ExclusiveWatch: Dark Horse aren’t just releasing an exclusive cover for BPRD: Hell On Earth for Emerald City Comic Con, but an entirely BPRD comic book by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, Guy Davis and Dave Stewart, for free.
Bet it won’t be free on eBay the day after though.
RedNoseWatch: Bevis Musson is raising money for UK charity Comic Relief by creating on-demand sketches for £5 each.
ObitWatch: The LA Times runs an obituary for Dwayne McDuffie.
McDuffie died Monday, a day after his birthday, of complications after undergoing emergency heart surgery at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, said Gary Miereanu, a publicist for Warner Home Video.
FinWatch: This year it’s the hundredth year of Finnish comic books, the first published in 1911. The National Library in Helsinki will be running a major exhibition on the local form until October.
‘NamWatch: A series of collection of Vietname classic comics, Danh Tac Viet Nam, are set to be published for the first time in Japan by the Phan Thi Company. This will include Chi Pheo by Nam Cao and Giong To by Vu Trong Phung.
Akamatsu is experimenting with his own free manga site, but even so, he sounds pessimistic: “Am I too late? I get the feeling that [my project to release free manga PDFs] won’t be enough at this point.”
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, especially if the first man is a finished movie or TV production and the other man is an eBay memorabilia business. Fans of Battlestar Galactica, Iron Man, Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Stargate SG-1, and other geek properties may want to get their wallets out to buy some movie memorabilia.
(Rich adds: This is the newspaper that used a fan-taken photo of the set. Seen in the trailer, this was pointed out and CG-altered to a different image in the final film)
Only weeks ago, we looked into a dangerous new trend where school girls were taking pictures of themselves in Batman panties and sharing them with millions of strangers on Facebook.
(Rich adds – it’s a parody folks. Not that some of the commentators have noticed.)
Forget panda diplomacy, China is now moving in on a staple of Japanese culture, manga, as Chinese cartoonist, Xiao Bai (小白) wins the fourth International Manga Award. The award was established in 2007 to encourage non-Japanese manga to “Enhance the voice of Japanese pop culture and subculture,” according to then Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso, who said he wants to make it “like the Nobel prize of manga
A&E: So what are you doing now? Oeming: I work in Seattle now for Valve Software. I’m a Jersey boy at heart but it’s good to be here. The pizza is terrible, but you can’t beat the sushi here for freshness. It’s very different from working with comics; these are people that work on games.
Toy Fair 2011: A closer look at Kotobukiya’s Marvel and DC Bishoujo lines – TOMOPOP – COLLECTIBLE TOY CULTURE – Vinyl toys, Papercraft, Garage kits, Gamer toys, Japanese toys, robots, movie toys, and more.
So check out the gallery for a closer look at Ms Marvel, Black Cat, Jean Grey, Supergirl, Wonder Woman, and Sue Storm
The story will go back to Thor’s earlier years, before he ever lifted his mighty hammer. It follows the upstart god’s quest for the legendary Lost Sword of Surtur. To help in the search, Thor teams up with his loyal brother Loki, a budding sorcerer with a knack for conjuring up trouble, and the fabled Warriors Three, a band of boastful travelers. But what starts out as a harmless treasure hunt quickly turns deadly, and Thor must now prove himself worthy of his destiny by saving Asgard itself.