Captain America’s big news today! UPDATE

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So if you’ve been following along with the CAP #600/REBORN #1 news, you know that CAPTAIN AMERICA #600 goes on sale TODAY, not Wednesday, because Marvel has been planning a big news release that, hopefully, will turn into major media coverage and people flooding into stores to see what it’s all about. So what’s the deal? A Google news search for Captain America as of this moment reveals such headlines as:

Sikhs ask U.S. Army to drop ban on turbans, beards

I can’t survive without Test cricket: Tendulkar

Soldier’s $7 book purchase may bring huge windfall

Ah, wait here we go!

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•CNN International: Captain America, thought dead, comes back to life

•NY Times: Captain America Back From the Dead

• And what seems to be the main story from the Daily News: Captain America is coming back to life in a comic near you.

So….let’s say the news is spreading fast.
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Cup O’ Joe moves to CBR

Continuing the ever-growing exodus from MySpace, the popular Cup O’Joe feature — in which Marvel Editor in Chief Joe Quesada answers a wide range of questions — has moved from that sputtering social networking site over to CBR, with Jonah Weiland and Kiel Phegley taking over the questioning duties from Jim McLauchlin. Early topics include the impending resurrection of Captain America, price increases and so on. Bonus: a chibi version of Joe heads each column!

Wednesday Comics to appear in USA TODAY

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One of the most intriguing news stories of the last few months has been DC’s upcoming WEDNESDAY COMICS, a newspaper-sized weekly comic featuring a wide range of top talent under the watchful eye of editor Mark Chiarello. The idea of a newspaper-sized comic sounded incredibly cool — so cool that one had to wonder, couldn’t this actually appear in a newspaper? Turns out, at least one strip will. The John Arduci/Lee Bermajo Superman strip will be serialized each week, The Source blog reports;

Starting Wednesday July 8, when the first issue of WEDNESDAY COMICS hits stands, USA TODAY will be syndicating writer John Arcudi and artist Lee Bermejo’s SUPERMAN strip every week over the course of the 12-week series. The first strip will appear in print on July 8, and subsequent strips will appear each Wednesday on USATODAY.COM, day-and-date with the respective issue. Additionally, each online preview will be promoted weekly in USA TODAY’s print edition. USA TODAY announced the news this morning.

News notes

A few oddments of news we’ve had floating around our inbox for the last few days:

§ Tucker Stone’s MoCCA coverage dropped the bomb that the upcoming SIMPSON’S TREEHOUSE OF HORROR #15 will contain stories by the cream of the latest art comix crop, including John Kerschbaum, Kevin Huizenga, Jordan Crane, Jeffrey Brown, C.F. and Dan Zettwoch. CF on the Simpsons! Can’t wait!

§ Canadian cartoonist Doug Wright has been getting much attention of late due to D&Q’s lavish collection of his work. This jogged Marv Wolfman’s memory regarding a little known phase of Wright’s career:

Doug was one of my regular Crazy artists. I…got in touch with Doug and other Pulitzer prize winning editorial cartoonists who did stories for me at our ridiculous rates. Turns out editorial cartoonists had plenty of time each day while waiting for the story that they’d do their cartoon about. They were also lightning fast as well as brilliant. Doug did a number of stories for me as did several other editorial cartoonists who wanted to keep busy. Great stuff and it made Crazy look beyond wonderful.

§ Agent/artist Denis Kitchen has a few notes for us; his UNDERGROUND CLASSICS book from Abrams has gone to a second printing. Also, daughter Alexa Kitchen, is hitting the mainstream with a new book due from Hyperion this August, Grown-Ups Are Dumb! ((No Offense)). Young Kitchen has been publishing her cartoons since she was five years old, and this work — the fruit of her 10th year — represents her most mature work yet!

Tiny linkage

Just like the guy in the horror movie who does not heed the dire warnings of the gnarly old groundskeeper, Brian Heater did not listen to us, and went to this weekend’s Big Apple Con 2009 and paid the price:

The registration woman’s second obligatory question was the more bizarre—and perhaps revealing—of the two. “If Big Apple Con added a casino, would you stay and gamble?” I’m not really much of a gambler, and as such, this was far and away the easier of the two questions. Neither, it seems, are the organizers of Big Apple Con. Both of whose questions are clearly geared at shaping future iterations of the show based on this small bit of mandatory audience participation.

Actually, we have been to many a Big Apple Con and had some fun, but if hot sweatiness alone was grounds for ending a show, BAC would have been finished years ago.

ALTHOUGH, looking at Brian’s photos, it appear that they moved the show upstairs, instead of the tarp-draped, often leaked on pavillion area? Can anyone report?

§ Top Shel’fs Brett Warnock reports on notable new artists and comics he’s picked up over the last few weeks.

§ Chris Pitzer of AdHouse does likewise.

§ Tom Spurgeon interviews erotic cartoonist Dale Lazarov.

LAZAROV: Bruno Gmunder Verlag, my German gay art book publisher, says that most of their books sell online; given that I can go to online booksellers in Argentina, Italy, Poland, India and Japan and see Manly and Sticky listed, I would say they certainly do their homework with online booksellers. They are distributed to bookstores internationally, though, since they’re marketed as art books and not comics. Here in North America, high-end, erotica-friendly comic stores like Chicago Comics, or big city independent bookstores like Books, Inc in San Francisco (which has a long-standing end cap with my books! Yay!), plus still-vital gay bookstore chains like Lambda Rising, carry my books. I helped Gmunder get Manly carried by Borders and InsightOut (the LGBT division of Quality Paperback Book Club) so there’s room to grow, too.

Meet John Carter and Dejah Thoris


THR is reporting that Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins, both recently seen in WOLVERINE, have been cast in Andrew Stanton’s upcoming JOHN CARTER OF MARS. The role of the Virginian gentleman was hotly contested, the trade reports:

The role of Carter was considered one of the “gets” for a young actor, and Disney has spent months meeting and testing a wide swath of names from Jon Hamm to Josh Duhamel during its search.

Jon Hamm…hm, that would be our pick but…we won’t complain too much. Kitsch didn’t suck in his brief role as Gambit, and he will certainly look fine in a Martian loincloth (it was hard finding a picture of him with his shirt on.) Collins is quite lovely, but is she “incomparable”? We’ll see — the Julliard-trained thesp did much better with a really dumbass character in WOLVERINE than you would expect.

Outtage, innage

Sorry, updates have been nonexistent of late…two shows back to back and three weeks without a day off took its toll. And then, right on schedule, the cable went out! Luckily it did not interfere with our enjoyment of TCM’s Director’s Spotlight month, including SUNSET BLVD., and yesterday’s heaping helping of Howard Hawks.