Superman: Earth One – Volume Two Announced for 2012

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After announcing Batman: Earth One, DC follows up by announcing the second volume of the JMS/Shane Davis Superman: Earth One graphic novel series. The first volume of this Superman reboot sold VERY well and made a strong case for original graphic novels in the superhero genre. (As opposed to Vertigo’s Sandman and Fables offerings.) While the Batman volume appears to be set for July, no date seems to be released for Superman:Earth One. Volume 1 was released in November 2010, so it would make sense if this were another late fall/holiday gift release.

Nice art: The real cover to the SAMMY THE MOUSE collection

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Due to a computer glitch we had a corrupted file for the cover to Zak Sally’s SAMMY THE MOUSE collection up in a previous post, so for your viewing pleasure here’s the real deal. If you missed the news, Sally is collecting the three Ignatz issues of his dark strip for a 104-page trade which he funded on Kickstarter. The book will be out in March and yes — he used that amazing printing press in his garage to print it himself. He hopes for a second collection later this year.

The Beat’s Annual Year-End Survey, 2012 edition — Part four

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MORE sneak peeks! More news! More fearless pulse-taking of the comics industry. What are you waiting for? Dive in.

Sales charts: glass half full of numbers!

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Our wish for actual sales number released by an actual comics publisher were finally granted! And in The Hollywood Reporter, no less. DC released sales for its top three books of the year:

Sales charts: glass half empty

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Ron Richards sums up his List of the Worst Things in Comics in 2011 with all the annoying trends and catch phrases of the year — Marvel’s stumbles, the sexism quagmire, Twitter sniping — but saves for #1 a harsh reality that most of us would rather ignore:

BATMAN: EARTH ONE will appear in 2012

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DC’s Earth One line has always been a little mysterious. It was started as a repository for some early trial runs at an Ultimate DC line, but then SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE became a massive hit in bookstores. Stablemate BATMAN: EARTH ONE by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank has been waiting in the wings since the line was announced in 2009. But 2012 will be the year!

Although a release date wasn’t mentioned, perhaps the book will be marketed in Daily News by comparing it to Hunger Games, just as SEO was compared to Twilight.

Case study: Axe body spray thinks comics readers need sexy scent

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If you’ve watched any male-targeted TV programming in the last five years you know that it only takes one squirt of Axe body spray to turn the pudgiest sportsbar refugee into a rampaging sex god with the ladies. And now the cologne company has decided to turn to the comics audience with an interactive graphic novel. YOU can view the idea for Axe Anarchy in the above video — basically normal looking schlubs and super hot women in the Brokeback pose. But all can contribute!

Coming Attractions: Yoe Books!

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A new website from Yoe Books highlights their amazing titles!

Sam's Club banned Lego Bible for being too racy

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We don’t know HOW we missed this story when it originally broke as we’re such huge fans of The Brick Testament at Stately Beat Manor. Lest you forget, this is one man’s crazy 10-year quest to retell the Bible using Legos a gargantuan task of posing and photographing, not to mention compression. When the book came out in November, we were all over that shit, and so, originally, was massive ass market retailer Sam’s Club and religious bookstores, who thought that a version of the Bible told in colorful brick would appeal to children.

Wonder-Con announces more guests: Lay, Snyder and Wheaton

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Carol Lay, Scott Snyder and Wil Wheaton have been added to the Wonder-Con guest list.

In another Wonder-Con note, hotel rooms are now available at the Anaheim Hilton, and they are pretty reasonable. Another reason why WonderCon is the relaxing con!

Idea: Move Comic-Con to giant new convention center in Queens!

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Finally a place big enough for Comic-Con — a proposed 3.8 million square foot exhibition hall and hotel suggested by New York State governor Andrew Cuomo. the vast complex would also house a casino nearby — very handy to gamble your profits from selling mint copies of Spider-Man #583. Sure it’s in Jamaica, Queens right next to the Aqueduct race track….but at least it’s big enough!

Believe the Hype – Image / Extreme's Prophet Relaunch is the Real Deal

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TweetBy Todd Allen You may have heard some good buzz floating around about the relaunch of the old Liefeld-verse title Prophet.  Believe the hype.  And yes, if you’ve read my reviews over the years, it _is_ out of character for me to be pointing happy attention to a Liefeld-verse project.  Prophet’s new incarnation is excellent […]