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Digital Comic Resources: Platforms & Partnerships - Comic Book Resources

Digital Comic Resources: Platforms & Partnerships - Comic Book Resources | Comic Books | Scoop.it

In the last week, Apple's iBook Author announcement got comics creators thinking about making their own digital graphic novels, manga publishers continue to work on improving digital distribution, from the most popular manga like "Shonen Jump" to niche genres like yuri and Marvel promised "big news" regarding digital comics.


Digital Comics: Marvel is now offering collected editions of its comics via comiXology, but Johanna Draper Carlson points out that the digital bundles are only a dollar cheaper than the single issues (and priced comparably to print editions, while offering less in terms of durability) and that the comics are arranged in a way that is not likely to make sense to new readers.


Manga: Manga industry veteran Jason Thompson has penned a long, thoughtful piece for io9 on why the manga industry has been having troubles in recent years. Many of the problems are structural and have their roots in Japan, but Thompson does single out the poor job publishers have done with digital manga. On the one hand, manga is more popular than ever -- teenagers are reading it for free all over the internet, and the first result in a Google search on a manga title is often a scanlation site. On the other hand, as Thompson says, "Most Japanese publishers have no coherent digital strategy, and the extra step of licensing them in America makes them even slower to react to change." While most American manga publishers do have digital programs in place, there is still a lot of room for improvement in terms of usability, selection, and price.

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Best Covers Ever (This Month) - January 2012 - ComicsAlliance | Comic book culture, news, humor, commentary, and reviews

Best Covers Ever (This Month) - January 2012 - ComicsAlliance | Comic book culture, news, humor, commentary, and reviews | Comic Books | Scoop.it
The peculiar truth about comic book covers is that they're on comics, but they're not comics. Covers are generally single images, not sequential, which makes them a separate art form, one that owes as much to poster ads and book design as it does to the comic panel or page. If comics are an under-appreciated art form, comic covers are even more neglected. They have developed their own language, conventions, conceits and cliches, yet for all their importance to the medium -- they are the billboards of the industry -- they never get as much attention as they deserve.
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Captain America 2 To Shoot This Year. Followed by Nick Fury Movie?

Captain America 2 To Shoot This Year. Followed by Nick Fury Movie? | Comic Books | Scoop.it
Neal McDonough played Cap's bowler-hatted, majestically-mustachioed comrade-in-arms Dum Dum Dugan in last year's Captain America: The First Avenger... and it looks like he'll play him again in the sequel, set to go into production later this year.


Confirming what Tom Hiddleston already told us a couple of weeks ago - i.e. that Thor 2 is set to shoot first this year - McDonough mentioned a few more details to IMDB.com during a chat about his TV show, Justified.


"Yeah, they’re planning (to go into production for) Captain America 2 for the end of this year, because Marvel does one film at a time. So they’re going to do Thor 2 and as soon as Thor 2 has wrapped, they’ll do Cap 2."


So that's good news. But the even better news is that Nick Fury's potentially '70s-set feature film, provisionally titled, um, Nick Fury, is set to start up after Cap 2 has wrapped.


"Hopefully right after that, we’ll jump into Nick Fury because that’s the one I’m looking forward to more than anything... it’ll be me and Sam Jackson. In the real Marvel universe, Dum Dum Dugan is Nick Fury’s right hand man."


But as we say, the '70s setting is not confirmed, with McDonough still hoping that's how things will pan out.

"I just pray that they have a 1970s setting, because I want to see Sam Jackson with lambchops kicking people’s asses for Marvel universe. It would just be awesome. And to work with Sam would be a treat."

It's an incredible thought - though as this is just an off-hand remark from an actor being interviewed about another topic entirely, we're going to take this one with a punch of salt.


After all, without official say-so from Marvel HQ, it's hard to believe that a movie two films down the line is set in stone, but we can dream, we can but dream...

It does make you wonder though - how will the timelines work? How will actors look old enough and young enough? How will Cap go back in time? All with be revealed - okay, a little bit more will be revealed - come 27 April 2012, when The Avengers hits cinemas.

