstarter in order to seek funds for the project, which would bring an all-singing, all-dancing Patrick Bateman to the stage with music from Duncan Sheik.

Strangely, it all makes sense.



TODAY Random House is releasing the 10-year anniversary deluxe edition of the best-selling "The City of Ember." The new printing includes a full color poster, a new intro, and an all-new chapter written by Jeanne DuPrau about the day the Disaster began.

And guess what...we've got an exclusive excerpt for that very chapter!

The chapter, "On the Day of the Bombs" is first piece of new material written for the "Ember" series since the publication of the final book, "The Diamond of Darkhold" in 2008.



Take a trip with Walter Bishop in this excerpt from "Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox," a new novel from author Christa Faust delving into a mysterious, mind-altering compound which leads to a rip in space and time for Walter and William Bell.



By Aaron Sagers

Doctors Moreau and Frankenstein should make room for a new member of their league of extraordinarily grotesque gentlemen, for there is a new mad scientist in pop culture. Making his debut in “The Resurrectionist,” a new book from Quirk Books, Dr. Spencer Black has very curious theories about human evolution and mythological beasts. And in an MTV Geek exclusive, you’ll see exactly what we mean.


brillaince-coverReading "Dune" as a child, one of my favorite aspects of the distant future Frank Herbert created were the mentants--intense, human computational machines who functioned on pure logic. They were more human than human, a necessary function of the empire's prohibition against thinking machines, embodied and given such great flavor and detail through only a pair of characters--the conflicted Dr. Yueh and the half-mad Piter De Vries.

In just a handful of scenes, Herbert invested these characters with life and unique conflicts absent the entire cast of super geniuses and savants in Marcus Sakey's rote procedural "Brilliance," a potentially explosive mix of "Days of Future Past"-style mutant oppression mingled with the freedom vs. security paranoia of "24" which... sounds kind of good when you lay it out like that. Unfortunately, Sakey's fascinating alternate history where an increasing segment of the population has become mental savants capable of massive computations isn't worthy of the characters, putting a bunch of very smart people in a very played-out plot.



Originally, Stephen King's 1977 novel "The Shining" featured both a prologue and an epilogue titled "Before the Play" and "After the Play" respectively. Both were excised from the final draft of the book, "Before the Play" only seeing release in a 1982 issue of Whispers magazine and later as an abridged story in TV Guide. "After the Play" is yet to be seen as King claims it's lost. According to Deadline, former "Walking Dead" showrunner Glen Mazzara is set to write an adaptation of "Before the Play" titled "The Overlook Hotel" for Warner Bros, and the usually adaptation-friendly King ain't too pleased.


IndestructibleHulk_6_575By Ali Colluccio

This week did not start off particularly well. Monday morning was pretty insane at work, and when I took my early afternoon Twitter break everyone was yelling. I wasn't quite sure what was going on, but there was a lot of angry mentions of Apple and "Saga" and censorship. I decided (probably wisely) to put the Interwebz down and deal with it later. By Tuesday afternoon we all learned that it was just A Big Misunderstanding and Shame on All of You for Not Getting the Facts Right and THIS IS WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE INTERNET AND COMICS. And again I decided (definitely wisely) to put the Interwebz down and walk away. Read More...


Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham -- also known as James S. A. Corey -- chatted with MTV Geek at Worldcon to discuss their "Expanse" series of novellas. "Expanse" incorporates "Leviathan Wakes" (2011), "Caliban's War" (2012), and "Abaddon's Gate" (to be released on June 4th, 2013). Click the video below to hear the writing team chat all things "Caliban's War!"


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