Ulises Farinas creates new Marvel/DC Amalgam universe

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The fine folks at Comics Alliance did a very sensible thing and hired artist Ulises Farinas — whose previous Marvel art efforts have been widely admired — to create a massive Marvel vs DC Where’s Waldo type illustration. Your mission: find the Invisible Woman and dozens of other people and objects. We’ve reproduced only a tiny portion of the whole here — to see the whole thing at once would overwhelm your senses!

This Inn is out: San Diego Comic-Con housing closes until March 22

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Well this time it took about 5 hours. About the same as the passes.

Since noon, people have been reserving hotels for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. While the process itself was painless — a quick entry to a website where the diligent who had planned their hotel picks could easily choose up to 20 and get out — the waiting game has begun. Or as Crazy4ComicCon aptly put it on Twitter: “nerd rage has given way to nerd angst.”

Nice art: Skottie and Scott's Harry Potter sketches

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Skottie Young, who has thrilled us with his Oz comics, and Pixar’s Scott Morse have a sketch blog together and it’s lovely. Today they are doing some Harry Potter sketches and they are, predictably, awesome. Above, Dumbledore by Young; below, Lumos by Morse.

San Diego Comic-Con: Painless Hoteloween gives way to days of agonized waiting

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This morning’s San Diego Comic-Con hotel registration process was, as opposed to past days, a quick 3 minute exercise during which I did not hit refresh even once.

As you may recall, in the olden days, servers were usually swamped, resulting in endless refreshing, endless waiting, endless website crashes, endless agony.

The upside was that you knew within an hour if you had your hotel.

Comics industry much bigger than it was 50 years ago

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As he posted in the comments yesterday, Russ Maheras has run some numbers showing that despite millions of comics selling in the ’50s/’60s and 1000’s selling now, the industry as a whole is way more profitable now — say $600 million as opposed to $236 million. John Jackson Miller hosts the figures and breaks it down:

Majestic Snow Batman towers over Vermont

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Speaking of Vermont, Beat Spy Inky Jen passed along this epic photo of a huge Batman carved from the icy terrain spotted by a passing motorist/blogger. (Click link for larger image.)

Video Watch: Tom Gammill at CCS

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Comedy writer Tom Gammill (Seinfeld, The Simpsons) has a comic strip called The Doozies, and has made a bunch of videos in which he teaches the ancient secrets of cartooning. In his 26th episode, he visits the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont and discovered things about the climate and the students. The humor is a bit, er, broad, but this video is quite charming.

Nice art: Gilbert Hernandez's Master of the Universe

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Everyone else has lauded this illustration of the Masters of the Universe by the great Gilbert Hernandez, and we will not be the only ones to miss out on the action.

Twitter hacker strikes comics pros

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For a while last night, Twitter and Facebook were a parade of laughs as a number of prominent comics pros were struck by a hacker who commandeered their tweets and status updates to suggest that “I just viewed my TOP10 Profile STALKERS. I can’t believe my EX is still checking me every day.” Really no fun for the hackees, but it was amusing to watch unfold. Poor Ed Brubaker was hard hit, and Chip Zdarsky suggested it was getting really out of control.

Okay, maybe you had to be there.

Spider-Man musical officially delayed again — can it be saved?

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Well, it looks like The Beatwill have to see Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark again! Because when it officially opens–in JUNE this time–it could be a different show.

The NY Times reports that what everyone was whispering yesterday was true: the opening has been delayed until June, and the production — the most expensive in Broadway history — will take a break to try to fix some of the problems, and probably bring in a fixer.