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Halloween ComicFest 2014 is Today!

1:00 PM, Saturday, October 25th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler

There's no doubt by now you are well aware of Free Comic Book Day on the first Saturday of May. But did you know that in recent years FCBD held another event around this time of year? If not, you need to read fast, then head for your comic shop, because today's the day!

Today, Saturday, October 25th is the annual Halloween ComicFest put on by FCBD, and comic retailers throughout the states are celebrating. Publishers have teamed up to release special FREE comics for the event, most geared toward a younger audience. You can find a full list of titles available here.

Just like FCBD, on Halloween ComicFest you'll find titles from major publishers like Marvel, DC, IDW and so forth, as well as titles from Aspen, Archie, Viz Media, Oni Press and more.

Some of the standouts for me are Afterlife with Archie, Secret Wars, Scooby-Doo Team-Up, Rachel Rising, Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire, and Plants vs. Zombies: Timepocalypse.

They are also holding "The Greatest Halloween Costume Contest EVER," which you can learn how to enter here.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your keys and hit the road to your nearest comic shop and don't miss out on the fun! Then come back here and let us know what you picked up and what you thought of them in the comments below!

You can find out if your store is participating using the comic shop locator: www.halloweencomicfest.com/StoreLocator

And you can learn more about the event on their official website: www.halloweencomicfest.com

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Santa Claus Private Eye

9:00 AM, Sunday, October 19th, 2014 - Posted by Chuck Moore

Santa Claus: Private Eye has launched on Thrillbent.

Video game writer Jeremy Bernstein (Dead Space 2, Pretty in Pink), artist Michael Dorman and colourist Rob Schwager have teamed up on the wry tale of Father Christmas's secondary career.

"A modern day noir, in which a down-and-out Saint Nick spends the other 364 days of the year holding his own in the lonely city, just another average jake trying to make ends meet," said Thrillbent.

"He's traded the red and white suit for a trenchcoat and fedora, traded the North Pole for back alleys and rain-slicked streets.

"Instead of days filled with jolly elves and hand-made toys, it's long, dark nights filled with gangsters, guns, and femme fatales...and the nicer they look, the naughtier they are.

"When the wealthy, widowed Julia Barton hires Nick to find out who murdered her husband, it could be the big job he's been waiting for. But with only two days before he has to get back North for Christmas, Nick will have to crack the case with no time to spare."

The first chapter of Santa Claus: Private Eye is free to read on the digital platform.

A new chapter will be added to Thrillbent every Monday. Readers can subscribe to the platform's full content for $3.99 (2.50) a month.

Thrillbent must be given credit for their new and ecclectic approach to comics. In a field that seems happy to rehash old stories and plow the same field over and over again, it is nice to see something new come to the fore.

Source: Digital Spy
John Wilson reporting for Comic Related.com

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FCBD's Halloween ComicFest Costume Contest Details

7:00 PM, Saturday, October 18th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler

Free Comic Book Day presents their second annual event, Halloween ComicFest 2014 this month. And in celebration of the event, they are holding a costume contest - the "Greatest" costume contest "Ever!"

You can enter from the safety and comfort of your own home if you like, and you could win great prizes like a shopping spree worth $500!

All you have to do to enter is simply follow these 6 easy steps:

  1. Get the FREE full and mini-size HALLOWEEN COMICFEST comics.
  2. Dress up in your costume and take a picture holding one of the free comics.
  3. Enter in one of 5 scare categories
  4. Upload your costume photo
  5. Write a short description
  6. Finally, share and get votes for your costume.

It's that simple. So put together your costume and have a great time!

For all the details, including a list of prizes and categories, and how to vote on entries, head to www.halloweencomicfest.com.

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Batman Artist and Writer Petition DC to Keep the Cover Price Down

3:00 PM, Saturday, October 4th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Batman writer Scott Snyder is opposing plans to increase the price of the series.

He took to Twitter to say that he and artist Greg Capullo are in talks with DC Comics about the controversial move.

Regarding the price point on Batman, @GregCapullo and I heard about it yesterday w/you, and quickly made a case to DC about reducing it. 1/2
— Scott Snyder (@Ssnyder1835) October 2, 2014

And I can genuinely (happily) say that DC are taking it very seriously, which we appreciate. Stay tuned.
— Scott Snyder (@Ssnyder1835) October 2, 2014

Batman #35 was announced to be increasing from a $3.99 (£2.50) cover price to $4.99 (£3.10).

Batman relaunched in 2011 at $2.99 (£1.90) - following DC's 'holding the line at $2.99' initiative.

The price has strayed as high as $7.99 (£4.99) for special issues of the series.

Batman #35 will be released on October 8, launching the 'Endgame' storyline

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The USPS is Releasing a New Set of Batman Stamps

1:00 PM, Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Though the Dark Knight previously appeared on a set of stamps back in 2006, the US Postal Service have revealed (via USA Today) another set featuring the Caped Crusader to mark his 75th Anniversary. Consisting of five stamps, the series will showcase depictions of Batman from the Golden, Silver, Bronze and Modern ages.

"Batman is the most popular Superhero of all time, and it is an honor to have the U.S. Postal Service feature the Caped Crusader on this new set of stamps in celebration of his 75th anniversary," DC Entertainment co-publisher Jim Lee says. "Batman has inspired and influenced fans around the world for generations and will continue to do so for the next 75 years and beyond."

"He is the quintessential American superhero," says Susan McGowan, the Postal Service's director of stamp services and corporate licensing. "What a great place to celebrate him — on a stamp. We are always looking for ideas and subjects that are important to America. We all quickly thought, ';Wow! This will be thrilling.'"

