Happy Birthday, Joe Simon

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In a better world, I would not have learned of Joe Simon’s 98th birthday today via Facebook at 8 PM.

September: DC wins, but GNs weak

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ICv2 has its September estimate up but nothing is normal as returnable books were penalized 10%. DC’s cheaper cover price meant that their dollar share was up only a bit over Marvel, but units sold convincingly better. However the big underreported story for September is the dip in GN sales. Is it just the SCOTT PILGRIM effect?

Has digital availablity of comics put a crimp in piracy?

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This iFanboy interview with a comics pirate who recently quit indicated that even among the scanning community, the good old days were awesome. Now, not so much.

AVENGERS trailers debuts

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Woot.

Great reveal at the end.

That said there’s nothing incredibly spectacular in this trailer aside from the fact it’s the friggin’ Avengers. Like, if it was called…Thunderbirds, you’d think it was pretty typical.

However, in Joss we trust.

Dynamite gets Amanda Hocking

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Internet author sensation Amanda Hocking is coming to comics with a deal at Dynamite to publish her Hollowland books—a zombie-based fantasy— as GNs. Hocking self published her books as e-books with over a million books sold, and now a print deal at St. Martin’s. She’s also a comics fan, and will be involved in writing the books herself.

Vertigo to adapt Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy for GNs

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People looking for a surefire way to print money, comics division, have often suggested a Harry Potter comic book. Since that ain’t happening (JK Rowling just isn’t interested), Vertigo has just landed the next best thing: a graphic novel adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling Millennium Trilogy, with the comics version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo set to appear in 2012. Subsequent volumes will appear in 2013 and 2014.