Mike Dawson unveils cover for TROOP 142

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Cartoonist Mike Dawson has revealed the cover for TROOP 142, his Boy Scout epic coming out from Secret Acres this fall. The book will debut at SPX.

TROOP 142 ran as a webcomic and follows a group of Boy Scouts on a retreat in 1995 and the things they learn about boyhood, manhood and more. It’s an excellent story, without sentiment, and has already won an Ignatz as Best Online Comic.

BOOM! debuts Stan Lee app

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It seems that standalone apps for authors and imprints and licenses are now the way to go on digital devices, BOOM! has just announced a new Stan Lee app for iOS devices that will includes the digital version of Stan’s BOOM! books, including SOLDIER ZERO, THE TRAVELER, and STARBORN. As the PR mentions, this is part of “BOOM! Studios’ aggressive digital comics strategy to offer their entire frontlist and backlist of titles for download across multiple mobile and desktop platforms.” So there.

SCOOP! First look at Twilight The Graphic Novel Volume 2 cover

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Lots of book news today as the BA, the biggest domestic book show of the year, has kicked off this week. Here’s the announcement for part 2 of TWILIGHT: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL. Illustrated by Young Kim, the first part of the adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s sensational vampire tale sold 66,000 copies in one week and had a 350,000 first printing.

Yen Press has provided us with a sneak peek at the cover to Volume 2, featuring dreamy Edward Cullen, as portrayed by Kim.

MeCAF 2011: Out to Sea

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The Maine Comics Art Festival gains momentum with each passing year like the gentle fog we kept hoping would come visit this year. The Saturday night before the show started out just right with a stop off at Casablanca Comics.

Archaia switches to PGW, publishes APES

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Archaia is making some moves, both with a new distributor — PGW — and its first illustrated novel, strong>Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes.

Buried in a PR on the Ape book is the news that Archaia is leaving Diamond for PGW, which already distributes Cartoon Books. PGW distributes over 100 independent publishers, so picking up a few GN publishers makes sense. And Archaia’s new books-only plan is also a good bit for a books-only distributor.

Borders' April: $132 million in losses

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Borders’ woes continued in April as their losses mounted, PW reports.

Todd Klein's new print features art by Steve Rude

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Lettering lord Todd Klein has not only won more awards for lettering than any other living human, he’s created six striking limited edition prints in collaboration with Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Alex Ross, J.H. Williams III, Mark Buckingham and Bill WIllingham all of which are available on his site. . All the prints feature Klein’s masterful lettering with original words or art by his collaborators, each with a rough alphabetical theme.

He’s just announced a SEVENTH print, this time in conjunction with Steve Rude, entitled “Hope” and depicting Pandora.

One reader's story of getting into comics

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Because that last item was a little gloomy, here’s Anita Olin’s story of how she got into reading comics, from tis month’s Sequential Tart:

Marvel attempts to convert THOR viewers to comics readers — results are mixed

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Do successful comic book movies create new comics readers? As the “Watchmen Principle” demonstrates, when a movie is based on a finite graphic novel or series, the answer is yes. When it is based on an ongoing 50 year saga the results are not so clear.

CBR’s Greg Hatcher chanced upon a display of bagged comics at his CostCo which showed that Marvel had put together a product that seemed to be aimed at people who liked THOR and wanted to know where to go next: A photo-cover of hunky Chris Hemsworth as Thor graced the front of the package and an assortment of alluring titles lurked beneath.

Lafler's DOG BOY back as a webcomic

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Indie comics legend Steve Lafler is back with his best known creation, the raffish, brutal DOG BOY. The strip will appear at CO2 Comics starting tomorrow.

The Passion of the Clean Reinstall

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WARNING: EXTREMELY NERDY MAC CONTENT — proceed at your own risk.

As you know, I’ve been complaining about computer problems for a few months now, with tedious frequency — but not as tedious as seeing a spinning beach ball is to me. Basically, every morning when I started up my iMac to get to work on The Beat it would take anywhere from 5 minutes to half an hour for the beachball to stop spinning and all the programs to start responding. Unbearable, right? You bet!