Fans Vote for their Favorite Ghoul! Yoe! Books Lets Fans Decide!

Yoe Books/IDW is having comics fans choose which cover they’re going to use for the about-to-be-printed book, “Bob Powell’s Terror”, which reprints the cult favorite’s 1950s most terrifying horror comics!

Review: FLASHPOINT #5 and JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 (spoilers)

Before I go any further, these comics are not aimed at me…nor should they be. I am a long lapsed superhero reader, but surely not the kind that the DCnÜ wants to entice into reading their comics. So accept this as just one review out of 8264 that will be posted today and tomorrow. AND YEAH. SPOILERS. so don’t read until you’ve read the comics in question.

Schulz Library needs volunteers tomorrow

Here’s an update on the status of the CCS Schulz Library, which was endangered by flood waters but saved by a plucky and heartwarming band of volunteers who risked danger and dampness to rescue every single book from the library. Although the books are high and dry, the building they were housed in is in questionable shape, and the books are extremely jumbled from the sudden move. In order to get things organized for the new class, arriving in scant days, a call has gone out for some help:

Finally! A Superman with a huge…personality.

Whoa whoa whoa. Superman may have lost his red panties, but as shown by Henry Cavill on the streets of Chicago, he’s gained…a giant package.

Today’s New 52 trailer: Resurrection Man

Today’s trailer spotlight is RESURRECTION MAN by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Fernando Dagnino. The music: “Dies Irae” from Mozart’s Requiem. Can you see the connection? That David Macho is a smart one!

New Yorkers: Hurry over to Manhattan Comics to see Lee and Johns

If you couldn’t stay up late enough for midnight madness last night, Jim Lee and Geoff Johns will be at Manhattan Comics on 10 E. 23rd St., between Broadway and Madison sometime between 11 and 1 pm today to sign. They will only be there for about 30 minutes. Everything in the store, except new books is 52 percent off today only, so it’s also a good chance to grab some other loot.

No pizza will be served, unfortunately.

DiDio and Lee: “Future cloudy, ask again later.”

Yesterday, ICv2 ran a three-part interview with DC co-publishers Dan DiDio and JIm Lee which is, if not the most substantial comics business site run interview with the duo ever then the most comprehensive since the reboot. Brigid runs down all the high points but in case anyone missed it, here’s Part 1, Part 2 andPart 3. It covers everything from the obvious “Why ARE you doing this?” — to questions on mass market, digital, and so on. The net effect, as seen in mainstream interviews of late, is that things weren’t working — the price decrease didn’t bring in enough new readers, stories were flat and piracy is hurting. But there are some familiar themes as well. Asked about The Way Forward, they respond:

New 52 news and link roundup

Oh boy, good thing the week before Labor Day is always a quiet week in comic-book land! We managed to scrape together some news items.

Webcomic alert: Scott Morse and Skottie Young launch something

Scott Morse and Skottie Young have been doing a gorgeous sketchblog for a while, and now it’s morphed into a webcomic abuot the adventures of two creatures named Asher and Spittle. The strip itself has no name.

But it will be well-drawn.

It’s official: JL(A) #1 sold out

Confirming rumors, it’s been announced that Justice League has indeed sold out. Nikki Finke gets the scoop:

DC 52: Men of the hour

We might be stuck at the Portland Airport and unable to partake in the festivities, but Midtown Comics is ground zero for New 52 hoopla as Jim Lee and Geoff Johns promote the hell out of FLASHPOINT #5 and JLA #1 with the Midnight Madness event. Jim Lee’s busy day began with a redeye flight (he slept the whole way) and included 10 hours if interviews followed by …. a media event. The schedule has been matched by Johns, minus the redeye. Here’s the dynamic DC duo on ABC News, talking relaunchboot.

Joann Sfar, superstar

French cartoonist Joann Sfar is making the interview rounds this week to promote his directing debut: GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE, a French language film which has already won two Cesar awards (the French Oscar), including best debut film. With a lyrical portrait of the skinny pants icon of a zillion emo hipsters, this film should quickly become a classic from Williamsburg to Portlandia.

Sfar was previously know here for his vibrant, humanist comics, like The Rabbi’s Cat and Little Vampire, but like his fellow L”Association alums Marjane Satrapi and Riad Sattouf, he’s made the jump to film direction with distinction.

Guest review: Champion! magazine

by Matt Demers

The other day, The Beat covered the launch of Champion!, a new iPad-only magazine that’s being staffed by a number of former Wizard personnel. As a huge fan of the latter, I decided to load up the free preview issue and give it a look.

Inside, I was treated to a number of different features, including interviews with Jim Lee and Will Friedle, spotlights on toys and t-shirts and a number of off-beat features (such as comic creators’ first books) that Wizard was famous for. However, capturing the spirit of the old magazine isn’t the only good thing that Champion! is managing to pull off.

SPX announces collection at the Library of Congress

Well, this is kinda a big deal. The Small Press Expo has announced they are collaborating with the lIbrary of Congress on a collection that will showcase the work of indie cartoonists. However, before you plow through your boxes of stuff to ship ’em off, only SPX guests and exhibitors can have their work considered for collection. Luckily, that covers an astonishing number of important creators.

DC 52: The Grifter trailer

And here’s one more trailer courtesy of David Macho — this time for THE GRIFTER #1 by Nathan Edmondson and Cafu.

Dark Horse: Welcome to Milwaukie

For some reason, we’ve seen very very few pictures of the Dark Horse offices on the internet. Maybe because we never looked? But now that void has been filled by Henry Chamberlain who visited with his daughter and snaps some nice pics. Somehow, we always knew what Dark Horse would look like, right down to marketing director Jeremy Atkins wandering across the street.