San Diego Comic-Con 2015 Tickets Go On Sale Today!

11:30 AM, Saturday, February 21st, 2015 - Posted by Brant Fowler

If you are wanting to go to San Diego Comic Con this year on July 8-12, now is the time to make that happen. Tickets go on sale today in just about 30 minutes of this posting. And if you've seen the Big Bang Theory episode where they try to get tickets online, the reality isn't far from that ever so slightly exaggerated scenario.

If you have any chance of getting a ticket, you have to be registered with a Comic-Con ID. You should be logged into your account between 8-9am Pacific Time (11am-12pm Eastern) to get in the waiting room (but you can go ahead and do that now). Your browser will automatically refresh and should not be manually refreshed says the Comic-Con organizers. A spinning refresh button is just fine.

Once in the waiting room, users will randomly be moved to a registration page shortly after 9am Pacific (12pm Eastern), but entry into the waiting room is not a guarantee for a ticket.

Here are some tips Comic-Con has provided:
- people can buy up to three badges;
- ticket buyers should use a computer because the registration system is not guaranteed to work with mobile devices;
- Java script and cookies should be enabled;
- Internet Explorer should be at least Version 8, while any version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari will work;
- there is no benefit to signing in before 8 a.m.; and
- no one will be allowed to sign in to the waiting room after 9 a.m.

Adult tickets are $50 for Thursday, Friday and Saturday entry, and $35 for Wednesday's Preview Night and Sunday attendance. Age 13-17 attendees and military personell with ID, as well as seniors, are $25 for Thursday-Saturday, $17 for Wednesday, and $18 for Sunday. Children under 12 are admitted free with a paying adult.

So sign in now and good luck!

go here for more info: http://www.comic-con.org/cci/2015/open-online-registration-0

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Marvel and Midtown Comics Present a LIVE Secret Wars Kickoff

3:00 PM, Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 - Posted by Brant Fowler

Marvel fans, if you're interested in this summer's upcoming 12-part Secret Wars event, you'll want to tune in today at 3pm ET for the LIVE kickoff for the event via Marvel.com and Midtown Comics.

There has been tons of speculation about the event since it was announced. Even teaser images that turn out to have nothing to do with the event (or so we think) were mistaken to be alluding to it.

Today, maybe we'll get some actual answers about the story.

"The road to the biggest comic event of the year has begun, and you will not want to miss the first Earth shattering revelations that will have everyone talking! What will happen when Time Runs Out? What secrets does Battleworld hold?" - Marvel.com

For more details, keep your eyes peeled to Marvel.com and join in the conversation on social media using the hashtag #SecretWars.

Are you looking forward to Secret Wars? Let us know in the comments below!

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Star Wars #1 Featurette

8:15 PM, Friday, January 16th, 2015 - Posted by Chuck Moore

Marvel has shared with CR a featurette of Star Wars #1, by Jason Aaron and John Cassaday, in stores this week. Watch it via CR's YouTube channel below to see Aaron, editor Jordan D. White and EIC Axel Alonso talk about the book!

As Star Wars makes its historic return to Marvel with the official release of Star Wars #1, hear from series writer Jason Aaron, series editor Jordan D. White, and Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso about the creation of this monumental new ongoing series.

STAR WARS #1 is available now in comic shops, on the Marvel Comics App and on Marvel.com

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Marvel Releases Comic Trailer for Avengers NOW!

12:00 PM, Tuesday, December 30th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler

Marvel has released and shared with CR a new comic trailer for Avengers NOW! With new titles for Captain America, Thor and Iron Man, and the success of the Avengers movie franchise, Marvel has really been ramping up the Avengers corner of the Marvel U. for some time now. This trailer highlights the creators and characters involved in this latest push for the Avengers. Check it out below.


The most popular characters. The most acclaimed creators. The most ambitious stories. This is the recharged Avengers NOW!

The Avengers are Earth's Mightiest Heroes, but these Avengers are something new! Witness the Avengers like you've never seen them before as the industry's top creators and brightest rising starts deliver can't miss new ongoing series like Thor, All-New Captain America, Superior Iron Man and more.

Find these all-new ongoing series in comic shops, on the Marvel Comics app and on Marvel.com. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com and visit Marvel.com for more info on Avengers NOW!

Leave a comment below and let us know what you think of the trailer. Which Avengers titles are you picking up?

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A Creator Credit for Jack Kirby Appears in Marvel Books

2:00 PM, Monday, November 3rd, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

A Kirby creator credit is now appearing on the title pages of Marvel publications. It seems likely that this credit is an outcome of the settlement of litigation between Marvel and the Kirby heirs. The announcement at the time said that Marvel and the Kirby family were "...looking forward to advancing their shared goal of honoring Mr. Kirby's significant role in Marvel's history."

No formal statement about the new credit line from either party was made, but CBR noted that several releases this week, including All-New X-Men #33, Fantastic Four #12, Inhuman #7 and Wolverine and the X-Men #11 include the phrase "Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby" on the credits page. Additionally, the credit page for Death of Wolverine: Deadpool & Captain America #1 includes "Captain America Created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby."

The original lawsuit involved copyrights to 45 characters created/co-created by Kirby, including the Avengers, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. The dispute hit the courts in 2010, just after Disney acquired Marvel.

It's interesting to note that Marvel finally scheduled movie projects involving more Kirby co-creations in the last month, as he has co-creation credits on Black Panther and the Inhumans. Here's hoping he gets co-creator credit on Agent Carter as well.

Source: ICv2

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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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