Breaking: Bye bye, Borders

It’s official….as everyone expected, Borders, the book chain that spearheaded the rise of graphic novel sin the good years, has failed to find a buyer and will be liquidated, perhaps as soon as this Friday.

Official DARK KNIGHT RISES teaser trailer released…and it’s amazing


One of the best things about Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies is that the villians are truly bad people, not just cardboard guys in suits. And in the glimpse of Bane (played by Tom Hardy) that same feeling of danger comes across.

Can’t wait.

New, younger Superman is single, more broody and “Twi-lighty”

Perhaps inspired by the success of the SUPERMAN; EARTH ONE gn with it’s younger, more teen-friendly Superman, the DCnÜ Superman will similarly be a jeans-wearing, broodier alien who is NOT married to Lois Lane.

In fact, Lois is dating another guy! Is he named Jacob Black or Eric Northman? Only time will tell.

The new cover by Rags Morales is one of the best of the current relaunch, a nice iconic shot of the Man of Steel in his jeans, t-shirt and running shoes outfit. According to the PR he’s soon to don his battle armor that pays tribute to his Kryptonian Past. It was either that or a friendship bracelet.

Diamond top 300 periodicals, June

It was a great month for being ultimate, being afraid and flashing.

Diamond top 300 Trades, June 2011

It’s a mix of publishers at the top of the charts for the month of June, led by The Walking Dead and Buffy.

Diamond top 50 Manga, June 2011

The indestructible beat of NARUTO led the way.

SDCC11: What if you have to pee?

Meanwhile, over at the Unofficial Comic-Con live journal, Twi-Hards are worried they will have to hold it for days while camping out.

Where do you go to the bathroom if you’re camping out?

SDCC11: What if you have to eat?

One of the greatest joys of Comic-Con is the quest for food, as regular Beat readers know. From a filling lunch consisting of a handful of carrots to a hearty dinner of clawing at the last crumbs of chips at the Wired Cafe happy hour, Comic-Con is a food orgy for the hardworking folks at Stately Beat Manor.

Luckily some people have a clearer idea of where to go to grab a bite. The folks at CCI haveput up an exhaustive list of restaurants, including many con specials where you need to just show your badge to get extra goodies or a discount. The locals love Comic-Con –it’s official!

SDCC11: Video Games take it to the streets

Do you even NEED to go inside the convention hall any more? Besides Tr!ckster, the comic book pavilion, Cirque Du Soleil, a South Park carnival and all the other hoohah, video games are setting up camp on the streets of San Diego big time, Forbes reports:

Another creator in need: Don McGregor

Don McGregor is the writer of such Bronze Age classics as Black Panther and Killraven, and the first direct sales graphic novel, Sabre. Clifford Meth reports that family health emergencies have forced him to sell some of his art collection, including iconic pages from the above series: