NOT A HOAX: Conan and Groo crossover

After a look week, we’ll leave you with a smile and this announcement of a Conan/Groo crossover in a four-issue miniseries brought to you by the Eisner Award–winning team of Mark Evanier and Sergio Aragonés, Thomas Yeates, and colorist Tom Luth. Groo was created as a parody of the sword-and-sorcery genre as exemplified by the lamentation-loving Cimmerian, so this is a natural.

The first issue goes on sale on April 18, 2012.

Yes, DC really has applied for trademark for a new logo

Although some websites prefer not to use sources, it is our policy at The Beat to link away. Thus we can confirm that it is indeed true that Warners has applied for trademark registry on a new logo, as you can see above.

The trademark is in black and white so that any color can be applied. “Color is not claimed as a feature of the mark. The mark consists of the letter “D” flipping back to reveal the letter “C” and DC ENTERTAINMENT.”

To be honest, when we first thought this, we suspected it was a new logo for DC shoes.

But no.

As others have commented, this “peel back” logo makes the much-mocked swish — introduced in 2005 — look like the Milton Glaser-designed original in terms of readability.

What Wizard's SEC filings reveal about the company's future

The end of 2011 was a time of turmoil for the brand known as Wizard. Founder Gareb Shamus was forced out by his own board, and the new board committed to mending fences and resurrecting the media end of the brand to go along with the successful convention business. Now the company’s annual report has just been posted and sadly for snoopers, the financials only go up to the end of 2010. However there is lots of other interesting reading, including the difficulty of running a web-based media enterprise — it’s not making any money, which will surprise no one — and the convention business — only Chicago and Philadelphia are profitable with the other events losing money.

DRAGON TATTOO graphic novel hits in November

Vertigo has confirmed the details of the graphic novel version of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy: as previously leaked, Denise Mina will write the adaptation, with art by Leonardo Manco and Andrea Mutti. The cover is by Lee Bermejo — definitely in the style of the Vertigo crime line.

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO graphic novel will arrive in November. The book has already been adapted into a Swedish film/TV series and a US film. All three existing versions have various story tics, and very different takes on Lisbeth Salander, the enigmatic heroine who loves Billy’s pan pizza and computer hacking. Mina’s take is worth watching as she’s a veteran crime writer on her own as well as a comics reader (and writer). We’re curious to see how she tweaks the story.

Chris Powell joins Diamond to work with retailers

Diamond has just hired Chris Powell to the slot of Executive Director of Business Development for the comic book specialty market (CBSM). Powell is a familiar industry figure due to his many years at Lone Star Comics and as the head of ComicsPRO, and as a CBLDF board member.

This new position was advertised by Diamond last year, and Powell will work with Chuck Parker and Roger Fletcher to create new programs for comics retailers, with a stated goal of creating more brick-and-mortar stores.