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San Diego Comic Con Exclusives – Dollhouse To Emma Frost From Diamond

More swag for you to start planning to line up for at San Diego Comic Con. In fact you might as well start now. How else will you flip this lot on eBay, hmmm?

DOLLHOUSE EPITAPHS #1 2011 SDCC VERSION
Exclusive original cover! Retailer Bonus: 1 in every 5 copy that is picked up at the SDCC will be signed by the creators Jed Whedon, Andrew Chambliss, & Maurissa Tancharoen! Overwhelmed by multiple personalities after mind-altering technology, Alpha must save mankind from itself as the viral technology turns everyone into murderous automatons. The fate of the world rests in the hands of Psychotic Alpha.
LIMITED TO 2,500 COPIES
Comic SRP: $3.50

ULTIMATE COMICS FALLOUT #1 2011 SDCC VERSION
Exclusive white variant cover! The end before the beginning: After the death of Spider-Man, the Ultimate Universe will be re-born with the appearance of a new Spider-Man. This exclusive is the ultimate in SDCC Marvel exclusives!
LIMITED TO 3,000 COPIES
Comic SRP: $3.99

GODZILLA GANGSTERS & GOLIATHS #1 2011 SDCC VERSION
Exclusive original cover with Godzilla attacking the San Diego Convention Center! Join Detective Makoto Sato as he travels to Monster Island and faces extinction from both gangsters and goliaths. His survival depends on his wit and the help of some unusual friends.
LIMITED TO 5,000 COPIES
Comic SRP: $3.99

WALKING DEAD #87 2011 SDCC VERSION
Exclusive AMC TV Series zombie photo cover! We learn to carry on without them…Relive the undead in this latest installment of Walking Dead. This exclusive features a Zombie photo cover from the hit AMC TV Series. Revel in the horror as County Sheriff Rick Grimes awakes from a coma to see that the world has been ravaged by a zombie epidemic and he must fight to survive.
LIMITED TO 5,000 COPIES
Comic SRP: $2.99

GREEN LANTERN MOVIE LIGHT-UP BEARBRICK 2011 SDCC VERSION
As Green Lantern takes to the big screen this Summer, be sure to grab this exclusive Bearbrick equipped with a light-up lantern!
LIMITED TO 1,500 COPIES
Figure SRP: $16.99

EMMA FROST BISHOUJO STATUE 2011 SDCC VERSION
Exclusive clear form! Grab this exclusive Kotobukiya Bishoujo statue of Emma Frost as The White Queen! Standing eight-inches tall atop an environmental display base, the X-men mutant is highlighted by a bishoujo-styled face along with Frost’s flowing hair and cape. Be sure to add The White Queen to your Marvel X Bishoujo Collection of iconic superheroines and villains!
LIMITED TO 1,500 COPIES
Statue SRP: $59.99

MARVEL VS CAPCOM MINIMATES BOX SET 2011 SDCC VERSION
This exclusive four-pack of minimates features the greatest heroes of “Marvel vs. Capcom 3”! Dante, Phoenix, Arthur and Deadpool are displayed in their “Player 2” colors and stand 2.5 inches tall. Sculpted exclusively by Diamond Select Toys, these mini-figures are a must for your collection!
LIMITED TO 3,000 COPIES
Minimates Box Set SRP: $17.99

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DC To Run National TV Ads To Support Comic Book Relaunch

And this is where the other shoe drops.

DC Comics have quite radically restarted all their comic books from issue one, cancelled a stack of them, and begun a new load too. And they are making them all available digitally on the day of purchase. This is a big thing, with an eye on a big mainstream audience. But how will DC reach that audience, given the insular nature of the comic book industry in the USA?

Well, I understand that DC is to launch, through Warner, a major national television advertising campaign for the new line of comic books.

Declaration of interest here, I’m an experienced advertising copywriter and only recently stepped down from a Head Writer position at a London ad agency to go full time on Bleeding Cool.

Comics, when they have advertised on radio or television, have generally done so pretty poorly. Vertigo’s ad exchange with BBC America saw them advertise their Crime OGN line and the Fables collections on the channel, the latter was tolerable but the former was execrable.

