News & Things: Lost at Sea

Welcome back to News & Things! Today we have news on Batwoman, Beatles, Bryan Lee O’Malley, and the other 25 letters of the alphabet.

Read of the Week

Andrew Wheeler writes at Comics Alliance about the importance–and disposability–of LGBTQ characters in Marvel Comics:

“Lesbian, gay and bisexual characters aren’t vulnerable or disposable because they’re LGBT. They’re vulnerable and disposable because they’re relatively new and relatively unimportant to the grand narrative. They’re in the same class as all the other B-list characters, and like those characters their presence in a story is generally tied to an individual author’s affection for them. When that author moves on, the characters get dropped back in the toy chest to wait for someone else to come along and pick them up.”

News

J.H. Williams III & W. Haden Blackman Leave Batwoman
In a shared blog post, the Batwoman creative team announce their departure from the title after issue #26, citing editorial difficulties with DC Comics, among them being “prohibited from ever showing Kate [Kane] and Maggie [Sawyer] actually getting married.”

J.J. Abrams, Jonathan Nolan Bringing Michael Crichton’s Westworld to HBO
HBO has ordered a pilot based on Crichton’s 1973 science-fiction film, which starred Yul Brynner as a rogue, gunslinging robot in a futuristic theme park.

The Mary Sue’s 2013 Summer Movie Wrap-Up
The Mary Sue Staff give their verdicts on Iron Man 3, Man of Steel, and more.

The Secret Life of The Fifth Beatle
Writer/Producer Vivek Tiwary is interviewed about his upcoming graphic novel The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, a “side of the Beatles story that nobody knows.”

Behind the scenes of Agents of SHIELD
Six minutes of preview-y SHIELD goodness for everyone excited about the upcoming Marvel television series.

RIP Frederik Pohl, the man who transformed science fiction
Frederik Pohl, leading science fiction author and editor, has died at the age of 93.

And finally…

On Tumblr, Bryan Lee O’Malley reveals the cover art for the 10th Anniversary edition of Lost at Sea, his first full-length graphic novel:

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