The Beat’s Annual Year-End Survey, 2012 edition — Part two

Continuing our roll-out of picks, prognostications and previews from the comics industry. Part one can be read here.

First off — something we forgot to post yesterday: pages from Charles Vess’s projects for the year:

A 16 page full color graphic narrative about Istanbul, Turkey. 50 paintings for ‘The Cats of Tanglewood Forest’ written by Charles de Lint and to be published by Little Brown & Co. And my on-going work on my own book, ‘The Greenwood’ which use a combination of pure text, illustration and hundreds of pages of graphic narrative content to tell its story.

Fact check: can you really fight in The Brokeback Pose?

Okay so like we don’t have enough to do, we just started a tumblr for The Brokeback Pose. Because…well because it’s so awesome.

To get us warmed up, here’s a post from a martial artist/contortionist, who explains that having your top and bottom face different directions is not that easy…and not very realistic in a fight. (Here’s a follow-up post with more.)

New York Comic-Con 2012 tickets go on sale in 15 minutes

New York Comic Con is rapidly developing into a delirious East Coast roughhouse fan slam of a pop culture scrum — so let’s see how they handle ticket sales. For everyone serious about going to the gym AND getting a head start on their 2012, 4-day NYCC tickets go on-sale TODAY at noon EST. A four-day pass is $85 — a price which holds until 10/8, when it goes up to $100.

The PR release makes note of a couple of things — there will be more programming on Thursday. Everyone noted that the “pro” panels were pretty thin that day so maybe those will be increased. The show floor is also opening earlier on Thursday — 3 pm to 9 pm.

DC's red hood lady gets a name: Pandora

After carefully strewing the Woman in the Red Hood, who kicked the whole collapsed multiverse in FLASHPOINT, through every debut issue of The New 52, she’s got a name: Pandora.

She also has a double-breasted jacket, like everyone had in The Watchmen……hm.

Anyway, looks like the first mega crisis crossover of the new DCU is getting set up.