IronMan2Watch: While the Mandarin won’t be summoning any Fin Fang Foom for the movie, there will be a brief poster cameo of the dragon – here’s a look at the reinvented angry creature by Adi Granov for the halfway-abandoned Viva Las Vegas Iron Man comic by Jon Favreau. Iron Man 3 anyone?
AuctionWatch: Stuck Rubber Baby creator Howard Cruse adds to Heroes4Haiti auctions with a number of signed and personal items.
PromotionWatch: Congrats to new Marvel Vice President Tom Brevoort, Vice President-Executive Editor Axel Alonso and Senior Editor Stephen Wacker!
KidsWatch: Comics creator Alex Simmons has created a comic book creating program for 78 fifth graders with the Christopher Barron Live Life Foundation at School 21 in Paterson, North Jersey. The work will be displayed both in the school and around the city. At the conclusion, students will meet other professionals from Archie Comics as well as DC Comics to discuss their work. The programme will then continue with Buzzboy creator John Gallagher, launching a comic book contest for the students.
TextWatch: Schools to learn about “safe texting” with comics.
Tips received at cybertip.ca show that children are engaged in acts that “cross over into illegal activity,” Arnason said. Sexual offenders also use the technology to develop relationships with young people.
Storewatch: Comic store The Tomorrow Is Yesterday has been bought by the owners of Card N’ Comics in Chicago, Jimmy and Debbie Ballard, from previous owner Kim Kowalewski. The shop will be relaunched as Top Cut Comics in Rockford this weekend.
PeggWatch:Simon Pegg officially confirms his casting in the new John Landis Burke & Hare movie.
ConventionWatch: From 10-4 Saturday, The Springfield Missouri Comic Book Convention and from 10-4 Sunday, The Metro East Comic Book Convention in Collinsville, IL. See them before they become Wizard Worlds.
Com.XWatch: Creator Andi Ewington gets his copy of Com.X’s Forty Five, straight from the printers. Happy happy joy joy!