Exclusive preview: MY FRIEND DAHMER

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Today Derf Backderf’s memoir MY FRIEND DAHMER dropped in comics shops. It’s the true story of some fairly typical loserish guys in high school..one of whom will grow up to be one of the most horrifying serial killers of the 20th century. And who already shows signs of being completely without empathy.

Webcomic alert: Sparkshooter

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Troy Brownfield writes to tell us of his new webcomic SPARKSHOOTER, which debuts next Wednesday. In the mean time he’s been running a series of teasers, and passed one along to The Beat. Brownfield writes and Sarah Vaughn draws the series.

Todd Loren documentary is coming out on DVD

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Unauthorized: The Story of Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics is a 2005 documentary by director Ilko Davidov about one of the oddest characters in recent comics history, Todd Loren, the publisher of Revolutionary Comics, which published unauthorized comics bios of rockers like The Grateful Dead and Guns N’ Roses. Loren was eventually sued by some of his subjects, but the California Supreme Court upheld his right to publish the somewhat schlocky comics.

First Look at the Plastic Man DC Nation cartoon shorts

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The new Nerdist YouTube channel is hosting the first look at the Plastic Man shorts that will be airing shortly on DC Nation. As we reported earlier, Tom Kenny voices Plas, while Andy Suriano and Stephen DeStefano are involved in the animation—the John K. influence is strong but it works with the character.

A tale of two convention centers: SD and NYC

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They’re the sites of the continental US’s two biggest comics pop culture explosions. And neither one is nearly big enough.

Dwayne McDuffie: never forgotten

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It’s been a year since writer Dwayne McDuffie passed away. The world would be a better place if he were still here.

Kibbles 'n' Bits, 2/22/12

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As I read links, I think about things. Here are some of those thoughts.

McKelvie and Gillen tease possible PHONOGRAM return

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In advance of this weekend’s Image Expo, Jamie McKelvie and Kieron Gillen are teasing a new book at iFanboy but given the Daft Punk reference, smart money is on a a new PHONOGRAM. Two previous minis about the magical powers of pop music were cult favorites, resulting in mainstream work for both, an X-Men gig for Gillen but also McKelvie’s famous quote about working on an indie book resulting in “a constant low level money anxiety.” Regardless, its return would be a joyful thing indeed.

Nice art: Michael DeForge's Incinerator

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Published by and available from Secret Headquarters.

To do tonight, Dumbo: Under the Moons of Mars launch

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Artist Mike Cavallaro writes to alert us to an event tonight, the book launch for UNDER THE MOONS OF MARS, a new anthology of short stories inspired by the Edgar Rice Burroughs mythos by writers including Joe R. Lansdale, Jonathan Maberry, Peter S. Beagle, Robin Wasserman, Garth Nix, and more, as well as a foreward by Tamora Pierce and introduction and header notes by John Joseph Adams. Oh, and illustrations by Cavallaro, Charles Vess, Michael W. Kaluta, Molly Crabapple, and more.

Nice art: cover rough for the new edition of PULPHOPE

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Paul Pope has posted a rough of the cover for the new Legendary edition of his art book PULPHOPE .

Avengers feign interest in ordinary things in new photos

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Here’s the latest AVENGERS photos, showing Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson feigning interest in mundane supercomputers. And then Hawkeye, Cap, and Black Widow striding confidently into battle.

Godfather Lawsuit is the Anti-Watchmen

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As you may recall people are *ahem* sharply divided on the topic of DC Comics doing a Watchmen prequel. Certainly, Watchmen author Alan Moore doesn’t think it should happen. Over in world of film and prose, the opposite thing is happening: Paramount Pictures is suing to prevent a new Godfather prose sequel and “protect the integrity and reputation of The Godfather trilogy.”