Review: Completely Happy!

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TweetThe concluding issue of Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s Happy! has finally made its way to the shelves, and has seemingly divided critics right down the middle. It’s perhaps no surprise to anyone who has seen my Happy earrings that I loved it, but let’s have a proper look…

Barnes & Noble rethinks Nook strategy

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In the wake of disappointing holiday sales, Barnes & Noble is rethinking its Nook strategy, the NY times reports, citing anonymous sources. As physical bookstores have become a beloved, adorable but untenable endangered species, kind of like the panda bear, since 2009 B&N has smartly attempted to move its core business into the digital segment. Their Nook e-reader is widely though of as a competitive (maybe even superior) platform to the Kindle, but recents sales have been down, proving making a cool gadget is no panacea, and maintaining your cool gadget is an ultra competitive field.

IDW and Cartoon Network team up for Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Bravo, Ben 10, etc.

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The people at IDW are no slackards. After taking a look at the sales of their My Little Pony comics — their best selling comics EVER — and the current 90s cartoon nostalgia trend, they’ve pacted with Cartoon Network to bring out a bunch of old favorites—and current hits —in comics form, in a deal announced at last week’s ComicsPRO meeting in Atlanta. Titles include The Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Johnny Bravo and Generator Rex.

First glimmering of a new Marvel thing called FIRST

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Tweet Where were YOU when you first saw the teaser image for Marvel FIRST? Begin with the best super heroes in comics–Marvel does it FIRST!! HUGE story coming soon to fans, worldwide. Hm, could this be some kind of digital initiative?  

The Great Oscar 2013 Mystery: Renee Zellweger

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Oh yeah speaking of the Oscars, Renee Zellweger – WTF. While the actress often looks like she just chomped into a handful of Sour Skittles, last night her eyes seemed to have collapsed into tiny black holes orbiting Alpha Centauri. And what was with mean Richard Gere trying to get her to read on stage? It was obvious girlfriend did not want to wear reading glasses, and was too shy to say anything about it. Either that or she had found the stash James Franco had hidden at the Dolby Theater a couple of years back.

Meet your new Annie: Quvenzhane Wallis

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That sturdy comic strip-to-stage-to-movie warhorse Little Orphan Annie is getting a remake and now a star: Quvenzhane Wallis. he Beast of the Southern Wild star, the youngest ever Best Actress Oscar nominee, will star in a modernized remake of the stage musical. 9-year-old Wallis attended last nights Oscars looking fine, and appropriate and carrying a puppy purse.

The Beat’s Guide to Avoiding the DC SPOILER

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TweetOh no! Spoilers have escaped onto the internet once more, this time for a DC title of some kind! How can you avoid reading these before you pick up the issue they relate to? Why, by following this winningly winning guide to avoiding all the places where it’s being spoiled! I won’t spoil the spoiler […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 2/25/13: Wizard World Hits Portland

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§ Graphic Classics is still turning out themed comics anthologies, and their new one is Native American Classics: Graphic Classics Volume 24, for which they hired as many actual Native American creators as possible:

DC Announced Its Latest Character Death in the NY Post (Spoilers)

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TweetOnce again, the death of a major comic book hero is announced to the world via a newspaper before the book is on sale in the shops.  This time it’s DC that’s making the announcement.  Yes… we live in a world where DC and Marvel seem to have dueling character deaths. details after a bit […]