Watch the first three minutes of the WALKING DEAD mid-season premiere

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Can’t wait to see what happens after that last traumatic scene of season 1.0 when Rick shoots Sophia and the rest of the zombies in the barn? The first three minutes of The Walking Dead’s February 12th premiere have just been put online and we’ll give you three guesses what happens:

1) Sophia comes back to life and hugs her mom.

2) Everyone sits down to tea and a hearty lunch.

3) Misery, axes to heads, scowling, stomping.

Matthew Vaughn confirmed for X-Men: "Second Class"

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A sequel to the well-received X-MEN: FIRST CLASS has been greenlit with Matthew Vaughn once again to direct, Deadline reports. Simon Kinberg has written a script and Bryan Singer will produce. Everyone expects Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy to reprise their roles as Magneto and Professor X, but no one has officially been signed yet. And given Fassbender’s recent roles, maybe we’ll get to see little Magneto, too.

Still, Vaughn’s coming on board is good news. Although flawed—it was more a collection of character story arcs than an overall driving narrative—and anachronistic—the miniskirt wasn’t invented until 1964, no matter how cute Jennifer Lawrence looked in one—X-MEN FIRST CLASS was easily the brainiest superhero movie of recent vintage, and Vaughn has generally elicited some of the best acting from his young talented casts in both XMFC and KICK-ASS. So more Matthew Vaughn—yay!

More DC trades announced for fall—including AMETHYST PRINCESS OF GEMWORLD at long last

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DC has released their non-New 52 collections list for September-November and it’s chock full of goodies, including, at long last, a Collected Amethyst of Gemworld, which, as Kevin Melrose reports, is something people have been asking for for a long time. We’re Amethyst fans from way back in the day (we even owned a piece of Ernie Colon original art from the series once, before it was destroyed in a fire. Blogger TangognaT has a longer rundown of the series, an occidental take on shojo manga before anyone even knew what that was—and also a fairly typical example of the kind of books Karen Berger edited before she got to launch Vertigo. Lots more at TangognaT’s blog, where she has been keeping track of Amethyst stuff for several years.

AMETHYST is about Amy Winston, a normal 12-year-old who gets transformed into a 20-year-old princess in something called the Gemworld where she has to battle all kinds of gem-based heroes and villains. Simple-sounding premise—and one that appealed to the “I’m really a secret prince/princess” desire that most kids have at some time—but the execution was great for the time.

While there was usually a “no chance in hell” given for collecting this book, WB has decided to bring back the character on the DC Nation cartoon block—probably because AMETHYST is a ready-made princess fantasy for that very lucrative and popular genre.

ANYWAY, some other books of note on the list: an Amanda Conner collection; a 52 omnibus edition collecting the 52-week event that kicked it all off; the collected Batman Odyssey, for the fans of Road House out there; a WEIRD WAR TALES Showcase; a second collection of the OOP Warren Ellis STORMWATCH and several Jack Kirby collections. Good times!

DC Universe titles coming in September 2012:

BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY TP
Writer: Paul Dini
 Artists: Carlos D’Anda, Dustin Nguyen, Ben Herrera, Ted Naifeh and Derek Fridolfs 
Collects: BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY #1-5 and BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY digital issues #1-5 
$16.99 US, 168 pg

BATMAN: KNIGHTFALL VOL. 3 – KNIGHTS END TP NEW EDITION
 Writers: Doug Moench, Alan Grant, Chuck Dixon, Mary Jo Duffy and Dennis O’Neil 
Artists: Mike Manley, Dick Giordano, Bret Blevins, Graham Nolan, Scott Hanna, Ron Wagner, Tom Grummett, Jim Balent, Rick Burchett, Barry Kitson, Mike Vosburg, Mike Gustovich, Lee Weeks, Joe Rubinstein, Phil Jimenez and others 
Collects: BATMAN #509, 510, 512-514, BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT #29, 30, 32-34, DETECTIVE COMICS #676, 677, 679-681,
BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #62 and 63, ROBIN #8, 9, 11-13, CATWOMAN #12, 13 and SHOWCASE 94 #10
 $29.99 US, 652 pg

