Upchurch removed as Rat Queens artist following arrest

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Rat Queens co-creator Kurtis J. Wiebe has posted a statement regarding his co-creator Roc Upchurch’s recent arrest for domestic violence after attacking his ex-wife. The upshot: Upchurch is off the book.

Chip Zdarsky: “Ha ha, I’m writing Howard the Duck!”

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Exhibit A: A Howard the Duck cameo at the end of the years #1 movie

Exhibit B: Marvel brings out a Howard the Duck Omnibus, reprinting the masterful comics by Steve Gerber, Gene Colan, Val Mayerik and more.

It doesn’t take much detective work to figure out that a new Howard the Duck ONGOING COMIC was on the way. And it’s by Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones , EW reveals. Did I ever think I would be writing a story about Chip Zdarsky writing for Marvel? Writing Howard the Duck? No, I did not.

And one more: Warren Ellis’ Global Frequency in development once again

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And here’s another second look at a comics property that already had a time at the dance—Global Frequency, already the subject of a failed project way back in the prehistory of 2005, is getting another look as a TV show, with Jerry Bruckheimer once again leading the way.

Alan Moore’s Jack the Ripper Saga From Hell in development for TV

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Now what was that I was just saying about non Marvel and DC properties getting a second look—or in the case of From Hell, a third look. The masterpiece by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell that followed the saga of Jack the Ripper in fascinating detail was already made into a movie starring Johnny Depp. But now it’s back in development as a TV show:

Chris Pratt to maybe possibly star in Cowboy Ninja Viking

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With 56 super franchise movies coming at ya in the next six years, The Beat has been keeping an eye on whether any of those zillions of non Marvel/DC comics options might be getting closer to the screen. And the answer is sort of yes. For instance Cowboy, Ninja Viking, written by AJ Lieberman and […]

Starlin in back with THANOS: THE INFINITY RELATIVITY OGN in June

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The post-Guardians partnership between Marvel and Jim Starlin continues with the second original graphic novel in a proposed trilogy about Thanos the purple skinned Mad Titan created by Starlin. THANOS: THE INFINITY RELATIVITY OGN comes out in June. While standalone graphic novels were once rare at Marvel they’ve gotten into the pool with the Starlin books, and some introductory books aimed at beginning (as in not experts in Marvel continuity) readers. The first book in the trilogy, Thanos: The Infinity Revelation, made the NY Times bestseller list, so it probably did all right.

John Schork leaves Oni

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Oni publicity guy John Schork has left, as announced in a model of grown-upness via social media

Which job at West Coast DC are YOU going to apply for?

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There are now a ton of job listings up at the WB job board for DC’s new West Coast set-up. Among them publicity and strategy and planning and print and even editorial. We looked at this a few weeks ago, and now even more content and managing jobs are posted, including a Director, Business Strategy and Planning to […]

Jillian Tamaki wins Governor General Award for This One Summer

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Another win for a graphic novel as Jillian Tamaki won canada’s Governor General Award : for This One Summer in the Children’s Literature Illustrations category. This is a prestigious Canadian literary award, and its the first win for a graphic novel, although cousin Mariko Tamaki was nominated for their previous collaboration, Skim, and Mariko was […]

Valiant’s February Solicitations—now with more Imperium

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Valiant continues to roll out some new books—this month it’s Josh Dysart’s Imperium—but I really just posted this for the Matt Kindt/Jeff Lemire  variant covers.   IMPERIUM #1 [VALIANT NEXT] Written by JOSHUA DYSART Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE Cover A (Harada) by RAUL ALLEN Cover B (Lord Vine-99) by RAUL ALLEN Cover C (Major Mech) by […]

Marvel Month to Month Sales Charts: October 2014 Variations on Variant Themes

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BY JASON ENRIGHT — Hello Sales Chart Analyzers! In October, there were a lot of books. So to start, let’s break down the numbers a bit. An interesting trend to look at this month is how variant numbers affect the sales. Several titles benefitted from being included in one or more of Marvel’s themed variant programs this month. In October, Marvel had 3 variant themes, the Anti-Bullying variants, Deadpool 75th anniversary variants and Hasbro toy variants. Many of these issues were in the middle of an arc and normally would have suffered standard attrition of -1 to -3%, but due to these variant programs they got a nice +3 to +5% sales boost. Variants are one of many incentive programs that companies use to boost sales. Recently Marvel and DC have been doing these themed variants across multiple books and they definitely seem to be working. Whether or not, they are actually good for comic sales in the long term is another question entirely. What do you think of variants? Let’s discuss it in the comments below. For now let’s dive into the numbers.

Marvel’s February 2015 Solicitations: Star Wars is coming

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It’s the final issue of Elektra, the first issue of Darth Vader, more Guardians of the Galaxy—teaming up this time—and an Avengers original graphic novel for February. Plus some “movie variants.” DARTH VADER #1 & 2 KIERON GILLEN (w) • SALVADOR LARROCA (a) CoverS by ADI GRANOV ISSUE #1 – Teaser Variant by JOHN CASSADAY […]

10 more Convergence mini series revealed

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Via Hitfix  and Blastr 10 more of the Convergence 2-issue mini series have been released.  Once again it’s an all-star panel of writers and artists many not seen at DC in forever—Larry Hama! Louise Simonson!—, and some old characters like purple suit Catwoman, plus-size Amanda Waller, peekaboo panties Supergirl and the old Superboy. As you may recall, 40 of […]

How to say I Am Groot in 15 languages

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In case you had forgotten that Groot and Rocket Raccoon were Disney’s huge breakout stars in 2014, they released a trailer of the gentle giant of a man-tree saying his signature phrase in 15 different languages,. And in case you had forgotten, Guardians of the Galaxy is out on Digital HD today, and available via […]

February will be Harley Quinn Variant month—and here are all the covers

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February’s variant cover theme fro DC Comics will be HArley Quinn, and that should come as zero surprise. It worked for Marvel with Deadpool, a similarly anarchic fourth-wall busting character. In fact if Marvel and DC were to do a crossover, I think Deadpool vs Harley would be the Batman vs Spider-man of the day.

In addition, Harley’s new, Suicide-Girls-inspired look has definitely caught on, supplanting the sturdily iconic Bruce Timm designed onesie. I don’t know who did the deredisgn for the New 52, but I think it may have been the most successful of the bunch.

DC December Announcements in Full: The Suiciders and more

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DC-s announcements for products shipping in FEbruary are out today and here’s the WHOLE thing! what will you try What will make you cry?   THE MULTIVERSITY: MASTERMEN #1 Written by GRANT MORRISON Art and cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS 1:10 B&W Variant cover by JIM LEE 1:25 Variant cover by AARON KUDER […]