domenica 31 gennaio 2010

My Life is Choked With Comics #20: Captain Hadacol

'Avatar' Passes $2 Billion

The unstoppable force that is James Cameron’s Avatar topped the box office for the 7th weekend in a row.

WotC Ending Star Wars Lines

Wizards of the Coast announced on the WotC forums that the company was not renewing its Star Wars license.

'Cold Space' from 'Afro Samurai' Duo

Boom Studios will launch Cold Space, a four issue $3.99 comic miniseries by two of the forces behind Afro Samurai, in April.

‘Wits & Wagers’ Goes Family

North Star Games is releasing a new version of party game Wits & Wagers just in time for New York Toy Fair.

Jim Lee Designs Naples Comic Convention Dress. Or Skimpy Underwear.

Jim Lee has designed the dress for the Naples Comic Convention held later this year at the end of April and the beginning of May.
Lee has spent considerable time over the last few years living ...

CBR Review: Detective Comics, issue 861

Jock steps in to draw three issues of "Detective Comics," and Rucka's script matches his new artist perfectly.

James Cameron?s Avatar ? The Comic Book

Is this exclusive art from an upcoming comic book/graphic novel adaptation of the biggest box office movie of all time, Avatar from James Cameron?
A continued exploration of the planet Pandora, and its people, the Na’vi, ...

CBR Review: Astro City: The Dark Age Book Four, issue 1

Every issue of this series is well-crafted, and this is no exception, but the story of the brothers Williams has gone on far too long.

Giving Lois Lane A Second Chance

In the latest SHE HAS NO HEAD!, Kelly Thompson takes an in-depth look at Lois Lane for the first time and finds that, despite her initial and longstanding misgivings about the female reporter, Lois is a "hell of a woman."

Marvel Mature Previews: CRIMINAL, DAFFODIL

Preview Criminal: The Sinners #4 and Daffodil #2, shipping Feb 3, 2010 from Marvel Comics


Preview Indomitable Iron Man Black & White and Marvel Heartbreakers, shipping Feb 3, 2010 from Marvel Comics

Happy 50th Birthday, Grant Morrison

Thanks for blowing our minds all these years.

Uplift The Positivicals UPDATE 01/31/2010

Tim Hall updated Uplift The Positivicals.

Comics You Should Own - JLA #1-41 + various tie-in comics

Hot damn, I love these comics! And, as it's the God of All Comics' fiftieth birthday today, it's a good time to discuss them (even if it was completely coincidental)!

JLA by Grant "I am ... the Tyrant Sun!" Morrison (writer, issues #1-17, 22-26, 28-31, 34, 36-41, 1,000,000; Secret Files and Origins #1; [...]

A Year of Cool Comics - Day 30

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here's the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today [...]

Talking to "Araknid Kid" creator Josh Alves

In her weekly "Unbound" column, ROBOT 6's Brigid Alverson chats with former Zuda Comics contestant Josh Alves about his all-ages webcomic, "Araknid Kid," and his new webcomic "Heropotamus"

Joining Up The Dots Of The Avengers Revamp

All the Avengers titles have been cancelled. And the line is getting a revamp the month afterwards. But what, where, who, how, whither?
Avengers Academy by Christos Gage and Mike McKone will replace Avengers: The Initiative. ...

Comic Books Vs Uranium Dust

Everyone knows that comic book superheroes generally get their superpowers from something radioactive. Well, in the Indian village of Jaduguda . comic books have kept the radioactive elements at bay.
Uranium dust from Indian’s mines are ...

Sunday Runaround ? Angoul�me Gets Plastered

AngoulêmeWatch: The weather has been driving everyone inside. Watch out – there have been reported floodings in some of the comics tents around the town. And comics and water, whatever the language, don’t mix.

DrunkWatch: But ...

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CBR Review: Amazing Spider-Man, issue 619

Silvermane! Mysterio! Marcos Martin! Three cheers for another good "Spidey" issue.

Pop Star LIGHTS up the Motion Comic Medium

Writer Tom Coker recently brought a pop star into a motion comic at MTV. We talk about the unique challenges of the medium

Flippin' through Previews - February 2010

The Marvel Universe has apparently never existed before ... because it starts in Previews 257!

I mean, what's up with that cover? I know that it's time for shiny, happy Marvel again, but it's not the start of the Marvel Universe, which has existed for five decades. Right? Oh, who cares? Let's [...]

Preview: Berserker

The bone-crushing new series produced by Heroes star Milo Ventimiglia and DiVide Pictures continues this month! Both Aaron and Farris have been courted, hunted and manipulated by Midgard and Asgaard since they manifested their powers. But have they been pushed too far? And what path have they chosen? Featuring variant covers by series artist Jeremy Haun (Battle for the Cowl: Arkham Asylum) and Dale Keown (The Darkness/Pitt).

The Fantasy Lantern Draft

Would Miss Piggy be an Orange Lantern or a Violet Lantern? Would Starfire have made a better Violet Lantern than Wonder Woman? ROBOT 6's Sean T. Collins looks around the internet at various Lantern picks by fans.

CSBG Enters the Foggy Ruins of Time

CSBG has debuted a new feature exploring the forgotten popular culture that influenced comic book history. This week, learn who Hugh Herbert is, and how he influenced characters as varied as Daffy Duck, Etta Candy and others.

Angoul�me On Saturday ? A Quick Peek

Traditionally Saturday is the busiest day of any comic convention. And it’s no different for the world’s biggest comic convention, Angoulême. As Cameron Stewart just put it,  reporting from the floor, “There are so many ...

BOOM! Studios Titles On Sale February 3, 2010

BOOM! Studios has provided CBR with advance looks at new comics on sale February 3, including "28 Days Later" #6, "Kill Audio" #5, the debut of two new Disney heroes series, "Toy Story" #1, and more!

Dark Horse Titles On Sale February 3, 2010

Dark Horse has provided previews of titles on sale this week, including "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" 32, "Conan the Cimmerian" 18, "Mass Effect: Redemption" #2, and more!