BATMAN: ODYSSEY HC
Writer: Neal Adams Artists: Neal Adams, Josh Adams, Michael Golden, Kevin Nowlan, Bill Sienkiewicz, Scott Williams and Paul Neary
 Collects: BATMAN: ODYSSEY VOL. 1 #1-6 and VOL. 2 #1-7 
$29.99 US, 368 pg

BRIGHTEST DAY VOL. 3 TP
Writers: Geoff Johns and Peter J. Tomasi
 Artists: Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark and Joe Prado
 Collects: BRIGHTEST DAY #17-24
$16.99 US, 224 pg

THE DC COMICS ART OF AMANDA CONNER HC
 Writers: Barbara Kesel, Chuck Dixon, Jai Nitz, Terry Moore, Geoff Johns, Jimmy Palmiotti, Judd Winick, 
Artists: Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti
 Collects: SUPERMAN: LOIS LANE #1, BIRDS OF PREY #47-49, JSA CLASSIFIED #1-4, SUPERGIRL #12, WEDNESDAY COMICS #1-12, and stories from SECRET ORIGINS 80-PAGE GIANT #1, JOKER: LAST LAUGH SECRET FILES #1, the GREEN ARROW/BLACK CANARY WEDDING SPECIAL #1 and WONDER WOMAN #600
 $39.99 US, 304 pg

THE FLASH: THE ROAD TO FLASHPOINT TP 
Writer: Geoff Johns
 Artists: Francis Manapul and Scott Kolins 
Collects: THE FLASH #8-12 
$14.99 US, 120 pg

GREEN LANTERN: WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS TP
 Writers: Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi and Tony Bedard 
Artists: Doug Mahnke, Tyler Kirkham, Fernando Pasarin, Cam Smith, Christian Alamy and Batt 
Collects: GREEN LANTERN #63-67, GREEN LANTERN CORPS #58-60 and GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD WARRIORS #8-10 
$16.99 US, 272 pg

PENGUIN: PAIN AND PREJUDICE TP
Writers: Gregg Hurwitz and Jason Aaron
Artists: Szymon Kudranski and Jason Pearson
 Collects: PENGUIN: PAIN AND PREJUDICE and JOKER’S ASYLUM: PENGUIN #1
 $14.99 US, 144 pg

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: AMETHYST, PRINCESS OF GEMWORLD VOL. 1 TP
Writers: Dan Mishkin and Gary Cohen 
Artists: Ernie Colon, Ric Estrada, Pablo Marcos, Alex Saviuk, Bob Smith, Gary Martin, Romeo Tanghal, Kurt Schaffenberger and Karl Kesel
 Collects: LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #298, AMETHYST, PRINCESS OF GEMWORLD #1-12, AMETHYST ANNUAL #1, DC COMICS PRESENTS #63 and AMETHYST #1-11 
$19.99 US, 648 pg

THE STARMAN OMNIBUS VOL. 2 TP
 Writer: James Robinson
 Artists: Tony Harris, John Watkiss, Guy Davis, J.H. Williams III, Chris Sprouse, Craig Hamilton and others
 Collects: STARMAN #17-29, STARMAN ANNUAL #1 and stories from SHOWCASE 95 #12 and SHOWCASE 96 #4-5 
$29.99 US, 416 pg

SUPERMAN: THE BLACK RING VOL. 2 TP
 Writers: Paul Cornell and Gail Simone
Artists: Pete Woods, Jesus Merino, Marco Rudy, Ed Benes, J. Calafiore and others 
Collects: ACTION COMICS #896-900, SECRET SIX #29 and ACTION COMICS ANNUAL #13 
$16.99 US, 224 pg

DC Universe titles coming in October 2012:

THE 52 OMNIBUS HC
 Writers: Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka and Mark Waid
 Artists: Keith Giffen, Joe Bennett, Ruy Jose, Jack Jadson, Chris Batista, Jimmy Palmiotti, Ken Lashley, Eddy Barrows, Rob Stull, Shawn Moll, Tom Nguyen, Todd Nauck, Marlo Alquiza, Dale Eaglesham, Art Thibert, Patrick Olliffe, Drew Geraci, Ray Snyder, Phil Jimenez, Andy Lanning, Rodney Ramos, Dan Green, Tom Derenick, Jay Leisten, Jamal Igle, Keith Champagne, Andy Smith, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund and Darick Robertson 
Collects: 52 #1-52 
$150.00 US, 1216 pg

BIRDS OF PREY: THE DEATH OF ORACLE TP
 Writer: Gail Simone 
Artists: Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes
 Collects: BIRDS OF PREY #7-15
 $16.99 US, 200 pg

GREEN LANTERN CORPS: THE WEAPONER TP
 Writer: Tony Bedard 
Artists: Tyler Kirkham and Batt
 Collects: GREEN LANTERN CORPS #53-57
 $14.99 US, 128 pg

HUNTRESS: CROSSBOW AT THE CROSSROADS TP
 Writer: Paul Levitz
 Artists: Marcos To and John Dell 
Collects: HUNTRESS #1-6 
$14.99 US, 144 pg

LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT: ALAN DAVIS HC
 Writer: Mike W. Barr 
Artists: Alan Davis, Paul Neary, Mark Farmer, E.R. Cruz, Terry Beatty, Carmine Infantino, Dick Giordano,
Collects: DETECTIVE COMICS #569-575, BATMAN: FULL CIRCLE #1 and a story from BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #25
 $39.99 US, 272 pg

LEGION: SECRET ORIGIN TP
 Writer: Paul Levitz
 Artists: Chris Batista, Rich Perotta and Marc Deering 
Collects: LEGION: SECRET ORIGIN #1-6 
$14.99 US, 144 pg

STORMWATCH VOL. 2 HC
 Writer: Warren Ellis 
Artists: Tom Raney, Oscar Jimenez, Bryan Hitch, Paul Neary, Randy Elliot and others
 Collects: STORMWATCH #48-50 and #1-11 
$29.99 US, 384 pg

SUPERMAN/BATMAN: SORCERER KINGS TP
 Writers: Cullen Bunn, Joe Kelly, Chris Roberson and others 
Artists: ChrisCross, Jesus Merino, Brett Booth and Ed Benes 
Collects: SUPERMAN/BATMAN #78-84
 $14.99 US, 168 pg

THE WONDER WOMAN ARCHIVES VOL. 7 HC
 Writers: William Moulton Marston, Joyce Murchison and Robert Kanigher
 Artist: Harry G. Peter
 Collects: SENSATION COMICS #50-57 and WONDER WOMAN #16-18 
$59.99 US, 224 pg

DC Universe titles coming in November 2012:

BATMAN: THE BLACK MIRROR TP
 Writer: Scott Snyder
 Artists: Jock and Francesco Francavilla
 Collects: DETECTIVE COMICS #871-881
 $16.99 US, 304 pg

BATMAN: EYE OF THE BEHOLDER TP
Writer: Tony S. Daniel
 Artists: Tony S. Daniel and others
 Collects: BATMAN #704-707, 710-712 
$14.99 US, 168 pg

GREEN LANTERN: SECTOR 2814 VOL. 1 TP
 Writer: Len Wein 
Artists: Dave Gibbons, Dick Giordano, Mike DeCarlo and Mark Farmer 
Collects: GREEN LANTERN #172-176, 178-183 and 185-186
 $16.99 US, 192 pg

KUBERT COVERS WAR HC
 Writer/artist: Joe Kubert
 Collects: Covers from various DC war comics 
$24.99 US, 208 pg

THE NEW TEEN TITANS: GAMES TP
 Writers: Marv Wolfman and George Pérez
Artists: George Pérez, Mike Perkins and Al Vey
 Original graphic novel
 $16.99 US, 144 pg

