SCOOP: What really happened at the infamous Dan DiDio/Hire More Women incident

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I was only able to attend one DC new 52 panel, and it was the first one, the one that has gotten a particular soundbite spread all around the internet. DC has made all their panels available as podcasts, and I guess if you are a real Kremlinologist you’ll want to comb over these tapes for clues and evidence. I do want to talk about the panel I attended, because there are some things that happened that I witnessed that I haven’t seen reported, and some other private moments that I witnessed that I think add to the whole picture. So here’s what I know:

Video Parade: THE LEGEND OF KORRA trailer

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Despite the awful, whitewashed M. Night Shyamalan movie, AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER retains its passionate fanbase, and news of a sequel, THE LEGEND OF KORRA, a 26-episode miniseries, has had hearts a fluttering for some time. The trailer was released at Comic-Con, and the panel had lots of news about the show, which is slated to air next year.

Video Parade: THE KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM trailer

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Finally, a LARPing comedy.

Finally.

It seems they are going the GALAXY QUEST route, with LARPers having to face the real thing — a soul-sucking succubus. This movie seemed to have much more buzz than some of the bigger ones shown at Comic-Con, so it definitely touched a nerve.

Trailer parade: The Flaming C

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The Bruce Timm-designed superhero character The Flaming C — aka Conan O’Brien — has proven to have legs, probably because of that sexy fishnetssock garters combo he wears. Conan was a big topic at the big show, with an off-site art gallery, and a much hyped special appearance. Here’s the trailer that made a guest appearance at the animated Green Lantern cartoon. While we’d totally watch a show that looked like this, maybe 73 is just long enough.

SDCC11 Videos: 50 Years of Comic Book Fandom Panel

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The Comics Journal is posting video tapes of several Comic-Con panels — so avoiding those crowds was the right way to go after all! Here’s one that we much desired to see 50 Years of Comic Book Fandom with Mark Evanier, Jean Bails, Paul Levitz, Dick and Pat Lupoff, Richard Kyle, Bill Schelly, Roy Thomas, and Maggie Thompson. This is where it all began, people.

Meanwhile, George Lucas loses Stormtrooper rights

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WHAT?

Yes. In the UK anyway. The UK Supreme Court has ruled that because the iconic garb was created as an industrial prop, the rights expired after 15 years.

Cryptozoic Entertainment signs with Diamond

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Founded by Cory Jones (ex Blizzard), John Nee (ex DC) Scott Gaeta (ex Upper Deck) and some other folks, Cryptozoic Entertainment is a newish company with strong roots and, from what we heard at SDCC, lots of things in the works. They’re putting out a Walking Dead board game, and have signed with Diamond for distribution. Could there be more products in the works? Keep an eye on them.

Call for entries: 5th Annual International Manga award

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This year’s Bronze medalistAbby Denson alerts us to the call for applications for the 5th Annual International Manga Awards, presented by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.