SDCC 2012: outside report– Cryptozoic Store

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Stopped by the Cryptozoic pop up at 411 Market Street and things are hopping with free zombie make-up, game demos and signings. Tonight there’s a big launch party for The Look-outs. It’s a good spot for chillaxing and chatting and gaming.

HMDD/SDCC2012: J. Michael Straczynski Creates Studio JMS

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J. Michael Straczynski has announced the formation of a new studio which will create comics, films, TV, video games, more; also announces revival of his ‘Joe’s Comics’ imprint for Image; next will create world peace before flying off into space, searching for more worlds to conquer.

SDCC 12: Shifty Look's arcade and Chuck's mini-con

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Yet another carnival! This one, as we understand it, is set up next to the Gaslamp Hilton in that area where the Scott Pilgrim Experience once stood. It’s a video game arcade set up by ShiftyLook. Details below, but the pr notes that the Shifty Look panel will feature Scott Kurtz and Kris Straub and an announcement so…add it up.

Get ready for…ANGRY BIRDS SPACE

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Angry Birds Space, trailer above, which offers revised physics and gameplay to the time-tested time suck, is out today! Forbes says it’s a key launch for Rovio:

ShiftyLook announces two more webcomics

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ShiftyLook, the Namco/Bandai webcomics portal devoted to re-presenting old and revamped games as webcomics, has announced two more properties: ALIEN CONFIDENTIAL and ROCKET FOX, both of which are being developed as games for smartphones and tablets.

Avengers Alliance only the first step for Disney

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Disney’s Facebook-based AVENGERS ALLIANCE game is a new direction for them, Variety writes, as they are putting more effort into these lucrative, reliable social media game as opposed to the volatile console game market:

Avengers Alliance Launches on Facebook

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Avengers Alliance is now live on Facebook. This is basically Mafia Wars with superheroes. You’re a SHIELD agent. You recruit superheroes (initially Iron Man, Hawkeye and the Black Widow) to go on missions with you. The story arc involves chasing around Hydra and meteorite fragments as you beat up henchmen and fight bosses like Whiplash and Viper.

Namco/Bandai launches webcomics portal: ShiftyLook

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Okay, now it’s video games that are using comics to revive their dormant properties; only, fittingly, they’re using webcomics, because those are two great tastes that go great together. Clever. Namco/Bandai has launched ShiftyLook with SKY KID, by Jim Zub and Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz, via UDON, and XEVIOUS by Mike Costa and Mike Norton via Cryptozoic Entertainment, with a third title imminent, as shown by a big empty spot on the website. Both are old ’80s console games long unseen.

Angry Birds Space coming in March; Epic to launch for tablet

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As we told you EXCLUSIVELY a few weeks ago, there are a few new Angry Birds games coming along, notably Angry Birds Space, which will debut on March 22:

Telltale's Walking Dead game is shambling closer

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THE WALKING DEAD continues to be a media sensation, with a video game from Telltale Games based on the comics due for release this spring. The game just launched a new website which features a new talk show, “Playing Dead,” with host AJ LoCascio chatting up creator Robert Kirkman and Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli).

Possible new Angry Birds Space game gets comics spin-offs

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A little birdie in the sky has alerted us to four Angry Birds tie-in books due out in July—and they appear to be space-themed…and include comics.

Dark Horse pacts with Radical Entertainment for PROTOTYPE 2 web series

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The video game company behind the popular PROTOTYPE series — NOT the comics company. Dark Horse will create a three-part story bridging the gap between the original Prototype and PROTOTYPE 2 which comes out this year. The series will be released digitally, starting February 15th.

Creators include Paco Díaz, Chris Staggs, and Victor Drujiniu.

Op-Ed: Pocket God's Dave Castelnuovo on the "Arkham Spring" of digital

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by Dave Castelnuovo

Just like the Arab Spring that changed much of the Middle East, It seems like Arkham Spring is upon us and will soon change the comics industry. Tensions are finally coming to a head as the comic industry continues to transition to the digital era. Creators are starting to speak out more about their potential opportunities in digital and are questioning why the industry is holding onto old practices that are preventing their comic from being accepted by more people. A good example of this comes from writer and illustrator Brian Wood in his blog post “The Digital Question Mark”. In it I think he presents a solid case as to why this dance between publishers and retailers is screwing up opportunities to give his book the best possible chance of success. It doesn’t matter whether the industry will eventually get to cheaper digital content in the next couple years, his book will be canceled unless readers buy it today. He has a good plan for making this happen but politics are getting in the way.

20 Days of Christmas: The Angry Birds Christmas Comic

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Did you think I was going to miss this one? The noisy birds from the world’s most popular mobile game are back with a new Christmas comic which is rolling out a page a day. See how the blue bird functions as the triplicate chorus, a la Huey Dewey and Louie?

Diamond to distribute Angry Birds books

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Diamond has signed with Rovio, maker of the game sensation Angry Birds, to distribute their growing line of books — presumably by launching them from a slingshot through the windows of comics shops, bookstores and mass market retailers around the world.

A worldwide sensation, the Angry Birds game has been downloaded over 400 million times. Angry Birds costumes were the top pick for this Halloween, and their merch is showing up everywhere.

The book line thus far includes doodle books, and a cookbook for — what else? — eggs.

There’s been a lot of talk over when Angry Birds would enter the comics market — one of the creators of the game is a former webcartoonist – so far they have a webcomic based on the recent Harvest Moon game online.

A number to brag about: Batman: Arkham City sells ships 4.6 million units worldwide

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As if we needed more proof that superheroes in any medium other than their original one sell more units, BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY, the new video game featuring you-know-who has sold 4.6 million units in its first week, WB Interactive has announced.