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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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WonderCon is over and news continues to trickle out.  I’ll keep posting links as they keep coming.  Also, this week sees a hell of a lot of new comics and some great releases.  Wednesday can’t get here soon enough.

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The Los Angeles Times: Hero Complex – Moebius on his art, fading eyesight and legend: ‘I am like a unicorn’Great interview with a living legend.

Comic Book Movie – Is a Shared Universe a Good Thing on Film?I guess we’ll find out the answer over the next year.

Cnet – iPad graphic novel teaches kids self-esteemGreat to see comics and technology used this way.

ICv2 – Family Guy ComicsCan. Not. Wait.

ICv2 – Marvel Anime VoicesWe get a tease as who we can expect for Marvel’s upcoming anime series.

WonderCon Coverage:

IGN – WC 11: Immortals Graphic Novel

The Beat – WonderCon 11: traveling day

Bleeding Cool – Green Hornet Cosplayer At Wondercon Was Peter David All Along

The Beat – WonderCon 11: DC announces Retro-Active

The Beat – WonderCon 11: NEW Thundercats trailer debuts

Bleeding Cool – Mike Grell Confirmed On DC Retroactive At Wondercon

Assignment X – WonderCon 2011: BUFFY creator Joss Whedon will be actively involved with Season 9 (Exclusive)

Fear.net – WonderCon 2011 Exclusive: Roberto Orci on the TV Adaptation of Joe Hill’s ‘Locke and Key’

Gamerlive.tv – WonderCon 2011: Bulletstorm Writer Rick Remender Says Games Take Themselves Too Seriously

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: ThunderCats Trailer

Collider – Paul Bettany Talks PRIEST 3D at WonderCon

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WonderCon is over and it looks like there was some decent news to come out of it.  Below is the latest news to trickle out of the convention as well as other stories you may have missed.

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The Walking Dead Podcast – Robert Kirkman On The Upcoming Walking Dead NovelHmm, do I need to start reading books too!?

Bleeding Cool – Sean Gordon Murphy’s Punk Rock JesusI can’t wait for this.  Murphy is one of my favorite artists in the industry right now.

The National – Interview with author Ian RankinA really good interview with the writer.

Kotaku – Sunday ComicsKotaku shows off various web comics.

WonderCon Coverage:

Comicvine –WonderCon 2011 Cosplay Gallery!

Bleeding Cool –Stacy X To Return In X-Men: Vengeance

Comic Book Resources – WC11: Lively Hints At Star Sapphire

The Beat – WonderCon: Day 3

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While folks seem like they’re having a great time at WonderCon, I spent all of 30 minutes at synDCon and had to leave.  My thoughts about the show will be up Monday, but let me quickly say, jesus…  On that note, I had an all “geek” day Saturday stopping at a Toys R Us and grabbing a few things then a trip to the geek shop of the moment for me, Victory Comics.  All of that was followed up with reading comics and checking out my purchases.  Here’s the news that I missed as I was running around.

Around the Blogs:

GeekWeek – Patrick Dempsey Eyes DOCTOR STRANGEIt might work by I always pictured him more as Clooney type.

WonderCon Coverage:

Comics Alliance – Warren Ellis and Jamie McKelvie Team for ‘Secret Avengers’ in August [WonderCon]

Bleeding Cool – X-Men Schism: Respectfully We Informed You Of This Event At An Earlier Juncture… Ish

Bleeding Cool – Ivan Reis to Pencil Aquaman Ongoing

Comics Alliance – Marvel Teases the End of the X-Men in July’s ‘Schism’ Miniseries [WonderCon]

Bleeding Cool – Archaia Announce… Everything

Bleeding Cool – Dan Didio is the New Nightwing and Other DC Nation Revelations by Peter S. Svensson

Collider – WonderCon 2011: PRIEST Recap

4 Minutes of Green Lantern Footage

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DC showed off four minutes of this summer’s Green Lantern at WonderCon today.  I’m much more pumped for the movie after seeing this footage.  Gone is the campy feel, instead we get a semi-serious sci-fi movie.

On June 17th you’ll learn the oath, “In the brightest day, in the blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight.  Let those who worship evils might, beware my power Green Lantern’s light!”

