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The week has actually been pretty quiet so far.  It’s almost like the quiet before the storm that is summer major events and conventions.  Here’s the news you might have missed over the last 24 hours.

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Bleeding Cool – Redundancies At Dark Horse ComicsAlways sad to see staff layoffs.

Comicvine – Behold These Pics of the Batman Live Theater ShowDid Joel Schumacher design these costumes?

Comic Book Resources – Sales Estimates for March, 2011CBR takes on March sales.

The Beat – DC Month-to-Month Sales: February 2011DC doesn’t do well in numbers but takes a lot of the top spots.

The Beat – March sales: Comics blah, GNs more blah – The Beat has their take on sales.

Con Coverage:

Comic Book Resources – CBR’s Con Wrap: Kapow! Or Splat?

Comic Book Resources – WC11: The Stars of “Human Target”

Comic Book Resources – When Words Collide: MoCCA 2011

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund – CBLDF Has a Wonderful Time at WonderCon 2011

The Beat – MoCCA 2011: The Photo parade

Around the Tubes Reviews:

Blogcritics – Aaron & Ahmed

Geekweek – Aaron & Ahmed

Geeks of Doom – Moon Lake Volume 1

Primary Ignition – Nemesis

Archie Celebration Book Debuts at MoCCA Fest

Official Press Release

Archie Celebration Book Debuts at MoCCA Fest

First look at deluxe hardcover commemorating
70 years of America’s favorite teenagers

[Archie: A Celebration of America's Favorite Teenagers cover]San Diego, CA (April 6, 2011)—IDW Publishing and its imprint, YOE Books, are proud to announce the debut of the deluxe full-color hardcover coffee table history book, ARCHIE: A CELEBRATION OF AMERICA’S FAVORITE TEENAGERS, edited and designed by Eisner award-winner Craig Yoe, at New York City’s Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art annual festival this weekend. MoCCA Fest attendees will get a first look at this impressive and lovingly crafted tome, which will be available nation wide by April 30th. ARCHIE: A CELEBRATION OF AMERIC’A FAVORITE TEENAGERS features more than 200 pages of fascinating history, exciting biographies and rare or unpublished art, all offering a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most iconic comics of all time.

“We’re excited and honored to have our history presented so expertly by Craig and our friends at IDW,” said Archie Comics Co-CEO Jon Goldwater. “This is the kind of book that fans everywhere will cherish for some time. It’s an essential volume for longtime and new fans of Archie and the Riverdale gang.”

Archie and his pals are some of the most beloved and enduring characters in the comics medium, and have a long history stretching back to their origins in 1941. Yoe‘s exhaustive research turned up a plethora of rare and unpublished art by Bob Montana, Dan DeCarlo, and Harry Lucey, vintage photographs, unknown ephemera, and a previously unpublished autobiography of John Goldwater, co-founder of MLJ/Archie Comics. All this rich material serves as the basis for the book, which celebrates both the characters and the immensely talented artists behind them. ARCHIE: A CELEBRATION OF AMERICA’S FAVORITE TEENAGERS also shines a spotlight on writers Frank Doyle, George Gladir, and Craig Boldman, and contemporary Archie artists Fernando Ruiz and Dan Parent, creator of the new kid in Riverdale, Kevin Keller. The beautiful 224-page, large-format volume sports a lengthy and revealing interview with Editor-in-Chief Victor Gorelick, who has worked at Archie over a half a century!

Yoe exclaims, “Working on this book was a real thrill, to find so much unpublished art by masters like DeCarlo, and Lucey, a photo of Elvis on his first tour reading a Betty and Veronica comic, John Goldwater’s unpublished autobiography, Bob Montana’s profusely illustrated high school diary, and be able to share all this with the world had my head spinning at every turn. I felt like a teenager again!”

IDW Publishing and Yoe are excited to debut ARCHIE: A CELEBRATION OF AMERICA’S FAVORITE TEENAGERS at the MoCCA Fest, held only a few short blocks from where the Archie comics were conceived. Continuing the connection between the book and the museum, ARCHIE features a full reprint of a story where the Archie Gang visits the MoCCA museum and meets Chairman Ellen Abramowitz.

Expected to be an immediate sellout after the official launch later this month, only a small number of the sought-after ARCHIE: A CELEBRATION OF AMERICA’S FAVORITE TEENAGERS will be available to MoCCA attendees. Also debuting at MoCCA Fest from IDW and YOE Books will be the sea-and-see worthy POPEYE: THE GREAT COMIC BOOK TALES BY BUD SAGENDORF.

MoCCA Fest will take place this weekend, April 9th and 10th at the Lexington Avenue Armory, at 68 Lexington Avenue in New York City. For more details, visit www.moccany.org.

ARCHIE: A CELEBRATION OF AMERICA’S FAVORITE TEENAGERS ($49.99, 224 pages, hard cover, full color) will be available in comic and books stores on April 20, 2011. ISBN 978-160010-7542.

For more information about Yoe! Books, visit www.yoebooks.com.

Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.

About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s Doctor Who; Toho’s Godzilla and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio; and is the print publisher for EA Comics.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.

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It’s new comic day and we’re looking to check out what the pull box has in store, what are you picking up this week?  What comic book news did you miss?  Check out what caught our eye in the past 24 hours.

Around the Blogs:

WiredWhy Kickstarter May Save Independent Comic Books – Geekdad Dave Banks checks out why Kickstarter might save independent comics.  I’ve dropped a few hundred dollars in the past year to support a few projects and pledged towards a few more that didn’t reach their goal.

ICv2Craig Thompson’s ‘Habibi’ Due Sept. 20th – The Islamic influence has made this yet to be published graphic novel square in the hater’s crosshairs (and we chose that word on purpose).  It’s already been banned by one library, only to see that decision reversed.

Publishers WeeklyBad News But More Good News for Boom! Studios – It’s been a weird couple of weeks for Boom! Studios.  Check out what’s been up and the decision behind renaming their kids line kaboom!

MediabistroMuseum of Comic and Cartoon Art Celebrates Tenth Anniversary, Opens Will Eisner Exhibition – It’s been ten years for New York’s MoCCA.

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