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Disney Says It’s Not Done Shopping for Your Favorite Franchises

About a year ago Disney acquired Lucasfilm and stomped on the anthill that is the nerd world, sending us scrambling to figure out where we were in a world where Star Wars sequels could be made with minimal influence from George Lucas, and where one company owned the Disney Princesses, Pixar, the Muppets, Star Wars, and the film rights for the lion’s share of Marvel superhero characters. In comparison the Disney/Marvel acquisition seemed perfectly normal: Warner Bros. has owned DC Comics for years now, after all.

Disney’s chief financial officer told reporters at a conference yesterday that Disney isn’t necessarily done acquiring franchise properties, though they don’t have any in mind at the moment. They’re just, you know, leaving room in case they want dessert.

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Coloring Book Pages With Skeletons Drawn In Are Creepier Than They Have Any Right To Be

And the phrase “coloring book pages with skeletons drawn in” sounds like it would be creepy anyway! But not this creepy. No. Never this creepy. You can thank French illustrator Chris Panda‘s X-Ray series for the awesomeness and the nightmares.

(via: Tumblr, Facebook)

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Comic Creator Harassment Claims Met With Response From Alleged Harasser

If you watch the comic book world as closely as I do, you might have noticed the wind changing direction. Specifically in the last week. Recent events have led to both men and women’s eyes being opened to a dark side of the community. These same events have also rallied many to do something about it. Find out how one creator speaking out about harassment has caused more than just a stir. 

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Nielsen and Twitter Partnership Shows Difference Between Viewers and Engagement

Twitter, like most internet services that grow to global size and then wind up to go public, has been looking for ways to make itself seem useful to people who would actually pay for its service: media companies and folks in public relations. Its partnership with Nielsen (of Nielsen ratings, the audience research standard by which American television is judged) is certainly a bid to try and get television studios to want to pay money for better Twitter services by demonstrating how powerful Twitter engagement can be. And sure, if it succeeds, it’ll make Twitter some money, but it could also lead to an entirely different way of judging the strength of an audience.

Because, as it turns out, the overlap between shows that scored high on Nielsen ratings and the shows that were most Tweeted about a few weeks ago is almost non-existent.

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Fox and Boom! Studios Have Inked an Innovative Licensing Deal – Wait Come Back I Swear This is Interesting

The Hollywood Reporter is saying that 20th Century Fox just finalized a deal with Boom Studios that would give the movie studio first-look rights on any movie adaptation based on a Boom! Studios property, in many ways meaning that Boom! is not tied to Fox as Marvel is tied to Disney and  DC is to Warner Bros.

Wait! Don’t leave! According to THR the agreement is pretty unique in the field of comic studios with exclusive licensing deals with movie studios, especially where creators rights are concerned.

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Apple Found Guilty of eBook Price Fixing; Amazon Cackles, Twirls Moustache

I can’t blame you if you haven’t been following the Department of Justice’s suit against Apple and (originally) five other book publishers for price fixing in the eBook market. It’s kind of arcane and weird, but it’s an arcane and weird thing that may affect the entire electronic book market, and if you’re the kind of book reader who looks at gamers flipping out about DRM that places unreasonable requirements on the user and thinks “there but for the grace of God go I,” you might want to pay attention. Just in case.

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Archaia Studios Acquired by Boom! Studios: Fraggle Rock, Mouse Guard, Adventure Time All Under Same Comics Roof

If you’re familiar with Boom! and Archaia as comics publishers, it could be for any of more than two dozen licensed lines of comics based on television, animation, movies and kids fare, as well as any of the original creator owned books the two comics publishers put out. Boom! especially, has acquired the comic making rights to a lot of our favorite stuff, like Adventure Time, The Muppet Show, and The Regular Show, and done very good work with them. Any fans of genderswap Adventure Time characters Fionna and Cake really owe it to themselves to check out their comic book miniseries, for example. Today, Boom! announced that they’ll be expanding with the acquisition of Archaia Studios, the publisher behind Mouse Guard and the comic adaptations of Jim Henson Productions IP like Fraggle Rock and The Dark Crystal.

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Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Chastain Among the Contenders to Play Real-Life Superhero Hillary Clinton

Rodham will follow former Secretary of State/Senator/first lady/gift to the world (though that last one isn’t former) Hillary Clinton during her early lawyering days, when she “finds herself forced to choose between a destined path to the White House and her unresolved feelings for Bill Clinton, her former boyfriend who now teaches law in Arkansas.” The movie already has a screenwriter and a director, and now The Independent has named a several actresses who are reportedly being considered for the title role.

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Rumor: Quicksilver in Avengers 2 and Days of Future Past Doesn’t Mean Crossover

When Bryan Singer announced not just the presence of Quicksilver, but the casting of his character yesterday, it shocked people. Well, it shocked people who heard about it. And who also know that Joss Whedon has confirmed that Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are going to be in The Avengers 2. And who also know that Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are mutants. And who also know that mutant characters were thought to all have been licensed to Fox.

So it shocked, well, some, who wondered whether this was the first salvo in a legal battle over who has the licensing rights to a couple of characters who are equally mutants and Avengers, or even whether this was the first unlooked for sign of a possible crossover between the X-Men movie continuity and the Marvel Cinematic universe.

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Is This Hitler Reacts To The Comics Alliance Closure As Funny To You As It Is To Us? [VIDEO]

We admit, part of the reason we find this Hitler Learns video so funny is because it touches on comic book journalism, something we’re actually a part of. While The Mary Sue may not be solely about comics, we’re fans of many sites that are, so we were bummed to hear AOL shuttered Comics Alliance yesterday and left a gaping hole in great comic book coverage. In response, Zack Smith of Newsarama and MTV Geek put together this video. Hopefully you will appreciate it as much as we did.

(via Newsarama)

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