Saturday from the Archives

So this week I did something not just stupid, but spectacularly stupid.
I agreed to help move a printshop the same week I was taking students to Comixtravaganza.
For those of you that may not understand why that was dumb, I'll simply say that moving a business that largely runs on heavy machinery requires a [...]

Diamond Truck Accident Causes Marvel Delays

Diamond Comics Distributors has informed comic shops of a major accident involving a delivery truck between Marvel’s printers and Diamond’s distrubution centres. And of a considerable loss of product as a result.
As a result next ...

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Zac Efron in 'Fire'

Zac Efron is attached to exec produce and star in a feature film based on Brian Michael Bendis’ graphic novel Fire.

CBR Review: Daredevil, issue 504

Diggle’s dialogue and de la Torre’s art are both great, but the plot is very weak, mechanical, and clichéd.

Preview: Star Wars Adventures vol. 3

The movie The Empire Strikes Back shows us only a small portion of Luke Skywalker's Jedi training under the tutelage of Master Yoda. In this story, witness a never-before-seen part of that training as Luke is given the task of finding-and retrieving-an object guarded by the deadliest creatures on the swamp world of Dagobah: the monstrous dragonsnakes!

This is the most harrowing, dangerous, and muddiest mission that Luke has ever faced!

* Luke Skywalker trains to become a Jedi Knight with Master Yoda!

* The Star Wars Adventures series are parent friendly and perfect for younger readers as well as longtime Star Wars fans.

Warren Peace Lists Act-i-vate Primer Best Of 2009 - by Dean Haspiel 01/29/2010

Dean Haspiel added a blog post titled "Warren Peace Lists Act-i-vate Primer Best Of 2009".

Global Freezing Strip 0062 (Blog@Newsarama)

Find out more about Global Freezing here on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays or at

Steven T. Seagle is Keynote Speaker at CHDI

IDW Celebrates "The Art of Steve Ditko" with DitkoWeek

Archaia and Jim Henson Company Announce First Fraggle Rock Comics

Angoul�me ? A Few Snapshots?

How many people in the Angoulême bars can you see tonight wearing red Spirou hats? As the drinking begins, here’s an earlier look at Angoulême today, all pretty, like;

Photos courtesy of CBCebulski, SaintCav, haverholm and ...

Mark Waid is Evil Again, IRREDEEMABLE SPECIAL Proves It

BOOM!'s E-i-C has a story to bridge Irredeemable and Incorruptible, and it's coming in the form of a Special this April

So Far So Good With The Losers

I was just watching the first trailer earlier here on Comic Book Resources' front page, and so far, the trailer at least gives off the impression of a pretty faithful adaptation of Andy Diggle and Jock's fun Vertigo series, The Losers.

WXM: Fate of the Future Clip 1

This February, Marvel Animation and Lionsgate bring Wolverine fans the fourth DVD installment from Nicktoons Network's hit animated series Wolverine And The X-Men. Check out this preview clip featuring Nightcrawler and the Scarlet Witch as they fight their way through Mojoworld from the upcoming DVD!


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The Weekly Watcher: January 29, 2010

Alexa Mendez rocks out to the new AC/DC video filled with Iron Man 2 footage, an exclusive after-hours tour of the Marvel HQ, and much more!


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Matthew Vaughn Makes a "Kick-Ass" Movie

With the first volume of "Kick-Ass" coming to a close this week, CBR News presents a conversation with Matthew Vaughn, the director who adapted Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.'s superhero comic book for the big screen.

Frank Miller Meets Twitter And Tweets New Sin City Art

Dark Horse are releasing a new trade dress for Frank Miller’s Sin City... and Frank Miller is giving out sneak peeks of some of the covers from his new twitter account, @FrankMillerInk
So we have the ...


That's it folks the wild and crazy Zuda January Competition is over and the readers have chosen WAR OF THE WOODS as the series they want to read more of.

Please congratulate Matthew Petz on his hard won victory!

COVER STORY - Gabriel Bá & "Daytripper #3"

Newsarama kicks off a series called "Cover Story," where we find out more about how artists put together their monthly masterpieces

Close out your week with a look at Cameron Stewart’s BATMAN AND ROBIN #9 cover

Nice way to end the work week, if I do say so myself.

IDW On The Changing Face Of Mobile Comics

The iPad may be the hot topic of the moment, but IDW's Jeff Webber explains that looking past the surface of the mobile comics market, from iPhones to Sony's PSP, exposes new opportunities for publishers and fans.

Frank Miller is tweeting and posting art

While some wondered if @frankmillerink was the real deal, today he banished all doubt by posting a new cover for THE BIG FAT KILL.
In his next tweet he hinted:
ps. DINOSAUR is coming next week.
Frank Miller rides again!

Jason Shiga on "Meanwhile"

"Meanwhile," a Choose Your Own Adventure-style comic from Eisner and Ignatz Award-winning cartoonist Jason Shiga, debuts in March from Amulet Books. CBR News spoke with the artist about branching stories and apocalyptic devices.

DANTE'S INFERNO Takes You Through Hell

See Dante's moves in this new montage featuring gameplay from EA/Visceral's new action game, coming to PS3, Xbox 360, and PSP on Tuesday, February 9th.

DC Preview: RED ROBIN #9- Tim Returns to Gotham

Tim Drake-Wayne is returning to Gotham City, and we have your preview right here!

ASK NEWSARAMA Returns! Questions Answered

Got a question you always wanted to ask a comic book professional? Newsarama is here to help...

Tim Drake returns to Gotham

And he runs into an old flame in a new costume. Guess who?
RED ROBIN #9 hits 2/3.

Be the first to check out the new trailer for The Losers

In theatres on April 9

Check out the trailer here!
(Dark Castle Entertainment)
Director: Sylvain White
Writers: Peter Berg and James Vanderbilt
Based upon characters appearing in magazines published by DC Comics
Producers: Joel Silver, Akiva Goldsman
Executive Producers: Peter Berg, Kerry Foster, Stuart Besser, Steve Richards
Cast: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Holt McCallany, Oscar [...]

