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Actually, both The Beat and Publishers Weekly need interns!

We mean it!

The Beat is still looking for an intern who can help with all sorts of exciting stuff. This could be a virtual position. No pay but lots of perks.

Publishers Weekly is looking for a physical intern who can come in and do all the dirty work. Duties include opening packages and mailing out packages, but there are also writing, lots and lots and lots and lots of free comics, and being part of the most exciting, dynamic team in comics.

Hours for the PW position are flexible. You can be in school. You might actually even be able to get credit for school.

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PS: Best video ever about the end of the world, courtesy of Mitchell & Webb:

Diamond Retailer Summit news roundup

[Regular Beat commenter Torsten Adair attended the just-concluded Diamond Retail Summit in Las Vegas, sat through every presentation, and typed up his notes for us. A first installment ran yesterday in PW Comics Week with updates on the POS system, the Comic Shop Locator system and more. Here’s a summary of the rest of the announcements. Parsing through it, the biggest news, from a business standpoint, appears to be both Image and Dark Horse adopting the “Final Order Cut-Off” system through Diamond, meaning retailers can raise or lower orders for specific titles much closer to print dates, allowing more accurate ordering. The system has done well for Marvel and DC to increase periodical sales (retailers can order with more confidence) and could do the same for Dark Horse and Image.]

by Torsten Adair
Diamond’s new warehouse:
At Monday’s breakfast, Cindy Fournier, Diamond Vice President of Operations, presented the new distribution warehouse moving from Memphis, Tennessee, to nearby Olive Branch, Mississippi. Six years ago, Diamond moved from Sparta, Illinois, to its present location in Memphis, renting a 225,000 sq. ft. facility. Today, they occupy three buildings with 350,000 sq. ft.

The new facility, built to Diamond’s specifications, will occupy 600,000 sq. ft. It will utilize modern technology, using Radio Frequency Identification and voice recognition software to assist with efficient distribution of product. Computer cartonization will calculate the volume of the product on each shipment and then select the optimal carton size, thereby reducing waste.

An implementation date for the new warehouse has not yet been publicized. Diamond plans to finish the move before the holiday season, preferably by late October. 6,000 skids, or 300 tractor trailers, of product has already been transferred. Diamond offers over 20,000 SKUs and 20,000,000 items, so reordering will be suspended for one week as non-comic book product is transferred, then later, comic books and graphic novels will be unavailable for six to ten days. New product will ship directly to the new warehouse, and won’t be affected.

Since the move is less than ten miles from Diamond’s current warehouses in the Memphis area, all of the warehouse management staff, and 98% of the warehouse employees will transfer to the new location. UPS shipping will continue from the current hub.
[Read more…]

DJ Caruso spills on Y

200809101241UGO has an interview with director DJ Caruso in which the EAGLE EYE helmer gives all sorts of info on the proposed Y: THE LAST MAN movie, including the idea that it may be a SERIES of movies. He also speaks on casting choices — Shia LaBeouf is still a front runner for Yorick but other parts are still speculative:

UGO: We’ve heard rumors about Alicia Keys playing 355?

DJC: Well, she’s actually not a bad choice. She’s definitely not a bad choice. She’s definitely someone to consider. I thought she did a really cool job in the Carnahan movie (Smokin’ Aces) which was a lot of fun. So yeah. So really, the one thing, I think I’ve mentioned this to you, I’m going for, and it’s not quite there yet on the page. I’d love to have sort of a (Robert) DeNiro/(Charles) Grodin relationship between 355 and (Yorick). Kind of a Midnight Run relationship…I think Alicia’s a great girl and everything but I have to make sure that she can handle the acting part of it.

Caruso plans to have Ampersand played by a real monkey, dashing rumors that he would be played by Mickey Rooney in make-up. Much more info in the link, including BKV’s involvement.

Thought: This will be one movie that passes the Bechdel test, eh?

FISHTOWN collected

Fishtown Cover Mock
Kevin Colden writes to tell us of the FISHTOWN collection coming this fall from IDW. You may recall that Colden had originally won a Xeric Grant for the project but turned it down in order to publish it on the web as part of ACT-I-VATE. For this deluxe hardcover edition, all of the artwork has been cleaned up and retouched, and will be printed in spot color, the way it was originally designed. According to the publisher’s description, “Inspired by real events, Colden’s story explores what leads a group of teens to commit a heinous crime. FISHTOWN is an absorbing read that compels the reader to explore a world they hope to never experience.”

Cronin’s a Month of Art Stars

Over at Comics Should be Good, Brian Cronin is running a nice series called A Month of Art Stars:

Every day this month I’m going to feature a current comic book art “star,” someone whose work I absolutely love. I’m mostly going to try to keep from the biggest names as much as possible, because, really, do I need to talk more about the awesomeness of JH Williams, Frank Quitely and Darwyn Cooke? Here’s the archive of the artists mentioned so far!

1. Frank Espinosa
2. Ryan Sook
3. Steve Lieber
4. Joel Priddy
5. Danica Novgorodoff
6. Doug Mahnke
7. Christine Norrie
8. Goran Sudžuka
9. Marcelo Frusin

It’s a nice, eclectic roundup of today’s comics artists. Above, art from Novgorodoff’s A LATE FREEZE.

Fake superhero casting FAQ

It seems that all these comics blogs have recently sprung up that are really comic book movie blogs. And when you throw in all the movie blogs and websites there already were, and all the comic book blogs and comic book message boards and so on, everybody is taking every dumb red carpet utterance by some Z-list celebrity as a Rumor To Be Investigated. So with no further ado, here’s our handy Movie Casting Rumors Debunking FAQ:

Will Smith is NOT Captain America:

Hey folks, Harry here to restore your faith in the world – Multiple sources from MARVEL have confirmed that Derek Luke, of Spike Lee’s MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA, doesn’t know what he’s talking about when it comes to Will Smith and CAPTAIN AMERICA. Marvel never offered the part, nor did they approach or entertain a conversation about Will Smith for CAPTAIN AMERICA. That said – I’m sure they have a few parts that they’d like him for, just not Captain America.

So there ya go. They haven’t gone insane and we don’t need to be confused, angry and scared about it anymore.

Philip Seymour Hoffman is NOT the Penguin:

“No one has talked to me about it ever — never,” replied Hoffman. “It happened, like, five years ago, too. It was a rumor back then and it’s still a rumor. [laughs] It’s just in the press. It’s funny.”

Cher is NOT Catwoman. Actually, that never got really debunked, but it wasn’t ever anything but some kind of crazy made up rumor anyway.

More details as they come in.