Borders update: Can't pay the rent

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In today’s Borders Death Watch™ News the troubled chain is suspending payments to vendors and landlords.

Watch the Guardian Project baffle an arena full of hockey fans

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Looks like the NHL is pretty serious about these Stan Lee/Neal Adams superheroes. Above is the 2nd intermission show that was put on complete with video projections, a guy in a costume, a mysterious villain, and narration by Stan “The Man” Lee himself.

Grassroots creators support campaign begins

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No wonder that creators are getting a little more vocal about the importance of creator-owned material. Eric Powell’s controversial video got things going, but itself was a response to a week-long tweet storm by writer Steve Niles who blogged recently What’s all this Creator-Owned Talk?

Modern children at the modern newsstand

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If there’s one thing comics bloggers love, it’s those old B&W photos from Life Magazine showing kids reading comics–proof of a simpler time when children read things, bananas were a vegetable, and your real father dropped off a bottle of milk at your mom’s house every day. Well, recently on the LA Times Southern California Moments feature of reader-submitted photos we came across what looks to be a contemporary example of the genre:

Kibbles 'n' Bits — 1/31/11

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More in Wizard, the forgotten history of Top spot, the future of comics shops, an Frank Santoro’s excellent adventure.

RIP: Jeff Alexander

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Jeff Alexander, a mainstay of the DC comics scene and former Executive Director of SPX, died suddenly over the weekend of a heart attack. He’s survived by his fiance, Erika. Shocked remembrances poured out:

Coming Attractions: February 2011

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February has only 28 days, but is jam-packed with lots of great graphic novels and related titles!

Warning… looking at what appears so far on BarnesAndNoble.com, the rest of 2011 is going to be just as amazing! Click this link to discover more! (Sweet Kirby Crackle! Corto Maltese, in English, from Rizzoli?!) Better start shopping for bookshelves now.

Art Spiegelman wins Grand Prix at Angoulême

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Art Spiegelman has won the Grand Prix at this year’s Angouleme comics festival, meaning he will be the “marshal” for next year’s festival, setting the pace for the whole show.

Henry Cavill cast as Superman

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Superman casting rumors were heating up this week and now it’s final: English actor Henry Cavill will play the Man of Steel in the Zack Snyder reboot. Cavill, 28, is not a big name here — he’s currently starring inThe Tudors — but he was previously considered for both Batman and James Bond, so obviously studios have had their eye on him for a while. According to Deadline:

The Creator's Front for Diversity in Comics puts out a hilarious video

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Just to send you off on your weekend, here’s Eric Powell of THE GOON with a hilarious and yet sobering video on what is really going on in the comics industry.

DC sets up Flashpoint

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There is a new DC event speeding towards us — this one spearheaded by Geoff Johns and based around the supersonic Flash. Several teasers have been released on the DCU Source blog, all hinting that this will be some kind of alternate reality thing — but today a few more details were released — and the cost is discussed, as much as $170 for the whole event.

Amazon says ebooks outselling paperbacks

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MEANWHILE, over at Amazon, some notable statistics emerged from this week’s Digital Book World conference. Perhaps most strikingly, Amazon says that Kindle book sales now outpace paperbacks:

In reporting its latest earnings, Amazon

Borders gets financing but publishers balky

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It’s been a while since we checked in at Borders, the financially troubled book chain. The latest efforts have been towards getting financing and convincing publishers to take notes instead of payment, Jim Milliot reports. The first has been accomplished — GE Capital is offering $550 million in funding, contingent upon Borders doing a number […]

Angoulême fun-for-all: News roundup

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The annual Angoulême comics festival is taking place over in France, and folks are blogging it like crazy. Tom Devlin and Peggy Burns from D&Q are having the best time ever obviously. And for those — like The Beat — who bitch and moan about having to stay at a hotel in San Diego more than 7 blocks from the convention center, the Burns-Devlin contingent is staying at a hotel 30 kilometres from city center. It helps when the hotel is a remodeled centuries old farmhouse and not a Days Inn, however — no complaints at all.

Surreal "Guardian Project" may be Stan Lee's greatest achievement yet

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When it was announced that Stan Lee would be “creating” a bunch of superheroes to represent the 30 NHL hockey teams, it kind of whizzed by in the blizzard of such announcements of projects Lee was working on this year — he’s surely the world’s busiest octogenarian. However, as the characters are unveiled in anticipation of this weekend’s NHL All-Star Game where they will “come to life” via some unholy method, it’s becoming clear that these characters may in fact be his Clarinet Quintet, his Black Paintings — a twilight exploration of the themes that have preoccupied his work for a lifetime.

Land o' Links — 1/28/11

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Follow ups, embezzlers, and the truth about Lois Lane in today’s link roundup.