DC Comics trailer for The New 52 debuts

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DC has been promising a HUGE marketing campaign for the New 52 launching in just a few trembling weeks. And now the first ad is online, but not embeddable yet. (Drat.) HEro Complex is showing a 30-second version which will be shown in movie theaters as part of National CineMedia’s “FirstLook” ad block — you know, in between the ads for Fanta and something starring Ashton Kitcher.

THE LEGAL VIEW: Superman vs. Clark Kent

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My last post explored how continuities between the cover image of Action Comics #1 and subsequent material could give DC a substantial part of the copyright in the original Superman.  One question left unaddressed, however, was the issue of Clark Kent, not to mention other key elements of Superman’s character and mythos appearing in that historic first issue.

In this post, let’s take a quick look at that question and the role it could play in bringing this case to an end.

Platinum Studios alive and kicking and licensing Cowboys & Aliens

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Despite a lukewarm (or “dismal” as the LA Times put it) box office reception which is blamed with helping Disney get cold feet over The Lone Ranger *, COWBOYS & ALIENS will live on via licensing, if Platinum Studios has anything to say about it. A new press release has announced a deal with KKM Global Brand Strategies which will license all aspects of the property.

Oh, except the movie.

SPX debuts by Dawson, Thurber, Murakami, etc.

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Good to see so many indie shows putting up sites wher eyou can easily see the books debuting — the list for this year’s SPX is here, and it includes a pretty impressive bunch of books. Explore!

Help Chris Butcher brainstorm a comics show!

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“So, let’s say you are a comic (book/web/novel) creator, and you do small shows (Stump/Spx/Mocca/TCAF/local cons). Let’s say. Let’s say that tomorrow, the point of those shows went from whatever they currently are, to “let’s make comics creators a lot of money.” So instead of fundraising, enriching the artform, etc., it was just “exhibitors at our show need to make $$$”. What changes would need to happen? If you are a creator, what behaviours by shows do you feel are costing you money? Answer freely, it won’t affect exhibiting at my show.”

Wizard World LA postponement surprised guests and exhibitors

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Yesterday’s revelation that the Wizard World LA convention has been postponed — only five weeks away from its original Sept. 24-25 dates — was just the latest strange twist in the last real outpost of Con Wars: the SoCal market of LA, Anaheim and Los Angeles. As detailed in this CBR piece from May, three cons in a three month period — WWLA in September, the Long Beach Comic-Con in October and the new Comikaze event in November — left an already tough market swamped.

Renton, WA discovers the mockery was coming from inside the police station!

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An oddball story that has only been seen on comics sites because it contains the word “cartoonist” or “cartoon” and keeps showing up on everyone’s google news dump, is still fairly incredible in its own right. However to really get all the excitement you probably need to live in Renton, WA., a quiet Seattle suburb that was rocked by a scandal involving cartoon mockery of the police department.

Skybound gets Asian distribution deal

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Robert Kirkman’s Skybound imprint at Image — which includes Kirkman’s own books and some new ones like WITCH DOCTOR and SUPER DINOSAUR — will be getting Asian distribution via a deal with Moving Images, an international media company headquartered in Singapore and Los Angeles.

Rhys Ifans, The Hall H Shover, will not be charged

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While not as bloody an incident as the 2010 stabbing, this year the fever pitch of Hall H at Comic-Con was again marred by violence when Welsh actor Rhys Ifans, who plays the Lizard in the upcoming Spider-Man movie, got into a scuffle with a security guard, which resulted in a citizen’s arrest by said guard.

The incident was said to kick off when Ifans, who might have had a tiny bit to drink that afternoon, him being Welsh and all, went outside for a smoke with his entourage, and upon trying to get back in, found his entourage didn’t have the proper credentials. After a shouting match with the guard, Ifans reportedly gave her a shove, went on stage looking pale and rattled, and upon getting offstage, was arrested.

Inside the brand spankin’ new DC West Coast Offices

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Yesterday marked the first day at the official offices for DC Entertainment West, in Burbank, at a swanky new building called The Pointe. How swanky? It’s got an extra “e”on the end for super-swank. DC’s SVP Hank Kanalz was very excited about the day:

I cannot describe the excitement we all have on day one. Positively electric!


And well he should be. After looking at a series of pictures he tweeted, you can see that the DC west coast office, complete with archives and bullpen, is now the new and shiny HQ for all things DC. Let’s take a tour, shall we?

RIP Del Connell

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Mark Evanier reports the death of Del Connell, the sadly obscure creator of a kajillion comic book stories, including Super Goof and Space Family Robinson. Connell recently won the Finger Award at San Diego but was too ill to attend the ceremony:

Jason does Clowes

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Jason redraws a page from Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron at the behest of his German publisher. I’m only posting one panel of each here. Go to the link to see the originals!

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 8/16/11

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§ Is Achewood coming back from the long hiatus of the soul? Gary Tyrell looks at the evidence.