Archaia and Relativity Partner on ‘Immortals’ Original Graphic Novel

Official Press Release

Relativity Media And Archaia Entertainment Team Up For Graphic Novel
Based On Upcoming 3-D Epic Immortals

Archaia To Launch Hardcover Immortals Graphic Novel In September
Ahead Of The Eagerly Anticipated November 11 Theatrical Release

HOLLYWOOD/SAN FRANCISCO (WONDERCON/April 1, 2011) – Relativity Media and graphic novel publisher Archaia Entertainment, LLC have formed a publishing partnership to produce and publish a hardcover graphic novel anthology based upon Relativity’s upcoming epic motion picture Immortals, starring Henry Cavill (Superman: Man of Steel), Luke Evans (Robin Hood), Kellan Lutz (Twillight), Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), and Mickey Rourke (Iron Man 2).

Archaia will release the Immortals graphic novel in September, serving as a precursor to the 3-D motion picture, which releases worldwide on November 11, 2011. The graphic novel will expand upon the film’s key characters and events through a series of original tales written and illustrated by some of the top names in comics, including David Mack (Kabuki), Ron Marz (Witchblade), Dennis Calero (Dark Tower) and Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night). The graphic novel will be published through Archaia’s Black Label division, a publishing pipeline dedicated to working alongside creative professionals within the entertainment industry eager to launch and expand their brands in the publishing world.

“We could not be more proud to form our creative partnership with Archaia, a publisher that has successfully earned industry-wide acclaim for its commitment to quality and fans of genre entertainment. Archaia possesses all of the creative resources required to perfectly capture the film’s artistic and narrative essence,” said artistic and narrative essence,” said Peter Adee, President, Theatrical Marketing & Distribution, Relativity Media .

The Relativity-Archaia partnership was facilitated by Joe LeFavi of Quixotic Transmedia, who spearheads business development for Archaia’s Black Label division. “We are thrilled to have found such an amazing partner in Relativity. Working closely with the film’s creative team, we are working hard to expand upon the mythology and reach a level of quality worthy of such a visionary storyteller as the film’s director, Tarsem Singh. We are honored that Relativity chose Archaia to introduce fans across the globe to such a rich and visually stunning world,” said LeFavi, who will also serve as executive editor on the graphic novel.

Archaia will hold a panel at the WonderCon in San Francisco, CA on Saturday, April 2 from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM in Room 220 of the Moscone Center South to celebrate their collaboration with Relativity Media on Immortals, and share more details about their creative team and special promotions surrounding the book’s release.  Later that afternoon, members of the cast will also be on hand to debut exclusive footage and host a panel discussion at 4:00 PM in the Main Hall.

Directed by Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall) and written by Charles Parlapanides and Vlas Parlapanides, Immortals also stars Stephen Dorff (Public Enemies) and John Hurt (Hellboy). Relativity Media is distributing the 3-D epic worldwide. In the UK, Australia, and certain other territories, distribution is in association with Universal Pictures International. In Immortals, the ruthless King Hyperion (Rourke) leads his bloodthirsty army on a murderous rampage across Greece to find a deadly weapon that will destroy humanity. A mortal chosen by Zeus named Theseus (Cavill) must lead the fight against Hyperion and his evil army with the fate of mankind and the Gods at stake.

About Relativity Media:
Relativity Media, LLC is a media and entertainment company that focuses on creating, financing and distributing entertainment content and intellectual property across multiple platforms, as well as making strategic partnerships with, and opportunistic investments in, media and entertainment-related companies and assets. Relativity owns and operates Rogue, a company that specializes in the production and distribution of films targeted to the 13-25 year old audience. Building upon its foundation of financing and producing films, Relativity has grown to include music, sports and television divisions and the next-generation social network iamrogue.com.  Relativity also owns and operates RelativityREAL, Relativity’s television arm, which has become one of the leading suppliers of reality television with more than 20 shows in episodic or pilot.

