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The weekend is almost here and there’s fewer and fewer weekends to pick up geeky gifts for the holidays! Have any suggestions? Sound off in the comments below.

The Beat – 2018 Angoulême Festival Official Selection prize nominees announced – Stuff to check out!

Newsarama – Dan Jurgens To Write AND Draw Booster Gold’s Return to DC Comics – Yes please!

Sauk Valley – Comic book thief, embezzler owes nearly $400000 – That’s a lot of comics.

 

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Comicsverse – Batman Annual #2

Herts Advertiser – Infinity War: Infinite Edition

DC Collectibles Reveals What you Can Expect in July

DC Collectibles: ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ Statue, ‘Superman: The Animated Series’ Action Figures and More Headed to stores in July!

Here’s a look at DC Collectibles’ latest statues and action figures hitting stores July 2017!

DC DESIGNER SERIES: THE JOKER BY BRIAN BOLLAND STATUE

Straight from the Eisner Award-winning graphic novel BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, acclaimed artist Brian Bolland’s rendition of The Joker gets the Designer

Series treatment! Bolland’s version of the Clown Prince

DESIGNED BY BRIAN BOLLAND

SCULPTED BY DAVID GIRAUD

SIZE: 1:6 SCALE /APPROX. 13.71’’ TALL

MSRP: $150.00 US

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DC ICONS: BLUE BEETLE AND BOOSTER GOLD ACTION FIGURE 2-PACK

It’s a bromances for the ages with the blue and gold team! DC Collectibles presents Blue Beetle and Booster Gold action figures each with multiple accessories, including leis and Booster’s robot sidekick, Skeets.

SIZE: 1:12/6 INCH SCALE

MSRP: $60.00 US

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SUPERMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES SUPERMAN AND LOIS LANE ACTION FIGURE 2-PACK

DC Collectibles presents its first-ever action figures two-pack inspired by the classic Superman: The Animated Series, featuring the Man of Steel and intrepid reporter Lois Lane with extra hands.

SIZE: 1:12 /6 INCH SCALE

MSRP: $55.00 US

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BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES: BATGIRL ACTION FIGURE

Batgirl is the latest action figure based on the wildly popular Batman: The Animated Series! Batgirl appears in her original gray suit and comes with extra pairs of hands!

SIZE: 1:12 /6 INCH SCALE

MSRP: $28.00 US

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DC DESIGNER SERIES: WONDER WOMAN BY ADAM HUGHES STATUE

Wonder Woman takes her lasso in hand in this new Designer Series statue envisioned by Eisner Award-winning artist Adam Hughes.

DESIGNED BY ADAM HUGHES

SCULPTED BY JACK MATHEWS

SIZE: 1:6 SCALE / APPROX. 14.85’’ TALL

ON SALE: JUNE 2017

MSRP: $130.00 US

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DC BOMBSHELLS: AQUAMAN STATUE

Set a course for collectibles! The new DC BOMBSHELLS AQUAMAN leads the way as the first-ever solo male Bombshells statue.

DESIGNED BY ANT LUCIA

SCULPTED BY JACK MATHEWS

SIZE: 1:8 SCALE / APPROX. 11.26’’ TALL

MSRP: $125.00 US

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HARLEY QUINN: RED, WHITE AND BLACK STATUE BY TERRY DODSON

Calling all Harley fans! Terry Dodson’s Harley Quinn is the latest and hottest statue from the hit RED, WHITE AND BLACK series.

DESIGNED BY TERRY DODSON

SCULPTED BY JACK MATHEWS

SIZE: 1:10 SCALE / APPROX. 7.20’’ TALL

MSRP: $125.00 US

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all-new-all-different-avengers-14-coverIt was new comic book day yesterday! What’d everyone get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below!

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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The Comichron – Ignore the asterisks: Most returnable comics improve on their reported monthly sales figures – Boom. So returnable = bubble is a new myth that’s popped.

The Beat – Insight Editions launches Insight Comics imprint – The more the merrier!

The Beat – Is Nilah Magruder the first African-American woman to write for Marvel? – Anyone actual know this answer?

ICv2 – Reading Between the Lines of Pew’s 2016 Reader Survey — Favorable Trends for Comics – Some more info on readers.

Comics Alliance – The ‘Booster Gold’ Movie Won’t Be Connected to the DC Cinematic Universe – Interesting and with a character you could do that with.