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DC Direct Unveils Full 'Justice League' Action Figure Lineup and Release Dates

DC Direct Unveils Full 'Justice League' Action Figure Lineup and Release Dates | Comic Books | Scoop.it
A new flyer distributed to comic book retailers gives fans the full skinny on DC Direct's plans for Geoff Johns and Jim Lee's "New 52" Justice League heroes. TNI has a scan of the pages featuring the full line, which show off seven figures and their release dates. First up is Batman in May, with Green Lantern and Aquaman following in June, Flash in August, Wonder Woman and Cyborg (he's finally included, unlike in previous images) in October and Superman in January of 2013.


It seems a little strange that DC's most iconic character will trail the rest of the team, and even weirder that Mattel is going to beat DCD to a New 52 Supes by several months at least. Not as strange as Aquaman's zoot suit chain/trident, mind you, but who am I to criticize Atlantean fashion? I didn't grow up in a lighthouse and I can hardly breathe underwater.


Read More: http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/01/26/justice-league-action-figures-dc-direct-release-dates/#ixzz1kcxwflV3
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Marvel Launches All-Ages "Avengers" & "Ultimate Spider-Man" Comics

Marvel Launches All-Ages "Avengers" & "Ultimate Spider-Man" Comics | Comic Books | Scoop.it
This April, Marvel is pleased to announce the launch of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Adventures #1 and Ultimate Spider-Man Adventures #1, two all-new ongoing comic book titles for comic fans of all-ages! These titles connect with TV's highly anticipated animation destination, Marvel Universe on Disney XD, debuting Sunday, April 1, the only place to catch Ultimate Spider-Man and season two of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. With two action-packed animated series and compelling comics, fans will have the chance to further immerse themselves in the adventures of Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and the rest of the Avengers – including special guest stars!


In The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Adventures #1, the creative team of Chris Yost and Adam Dekraker, present not one, but TWO new action-packed Avengers stories to catch you up on the adventures of Earth’s Mightiest through the eyes of Agent Coulson.


Then in Ultimate Spider-Man Adventures #1, from Man Of Action (Ben 10), Dan Slott, Ty Templeton & Nuno Plati, Peter Parker must balance battling Super Villains and the drama of High School! But fear not True Believer, there is no menace too diabolical and no test too challenging for Spider-Man!


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Superman "Man Of Steel" Casts Actress Jadin Gould to Portray Young Lana Lang

Superman "Man Of Steel" Casts Actress Jadin Gould to Portray Young Lana Lang | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Jadin Gould has been cast as a young Lana Lang in Zack Snyder's Superman reboot, "Man of Steel."


The young actress will portray the character as a thirteen-year-old teenager during Clark Kent's childhood years in Smallville.


Gould recently starred in the 2011 sci-fi film, "Battle Los Angeles" and has appeared on several tv shows including "iCarly", "The Mentatlist" and "Chuck".

In addition to Gould, "Man of Steel" stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Ayelet Zurer as Lara Lor-Van, Kevin Costner as Jonathon 'Pa' Kent, Diane Lane as Martha 'Ma' Kent, Michael Shannon as Zod, Antje Traue as Faora, Christopher Meloni as Colonel Hardy, Harry Lennix as General Swanwick, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Richard Schiff as Dr. Emil Hamilton, and Dylan Sprayberry as Clark Kent (Age 13).


Superman is scheduled to make his return to the silver screen on Friday, June 14, 2013.
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Mars Attacks At IDW In June by John Layman and John McCrea

Mars Attacks At IDW In June by John Layman and John McCrea | Comic Books | Scoop.it

The writer of Chew, John Layman, and the artist in Dicks, John McCrea are working together on a new version of Mars Attacks from IDW, coming out in June.


Both are known for creating absoluteluy outrageous atrocities poured upon their characters for maximum comic effect, and I have to say, it makes for a rather intriguing mix. McCrea also drew The Secret History Of The Authority: Jenny Sparks when Jon Layman was an editor – a run that actually cost Layman his job when he objected to the removal of Midnighter kissing Apollo on the cheek by DC corporate.


The comic will uniquely have 55 variant covers, each one representing one of the original Topps Cards set, from creators including Sam Kieth, Ben Templesmith and Eric Powell, and a set of cards collecting the new images will also be released.

