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SDCC 2013: Tom Hiddleston as Loki

SDCC 2012 – Com.x’s Seeds to Be Made into Animated Feature Film

Today, Com.x is announcing their partnership with Space Age Films to make Ross Mackintosh‘s debut graphic novel, Seeds, into an animated film. The book has garnered much praise in both the US and UK since its release in 2011, and tells the story of Ross’ relationship with his terminally ill father.

Cancer has affected almost everyone in some way or another – our company’s inner circle included. We hoped that such a book might provide some modicum of comfort and support to others touched by this tragic disease, and portion of the book’s royalties will be going to Cancer charities in both the US and UK. We’ll now be able to bring Ross’ story to a wider audience via film.

You can catch Com.x at San Diego Comic-Con, booth #1734.

Soundgarden’s Song From The Avengers

It’s been quite a while since we heard a new song from Soundgarden, but looks like they brought the band back together just in time to contribute to the soundtrack of this summer’s movie, The Avengers.  Here’s a tease of the new song.

The Avengers Trailer

Lots of action? Check.  People posing? Check.  NIN soundtrack?  Check.  Is it a good sign I was giggling like a school child? The Avengers hits theaters next May.

Altoona, PA Sells Town Naming Rights To Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock!

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ALTOONA, PENNSYLVANIA SELLS TOWN NAMING RIGHTS TO FILMMAKER MORGAN SPURLOCK  

City To Be Re-Named: POM Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Pennsylvania   

ALTOONA, PA, April 14, 2011- Oscar-nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock and his production company Warrior Poets have finalized a deal to purchase the naming rights for the city of Altoona, Pennsylvania, it was announced today. The city’s new name, POM Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, will be effective on April 27, 2011 for 60 days and will be commemorated during a proclamation ceremony to be held at City Hall (130112th Street) at 1PM that afternoon. The ceremony will be followed by a special screening of Spurlock’s new “doc-buster” film “POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold” at the Jaffa Shrine on Broad Avenue in the city formerly known as Altoona.

After an exhaustive search, the city of Altoona was selected by Spurlock because it is “a shining example of struggling cities all across America.” The money received by the city for the naming rights will be designated to the City of Altoona Police Department.

Spurlock’s new film “POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold” is a boundary-pushing exploration of the worlds of product placement, marketing and advertising. The film was fully financed by sponsorship deals documented and arranged by Spurlock throughout the course of the shoot. The film, distributed by Sony Pictures Classics, opens in limited release on April 22, 2011 and will expand across the country in the following weeks.

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the shifting tide of business in America than by purchasing the naming rights to Altoona.

For the next 60 days, POM Wonderful Presents the Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Pennsylvania will be the most clever example of how an American city is marketing itself today,” Spurlock said.

“Altoona has a rich history and a great story to tell.

Morgan is giving us a platform to show the world the hidden treasure found in the Altoona community,” says Altoona Mayor Bill Schirf. “Clearly, the people of Altoona have a sense of humor…and an asking price.”

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It’s Friday, Friday… and the reviews for this week’s comics are pouring out of other websites.  Check out what they had to say as well as the other news you might have missed.

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Arts Beat – For One Last Weekend, a Chance to See ‘Spider-Man’ 1.0Might be your last chance to see someone get injured.

Bleeding Cool – Movie Version Of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns In The WorksPlease, please, please let this not be untrue.

Con Coverage:

Comic Book Resources – Long Beach Comics Expo Announces Programming

Comic Book Resources – WC11: Friday Photo Parade

IGN – Kapow! ’11: Comic History Rewritten On The IGN Stage

Around the Tubes Reviews:

