Jason's I KILLED ADOLF HITLER optioned for a movie

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We’ve never been able to hide our adoration of Jason’s time travel tale I KILLED ADOLF HITLER, and we’re far from alone in this regard. Fantagraphics has just announced that Studio Eight in association with Up Country Productions has optioned the film rights to the book.

Jamie and Alex Brown of Studio Eight have previously produced LAND OF THE BLIND and CAPTURED. They’ve tapped screenwriter D.C. Walker of Up Country Productions for the script.

Lisa Hanawalt on The Vow

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I know we link to these every time, but you don’t want to miss them. In her review ofTHE VOW for Vanity Fair Lisa Hanawalt nails the sidekicks this time. We’d also note that her venues are getting bigger and bigger. Hanawalt ftw.

Buckley and Quesada speak on Marvel's side of the Gary Friedrich matter — UPDATE

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Well, speak of the devil. As we posted only a few hours ago, Marvel is in a very vulnerable PR position on the Gary Friedrich matter…so much so that they have sent both CCO Joe Quesada and publisher Dan Buckley to clarify and soothe at Comic Book Resources. As they point out, the matter is still under litigation and a settlement is being negotiated. Buckley and Quesada do a good job of trying to handle the negatives—they’re pros—especially with this:

What the Gary Friedrich/Disney/Marvel case means for comics creators

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You can be sympathetic to Gary Friedrich’s current situation—older, broke and in bad health—while still being alarmed over all the issues his court case has raised. My own email and IMs are full of variant views on it. So let’s trace the evolution of this a bit.

Chatting With Elliott Serrano: The New Army of Darkness Series, Bruce Campbell,

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Army of Darkness (as in Evil Dead) returns to the world of comics today with a new first issue. We caught up with Army of Darkness writer Elliott Serrano (who likes to pretend he’s a mild mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper as the “Geek To Me” columnist at the Chicago Tribune’s Redeye) to talk about Ash, Bruce Campbell and the new series.

Does Stan Lee Media own ANYTHING except a lot of lawyers?

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ICv2 reports that Stan Lee Media has lost a legal battle over the rights to Conan. Although the big Cimmerian wouldn’t seem to be much of a hot property after last year’s movie flop, the folks at Stan Lee Media dive for any scrap of IP like a hobo battle for a bottle of Thunderbird.

Telltale's Walking Dead game is shambling closer

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THE WALKING DEAD continues to be a media sensation, with a video game from Telltale Games based on the comics due for release this spring. The game just launched a new website which features a new talk show, “Playing Dead,” with host AJ LoCascio chatting up creator Robert Kirkman and Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli).