Lost in the Hype Shuffle – Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

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We’ve had a Hobbit trailer. We’ve had Dark Knight Rises trailers. We’ve had John Carter trailers. But Craig Ferguson’s favorite geek-to-film adaption is getting the short shrift. Behold: the new trailer for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (Ghost Rider 2, if you prefer).

Amazing infographic tells you everything about NYT best seller list

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Comics Alliance has run this amazing infographic by Tim Leong, based on the year’s NY Times graphic novel bestsellers. This is a topic ripe for study since it has contained many many surprises — like appearances by DAVID B. on the list? Awesome sauce.

What is not a surprise is that WALKING DEAD and SCOTT PILGRIM have dominated the charts for most of 18 months. The future of comics is masterful, multi-volume media tie-ins that speak to contemporary life, it seems.

Gift Guide: Last-minute gifts at your friendly local comics shop

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We’ve been running several e-tail items here on The Beat over the last few weeks but as the precious hours until Christmas morning tick away, there’s no time to trust to the Post Office, so may we suggest a trip down to the local comics shop for some great gifts? Here are some stores with gift suggestions of their own:

THE HOBBIT trailer is up, and slash fiction will never be the same

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THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY trailer is up. We need to watch it about 39 more times before we can really render judgement, but Empire has a nice breakdown, including this guide to the dwarves, and already some how they did it info.

The tone is pure LORD OF THE RINGS, none of this kid’s tale stuff. And obviously the story is going to borrow liberally from the appendices — Dol Gulder! Galadriel and Gandalf (The White Council!) The shards of Narsil!

Holiday Bestsellers: 2011

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Here is a listing of the current comics bestsellers on BN.com, scanned at 11:20 AM this Tuesday, December 20, 2011.

Time Warner: we hate you to death

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Hell demons from Time Warner are trying to stop The Beat!