IndiaWatch: It’s not just America where movie stars can become comic book creators overnight. In India, Bollywood star Arya Babbar has written his first graphic novel, Pushpak Viman, a contemporary take on Hindu mythology and based on the journey of a mythological demon and the son of Drona, Ashwathaama.
HellWatch: Playing off the main title where Wolverine has been taking a trip to Hades, Marvel launch an exclusive free Wolverine digicomic for subscribers, with Logan bumping into our favourite comics media mogul satire Mojo, finding himself in Developmental Hell.
BestWatch: Owly’s Andy Runton gets a name check in Creative Loafing Atlanta as the state’s best graphic novelist.
SplurgeWatch: Doyou have more money than sense? Then why not buy a Pop Art Pow/Bam cushion for £70 from Bodlon.
This is The Bleeding Cool ComicChron Robot 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.
1st Archie, Betty, and Jughead. Sold For $50,000
Turbo Defiant Kimecan by Mexican artist Ferran Daniel uses Flash to load one panel or element at a time. We’ve seen a few comics like it, but this one gets points for some pretty artwork. Curious to hear what people think of this sort of loading order, now that we’ve seen it a few times. (Maybe time to revisit this discussion?) Meanwhile, along comes an HTML 5 comic, Never Mind the Bullets (cooked up by Steaw Web Design to show off Microsoft’s IE9). More proof-of-concept than anything else, but it’s kind of cool and got me thinking about how that layered effect could be used in other ways. (thanks again to Randy Oest for the tip).
As part of a month-long promotion for November 5th’s Megamind, Will Ferrell and DreamWorks Animation are going to attempt to break the Guiness World Record for the most superheroes in one location and, if you’re in the Los Angeles area on October 2nd, you’re encouraged to join in on the fun at LA Live downtown. 1,501 heroes are required to beat the current record and the call is sounding out for fans to dress up like their favorite “easily recognisable” superhero (one that has appeared in a published book, comic, television program or film, as stipulated by the record guidelines). The feat will be judged by official Guinness World Records Adjudicator and Spokesperson, Stuart Claxton and, if all goes according to plan, the official certificate will be presented at the conclusion of the ceremony.
Tokyopop is teaming with comics resource site and app developer Comixology to release the first volume of the much-anticipated manga series Hetalia Axis Powers simultaneously in print graphic novel and digital formats in North America. Originally created as a Web comic by Hidekaz Himaruya, Hetalia Axis Powers is the humorous retelling of relations among the Allied and Axis powers between the two World Wars with the countries portrayed as young boys. The series is a bestselling manga in Japan selling more than a million copies and is also a popular anime and web animation.
The first decade of the 21st century has seen something of a vindication of geek culture, which has now been fully embraced by contemporary consumer media. A predisposition to the internet and video games no longer denotes social incompetence, pop culture fandom is something to be celebrated and living vicariously through the media you consume is considered a legitimate lifestyle. Comic book and manga culture is mainstream and Judd Apatow movies are highly successfully. What’s more, English super-geek Edgar Wright is making big budget Hollywood films. Overall, in recent years there really has been a kind of groundswell for geekdom.
Now, we’ve asked our Facebook followers (along with some expert friends) to tell us about their favorite comic shops. The top 10 we’ve come up with is certainly skewed by our own prejudice for stylish, wide-ranging stores that also stock indie comics and graphic novels, rather than old-fashioned places that only cater to superhero devotees. And we’d much rather see a small, well-curated store than a big one that stocks the same stuff as every other big one. Page through our list after the jump and weigh in with your picks in the comments.
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