TechWatch: As HP launches its new all-in-one TouchSmart PCs, it also launches “the new HP TouchSmart Apps Center, with free accessibility and subscription-based applications from Marvel Comics, Cartoon Network, touch-enabled games, and more.
SignWatch: Midtown Comics in Times Square is hosting a signing with Skullkickers artist Edwin Huang. He’ll be signing copies of Skullkickers #1 with free sketches on Friday. And the comics? Cover price…
WomenWatch: Bleeding Cool’s Greg Baldino is hosting a free entry panel discussion, Chicago Women in Comics on the 29th September, at the Columbia College Chicago Library with C. Spike Trotman, Jill Thompson and Audrey Niffenegger.
Biting TheHandThatFeedsWatch: Jamie Lee Curtis has slagged off her movie Virus, based on the Dark Horse comic book of 1999, saying;
It was maybe the only time I’ve known something was just bad and there was nothing I could do about it. I just do the best I can and there have been bad movies that have been wildly successful and great movies that have tanked, so you never know. It was an independent precursor to all of these Marvel comics movies. I thought maybe that fan base would show up for it, but no
EventWatch: It’s coming up to National 24 Hour Comic Day again…
JobWatch: Want to be a comic book call centre operative?
This song, believe it or not, is actually a collaboration between Burt Ward, better known as “Robin” on the 60s Batman TV series, and Frank Zappa. Long circulated on variously titled bootlegs, “The Boy Wonder Sessions” were recorded in 1966 with Mothers of Invention (and Velvet Underground) producer Tom Wilson at the mixing desk. Mothers Jimmy Carl Black, Elliot Ingber and Roy Estrada are present, however Zappa doesn’t actually play on these sessions, although he arranged and wrote most of the material recorded. Note the bit that sounds like Zappa’s later “Duke of Prunes” composition near the end.
Brooklyn perfumery I Hate Perfume has a scent called “In the Library,” inspired by the familiar smells of the library. They may smell like bookbinding and vague mildew to some, but for perfumer Christopher Brosius, “these scents mean Excitement, Adventure, Discovery, Enlightenment and Knowledge.”
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The appendix in a history of the era, The Ten-Cent Plague, lists the names of about 1.000 industry professionals who never worked in the medium again. In the prologue of the book, one Quality Comics studio artist, Janice Valleau, when asked why she never worked in the comic book industry again repled: “My God. I couldn’t go back out there–I was scared to death. Don’t you know what they did to us?”
JUSTICE LEAGUE:GENERATION LOST #10 goes on sale this week, both in stores and digitally from Comixology. My original sketch showed Batman rappelling down the side of the building, which I liked since we never see him with a bat-rope or gear any more, but it was politely suggested that I go for a moodier approach. I still plan on changing the flag to GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS! XXX!!! before print, but we’ll see what happens. Don’t tell anyone!
Better than Garfield without Garfield?
Pixar is looking for Story Artists to portray the film story concepts in comic book form to guide subsequent film production. Receiving written and verbal descriptions of a sequence from the Director, use strong layout and design skills to draw storyboards that depict the action, camera placement, and acting of the characters in that sequence. Hone, refine, delete or create dialog where needed and then present the storyboards to the Director and other members of the story team. Create new drawings to fix and change sequences throughout the production process. Degree/experience may be required.
THE story of the founding and early years of Facebook will be told on the big screen in David Fincher’s The Social Network, released in the UK on October 15. And now it’s been announced that the background of the website’s founder will also be explored in the medium of comic books. In December, Bluewater Productions is publishing a biographical title called Mark Zuckerberg: Creator of Facebook
Those two features would be enough to make the issue an interesting read, but what’s really fascinating is a four-page story that combines elements of the two: a detailed, joke-stuffed satire of Miller’s early DAREDEVIL written by none other than … Alan Moore.
Clark Kent’s pal finally makes her first comic-book appearance in DC Comics’ Action Comics No. 893 (on sale September 29). “She’s a very successful and dedicated reporter and a major player in Metropolis,” says Nick Spencer, who is writing the story (with art by R.B. Silva).