I’m hoping the Warner injection may help that.

Benefit-led commercial, please folks. Advertising a reason why they might want to buy a comic book in the first place, what it could mean to them on an emotional level.  What’s in it for them and why should they care? Think how a theme park ride does it…

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Those 52 DC Comics Issue Ones – And What And Who Is Missing

There are only the Superman titles for DC to announce, but if they’re right about the 52 issue one relaunches for September, then we kind of know them all already pretty much… so what do we have – and who is missing?

1. Justice League #1 by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee (read more)

2. Justice League International #1 by Dan Jurgens and Aaron Lopresti (read more)

3. Teen Titans #1 by  Scott Lobdell, Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund (read more)

4. Suicide Squad #1 by Adam Glass and Marco Rudy (read more)

5. Action Comics #1 by Grant Morrison and Rags Morales (read more)

6. Superman #1 by George Pérez (read more)

7. Superboy #1 by Scott Lobdell and… (read more)

8. Supergirl #1 by Michael Green, Mike Johnson and Mahmud A. Asrar (read more)

9. Batman #1 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. (read more)

10. Detective Comics #1 by Tony Daniel (read more)

11. Batman: The Dark Knight #1 by David Finch (read more)

12. Batgirl #1 by Gail Simone, Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes. (read more)

13. Batwoman #1 by J.H. Williams III, Haden Blackman and Amy Reeder (read more)

14. Catwoman #1 by Judd Winick and Guillem March (read more)

15. Red Hood And The Outlaws #1 by Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort (read more)

16. Batwing #1 by Judd Winick and Ben Oliver (read more)

17. Nightwing #1 by Kyle Higgins and Eddy Barrows (read more)

18. Batman And Robin #1 by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason (read more)

19. Birds Of Prey #1 by Duane Swierczynski and Jesus Saiz (read more)

20. Green Lantern #1 by Geoff Johns, Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy (read more)

21. Green Lantern Corps #1 by Peter J. Tomasi, Fernando Pasarin and Scott Hanna (read more)

22. Green Lanterns: New Guardians #1 by Tony Bedard, Tyler Kirkham and Batt (read more)

23. Red Lanterns #1 by Peter Milligan, Ed Benes and Rob Hunter. (read more)

24. Aquaman #1 by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis (read more)

25. Wonder Woman #1 by Brian Azzarello #1 and Cliff Chiang (read more)

26. Flash #1 by Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul (read more)

27. Green Arrow #1 by JT Krul and Dan Jurgens (read more)

28. DC Universe Presents #1 by Paul Jenkins and Bernard Chang (read more)

29. Savage Hawkman #1 by Tony Daniel and Philip Tan (read more)

30. Blue Beetle #1 by Tony Bedard and Ig Guara (read more)

31. Fury Of Firestorm #1 by Gail Simone, Ethan Van Sciver and Yildiray Cinar. (read more)

32. Mr Terrific #1 by Eric Wallace and Roger Robinson (read more)

33. Captain Atom #1 by JT Krul and Freddie Williams II (read more)

34. OMAC #1 by Dan DiDio, Keith Giffen and Scott Koblish (read more)

35. Static Shock #1 by Felicia Henderson, John Rozum, Scott McDaniel and Jonathan Glapion. (read more)

36. Hawk And Dove #1 by Sterling Gates and Rob Liefeld (read more)

37. Deathstroke #1 by Kyle Higgins, Joe Bennett and Art Thibert (read more)

38. Legion of Superheroes by Paul Levitz and Francis Portela (read more)

39. Legion Lost #1 by Fabian Nicieza and Pete Woods (read more)

40. Grifter #1 by Nathan Edmondson, CAFU and BIT (read more)

41. Voodoo #1 by Ron Marz and Sami Basri. (read more)

42. Stormwatch #1 by Paul Cornell and Miguel Sepulveda (read more)