IGN – The Amazing Spider-Man #658

IGN -Batgirl #20

IGN – Batman and Robin #22

IGN – Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #517

IGN – Butcher Baker, the Righteous Maker #2

IGN – Cinderella: Fables Are Forever #3

ICv2 – The Comics: The Complete Collection HC

IGN – Deadpool #35

Comic Book Resources – The Flash #10

IGN - The Flash #10

IGN – Fraggle Rock #3

IGN – Hawkeye: Blindspot #3

IGN - The Incredible Hulks #626

IGN – inFamous #3

IGN - The Infinite Vacation #2

IGN – Iron Man 2.0 #3

IGN – Journey Into Mystery #622

IGN – Justice League: Generation Lost #23

IGN – The New Avengers #11

IGN – Secret Warriors #26

IGN – S.H.I.E.L.D.: Infinity #1

IGN – Starborn #5

IGN – Steve Rogers: Super-Soldier Annual #1

IGN – Superboy #6

IGN – Superman #710

IGN – T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #6

IGN – Ultimate Comics Avengers vs. New Ultimates #3

IGN – Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #157

IGN – Uncanny X-Force #7

IGN – Uncanny X-Men #535

IGN – X-Men Legacy #247

Comics Alliance – Digital Comics Weekly: Five Comics You Should Be Downloading

Comic Book Resources – The Buy Pile

IGN – Comic Book Reviews for 4/13/11

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It was a quiet day yesterday for the most part.  Marvel held an online chat to reveal what Vengeance is, and it sounds interesting, but nothing ground breaking.  Other than that, the follow up from this weekend’s cons trickle out.  Here’s what everyone else covered.

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ICv2 -Hermes to Publish Silver Age ‘Phantom’ ComicsI was never really into the Phantom character.  Anyone have a good run to check out that might get me interested?

Bleeding Cool – A Decade Later, Nicolas Cage’s Stolen Action Comics #1 Is RecoveredIsn’t he having trouble with the IRS?  Wouldn’t they just seize this?

Geekweek – Duncan Jones Close To Directing THE WOLVERINE?How was Jones’s Source Code?

Geekweek – Loki Won’t Be The Villain In THE AVENGERSHmmm. I can’t wait to see this movie.

Con Coverage:

The Beat – Weekend roundup: Kapow!; Millar has four new titles

Bleeding Cool – The Afternoon After The Kapow Before

Comic Book Resources – KAPOW: Fans go “Wow!” on Day 2

IGN – The Walking Dead Wins Big at Kapow! ’11

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It’s been pretty quiet in the last 24 hours as far as news.  There were a bunch of conventions this weekend so, I’m adding a generic convention section whenever there’s news.  Here’s the news and reviews from the last 24 hours.

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Comic Book Resources – ZIP Comics and Top Shelf Productions Partner to Publish Harvey Pekar’s “Cleveland”Having been born in Cleveland, you better believe this is on my read list.

Bleeding Cool – Nick Spencer And Emma Rios To Launch New Cloak And Dagger SeriesIt’ll be interesting to see where this series goes after their recent depictions.  Nick Spencer is a solid writer, so here’s hoping.

ICv2 – ‘Social Network’ Actor is Ra’s Al GhulThis is reportedly a flashback scene.  It’ll be interesting to see how it fits into the main narrative.

Con Coverage:

Comics Girl – VA Comicon

Bleeding Cool – Kapow In Pictures – Cool As A Cucumber

Bleeding Cool – Kapow – The Marvel Panel

Bleeding Cool – A Look At Kapow Day One, From My Vantage Point

Bleeding Cool – Kerpow – The CLiNT Panel

Bleeding Cool – Rob Granito Makes It To Kapow

Comic Book Resources – WC11: Archaia Comics Presents 2011 and Beyond

Comic Book Resources: Spinoff Online – WC11: Star Saoirse Ronan On Hanna’s Grim Grimm’s Fairy Tale

Comic Book Resources – WC11: DC Icons

Comic Book Resources – Vado Recounts 25 Years of SLG

Around the Tubes Reviews:

With Great Power – Sabretooth: Back to Nature

Comics Alliance – April 8: ‘Fresh Ink! Online’ Pick of the Week [Video]

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It’s a wrap of the week, and we’ve got an extra long Around the Tubes since we missed yesterday’s edition.  Below you’ll find the latest news and reviews that we didn’t bring.  Hope you enjoy!

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The Beat – Rob Granito launches pay-for-chat plan; plan failsYeah, we won’t be paying.  But, if someone wants to pay to interview me….

ICv2 – ‘Dark Knight’ in PittsburghRoad trip anyone?

ICv2 – ‘Green Lantern’ InjuryInjuries are very common, Spider-Man just has a bad wrap and some horrible PR.

