Gift Guide: The Walking Dead Compendium, Volume 1 is 50% off

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Looking for a last minute giftable? B&N is selling The Walking Dead Compendium, Volume 1 for $29.99 — half of the regular $59.99 price — but only until 2:59 am December 20th, so don’t dawdle.

At 1088 pages, this collection of the first 48 issues of THE WALKING DEAD have proven a great entry point into the world of Rick Grimes vs the Zombies — even at that price it’s a consistent bestseller.

Politics: Marvin E. Quasniki would lead a puppet regime

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If you are like us, you are still grieving at the loss of Herman Cain from next year’s presidential race. From his powerful hats, to his inspiring slogans — “You need a job, right?” — to his wondrous waffling that made every scandal a delight, Cain never failed to bring a smile to our lips, even in these grim times. And he justified that faith in his ability to make us laugh at our problems right up until the very end, topping it off with a quote with the Pokémon movie.

But Herman is gone. Luckily, a new candidate for the Republican nomination has arisen who may just take his place, Marvin E. Quasniki, a humble turquoise farmer from Tonopah, Nevada who is running on a very catchy campaign motto that will soon be heard all over Fox News: “No more bullshit.”

Nine years of AdHouse Books

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Chris Pitzer looks back on his nine years of publishing at AdHouse Books — from Pulpatoon Pilgrimage and on through such coveted art books as Pulphope and Process Recess to acclaimed works like Duncan the Wonder Dog and Skyscrapers of the Midwest. With stops for Afrodisiac and PopeHats and more. Even goofy stuff like the Mort Grim, a comic book about cars.

Each year’s output from AdHouse will only take up a few inches on your bookshelf — but those are precious inches. What a great line-up of strongly individual visions and wonderful stories, each presented in a well-designed format.

Anthony Bourdain's Get Jiro! cover emerges

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Amazon has the deets on GET JIRO!, the graphic novel brainstormed by master chef Anthony Bourdain, co-written with Joel Rose and drawn by Langdon Foss. it sounds a little like our dream of an American version of IRON WOK JAN has finally come true.

Official DARK KNIGHT RISES trailer

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Apple has posted the official one, so if the above embed doesn’t work, go here.

DC New 52 Writer Changes Now At 17%; March Artists Show 21% Change: A Score Card

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With the March (issue 7) solicitations out, we have a little better idea of what the first round of changes for the New 52/DCnU are. Some of these departures are thought to be the writer choosing to leave (Simone, Brandon) and some appear to be the writer getting the quick hook (Cornell, Gates). When these change decisions were made, there has been history of collected edition sale and it may be a little early to judge digital sales. (Do we know what happens to sales when the titles drop to $1.99? This is new enough, you’d really like to see more than 2-3 months of digital sales before trusting it.)

Sharon Moody repaints Kirby

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Is there a new Lichtenstein roaming the forests? Scott Edelman has brought to our attention thr work of Sharon Moody who paints trompe l’oeil paintings of comics by Jack Kirby, Sal Buscema and others — but Edelman is bothered by the fact that the source artists are not credited anywhere:

New Perry Bible Fellowship

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They are infrequent and thus all the more precious.

Russ Cochran launches SUNDAY FUNNIES

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Russ Cochran, a pioneer of deluxe comic reprints through his past efforts reprinting classic comics of the 50s, has just launched a new publication called SUNDAY FUNNIES, which will reprint classic Sunday comic strips in full color:

Nice art: "In the Rough" by Vanessa Davis

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In this as always charming outing for Tablet Magazine, Davis explains the ins and outs of engagement rings.

Did Wolverine commit statutory rape with Squirrel Girl?

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Don MacPherson gathers the evidence “for”.

Kibbles 'n' Bits, 12/19/11

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§ A new genre of writing: the New 52 Exit interview, in which a creator expresses wistful enthusiasm for all the ideas they dreamed up for a given character before it was decided a new direction was needed, as he or she wishes the new team good luck with a wan smile. This time out, Sterling Gates explaining how he left HAWK & DOVE in the hands of Rob Liefeld: