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It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone looking forward to?

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Bleeding Cool – How Much Does Graphicly Owe? And To Whom? – Are there still readers?

GamePolitics – Nielsen: The Average Household Spends Six Hours a Week Gaming – Interesting.

Kotaku – Gigantic Lego Stay Puft Marshmallow Man faces the Ghostbusters in NYC – Want!

 

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Comic Vine – C.O.W.L. #1

Bleeding Cool – The Devilers #1

Comic Vine – Injustice: Year Two #10

The Book Monsters – Level Up

Around the Tubes – The Day After

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We broke records for our site yesterday driven by frantic discussion on #comicmarket.  Well, it’s Tuesday which is the official #comicmarket discussion.  Who know what that’ll bring.  I’ve got a lot to say, hopefully people are as open to listening as they were yesterday.  While you head to Twitter to watch the discussion, here’s the news you might have missed.

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ICv2 – Top 300 Comics Actual–June 2011 – Good coverage of June’s sales figures.

ICv2 – Top 300 Graphic Novels Actual–June 2011Graphic novel sales figures.

ICv2 – Comics’ Slide Continues in June – A breakdown of the overall stats.

The Takeaway – ‘The 99′: Superheroes and Comics in the Islamic WorldA good discussion about a comic book series that has had some controversy surrounding it.

ICv2 – Marvel Still Working on ‘Doctor Strange’ Movie – Marvel’s had some luck with their not as known characters, it’ll be interesting to see how this one does.

CBLDF – Defending the Art: CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein Talks to Graphic Novel Reporter – A good discussion and reasons why you should support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

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Bleeding Cool – Flashpoint #4

The Consortium – The Hunter

The Book Pirate – Level Up

IGN – The Punisher #1

Swamp of Boredom – The Unwritten Volume 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity

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SDCC – First Second Books

Official Press Release

First Second: Awards, Authors & Programs at San Diego Comic-Con

First Second, the book industry’s premier publisher of graphic novels, is excited to announce our spectacular line-up for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

In Brief:

-          Eisner Awards: we’re up for four of them!

-          Authors: we’ve got them!  Including Eisner Nominated Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese, Prime Baby, Level Up) and debut author Vera Brosgol (Anya’s Ghost).

-          Programs: interested in non-fiction, teens, schools, or libraries?  Read on for more.

-          2011 is First Second’s Fifth Anniversary.  We’re excited about this milestone event.

First Second graphic novels are up for FOUR Eisner Award this year.

The Unsinkable Walker Bean, by Aaron Renier – an ABA Independent Bookstore Bestseller!

  • “Everything you want from a rip-roaring adventure: Exciting, deep, funny, and scary, with tremendous villains and valor galore.” — Booklist

Prime Baby, by Gene Luen Yang

  • “Delightful.” – BoingBoing

Zahra’s Paradise, by Amir and Khalil

  • “A heartbreaking story . . . not just about tyranny, loss, and grief, but a celebration of the will to live.” – Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran

And Hilary Sycamore, First Second’s colorist, receives a nomination for her work on the First Second titles City of Spies, Resistance, Booth, Brain Camp, and Solomon’s Thieves.

Interested in authors?  Some of First Second’s best will be at this year’s SDCC.

Leland Myrick: Myrick’s first graphic novel, Missouri Boy, was a Booklist Best of the Year.  Also a contributor to the Flight anthology series, he follows this up with a new graphic nonfiction work, a biography of Richard Feynman.  Feynman will be in stores in August; get an advance look at this stunning new work at the San Diego Comic-Con.

  • Signing: Thursday, 4:30; First Second Booth 1323

Dave Roman: New York Times-Bestselling author Dave Roman presents his first work as author/illustrator, Astronaut AcademyABC’s Good Morning Connecticut calls it “hysterical.” And Comic Book Resources says, “Astronaut Academy is wonderful, and you should read it.”

  • Signing: Friday, 11:00; First Second Booth 1323
  • Signing: Saturday, 2:00; Autographing Area 2
  • Signing: Sunday, 11:30; First Second Booth 1323

Gene Luen Yang and Thien Pham: Two-time Eisner Award Winner, Printz Award winner, and National Book Award Honor recipient Gene Luen Yang returns to San Diego for his third Eisner nomination and with a new book (with art by Thien Pham): Level UpWired calls this entry in the Tiger Mother debate, “A fascinating look into the tension between parents with high (and rigid) expectations and kids who have their own ideas about how to live.”

  • Signing: Friday, 3:00; First Second Booth 1323
  • Signing: Saturday, 2:00; Autographing Area 2
  • Signing: Sunday, 2:00; First Second Booth 1323

Vera Brosgol: Brosgol’s debut graphic novel, Anya’s Ghost, has been getting rave reviews from around the industry – from Neil Gaiman’s declaration: “A masterpiece,” to The New York Times: “Remarkable. . . . with an attitude and aptitude reminiscent of Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis), Brosgol has created a smart, funny and compassionate portrait of someone who, for all her sulking and sneering, is the kind of daughter many parents would like to have. And the kind of girl many of us maybe once were.”  Anya’s Ghost is an Amazon Best of the Year graphic novel, the only teen graphic novel to be so recognized.

