Thursday Runaround – Hyrule Britannia

ZeldaWatch: Penny Arcade and Nintendo team up, one panel a day, to launch the Skyward Sword out this weekend, (though I’m hoping the postman will bring mine today…)

BritishComicsWatch: James Chapman on the changing culture of British Comics, reviewed by the Telegraph.

“Chapman demonstrates how comics reflect and influence our wider culture. In 1892, the cover of The World’s Comic expressed notions of racial stereotype with a collection of African savages and grinning Chinamen; on the final day of the Battle of Britain, a comic called The Skipper boosted home-front morale by portraying a British airman bopping a Nazi paratrooper on the nose.

“In 1952, however, the “proto-feminist” character Kitty Hawke (who appears shouting “[let’s] prove to dad we can operate his planes as efficiently as the glorious males!”) is rejected by readers and scrapped. Evidently, the comic book was heralding the sexual revolution several years before society caught up.”

LegacyWatch: Edmonton Journal reports on a university legacy.

“The University of Alberta now has its first major comic book collection, thanks to a donation by the family of a well-known Edmonton arts writer. “When Gilbert Bouchard died in 2009, he left behind more than 3,700 single-issue comics and related material, including hundreds of graphic novels, comic-strip book collections, comic book-inspired novels, as well as books about the art and history of comic books. The literary bounty is the result of a passion he pursued over 25 years, through weekly trips to local comic bookstores.”

PullQuoteWatch:As Bleeding Cool has grown their power to affect retailer trust has grown” – Steven Wacker

This is Computo the Comic Link Conqueror speaking. I come for your women. But for now I merely collate comic-related bits and pieces online. One day I will rule. Until that day, read on. They say I am a work in progress. The fools.

Jim Shooter: Comic Distribution And The Mob

During the early days of the Direct Market, Marvel’s V.P. of Circulation, Ed Shukin, a long-term veteran of the magazine distribution trade, made it very clear to me that among those we dealt with on the newsstand distribution side there were some pretty nasty characters, and he was openly concerned about the possibility of violent reprisals. At one point, I wanted to stop shipping to an ID that was blatantly screwing us. Ed dug his heels in. He said the owner there wasn’t someone you wanted to piss off. It wasn’t worth two broken legs.

After Breakup, Man Sells Engagement Ring To Buy Halo Full Body Armor

I’ve seen other Master Chiefs. They wander Comic-Con and Wizard World, visit E3 and the Penny Arcade Expo, and their photos often pop up on Tumblr, expertly crafted, painted to look like they’ve actually been in those epic space battles. Did some of them go through the same thing as me? Maybe. Because they always look the way I feel: battle hardened.

X-Men Writer Chris Claremont Donates Archive to Columbia University

Karen Green, Columbia University’s Ancient/Medieval Studies Librarian and Graphic Novel Librarian, said the acquisition of Claremont’s archive will form the basis for establishing a research center for New York City-based cartoonists and comics writers.

EXCLUSIVE: 4-Page Preview of THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN #3 – Comic Vine

Carter Hall, better known as THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN has embarked on a crazy solo adventure since the start of DC’s ‘New 52,’ and in the upcoming third issue written by Tony S. Daniel and illustrated by Philip Tan, Hawkman will have to do a little bit of detective work.

Sneak Peek: Invincible Iron Man #511 | Marvel Heroes | Comic News | News | Marvel.com

Tony Stark’s most fearsome foe, The Mandarin, makes his shocking return in your first look at INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #511!

Sneak Peek: Venom #11 | Spider-Man | Comic News | News | Marvel.com

Venom is on the run from his country and he’ll have to turn to the one person he despises the most for help in your first look at VENOM#11!

Dedicated Discussions – Steam Holiday Sale Is Finally Here, A New Minecraft Game, And GTA Online Heists Are On The Way

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ComiXology Brings In VAT Charges Early – But Who Gets The Money?

Jeff Pina Gets In To San Diego Comic Con

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ODST Is Being Added To The Master Chief Collection For Free If You’ve Played Already

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Valiant Teases Ivar: Timewalker #1

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Strategy Breakdown For The Battle Of The Five Armies

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BOOM! Studios Unveils First Four 10th Anniversary Covers

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Christmas Greetings From The Krampus

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Dynamite Takes Red Sonja, Vampirella, The Shadow And Doc Savage To Altered States

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@Midnight Will Be Before Midnight For 2 Weeks