43. Animal Man #1 by Jeff Lemire, Travel Foreman and Dan Green (read more)

44. Swamp Thing #1 by Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette (read more)

45. Justice League Dark #1 by Peter Milligan and Mikel Janin (read more)

46. Demon Knights #1 by Paul Cornell, Diogenes Neves and Oclair Albert (read more)

47. Frankenstein: Agent Of SHADE #1 by Jeff Lemire and Alberto Ponticelli (read more)

48. Resurrection Man #1 by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Fernando Dagnino (read more)

49. I, Vampire #1 by Josh Fialkov and Andrea Sorrentino (read more)

50. Blackhawks #1 by Mike Costa and Ken Lashley (read more)

51. Sgt Rock And The Men Of War #1 by Ivan Brandon and Tom Derenick (read more)

52. All-Star Western #1 by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Grey and Meridat. (Vigilante by Darwyn Cooke in the back?) (read more)

That’s 52. No Batman Beyond #1, JLA Beyond #1 or My Greatest Adventure #1, look forward to those in months to come, I guess. And Batman Inc #1 sometime next year.

But also, no Booster Gold, JSA, Superman/Batman, Adventure Comics, The Spirit, Doc Savage, Justice Society Of America, Secret Six, Gotham City Sirens, Power Girl, THUNDER Agents, Titans, Xombi or Zatanna. No sign of Wally West. No And no sign of a Captain Marvel or any of his family.

And with new books and new creative teams, there are also losers. There’s also no work from creators working for DC in August including James Robinson, Scott Kolins, Adam Schlagman, Jonathan Vankin, David Hine, Brian Miller, Peter Calloway, Felicia Henderson, Jock, Brian Wood, Brian Clevinger, Marc Andreyko, Tom DeFalco, Chris Roberson, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Phil Hester, Howard Chaykin, JG Jones, Will Pfeiffer, James Patrick, Marc Guggenheim, Marv Wolfman, Matthew Sturges, Nick Spencer, Frazer Irving, Andy Kubert, Fernando Blanco, Felipe Massafera, Rex Ogle, Ibraim Roberson, Scott Clark, Alejandro Giraldo, Rodney Buchemi, Eddie Nunez, Javi Fernandez, Oliver Nome, Gene Ha, Marco Castiello, Mike Miller, Howard Porter, Daniel Sampere, Ron Randall, Kevin Maguire, Jerry Bingham, Sergio Cariello, Rich Buckler, Paris Cullins, Mike Bowden, Steve Scott, Jay Fabok, Greg Tocchini, Todd McCarthy, Carlos D’anda, Pere Perez, Chris Batista, Adam Beechen, Marcus To, Andres Guinaldo, Billy Tucci, Ron Frenz, Allan Goldman, Piers Gallo, Chriscross, Tomas Giorello, Don Kramer, Geraldo Borges, Phil Winslade, Agustin Padilla, Jerry Ordway, J Calafiore, Hendry Prasetya, Mike Grell, Nicola Scott, Jose Luis, Fabrizio Fiorentino and Victor Ibanez

Of course, there’s always October…

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Friday Runaround – Heroes In A Plant Pot

TweetWatch: “Huh. I didn’t know there was going to be SUICIDE SQUAD book with King Shark and Deadshot. That would have been nice to know, guys.” – GailSimone

BlueWaterWatch: AmberUnmasked reports on the Hillary Clinton comic book, currently featured on the likes of CBS and the HuffPo. And how the cover was totally swiped from an artist who was asked to submit her work for the project.

At least she got paid first…

ConWatch: The horror convention… that wasn’t

SecondPrintWatch: “Not only did we go back to press on BOOSTER GOLD #44, we’re doing so on #45 as well!” -Jurgens to Comic Related’s Gold Exchange

TheftWatch: A Pikesville resident reported that a burglar took $5,000 worth of comic books from her storage area at work, in the 3500 block of Carriage Hill Circle in Randallstown, Baltimore. You know what this means…

FightWatch: Virgin Comics co-creator of Voodoo Child, Wesley Coppola Cage in an on-set fight with his personal trainer that left him “in a bloody pulp.”

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.

