Friday special: Love @ Crumb

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As a Spring Friday afternoon unspools, no one is thinking about the internet or comic books, but rather the most primary and wonderful thoughts of all, and this Craig’s list posting about a missed connection at the R. Crumb exhibit at the Society of Illustrators, says it all. Hit the link for the WHOLE story:

Con Wars: Wizard World redoubles efforts on the Western Front, fires accountant

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Since Tokyopop all but got wiped from the map, an informal “cadaver derby” for comics publishers has sprung up in chat rooms and bars of the comics biz. One name frequently heard: Wizard. So let’s see what’s going on in the Shamus Empire, shall we?

Dark Horse app: What's working, what's selling

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The Dark Horse comics app has been live for 48 hours and the reviews are starting to come in as is some info on what’s selling.

While you can’t get sales figures from Apple, they do list a running top ten of in-app purchases for all commercial apps. Here are the DH best sellers as of about noon today:

TCAF — the video

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It’s pretty obvious that next week’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival is going to be he most awesome show of the year. And just to back that up. here’s an awesome preview video featuring Chester Brown, Michael Comeau, Steve Charles Manale, Vicki Nerino, Michael Cho, Michael DeForge, Seth, Fiona Smyth + Britt Wilson.

Tokyopop updates: Who owns what

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A couple of updates on the dispersion of various Tokyopop books, print and digital.

Friday cat blogging: Roberta Gregory's True Cat Toons

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This is what the internet was made for

To do 4/29, NYC: Fresh Meat at SVA

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One more for the weekend — meet the future superstars of comics at FRESH MEAT, SVA’s annual comics fair for graduating students. More info on participants in the link, but this is one place where you are sure to find some future superstar in the making.

To do: Super Lit at PEN Literary Festival 4/30

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The PEN World Literary Festival is a pretty big deal, bringing authors and audiences from around the world together for over a week of readings, talks and other events. They’ve had several cartoon-related events over the years (including a complete day of comics a few years back.) This year they are presenting a single event but it’s pretty sweet: Get Super Lit: Comic Books Come Alive on Stage

GATE 7 coming from CLAMP in October

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A few years ago Dark Horse made a splash by announcing an all-new project with CLAMP, the insanely popular supergroup of manga-ka behind such hits as CHOBITS, CARDCAPTOR SAKURA, and CLOVER. Since then, little has been heard as CLAMP was busy with other projects and scheduling was not possible. However, DH has just announced that GATE 7 is finally coming out in October and released the cover image.

Superman's new citizenship status unleashes Fox News

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ACTION COMICS #900 is a momentous occasion for many reasons — both numerically and thematically. The issue includes stories by an all-star line-up of folks including Paul Cornell, Damon Lindelof, Richard Donner, David S. Goyerm and Geoff Johns.

It also includes a mild little tale by Goyer wherein Superman decides to help out some Iranian protesters and gets chided by the US government for getting involved in “policy.” Prompting Superman to proclaim that he’s not a US citizen but a citizen of…the universe!

Or, as Fox News succinctly puts it:

Superman is no longer an American.

Proto-Peanuts strip reveals Charles Schulz was still perfecting those punchlines

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Via Robot 6, word that Heritage is auctioning off an early strip by Charles Schulz that would appear to be part of a developmental period between Lil’ Folks and Peanuts, which launched in 1950.

Proto-Peanuts strip reveals Charles Schulz was still perfecting those punchlines

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Via Robot 6, word that Heritage is auctioning off an early strip by Charles Schulz that would appear to be part of a developmental period between Lil’ Folks and Peanuts, which launched in 1950.

Kibbles 'n' Bits, 4/28/11

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Post-Coital Thor, the AVENGERS extortionist, Shaky Kane, Chris Ware’s weekend, and what’s up at Image.

Dark Horse Digital Comics store launches to a lot of traffic

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Yesterday was the big day for the launch of Dark Horse’s digital store — and apparently it was a hit — at least one server melted from the onslaught of fans, according to a press release:

Sneak peek at Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk

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We’d venture the opinion that a fairly entertaining film could be made of Mark Ruffalo just wearing Hulk Hands.

BTW, is this the slowest news week ever or what? Is everyone just exhausted from the brutal spring convention schedule? Probably.

Watch: ComiCenter #1 with Mark Waid and Andy Khouri

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It’s a newish comics chat show, set at Brave New World in Santa Clarita with hosts Bryan J Daggett and Atom! Freeman with guests Mark Waid and Andy Khouri, this time out talking about digital comics. The show airs live Tuesday at 7 pm on Justin.tv’s Geekweek channel, or on YouTube right this very minute. We’d definitely spend an hour listening to this crew.