Marvel's Happy Hour Promotions For Avengers Vs. X-Men

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Over at Comic Book Resources, Kiel Phegley interviews David Gabriel about what’s going on at Marvel right now. There aren’t a lot of raw numbers discussed but the vector they’re moving in is certainly worth noting.

Warner Bros wants trial in Superman rights fight

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Deadline is reporting that WB has changed tactics and now wants a trial in the ongoing rights battle over Superman:

Hunger Games: Katniss succeeds where the other girls failed—but will anyone listen?

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In case you were sleeping under a tree, it’s official: HUNGER GAMES was the third biggest opening ever, with $152.5 million, the best non-sequel opening ever, only behind HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2 and THE DARK KNIGHT.

Heady company for a girl who hunts squirrels.

The success of the movie also puts the lie to Hollywood’s beloved trope that an actioner starring a women can’t be successful. And as such, it’s going to have a lot of repercussions. Because Hollywood is full of copycats and they’re going to try to repeat the formula. But what formula will they see in HUNGER GAMES?

Webcomic alert: Texas Kid, My Bro by Macan and Kordey

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The Croatian superteam of writer Darko Macan and artist Igor Kordey have collaborated on several comics for Marvel and elsewhere (SOLDIER X), but to our knowledge, TEXAS KID, MY BRO is their first creator-owned webcomic/thingie. And it’s incredible.

John Macaluso named CEO of Wizard World

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After months of searching for the right person, Wizard World, the convention/website company, has hired John Macaluso as CEO. Macaluso, whose background is in the apparel business, was already on the board. We had a brief chat with Macaluso about the news last week, and he’s excited about the role. “We’re going to be running a better company and fans are going to see a difference in our shows.”

"Reuben" Award nominees announced–with first ever webcomics category

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Yes, we know that there is only one Reuben Award, the big one, but for the sake of a headline, here are the NCS divisional nominees.

This is the first time the NCS Awards have recognized webcomics, a welcome and inevitable move towards modernization. The choices — The Oatmeal, Penny Arcade and Scenes from a Multiverse (above)—aren’t too groundbreaking but they are all good strips.

The winners will be announced Memorial Day weekend at the annual NCS meeting, to be held this year in Las Vegas.

To Do, Northridge: Los Bros Hernandez at CSUN

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Will I ever get tired of this piece of art?

RIP: Al Ross

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New Yorker cartoonist Al Ross has died age of 100. Two of his brothers were cartoonists as well.

Where did the speech balloon come from?

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Lew Stringer debunks the idea that Beano and The Dandy invented the speech balloon
with a look at some older comics., like this 1917 cover of Picture Fun No. 428, which uses word balloons AND the then-current wads and wads of text, as originated in The Yellow Kid.

It never gets old: Superman's strange behavior as seen on old comics covers

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BuzzFeed cribs from Superdickery for 25 Hilarious Vintage Comic Book Covers. These are all oldies, but sometimes it is just so great to take a break and look at these amazing covers from the golden age of comics. And we like posting them, because sometimes Pinterest just won’t do.

Kibbles 'n' Bits, 3/26/12: Jiro Taniguchi in the spotlight

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Jiro Taniguchi, the X-Men movie that never was, a stunning shock from DC, and more, more, more.

Growing Pains; Help Wanted

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We’re growing, moving and shaking here at Stately Beat Manor and we want YOU to be a part of it!