Off-Panel: February 25, 2015

This post originally appeared on Panels, which is now Book Riot Comics

Our daily round-up of news around the comics space, from the gutters and beyond.

“If you think people who make superhero movies are dumb, come out and say we’re dumb. But if you, as an independent filmmaker or a “serious” filmmaker, think you put more love into your characters than the Russo Brothers do Captain America, or Joss Whedon does the Hulk, or I do a talking raccoon, you are simply mistaken.”

James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy has some choice words for those who turn their noses up at superhero films. RIGHT ON!

“At a time in the comic book and entertainment industries when the demand for stories about characters other than The Heterosexual Caucasian Male continues to increase week after week, “Strange Fruit” could be one of BOOM! Studios’ attempts to address that fan desire for diverse product.”

A black Superman? Whether these musings turn out to be true or not, I’ll be keeping a close eye on this series.

“A Tokyo-based nonprofit organization is publishing manga booklets Monday that aim to safeguard juveniles from what it calls the increasingly serious reality of teen sexual exploitation in Japan.”

This seems pretty genius. I love the creativity behind it.

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