More on "Comic-Con Episode IV – A Fan's Hope" opening

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We’ve received an official statement on the changed plans for the roll-out of the new Morgan Spurlock Comic-Con documentary:

John Carter: the Final Trailer

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Awesome.

Too little, too late?

Do not count out Andrew Stanton and Pixar!

Earth 2 "New Costume Week" Marches On

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Looks like this really is Earth 2’s “New Costume Week.” I’m going to go out on a limb and guess Superman and Alan Scott/Green Lantern are going to appear in the next two days, although Jay Garrick/The Flash was mentioned in the solicitation.

New Avengers trailer: They must unite to save the world!

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INCEPTION whoom whoom music? Check.

EXCLUSIVE: Archie's Occupy Riverdale cover by Gisele Lagace

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Archie just can’t stay out of the news! While a million moms may be marching against Riverdale, they are staging their own Occupy movement. Whose side is Reggie Mantle on?

Archie Comics has provided us with the actual cover to ARCHIE #365, which comes out in July. Story by Alex Segura Jr. Art by Gisele Legace.

REVEALED!! Success in Comics

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Despite all the gloom and doom talk in the biz of late, there is still room for Success in Comics, Alan Gardner writes. In fact they held a whole seminar devoted to the topic!

Nice art: Mattotti's "The Washer"

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Or perhaps that should be VERY nice art. A new story by Italian great Lorenzo Mattotti, written by Claudio Piersanti in Corriere della Sera. Via Meathaus

CONFIRMED: 'Comic-Con' doc's tour canceled before it began?

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Just a few short, happy days ago, we announced the the long-awaited release of Comic-Con Episode IV — A Fan’s Hope, the Comic-Con documentary by Morgan Spurlock. The VOD release was to be accompanied by a limited theatrical release which would include mini comic-cons at each stop, with comic-con-y activities like exhibits, costume contests and so on.

Well, this rather mysterious item in the Sun-Sentinel states that the entire tour has been canceled:

It had to happen: One Million Moms targets Archie's gay marriage and Toys 'r' Us

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While you might have expected much outcry over the introduction of a gay character into the traditionalist world of Riverdale, reaction to Archie Comics’s Kevin Keller has been overwhelmingly positive. But Archie has heedlessly kept hurtling down the highway, hellbent for tolerance, going further and further until it seemed inevitable they would rouse a bear somewhere: Kevin got his own series and even his own wedding issue, one of those flash forwards in which he marries a doctor who helped him recover from injuries sustained in the Iraq war.

Well, let your faith in the bigotry of humanity be restored: a pressure group is threatening a boycott of Toys ‘r’ Us over carrying the offending comic.

300 victim: Poor, poor Gerard Butler

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Whatever happened to Gerard Butler? You may recall that while once a regular on the Beat’s pages, the Scottish actor became distraught when the Beat became engaged, and was sent reeling into a downward spiral of drugs, terrible romcoms, and dating his costars.

To do, 2/29 Toronto: Amazing Mysteries Launch at the Beguiling

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Author Blake Bell discusses his book on Bill Everett at the Beguiling. More info.

Avengers Alliance Launches on Facebook

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Avengers Alliance is now live on Facebook. This is basically Mafia Wars with superheroes. You’re a SHIELD agent. You recruit superheroes (initially Iron Man, Hawkeye and the Black Widow) to go on missions with you. The story arc involves chasing around Hydra and meteorite fragments as you beat up henchmen and fight bosses like Whiplash and Viper.

DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: January 2012

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Beyond sweeping a perfect 10 out of the month’s Top 10 comic books, DC’s “New 52″ titles are also starting to show first signs of stabilization in January. The average “New 52″ title dropped 7.4% in sales, down from 17.4% in December and 19.6% in November.

This gives reason to be cautiously optimistic on the longer-term prospects of DC’s relaunched line. The trend should be taken with a grain of salt, however, as DC made a number of changes to its various retailer incentives in January that may be affecting sales one way or another. On Detective Comics, Batman: The Dark Knight, Superman and Aquaman, the returnability incentive was replaced with 1:25 variant-cover incentives. Batwoman, Green Lantern: New Guardians and Swamp Thing, which were promoted with a special-discount incentive from September through December, also switched to 1:25 variant-cover incentives in January. Finally, the threshold retailers were required to meet in January to qualify for returnability on the 37 titles that weren’t promoted through variant-cover or discount incentives changed from 125% of retailers’ May 2011 orders to 100% of November 2011 orders.

With this in mind, let’s wait for the February figures to see if the trend holds when incentives are equal from one month to the next.

WonderCon programming is go

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The programming slate for WonderCon, being held March 16-18, has been announced:

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New Avengers poster shows them in new poses

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New day, new Avengers poster. This time Black Widow is face front and the character in the brokeback pose is….the Hulk? Truly, this is the dawning of a new day.

Sales chart: What's topping Apple's comics/GN iBookstore

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If we’re reading this right, hitting “popular” on the Apple bookstore page for comics reveals what’s hot at that very instant, and based on the placement of AVENGERS #1 and WALKING DEAD, we’d guess this has some relationship to sales velocity—not necessarily numbers, though.