 

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Newsarama – All-New, All-Different Avengers #14

Comicosity – Batman #6

Newsarama – Doctor Strange #11

Newsarama – The Flintstones #3

The Beat – Frontier #12

Newsarama – Green Arrow #6

Newsarama – Justice League #4

Comic Vine – Moon Knight #6

Newsarama – Nightwing #4

Talking Comics – Silver Surfer #6

Comic Vine – Supergirl #1

Newsarama – Supergirl #1

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It’s a new week and the Graphic Policy team is recovering from SPX, Amazing Hawaii Comic Con and Rose City Comic Con, as we get ready for New York Comic Con! While we get things settled, here’s some news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Comics Alliance – Report: Warners Wants a Booster Gold/Blue Beetle Team-Up Movie – Well, this is interesting.

The Beat – DC’s Diane Nelson: DC properties bring in $8 billion in licensing – Very interesting.

ICv2 – Jenna Coleman Departs ‘Doctor Who’ – Disappointed? Happy?

 

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CBR – Black Canary #4

Fandom Post – Full-Throttle Cool

CBR – Ody-C #7

ICv2 – Veda: Assembly Required

 

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Marvel’s Agent Carter premiered last night! What did you all think? Later tonight we premiere Comixstravaganza!

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iO9 – Celebrate 2015 With Marvel’s 20th Anniversary Calendar… From 1981 – This is pretty cool.

Kotaku – There Really Should Be a Booster Gold Comic in 2015 – Yes please! We expect it post Convergence.

 

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The Beat – Ant-Man #1

CBR – Ant-Man #1

The Beat – Ant-Man #1

The Fandom Post – Snowpiercer Vol. 1

Comic Vine – Injustice: Year Three #15

Comic Vine – Mortal Kombat X #1

CBR – Operation S.I.N. #1

The Beat – The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1

Comic Vine – The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1

CBR – Wolverines #1

Comic Vine – Wolverines #1

The Beat – Wolverines #1

DC Wraps Up the Convergence News

DC Comics has released more details about what we can expect for Convergence, their two month event that mashes together various worlds, and version of the DCU.

Week three focuses on DC during the 80s, while week four looks at characters across the multiverse as it existed before Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Check out below for what you can expect with the creative teams, descriptions, and some images.

Week Three

BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS

Writer: Marc Andreyko
Artist: Carlos D’Anda
Colorist: Gabe Eltaeb

After a year under the dome, the Outsiders have gone their separate ways, but when OMAC attacks, Batman must find out if they have what it takes to still be a team.

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ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN

Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artists: Roberto Viacava and Andy Owens
Colorist: Sotocolor

Superman and Supergirl try to escape the city through the Phantom Zone, but they enter a portion they’ve never seen before and learn that Supergirl is destined to die if they return to their proper time and dimension. True story.

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WONDER WOMAN

Writer: Larry Hama
Art and Color: Josh Middleton

White-jumpsuit-clad Diana Prince is in the grips of a Domesday cult when her lover Steve Trevor leaps into the fray to save Etta Candy from vampires of Red Rain.

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THE FLASH

Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Federico Dallocchio
Colorist: Veronica Gandini

Trapped in Gotham, Barry Allen has nowhere to run. He fights on, seeking justice as well as a way to save the city. But he faces a Tangent Universe foe that thinks faster than the Flash could ever move.

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SUPERBOY AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES

Writer: Stuart Moore
Artists: Gus Storms and Mark Farmer
Colorist: John Rauch

While Brainiac 5 struggles to break through the dome, Superboy tries to keep the Legion of Super-Heroes spirits up—but then the Atomic Knights ride into town.

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GREEN LANTERN CORPS

Writer: David Gallaher
Artists: Steve Ellis and Ande Parks
Colorist: Hi-Fi

Say the Oath, save the world! If only being the Green Lantern Corps was that easy. Hal has resigned, John is busy, and Guy is pissed. Together for the first time—they’ll save Gotham or die trying.

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SWAMP THING

Writer: Len Wein
Artist: Kelley Jones
Colorist: Michelle Madsen

Swamp Thing struggles to survive when the dome cuts off his contact with the Green.

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JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA

Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Artist: ChrisCross
Colorist: Snakebite Cortez

With their heavy hitters sidelined, Elongated Man must lead the much-maligned “Detroit Justice League” against the overwhelming power of the heroes from the Tangent Universe!