First Trailer for "The Losers" Debuts

Warner Bros. has released the first full trailer for their highly anticipated adaptation of "The Losers," their big budget action movie scheduled for an April 9 release and based on the Vertigo series by Andy Diggle and Jock.

VIDEO: The Losers ? The Full Trailer Now Online

The Entertainment Tonight clip from before was only the start. Welcome, ladies and gents, to the full trailer for The Losers.

Comic Book Legends Revealed

In this week's COMIC BOOK LEGENDS REVEALED, Find out the bizarre history of what happened when Stan Lee tried to ban exclamation points from Marvel Comics! Plus, two legends about Matt Fraction and Barry Kitson's "The Order."

Wonder of Wonders - Friday, Jan 29th

In the latest WONDER OF WONDERS, Martin Gray tackles the topic of Wonder Woman's costume, which, while constantly revamped and redesigned over the years, always seems to snap back to something akin to it's original incarnation.

Comic Book Legends Revealed #245

Welcome to the two-hundred and forty-fifth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous two hundred and forty-four.
Comic Book Legends Revealed is part of the larger Legends Revealed series, where I look into legends about the worlds of entertainment [...]

The Justice League versus? Improvisation (Blog@Newsarama)

This is kind of like Kryptonite to my eyes. Sigh. Bizarro and Lex Luthor are looking pretty bromantic here. Although the “Game of Speaking Only When Touching” sounds even more nefarious when you type it out. Thanks to Topless Robot for reminding us why we can’t have nice things.

Aaron Takes The Punisher to the "Max"

"PunisherMax" writer Jason Aaron is setting the stage for an epic and brutal battle: Frank Castle vs. Wilson Fisk, the man who will become the Kingpin of the NYC underworld. We spoke with Aaron about his plans for the series.

Marvel Old Friends Previews: CABLE, DEADPOOL TEAM-UP

Preview Cable 23 and Deadpool Team-up 896, shipping Feb 3, 2010 from Marvel Comics

For now, the iPad rolls over and goes to sleep

Whether you’re basking in the afterglow or fretting unfulfilled, the tumultuous excitement of the iPad announcement has come…and gone. The reactions seem evenly mixed between the rapture and the crapture, with tech site grumbles loud and clear. Annaleen Newitz at io9 has a well thought out complaint:

The iPad promises to be just as revolutionary as [...]

Check out a first look at the Losers (Blog@Newsarama)

Andy Diggle has some footage of the upcoming Losers film, a tease from Entertainment Tonight: What do you think? It’s looking like Chris Evans is bringing the charisma he had back in Fantastic Four to Vertigo’s hard-boiled band of on-the-run mercenaries. Sound off!

Zac Efron to team up with? Brian Michael Bendis? (Blog@Newsarama)

Deadline Hollywood has announced that Zac Efron will star in the film adaptation of Fire, an Image comic written and drawn by a pre-Marvel Brian Michael Bendis. The story is about a college kid who is recruited by the CIA — and the fallout from when that partnership dissolves. Neal Moritz and David Engel will produce, [...]

Movies: Hulk - Planet Hulk: Exclusive! Hulk vs. The Red King (Marvel News)

Check out this exclusive clip of Hulk facing off with the Red King from the upcoming DVD!

An added plus to SUPERGIRL #50: Helen Slater, Jake Black and Cliff Chiang

In addition to the special, 50th issue wonderful-ness coming your way next month from the stellar creative team of writer Sterling Gates and artist Jamal Igle, SUPERGIRL 50 features a story by none other than Helen Slater,who as some of you can recall, played Supergirl in the major motion picture by the same name. In [...]

Preview: Wizards of Mickey

The epic WIZARDS OF MICKEY tale continues here in its own ongoing series! Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy continue to struggle in the Grand Wizard’s tournament, determined to win back the Diamagic from Peg-Leg Pete the Great! But who is the mysterious master that pulls Pete’s strings?

Planet Hulk: Hulk VS The Red King

Can't wait for the "Planet Hulk" DVD/Blu-ray? Neither can we! Until then, take a look at this exclusive clip of Hulk facing off with the Red King from "Planet Hulk"!


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Film & Animation

Indie Cartoonist JASON Brings ALMOST SILENT Storytelling

Norwegian comic artist/writer Jason is bringing a large new collection of stories to the US, we spoke with the cartoonist

Comics A.M. - The Comics Internet in 2 Minutes

DC dominates Diamond's Gem Awards! Borders Group cuts more corporate staff! Game Developers Conference honors "Penny Arcade"! What's wrong with "Her-Oes"? Plus, he's not a burglar -- he's Batman!

Iron Man & Dr. Doom Guest-Star in C2E2 Viral Videos

Reed Exhibitions has created a pair of new “viral videos” for this April’s inaugural C2E2 guest-starring Iron Man

Angoul�me ? 24 Hour Comics, The Mute Pirate Editions

Every year, Angoulême runs a 24 hour comic event for competing comic book creators.
. This year’s theme was “mute pirate comic” which a) means pirates! and b) means anyone can read them, whatever language you ...

Check out Rafael Albuquerque?s Incorruptible covers (Blog@Newsarama)

I don’t know about you, but good art almost wakes me up better than coffee. Which is why seeing Rafael Albuquerque’s AWESOME Incorruptible covers really perked me up. Want to see more? There’s another cover if you click here.

The Cut - 1/29/10

Art by Tom Mandrake

The Losers, Kick-Ass, Scott Pilgrim: Jan 29th Comic Reel

First glimpse at "The Losers!" New "Kick-Ass" images. "Scott Pilgrim" gets his release date! Also, more Daniel Craig is a "Cowboy", "Green Lantern" concept art, possible music from "Tron Legacy" and more.