The first sets of the stamps will be sold at this year's New York Comic Con and will be available nationwide afterward.

Source: Superhero Hype

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Sllabus Notes from an Accidental Professor

8:00 PM, Sunday, September 21st, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Drawn & Quarterly will publish Lynda Barry's Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor.

The book is based on the veteran cartoonist's long-running writing workshop, 'Writing the Unthinkable'.

"Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor is the first book to make her innovative lesson plans and writing exercises available to the public for home or classroom use," said D&Q.

"Barry teaches a method of writing that focuses on the relationship between the hand, the brain, and spontaneous images, both written and visual.

"It has been embraced by people across North America - prison inmates, postal workers, university students, high-school teachers, and hairdressers - for opening pathways to creativity.

"Syllabus takes the course plan for Barry's workshop and runs wild with it in her densely detailed signature style.

"Collaged texts, ballpoint-pen doodles, and watercolor washes adorn Syllabus's yellow lined pages, which offer advice on finding a creative voice and using memories to inspire the writing process."

Syllabus will receive a general release on October 21. It debuted at SPX earlier this month.

Source: Digital Spy

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Superman/Wonder Woman Futures End #1

1:00 PM, Sunday, September 21st, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

SPOILER ALERT: If you have not read SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN: FUTURES END #1 yet and do not wish to know what happens, stop reading this post now (major spoilers ahead!).

Five years from now, in WONDER WOMAN: FUTURES END #1, we find the Amazon Princess embracing her "God of War" persona as she is entrenched in an epic battle with the evil Nemesis.

Or so we may think...

Bracing for a deadly blood fest, the opening pages of SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN: FUTURES END #1 reveal that Wonder Woman has actually been infected by Nemesis and has been imagining the entire battle in her head!

Coming to terms with reality, Wonder Woman finds one truth in her delusions: Nemesis is still the enemy.

Witnessing the devastation around her, Wonder Woman realizes that there's only one last hope to stop Nemesis, and it's not war... it's peace!

With Nemesis' army closing in on her, see below as Wonder Woman embraces the fallen spirit of Eirene and transforms into the "God of Peace!"

How will peace defeat Nemesis' army? Is her new persona permanent? Sound off in the comments below!

SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN: FUTURES END #1, written by Charles Soule, and illustrated by Rags Morales, Jose Marzan & Batt, is available in stores now.

Source: DC Comics Blog

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The Steve Rude Documentary will be Available in October

3:00 PM, Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Ian Fischer's Steve Rude documentary will be released in October.

Rude Dude will be available on DVD and VOD on October 7.

The film has been screened at various conventions over 2014.

Rude Dude documents the creator's career and his move into fine arts, as well as his struggles with mental illness.

The 91-minute documentary includes interviews with Mike Baron, Paul Gulacy, Mike Richardson, Alex Ross and Mike Allred.

The DVD release includes two commentary tracks - one from Fischer and composer Ross Williams, the other from Rude's Nexus co-creator Baron.

Source: Digital Spy

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Graphic Canon with a Children's Literature

9:00 AM, Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Russ Kick will return to The Graphic Canon with a Children's Literature volume.

The editor will release a fourth, supplementary volume of the anthology series from Seven Stories Press.

The original three Graphic Canon books tell the history of literature from Gilgamesh to the present day.

The new book - which spotlights some of the greatest moments in children's literature - features contributions from Isabel Greenberg, Roberta Gregory, Rick Geary, Dame Darcy and Noah Van Sciver.

The books feature original and reprinted material. Previous contributors include Robert Crumb, Will Eisner, S Clay Wilson and Hunt Emerson.

The Graphic Canon of Children's Literature will be released on November 4.

Source: Digital Spy

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Could SDCC be Moving out of San Diego?

1:00 PM, Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

The future of San Diego Comic-Con is slightly more uncertain following the San Diego City Council's decision Tuesday not to appeal a court ruling that would end plans to expand the city's convention center — plans that were a primary motivator in Comic-Con organizers extending their previous agreement with the city.

The ruling, passed down from the Fourth District Court of Appeal earlier this month, struck down a proposed levy on hotels in the area around the San Diego Convention Center — a levy which was relied upon to foot much of the projected $520 million cost of the planned expansion for the Convention Center. On Tuesday, the San Diego City Council decided not to appeal the ruling, leaving the future of the expansion project in doubt.

"We're going to have to spend some time figuring out a way to pay for this project or find a new one," council president Todd Gloria told local news station CBS 8. Construction on the expansion was originally scheduled to begin in "late 2014," according to authorities.

The expansion of the convention center space was seen by many to be a factor in Comic-Con International extending its agreement with the city through 2016, despite competition from both Los Angeles and Anaheim. But in a statement to THR, Comic-Con International's David Glanzer explained that "any decision to remain in San Diego has always been based on a variety of issues, including hotel room rates, available meeting space and other concerns, none of which necessarily override the other."

Glanzer added that the organization is "grateful that the mayor, city officials, hoteliers and convention center staff have worked to help mitigate our space concerns and are happy that we have a continuous dialogue with those entities. We hope there will be a solution that allows Comic-Con to stay in San Diego for years to come."

The annual five-day event is estimated to bring in around $180 million to the city each year.

Whether or not Comic-Con would actually leave the city is unclear, especially given that the convention center's expansion is not definitely dead. Many industry insiders, including writer and Comic-Con regular Mark Evanier, think the event's move is highly unlikely if not outright impossible, given its history with the city. It is worth pointing out, however, that WonderCon, another annual Comic-Con International event which ran in California's Bay Area since its 1987 inception, moved to Anaheim in 2012 and has shown little sign of moving back.

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