The Simpisons and Akira crossover - Bartkira

A cross-over between Matt Groening's The Simpsons and Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira is being made by many artists into one big cross over - Bartkira!

It features a remake of all 6 volumes of Akira with characters from The Simpsons. Bart is Kanada, Milhouse is Tetsuo, Ralph is Akira, Lisa is Lady Miyoko. There are over 468 creators involved in the project, and the six volumes of Bartkira are to be released throughout 2014 and 2015.

What do you think of this project? It's quite remarkable I'd say.

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More Dark Tower comics inbound! Stephen King & Marvel confirm The Drawing of the Three - The Prisoner

In Stephan King's epic The Dark Tower series, the is a comic adaption by Marvel. A new part of the comic series has been confirmed to adapt The Drawing of the Three (the second book) into comic form.

As this tale of urban crime opens, you’ll meet Eddie Dean as an innocent child who grows into a troubled young man gifted with the ability to open doors to other worlds. Can he survive family tragedy, a haunting addiction, and the deadly forces that conspire to stop him from challenging the Man in Black? Eddie faces trials and tribulations at every turn – and the badlands of Mid-World can’t hold a candle to the dangers of Brooklyn in the 1960s! Witness the story of a young man on the path to an unlikely destiny and the most important journey of his life.

“To borrow some successful branding, this is the ‘All-New Marvel NOW’ version of The Dark Tower. As we now travel from The Gunslinger to The Drawing of The Three, we are refocusing our spotlight to explore the histories and events that led to the formation of the Ka-Tet that aided the gunslinger Roland Deschain on his quest to defeat the Man in Black and the Crimson King,” said editor Bill Rosemann. “But instead of encountering Eddie Dean later in his life, as you do in the novel, we zoom back to 1964 and meet him as a toddler, so while we are adapting the second novel, we’re weaving together events in a new way that will hopefully surprise and entertain everyone who has already read the book. We’re ‘assembling the Avengers’ of the Dark Tower universe, but Robin Furth, Peter David, and Piotr Kowalski are doing so in a way that you’ve never imagined.”

The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – The Prisoner #1 ships this September.

The Dark Tower is one of my favourite book series. How do you feel about this? Even if they aren't quite as good as the books, the art is incredible! The Stand has also been made into a comic series by Marvel (hopefully one day IT will have a comic series too).

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I'm going to Fiji!

Around this time last year, I was about to go to China... Now I'm going to Fiji! My Aunt's having her 60th there. I'm there for a week, on the main island for 2 nights and 5 nights on an island called Mana. Is there any advice to what I should do while I'm other there?

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My top 20 strongest video game characters

This is like my list of strongest anime characters I made a bit back (which, I'm proud to say, has gained a bit of fame around here). Feel free to argue with what I put. To avoid confusion, there'll be no Visual Novel characters here (I''m not even sure if they count as games). They have to have originated from a video game.

  1. YHVH (Shin Megami Tensei) - Megaversial Omnipotent; defeated only because it chose to be, came back anyway
  2. Wave Existance (Xenogears/Saga) - The Supreme being of the series, but little is known of it
  3. Zeedmillenuimon (Digimon) - Multiverse destroying living parradox
  4. Perfecto (Super Robot Wars) - Multiversial being
  5. Giygas (Earthbound) - Universe+ destroyer; can attack through time and dimensions; the chosen one with Universal Pk couldn't even scratch him
  6. Exdeath (Final Fantasy V) - Can only truly die if everything else in existance is destroyed; even in his weaker form he merged two planets into one
  7. The Profound Darkness (Phantasy Star) - The Ultimate darkness of the Universe
  8. Sheogorath (The Elder Scrolls) - As the Daedric Prince of Order, Jyggalag, he was so great that the other Daedra feared him and ganged up against him to make him Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of Madness
  9. Pyron (Dark Stalkers) - Planet-eating fire-demon that can grow to the size of the Milky Way
  10. Amaterasu (Okami) - Celestrial Brush God who can even manipulate galaxies with her power
  11. Asura (Asura's Wrath) - Destroys planets and stars with ease; beating Chakravartin could make him much higher
  12. Sirius (Megaman Starforce) - Lives inside the blackhole in the centre of the galaxy; can destroy solar systems with his blackholes
  13. Maxwell (Scribblenauts) - Strong reality warper who can bring things to life and kill them again with a word and create almost anything, though has only showed solar levels of destruction with blackhole; this isn't including Unmasked
  14. Iris (Golden Sun) - Starbuster
  15. Overlord Laharl (Disgaea) - Very casual planet buster; someone who has actually played the series can correct me
  16. Kirby (Kirby) - Can eat almost anything his size; has a few planet busting feats
  17. Bayonetta (Bayonetta) - Kicked a Moon-sized Goddess into the Sun; may have a power boost with he next game
  18. Gravemind (Halo) - Galactic Lifewiper
  19. Bowser (Super Mario Galaxy) - Moonbuster
  20. Lavos (Chrono Trigger) - Casual lifewiper
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New show from Cowboy Bebop creator, Space Dandy

This may be old news to some, but new news to me. Shinichirō Watanabe, creator of the mythological Cowboy Bebop (as well as Samurai Champloo and Kids on the Slope) is working on a new title called Space Dandy. It's scheduled for a release in January 2014. It'll be produced by BONES, eho also did Fullmetal Alchemist, RahXephon & Eureka Seven.