BOOM! Studios' "Irredeemable Special" Hits in April


Preview MILESTONE FOREVER #1, the new Prestige Format book celebrating Milestone's entire line-up, shipping from DC Feb 3, 2010

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Artist DAVID FINCH Ushering in a Bright Day for DC

David Finch is making the move from Marvel to DC. We talk about his past, present and future

The Swedes are coming! The Swedes are coming! (Blog@Newsarama)

And Top Shelf is collaborating with the foreign invaders—in fact, they’re rolling out a red carpet! This spring Top Shelf is launching a “Swedish Invasion” initiative, in which they’re planning on introducing elements of Sweden’s vibrant alternative comics scene to American readers. In addition to publishing seven titles, they’re also bringing many of the cartoonists themselves [...]

BOOM! Town announces R. Crumb Trading Cards

Moon Girl Debuts At Comixology

D'Orazio Double Taps the Punisher

In March, writer Valerie D'Orazio gives readers two very different Punisher tales - a brutal crime story in the MAX one-shot “Butterfly” and a short story in “Girl Comics” #1 set in the Marvel U. CBR spoke with her about both projects.

Jason Aaron: Putting GHOST RIDER: HEAVEN'S ON FIRE Out, p.2

Part 2 of our conversation with writer Jason Aaron as his "Ghost Rider: Heaven's on Fire" Marvel series is about to conclude

CBR Review: Green Lantern, issue 50

Industry veteran Doug Mahnke fills the role of artistic clean-up batter, and "Green Lantern" 50 is his grand slam.

Welcome to the Top Shelf SWEDISH INVASION!


Okay, so our mastery of the Swedish language stops there. But we've got to say how excited we are to welcome you to THE SWEDISH INVASION, our overall title for a whole host of amazing Swedish stuff coming to you from Top Shelf this spring.

By April, we'll have seven whole books showcasing the best of this hotbed of comics talent, including four full-length graphic novels, two incredible anthologies, and one full-color reference book by one of Sweden's top comic scholars! It's a veritable smörgåsbord of comics!

At New York's MoCCA Festival and Chicago's new C2E2 Convention, we'll bring along a whole host of the Swedish cartoonists who created these awesome books, and throw, not one, but two (!) killer parties to welcome them to the States in style. We hope you can join us in the celebration.

The comics scene in Sweden is a real treasure trove that has gone virtually unnoticed in our part of the world... but now we'll all have a chance to get to know these creators and fall in love with their books. Take a look at the information below, and let the invasion begin!

Chris, Brett, Rob and Leigh

Top Shelf Productions

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Static Ranking

No colloquialism here, the Zuda January Competition is in a deadlock. Everyone is fight hard for their place in the ranking. Will they keep their spot? That is up to you.

War Of The Woods -- Current Rank: 1

NewBot -- Current Rank: 2

Phantom Sword -- Current Rank: 3

War Of The Fallen -- Current Rank: 4

Road Monster -- Current Rank: 5

Pavlov's Dream -- Current Rank: 6

Candy From Strangers -- Current Rank: 7

Iron Sam -- Current Rank: 8 -- UP 1

Beyond The Borderlands -- Current Rank: 9

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How about some BLACK LANTERN GREEN ARROW #30 covers?

By legendary GREEN ARROW writer/artist Mike Grell and Greg Horn, respectively:

And in case you missed it, we showed off some pages from the issue, courtesy of new artist Diogenes Nieves.

Exclusive Marvel 1st Look - DEATHLOK #4

A first look at images from the upcoming (Feb . 17) DEATHOK #4

C2E2 Viral Video 2

C2E2 - short for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo - is a convention spanning the latest and greatest from the worlds of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games.

C2E2 Viral Video 1

C2E2 - short for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo - is a convention spanning the latest and greatest from the worlds of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games.

C2E2 Announces Ten Top Artist Appearances

Pop Culture Event Continues to Reveal Presence of Major Creators; New Guests Include Chris Ware, Adam Hughes, David Finch and Others

The Buy Pile - Thursday, Jan 28th

There's not too terribly much to celebrate in a week of mediocrity, so while Kurt Busiek and Marvel's reference material shines, there's not a whole lot to say about the various big event comics that hit in the shadow of the iPad.

Piskor Takes "Wizzywig" on the Lam

Cartoonist Ed Piskor's latest volume of "Wizzywig," featuring the adventures of an early computer hacker and "social engineer," is available now through the artist's web site. CBR News spoke with Piskor about the new book.

Best Shots Rapid Fire: DETECTIVE, SPIDEY, Tons More

The Best Shots team has a full load of pellet reviews aimed at your eyes, from Marvel, DC, Image, Top Cow, & BOOM!

EXCLUSIVE: The Beat to leave Publishers Weekly

It’s been a great 3 1/2 (!) year run here at Publishers Weekly, but all good things must end, and in the very near future, The Beat will be moving to its own website: PREPARE TO BOOKMARK!
The move is a combination of many things, but mainly the fact that PW is focusing on [...]

A Year of Cool Comics - Day 28

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here's the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today [...]

WORLD OF HURT - ?The Thrill-Seekers? - Episode 26 (Blog@Newsarama)

(Click the image above for a larger version of the strip.) WORLD OF HURT - The Thrill-Seekers - Episode 26: “Tell The Truth, Shame The Devil - Part 6” Duke knew he was sending Alicia to a horrific fate to a horrific fate of torture. However, the twist that Duke’s callous, unforgivable actions would [...]

iFanboy delivers an amazing 28-minute WildStorm history video podcast

iFanboy’s newest video podcast is a whopping 28-minute (!) piece on WildStorm. If you’ve got some time, it’s definitely worth the watch. I can really appreciate the depth they go into and the sheer breadth of our books that were covered in the piece!
From their show notes for the episode:
Ron, Josh, and Conor go back [...]

Take a look at some FIRST WAVE #1

It’s almost here — an Earth very much like our own, but featuring a collection of pulp and noir heroes that include the Batman, the Spirit, Doc Savage, Black Canary and many more.
In the shadows of the War, the roots of the Golden Tree cabal grew deep into the heart of a fallen world and [...]

Aaron Johnson is "Kick-Ass"

With the first volume of "Kick-Ass" coming to a close yesterday, CBR News presents a conversation with the British actor who will bring Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.'s superhero to life on the big screen, Aaron Johnson.