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Rob Liefeld And Robert Kirkman Kill The Infinite Over Creative Differences

Rob Liefeld And Robert Kirkman Kill The Infinite Over Creative Differences | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Five days ago, Rob Liefeld tweeted;
Infinite fans -Update I tried a new finisher/inker over 14 pages of issue #5. I loved em but split decision at Skybound. re-inking them now.


I’ll show all of the rejected pages in the hard cover. Want everyone happy with final product.


Rob Liefeld just tweeted;

Unfortunately creative differences have sunk the Infinite. It’s over.


because of my desire that my work looking the way I intended…it’s over.


Artistically, I’ll continue to seek out talented collaborators to work with that keeps me energized for the next 25 years.


For 10 years all my printed work was printed from my pencils. Now I’m re-discovering the appeal of working with a variety of inkers.

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Hate earthy wines? Try one made from meteorites

Hate earthy wines? Try one made from meteorites | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Imagine sitting with your oldest and dearest friend some time in the not-so-distant future, when you decide to pop open a bottle of perfectly aged cabernet sauvignon.


Meteorito is supposedly the first wine made from 4.5-billion year old meteorite, which puts those 150-year-old bordeaux to shame. Ian Hutcheon, owner of Centro Astrononomica Tagua Tagua in Chile, decided to combine his two great passions in a single bottle of alcoholic astronomy (or is it astronomical alcoholism?). Hutcheon infuses his wine with a meteorite that crashed in Chile's Atacama Desert roughly 6,000 years ago. He swears that this gives the beverage a "livelier taste," but doesn't say whether it pairs well with astronaut ice cream.

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TCA: Kevin Smith Wants to See Catwoman's 'Panties'

TCA: Kevin Smith Wants to See Catwoman's 'Panties' | Comic Books | Scoop.it

After alienating film critics, director Kevin Smith worked hard to win over TV critics at a profane and highly entertaining session for his upcoming AMC series Comic Book Men. Bowing Feb. 12 at 10 p.m., the six-part unscripted series follows Smith and his sidekicks at the New Jersey comic book shop, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash.

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Garth Ennis Knows "The Shadow" - Comic Book Resources

Garth Ennis Knows "The Shadow" - Comic Book Resources | Comic Books | Scoop.it
This April, Dynamite Entertainment expands its library with an all-new adaptation of "The Shadow." Originally serialized in pulp magazines, "The Shadow" transitioned to radio drama in the 1930s and has since been the subject of comic books, video games, television shows and movies, most recently in 1994 with Alec Baldwin in the title role. Now, fan-favorite writer Garth Ennis and artist Aaron Campbell are bringing the Shadow back to comics with an all-new ongoing series.
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Steve Jobs Stars in Another Comic Book - GalleyCat

Steve Jobs Stars in Another Comic Book - GalleyCat | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Bluewater Productions has released a new comic book biography called Steve Jobs: Founder of Apple. The 32-page comic features cover art by Joe Phillips, pencils by Chris Schmidt and a script by C.W. Cooke.


According to Bluewater, the comic was inspired by success of a successful comic profiling Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. Bluewater also has a comic book biography of Microsoft mogul Bill Gates slated for release in March. The title, Bill Gates: Co-Founder of Microsoft, was written by Martin Pierro and illustrated by Zach Bassett.

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Wilco & Popeye - "Dawned On Me"

"Dawned On Me" from Wilco's Grammy-nominated new record "The Whole Love." This collaboration with King Features presents the first hand-drawn Popeye cartoon in more than 30 years. Directed by Darren Romanelli.

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The 15 Best Free Comics on the Kindle Fire - ComicsAlliance | Comic book culture, news, humor, commentary, and reviews

The 15 Best Free Comics on the Kindle Fire - ComicsAlliance | Comic book culture, news, humor, commentary, and reviews | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Like some lucky readers out there, I got a Kindle Fire for the holidays. It was a complete surprise, especially considering that I didn't ask for one, and didn't even really want one. Despite all the good news I'd heard about the Comixology app, my tactile orientation made it hard for me to get along with the idea of digital comics, but being so poor I only bought maybe a dozen comics last year has changed my opinion. Discounted digital comics are making things easier, and even though same-day prices are still too high, there are literally hundreds of free issues on the Kindle Fire to peruse. And peruse I have! Since Christmas, I've downloaded and read literally dozens of free comics. For you! The following is a list of the fifteen best free issuesI've found, based on device readability, likelihood of drawing in new readers, and how badly they make you want more.
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Brian Michael Bendis on Powers: ‘We’re Still in the Game’ at FX

Brian Michael Bendis on Powers: ‘We’re Still in the Game’ at FX | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Following comments from actor Charles S. Dutton about the fast-approaching deadline for FX to decide the fate of its Powers adaptation, co-creator Brian Michael Bendis offered some hope for fans of his long-running comic series.