To date, Relativity has committed to, produced and/or financed more than 200 motion pictures.  Released films have accumulated more than $15.0 billion in worldwide box office revenue.  Relativity’s recent films include Salt, Despicable Me, Grown Ups, Charlie St. Cloud, Dear John, It’s Complicated, Zombieland, Couples Retreat, Get Him to the Greek, Robin Hood, and, most recently, The Fighter, Little Fockers, James Cameron’s Sanctum in 3D, Season of the Witch, Take Me Home Tonight, Limitless, and The Social Network. Upcoming films for Relativity include Immortals, Shark Night 3-D, Hop, Bridesmaids, and Cowboys & Aliens. 35 of the company’s films have opened at No. 1 at the box office.  Relativity films have earned 60 Oscar® nominations, including nods for Nine, A Serious Man, Frost/Nixon, Atonement, American Gangster and 3:10 to Yuma, The Wolfman, The Social Network and The Fighter. 53 of Relativity’s films have each generated more than $100 million in worldwide box-office receipts.

About Archaia Entertainment
Archaia Entertainment, LLC is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 50 renowned publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as Artesia, Mouse Guard, The Killer, Gunnerkrigg Court, Awakening, Titanium Rain, Days Missing, Tumor, Syndrome, Engineer, and the entire line of Jim Henson graphic novels.  Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds, building one of the industry’s most visually stunning and eclectic slates of graphic novels.  As a result of its publishing prowess, Archaia is the reigning 2010 Graphic Novel Publisher of the Year according to Ain’t it Cool News, Graphic Policy, and Comic Related. Archaia has also successfully emerged as a prolific storyteller in all facets of the entertainment industry, extending their popular brands into film, television, gaming, and branded digital media.

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I decided to hit up a Borders sale last night, it was a bit difficult to pass up books at 50% off.  So, I took a shot and checked out some new series I’ve never read.  But, for the most part the place has been gutted.  Get there quick and take advantage.  Hopefully Borders decides to use the money to pay back it’s suppliers…. if nothing else I have some new cheap reads.

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The Independent – Asterix creator embroiled in family feud after sacking daughter – This is why you shouldn’t work with family.

BBC – Yuri Gagarin comic dubbed ‘propaganda’ – As opposed to everything else in Russia?

Bleeding Cool – Disney Have Ditched The Next Film From Tron: Legacy’s Director – Wasn’t there a Radical tie-in too?

Bleeding Cool – Christopher Nolan On Board To Reboot Batman, Batman To Appear In Justice League Movie – Is it now going to be three movies then a reboot? Is it that difficult to come up with an original plot?

Around the Tubes Reviews:

Comicvine – Detective Comics #875

Good Comic Books – Nonplayer #1

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VCU is going to the Final Four.  That’s be a college basketball thing for folks out there not in the know.  The team didn’t even pay attention to the seeding and took out the number one ranked Kansas.  Congrats!  On to this weekend comic book news.

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Bleeding Cool – Racebending With The X-Men – Do these products give you super powers too?

Comicvine – Breaking: Amy Adams to play Lois Lane – That’s a good looking cast.

Kotaku – Sunday Comics – Kotaku wraps up what they consider the best of webcomics.

Around the Tubes Reviews:

Good Comic Books – Ultimate Spiderman #156

Choice Quotes:

Osbron #4

Norman Osborn – Politics.  The struggle for power.  It always comes back to politics.  And these people, my people, their lives are the casualties of that struggle.


Norman Osborn – Gray, green or blue — if they were born on American soil, those little devils have rights!

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I spent yesterday chatting about Sucker Punch and watching the other reviews come in.  It’s exactly what I expected.  Does critic comments make you more or less likely to see it this weekend?

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Movieweb – Chew Adaptation Set for ShowtimeCan’t wait for this.  It’s easily one of my favorite comic series on the market right now.

Bleeding Cool – Marvel And DC Team Up Against League Of Sarcastic LawyersNot sure who I want to win this one.  Seriously “superhero” and “super hero” are trade marked?!

GeekWeek – Juno Temple Confirmed For BATMAN 3; May Play Catwoman’s SidekickHmmm, not sure what to think of this.

Kotaku – The Critics Agree: Sucker Punch Is A Big Screen ‘Video Game’Wow, seems like a lot of professional paid reviewers seemed to agree with my assessment of the movie…

C2e2 Coverage:

Platform Nation – News From C2E2 Part 2

Comics Alliance – C2E2 Dance Party Makes You Wish You Were There [Video]

Around the Tubes Reviews:

Bookshelf Banter – Dark Swan

Paste – Comic Book & Graphic Novel Round-Up (3/23/11)

Comicvine – Comic Book Reviews For The Week of 3/23/11

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