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By Jorge Solis

During the MTV Movie Awards, did you happen to catch a glimpse of new footage for the highly anticipated  "Star Trek: Into Darkness?" After a rocky start to their friendship, Captain Kirk and Commander Spock are back in this sequel to face an even deadlier threat to the Starship Enterprise.  Read More...

For writer/artist Jamaica Dyer, her original graphic novel Fox Head Stew has been a long time coming. The story started as a continuation of her highly acclaimed web series Weird Fishes, then grew into its own project... And years later, its finally going to be finished, serialized here on MTV Geek! To find out more about the project - and what advice Dyer has for artists who also find themselves years deep in a project - read on: Read More...

You can now get all your favorite MTV Comics digitally from comiXology online and through all their apps for only $1.99 each!

Launching today from comiXology are:

Agent Mom #1:

Taylor Jane has it all: a mom and homemaker by day, and a daring agent for the secret organization S.E.C.U.R.E. by night! Add in a hi-tech supersuit, a mysterious leader, and a daughter who's a teenage hacker -- and you have the latest MTV Comic, Agent Mom!

Divination #1:

Anastasia Kempka's teenage life is thrown into chaos after she discovers an eerie connection to the afterlife. What she first thinks is her imagination gone wild quickly turns into a shocking reality filled with spirits, demons and angels that ultimately alters her entire existence. Weary of who is friend or foe in this supernatural nightmare, Ana soon finds herself on a path towards an uncertain destiny that will have drastic consequences for both her and the entire world.

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The latest project from MTV Comics, Divination, debuts today on MTV Geek -- and we chatted with creators Val Staples and Gina Iorio about the manga-inspired comic!

MTV Geek: Could you guys tell us a little about the main character of the piece—she’s convinced capital “D” Death is after her, right?

Gina Iorio: She's right.

Val Staples: So, it's that simple, huh? Scaring away our readers already?

Iorio: Okay, I want to change my answer. Our main character Ana is surrounded by death and dying. But she doesn't say “I see dead people.”

Staples: We also can't exactly say that Death itself is after her. It's way more complicated than that. But I don't want to give anything away. Death is a theme. And a lot of the characters and associations deal with supernatural elements rooted in themes centered [on] life and death. Demons, angels, zombies, ghosts, reapers...

Iorio: ...aliens.

Staples: No, there's no aliens.

Iorio: There should be.

Staples: I'm considering ignoring Gina at this point.

Iorio: I only said that because you said “zombies.” I hate zombies.

Staples: I should clarify, our zombie isn't a flesh eater. I'm a bit worn out on flesh eaters. We're going back to the pre-Romero age of the zombie. We won't have any rotting corpses that crave brains (sorry, Romero zombie fans). It will all become clear as the story goes on. It's all tied together in a nice package. Read More...

If you love MTV's Teen Wolf, the second issue of the official comic book is a must-buy -- and it's hitting stores tomorrow, October 19th:

Scott is on the run as he tries to deal with life as a full-time Werewolf. His Mom, school, Allison, the team--the excuses are piling up and everyone wants to know what's wrong. Adding to the drama, Scott's arch-rival Jackson is using Scott's disappearance to try and poison Allison against him. It's up to Stiles to discover the truth: a bio-engineered virus is causing Scott's condition. But who's behind the attack? And is there an antidote? Derek Hale may have the answer. The comic book based on MTV's new hit series continues, and tonight's a full moon.

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Yesterday via the MTV Geek Livestream at New York Comic Con, MTV Comics announced a new comic by J. Michael Straczynski, The Adventures of Apocalypse Al, which will be published online and on tablets and mobile devices in Spring 2012. It will then be released in stores worldwide by MTV Books.

The Adventures of Apocalypse Al marks the Eisner, Hugo, Eagle and Inkpot award-winner's first graphic novel to follow the New York Times best-selling Superman: Earth One. Originally developed as a radio serial for the CBC, Al was never released and has had fans wondering if it would ever see the light of day. "Joe and I have been discussing the property since sometime in 2007, and it's amazing to finally bring this series to fans." said MTV Comics' Tom Akel. JMS has described it as "Monty Python meets the Maltese Falcon en route to the end of the world."

