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The long weekend is almost here.  Yay!

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Grantland – Northstar’s Same-Sex Wedding and Comic Books’ Uncomfortable History With Gay HeroesA really good read.

CBR – Mat Johnson On Race, The Right Wing & “Right State” – I can’t wait to read this.

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It’s the beginning of a new week and the ticker is counting down until San Diego Comic-Con, and we’ll be there!  Wee!  As you get settled for work, here’s the news you might have missed.

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The Mary Sue – Medikidz Comic Opening an Office in the United StatesAn example of comics being used for educational purposes.

The ComiChron – Where did comics numbering come from?Some nice history about comic book numbering. Always great to see articles like this.

Kotaku – Sunday ComicsEach week Kotaku brings various web comics.

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Bleeding Cool – Joe Harris To Debut Issue One AND Issue Two Of Spontaneous At San Diego?

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DesMoines Register – ComicCon, Iowa style, proves modest

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Comicsgirl – Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Lost Adventures

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It’s the usual Friday news dump, but there was only one big shocker as far as news.  You can find that below as well as other things you might have missed in the last 24 hours.

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Bleeding Cool – Gio Spinella And The Politics Of ComicsInteresting news of Canadian councilor Gio Spinella.

IGN – Goodbye, TokyopopThe American publisher calls it quits in the US, but still is going on elsewhere.

The Beat – A little Tokyopop follow upFolks react to the news of Tokyopop.

Graphic Novel Reporter - Librarian wins $20,000 Graphic Novel Library Collection at Texas Library Association’s Annual ConferenceCongrats Weslaco Public Library

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The Emerald City Comicon is a wrap and below are some more updates and news coming out of the convention.  We’re also adding in a new section covering comic book reviews from other sites.  Hope you enjoy!

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Digital SpyDC reveals future ‘Earth One’ plans -  I loved Superman: Earth One, so looking forward to see what DC has else in store for the line.

Bleeding Cool – ECCC: Nick Spencer Is Marvel Exclusive – Spencer is a hot property right now with a few pretty popular books with a few publishers, so Marvel grabbing him is a pretty big deal.

Bleeding Cool - The Emerald City Comic Con Sketches of Chris Samnee – Conventions are a great opportunity to get meet your favorite writers and artists as well as being able to get unique sketches.

Bleeding Cool – Garth Ennis to Return To Marvel? – I can only imagine this will be either a MAX or Icon book, but we’ll see.

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Review: Superman: Earth One


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Superman: Earth OneThere’s been a lot of coverage of Superman: Earth One.  Most news sources (who rarely cover comics) have decided to focus on the character’s “new look” and attitude.  So, he wears a hoodie for a few panels on one page.  Who cares? Now that we’re past that, how does the graphic novel shape up?  Written by J. Michael Straczynski with art by Shane Davis, the answer is it’s pretty entertaining.

Forget everything you know about The Man of Steel and brace yourself for a staggering new take on the world’s most popular Super Hero.

Best-selling, Hugo Award-winning writer J. Michael Straczynski (BRAVE AND THE BOLD, Thor, Babylon 5) and red-hot rising star artist Shane Davis (GREEN LANTERN, SUPERMAN/BATMAN) team up for this exciting launch of the EARTH ONE graphic novel series. Set in an all-new continuity re-imagining DC’s top heroes, EARTH ONE is a new wave of original, stand-alone graphic novels produced by the top writers and artists in the industry. The groundbreaking new line rockets into effect right here with the Super Hero who started it all – Superman!

What would happen if the origin of The Man of Tomorrow were introduced today for the very first time? Return to Smallville and experience the journey of Earth’s favorite adopted son as he grows from boy to Superman like you’ve never seen before!

The whole concept for Earth One is pretty good.  As stand alone graphic novels it allows individuals who are somewhat familiar with the subjects or totally new to hop on without being dragged down by decades of continuity.  This is a different Earth than the normal DC comics universe but that doesn’t matter at all.  That just frees up the writer’s ability to go in new directions or do slightly different takes.

This is a modern Superman/Clark Kent who’s unsure of himself and what he wants to do.  Many other reviewers have called this the “Twighliting” of Superman.  Adding angst to the character.  How wrong they are.  Instead the character’s origin and biblical background are explored even more.  This is an update, and themes that were only hinted at in the 30′s and 40′s are regularly touched upon in-depth today.

Superman is a Christ like figure.  Sent from the heavens and given power to protect the world.  But how would he act in the modern world?  That’s the point of this take.  Is it likely that he’d be humble and just show up to be a reporter?  Or is it more likely he’d be shunned for having to hold back his entire life making himself an outcast and leading to self-doubt.  This isn’t the anything of anything.  It’s just exploring a logical progression of the character.  Adding depth and allowing him to grow instead of starting him as the boy scout we know.

The graphic novel is entertaining.  Perfect for the teenager or adult who’s interested in checking out a comic.  DC has a goal here, to allow a starting point for individuals.  It achieved that and got a lot of press to boot.

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