Marvel and Fox Playing Swapsies for Daredevil Film Rights?

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In an interesting move, it looks like Marvel might extend 20th Century’s ‘Daredevil’ contract… on the condition that Fox return certain Fantastic Four characters back to them.

Walking Dead #100 Stomps On Everyone as Marvel and DC Huddle in July

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All praise Great Kirkman. Yes, once again, Kirkman has done the highly improbable. Oh, sure… we’d been hearing about Walking Dead #100 selling 383,612 copies. This is an excellent opportunity to compare the estimates with the number that’s being floated. The July estimates have come out at The Comics Chronicles and here’s what they say:

Indie Month-to-Month Sales June 2012

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Walking Dead rules the top of the charts again, in preparation for next month’s centennial issue, while new entries for Mars Attacks and Harbinger sandwich the ever improving Saga. Elsewhere, Spawn celebrates its 20th anniversary by almost tripling its regular sales and Brian Wood’s The Massive launches encouragingly high, while a bunch of successful recent launches consolidate their figures. Lots of books dropping, further down the charts though.

 
 

135 indie books charted this month, up on last month’s 128. The bottom book sold 3,302, down on last month’s 4,477. They sold approximately 1,344,491, down on last month’s 1,392,594. Average sales are 9,959 per book, also down on last month’s 10,880. As usual, UK and European sales from Diamond UK are not reported in this chart.

 

Out of the 135 books, only 29 went up in sales, far less than last month, and 87 went down, with the rest made up of one-shots and debuts.

 

Webcomic alert: Wreckhall Abbey

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RUN! DO NOT WALK! To Domatile Collardey’s Wreckhall Abbey, a new comic about a private school for girls in the proud tradition of St. Trinians and more.

Holy crap, this looks AMAZING.

HYPE: ICv2 announces Conference on Comics and Digital II for NYCC

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Pop culture business news site ICv2 has announced the ICv2 Conference on Comics and Digital II to be held in conjunction with this year’s New York Comic-Con. It will be held on WEDNESDAY, October 10th,1:00 to 5:00 p.m. — in previous years it was held on the Thursday prior to the Con but NYCC is essentially a 4 day show now.

As in previous years, The Beat is a sponsor of this event. Here’s the line-up of panels, with speakers to be announce. All of them sound extremely interesting.

Breaking News: Hepzibah Update II

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Breaking news! Hepzibah returns for another appearance in Avengers Vs X-Men!

2000 AD gets its own day and date app

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Add the UK’s 2000 Ad — home of Judge Dredd — to the list of publishers going day and date. They’re even getting their own app, via the Apple Newsstand, which is offering a free introductory 69-page sampler with pages from Judge Dredd: Day of Chaos, Zombo, and Ichabod Azrael.

Subscribers get up to a 24% discount and a selection of free back issues. Single issues are $2.99/£1.99.

Tezuka-esque CIRCUIT BREAKER by McCarthy and Baker is coming from Image Comics

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We’ve alluded to this a few times, but Kyle Baker has posted some art from a new Image book by himself and Kevin McCarthy called CIRCUIT BREAKER, which is:

When Kevin sent me his story about a little girl robot in futuristic Tokyo, I thought it would be funny to draw it in the style of my favorite Japanese cartoonist, Osamu Tezuka!

Kibbles 'n' Bits: Art from all over

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Fabio Moon, Julia Wertz, Paolo Rivera.

Wolverine II is filming, and Hugh Jackman is looking unkempt

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Some set pics of Hugh Jackman from WOLVERINE II, currently known as THE WOLVERINE, which is set in Japan. From these photos, we can assume that in the story, Jackman’s Wolverine character will have a period of extreme self doubt, which evolves into self neglect, from which he will be rescued by a period of intense study of Zen Buddhist philosophy and Japanese fighting techniques.

Ragu's new ad: comfort food for childhood trauma

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Last night Ragú debuted the above ad during NBC’s telecast of the Olympics.

We had to rewind it a few times before we actually believed what we saw.