Comics A.M. - The Comics Internet in 2 Minutes

The 36th annual Angoulême International Comics Festival kicks off! A guide to pearly families and dominoes in "Batman and Robin #7"! And much more!

Exclusive Marvel Preview - INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #23

Here's an exclusive early preview of next's week's Invincible Iron Man, guest-starring Doctor Strange

INDY COMIC WEEK Post-Mortem w/ Founder

The last week of 2009 turned into Indy Comic Week. How'd that happen, and how'd it turn out? We chat with Matthew Warlick about the event.

Geeks prefer to read about themselves on the Internet

The proliferation of nerd-centric blogs on the internet continues.
GeekWeek launched not ago, a sort of Huffington Post for topics ranging from nerd news to music to sports. It’s spearheaded by Jeff Katz of American Originals with many other contributors.
Mediaite, Dan Abram’s media site has just launched Geekosystem, another geek-o-centric blog with such pieces [...]

So Super Duper! Page 102! Rudey McTudey Snoot Face! (Blog@Newsarama)

If you like what you’ve read so far (c’mon, how can you not') totally check out more super cute comics!

RIP J.D. Salinger

The great author and recluse J.D Salinger has died at age 91. Author of The Catcher in the Rye, Franny and Zooey and 12 Stories, he was revered by would-be Zen Buddhists everywhere.

The iPad is here….now what?

Are we living in the Jetsons or a Cormac McCarthy novel? Will the iPad take us to a world where readers pay for content….or is it yet another false prophet leading the way to a bleak wasteland with poor 3G coverage?
To no one’s surprise, reaction pieces seem to be the main subject of the internet [...]

Batman and Robin #7 Review

With Batman and Robin #7, we end the little lull that this title had with "not amazing artists," as Cameron Stewart joins the book for this story arc, and as you likely know by now, Cameron Stewart is amazing, and he helps make this a fun and good issue of Batman and Robin #7.

First off, [...]

Glanzer on Comic-Con's Early Sell Outs

CCI spokesman David Glanzer talks about the the mammoth conventions' plans to accommodate fans in the wake of a shrinking ticket pool, possibly expanding off-site programming and making WonderCon work on a holiday weekend.

Select Feb 3 Marvel Titles Damaged In Transit

Diamond Comic Distributors have reached out to retailers serviced by their Plattsburgh, NY Distribution Center to inform them a select quantity of Marvel Comics series on sale next week have been damaged in transit.

Diamond Announces GEM AWARDS; DC Comics Big Winners

DC Comics was the big winner in Diamond's Annual Gem Awards, voted on by members of the comic book retail community

Short ?n Curlies #28 by Si Spurrier

I’m ill, screw you.
Gripped by lugubrious fevers, somersaulting fuzzily through the Paracetamol Nebula, I have ditched the idea of Real Actual Work and seized instead the chance to squirt, bleed and spume my self-pity all ...

News and notes

§ The Angoulême comics festival — the greatest comics event in the world — is kicking off — English-speaking guests include Joe Sacco, Ivan Brunetti and Dash Shaw — and Bart Beaty has a preview of all the events which will have you jumping on the next plane to attend. His rundown gives some [...]

RIP: Howard Zinn

Leftist author, teacher and activist Howard Zinn passed away yesterday at age 87. His bestseller, A People’s History of the United States, was a ground level view of American history that focused on the lives of workers and dissidents while criticizing the usual heroes such as presidents. Although this would normally little concern a comics [...]

A Year of Cool Comics - Day 27

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here's the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today [...]

Movies: Spider-Man - Watch Spider?Man 1967 Episode 42 Now (Marvel)

Stream the 42nd episode of the '60s "Spider–Man" animated series for free on!

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #42 — a peek at the covers

Main cover by Mark Bagley, variant by Adrian Melo.

BOOM! Studios Launches Samuel L. Jackson and Eric Calderon's Cold Space in April

Eric Rollman Talks PLANET HULK at NYC Premiere Screening

Newsarama speaks with the president of Marvel animation at our world premiere of the Planet Hulk movie.

Poll: What Will Impact COMICS Most in 2010?

Three major announcements hit the comics world in the last couple weeks. Which will have the biggest impact?

Batman And Robin #7 ? A British Glossary

So you’ve enjoyed Batman And Robin #7, featuring a run around London’s supercriminal backstreets… but did you get every local reference? I’m sure I didn’t but here’s a few to help out.
Page One – That’s ...

All Good Children Go to the Light . . . (Blog@Newsarama)

Damn. Tiny, ICONIC Zelda Rubinstein has passed away. Though she appeared in several films (like “Sixteen Candles”), she’ll always be a cinematic immortal for her appearance in TOBE HOOPER’s “Poltergeist”. (Yes, Spielberg produced, etc., but Tobe “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” Hooper directed it.)

Deadpool, Justice League, Fire: Jan 28th Comic Reel

Ryan Reynolds talks to "Deadpool" writers "daily." Voice director Andrea Romano talks "Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths." Zac Efron to star in "Fire." Also, will Edward Norton be the Hulk and more.

EW Posts Full SMALLVILLE: ABSOLUTE JUSTICE Trailer! (Blog@Newsarama)

Unfortunately, the video is not embeddable, so I’ll have to just toss you the link and leave it at that. It’s the final trailer for Absolute Justice, the 2-hour Justice Society of America episode of Smallville written by Geoff Johns. It features your live-action JSA in motion and talking, and it is absolutely freaking awesome. Head [...]

BOOM! announces Samuel L. Jackson in? COLD SPACE (Blog@Newsarama)

Remember that Samuel L. Jackson teaser from BOOM! Studios a few days back? Well, we’ve finally got the goods! BOOM! sent us a press release this morning, announcing that Samuel L. Jackson would be teaming up with Afro Samurai co-producer Eric Calderon to write the sci-fi actioner COLD SPACE. The series follows an outlaw named Mulberry, [...]

