First Look: Alex Ross’s cover for GAME OF THRONES #2

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Have you heard about A Game of Thrones? It’s very popular.

Dynamite is publishing the comic, issue #2 is out in October and Alex Ross did the cover. Tyrion and white wolves in da hizzy!

Diamond launches digital comics in September

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After a period of beta testing, Diamond is ready to roll out their digital comics sales this September. As there is not much else happening that month, maybe this will perk things up.

More seriously, about 30 publishers are participating in the venture, which is run through iVerse and involves participating retailers generating codes for sale. The program will begin more advanced beta testing in stores in August.

Interested retailers can sign up here.

Manning Award Spotlight: Janet K. Lee

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Each year the Russ Manning Award is presented to a new artist of merit. Past winners include Jeff Smith, Dave Stevens, Scott McCloud, and many other future Hall of Famers. We thought we’d take a look at this year’s nominees and show off some nice art along the way. Up first: Janet K. Lee.

BONE and RASL get their own apps on comiXology

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Jeff Smith has joined the stand-alone digital store ranks with new apps for BONE and RASL via comiXology. To celebrate, there’s a sale and at 4 pm a chat on Reddit with Smith.

As kids books tend to do very well on tablets and phones, we’d expect Bone to conquer this medium as well as it has every other place it’s appeared.

To do tonight BKNY: COUSIN CORINNE’S REMINDER/Comix Block launch/reading

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It’s a combination launch party for arts magazine Cousin Corrinne’s Reminder and a comics reading by Nick Bertozzi, Jen Ferguson, Dean Haspiel and more tonight at Book Court:

To do tonght BKNY: Lizz Hickey/Gabrielle Bell release party at Desert Island

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Gabrielle Bell is releasing her San Diego Diary mini, and Lizz Hickey is releasing SUCK IT. Both are JUST IN TIME.

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ALERT! ALERT!!!! John Carter of Mars trailer!

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AWOOGA! ALL HANDS ON DECK!

Arcade Fire soundtrack — check — but the remake by Peter Gabriel? “My body is a cage.” So this is a remake of AVATAR?

Nice art: Overkill: The Art of Tomer Hanuka

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Coming this fall from Gingko Press, finally, a Tomer Hanuka art book, OVERKILL. In addition to his award-winning illustration work, the book collects of his comics covers for books like MIDNIGHT, MASS., UN-MEN, and more.

GREAT art: Spiegelman, Ware and Panter talk Feininger

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For those of you happily staying home in NYC instead of braving nerd prom, you are being rewarded by an amazing event: The Fine Art of Comics, with Gary Panter, Art Spiegelman, and Chris Ware at the Whitney Museum on July 20th. Held in conjunction with a show on Lyonel Feininger, this trio of masters will talk about comics and fine art.

Conspiracy corner: Pants, kittens, credits

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DC Comics is either smart or crazy…or both. Their policy of extremely controlled release of information on the New 52 has led to Kremlinology being taken to new heights as every post on The Source leads to people examining everything with a fine tooth comb…(and sometimes finding franks and beans) and DC getting more and more publicity out of it, even when it looks like a mistake or change of direction.