Drax the Destroyer of Guardians of the Galaxy will now have his own comic book, Marvel Entertainment announced at the C2E2 comic book convention in Chicago. Drax will be co-written by former professional wrestler CM Punk and will follow the superhero from “the intergalactic octagon to the far reaches of outer space,” according to Marvel. Launching this winter, a Drax series means that each member of Guardians has their own solo series, which is not common in comics. (Hollywood Reporter)
Natalie McGriff, a 7-year-old from Jacksonville, Fla., won more than $16,000 from a crowdfunding festival that will be used to publish her comic book, The Adventures of Moxie Girl. McGriff created Moxie Girl, a superhero who gets her superpowers from her afro puffs, to empower girls of color and encourage them to embrace their natural beauty. She told ABC News that she and her mom got the inspiration for the comic book after she told her mom she hated her natural hair and reading. They plan to publish the book in June. (ABC News)
DC Comics recently announced that Batman writer and artist Frank Miller will be writing the “epic conclusion” of The Dark Knight Returns saga. Titled The Dark Knight III: The Master Race, is the sequel to 1986’s The Dark Knight Returns and its 2001-2002 follow-up series Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again. Slated for a late Fall 2015 release, the eight-issue comic book periodical will be published twice a month under DC Comics. Writer Brian Azzarello will join Miller in creating the completion of the trilogy. (DC Comics)
Just after Hillary Clinton announced that she will be running for president in 2016, author Peter Schweizer defended the accuracy of the research for his forthcoming book, Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich. The Clinton campaign has denied several reports in Schweizer’s book, saying that it is a distraction and does not produce a “shred of evidence” that she took official action on behalf of donors, according to ABC News. (ABC News)
Children can enjoy the fun of coloring while also getting a kid-friendly look into the NSA thanks to their new coloring book, America’s CryptoKids: Future Codemakers and Codebreakers. The book tells the story of a team of talking animals who are guitar and lacrosse players by day and problem-solving spies by night. See pages from the coloring book on TheVerge.com. (The Verge)
The Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center awarded Lithuanian American novelist Ruta Sepetys a writing residency based on her upcoming World War II novel Salt to the Sea. Sepetys will spend four weeks in the fall at the center in Lake Como in Italy along with other recipients of the honor who share in the Foundation’s mission to “promote the well-being of humanity.” Salt to the Sea chronicles the evacuation of East Prussia during WWII as well as the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, which was the biggest maritime disaster in history. The book will be published in 2016 by Philomel Books.