‘MAGIC SCHOOL BUS’ AUTHOR JOANNA COLE DIES AT AGE 75
NEW YORK (AP) – Author Joanna Cole, whose “Magic School Bus” books transported millions of young people on extraordinary and educational adventures, has died at age 75. Scholastic says Cole, a resident of Sioux City, Iowa, died Sunday. With the ever maddening but inspired Ms. Frizzle leading her students on journeys that explored everything from the solar system to underwater, “Magic School Bus” books have sold tens of millions of copies and were the basis for a popular animated TV series and a Netflix series. Ms. Frizzle was based in part on a teacher Cole had growing up. Plans for a live-action movie, with Elizabeth Banks as Ms. Frizzle, were recently announced.
DC’S PLAN FOR ‘WATCHMEN’ SEQUEL ‘RORSCHACH’ MET WITH UNEASE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – DC Comics is getting mixed reactions after announcing a new “Watchmen” spin off based the Rorschach character. Some of the online criticism focused on whether the masked vigilante should be the primary focus after DC announced the sequel “Rorschach” on Wednesday. Others have slammed the decision to bring on “Batman” writer Tom King to write the 12-issue series, which will debut in October. But King says the new comic series will take a compelling look at politics similar to HBO’s “Watchmen” and the original comic in 1986. The sequel is set 35 years after the “Watchmen” comic series.