  • Signing: Friday, 2:00; First Second Booth 1323
  • Signing: Saturday, 2:00; Autographing Area 2
  • Signing: Sunday, 3:00; First Second Booth 1323

First Second is sponsoring the following programs at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

THURSDAY 3:30 – 4:30 True StoriesChester Brown (Paying For It), Tom Devlin (Art Director of D&Q), Peter Kuper (Stop Forgetting to Remember), Leland Myrick (Feynman), and Thomas LeBien (Publisher of Hill & Wang’s Novel Graphics line) discuss the ins and outs of non-fiction graphic novel stories.  What are the lines between truth and fiction when images are involved in a story? Room 26AB

THURSDAY 4:30 – 5:30 Comics for Teens – Teen comics creators Cecil Castelluci (Plain Janes), Hope Larson (Mercury), Nate Powell (Swallow Me Whole), and Gene Luen Yang (Level Up) come together for a discussion of what make a comic fit a teen audience.  Do books for teens have something special that books for kids and adults don’t have?  Moderated by Scott Westerfeld (New York Times Bestselling Teen Author). Room 26AB

FRIDAY 4:30 – 5:30 Comics in the Library – Librarians Gene Ambaum (Unshelved) Candice Mack (LA Public Library), Mike Pawuk (Cuyahoga County Public Library), and Eva Volin (Alameda Library) come together for a discussion of the place of comics in the library.  Which ones should you buy, where do you shelve them, and how do you convince the people you work with that comics have a real place in the library?  This panel will tell you all this and more.  Moderated by Gina Gagliano (First Second Books). Room 26AB

SATURDAY 5:30 – 6:30 Comics in the Classroom – Teachers Anastasia Betts (UCLA), Christina Blanch (Ball State University), Thien Pham (Bishop O’Dowd High School), and Cheryl Wozniak (San Francisco Public Schools) discuss the place of comics in the classroom.  Moderated by Chris Duffy (Nursery Rhyme Comics). Room 26AB

SUNDAY 10:00 – 11:00 Teen Comics Workshop – Teens!  Join teen comics creators Vera Brosgol (Anya’s Ghost), Thien Pham (Level Up), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), and Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese) for the interactive comics workshop adventure of your lives.  Learn exciting new things about storytelling!  Character development!  Drawing!  And so much more. Room 30CDE

First Second Fifth Anniversary

2011 marks First Second’s fifth anniversary.

Says Newsarama, “It’s hard to believe it’s been half a decade since First Second Books debuted in the spring of 2006, but the calendar doesn’t lie. In those five years, First Second established itself as one of the comic book industry’s most versatile, forward-thinking and critically acclaimed houses in memory.”

With a list that includes National Best-sellers, YALSA Great Graphic Novels, National Book Award Honor titles, Printz Award winners, First Second has been a source for change in the graphic novel industry, inspiring authors, illustrators, and publishers to raise the standards of graphic novel publishing.

First Second publishes such titles as American Born Chinese (Gene Luen Yang), The Photographer (Emmanuel Guibert and Didier Lefevre), Adventures in Cartooning (James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost), The Fate of the Artist (Eddie Campbell), Robot Dreams (Sara Varon), Laika (Nick Abadzis), and Drawing Words and Writing Pictures (Jessica Abel and Matt Madden).  See more at www.firstsecondbooks.com.

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Hope all the readers in the US are enjoying the July 4th holiday.  Have fun at your BBQs, enjoy the beer and make sure to catch some fireworks.  Now, since you have the day off, here’s some news for you to spend the time with.

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Journal Gazette – Movies fail to live up to comic book fantasySome interesting thoughts on the issues recent comic book movies have had.

Kotaku - Sunday ComicsEach week Kotaku brings some solid web comics.

The Mary Sue – Transformers 3 Set to Break Box Office Records for July 4th WeekendI seriously question America’s taste.

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Frontier Psychiatrist – Epileptic

Now Read This – John Constantine, Hellblazer: The Family Man

Kevin’s Meandering Mind – Level Up

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It’s the weekend, and I saw Green Lantern last night.  Expect a review later on today.  For those who’ve seen it, thoughts?

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Public Broadcasting – Commentary: Green Lantern And AmericaUm… interesting.

ICv2 – Over 1 Million Customers Visited a Comic StoreNow, how to keep that up?

ICv2 – Analysts see ‘Green Lantern’ at $50-$60 MillionThis is my guess as well.

Robot 6 – Dan DiDio signals the end of the Clark Kent/Lois Lane marriageDivorce rates are going down people!

ICv2 – Green Lantern’ Solid at Midnight ShowsStrangely my regular midnight screening movie theater wasn’t showing it.

Bleeding Cool – Frank Miller’s Holy Terror From Legendary Comics In SeptemberCan’t wait for this.  Now if I could actually contact Legendary Comics or Legendary Pictures.  Fail folks.

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IGN – The Avengers #14

IGN – Batgirl #22

IGN – Cinderella: Fables Are Forever #5

IGN – Daken: Dark Wolverine #10

IGN – Deadlands: The Devil’s Six Gun #1

IGN – DeadpoolMAX #9

IGN – Flashpoint: Legion of Doom #1

IGN – Gladstone’s School for World Conquerors #2

IGN – Godzilla: Gangsters & Goliaths #1

IGN – Hulk #35

IGN – Invincible #80

IGN – Legion of Super-Heroes #14

MTV Geek – Level Up

IGN – Malignant Man #3

IGN – Northlanders #41

IGN – Uncanny X-Men #538

IGN – Witchblade #145

IGN – X-Factor #221