The Carrier’s left Earth. Who’s on board? [Authority #19 preview]

At the end of The Authority 18 we saw the Carrier departing with a healthy chunk of the WildStorm Universe on-board. Who made the flight? Who’s staying back on Earth? A lot of these questions are answered in the second issue of Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman & Al Barrionuevo’s run of The Authority, landing in [...]

WEB Editor Rachel Gluckstern talks up cover artist Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau

Hey DC Nation!
You know by now I love me my Red Circle books, characters and creators alike. We’ve got top-notch talent producing top-notch work on every issue, and everyone is deserving of the highest of praises. One of our unsung heroes is cover artist Stanley “Artgerm” Lau, a rising star here at DC [...]

mercoledì 27 gennaio 2010

The iPad And Comics: What's Next?

CBR News speaks with the major players in the burgeoning mobile comics space including Marvel Comics and multiple iPhone comics content providers about how the industry will or won't take advantage of Apple's new gadget. UPDATING CONSTANTLY!

Marvel Comics Cautious About iPad's Potential

The executive vice president of Marvel's Global Digital Media Group has cautious words about the Ipad's potential


So, new comic book day is almost over. Did you get a chance to swing by the shop? If not, you really should. It’s a busy week for the DCU, with a ton of books shipping, and lots of stuff happening in said book. One title featuring some major shakeups is BATMAN AND ROBIN #7, [...]

REVIEW: "Ultimate Comics Enemy" #1

CBR's Doug Zawisza has reviewed the first installment of Brian Michael Bendis and Rafa Sandoval's "Ultimate Comics Enemy" miniseries and given it 4 stars, calling the issue "high caliber comic book fun."

CBR Review: Chew, issue 8

Determined to decide if "Chew" is really as fun (fun?!?) as he's heard and read, Doug samples (ha! Get it?) the most recent issue. Mmmm. Not bad. Funny aftertaste, but not bad. . .

X-POSITION: Peter David

The writer of "X-Factor," Peter David stops by X-POSITION to answer reader questions about character relationships, the possible return of a speedster, guest-stars, crossover involvement and kissing – lots and lots of kissing.

BOOM! Studios Announces BOOM! Town Imprint

Comics by ComiXology Custom iPad App On The Way

Hot on the heels of Apple's big announcement, David Steinberger, CEO of ComiXology announces new apps for the device

Brian Pulido Makes Directorial Debut with The Graves

IDW and the Library of American Comics Announce L'il Abner

Some more BLACKEST NIGHT-related covers to enjoy

Not long ago, we showed off upcoming variant covers for GREEN LANTERN 51, GREEN LANTERN CORPS 45 and BLACKEST NIGHT: FLASH #3. We thought we’d give you a little bit to process those before we unveiled the main covers. So, ready?
GREEN LANTERN CORPS by Patrick Gleason:

GREEN LANTERN by Doug Mahnke:



Comic Industry Instant Responses To Apple?s iPad

Thank goodness for Twitter…
Ben McCool: Er, iPad kinda sounds like something futuristic women might put in their underpants…
Brian Reed: I cannot believe they named it iPad.
Colleen AF Venable: The bad naming of iPad makes me ...

Guggenheim "Resurrects" The Black Hood

Writer Marc Guggenheim steps into DC's "The Web" to recreate the famed Red Circle vigilante The Black Hood. Meanwhile, he's also introducing President Clinton into the cast of his Oni sci-fi series "Resurrection."

Lobo gets taken out by Sherlock Holmes (Blog@Newsarama)

Apparently all those slow-mo deductive kung-fu fight club skills are helping Sherlock Holmes, because he just KO’d Lobo for his director. The LA Times is reporting that Guy Ritchie is putting his plans for the Last Czarnian on hold in order to film the sequel to the bromantic Sherlock Holmes movie. The movie has not only brought [...]

TRAILER: The Eclipse

Trailer for the upcoming movie "The Eclipse".

Official: The APPLE iPAD Revealed! APPs, E-Reader, more

Apple finally made the rumors a reality today. So just what is the iPAD, anyway?

The Apple iPad Is $499 ? This Is The New Reality For Comic Books

The presentation has concluded. We haven’t heard a thing about LongBox, and Rantz Hosely didn’t tweet once. And anyway, the iPad doesn’t seem to do flash. Wherefore Zuda?
But with the likes of RobotComics and Comixology ...

Matt Maxwell Travels the "Strangeways"

The writer of ROBOT 6's ongoing webcomic "Strangeways," Matt Maxwell talked with CBR News about the tradition of weird westerns, werewolves, online serialization and what he has planned for his next project.

BREAKING: Apple Unveils the iPad

Apple has unveiled its highly anticipated tablet computer, officially called the iPad. ROBOT 6 is tracking the announcements pertaining to the device's capabilities as they are revealed. Developing...

Marvel Comics on iPad? Joe Quesada's Take

At Newsarama's Planet Hulk premiere, Marvel's Editor in Chief lays out his strategy for keeping creativity flowing across the iPad, other e-book readers, films, TV, games, and traditional print media, no matter what game-changing technologies appear.

It’s the iPad

Blow by blow at Engadget

Media is saved!
Update: John Jackson Miller crunches numbers on subscriptions, which is how the iPad might have some impact on comics.


ARCHIE COMICS' INTERNATIONAL MEGA-HIT"THE ARCHIE WEDDING: ARCHIE IN WILL YOU MARRY ME?"TO BE RELEASED AS GRAPHIC NOVELThe number one comic for six months straight, "Archie: Will You Marry Me?" has continued the legacy it began last August when the announcement...

Kevin Feige lets slip Hulk in Avengers film? (Blog@Newsarama)

Will Hulk smash puny Avengers? One interview suggests he might! Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige spoke with SFX Magazine about the upcoming Avengers film, and SuperheroHype had an interesting excerpt from it all: “My only concern is that when we launch a franchise–whichever character’s franchise that may be–it should stand on its own two feet… So by [...]

Comics: Spider-Man - Amazing Spider?Man: Bite Night (Marvel)

Fred Van Lente returns Morbius the Living Vampire to Peter Parker's world in AMAZING SPIDER–MAN 622!



