Laika: The alternate endings

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To help them celebrate their 25th Anniversary, metro Washington DC-based comics shop chain Big Planet commissioned cartoonist Nick Abadzis to create “The Alternative Endings to Laika Show” . As you may recall. Abadzis’s graphic novel LAIKA concerns the true like story of the Russian pooch who was shot into space in 1957…never to return, making her the space race version of Old Yeller. However in these comics there is …a different outcome. Click for MORE!

The ICv2 Comics, Media, and Digital Conference returns to San Diego

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The day before San Diego Comic-Con really kicks off and the hours before Preview Night will once again be taken up with the Comics, Media, and Digital Conference run by Milton Griepp (And co-sponsored by the Beat). This year’s event will include the 2011 White Paper with figures on sales, growth and other matters of vital import. Panels include Comics in Hollywood, Digital and Transmedia and the future of paper and digital — registration information can be found here

Grant Morrison: Seaguy’s my Watchmen

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Props to the Mindless Ones for transcribing this interview — recording the soft-spoken heavily accented Morrison is bad enough but when it’s from a mike by a speaker phone…really guys, what WERE you thinking? Have you ever heard of SKYPE?

Big Bang Comics coming back from Pulp 2.0 Press

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Gary Carlson and Chris Ecker’s retro Big Bang Comics, a throwback superhero series published by Image in the 90s has been licensed by Pulp 2.0 Press for a new edition. If you liked the Zebra Batman cover we posted earlier today, you’ll like Big Bang, as it regularly included contributions from Golden Agers Shelly Moldoff, Mart Nodell, Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson.

Pulp 2.0. Press is another retro publisher that puts out new editions of classic pulp material, including digital editions. You can see how this would work out.

Is Batman Live the musical Julie Taymor really meant to make?

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Based on this trippy preview, we’d say probably.

This stage show opens July 19th in the UK, and arrives in America in 2012.

Reminder: Kids like comics

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Kids comics remain one of the book segments that is still growing, and certainly for comics publishers, it’s a great way to get the younglings hooked so they will grow up reading comics. School Library Journal has a list of thirty-nine graphic novels that kids can’t resist:

Nice Art: The Animal Alphabet Project

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How on earth did we miss this until now? Ben Towle is putting together The Animal Alphabet Project, drawing of critters by cartooners. Above, the N is for Naked Mole Rat by Gabriel Hardman, below L is for Lynx by Henry Eudy.

Coolest Cowboys & Aliens tie-in: Hipstamatic lens pak

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While Captain America’s sugartastic ice cream and donut tie-ins have been causing a lot of comment – and cavities — here’s a new comic book movie tie-in that is frighteningly hip: a lens/case pak for Hipstamatic, the trendy and addictive photo app for iPhones that produces instantly professional looking photos thanks to filters and levels. Director Jon Favreauannounced it on Twitter:

Crime watch: Batman and Smurfs

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Two crimes peripherally involved with comics characters team up for one blog post!

Kibbles & Bits, July 5, 2011 — from John Dee to Palmiotti

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Remember when Alan Moore was going to collaborate with Damon Albarn for an opera about occultist John Dee> It sounded too good to be true and it was — the project fell apart over creative differences. However, Albarn has pressed on with the project, and the opera, now done with director Rufus Norris, just premiered.

Comics are awesome

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What makes a great comic book cover? We think it has to do with hats blowing off.