Sales Charts: Barnes & Noble Graphic Novel Bestsellers: August 2012

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Here’s a quick snapshot of bestselling graphic novels, as found at BarnesAndNoble.com . There’s a supplemental list of Nook Comics (and graphic novels)!

Joss Whedon is on board for The Avengers 2 AND Marvel TV show

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On the scale of “Oh thank God,” this ranks pretty high.Joss Whedon will be back to write and direct AVENGERS 2, as Disney CEO Bob Iger told an investors call. Immediately after the announcement, people started throwing money directly at Iger, just pelting him with dollars and quarters. “Take our money!” they cried. “Just take it! THE AVENGERS has already made $1.5 billion worldwide and the sequel will make even more.”

Batman: The nail art

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As you may have heard, nail art is all the rage these days, and its getting more and more ornate. And some ladies are going for comics inspired pieces, such as this, by Brooklyn’s
Fleury Rose, who created this design for someone going to the Dark Knight Rises premiere in New York, who got to show them off to director Christopher Nolan, even. Who wouldn’t want to sport these dark knails?

Another digital comics anthology: David Lloyd's Aces Weekly

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Yet ANOTHER creator owned digital anthology project, this one spearheaded by artist David Lloyd (V for Vendetta). Details of Aces Weekly have now been revealed. The impressive list of contributors includes:

HYPE: Joe Palooka goes to IDW

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This is firmly under the HYPE banner since I was a publishing consultant for this project, but Ham Fisher’s venerable boxing-themed comic strip character has been updated to an MMA-fighter for IDW’s Joe Palooka, the brain storm of boxing announcer Joe Antonacci, along with Mike Bullock, Fernando Peniche and Matt Triano. In the story, Joe Palooka is a discredited MMA fighter who travels the world desperately trying to clear his name while fighting to earn a spot in the legendary “Legion of Combat,” worldwide fight series.

DC Collectibles offers more than 20 new artsy posters

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After a successful roll-out at C2E2—and in light of how artists everywhere are doing it themselves—DC Collectibles is making more than 20 new posters available at their online store, all in the highly designed style that has become so popular with things like the Alamo Drafthouse and so on. Can we say, it’s about time? You can see all the prints here—no creators given, alas, in the licensed style of the Warners and Disney stores, but there are some nice items.

Webcomic alert: Happy 10 year anniversary, Neko the Kitty

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Creator Gar Molloy wrote to us to say it was the 10 Year anniversary of his webcomic Neko the Kitty, with over 900 strips completed. We’re not too familiar with the comis, but it has a kitty and that’s good enough for The Beat, especially when it means kitties doing the happy dance to celebrate.

Webcomic Alert: Obambies Everywhere

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Chris Miskiewicz and Dean Haspiel (making his return to the webcomic collective Act-i-vate) present Obambies Everywhere! which is…well I think you can figure it out.

Interview: How the new Society of Illustrators/MoCCA hybrid will work

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Over the weekend, we were hanging out with the local cartooning scene, and the locals were buzzing about last week’s surprise news that The Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art was transferring all of its holdings and activities to the Society of Illustrators, a more venerable New York institution that spotlights already–recognized greats like Leyendecker and Rockwell. While there was much speculation, a MoCCA insider told us that they would not be involved with the new entity, as it had been transferred in total to SoI. What we’re looking at is an entirely new operation, in effect.

If the transfer has removed New York City’s only dedicated comics exhibit space and social center, the new home is definitely a landmark in its own right. The Society of Illustrators itself goes back over a hundred years, and has seen all the greats from Gibson to Rockwell to Peak to Crumb come through its doors—doors of a midtown building which was once a carriage house for legendary kazillionaire J. P. Morgan. The differing paths of the comics and illustration worlds is perhaps shown by the operating budgets of both institutions—SoI’s is $1.3 million; MoCCA’s was $300,000.