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Want to know who will be bringing you the next great comic created by Stan Lee...who isn’t Stan Lee? Wonder no more!

At last year’s New York Comic Con, we announced the launch of MTV Geek, the home of MTV Comics and a daily destination for the latest in comic books, games, animation, toys, sci-fi, fantasy, and more. Part of the announcement was that MTV would be teaming up with Stan Lee on the creation of an original new comic book, entitled The Seekers.

At the MTV Geek Comic Con panel in San Diego on August 23rd, Lee revealed the narrative treatment for the book, as well as the launch of the contest in which would-be scribes and illustrators will compete in a life changing contest for a chance to work directly with Lee in launching the new comic book. Today at the MTV Geek Comic Con panel, he is set to reveal his selections for the writer and illustrator of The Seekers. Read More...

MTV is the destination at New York Comic Con this year for fun-filled panels on cutting-edge animation, darkly funny comedy...and even Stan Lee!

We kick things off with a panel on the upcoming MTV original animated series Good Vibes on Friday:

“Good Vibes” voice talent Adam Brody (“The OC”), Josh Gad (“Book of Mormon”), Debi Mazar (“Entourage”) and Olivia Thirlby (“Bored to Death”), along with creator David Gordon Green (“Pineapple Express,” “Your Highness”) and executive producers Tom Brady and Brad Ableson (“The Simpsons”), and Mike Clements (“Life and Times of Tim,” “Are You There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea”), will sit down with Baba Booey himself, Gary Dell'Abate, executive producer of “The Howard Stern Show” for the past 28 years, to discuss the new series. Fans will also be treated to the world premiere of the pilot episode during the panel, and it will be available in its entirety on MTV.com following the session. The “Good Vibes” panel will take place on Friday, October 14 at 10:45 a.m., in Room IA22, and the series premieres on MTV Thursday, October 27 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.

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Hey there True Believers,

We have selected the top 20 semi-finalists in the writing category for Stan Lee's new MTV Comic "The Seekers" and voting is now open! There have been a lot of questions about the selection process, and as in any creative field, the choices are going to be somewhat subjective. For those wondering, we received a few hundred submissions, and certainly more than the final 20 were very good. In fact, almost double that number were on the cusp. Read More...

VOTING UPDATE: Due to the grace period and resources needed today to review the last minute entries we are delaying voting until tomorrow morning.  Voting will still close on Friday at 3pm ET.

Thank you to all who submitted.  We understand the frustration of those who did not get their materials in before the extended deadline but we are unable to extend it again.  The submissions need to be reviewed and narrowed to the finalists by Monday, and there is not enough time between now and the selection and announcement of the winners to extend it again.  If you had an issue uploading your work or believe you had your work done in time, you may send an email to mtvgeek@gmail.com.  NOTE: YOU WILL NOT GET A RESPONSE.  We will review the submissions sent to that address and if deemed that they should have made it in we will consider the entry when reviewing the submissions.  If after that point the submission is judged to be of a high enough caliber to be considered a finalist we will reach out to you.  Again, please note that you WILL NOT get a response.  The deadline was clearly outlined in the rules, but as a courtesy to our fans and Stan's who may have misunderstood or had a technical problem we are allowing this window for emails for 24 hours.   Eligibility based on the emails will be at our sole discretion.

WRITERS: Voting will launch for writers this Monday and close on Friday.

ARTISTS: Since the numbers of submissions for artists was not as high as for writers, we will be sending all art submissions directly to Stan, rather than narrow the number through voting.


Stan Lee Discusses 'The Seekers'

As you’ve probably already heard, Simon Frasier’s (rather awesome) comic scifi series Lilly Mackenzie & The Mines Of Charybdis from webcomics collective ACT-I-VATE is hitting MTV Geek today. To find out more about it, including how he came up with the character, what’s coming up next, and why Lilly’s nudity isn’t the sort you’ll find popping up on celeb sites, read on!

MTV Geek: Okay, talk about the genesis of Lilly Mackenzie – how’d you come up with the idea?

Simon Frasier: It actually started with Cosmo, who's a character I've been drawing since I was at college. He used to be much smaller , about 6", a kind of Jiminy Cricket who gave bad advise to the story's young male lead, who was quite capable of having his own bad ideas.

The story is actually derived from something that happened to me while I was living in Tanzania back in the 90s. Without glorifying my role too much I helped rescue a 12 year old boy , the son of our housekeeper , who had been taken to work in a Tanzanite mine in Mererani. It was one of the most shocking experiences of my life as I've never seen human beings so debased.

There were hundreds of men there, sleeping on the dirt and literally scrabbling for anything they could find with their hands. Most of them were starving and painfully emaciated. The children were being used to go down narrow shafts because of their size. Meanwhile there were gemstone dealers living near the mine and paying the miners very tiny amounts of money for stones that were worth thousands of dollars. At one point I was worried that we'd be attacked, but happily we managed to find and bring the boy home to his mother. The experience was terrifying!

Writing the story down has been a way of processing that experience. I didn't want to do an autobiographical story, as that always ends up fictionalised in some way and I don't want to position myself as some kind of heroic protagonist when I was merely a tourist. Making it a fictional story was a way for me to deal with the subject in a creative way and Science Fiction is the genre I am happiest working in.

Lilly was the last piece of the puzzle. I wanted to write and draw a female protagonist. I like drawing women a lot, so I know I could make her look good, but I wasn't sure if I could write one convincingly. I'm still not. That has been the most challenging part of the process.

Geek: One of the things I like about it is the relatively casual tone – at least at first. It’s scifi, but it feels like that’s the backdrop to tell the story, rather than the focus.

SF: I wanted to world-build with the first Lilly story, create a universe that has certain specific rules. One of those is that space travel is difficult. Getting up into space is a dangerous process and getting down can be too. I find a lot of problems with how conventional mainstream science fiction has removed all the challenges of space-travel, which are what I find interesting. The drama for me is in the characters overcoming these massive physical obstacles using their brains and basic technology, not the magical Star Trek kind. The story is slow paced initially to build up a sense of what is normal as I don't want to fall back on the old laser blaster, teleporter, warp drive cliches that have become synonymous with TV and movie Sci-fi.

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If you're a fan of sci-fi TV, you're well-aquainted with actress -- and MTV Comics contributor -- Alaina Huffman from her roles on shows like Stargate Universe and Smallville. Now she's tackling one of the newest shows on the block: Syfy Channel's Alphas.

In tonight's episode, "Bill and Gary's Excellent Adventure" (airing at 10/9c.), Alaina plays a determined woman with a gun...and you can check out a sneak peek of it right here:

And don't forget to also check out the latest installment of Alaina's MTV Comic "Agent Mom" --

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UPDATE: Thank you to all who submitted.  We understand the frustration of those who did not get their materials in before the extended deadline but we are unable to extend it again.  The submissions need to be reviewed and narrowed to the finalists by Monday, and there is not enough time between now and the selection and announcement of the winners to extend it again.  If you had an issue uploading your work or believe you had your work done in time, you may send an email to mtvgeek@gmail.com.  NOTE: YOU WILL NOT GET A RESPONSE.  We will review the submissions sent to that address and if deemed that they should have made it in we will consider the entry when reviewing the submissions.  If after that point the submission is judged to be of a high enough caliber to be considered a finalist we will reach out to you.  Again, please note that you WILL NOT get a response.  The deadline was clearly outlined in the rules, but as a courtesy to our fans and Stan's who may have misunderstood or had a technical problem we are allowing this window for emails for 24 hours.   Eligibility based on the emails will be at our sole discretion.

WRITERS: Voting will launch for writers this Monday and close on Friday.

