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.

Halloween Supplemental: Chris Ware's House

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Just as we dreamed about it.
very envious of his autumn leaves. Here all we get is snow for Halloween.

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.

PS: Why does DC never ever put logos on their promo art? Still wondering.

Webcomics alert: Hollywood Forever by Mimi Pond

A little All Saints’ Day grave remembrance from the LA Times and Mimi Pond. Pond’s upcoming graphic memoir about the Bay area counterculture, OVER EASY, is due from Drawn & Quarterly one of these days.


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, with art by Ramona Fradon, Michael Netzer, and Rick Veitch, 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?)

Golan has thought of all kinds of ways to promote the book, including yesterday’s Halloween parade down at OWS. The heroes included “undocumented worker Fantasma, student-debt-burdened Master of Degrees, Captain Generica and Wonder Mother” and (seen above with Unemployed Man) Krug Man, a wondrous economist who says “I told you so” over and over.

THE ADVENTURES OF UNEMPLOYED MAN has a permanent place in the OWS library, as a reference work. And Golan and Origen are in talks for an animated Unemployed Man series.






Photos by Bryan Derballa/Wired.com — many more in the first link.

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 his 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.

Marvel has been rocked by the loss of some top executives of late due to budget cuts, including COO Jim Sokolowski. The promotion of a veteran like Jayatilleke shows the company is moving to fill some of the holes and also reward an exec who’s shown a lot of initiative in recent years.

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?

Although The Walking Dead’s origin as a comic was mentioned, the audience giveaway consisted of a Walking Dead Season 1 DVD and a copy of the new novelization. Sniff. Guess The View’s audience just isn’t ready to read a comic book.

Despite that, we have to cheer for Kirkman, The Beat’s 2010 Comics Industry Person of the Year. He’s handling the spotlight very, very well and staying true to his comic roots, too.



More stories about Goldmine Studios: JD Coughlin's tale


The series of fictional tales of Goldmine Studios by former Platinum VP Dan Forcey that we wrote about a few days ago have proven very popular. How popular? They’ve even inspired some FanFic! Here’s one by JD Coughlin, winner of Goldmine’s inaugural “Comic Book Survivor” contest. The scene: Magician’s World Los Angeles. The occasion: a very odd dinner.

Everyone told me they loved my upbeat “tell it like it is” Pittsburghian (Yinzer) attitude and positive energy. There wasn’t a lot of people who told the truth in Los Angeles it seemed, so I guess I was like a breathe of fresh air. Or at least so I was told by Goldberg a few times in previous conversations. I can’t lie, I felt pretty important. Goldmine rolled out the red carpet for me, and on Friday night I found myself in the super duper private party where only the BIG pros and legends gathered. Free mixed drinks were flowing… WHAT?! FREE RUM AND COKE?? Jay and I kept looking at each other thinking we had just hit the lottery or something. You gotta love us east coasters, we’re cheap like that!

One passage in particular will strike a chord for anyone who has been following this story since the beginning:

This was peculiar to watch some big name comic creators seemingly walk up and kiss Goldberg’s ass, when I had been dealing with a lot of independent and web media people criticizing Goldmine and my deal with them. I totally bought into the explanation from Scott that the online crowd were just player haters because they couldn’t get into a room like that…. and yet there I was. And my trusty colorist Jay.

Player haters. So awesome. We can’t help but remember the chorus of world weary old voices who stood up back in the day and decried the business practices of companies like Goldmine and “JapanPOP” while the kids rushed over to get the free rum and cokes. Selling your ideas for a few free drinks might just be a worse deal than Siegel and Shuster’s.

2011 is a different world even from 2006. The Foulfellows of comics have mostly foundered — those who are left don’t have the smokescreen of a publishing boom to cover their tracks. There’s little they can deliver that isn’t available on the web or POD. DIY is SOP for today’s creators. But getting more cautionary tales out there can’t hurt.

Diamond to distribute Angry Birds books

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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.
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Diamond Comic Distributors has finalized negotiations with Rovio Entertainment to exclusively distribute its new publishing line of books based upon Angry Birds, the wildly popular, bestselling mobile app game. Diamond will represent Rovio Entertainment in book distribution to comic book specialty shops, bookstores, mass-market merchandisers, and other outlets worldwide.

“We’re extremely pleased about our new partnership with Rovio and look forward to expanding the market for Rovio’s new line of books,” said Bill Schanes, Diamond’s VP-Purchasing. “The initial title releases are full of the wit and creativity

“We’re very excited about our new line of Angry Birds books and we think fans worldwide will love them, too,” said Peter Vesterbacka, Rovio’s Mighty Eagle & CMO. “Thanks to Diamond, our distinctive Angry Birds brand has found a nice home to roost for distribution of its new book line.”

It all takes flight with the release of the first of three books: Angry Birds Bad Piggies Egg Recipes (978-952-276-000-5, Hardcover, 104 pages; $14.99), scheduled to be in stores this November. When the hungry Pigs steal their eggs, the Birds unleash their wrath on the swinish swindlers, demolishing everything in their paths. But what do the pigs do with these eggs, anyway? In Angry Birds: Bad Piggies’ Egg Recipes readers will find out, and get all kinds of inspirations from 40 egg-centric recipes ranging from scrambled eggs and omelets to eggs benedict and quiche. And if simply eating the eggs isn’t enough, there are tips on egg-themed party games and even a section on egg-based beauty tips.

After a session of destruction, Angry Bird fans may want to indulge their creative side with two distinct Angry Birds: Doodle Books, also scheduled for release this November. Each book features over 100 unfinished drawings which can be finished, colored, or embellished in any way fans see fit! The Angry Birds: The Big Red Doodle Book (978-952-276-002-9, Softcover, 96 pages; $9.99) features the Birds and Pigs in familiar settings from the game, while the Angry Birds: The Big Green Doodle Book (978-952-276-003-6, Softcover, 96 pages; $9.99) takes the Angry Birds and Pigs on vacation to a tropical destination.

Additional Angry Birds books are also planned for release during 2012.

Originally released in December 2009, Rovio’s Angry Birds has become a worldwide phenomenon. The game is consistently the most downloaded application on iPhone, iPad, Android, Nook, and a number of other platforms. Angry Birds games have also been released for PC and Mac. In total, the games have been downloaded over 400 million times.

Rovio is currently expanding its brands into entertainment, books, and merchandising, both in North America The world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books, graphic novels and related pop-culture merchandise, Diamond Comic Distributors makes a wide range of distribution, sales, promotions, and marketing services available to its lineup of publisher and vendors. Diamond works closely with each of them to ensure that their products thrive in worldwide markets, most notably the comic book specialty market.