Fired Spider-Man director Taymor claims royalties | Reuters

Julie Taymor, the ousted director of Broadway’s troubled “Spider-Man” musical, is seeking an estimated $300,000 in unpaid royalties from producers, the union representing her said on Thursday.

Brian Wood – Comics + Graphic Novels

I am offering a free download of the entire 132-page Public Domain 2 artbook.  It’s about 115 megs, nicely high res, and looks great imported onto my iphone and ipad.  It represents about a decade of sketches and random art.

sarah’s nuigurumi, I crocheted some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles…

I crocheted some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cacti!

CNS STORY: Pope to get manga comic treatment in time for World Youth Day

A 32-page Pope Benedict manga comic will be distributed in August during World Youth Day in Madrid. Lin said he expects to have 300,000 copies produced in Spain to meet demand. He hopes it will whet World Youth Day participants’ appetites for a longer Pope Benedict manga to be produced this fall in the United States.

THE LEGAL VIEW: The DCU Relaunch and the Superman Copyright | The Beat

By this line of reasoning, the relaunch would establish a clear foundation for making DC the sole owner of the current Superman and Superboy, leaving the Siegel and Shuster heirs with nothing except the original–and far less lucrative–Superman from 1938.

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The Best Green Lantern Themed TV Commercial Of All

And it’s not even an official Green Lantern partner. Brilliant, pure dead brilliant. Dodgy politics obviously, but hey. This is advertising.

This, by the way, is called a benefit-led commercial, rather than a feature-led commercial. Write that down, we’ll be talking about it tomorrow. There may be a test.

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DC To Publish “The Batman Of Las Vegas”?

According to Variety, DC Comics has bought global publishing rights to The Tyrant, the protagonist of Jon Land‘s gangster Vegas novel The Seven Sins: The Tyrant Ascending.

And with a film in the works, Variety reports that Fabrizio Boccardi, founder of King Midas World Entertainment who put together the deal, “envisions The Tyrant as the central figure in a franchise that would include feature films and, in the longer term, an actual Seven Sins casino.”

He is quoted as saying “We conceived the character as the Batman of Las Vegas. Honestly, I want to build a franchise. I know it’s not an easy task but I’d like to create something that can endure longer than just three movies.”

Especially since this character is actually meant to be based on Boccardi. Indeed, he may have commissioned the series of novels…

Conspicuously there are no quotes by anyone at DC Comics in the article. I do hope they know that may have signed up to something intended to spinoff into a casino.

DC did not respond to inquiries. But looking at the King Midas World Entertainment website, things do look a little… odd.

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DC Relaunch: Suicide Squad #1 And Blue Beetle #1

DC Comics has told Newsarama about a new Suicide Squad, and Comic Book Resources about a new Blue Beetle.

So that’s Suicide Squad #1 by Adam Glass and Marco Rudy, with Harley Quinn, Deadshot and King Shark! And Blue Beetle #1 by Tony Bedard, Ig Guara and Ruy Jose, cover by Tyler Kirkham and Sal Regla, with Jamie Reyes as the Beetle.

I wonder what Comics Alliance will get?

Links to Bleeding Cool’s complete DC relaunch coverage

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Mini-Peek At The Wonder Woman TV Pilot

It’s only a few seconds…

But it is a few seconds. Here you go. Wonder Woman, The TV Pilot.

Maybe we’ll get some more next time.

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Joe Casey And Nathan Fox To Take Over Haunt

Bleeding Cool told you a while ago that both artist Greg Capullo and writer Robert Kirkman were leaving the Image book, Haunt.

Well, co-creator and co-inker Todd McFarlane has told USA Today that he’s hired Joe Casey and Nathan Fox to take over the book.

They’ll begin their stint on the supernatural brother double act book from issue 19 starting in September.


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Preview: Fear Itself #4

Here’s a worldess preview to the next issue of the maga-event crossover from Marvel. Fear Itself #4, by Matt Fraction and Stuart Immonen, out later this month.

Note how the fall of Thor to Earth rather mirrors that in the recent movie…

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