$3.99 Stays Put, Hickman Is the New Bendis And Other Marvel Relaunch News

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Axel Alonso and Tom Brevoort gave a fairly wide-reaching interview to Comic Book Resources on the topic of the “Marvel Now” relaunch. It jumps around a bit, but does get some more information out into the public and comes straight from the horses mouth. Let’s parse it a little.

Holy crap, more cute comics: Baltazar and Franco's AW YEAH COMICS

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Awright! A new monthly comics from the TINY TITANS team.

Final Xeric Grant winners announced

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The final round of Xeric Grant winners have been announced, and as usual it’s a great line-up. Nothing like going out with a bang. $74,510 was awarded to these cartoonists to publish and market their work.

Joe Kubert Gets an Anthology at DC

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Joe Kubert continues to be pretty active over at DC. Currently inking his son, Andy, on Before Watchmen: Nite Owl, Joe’s going to be having his own anthology at DC. Joe Kubert Presents is slated to have a six issue run, debuting on Halloween. Joining Kubert for the anthology are Brian Buniak and Sam Glanzman.

John Layman Taking Over Detective Comics

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There’s a new team on Detective Comics and it probably wasn’t who you were expecting. New artist, Jason Fabok, maybe you could have seen him coming. He’s filled in on a couple issues of Batman: The Dark Knight and also worked on the recent Batman Annual. You could make an argument he got a quick promotion from designated reliever (while that isn’t a formal title in comics, it probably should be) to primary artist. John Layman writing Detective? No, you didn’t see that one coming.

A Bounty of Art at SDCC

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Not that there is a lack in things to look forward to in next week’s SDCC, but for any art-lovers out there, there are a ton of exhibits popping up all around San Diego.

SDCC 12: the Course of the Force is revving up with Ewoks

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While the mental journey to Comic-Con 2012 started on the very last day of Comic-Con 2011 for some of us, an actual physical journey is kicking off this weekend: The Course of the Force, an Olympic-style charity relay run from the Santa Monica Pier to the gates of Comic-Con — with a Lightsaber as the torch — begins its real-life epic journey this Saturday.

To kick off the kick-off, a new short film featuring Nerdist Chris Hardwick shows the origins of the journey— and reveals that the ILM lot is inhabited by real Ewoks, Boba Fett tools around in a van and one particular comics superstar likes to see people on their knees singing “Yub nub.”

Who pays more taxes, Spider-Man or Batman?

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Tax experts H&R Block hired artist Ron Randall to examine the fiscal profiles of both Bruce Wayne and Peter Parker and the answer MAY surprise you…but not if you read the news.

New York tabloid finds Steve Ditko

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Although this “quest for Seve Ditko” story calls him the JD Salinger of comics, he’s actually pretty easy to find—like many other pilgrims, the Post reporter just rang the door on his studio.

Boing Boing adds monthly comics review column by Heater

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This isn’t really a huge news item but it’s nice to see the leading cultural blog Boing Boing add an official comics reviews column and for added good news, it’s by Brian Heater, Daily Cross Hatch founder, so the reviews cover stuff like Katie Skelly, Joseph Remnant and Zak Sally. Monthly isn’t frequent enough but its a start.

Comic Book History of Comics announces sell-out with comic book press release

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Congrats to creators Fred van Lente and Ryan Dunleavy.

Epidemic of Webcomics launches

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Yes it’s yet ANOTHER webcomics portal, but they are all so good and fun, we just keep collecting them. Wide Awake Press has launched Epidemic of Webcomics which will feature six comics.

Chris Pitzer closes down AdDistro distribution

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It was a few years ago that AdHouse Books publisher Chris Pitzer announced AdDistro, a distribution business for small press comics, with books from Nobrow, Koyama Press and Malachi Ward to start. Well, now he’s announced its end, and although that sounds sad, its actually because its so much easier to find books from these publishers now:

SDCC 12: Official news of autographcs, exclusives, films, etc.

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Over the holiday, the actual, real Comic-Con International page rolled out some vital info including autographs times, portfolio review schedule and the film festival schedule.

Cartoon can help you understand this whole Higgs Boson business

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It’s the particle that created mass! It also invented brunch.