Halloween Supplemental: Robot Chicken DC episode — The horrifying NSFW trailer

We meant to post this yesterday but somehow it got lost in the shuffle. This fall Robot Chicken — the toy-motion animation satire that uses lookalikes of your favorite childhood toys to enact grisly jokes — is doing an entire 15-minute episode devoted to DC comics. Recently, Geoff Johns, a past contributor to the show, linked to the trailer — which is NSFW, we might add.

Robot Chicken is animated in the super bad style, and it’s ugly all the way, but with its laser-cutting, bloody wrist stumps and cock ring humor, this is one of the most disturbing things we’ve ever seen.

And to think that DC used to burn books just because it was suggested that Superman might drink a beer.

Nice art: FLEX MENTALLO deluxe edition cover by Frank Quitely

Not a hoax, not a dream, not an imaginary story, DC is collecting FLEX MENTALLO: Man of Muscle Mystery in one of those Deluxe Editions that will look nice on your shelf next to other Grant Morrison/Quitely classics like We3 or All Star Superman. You’ll recall that FLEX MENTALLO is one of the seminal works in the Morrison oeuvre—many of Morrison’s most important themes found their most cogent articulation here— but a collection was long held in the vault due to past legal problems. But now it’s coming your way in all its glory, and it has an awesome new cover by Quitely. It’s all good.

Unemployed superheroes hit Occupy Wall Street

Snowtober didn’t drive them away, and now that the weather has warmed up again, Occupy Wall Street is going strrong — and now with added superheroes. but not just any superheroes, but the characters from THE ADVENTURES OF UNEMPLOYED MAN, a GN anthology that came out last year. Written by Gan Golan and Erich Origen, the book was way ahead of all this 1% vs 99% rhetoric with the story of an unemployed man who gathers a team of misfit superheroes to fight the self-interested villains from the Hall of Just Us. (And why not be way ahead of it since income inequality has been a looming issue for years?)

Jayatilleke upped at Marvel to SVP Associate Publisher

Ruwan Jayatilleke has been promoted to SVP Associate Publisher at Marvel, where he previously held the title of SVP, development and planning. Jayatilleke started has new job yesterday, tweeting:
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Over the years, Jayatilleke has spearheaded a number of important initiatives at Marvel, including the Stephen King partnership, the Halo GN and tie-ins, and a number of digital and “motion comics” projects, including “N”, the Stephen King-based digital comic.

Robert Kirkman faces The View

Robert Kirkman proved just how strong his will and courage are yesterday when he survived an appearance on The View — not just any appearance, but one where the hostesses were all in their Halloween costumes, including Sherri Shepherd dressed as Frankenstein’s Flava and Elisabeth Hasselbeck as…a pregnant wicker basket full of maple candy? What was that. Proving that he has the poise for the big time, Kirkman not only did not burst into screams — or laughter — but patiently answered all the biddies’ nosy questions about where zombies come from, how they live, what they eat (rugula, maybe?), and whether the zombies are seeing anyone right now and if not how are they going to settle down?

Diamond to distribute Angry Birds books

Diamond has signed with Rovio, maker of the game sensation Angry Birds, to distribute their growing line of books — presumably by launching them from a slingshot through the windows of comics shops, bookstores and mass market retailers around the world.

A worldwide sensation, the Angry Birds game has been downloaded over 400 million times. Angry Birds costumes were the top pick for this Halloween, and their merch is showing up everywhere.

The book line thus far includes doodle books, and a cookbook for — what else? — eggs.

There’s been a lot of talk over when Angry Birds would enter the comics market — one of the creators of the game is a former webcartoonist — so far they have a webcomic based on the recent Harvest Moon game online.