Captain Obama covers National Review

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This week’s National Review has a cover of Obama as Captain America by Roman Genn. Sadly a larger image isn’t available to us non-subscribers. It isn’t as funny as the KICK-ASS cover from last year, but it is funny.

Pascal Girard's cartoonist diary

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The Comics Journal’s new cartoonist diary features Pascal Girard’s MoCCA journal and we’re already severely flattered. In case anyone is wondering, Pascal, you’re #1!

Mike Keefe wins 2011 Pulitzer Prize

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Editorial cartoonist Mike Keefe of the Denver Post has won this year’s Pulizter Prize for cartooning. He won the 2011 John Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Competition earlier this year so he is on a roll. His home paper reacts here.

A complete list of winners can be found here.

Marvel woos retailers with NY Post Ultimate Spider-Man spoiler —SPOILERS!!!

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For a while now Marvel has been hyping a storyline called “The Death of Spider-Man” in Ultimate Spider-Man, with a denoument due in June. Well, this morning the NY Post broke the story and told everyone what was going to happen:

A tour of Philadelphia comics shops

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Congrats to Brian Heater of the Daily Cross Hatch on starting his new job as an editor at über-popular tech blog Engadget today. Just to show what adedicated blogger he is, in his week between jobs instead of lying around playing Red Dead Redemption, like we would, he took a few days off to go to Philadelphia and decided to visit a bunch of comics shops and write about them. Although there are a bunch of fine shops, the most intriguing — to us — is Locust Moon, which is based on the “New Model” of comics shop:

Thought for the day: Tim Hodler on Tokyopop

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Tokyopop is closing down its manga line. Not long ago, this company and others like it were sometimes pointed to as the future of comics publishing. I suppose they still might be.

Via The Comics Journal

Fun Time: “We are Sex Bob-omb!!! 1-2-3-4!”

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via Alex Segura

Meta: The Beat is one of the Top 10 Comics Blogs You Should Read for Uninteresting Future Talk

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What is the most uninteresting topic that The Beat covers? VOTE NOW!

2011 Stumptown Award winners

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The Stumptown Awards were given out at the like-named festival on Saturday night, and we haven’t checked twitter or Facebook for the evidence of hijinks but hopefully Beat reporter Jen Vaughn, who was on the scene, will have all the dish in her report. We do know the eremont was hosted by Bobby “Fatboy” Roberts and winner were chosen on a public ballot. Here is the very fine bunch of winners:

Maisie Kukoc Award goes to Damian Jay

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The Maisie Kukoc Award, presented to a mini-comic of merit as part of the Stumptown Festival, was given to Damian Jay for The Natural World #3-4

THOR no snore, say early critics

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THOR, Marvel’s first movie of this busy summer, had its world premiere in Australia this weekend (it opens in the us on May 6) and so far, critics are hitting the like button. THR has a reaction roundup:

Reality Rocks Expo: The video horror

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Just in case you wanted MORE evidence of how horrible a comic-con without the comcis would be, here is a VIDEO of that disastrous Reality Rocks Expo we told you abut that featured scores of reality TV stars milling around a bleak, deserted LA Convention Center. Current TV’s Ben Hoffman files a hilarious report that reveals just how much reality stars revel in their vapidity. All that is missing is a little cannibalism and you’d have an outtake from THE ROAD.

Nice art: It wasn't just Eisner

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20 Amazingly Integrated Comic Book Logo Illustrations via Comics Alliance