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: WORLD’S FINEST VOL. 4
 Writers: Cary Bates, Leo Dorfman, Jim Shooter, Robert Kanigher, Dennis O’Neil, Mike Friedrich and Bob Haney
Artists: Pete Costanza, Jack Abel, Neal Adams, Dick Giordano, Curt Swan, Ross Andru, Mike Esposito, Dick Dillin and Joe Giella 
Collects: WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #174-178, 180-187, 189-196, 198-202
 $19.99 US, 520 pg

SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE VOL. 2 HC
 Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
 Artists: Shane Davis and Sandra Hope 
Original graphic novel
$22.99 US, 136 pg

THE WONDER WOMAN CHRONICLES VOL. 3 TP
 Writer: William Moulton Marston
Artists: Harry G. Peter and Frank Godwin 
Collects: SENSATION COMICS #15-18, WONDER WOMAN #4-5 and COMIC CAVALCADE #2
 $14.99 US, 168 pg

YOUNG JUSTICE VOL. 2: TRAINING DAYS TP
Writers: Kevin Hopps and Greg Weisman
 Artists: Christopher Jones and Dan Davis 
Collects: YOUNG JUSTICE #7-13
 $12.99 US, 160 pg

DC Universe titles coming in December 2012:

ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN: GIL KANE HC
 Writers: Martin Pasko, Bob Rozakis, Marv Wolfman, Gil Kane, Cary Bates, Roy Thomas and Joey Cavalieri
 Artist: Gil Kane 
Collects: SUPERMAN #367, 372, 375, ACTION COMICS #539-541, 544, 545, 546 and 551-554, SUPERMAN SPECIAL #1, 2 and DC COMICS PRESENTS ANNUAL #3 
$39.99 US, 392 pg

BATMAN: ARKHAM UNHINGED TP
 Writer: Derek Fridolfs 
Artists: Mike S. Miller and Brian Ching 
Collects: ARKHAM UNHINGED #1-5
$22.99 US, 160 pg

THE BATMAN CHRONICLES VOL. 11 TP
 Writers: Don Cameron, Bill Finger, Jack Schiff, Alvin Schwartz, Joseph Greene and Mort Weisinger 
Artists: Jack Burnley, Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson, George Roussos and Dick Sprang 
Collects: BATMAN #20-21, DETECTIVE COMICS #82-85 and WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #12
 $14.99 US, 168 pg

BATMAN: NO MAN’S LAND VOL. 4 TP NEW EDITION
 Writers: Devin Grayson, Greg Rucka, Chuck Dixon, Dennis O’Neil, John Ostrander, Jordan B. Gorfinkel
 Artists: Dale Eaglesham, Damion Scott, Rick Burchett, N. Steven Harris, Paul Ryan, Roger Robinson, Jim Balent, Scott McDaniel, Greg Land, Sergio Cariello and others 
Collects: BATMAN CHRONICLES #18, BATMAN #572-574, DETECTIVE COMICS #739-741, BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #125-126, ROBIN #73, BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT #93-94, AZRAEL: AGENT OF THE BAT #59-61, CATWOMAN #75-77, NIGHTWING #38-39, BATMAN: NO MAN’S LAND #0 
$34.99 US, 552 pg

DEADMAN VOL. 3 TP
 Writers: Bob Haney, Arnold Drake, Paul Levitz, Cary Bates, Martin Pasko and Gerry Conway 
Artists: Dick Dillin, Mike Grell, Fred Carrillo, Jim Aparo, Kurt Schaffenberger, Romeo Tanghal and others 
Collects: WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #223, 227, PHANTOM STRANGER #33, 39-41, THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #133, SUPERMAN FAMILY #183 and DC SUPER STARS #18 
$16.99 US, 176 pg

JACK KIRBY’S FOURTH WORLD OMNIBUS VOL. 4 TP
 Writer: Jack Kirby 
Artists: Jack Kirby, Mike Royer, D. Bruce Berry and Greg Theakston
 Collects: MISTER MIRACLE #10-18, THE FOREVER PEOPLE #11, THE NEW GODS #11, NEW GODS (REPRINT SERIES) #6 and DC GRAPHIC NOVEL #4: THE HUNGER DOGS 
$29.99 US, 424 pg

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: OMEGA TP
Writer: James Robinson 
Artists: Brett Booth, Pow Rodrix, Mark Bagley, Rob Hunter and Norm Rapmud 
Collects: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #49-53 and STARMAN/CONGORILLA #1
 $16.99 US, 200 pg

KAMANDI, THE LAST BOY ON EARTH OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC
Writer: Jack Kirby, Gerry Conway and Paul Levitz 
Artists: Jack Kirby, D. Bruce Berry and Mike Royer
 Collects: KAMANDI, THE LAST BOY ON EARTH #21-40
 $49.99 US, 416 pg

SUPERMAN: GROUNDED VOL. 2 TP
 Writers: J. Michael Straczynski and Chris Roberson
 Artists: Eddy Barrows, Allan Goldman, JP Mayer and others
 Collects: SUPERMAN #707-711 and 713-714
 $14.99 US, 168 pg

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: WEIRD WAR TALES VOL. 1 TP
 Writers: Robert Kanigher, Bob Haney, Hank Chapman, Bill Finger, Dave Wood, Len Wein, Marv Wolfman, Jerry DeFuccio, France E. Herron, William Woolfolk, Sheldon Mayer, Raymond Marais, Jack Oleck, George Kashdan, Michael J. Pellowski 
Artists: Russ Heath, Joe Kubert, Irv Novick, Frank Thorne, Mort Drucker, Ross Andru, Mike Esposito, Reed Crandall, Gene Colan, Mort Meskin, George Roussos, Carmine Infantino, Jerry Grandenetti, Joe Giella, Tony DeZuniga, Steve Harper, Neal Adams, Alfredo Alcala, Alex Niño, Alex Toth, Walter Simonson, Gerry Talaoc, Don Perlin, Nestor Redondo, George Evans, Ernie Chan, Frank Robbins and Bernard Baily
 Collects: WEIRD WAR TALES #1-21 
$19.99 US, 520 pg

Angoulême wrap-up: Jean-Claude Denis wins Grand Prix; Jim Woodring wins Special Jury Prize

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Last week’s Angoulême festival extravaganza wrapped up with the presentation of the Grand Prix to Jean-Claude Denis, whose career goes back to the ’70s but is perhaps best known in France for Luc Leroi. The Grand Prix is presented for a lifetime body of work—Denis is perhaps less well-known than some other winners, at least in the US. He was presented with the award by last year’s winner, Art Spiegelman, as shown in the above video.

In other Angoulême news, although there doesn’t seem to have been any drama like last year’s L’Association strike, several commenters have reported fewer people. Matthias Wivel has been covering it for TCJ, and reports that the Art Spiegelman-curated art show was a once-in-a-lifetime experience of excellence.

Other winners are as follows, with translations where possible:

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FAUVE D’OR PRIX DU MEILLEUR ALBUM 2012 (Best Album) : «Chroniques de Jérusalem» de Guy Delisle (éditions Delcourt)

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FAUVE D’ANGOULEME – PRIX SPECIAL DU JURY (Special Jury Prize) : Congress of the Animals by Jim Woodring (L’Association)

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FAUVE D’ANGOULEME – PRIX DE LA SÉRIE (Best Series): «Cité 14» de Pierre Gabus et Romuald Reutimann (Humanoïdes associés)

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FAUVE D’ANGOULEME – PRIX INTERGENERATIONS (Intergenerational Award. This award is a nod to the family spirit of classic comics, and rewards a cross-generational work that could appeal to readers of all ages.): «Bride Stories» by Kaoru Mori (éditions Ki-OOn)

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FAUVE D’ANGOULEME – PRIX REGARDS SUR LE MONDE (Views on the World Award. This prize rewards a book dealing with current world issues.): «Une vie dans les marges» A Drifting Life de Yoshihiro Tatsumi (éditions Cornelius)

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FAUVE D’ANGOULEME – PRIX DE L’AUDACE (Audacity Award. This prize rewards an artwork that takes an innovative approach, whether formal or narrative, to comics.): «Teddy Beat» de Morgan Navarro (éditions Requins marteaux)