“Last night I had a pretty great convo with the president of FX,” he wrote on Twitter. “Powers people, it’s going to take some time but we’re still in the game.”


Dutton, who plays Captain Cross, indicated earlier this week that the cable network likely had until March 1 to pull the trigger on a pricey pilot reshoot, as that’s when “everybody’s deal changes.” Presumably that’s the date options expire for the central cast.


A Powers adaptation languished in Hollywood for about eight years, initially as a movie, until Bendis revealed in February 2009 that it was in active development as a television series at FX. The network greenlit the pilot two years later, and Powers finally seemed to be on the fast track, with veteran writer-producer Charles “Chic” Eglee (The Shield, The Walking Dead) at the helm.


But in November, word emerged that after viewing the finished pilot, executives asked Eglee to rework the script, just as the network had with the hit Sons of Anarchy and the short-lived Lights Out. Revealing earlier this month that no decision had been made about the reshoot, FX President John Landgraf admitted the drama is “as difficult an adaptation as I’ve ever worked on.”


That, he acknowledged, is because of the dark tone of the comic, which follows two homicide detectives who investigate cases involving people with superhuman abilities in a world where superheroes and supervillains are common.


“When you think about a 10 o’clock drama — a Sopranos-esque drama or any serious drama — there’s never been a feature film or TV series that’s taken the superhero genre into that type of tonality, it’s never been done and it’s just really a struggle,” Landgraf said. “It can be done, it’s just proving really difficult.”

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CBLDF Begins 2012 with New Cliff Chiang Card and Membership Drive [Exclusive Art]

CBLDF Begins 2012 with New Cliff Chiang Card and Membership Drive [Exclusive Art] | Comic Books | Scoop.it

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund began its 2012 membership drive, in earnest today, offering various rewards and incentives to those who pledge support the free speech non-profit dedicated to protecting the comic book industry from censorship. The initiative is led by a new membership card illustrated by ComicsAlliance favorite Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), who casts the CBLDF's Liberty mascot in an image that recalls the beautifully designed and inspirational Works Progress Administration Posters of the 1930s.


"I wanted the membership card art to evoke patriotism and reflect our proud legacy of free speech, while also reminding us of the need to defend it vigorously," Chiang told ComicsAlliance. "Free speech is the cornerstone of our industry, so it's vitally important to support the efforts of the CBLDF."


The wallet-sized, Chiang-illustrated card is included with every level of CBLDF membership, which can also include other incentives like apparel, bags and, naturally, comic books.


You can learn more about those rewards and take an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the design and development of Chiang's membership card below.

The CBLDF's 2012 membership drive was developed by Alex Cox, who created the initial Liberty design before passing it on to artist Tony Shasteen, whose vision was further refined by Chiang for the striking membership card illustration.


"We love the image that Cliff created for our 2012 member card!" said CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein. "He has created a modern take on the classic image of Liberty and placed her in a context that says everything about the CBLDF's important work. We're proud to have this image to reward our members for signing up and elated that Cliff was able to create such a flawless visual statement about what the CBLDF stands for."


Read More: http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/01/26/cbldf-cliff-chiang-card-membership/#ixzz1kcxAm3ao
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Behold Asgardia, The New Asgard in Thor

Behold Asgardia, The New Asgard in Thor | Comic Books | Scoop.it
Following the destruction of Asgard in Siege, Tony Stark vowed to rebuild the city of gods bigger and better than ever before. While Stark Resilient encountered a fairly major roadblock in the form of Fear Itself, Iron Man himself will at last unveil Asgardia in the pages of THE MIGHTY THOR #11 on February 22.


