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Jack Kirby is probably the single most important figure in the development of American comic books.  His career spanned seven decades, and though he is best-known for his work on super-hero titles, he defied simple categorization and worked in nearly every style of comic: horror, science fiction, romance, comedy, fantasy, funny animal, crime, war, western, and probably some others that I'm forgetting.

He didn't just define a single genre: he constantly defined (and re-defined) the entire comics medium, right up until his death in 1994.  So, in honor of his 96th birthday on August 28th, we here at MTV Geek have assembled A Week Of Jack Kirby, a series of posts celebrating the life, work and inspiration of the man that Stan Lee dubbed simply 'The King'.

Last year, Jack's granddaughter Jillian Kirby founded 'Kirby4Heroes', a venture devoted to raising funds for the Hero Initiative (a charity that helps comic creators in need). She reached out to directly comic retailers and individuals to raise money and awareness, and also got select comic shops to pledge a portion of their profits to the Hero Initiative on August 28th, her grandfather's birthday. This year, she's increased the scope of the campaign, and is working with her father, Neal Kirby, on an fundraising event entitled 'Wake Up And Draw', wherein a hundred comic artists across the country will create original art inspired by Jack Kirby, and the pieces will be auctioned off to benefit the Hero Initiative. We got the chance to speak to Ms. Kirby about the ideas behind these projects, and her goals for this year and beyond. Read More...

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Grant Morrison's run on "Batman Incorporated" ended with issue 13, but that doesn't mean the worldwide network of heroes that was the book's focus for much of its run has to go away. This week, DC Comics will release "Batman Incorporated Special" #1, a one-shot anthology filled with stories featuring the Batmen and Batwomen of Earth.

For a little insight into just what the one-shot will be, MTV Geek caught up with Chris Burnham, who will write and draw one of the stories in the issue, and who was the artist on much of Morrison's "Batman Inc." run: Read More...

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'I Declare War' is an action packed coming-of-age film... With lots and lots of paintball. Following a group of pre-teens and teens playing war in the woods, it's probably exactly how a 12-year-old boy would like a story about his life to be told; chock full of explosions and gore. What sticks most with the viewer, however, are the darkly funny battle humor and the very real relationships between friends, crushes, and bullies that shape and frame the war they're fighting. I sat down with Writer and Co-Director Jason Lapeyre, Co-Director Robert Wilson, and star Gage Munroe earlier this month to discuss the film.

MTV Geek: There's a long tradition of stories about kids going on these parentless adventures. Are there any in particular you found yourself drawing upon and what do you think makes this story different from the stories that we have?

Jason Lapeyre: Um, there was no particular film or group of films that inspired the movie. If anything it was a lack of films in the 90's and the 2000's. I felt like I wasn't seeing any films that sort of accurately depicted childhood so that was part of the desire to tell the story. There were touchstones that I wasn't seeing anything else like, like Stand By Me and The Goonies. I wondered why no one had done anything like those again.

Robert Wilson: There was a time where you went to the movies with your parents. I saw a list one summer that started probably with Star Wars and went all the way through the 80's. It was stuff you saw with your parents that didn't insult your intelligence and your parents weren't bored and watching dancing singing cartoons. That was missing and we wanted that back. Even old Disney stuff, there were some hard topics. I remember the first movie I cried at was a Disney movie, and I felt weird because my Uncle had taken me and it wasn't my parents, but this was an experience where you could tell he was choked up too, right. And the moment was intended to solicit the emotion of humans not "We're going to talk directly to the 8-14 year olds here because that's who we can sell tickets to.".

Lapeyre: What movie?

Wilson: I'm not telling you. Read More...

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By Kevin M. Brettauer

Spoilers for the first four parts of “Trinity War” follow. If you’re not up to date on the "Justice League" family of titles, back away slowly, and then run for the exit.

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A few months ago we chatted with Tracey Rothwell about her geektastic cake business, Little Cherry/Black Cherry and now she’s back with a new venture. She gathered 100 bakers from around the world to celebrate the birthday of a man who is without a doubt one of the most renowned innovators past and present, Tim Burton, for the project "Cakenweenie."

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Simon Pegg wants you to visit "The World’s End" several times. But he doesn’t care about the box office receipts.

“I want to be able to make another film so I want it to do well but I want people to see ‘The World’s End’ lots and lots of times and still be getting stuff on a seventh or eighth watch.”

According to the actor, who has been on a summer-long tour of panels, Q&As, screenings and interviews to hype the film, which opens today, there are “tiny little things” that make the movie “meticulously structured” and hold up over repeat viewings.

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"I had nice meetings with Neil Gaiman, with Jonathan Ross, with Robert Kirkman, and some other guys.  There's another project with Mark [Millar], but that's still a couple years down the road.  I spoke to Joe Straczynski, Brian Vaughan…"

John Romita Jr. is quite the busy man – he's a brand-new free agent after having spent years under exclusive contracts with Marvel Comics; the second film adaptation of his co-creation "Kick-Ass" opened in theaters nationwide this past weekend; he's in the process of finishing the art for the final "Kick-Ass" comic series; and he's in talks with some of the comics industry's finest writers to collaborate on new original projects.  We caught up with him to discuss all that's going on in his career, and ask some questions about his future plans and creative process.

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If you think you’re excited about next year’s timey-wimey mutant blockbuster “X:Men: Days of Future Past,” starring two generations of X-Men, just imagine how Chris Claremont feels.

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by Alison H. Mayer

Judy Greer took a break from spring break (wooo!) to chat with us about Pixar's upcoming feature 'The Good Dinosaur' at D23 last weekend. SPOILER: yes, it's a Pixar film about dinosaurs.

Check out the interview below:

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Cartoonist Jen Vaughn's "Avery Fatbottom, Renaissance Fair Detective" is one of the craziest and coolest comics we've encountered lately – a digital-only series featuring the distinctly un-digital adventures of the eponymous Avery and her friend Gwen, as they handle the daily chaos and calamity of working at a Renaissance Fair, a uniquely anachronistic world of jugglers, jousters, jesters, and historical oddities. We recently spoke to Vaughn about her creative process, her inspirations for this series, and her own experiences in the weird world of Renaissance re-enactments. (And she even drew us a special exclusive MTVGeek-centric image of her characters!)

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Cosplay is about to go mainstream. The concept of getting decked out and assuming a different personality is familiar to the con-going nerd set, but with a new Syfy show, “cosplay” is poised to become as much a part of pop culture vernacular as “GTL” was a few years back.

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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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Watch: Felicia Day Heads To The 'Outlands'

Want to know what Felicia Day looks like as an animated, 16-bit character? Then look no further:

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Beginning with issue #2, Simon Oliver, Robbi Rodriguez, and Rico Renzi's Vertigo Comic "Collider" will get a new title. The crazy physics on the loose series with be called "FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics." We spoke with Oliver about the decision to change the title, the selling-out of the series excellent first issue, and more.

Plus, get an exclusive look at the covers both issues #2 and #5!

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By Amber Lena

The room was filled with nothing but love and admiration at the Roy E. Disney tribute during D23 Expo on Friday. Those who had waited in line to pay homage to the man who helped shape the Disney company we know today were not disappointed. It wasn't so much of a presentation as it was a conversation between Dave Bossert and Roy's eldest son, Roy P. Disney. They fondly recalled some of their favorite anecdotes and gave everyone an insight into the man behind the name.

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