Haspiel's Baltimore Comicon 2009 Interview - by Dean Haspiel 01/27/2010

Dean Haspiel added a blog post titled "Haspiel's Baltimore Comicon 2009 Interview".

REVIEW: "Blackest Night: The Flash" #2

Benjamin Birdie reviewed "Blackest Night: The Flash"" #2 by Geoff Johns and Skot Kolins, giving it 4 stars and saying "Kolins' art is superb, Johns' story goes beyond the formula for a very good 'Flash' tie-in to "Blackest Night.'"

The State of Maberry's "DoomWar"

In "DoomWar," the new miniseries kicking off next month, a band of Marvel's premier heroes must stop Doctor Doom and his global network of terror from seizing absolute power. We spoke with writer Jonathan Maberry about the series.

Business news round-up: Borders, WCP, etc etc

§ National bookstore chain Borders is getting shakier and shakier, and yesterday’s news that CEO Ron Marshall was ankling the joint did nothing to cheer anyone up.

Borders, which has been under a cloud of speculation about its long-term financial stability, has struggled to improve sales in a difficult market for book retailing. It has [...]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 1/27/10

§ The Bridgewater PBA Local 174 is having a benefit art auction, organized by police officer and sometime comics writer Chris White. The all-star contributing line-up includes EVERYONE from Erik Larsen to Travis Charest to David Petersen. Check out all the art here. Above Dick Tracy by Joe Staton. [Via]
§ Fantagraphics seeks a [...]

Committed: Man-Hating Indie Comics

Recently I noticed something a little creepy, nothing groundbreaking, but it's not good news, particularly for all you men out there. Nearly all of the American independent comic books that I've read, present the most degenerate and pathetic versions of men. Horrible, miserable, unhappy, lazy, stupid, selfish, unhealthy men. Men you do NOT want to [...]

Green Lantern Movie Concept Art? (Blog@Newsarama)

Our own Vaneta Rogers noticed some links flying about on Twitter to possible Green Lantern movie concept art. The site, Omelete, admits that these may not be the real deal, but they ARE interesting. Here’s the text, brought from Portugese to English by Google Translate: New concept art of Green Lantern fall network Were these the designs [...]

DC Offers Retailers Even More Rings (Blog@Newsarama)

In what was probably motivated at least in part by Marvel’s controversial Deadpool variant offer, DC Entetainment announced earlier this week on their blog The Source that a number of upcoming tie-ins to the Blackest Night follow-up story “Brightest Day” will ship with plastic Flash and Green Lantern rings for retailers ordering more than ten [...]

Game Informer and Destructoid talk up God of War

It’s nice to see a comic generating a lot of buzz ahead of publication. Top gaming magazine Game Informer has given the book a nice write-up on their website, as well as popular gaming news blog Destructoid - I can’t wait until these guys get a glimpse of Andrea Sorrentino’s breathtaking interior art.
Keep checking back [...]

Jason Aaron On Putting GHOST RIDER: HEAVEN'S ON FIRE Out

We speak with writer Jason Aaron as his "Ghost Rider: Heaven's on Fire" Marvel series is about to conclude

Kevin Smith Talks Green Hornet ? ONLINE EXCLUSIVE

Comic Shop Insider is a weekly giveaway newsprint magazine on comic books. Last week, they ran an interview with Kevin Smith about GReen Hornet.
However, CSN don’t have an online portal for their content, preferring to ...

PREVIEW: "Brave and the Bold" with the Metal Men

Cartoon Network has provided CBR with clips and pics from this week's new episode of "Batman: The Brave and the Bold," featuring none other than Doc Magnus and his team of robot heroes, the Metal Men!

Marvel’s Heroic Age — “They’re back to being good guys.”

USA Today and Marvel announce the new Heroic Age era, or event, or change of direction, or Magic Kingdom-ing or whatever:

“Heroes will be heroes again,” says Marvel editor in chief Joe Quesada. “They’ve gone through hell and they’re back to being good guys — a throwback to the early days of the Marvel Universe, with [...]

Gorillas Assemble! (Blog@Newsarama)

Marvel released a new image teasing their “The Heroic Age” event, and it certainly seems that Agents of Atlas mainstay Gorilla-Man might get a shot being one of the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Granted, as we reported, Marvel won’t cop to that being the new Avengers line-up for the new Avengers book, but that certainly [...]

‘Man of Valor’ continues in SUPERMAN #696

The hunt for Zod’s sleeper agent on Earth rages on, and readers are treated to a plot twist spinning out of writer James Robinson’s first issue on the book.
SUPERMAN 696 hits today.

BATMAN: THE BRAVE & THE BOLD - "Clash of the Metal Men"

Batman is introduced to a team of energetic androids known as the

Metal Men. When their creator goes missing at the hands of the Gas Gang, Batman helps them track the villains to get him back.


Image collects another volume of cover images from superstar artist Greg Horn and we have an exclusive preview

Lobo, Spider-Man, Kick-Ass: Jan 27th Comic Reel

Guy Ritchie off "Lobo" for a "Holmes" sequel! Stan Lee talks "Spider-Man" reboot. Another "Kick-Ass" set of images. Also, "Green Lantern" concept art hits the web, Hulk to be an Avenger and more.

Diamond Will Now Honour Comic Book Orders, Even If They Fall Below Minimum Levels

Last year, Diamond Comics Distributors changed their terms, first increasing the minium retail order at which they would deem it acceptable to continue distributing an ongoing comic book, or other product. And then stating that ...

Diamond Modifies Initial Order Cancellation Guidelines

Via today’s Diamond Daily, a slight change to the year-old order minimum benchmarks; now even if a product offered in Previews does not meet the benchmark, orders will still be processed for the first offering:

In response to retailer feedback, Diamond is modifying its guidelines for cancelling retailers’ initial orders for underperforming products and merchandise in [...]