While the Armored Avenger and his team of geniuses constructed Asgardia in the Marvel Universe, behind the scenes other visionaries labored to see it realized.


“[It came] straight from the fevered brain of madman Matt Fraction and the fantastic stylings of artist extraordinaire Pasqual Ferry,” says MIGHTY THOR editor Lauren Sankovitch of Asgardia’s real world roots. “When Matt dreamed up his scheme to bring Tony Stark’s Resilient in to rebuild Asgard, he had a vision of fantasy meets high-tech, where repulsors and rock trolls could coexist and thrive. An Asgard for the future if you will. And with Pasqual’s penchant for cutting edge environments and dreamscapes complemented by the stunning palette of [colorist] Frank D’Armata, he couldn’t have had a better set of partners to bring this new cityscape to life.”


http://marvel.com/news/story/17986/behold_asgardia#ixzz1kOt2yYLS

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Marvel's Kevin Feige on the Enemy The Avengers Will Face - ComingSoon.net

Marvel's Kevin Feige on the Enemy The Avengers Will Face - ComingSoon.net | Comic Books | Scoop.it

In a new interview published in Empire Magazine, there are some interesting quotes from Marvel's Kevin Feige and Director Joss Whedon.


"Who said they were aliens?" Feige teases. Beings from the Nine Realms, then, ventures Empire? "Closer...It's not Skrulls, I've been clear about that. Beyond that, we want to hide it. The identity of the alien race is not impactful. It exists in the comic books, but we're not setting up the Kree-Skrull war or anything like that."


He also address the rumor that we'll be seeing Red Skull in the May 4th release:


"Was Skull vaporised at the end of the movie, or thrust into another realm?" asks Feige. "That remains to be seen. It would be fun to see Skull in future, but he's not in this one." Whedon though is a little more circumspect when Empire confronts him. "I do have a comment on that," he says, before pulling a move worthy of Loki himself. "It's...oh, you're breaking up!"


http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=86220#ixzz1kOjMPUYL

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All Marvel Digital Comics Will Be Available Same Day as Print

All Marvel Digital Comics Will Be Available Same Day as Print | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Marvel is taking its entire line of comics "day-and-date" digitally, meaning you'll be able to download all of the company's comics on the its mobile app just as soon as they're available in physical stores. That polishes off one of the few downsides to digital comics: Having to wait for the latest and greatest. The line-wide rollout will be finished by the end of March, 2012.

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ICv2 - Confessions of a Comic Book Guy--The Disappearing Print Publication Blues

Confessions of a Comic Book Guy is a weekly column by Steve Bennett of Super-Fly Comics and Games in Yellow Springs, Ohio. This week, Bennett looks at the present and future of comics...

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Robama Wants You to Buy American

Robama Wants You to Buy American | Comic Books | Scoop.it
According to Bleeding Cool, the flier you see below is part of a DC-aproved-and-funded promotion run by A Comic Shop. The ad features Cyborg, hastily rebranded as "Robama," and other members of the Justice League encouraging potential customers to "Buy American," and informs them that they can trade in ANY first volume of manga for ANY DC New 52 issue #1. A Comic Shop intends to distribute the flier at MegaCon, which will be brimming with anime and manga fans.
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Digital Comics Deal: ‘Bone’ Half Off Sale | Geeks of Doom

Digital Comics Deal: ‘Bone’ Half Off Sale | Geeks of Doom | Comic Books | Scoop.it
Comixology and Cartoon Books have announced a 3-day half-off digital comics deal for one of the most critically acclaimed comic books of all time, Jeff Smith's Bone. Hey digital comics lovers, you've heard of Bone, right?
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Brevity is The Soul of Wit… And Newsstand Comic Book Sales by Darin Wagner

Brevity is The Soul of Wit… And Newsstand Comic Book Sales by Darin Wagner | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Some months ago, patrons of Barnes & Noble may have noticed that comic books were back. The days of comics being a mass market item seem to be returning, I thought. So I picked one up and paged through it. I won’t say which title it was, but it was one featuring a character I do have fondness for. I was done looking at it within fifteen seconds flat. I don’t mean that I came to a decision on whether I was going to buy it or not in fifteen seconds flat. I mean I literally blew through the content in fifteen seconds flat.

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