Wednesday Runaround – Doonesbury Times Two

TransformersWatch: A new Transformers series is starting today. Here’s a teaser image – one of twelve going around the internet round now. Gotta catch ‘em all – wait, that’s a different franchise.

DoonesburyWatch: *That* Doonesbury Sunday strip has had reaction on Daytona Beach.

What happened to The News-Journal’s new “fair and balanced” editorial approach? Your leftist leanings seem to have spilled over into the Jan. 8 comics section with Doonesbury’s vicious attack on Newt Gingrich (whom I do not support in any way). Maybe next week you can arrange for the “Blondie” strip to have Mr. Dithers rail on how President Barack Obama’s oppressive regulations and heath care demands are killing American business. Or at least put Doonesbury on the editorial page where it belongs.

DoonesburyWatch2: While today’s strip may get reaction from this parish.

StripWatch: In more newspaper strip watch, the Covington News of Georgia, walks back it’s two year old decision to drop Sunday strips from the paper.

Two years ago we made a decision to eliminate a long newspaper tradition of providing Sunday comics. We based that decision on the thought that people were tired of reading comics. We trusted the entire country’s perception because the national polls told us people weren’t interested in them anymore. It also made sense for us financially as the move saved us a major printing cost.

Since then, our readers have expressed their displeasure that we made such a decision. We’ve heard the outcry. We received the message.

In an effort to extract ourselves from behind the proverbial woodshed, we have listened. Sunday comics will return to The Covington News.

NIMBYWatch: Changing a main street has caused trouble for one comic shop in Kansas City.

“One of our biggest days is free comic book day, and they completely destroyed my sidewalk that week,” says Jim Cavanaugh, owner of Clint’s Comics.

He’s not happy about the lack of parking either.

ConWatch: Gizmodo exposes the belief that this year’s Oz Comic Con in Australia is in some way associated with Comic Con International, those behind the San Diego Comic Con.

“Should it be called Comic-Con? No,” he says. “It’s not a Comic-Con and it pisses in the face of the two established events that are in Australia.

“I have no problem with her wanting to do a show. Fine. But call it something that you own! The amount of press they’ve gotten based on that name… and they’ve gone, ‘oh no, we’re not saying we’re Comic-Con’, but in practically everything they’ve been doing they’re saying it’s Comic-Con.

“It’s like pointing at someone, accusing him of murder and then saying, ‘oh we weren’t accusing you of murder. But if you want to take that implication because I was pointing at him and screaming ‘murder’…’”

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.

BBC News – Batman pays for £100,000 Wollaton Hall improvements

Warner Brothers paid for redecorations to The Great Hall and entrance hall and re-gilded some windows at the back of the property.

DC Universe: The Source » Blog Archive » Tomorrow’s DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 Releases

Below, take a look at all the previews that ran (sorted alphabetically and separated by cover), compiled here in one easy location for your convenience.

DC Universe: The Source » Blog Archive » DETECTIVE COMICS Back-Ups Spotlight Two-Face

“Readers who have enjoyed the twists, turns and surprises of Tony’s run on DETECTIVE so far will love this special story featuring Two-Face,” said Mike Marts, BATMAN group editor. “This is Harvey Dent as we’ve never seen him before—a new threat, a new troubled soul for DC COMICS-THE NEW 52!”

Attend Class at the Jean Grey School | X-Men | Comic News | News | Marvel.com

Ever wondered what it would be like to be a student at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning? To learn from Kitty Pryde, pass notes with Rockslide and have Wolverine as your headmaster? Well wonder no more!

Comic Book Legends Revealed #348 | Comics Should Be Good! @ Comic Book Resources

Rorschach’s speech patterns were based on Herbie, the Fat Fury.

Retailers Struggle with Marvel’s Inconsistent Backlist

Marvel Comics has long ruled the comic book sales charts, DC’s recent relaunch resurgence notwithstanding. Marvel has not ruled all facets of the comic sales charts, however. Marvel has not achieved the same dominance in the book trade as they have with periodicals. Retailers say this is because Marvel has longstanding problems keeping their backlist available.

Paramount, Universal and Disney Plan Super Bowl Ads | Superhero Hype

Though the specifics ads are not confirmed, new TV spots are likely to include G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Marvel’s The Avengers, John Carter and Battleship.

‘Saw’ cinematographer to direct ‘Crawl to Me’ – Entertainment News, Film News, Media – Variety

The recently published IDW comic, which takes place in an isolated country town during the frigid winter months, centers on a young family as they cope with a series of disturbing events that force them to question their relationship, their faith and their very existence.