BOOM! and Simon Spurrier team up to release EXTERMINATION

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Hot off the heels of his successful run with Marve’s X-CLUB, Simon Spurrier joins forces with BOOM! Studios to reveal a new dystopian super-hero series called EXTERMINATION.

First Look: Game of Thrones #8, Wheel of Time #27, Full Moon #7

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Dynamite has just revealed these exclusive sneak peaks of their July releases. Take a look at the covers for GAME OF THRONES #10, WHEEL OF TIME #27, and FULL MOON #7. Expect these on your radar in July!

Bluewater picks up German Art History series

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Having torn through politicians and teen idols, Bluewater is launching a new biographical comics series, this one focusing on great artists like Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso. The series marks a new partnership between comic-book publisher and German artist Willi Bloess (German: Willie Blöß) and Bluewater.

iVerse launches library program

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On Monday, digital distributor iVerse announced a new initiative that would allow libraries to download books from their digital library on a cost per checkout basis.

Valiant's new Rian Hughes-designed logo

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Earlier this week the resurgent Valiant unveiled a redesigned logo, courtesy of logo king Rian Hughes.

Stan Lee: "In what way would [Jack Kirby's] name appear?" — UPDATED

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WOW, Creator Rights day on the Internet rolls on with what we might call Stan Lee’s Hilary Rosen moment: an unforced error that cannot be rolled back. In an interview with Moviefone, of ALL PLACES, Stan is asked POINT BLANK about whether Jack Kirby should be credited on THE AVENGERS:

Chris Roberson's exit interview

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The Comics Journal jumps right back in the fray with an exit interview with Chris Roberson, who uses the occasion to express thoughts Twitter cannot contain. According to Roberson, his distaste with BEFORE WATCHMEN was stated in podcasts, but no one picked it up until his tweets were posted. The whole thing is one big must-read, but here are some quite nice statements that no one can possibly take issue with in the comment section:

San Diego convention center expansion inches closer to reality

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Okay, one more SDCC story for the day: The long dreamed of convention center expansion got a little closer to reality when
hotel owners agreed to a tax hike that will pay for the expansion over the next 30 years.

Wanna help the Beat cover San Diego?

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We’re looking for a few good people to help cover this year’s San Diego experience. What you get: a press badge. What you do: write.

"Verification Due" strikes fear into the hearts of SDCC-hopeful journos

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So yesterday, Press reg finally opened for the San Diego Comic-Con. Member ID registration is now open. And you can apply. Emails were sent out to people who had previously been on the list. Emails told you whether you were “Verification not due” or….”Verification due.”

The creator’s position viewed through the lens of Alan Moore

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My—hopefully—last post on Before Watchmen and Alan Moore and the role of the comics creators.