Can Kevin Tsujihara help Warner Bros. overcome its fear of superheroes?

Lots of news emerged from Warner Bros. yesterday besides getting a new CEO.

On the most germane to our continuing investigations, Amazon, the Wonder Woman pilot being scripted by Allan Heinberg, has been put on hold for a while. It hasn’t been killed, but it “needs more time.” On the plus side, an off-season pilot may be ordered so it can go in as a midseason replacement. On the non-plussed side it’s yet ANOTHER superhero project that WB has put on hold or dithered over or fretted about.

Glyph Comic Awards entry deadline nears: January 31


Johanna Draper Carlson wrote to remind us that the entry deadline for the Glyph Comic Awards is January 31. The Glyph Comic Awards recognize the best comics made by, for, and about people of color. Carlson is one of the judges this year. Entry guidelines:

SDCC ’13: Pro Badge-o-ween has come…and gone and is still there — UPDATE


First it was hotels, then it was badges…now it’s pro badges. Comic-Con International: San Diego professional badge registration went live at 1 pm Pacific time yesterday and free guest badges for attending professionals—once a little perk that everyone enjoyed—were gone in minutes, apparently. It isn’t exactly clear when pro badges actually became unavailable because there was a site meltdown, a “come back later” and then…there was only this:

Why you should not believe everything you read on the Internet


That goes without saying but two recent examples of how the internet news site echo chamber has little to do with facts sometimes.

On the Scene: Superman at 75, Celebrating America’s Most Enduring Hero


The Center for Jewish History hosted a celebration of the 2013 75th birthday of the seminal superhero Superman on January 27th with co-sponsorship from Columbia University Library. Though Superman’s cover-date advent in comics occurred in June of 1938, celebrations are gearing up early to take a look back at the Kryptonian’s origins and the impact […]

Nice art: Jeremy Bastian’s Gotham by Gaslight


This has been making the rounds, but it’s too lovely not to share: Jeremy Bastian’s Gotham by Gaslight, a commission he did for artist Dustin Nguyen. bastian is bets known as the artist of Cursed Pirate Girl, and if you haven’t seen the recent collection that came out from Archaia, you are missing one of the most physically beautiful graphic novels of the last year. Bastian is insanely talented…and also not the most prolific artist in the world. Nguyen got his sketch in 2007…smart move.

Nice art: The Justice League of Rodents


Somehow we missed this piece by Bobby Timony when it went up but here at the beat we never miss a chance to big up The Rescue Rangers. Seriously how great would this team be?

BREAKING: Kevin Tsujihara named Warner Bros CEO


In what has to be considered a shock, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Kevin Tsujihara has been named CEO of Warner Bros. replacing Barry Meyer and beating out TV head Bruce Rosenblum and film head Jeff Robinov, The three has been locked in an internal battle to see who could outlast who, and Bewkes went with the far less known Tsujihara. Nikki Finke has some of the gory details, which seem as intent on causing Rosenblum and Robinov’s privates to shrink to post-icy-dip size as much as business considerations:

Anxiety grows as Barnes & Noble announces closure of 200 stores over the next decade


Short version, the last remaining book retail giant plans to close as many as a third of its stores over a 10-year period—although that may be an optimistic projection, as well. Slowed by the rise of digital and a lack of new malls, B&N oipened only two stores in the last fiscal year, and it’s end of year profits were well below what was expected. While the Nook ereaders has been a bright spot, sales there have slowed as well. So a leaner meaner BN seems to be in the cards.

X-FILES is back at IDW


The 90s are out there, and Scully and Mulder are determined to find them. IDW will be relaunching the X-files franchise in comics form. The plan includes reprints of the original series that ran from 1995-2009, and a new series launching in June.

Boom launches THE REGULAR SHOW


Close on the heel of the Adventure Time comic empire, Boom is striking again with a comics adaptation of The Regular Show, J.G. Quintel’s Cartoon Network hit about Mordecai and Rigby, a blue jay and raccoon trying to make their way in a crazy world. K.C. Green writes and Alison Strejlau draws.

New study shows that graphic novels really do help people learn


If there’s one trend we’ve noticed growing over the years its the use of graphic novels as teaching tools—on the must basic level, comics are now recognized as a way to get reluctant readers to get started reading. On a larger level, comics are being used as a general teaching tool. Josh Elder’s Reading with Pictures organization has been promoting this idea and cataloging the use of comics in the classroom. It’s not just the visceral appeal of colorful pictures that puts comics over—some think that the verbal-visual blend is the future of literacy, and comics could potentially be on the forefront of that.

Ant-Man and Doctor Strange movies are a whole Phase now


It’s not that they weren’t go before, but now they ‘but now they even have a whole name: Marvel’s Phase Three, as Marvel studio head Kevin Feige told MTV:

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits: 1/28/13 — Gay Dredd; Bad Cage; Sad Sex

§ Must Read: Tom Spurgeon catches up with First Second editor Calista Brill, whose essay on giving up on a comics career turned into a 10-alarm internet fire last week. Verbalizing these painful issues of a career in comics was something of a shock for many:

Review: Unfair from Monkeybrain Comics


Written by Vance Sumner, drawn by Sandy Jarrell. Published by Monkeybrain Comics.

Everything you always wanted to know about the X-Men: First Class story


X-Men: First Class does something I haven’t seen a superhero movie do before. It’s not just a period piece, that’s unusual enough, but it also places its fantastic characters, Gump-like, in the middle of historical fact. Captain America: The First Avenger, released concurrently, went back in time to place its difficult-to-like protagonist in his proper context, but then wove a fantastical story around him involving ancient Norse artifacts and a guy with no face. First Class not only places its characters in history, it puts them at the center of the darkest, most traumatic events of their time.