Cowboy Bebop (and Samurai Champloo) is one of the best animes of all time (fact), so that even people who dislike anime are fans of Cowboy Bebop. It's that good.

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Are Superheroes disliked in Brittan?

I've seen the opinions of many UK (and Irish) authors from comics and otherwise, and many of them hate superheros or are bored by them. Brittish comic writers writing superhero stories often even degrade the superheroes (Garth Ennis has done this). I know there are British superhero fans, but why do many from the United Kingdom hate caped crusaders?

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Are Superheroes disliked in Brittan?

I've seen the opinions of many UK (and Irish) authors from comics and otherwise, and many of them hate superheros or are bored by them. Brittish comic writers writing superhero stories often even degrade the superheroes (Garth Ennis has done this). I know there are British superhero fans, but why do many from the United Kingdom hate caped crusaders?

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J.K Rowling secretly publishes crime novel as Robert Galbraith

Turns out author of Harry Potter J.K. Rowling has a book out called The Cuckoo Clock, only she didn't want you to know she had written it...

Harry Potter creator JK Rowling has been unmasked as the crime author Robert Galbraith. Using a pseudonym is a common trick among authors who want to hide their identity, swap genres or just get a better spot in the book shop.

Rowling joins the likes of the Bronte sisters, Doris Lessing and Ruth Rendell on the list of authors who have adopted noms de plume.

"I can absolutely understand why JK used a pseudonym," says literary agent Jane Gregory, who co-founded the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival and the Orange Prize. "The knives were out for her, weren't they?"

Rowling invented Robert Galbraith as a pen name to publish The Cuckoo's Calling without the hype and expectation that came with being JK Rowling.

And it was met with enthusiastic reviews, if modest sales.

"When she wrote The Casual Vacancy [her first post-Harry Potter book], they were all waiting desperately to attack it," Ms Gregory continues. "And this time actually the reviews across the board are fabulous."

The Robert Galbraith novel follows a private detective with a wooden leg

EL James must be watching with interest. The 50 Shades author recently said she would write her next book under another name. Critics and readers will now be desperately trying to spot it.

There is a long history of authors changing their names. In 1984, Doris Lessing said she wanted to escape "from the cage of my literary reputation" when she began writing under the pen name Jane Somers.

She did not reveal Somers's true identity to her British publisher, who rejected the manuscript. The book did find a publisher, but sold only 2,000 hardback copies.

Other authors have different reasons to obscure their identities. Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte initially named themselves Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell.

Their gender was deliberately ambiguous because, Charlotte later said, they knew that "authoresses are liable to be looked on with prejudice".

Have times changed? JK Rowling's publisher changed her name on the first Harry Potter book cover from Joanne to JK because they believed that girls did not care who had written a book, but boys would not buy a book by a woman.

For some writers, a new name can create a new persona and open the door to a new genre.

Booker Prize winner John Banville writes detective novels under the name Benjamin Black. He has said he can craft 100 words per day as Banville, but can rattle out a couple of thousand as Black.

Despite being a billionare, I think J.K. Rowling likes some quiet. And some trolling too as it turns out.

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Attack On Titan Creator recieves 1000 death threats

Recently, the creator of the popular Japanese manga & anime Attack on Titan received over 1000 death threats on his blog...

Attack on Titan has proven to be a flashpoint for controversy, and not just relating to production concerns and plot developments. Japanese otaku have been less than pleased by Korean commenters on author Hajime Isayama's site. The flame war heated up when Pixis was introduced into the anime, and his resemblance to imperial general Akiyama Yoshifuru was remarked on and accompanied by accusations of the series' right leaning politics.

These hostilities are being seen as a possible motivation for a rash of death threats being made on Isayama.

On June 28th and 29th Isayama's blog was flooded with thousands of repeated threats that the author would be assaulted and murdered. The harassment also included claims that police incompetence would ensure the messages' originator would not be caught.

Another source here describes the incident in greater detail. I'm not sure about the Japanese, but the Koreans (at least the Northern half) and the Chinese seem to take their politics very seriously, and rarely let by-gones be by-gones. Your thoughts on this controversy?

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