DC Trademarks: Nothing Unusual

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So, what can we discover when searching DC Comics’ trademark filings? Not much…

A Political Thriller With Gorillas and Chimps: Reviewing BOOM!'s Planet of the Apes Revival

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A month or so ago, I’d pulled Dracula: A Company of Monsters out of the library and found myself pleasantly surprised by it. Somebody in the comment section mentioned Daryl Gregory, co-writer on the Dracula book, was doing Planet of the Apes and it was worth checking out. Sure enough, the library had that, too. Daryl Gregory may be one to watch, because his Planet of the Apes is better than his Dracula, and he’s two-for-two.

Marvel Trademarks: Tea Leaves Suggesting New Movies?

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What might be coming soon to a theater near you? Or a toy store? A quick search at the United States Patent and Trademark Office finds some interesting trademark registrations for Marvel Comics!

Tony Daniel Exiting Detective Comics

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In a surprise move, Tony Daniel announced his exit from Detective Comics over on his Facebook account. Why is this so surprising? If you look at the May sales estimates, Detective Comics #9 is sitting at 96K copies. Easily over 100K if you factor in UK sales. If you ignore the Batman Annual, it’s DC’s #4 title. Batman, Incorporated looks to have outsold it by 470 copies in the US, so there’s a decent chance it will be DC’s #3 title when the July numbers come out. OK, so you do have some “Night of the Owls” boost going on right now. It’s been the #5 book for DC most of the time. That’s a big change on a pretty successful title.

Tony Daniel Exiting Detective Comics

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In a surprise move, Tony Daniel announced his exit from Detective Comics over on his Facebook account. Why is this so surprising? If you look at the May sales estimates, Detective Comics #9 is sitting at 96K copies. Easily over 100K if you factor in UK sales. If you ignore the Batman Annual, it’s DC’s #4 title. Batman, Incorporated looks to have outsold it by 470 copies in the US, so there’s a decent chance it will be DC’s #3 title when the July numbers come out. OK, so you do have some “Night of the Owls” boost going on right now. It’s been the #5 book for DC most of the time. That’s a big change on a pretty successful title.

Book Con!: American Library Association Annual Conference 2012

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So what happens when a room full of librarians decide to hold a comic con? Quite a bit!

Adam Cadwell founds The British Comic Awards

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Tally ho and chocks away to a new awards ceremony celebrating British comics! God Save The Queen!

Tablets: One Size May Not Fit All

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by Bruce Lidl

With the Google I/O developer conference taking place, it was a big week for Google, with a series of announcements touching on a number of their business initiatives. Maybe the biggest is the release of their Nexus 7 tablet device. Built by Taiwanese hardware manufacturer ASUS but sporting the latest version of the Android operating system (“Jelly Bean” or 4.1), the Nexus 7 is Google’s first serious foray into the tablet space, and in hardware generally. Apple’s dominance in the tablet space with the iPad remains essentially unchallenged right now, and the Nexus 7 is not likely to change that significantly, but it does demonstrate that Google, like Microsoft and Amazon, with their Surface and Kindle Fire tablets respectively, is not going to surrender the space just yet.

Winners Announced In Inaugural Will Eisner Graphic Novel Prize For Libraries

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The winners of a swell comics library grant were announced at ALA.

BONUS: Neil Kleid's Not At Comic-Con photo campaign

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Every year someone starts a not-at-Comic-Con party or promotion of some sort.

This time it’s writer Neil Kleid (The Big Kahn) who’s taking off on DC’s ad campaign.

If it's war, it must be the Punisher!

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Marvel’s final war teaser reveals that the Punisher is involved. Damn. Occam’s razor and all that.

DC spotlights talent in new ad campaign

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Creators, talent, architects, makers…maybe we should just call them the Bullpen.

Penny Arcade and Cryptozoic team for The Lookouts spin-off

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Famed webcomic Penny Arcade and Cryptozoic are putting out their first periodical comic in the shape of THE LOOKOUTS, a six-issue miniseries by writer Ben McCool and artist Robb Mommaerts. Penny Arcade’s Mike Krahulik provides some alternative art such as that seen below. The comic will be available digitally starting next week and in print August 29th.

Marvel Movie Watch: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY due for 2014; ANT-MAN tested

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All the signs have been pointing to Guardians of the Galaxy as the mystery 2014 Marvel Movie…and guess what! It is!

SDCC 12: What's happening in the Gaslamp

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While inside Comic-Con is a white hot cauldron of nerd-fun, outside on the city streets of San Diego, it’s a rolling circus, from those late night cosplay trips to Ralphs to the parades winding down Fifth Street town, to the many parties and themed restaurants. Here’s a list we’ve been provided of local establishments that will be having con-themed events or decor or menu items, from Hulk pizza to Batman sushi.

SDCC 12: From Larry King to My Little Pony

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We’re not going to post every little piece of PR about Comic-Con that’s flooding our inbox, but…well…a lot is happening! Here’s some of the most unlikely and exceptional events looming. Let’s just say does a My Little Pony trolley ring your bell?