Dark Horse makes FCBD comics available for free download

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Now this is smart! After FCBD, Dark Horse is making its free comics available for free download for a limited amount of time. Downloads will be available starting Wednesday, May 11, and run through the end of the month. Criminal Macabre/Baltimore and Avatar: The Last Airbender/Star Wars: The Clone Wars will both be available via computer, Mac iOS device on the Digital.DarkHorse.com, or via the Dark Horse Comics bookshelf app.

Free Comic Book Day 2011 news roundup

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By all accounts, it was one of the biggest Free Comic Book Days yet, with most stores reporting “sell-outs” early on and crowds and — importantly — SALES that rivaled their biggest days ever. It was also a media event as over 200 news stories show.

Thor soars at box office, setting up many a Marvel movie

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To no one’s surprise, THOR scored a hit at the weekend box office topping the domestic till with $66 million, adding up to a worldwide gross of $242 mil. The thunder “god” lagged only IRON MAN and SPIDER-MAN’s debuts, making the third biggest first appearance for a Marvel character. (But NOTE the others didn’t have the benefit of inflated 3D ticket prices.

It was also proof that a film can make a big debut despite two weeks of piracy: THOR opened two weeks ago overseas to take advantage of various local holidays and the Royal Wedding 3-day weekend in Britain. Although THOR also handily blasted the Mel Gibson come-back vehicle, THE BEAVER, it was not all good news:

Flashback: Hugh Hewitt vs Frank Miller in 1994

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What was the world of comics like in 1994? This edition of the KCET nightly news show LIFE AND TIMES will give you the answer: much like today except there was a lot more hair and a lot less respect.

TCAF reports: Awesome

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Judging by the joyful tweets that flowed out over the weekend, this year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival was a big success. There were many reports of books selling out, and general rapture. TPSycho Duck has a typical blog post:

BLACK EYE and YOUNG LIONS seized at Canadian border

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Canadians seem like a peaceful, tolerant folk, but they have a record of seizing a lot of material at the border, including, this week, several copies of the comics anthology BLACK EYE. Editor Ryan Standfest has a complete account in the link. Basically cartoonist Tom Neely was carrying five copies of the book across the border, when the books were seized. Neely writes:

Nice art: Dan Hipp's Tintin covers

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Dan Hipp has drawn many things — GYAKUSHU, THE AMAZING JOY BUZZARDS, BEN 10, and many, many more comics, and his MisterHipp blog is a dragon’s lair of fun art. However these posters imagining STAR WARS, TRON and ALIEN as Tintin books are must-sees.

RIP: Carlos Trillo

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Prolific Argentinean comics writer Carlos Trillo has passed away at age 68. According to reports, he was traveling in London with his wife when he began to feel unwell and was taken to the hospital where he died.