Ware, Cho, Hughes join C2E2

Franco Aureliani, Jimmy Cheung, Frank Cho, Geof Darrow, David Finch, Ron Garney, Adam Hughes, Greg Land, Paul Pelletier have all been announced as guests at C2E2, the Chicago convention taking place April 16 -18. While the list of guests includes many familiar con-going faces, Ware hasn’t appeared at a mainstream comics show in quite a [...]

Ted Naifeh?s take on the Batman universe (Blog@Newsarama)

For the past few weeks, Ted Naifeh (creator of the Courtney Crumrin series from Oni Press) has been updating his site with a Batman gallery. Mainly sketches out of his sketchbook, but also includes sample pages and redesigns for Catwoman and Mad Hatter (that is a bit risque, but nonetheless creepy). Blog@ spoke to Naifeh about this particular Joker design. [...]

Comics A.M. - The Comics Internet in 2 Minutes

Xeric Foundation awards fall/winter grants! Borders Group CEO resigns! More criticism of Bluewater Productions! Grant Morrison talks villains and "Seasons 1 and 2" of "Batman and Robin"! Plus more!

Grant Morrison?s Wonder Woman Too Weird For The DCU?

One of my all-time favourite runs on a superhero comic was Grant Morrison and Richard Case on Doom Patrol. A quite astounding take on what had become a more traditional superhero comic, mixing in surreal ...

Comics: Marvel Heroes - Marvel: The Heroic Age (Marvel)

Get the first details on a dramatic change for the Marvel Universe!

martedì 26 gennaio 2010

From Blackest Night to Necrosha: Dispelling The Copycat Myth

Cap and Batman, Blackest Night and Necrosha, Heroic Age & Brightest Day. No, they're not copying each other, it just happens. We take a look at how.

Braver and Bolder with J. Michael Straczynski

JMS spoke with CBR and teased some details on the secret weapon he has planned for "The Brave and The Bold" while also spilling on which superhero teams will be featured in upcoming issues of his critically acclaimed run.

DC Announces "Brightest Day" Ring Promotion

With "Brightest Day" set to break after "Blackest Night" wraps, DC has announced a follow-up to their recent rings promotion featuring a new Green Lantern ring as well as a Flash ring (costume not included). ROBOT 6 has details.

Marvel Launches All-New Retailer Resource Center

DC fights back with…more rings!

People have been wondering when DC would make some kind of move aimed at Marvel’s assault on their Lantern Ring promotion…and now they have. But instead of lashing out they’ve done it in a, dare we say, grown up way — offering two new rings for an even LOWER order threshhold on books that [...]

Foggy Ruins of Time #1

This is the first in a series (of indefinite length and regularity) of pieces giving you the cultural context behind certain comic book characters/behaviors. You know, the sort of then-topical references that have faded into the "foggy ruins of time."
It's basically like Meta-Messages, except that this is about references in old comics that have [...]

As promised, a closer look at BATMAN AND ROBIN #7

Yesterday, we showed off a page from BATMAN AND ROBIN #7 — and it was a doozy. But why stop there? We’ve got the first five pages from the issue here, courtesy of the superstar team of writer Grant Morrison and artist Cameron Stewart.
BATMAN AND ROBIN #7 hits tomorrow. Swing back later tomorrow for a [...]

Pipeline - Tuesday, Jan 26th

Pipeline Retro goes all the way back to 1991 for "Silver Surfer," including an interview about the popular cosmic series with its writer, Ron Marz. What was the fun of the title? What memories does it bring back for Augie?

Who doesn’t want to wear a Flash or Green Lantern ring?

We can’t promise it’ll make you any faster, or that it’ll respond to your willpower, but hey — that’s what our imaginations are for.
But we can promise a way for you to get your hands on one. With BRIGHTEST DAY banner issues THE FLASH #1 and GREEN LANTERN 53 soliciting in the February issue of [...]

Marc Guggenheim Gets Caught in the DC Universe "Web"

According to Marc Guggenheim, this week's The Web #5 is among the writer's favorite work he's ever done in comics

Bluewater: finding new ways not to pay people

While Bluewater is often just thought of as that make-a-buck-quick company that puts out the funny bios, they’ve been getting a lot of heat lately for a business plan that asks for a huge investment by creators. The new round of controversy began when Newsarama ran a fairly benign interview with publisher Darren G. Davis. [...]

Random Thoughts! (January 26, 2010)

Random Thought! In three days, I turn 27, but my due date was actually January 26th... which is Wayne Gretzky's birthday. Instead, I share my birthday with Oprah. That's messed up. It's random thoughts time! Get excited!
Link Thought! Quickie Reviews: January 13, 2010 (only one week late...). High Road/Low Road on TNA getting rid of [...]

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: "Pilot Season: Demonic"

Courtesy of Top Cow, CBR presents an exclusive preview of "Pilot Season: Demonic," in stores tomorrow, January 27, from the creative team of Robert Kirkman and Joe Benitez and featuring a cover by Marc Silvestri.

Preview: Pilot Season: Demonic

From the creative minds of Image partners Robert Kirkman & Marc Silvestri! The demon is in his head. The demon makes him strong. The demon gets angry when he doesn't kill. Scott Graves is possessed and he will do anything the demon asks as long as it promises not to make him kill his wife and daughter. Scott stalks in the night as Demonic, a vigilante known for savagely slaughtering the wicked. He asks himself, how long can he continue living this way and what if the demon isn't real?



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Jackie Earle Haley Talks "Human Target"

The "Human Target" star spoke with CBR in an exclusive one-on-one interview about playing the shady Guerrero on the new FOX series, how "Watchmen" initiated his love for comic book culture, Freddy Krueger, Sinestro and more.

Best Shots Advance Reviews: ULTIMATE ENEMY 1, CHEW 8, more

The Best Shots team takes a look at a slew of high-profile Marvel books shipping tomorrow & an Image stand-out

So Super Duper! Page 101! Celeb Stalker! (Blog@Newsarama)

If you like what you’ve read so far (c’mon, how can you not') totally check out more super cute comics!

Marvel Hotline: Jeff Parker

Jeff Parker discusses FALL OF THE HULKS: RED HULK #1 in this episode of Marvel Hotline!


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