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HAWKMAN

Writer: Jeff Parker
Artists: Tim Truman and Enrique Alcatena
Colorist: John Kalisz

Hawkman and Hawkgirl put their Shadow War on hold as they face the anthropomorphic might of rat-men and bat-men in the deadly land of Kamandi!

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NEW TEEN TITANS

Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artists: Nicola Scott and Marc Deering
Colorist: Jeromy Cox

Titans Together! Fighting against the might of the Tangent Universe’s Doom Patrol, we are reminded why this is the greatest Titans team of all.

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Week Four

PRE-CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS, Earth 2

JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA

Writer: Dan Abnett
Artists: Tom Derenick and Trevor Scott
Colorist: Monica Kubina

Older and in full retirement under the dome, members of the Justice Society get the chance to regain their youths to stave off forces from the Qward Universe. But the promise of youth comes with a deadly price.

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INFINITY INC.

Writer: Jerry Ordway
Artist: Ben Caldwell
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire

The young heroes of Infinity Inc. must choose between the path set for them by their parents or the one they’ve set for themselves as they face post-apocalyptic Jonah Hex.

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DETECTIVE COMICS

Writer: Len Wein
Artists: Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz
Colorist: Felix Serrano

Helena Wayne and Dick Grayson fight side by side in memory of Bruce Wayne as they decide who will become the next Batman.

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ACTION COMICS

Writer: Justin Gray
Artists: Claude St-Aubin and Sean Parsons
Colorist: Lovern Kindzierski

Superman teams up with Power Girl, but can they stop a nuclear strike from Lex Luthor and Stalin of Red Son Moscow?

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WORLD’S FINEST COMICS

Writer: Paul Levitz
Artists: Jim Fern and Joe Rubinstein with cartoons by Shannon Wheeler
Colorist: Paul Mounts

The Seven Soldiers of Victory regroup to defend their city against the Qward invasion, while cartoonist Scribbly Jibbet transcribes their adventures.

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PRE-CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS Earth 3

CRIME SYNDICATE

Writer: Brian Buccellato
Artist: Phil Winslade
Colorist: Lovern Kindzierski

The Crime Syndicate’s absolute control of their city is challenged when the dome comes down and changes everything. Now, Superwoman is on death row while the rest of the team fights One Million Universe’s Batman and Superman!

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PRE-CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS, EARTH 4

BLUE BEETLE

Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artist: Yishan Li
Colorist: Dave McCaig

Hub City is on the brink of collapse and anarchy! But its heroes—Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, and Question—find inspiration and strength from the most unlikely source.

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SHAZAM

Writer: Jeff Parker
Artist: Evan “Doc” Shaner
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire

It’s Shazam versus Steampunk, as the world of Gotham By Gaslight takes on the Captain Marvel family and friends.

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PRE-CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS, EARTH X

PLASTIC MAN AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS

Writer: Simon Oliver
Artist: John McCrea
Colorist: John Kalisz

Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters are on the gallows in a New York taken over by Nazis, when robot super-heroes attack from Futures End and enemies become allies.

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MULTIPLE EARTHS

BOOSTER GOLD

Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artists: Alvaro Martinez and Raul Fernandez
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor

Trapped with Rip Hunter and other time travelers, Booster and his future self must work together to get out of prison and off the planet.

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(via IGN, Nerdist, Entertainment Weekly, Newsarama)

Matchett’s Musings: Creating Sparks Part 2

Creating Sparks Part 2: The Basics and Getting the Green Light

I remember in English class something my teacher said something to me which I feel is very true. ‘The moment you write something and consider it brilliant is when you should stop.’ In essence what she meant was ‘don’t get your head up your own ass too much.’ Indeed you see it all the time in comics, movies, music or any other industry you can think of. You see people struggle and fight for their spot, producing amazing work but then they get their big break. They become a sure-fire hit, they get told their work is genius and after a while that stops being true. The fire, the motivation to really deliver is gone because no matter what you do, people will buy it.

The reason I’m saying that is I never really think you stop learning to write, especially in comics. Literally every work, every project I learn something new. Sometimes it’s something small, sometimes it improves the quality of my scripts a great deal. However when I started out, after creating Sparks which was closely followed by a concept called The Immortals (more on that later) I had no idea how to put together a comic script. I wasn’t even sure how to structure prose properly and so I completed a lot of stories that went pretty much like this.

Turning to the audience, Glenn gives them a big smile.

