Beat Exclusive: Preview of Captain Victory #3

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Submitted for your perusal: pages 1-6 and 9-10 of tomorrow’s Captain Victory#3 from Dynamite. Available at a comic shop near you.

The one comic book movie you MUST see: CARTOON COLLEGE

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AMC, History Channel, Spike—every TV network that ever wanted to do a “Comic Book Idol” TV show—here is the comic book life captured in its most primal and dramatic: people arguing about cover design in front of over stuffed bookcases and furnishing mingled from antiques and plastic storage boxes from Target. Yes, this is the life.

Studio Coffee Run: Game of Thrones, Bane's mumble mask, Governor casting, etc.

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Hollywood never sleeps; that’s why they need their daily coffee run.

Indie Month-to-Month Sales — December 2011

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By Paul Mellerick

Walking Dead, Buffy and TMNT again dominate, but a rare appearance of Aspen’s Lady Mechanika is the third best-selling indie book this month. Dark Horse and Dynamite have a couple of promising launches, but apart from them it’s mostly downhill for the rest of the chart. If you ever wanted an indie charts drinking game, try taking a shot everytime I say drop or dropping, you’ll be smashed before you’re halfway through.

126 indie books charted this month, slightly up on last month with less Marvel or DC books charting this month. The bottom book sold 3,105, way lower than last month’s 4,330. In total those books sold approximately 1,067,927, a bit down from last month’s 1,099,699 with more titles. Average sales are 8,475 per book, down from last month’s 8,940. As usual, UK and European sales from Diamond UK are not reported in this chart.

DC Shuffles Writers On Justice League Dark, Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. and Stormwatch

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You knew you couldn’t go much more than two weeks without DC shuffling creative teams on the not-as-new 52. This time, it really is more of a shuffle than wholesale replacements, though, as three books get a new writer and DC’s announcing things a little further out.

Vertigo announces trades for Sept.-Dec., including two originals

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DC has released it’s book schedule for Vertigo for the fall, including two originals, one yet to be announced

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— THE PRINCE OF CATS by Ron Wimberly. Judging by his tumblr for the project, it an updated take on Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET starring Tybalt.

Gaiman: "Every time I would run into Todd in a courtroom he looked a little more sad."

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Neil Gaiman took his victory lap after the settlement in his lawsuit against Todd McFarlane with comments to the Washington Post’s Michael Cavna, talking about the copyright precedents set by all the various rulings over the years.

Image Expo adds Brubaker

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The first ever Image Expo is shaping up for the end of next month with the addition of Ed Brubaker, whose FATALE recently launched and has sold out. This is really looking like a zeitgeisty kind of show — Image is scooping up formerly exclusive mainstream writers like a rescue boat in the North Sea, and the lineup of guests includes many with passionate followings.

And so it ends: Gaiman and McFarlane finally settle epic Spawn lawsuit

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An epic battle of two of comicdom’s most successful figures that lasted more than 10 years has ended, not even with a whimper but a settlement, as Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane have at long last agreed on how to share the rights to characters and stories Gaiman created for McFarlane’s Spawn comic.

Warren Ellis and Sam Henderson on Monkeys or man on the moon

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Recently, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich declared his support for the idea of a moon colony. Even more recently, he was roundly mocked for this even thoughmanned space flight is one of the glories of American history. Wired asked space enthusiast Warren Elliswhat he thought of the plan:

Groovy Comics-inspired shelves now available in the US

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These stylish, practical wooden comics inspired shelves designed by Oscar Nuñez are now available for sale in the US from Groopti.

Kibbles 'n' Bits, 1/31/2012

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January done…so soon? Only a few more months left for life as we know it!

Watch the first three minutes of the WALKING DEAD mid-season premiere

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Can’t wait to see what happens after that last traumatic scene of season 1.0 when Rick shoots Sophia and the rest of the zombies in the barn? The first three minutes of The Walking Dead’s February 12th premiere have just been put on line and we’ll give you three guesses what happens:

Matthew Vaughn confirmed for X-Men: "Second Class"

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A sequel to the well-received X-MEN: FIRST CLASS has been greenlit with Matthew Vaughn once again to direct, Deadline reports. Simon Kinberg has written a script and Bryan Singer will produce. Everyone expects Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy to reprise their roles as Magneto and Professor X, but no one has officially been signed yet. And given Fassbender’s recent roles, maybe we’ll get to see little Magneto, too.

More DC trades announced for fall—including AMETHYST PRINCESS OF GEMWORLD at long last

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DC has released their non-New 52 collections list for September-November and it’s chock full of goodies, including, at long last, a Collected Amethyst of Gemworld, which, as Kevin Melrose reports, is something people have been asking for for a long time. We’re Amethyst fans from way back in the day (we even owned a piece of Ernie Colon original art form the series once, before it was destroyed in a fire. =( ) Blogger TangognaT has a longer run down of the series, an occidental take on shojo manga before anyone even knew what that was—and also a fairly typical example of the kind of books Karen Berger edited before she got to launch Vertigo. Lots more at TangognaT’s blog, where she has been keeping track of Amethyst stuff for several years.

Angoulême wrap-up: Jean-Claude Denis wins Grand Prix; Jim Woodring wins Special Jury Prize

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Last week’s Angoulême festival extravaganza wrapped up with the presentation of the Grand Prix to Jean-Claude Denis, whose career goes back to the ’70s but is perhaps best known in France for Luc Leroi. The Grand Prix is presented for a lifetime body of work—Denis is perhaps less well-known than some other winners, at least in the US. He was presented with the award by last year’s winner, Art Spiegelman, as shown in the above video.