Preacher’s Steve Dillon dead; AT&T buying Time Warner; Deadpool shakeup

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Nerdvana’s Newsletter is a roundup of weekend news and recent Nerdvana headlines.

  • Steve Dillon, comic book artist and co-creator of Preacher, has died. Gizmodo/io9

Besides Preacher, Hellblazer and Punisher, Dillon is known for contributing some pretty memorable comics to Doctor Who Magazine. Doctor Who News

  • Speaking of Doctor Who, the new young-adult spinoff Class has premiered across the pond, and press reactions are starting to come in (so far, so good). Why exactly do we Yanks have to wait until 2017, again?
  • Telecommunications giant AT&T is buying Time Warner for nearly $90 billion, seeking to become a content company. A lot of content: DC Comics, Warner Bros., CNN, HBO, Cartoon Network, Hanna-Barbera … that’s just for starters. The Wall Street Journal
  • The AT&T-Time Warner deal still faces regulatory hurdles. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, in nearly the same breath as damning government regulation in general, says he’ll kill the deal if elected. Los Angeles Times
  • Holy Chimichanga! Deadpool director Tim Miller is out of the sequel over creative differences with leading man Ryan Reynolds. Variety
  • Wondering how that massive cyberattack that took out much of the web on Friday went down? “It’s coming from INSIDE THE HOUSE!” Recode
  • The United Nations has made Wonder Woman an official ambassador for gender equality and girl power. Not everybody’s happy about it. Comic Book Resources
  • Chris Pine is a busy guy. In addition to playing Captain Kirk and second fiddle Steve Trevor to Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, he’s going to be in Disney’s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s Wrinkle in Time. Ava DuVernay is directing the film, which also stars Jennifer Lee, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling. Deadline

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