Glenn: Hello audience!

Audience: Hello Glenn!

Taking a bow, Glenn proceeds to bask in the audience applause.

Around this time I also sent a full letter of ideas forward to Marvel. I posted it all the way to New York and even put in the legal form the big 2 make you sign anytime you want to submit work/ideas to them. Looking back it was so unprofessional and so deluded of me that the entire submission may have been done out in crayon with cute little backwards letters.

There are plenty of books on how to write comics or to write period. The likes of Stan Lee, Peter David, Brian Bendis, Stephen King, etc have all crafted books on how to write.

I’ll admit right now that I have read none of those. I certainly encourage others who would likely benefit greatly from it but I never did. I just learned through buying a lot of comics.

That might sound strange but one of the wonders of the modern age of comics is how much effort put into collected editions. With some of these collections you get an assortment of DVD/Blu-Ray type special features. You get sketches, pin-up art and sometimes you get scripts. Full comic scripts from the best in the industry and how I learned to put together scripts was by reading other scripts.

I also found a number of other writers putting their scripts online, what then has followed is some trial and error. I’ve included some stuff, ditched other things and tried my best to find my own way to do it. I learned the difference between full script and ‘Marvel style’, how to structure a page and some interesting things I never would have realized.

I found that there was no real ‘wrong’ way to do it. Every writer laid out their full scripts differently and I came across quite a variety of styles. I would probably call my own mostly a blend of Neil Gaiman, Ed Brubaker, J. Michael Staczynski and a little of myself.

Being an editor with GrayHaven I have the pleasure of reading literally hundreds of scripts for anthologies and I pick up interesting things here also. Little hints and tips I use to adjust my own style. If there is anyone out there looking to write comics or wants to learn how to do it better (we can all improve) I would highly suggest reading scripts from peers or pro’s. It’s astonishing what you can pick up. Often times whenever I green light a pitch for a GrayHaven anthology I sometimes get the writer going ‘This is great…now what do I do?’ I then send them some strong scripts I have received over the years.

I would like in particular like to mention GrayHaven vets Ray Goldfield, Doug Hahner, Sean Leonard and Jason Snyder who have great instincts when it comes to scripting. There are many others who I’ve found helpful but those guys are top-notch.

Something I really liked from Neil Gaiman’s scripts was the informal manner he wrote in. In her introduction to Absolute Sandman Vol. 3, Jill Thompson wrote how much of a pleasure it was to read Gaiman’s scripts because of this. I thought I would do the same and I do attempt to do so on a regular basis.

Now obviously it’ll depend on the artist and publisher. The majority of the latter I have worked with enjoyed it but others consider it a distraction. When it comes to your publisher, if they ask you to write the comic script standing on your head and reciting ‘Old McDonald’ then you must do so but…more on this later.

So I started to write comic scripts because mainly, I learn by doing. I first wrote a Booster Gold one I published on Facebook for fun. I was loving the comic series at the time and thought ‘Well, why not?’

I also wrote a script for artist Aaron Bir for his then website Sequential Stutter. I tried to find the story and can’t which is a shame because it was the first comic I had published anywhere.

Then came the beginnings of GrayHaven comics. I’ve told the story over and over so I’ll keep it as brief as possible. Good friend and fellow Jinxworld poster Andrew Goletz asked a bunch of us if we wanted to do a comic anthology for fun. It turned into Vol. 1 ‘The Thing With Feathers’.

I could probably (and will likely) craft an entire article on where I get the idea for some of my GrayHaven shorts but my first actual printed comic work was in there. The feeling I got when I heard that first book, saw my name on the back (which I still miss) is something I will never forget. I also got to work on with artist Brent Peeples who went on to much bigger and better things with Images Last Of The Greats and other work for IDW, Zenescope, Valiant, Dynamite. I loved working with Brent and hope that one day, our paths cross again.

Vol. 1 of The Gathering was a big hit commercially and critically. It wasn’t perfect but people liked the potential and what it offered. A publisher was willing to let unknown creators throw themselves out there, for better or worse. Having learned over the years that breaking in was very difficult to those who could only write and not draw, it was great to see somewhere that offered that.

I helped out GrayHaven the only way I could in the early days which was financially and with any advice Andrew was willing to take from me. Time passed, more volumes got released and we even had some great pro’s like Gail Simone and Sterling Gates help us out.

