venerdì 26 marzo 2010

Interview with Tokyopop’s Stuart Levy, Part 1

In Part 1 of this three part interview, we talk about
market conditions around the world and how Tokyopop is positioning
itself in that environment.

Interview with Tokyopop’s Stuart Levy, Part 2

In Part 2 of this three part interview, we talk about digital delivery and what the future holds.

Funfair--Family Games from Mayfair

Calliope Games will now be published by Mayfair Games under the new brand Funfair.

Anaheim Steps Up Comic-Con Efforts

Anaheim has launched a campaign to convince Comic-Con to move the show.

The Weekly Watcher: March 26, 2010

Alexa Mendez talks all things 'Iron Man: Extremis', 'Iron Man 2: The Videogame,' and Tim Gunn!


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CBR Review: Superman, issue 698

As a middle chapter of "The Last Stand of New Krypton," remarkably little happens.

Star Wars Celebration V Preview at C2E2

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Stan Lee to Appear at NABShow

VIDEO: Doctor Who Clip From 5.6! Vampires In Venice!

Here we go, you lucky people, fresh from Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, a clip from Vampires In Venice, the sixth episode of the new series of Doctor Who starring Matt Smith. And it all ...

FREEL Sweet Tooth #1 By Jeff Lemire From Vertigo

Well, the graphic novel of the first six of Jeff Lemire’s Sweet Tooth chapters is coming out soon. So why not get a taster with the first issue of the comic, courtsey of the Graphic ...

Exclusive Marvel Preview: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #627

Preview AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 627, shipping from Marvel Comics Mar 31, 2010

CHUCK DIXON Adapts a Hollywood Super-Team To Comics

Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Mickey Rourke are The Expendables, a new comic based on the upcoming movie

Not a Creature Was Stirring, and Then There Was Maus

by Rich Johnson

I started writing this piece on Maus as my son Evan was studying the Holocaust in school. I pulled out my hardcover slip-cased edition that had been lying around. He loves comics and graphic novels – I knew he would either love or hate them because of the career I’ve had. I am happy that he loves them – he even wants to write them. I guess if you spend part of your childhood running through the hallways of DC Comics they get into your blood. He was exposed to them at home too; we have comics and graphic novels everywhere.

He picked Maus up and said it looked interesting and he couldn’t put it down. Evan took it to school to show his teacher and they discussed it at length. I think by reading about the mice and the cats made the history of that horrific time more real to him.

WonderCon bound and other housekeeping

Due to a last minute offer, it turns out The Beat is going to WonderCon. This is my first trip to this great show in a decade or so, so to say I'm psyched would be an understatement. I'm just firming up my schedule now, but if you see me hanging round, be sure to come up and say hi!

Also, please send me your booth/panel/event listings.

What I bought - 24 March 2010

The thousands stand and chant. Around them in the world, people ride escalators going up and sneak secret glances at the faces going down. People dangle teabags over hot water in white cups. Cars run silently on the autobahns, streaks of painted light. People sit at desks and stare at office [...]

Twisted Pixel Introduces "Comic Jumper" at PAX East

Twisted Pixel established themselves as a company to watch with last year’s games "The Maw" and "Splosion Man." We spoke with Lead Engineer Mike Henry about Twisted Pixel’s next project, "Comic Jumper."

Comic Book Legends Revealed!

This week, discover Mary Marvel's almost sapphic origin! Plus, did Jack Kirby envision the Thing as having dinosaur hide? And be sure to check out the odd way that the Phantom was colored for the first two decades of his history!

The CBR Review: "How To Train Your Dragon"

"How to Train Your Dragon" has beautiful animation and some of the best flying sequences ever on film. The story offers little new to older viewers, but children will enjoy the legendary winged beasts.

AMC's "Walking Dead" Finds First Cast Member

The actor behind Rick Grimes may not be set yet, but his former police partner Shane has a face in the form of "The Ghost Writer's" Jon Bernthal who is the first confirmed member of the May-filming "Walking Dead" pilot.

Chaykin Recalls A "Black Kiss"

Howard Chaykin's controversial series sees a new life at Dynamite, bringing its sexed-up story of vampires, pornography and classic noir stylings back to the limelight without the stigma that originally followed it.

Hero Initiative's Jim McLauchlin Talks "ARCHIE: FIFTY"

The Hero Initiative's Jim McLauchlin tells us more about the benefit Archie Covers: Fifty Times An American Icon

?Walking Dead? Casts Shane (Blog@Newsarama)

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Marvel Quick 1st Look - MARVEL ZOMBIES 5 #2

The latest (5th) outbreak of Marvel's ongoing zombie problem begins next month and the publisher has given us a quick look at a couple of images from issue #2

DC goes for #1 at ComcisPRO meeting

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Kibbles ‘n’ Bits — 3/26/10

Wow, these really piled up.

§ Icv2 sits down with Toykopop's Stuart Levy to talk about the state of the company, the manga market and so on. Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3

Much of it is plain talk:

There’s not as much depth overall in the category as there was a few years ago. That’s because of a lot of factors that everybody’s familiar with: there’s a lot more product in the marketplace, there’s less space overall in the retailers, there are fewer customers in the stores and there’s certainly a lot of accessibility to content online. So if somebody isn’t convinced and won’t actually purchase a graphic novel or a series, they have other ways they can consume it without making that plunge. All those factors combined have limited the breadth of the salable titles at retail. The last issue is that there’s still a question as to which retailers will not only survive but become stronger over the next few years, and which may or may not make it including some of the national chains.

But some reveals more of the entrepreneurial streak Levy is known for:

From my point of view, the thing I’m really excited about right now is that we’re doing a tour this summer. Basically I’m hitting the road with one of my guys and six students, university students. We’re auditioning right now to choose the six. We’re going to be in a bus for three months. We’re going to tour America and we’re going to film it for the Web as a reality show.

Power Out UPDATE 03/26/2010

Nathan Schreiber updated Power Out.


The writer talks for the first time on the characters he's created and using for his new Image series Guardians of the Globe

Comic Book Legends Revealed #253

Welcome to the two-hundred and fifty-third 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 fifty-two.
Comic Book Legends Revealed is part of the larger Legends Revealed series, where I look into legends about the worlds of entertainment [...]

CBR Plays "Super Street Fighter IV"

CBR News recently got their hands on Capcom's latest installment of their long-lived and much beloved arcade style fighting franchise, the online-friendly "Super Street Fighter IV." Violence ensued.

The BOONDOCK SAINTS Coming Marching in to Comic Book Stores

Boondock Saints: In Nomini Patris is a new limited series based on the cult-hit films. We talked with the creative team

Number Crunching: Hellblazer #265

 Comic: John Constantine: Hellblazer
Issue number: 265
Really? Oh yes. 265 of the buggers, plus a load of spinoffs, annuals, mini-series, guest appearances and a bad film.
Creators?: Peter Milligan, Simon Bisley and Trish Mulvihill.
Price: $2.99
Pages: 22.
Price per ...