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COURTESY PHOTO: DARK HORSE COMICS - Graphic novel 'Dissident X' by the Pander brothers is coming out in November.'Dissident X'

It's finished and ready to go — Dark Horse Comics plans to release the expanded graphic novel "Dissident X" by the Pander brothers, Arnold and Jacob.

It's a 424-page graphic novel that expands on the original story from 25 years ago with a new story and artwork in full color. It'll be available Nov. 20 in specialty comic book stores and in national bookstores Dec. 3.

Spoiler alert: "Dissident X" is a fictional forewarning of the end of democracy, and the Panders say the story applies to current events in the United States.

The brothers have written and illustrated franchise comics for Marvel and DC Comics, including "Batman" and "X-Men," and produced music videos that have appeared on MTV, and Time Warner and others picked up their movie "Selfless" for distribution.

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Helping vets

The Portland band Blitzen Trapper will play a special Veterans Day concert to benefit Do Good Multnomah, a local nonprofit working to assist veterans with housing and low-barrier emergency shelter.

The Parson Red Heads also are playing.

It'll take place at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at Revolution Hall, 1300 S.E. Stark St. Tickets are $30. For more:

Blitzen Trapper celebrated the 10th anniversary of their breakthrough album "Furr" last year. Their most recent album was 2017's "Wild and Reckless."

COURTESY PHOTO: OREGON COAST AQUARIUM - Sea otters and people are celebrating the Halloween season at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.'Trick or Treat Street'

Oregon Coast Aquarium's animals are gorging on pumpkins for some enrichment fun, and the aquarium, 2820 S.E. Ferry Slip Road in Newport, plans to celebrate Halloween with "Trick or Treat Street," 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.

Mock storefronts arranged in a looping "street" feature local businesses handing out treats. It's free to attend with the donation of two cans of food for people or pets per entry.

Added to the aquarium

The Oregon Coast Aquarium has taken in marine life displaced by the closure of the Oregon Undersea Gardens, which shut down Oct. 11.

Among the aquatic species are two green sturgeon, which have been listed as threatened by the Endangered Species Act. They'll be housed in the aquarium's Halibut Flats exhibit with four white sturgeon.

The aquarium also has accepted six spiny dogsharks and a grass rockfish.

Doden talk

The Portland State University Center for Japanese Studies will welcome Aiko Doden, special affairs commentator on international affairs and senior director at NHK World TV in Japan, to talk about women's empowerment at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29.

Her talk "Reinventing Japan: The Way Forward Through Women's Empowerment" will be at the Memorial Studio Union.

Doden will talk about the progress in the country of Japan's gender equality push.

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