NY1 – Manhattan Company “Saves” Comic Books For The Digital AgeNice to see digital comics get more coverage.

Fantagraphic Books – SPX adds Diane Noomin, Johnny Ryan as guestsI probably should start planning interviews and coverage now, I guess.

The Beat – SPX unveils 2011 flyer by Craig Thompson — UPDATED with more guestsLooking forward to this show.

Comics Alliance – New Avengers Team Up with FDNY for Free Fire Safety Comic [Preview]Marvel continues to team up with New York City government.

Cheat CC – Top 10 Comic Books That Need To Be Video GamesSome interesting choices on this list.  What do you all think?

WonderCon Coverage:

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Geoff Johns

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: J.T. Krul (Part 2-Aspen Comics)

Comicvine -WonderCon 2011: Peter David

Graphic Novel Reporter – WonderCon 2011: Two Views

Graphic Novel Reporter – WonderCon 2011 in Review

Movie Viral – WonderCon 2011 Recap and Gallery

Comics Alliance – Mattel Shows Off Gobs of ‘Green Lantern’ Movie Toys at WonderCon

Examiner – Recap: WonderCon 2011

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Green Lantern Emerald Knights Interviews

Around the Tubes Reviews:

Comics Alliance – Action Double Feature

Boing Boing – Anya’s Ghost

Comic Book Resources – Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #5

Bleeding Cool – Brightest Day #23 and Green Wake #1

Bleeding Cool – Nonplayer #1 and Fear Itself #1

Comicvine – Comic Book Reviews For The Week of 4/06/11

Kotaku – Week in Comics

Newsarama – Best Shots Rapid Reviews: FEAR ITSELF, BRIGHTEST DAY, More

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It’s a packed edition of Around the Tubes with lots of stories we missed but also continuing WonderCon coverage and a flood of reviews.  Enjoy!

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Comics Alliance – Sean Phillips & Crime Novelist Don Winslow’s Free ‘Sunset on Sunset’ Comic [Preview]Philips’s work is some of the best out there.

Bleeding Cool – Live From The DMZ LaunchesOne of my favorite series gets a great website dedicated to it.  I can’t wait to see what it has in store.

Comic Book Resources – I Like Marvel’s Re-Numbering PlanI generally agree with this assessment.

Newsarama – New Doc to Explore Comics Code, Fredric Wertham ArchivesThis is a key moment in comic book history.  One every fan and free speech advocate should understand.

Bleeding Cool – A Comic Show – The Best Week In Comics Of The Year So FarA solid week of books.

WonderCon Coverage:

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Judd Winick

Examiner – WonderCon 2011: 35,000 fans, hundreds of superheroes go home happy (Video)

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Rick Remender

Graphic Novel Reporter – Happy Birthday, Wonder-Con: A Review of the Show

Comicvine – Wondercon 2011: The Cosplay Challenge

Comicvine – WonderCon2011: Mattel Booth Tour

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Joe Quesada

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Frank Quitely

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Spider-Man: Edge of Time Interview

GeekWeek – Wondercon ’11: Watch The New THUNDERCATS Trailer in HD

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Floor Wrap-Up

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: J.T. Krul (Part 1-DC Comics)

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Jeph Loeb

Around the Tubes Reviews:

Graphic Novel Reporter -Anya’s Ghost

Graphic Novel Reporter – Babymouse: Cupcake Tycoon

Graphic Novel Reporter – Beauty and the Squat Bears

Seattle Pi – Elephant Man

Seattle Pi – The Complete Essex County

The Aaugh Blog – Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown

Graphic Novel Reporter – Hellblazer: Pandemonium

Graphic Novel Reporter – Lethe

Waking Brain Cells – Lost & Found: A Graphic Novel Wonderland

Graphic Novel Reporter – Lucille

ICv2 – Mercy Thompson: Moon Called’ Vol. 1 TP

North 40 – North 40

Seattle Pi – Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc

Graphic Novel Reporter – The Rawhide Kid: The Sensational Seven

Seattle Pi – The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Graphic Novel Reporter – Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki

Graphic Novel Reporter – Thor: The Mighty Avenger

GeekWeek – Time Bomb

Seattle Pi – Tumor

Graphic Novel Reporter – The Waking

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