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FAUVE D’ANGOULEME – PRIX REVELATION (Best Newcomer): «TMLB, ta mère la pute» de Gilles Rochier (éditions 6 Pieds sous terre)

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FAUVE D’ANGOULEME – PRIX DU PATRIMOINE (Legacy Award): «Donald Duck» de Carl Banks (éditions Glénat)

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FAUVE D’ANGOULEME – PRIX POLAR (Awarded to the best book in the detective genre): «L’intrus à l’étrange» de Simon Hureau (la Boite à Bulles)

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FAUVE D’ANGOULÊME – PRIX JEUNESSE (Best book for younger readers) : «Zombillénium, 2. Ressources humaines» d’Arthus de Pins

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FAUVE PRIX DE LA BD FNAC : «Portugal» de Cyril Pedrosa (éditions Dupuis)

Here’s a list of Denis’s complete works, from Google Translation, so it’s probably embarrassing, but as you can see, quite a body of work:

Uncle Ernest and delighted (with Martin Veyron) (1978, Casterman)
During naked (1979, Futuropolis)
André Raven 
Annie Evil (1980, Dargaud) 
The hot season (1981, Dargaud) 
The Flight into before (1984, Dargaud)
Rup Bonchemin 
Volume 1 – The Chalet Lost (1981, Casterman) 
Volume 2 – Between two fires (1981, Casterman) 
Volume 3 – Gustave Guadeloupe (1983, Casterman)
Luc Leroi 
Luc Leroi moved slightly (1981, Futuropolis) 
Luc Leroi against the forces of evil (1982, Futuropolis) 
Luc Leroi up the slope (1985, Casterman) 
The Yellow Dwarf, (1986, Casterman) 
Squirrels and girls (1990, Casterman) 
Individual bands (1998, Casterman) 
All flowers are called Tiare (2000, Casterman)
The 7 Deadly Sins, (1983, The Humanoids)
Shadow Tables (1991, Albin Michel)
Sweet peppers (1991, Albin Michel)
The Pelican (1994, Albin Michel)
Funny idle or The Last of Houpe (1995, Albin Michel)
A few months in Amélie (2002, Dupuis)
Beauty at home (2004, Dupuis)
The Sleep of Leo (2007, Futuropolis)
Shortly before the capital (with Dupuy and Berberian), (2008, Dupuis)
News of the invisible world (2008, Futuropolis)
All in Matha! 
Part One (2010, Futuropolis) 
Part Two (2011, Futuropolis)
Book:
A few months in Amelia (novel) – The Manuscript of Aloys Clark (2002, PLG)
Picture books:
The Matches Pierre Christin – Volume 3 – Train of fun 
texts by Pierre Christin (1998, Dargaud) 
Belem, a mirage in reverse (2005, Futuropolis) 
The Cry of the Sirens, CD and illustrations (1991, Threshold) 
NightBuzz, The Spell (with Charles Berberian), CD and illustrations (2005, Nocturne) 
Harry Belafonte (Calypso), CD and illustrations (2008, Nocturne)
Youth Books:
The fairy tales of pirate Pitou: Island to mynas (1993, Albin Michel Jeunesse) 
An artist Cat (1998, Seuil) 
Stubborn (2000, Seuil)

A Comic Show's Mike Pandel in critical condition

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Very sad news out of Florida, where Mike Pandel, employee at A Comic Shop and co-host of the store’s video blog A Comic Show and The Nerdy Podcast, is in a coma after a car accident and not expected to pull through.

Pandel, an avid biker, as his Twitter feed showed, ran an intersection while riding his bike yesterday and was struck by a car, leading to severe head trauma. Friends and fans are showing their support and sharing memories of Pandel in the above thread.

My own interactions with Pandel were brief—a few con bar evenings—but he was immediately memorable and recognizable as someone who loved comics, loved promoting them, and loved life. He was one of a kind, and my heart goes out to his family and friends at this devastating loss.