Dark Horse releases more info on their digital comics program

When Dark Horse announced their digital comics initiative back at NYCC, they went about it in a different way from most other publishers. Instead of partnering with an existing storefront like comiXology, they decided to use their own webstore and application to sell comics — and at the $1.49 price point. There was also talk of add-ons that made going to the physical comics shop a part of the experience.

Since then details have been sketchy, but today Dark Horse released the first information on the program, via a mailing to retailers in the Diamond Daily. A bit of the information was also released to the press, including the plan to release ORIGINAL digital material — but only to those who purchase brick and mortar comics.

Langridge leaving the Muppets

When magic happens, it’s not best to wear it out — although Roger Langridge’s announcement that he’s leaving the Muppets is because of a family situation, he also mentions that it was time: Though probably not on the Muppets. Thing is, I was ready to move on – this personal situation made me jump when […]

Irvin Kershner really was a different generation of filmmaker

We are remiss in not mentioning that Irvin Kershner, (above left) director of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, died over the weekend. Kersh, as he was known, was the last person ever known to argue with George Lucas, as when the director decreed that Harrison Ford’s ad libbed “I know,” was a better line than “I […]

A month of Image teasers — BUTCHER BAKER

So this is what it is all about — a new book by Joe Casey and Mike Huddleston called BUTCHER BAKER. Details and more information forthcoming. Color us intrigued for sure.

All-Star Superman Blu-ray/DVD coming at ya on 2/22/11

The much-anticipated ALL-STAR SUPERMAN dvd is coming out in 2/22/11. Based on the popular tale by Grant Morrison, the animated film includes James Denton (Desperate Housewives) as Superman, Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) as Lois Lane, and Anthony LaPaglia (Without A Trace) as Lex Luthor, with additional voices by Ed Asner. Frances Conroy, Matthew Gray Gubler, Linda Cardellini, Arnold Vosloo, Catherine Cavadini, Finola Hughes, Alexis Denisof, Obba Babatunde, Michael Gough, and John DiMaggio. Creative credits include Bruce Timm executive producer, Sam Liu, director and Dwayne McDuffie, writer. More info here.

Artists salute Harvey Pekar at Scholars and Rogues

Political commentary blog Scholars and Rogues is running a series of artistic tributes to the late Harvey Pekar by such folks as Kenny Be (Westword), A.N. Cargo (S&R), Derf (The City), Benjamin Frisch (Wonkette), Karl Christian Krumpholz (Byron), Mike Keefe (Denver Post), Peter Kuper (MAD), Zina Saunders (Overlooked New York) and Aaron Williams (Nodwick). A new piece will be posted each Monday through the end of the year. Above art by Karl Christian.

Female farce: Benjamin Marra meets Maureen Dowd

It had to happen. Sort of. “New Action” cartoonist Benjamin Marra takes on the occasionally dizzy columnist and author of such books as Are Men Necessary? Maureen Dowd in a no holds barred action inferno:

Comic Books vs Scroobius Pip

Scroobius Pip is one half of UK indie hip hop duo dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip. Their songs tackle issues including suicide, domestic violence, and teen pregnancy with humour and intelligence lacking in mainstream hip hop. Earlier this year they released their second album, The Logic of Chance, and Scroobius Pip released his first […]

New site alert: Destructor

Check out the spiffy new site for Destructor, an ongoing webcomic by Sean T. Collins and the awesome Matt Wiegle, winner of the 2010 Ignatz award for Best New Talent. The character previously appeared in Top Shelf 2.0 webcomics portal and the anthologies Elfworld (Family Style) and Murder (Partyka).

Mark Millar launching Kapow! Comic Con, teaming with Gibbons

It was another busy day for Mark Millar, who is quickly becoming the Oprah Winfrey of comics, using his success in one platform to become a world wide mogul of cross-platform entertainment. Not content just to script best selling comics that turn into successful movies, he’s launched a magazine and now…a comic-con: Kapow Comic Con, which will be held April 9-10 at the London Business Design Centre in Islington, a venue which holds about 5000 people a day.

A month of Image teasers: it's beginning to take shape

Now we know.

Walking Dead Recap: Wildfire

Walking Dead Recaplet: Season One/Episode 5: Wildfire Episode 5 started off strong but ended on an odd note with lots of plot threads left unraveled and undone, and lots of new mysteries  introduced with what seems like precious little time left in a brief first season to wrap them up. Last week saw the remaining survivors’ […]

Thought Bubble 2010

Thought Bubble is the favourite UK comics event for many, both fan and creator alike, and it’s easy to see why. The event is practically a love letter to comics, and is gaining popularity every year. Well organized and well attended, the enthusiasm in the air is almost infectious. The mix of comics and creators […]

D&Q announces plans for the complete Lynda Barry

Over the holiday week, the biggest news was the official announcement thatD&Q will re-release the complete works of Lynda Barry. Next fall will actually see the publication of the first volume of the complete Lynda Barry comics work (consisting primarily of her Ernie Pook’s Comeek strip but not limited to just that, oh no!) Things […]

Must read: Exclusivity Wars sales history

Author/historian/statistician John Jackson Miller used his holiday very productively: to put some of the missing years of comics sales stats up at his site, including the key sales from the dark period of 1995-1996, otherwise known as “The Exclusivity Years.” While the disaster of the Wertham Years is still mentioned in hushed terms as a […]

Internet scan — 11/29/10

Just a few quickies to get you back in the flow: