Vertical layoffs

As mentioned in “Lying in the Gutters” this week, Vertical, best known for its manga line of Tezuka releases, but also a publisher of translations of various literary Japanese works, has had several layoffs. We can confirm that Steve Vrattos, Vertical’s marketing manager, has been let go. And another company joins the current holocaust in […]

Hounsou voices Black Panther

Marvel’s Black Panther is coming to BET television — and apparently as a “he”! — making it Marvel’s first prime time animation. And it’s just been announced that Benin native Djimon Hounsou will do the voice: The series will be adapted from six issues of the Marvel comic of the same name, which were penned […]

Yesterday’s Marvel summit in Tweets

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WizKids canned; HeroClix’s fate unknown

Here’s a story that got lost in the server outage yesterday: Topps has announced they are shutting down their WizKids division, effective immediately. Topps acquired the gaming company WizKids in 2003, after WizKids had already made a splash with HeroClix, the collectible figure superhero game, as well as subsequent releases HorrorClix, Halo, Star Wars and […]

IDW’s parking lot sale

On Saturday, December 6, from 10 am – 3 pm IDW will be having a parking lot sale! With special guests. A number of comic book creators will be on hand offering free autographs on their work, including Ben Templesmith (Wormwood, 30 Days of Night), Chris Ryall (Clive Barker’s The Great and Secret Show, Zombies […]

Another $1 billion movie, another lawsuit

As THE DARK KNIGHT heads toward $1 billion in worldwide grosses, it was inevitable that lawsuits would be filed as unjustly neglected parties sought their rightful pieces of the caped pie, but the town of Batman, Turkey is taking it to the wall. Mayor Huseyin Kalkan is claiming that WB used his town’s name without […]

News and Notes

§ Steve Duin updates S. Clay Wilson’s health. Although he’s responding to medication for his pneumonia, the extent of his brain injury is not yet known. UPDATE: An email is circulating among Wilson’s friends stating that he is stable, but not responsive. Bonus: This blog post is in Spanish, but has some fine examples of […]