ARTISTS: Since the numbers of submissions for artists was not as high as for writers, we will be sending all art submissions directly to Stan, rather than narrow the number through voting.

UPDATE: The contest submission deadline has been extended to September 23rd.  We've had an incredible response thus far and have gotten numerous requests to keep the contest running.  Since the timing still allows for us to narrow the field and run voting prior to New York Comic Con we are going to keep submissions open for as long as possible.  For anyone who has already submitted and would like to revise your work based on the new deadline please simply upload a new pdf when you're ready, we'll only look at your most recent entry.  Best of luck to everyone!

Have you ever dreamed of writing or illustrating a comic under the tutelage of the legendary Stan Lee? Well, here's your chance True Believer! MTV Comics and POW! Entertainment are offering you the chance to write or illustrate the digital graphic novel "The Seekers!"

Over the next 3 weeks we'll be accepting submissions from artists and writers for an opportunity to earn approximately $10,000.00 to do just that. You read that right, that's 10-Gs.

In order to enter you'll need to read the complete set of official rules, but here are the highlights of the contest:

? Submissions will be close on September 23, 2011
? ARTISTS will submit five (5) black and white pages of sequential comic art based on a scene from "The Seekers"
? WRITERS will write ten (10) pages of comic script and a two (2) page treatment for the series based on Stan's treatment
? Submissions will be narrowed down by the MTV Comics editorial staff to the top 20 semi-finalists in each category; that's 20 writers, and 20 artists
? Semi-finalists will be voted on by the public beginning on September 26, 2011
? The top 5 vote-getters in each category will be forwarded on to Stan Lee, who will hand select the winners
? Winners will be presented the opportunity
to write or illustrate MTV Comics’ The Seekers (and earn approximately 10k)


Stan Lee Discusses 'The Seekers'

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Tanpopo – a so far three issue comic series by writer/artist Camilla d’Errico – is easily one of the most unique projects we’ve ever come across. Mixing text and plot from Goethe’s Faust, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and a centuries old supernatural story from China, with images straight out of Manga and Anime, as well as splashes of color, jumbled text and light, Tanpopo is as much a work of art as it is pop-literature.

But it is telling a story, albeit a very ambitious one: over ten issues d’Errico will take naïve young Tanpopo, team her up with The Devil, and reveal the entire gamut of human emotions. You know, simple stuff. To find out more, we chatted with d’Errico about all of this, where she draws her inspiration from, and what’s coming up with the next seven issues (which you'll be able to read here at MTV Geek!):

MTV Geek: Camilla, let’s talk about Tanpopo… For those who didn’t pick up your self published volume, what’s the general idea?

Camilla d'Errico: Tanpopo is a Faustian story. It’s a story about emotional discovery, and about our perceptions – usually misperceptions – of what is good and evil.

Geek: Who is Tanpopo?

CD: Tanpopo is a mysterious girl who feels no emotion. She is attached to a machine of knowledge. Superhumanly intelligent. Inhumanely emotionless. And one day she laments her state, her life and longs for emotion…

Geek: And who is Kuro?

CD: Enter Kuro. He is Faust’s devil. He hears Tanpopo’s lamentations and, disguised as Poodle, he goes to Tanpopo and releases her from her machine, promising that with his help, she will feel emotion. Read More...

Stan Lee, Top Cow president Marc Silvestri, musician Emily Lazar, Teen Wolf comic writer David Tischman, ACT-I-VATE's Shannon Wheeler, comic creators Camilla d'Errico and Val Staples, FUNimation's Justin Rojas, and MTV Comics Executive Editor Tom Akel were all on-hand at the recent San Diego Comic-Con for the MTV Geek panel. Moderated by comics writer Tony Lee, the panel took at look at all the exciting things MTV Comics and MTV Geek have in store for the near future!

First up, Silvestri and Lazar discussed September Mourning, a unique joint project between Top Cow and MTV Comics coming out later this year:

SDCC 2011: MTV Geek Panel Part 2 - Marc Silvestri and Emily Lazar

 

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