Weekend reading: The Secret Voice

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Zack Soto’s long-running signature comics has a second part up after a long wait, but HEY it’s up!

How the New 52 saved comics

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It’s nearly a year later, and retailer Brian Hibbs is first out of the gate with an analysis of the New 52, a year later and he says it was good. An attached chart shows all the books up significantly for the year, and more importantly, as Bob Wayne promised at Comic-Con last year, the New 52 actually enlarged the pie with some new readers:

Richard Thompson ends CUL DE SAC on September 23rd

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Sad news today as the syndicate has announced that Richard Thompson is ending CUL DE SAC on September 23rd due to his ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease.

SPX announces incredible programming slate

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This year’s Small Press Expo, to be held September 15-16 in Bethesda, has one of the most amazing guest line-ups in forever, with Jaime Hernandez, Gilbert Hernandez, Chris Ware, Dan Clowes, Francois Mouly, Adrian Tomine and MORE. Programming director Bill Kartalopoulos has out done him self with a program that covers all the bases and more. Suffice to say we’ll be glued to the two programming tracks.

Webcomic alert: Noah Van Sciver's week

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Noah Van Sciver just wrapped up a week of diaries at TCJ . it’s a pretty quotidian thing, one panel to an activity from drunkenness to reading a comic. Good stuff.

In case we haven’t hammered you over the head with it enough, Van Sciver’s upcoming book THE HYPO, an extremely well researched look at Abraham Lincoln’s early days as a depressed young lawyer, will be one of the buzz books of the fall.

Ike Perlmutter profiled…from a distance

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A few details of Ike Perlmutter’s moves within the Disney hierarchy leak out in thisprofile in the LA Times, by brave writer Dawn C. Chmielewski who gets, naturally, zero cooperation from Disney, Marvel, or Perlmutter. Ike is of course Marvel’s legendarily cheap—and successful—CEO, who has begun to make his influence felt inside the Magic Kingdom, as shown by the rumors of some epic battles that Chmielewski’s uncovered:

URGENT REMINDER! Deadline for Harvey Awards is TONIGHT at midnight

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The FINAL deadline for Harvey voting is TONIGHT. You can vote online, or mail or fax in in your paper ballot.

Invincible #100 Final Death teaser

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Blood, rubble, fear, fire foe…you know the drill.

Kick-Watcher: INTERVIEW with Gail Simone on LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS

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Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore, the same team that brought you SECRET SIX, is bringing you LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS.

Sexybatman.com

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The world has been changed. Go see why in the link.

Why a graphic novel probably can't win the Newbery Award

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The Newbery Award is the gold standard for children’s books; it’s awarded to one book each year (along with a handufl of Honor books) and signifies the level of excellence that such past winners as A Wrinkle in Time, Sarah, Plain and Tall and The Graveyard Book imply.

Showbiz news and notes: Penny Arcade-based film in development, RDJ hurts self, hubba hubba Arrow, etc.

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What is going on in the world of comics-based movies and TV? A lot! Read on for the skinny.

Robot Chicken DC Special trailer released

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In the beloved tradition of their Star Wars and Green Lantern smash-ups, Robot Chicken is taking on the DCU, and here’s the trailer. Clocking in at 2 minutes, that’s more than 10% of the shows running time, so hopefully some jokes still await.