Soon we had over 8 volumes with more on the way. New volumes were being announced, I’d sent pitches and Andrew approved them along with another opportunity. Due to my initial support he granted me a one shot. It was quite something as back then, the only solo work GrayHaven had approved was Doug Hahner and Donal Delay’s My Geek Family which had earned it through winning a contest.

I was over the moon and my mind exploded with possibilities. I went back to the idea that came first, I went back to Sparks. I pitched it to Andrew who liked it but wanted one change, he wanted it to be set in Britain and not the US because back then in the days of 2011 when this all happened it wasn’t all that common. Nowadays we have quite brilliant crime dramas set in the UK like Sherlock, Luthor and Broadchurch but at the time it was a great idea so I was all for it!

He then asked me who I wanted to draw the story and I gave him a list of 4-5 names, the first of which in an interesting twist was Kell Smith. However Andrew went above and beyond to a secure an artist (here thereafter referred to as artist A) who was immensely talented and seemed to be on the cusp of real success.

It was all set! The car was there, the key was in the ignition and it was all a go. I had only one problem. I had an enemy I wasn’t fully aware of. An enemy that had operated in the shadows for years but it seemed that now, just when things were taking off for me they were about to become my archenemies and a frequent pain in my rear.

Sherlock Holmes has Moriarty

Batman has the Joker

Even the Powerpuff Girls have Mojo Jojo

It turns out that Glenn Matchett’s enemy was named ‘impatience’ and we were about to get very well acquainted.

Next: Artist A, Artist B and Kell Smith

Got any comments, suggestions or questions? Let me know! Also follow me on Twitter @glenn_matchett

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So, did you go to the comic shop yesterday? What’d you get?

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Bleeding Cool – Guardians Of The Galaxy Gets A Leader For The Nova Corps, And It’s Glenn CloseDidn’t see this one coming.

CBR – EXCLUSIVE: Paul Jenkins Goes All BOOM!Definitely should read this.

Spinoff Online – Booster Gold Pilot Script May Finally Go to Syfy Next WeekInteresting.

 

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Comic Vine – Adventures of Superman #1

Talking Comics – Adventures of Superman #1

Comic Vine – Batman: The Dark Knight Annual #1

Huntington News – Blue Bloods

Comic Vine – B.P.R.D.: Vampire #3

Comic Vine – Clone #7

Comic Vine – Damsels # 7

Comic Vine – Earth 2 Annual #1

Comic Vine – Gambit #13

Comic Vine – Indestructible Hulk #8

Comic Vine – Injustice: Gods Among Us #20

Comic Vine – Justice League of America #4

Comic Vine – Lost Vegas #3

Comic Vine – Morbius: The Living Vampire #5

Comic Vine – New Avengers #6

Comic Vine – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #22

Comic Vine – Venom #35

CBR – The Wake #1

Comic Vine – The Wake #1

Comic Vine – Wolverine & the X-Men #30

Bleeding Cool – X-Men #1

CBR – X-Men #1

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It’s new comic book day, what’s everyone getting?!

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Jakarta Globe – Father of Indonesian Comics Dies at 93Going to have to learn more about this guy.

Bleeding Cool – FX Still Haven’t Ditched Plans For A Powers Show, They Just Need To Start All OverThis spells disaster.

Comics Alliance – Syfy’s ‘Booster Gold’ TV Pilot Script Nearing CompletionI wonder how this’ll be.

ComicBook.com – Bane is not the Only Symbol: Other Politically Charged Comic Book Stories -This is the tip of the iceberg.

Examiner – Christian-themed, Superhero comic with a powerful message! -Could be interesting… at least different.

 

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ICv2 – Jui Jui Vol. 1

CBR – X-Men #32

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It’s Wednesday and that means new comic book day!  It’s also the day before Thanksgiving… mmm, good food.  While you wait for the Turkey and gravy and stuffing and pie, here’s the news you might have missed.

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Publishers Weekly – Kickstarter for Retailers? “Ashes” Includes Comic Stores in Crowdfunding OfferingA great way to tie in retail stores with a Kickstarter project, but the article is incorrect that it’s a first.

Collider – SyFy Turning DC Comics BOOSTER GOLD into TV SeriesInteresting….

Examiner – Why comic books in the 1980s changed to a darker toneAnd that’s one take.

Comicvine – DC Launches New Storefront On Amazon Website – Mazel tov

 

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LFPress – Code Word: Geronimo

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