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NeverRants: Destroying Comics For Fun And Profit
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NeverWanderer Presents: NeverRantsI spotted this little tidbit on Bleeding Cool and was compelled to write something.

Ted vanLiew, owners of Superworld Comics Superworld Comics is a store in Massachusetts that specializes in bronze, silver, and golden age comics and original comic art. On their YouTube channel, they have a feature called “Trash-A-Comic.” The title is pretty self-explanatory. Every episode, they destroy a comic book from their back-stock in what they insist are fun and creative ways for, one can only assume, the entertainment of their customers.

Because comic book fans — especially collectors of mint and slabbed comics — LOVE seeing those books destroyed.

In their first episode, they shot an issue of Classics Illustrated: Kidnapped to pieces with a paint gun.

In their second episode, they fed a near-mint issue of Dazzler to a couple of pigs before having it pecked by chickens.

In their third episode, they ripped an issue of Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories in half, put it in a blender, turned it into a smoothie, and drank it while toasting, “Here’s to the end of another worthless comic.”

In their fourth episode, they rolled over a CGC slabbed issue of Shazam with a steam shovel and fed it into a wood chipper.

Laughing all the way.

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Comic Review: Amazing Spider-Man #641
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Spider-ManAmazing Spider-Man #641
Written by Joe Quesada
Art by Paolo Rivera and Joe Quesada, Danny Miki and Richard Isanove
Letters by Joe Caramagna
Price: $3.99
Marvel Comics
Release date: September 9, 2010

At the time of its release, Marvel’s decision to make Peter Parker single again after years of being married to Mary-Jane Watson was met with mixed emotions at best. Many felt that the story told in “One More Day” was inconsistent with previous Spider-Man stories, especially the part where Peter makes a deal with Mephisto to rescue his Aunt May, which many thought was too cosmic, or out there a concept to appear in the more street-level Spider-Man. Others wondered why Marvel felt that an unmarried Spider-Man is so much more superior to a married one. Over the last four issues, we have been revisiting the “One More Day” storyline in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man, with a story called “One Moment in Time,” brought to us by writer and Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada. Amazing Spider-Man #641 brings the storyline to a close, which is a good thing, because this was pretty much a completely unnecessary story that went on for three issues too long.

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Today Is ‘Read Comics In Public’ Day
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Tom Cheredar   |  
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International Read Comics in Public Day 2010Avid consumers of graphic fiction, it’s time for you to grab a small stack of comic books or a good graphic novel and head out to a public park, coffee shop or other crowded venue. Today is international “Read Comics In Public” day and coincidentally also the birthday of legendary artist Jack Kirby.

The point of reading comics in public is to help end the feeling of embarrassment associated with reading comic books, explains Editor of The Daily Cross Hatch Brian Heater, who came up with the idea.

“Take to the streets. Be proud. If someone asks what you’re reading, say, “a comic book” (the phrase “graphic novel is also acceptable, but let’s face it, it sort of defeats the whole purpose). Heck, lend them a book, if you’ve got an extra—what better way to make a new friend and convert a new reader?,” Heater writes on the Day’s official blog.

To further the cause, there’s also a flickr pool set up for people to snap photos of what they’re reading.

I’m going to go a step further than these guys and say everyone participating should do more than just read comics in public. Ripping a page out of Marvel Comics Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada’s book — once you finish reading those comic books in public, leave them for others to find and read. Of course for big time collectors, this might present a problem, but everyone has that stack of comics that they don’t want to file into their personal stash. Don’t throw them away (ever).

Read them in public, leave them in public.

Check out what the Geeks of Doom staff is reading below…

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Batman Fan Film: Bat In The Sun’s ‘City of Scars’
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Like Batman? Like the Joker? Want to see a live action Harley Quinn? Like fan films?

Well, the guys over at Bat In The Sun have done it again with their short City of Scars.

Watch it here below!

It’s a really cool live-action film that runs approximately 30 minutes, and it is the only thing that I have seen that successfully combines the feel and attitude of Chris Nolan’s Batman Begins and The Dark Knight with Batman: The Animated Series. It has some drawbacks, mainly from the lack of budget, but overall these guys really have what it takes to take this to the next level.

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Official: DC Comics Apps For Apple’s iOS4 And PlayStation
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Tom Cheredar   |  
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As reported earlier, DC Comics has finally launched their digital publishing initiatives with a native application for Apple’s iOS4 mobile operating system (iPad, iPhone, iTouch) and two separate distribution deals with comic reader platform ComiXology and Sony’s PlayStation Network (PS3, PSP) — with plans to sell comics digitally through the DC Comics website later in the year [read DC Comics Releases iPad/iPhone App].

“As both a comic book creator and Co-Publisher, it was incredibly important that our plan includes not only creator incentive payments, but also an innovative component that supports comic shop owners. We see digital as an opportunity to grow our entire business,” stated Jim Lee in DC’s official press release.

Lee first spoke about the company’s digital comics publishing strategy at a Wonder*Con 2010 panel, which fell on the same day Apple’s iPad was released as well as Marvel Entertainment’s own native application. At the time he stressed that there was no market for digital publishing for the simple fact that no one was making money from it yet. With this new initiative, it’s looking like DC plans to change that entirely by building into its preexisting print sales.

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DC Comics Releases iPad/iPhone App
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Hunter Camp   |  
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In a surprise twist, DC Comics has shocked the world and joined the digital revolution by releasing their very own iPhone and iPad apps this week!

This application is based off of and made in conjunction with the popular Comixology comic reader that provides the basis for the Marvel Comics and Boom! Studios apps as well, so it seems like Comixology is going to be the source for this medium in the future.

I have yet to see any official press release from DC Comics, but after browsing through the application, I have noticed a few key things. First, a free preview is available for Superman #700, which hits stores today, but there are no other same day releases that I can find. Not only does this application have access to the wide-spanning DC Universe, it also celebrates the strong libraries of DC’s imprint publishers Wildstorm and Vertigo. The application has paid issues from All Star Superman, Planetary, and Fables, but it also has free comics like Batman: Black and White, Fringe, and Mirror’s Edge.

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Comixology Releases Beta App For Desktop Computers
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Comixology CEO David Steinberger released a video on the company’s Vimeo site debuting their beta app for desktop computers and talking a little bit about the plan for the full release. The interesting thing is that Comixology is letting anyone with a Comixology account or anyone who wants to register an account use the beta. That is right, if you click the link above, you can go check out all the free comics on your desktop right now!

Steinberger was definitely open with all of the details and plans that Comixology has for this app. The good points are a bigger screen to read all the comics on, you can switch between two page and the special panel by panel view and even enter a full screen mode, as well as whatever you buy on one platform (iPad, iPhone, or Desktop) you will own on every platform. So if you are reading on the go and get home and want to switch to a bigger screen you can just go over to your desktop and continue reading.

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‘Boondock Saints 2’ Tie-In Comic Announced; Trailer Online
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Boondock Comic

Last year at New York Comic Con, Troy Duffy met with 12-Gauge Comics about possibly creating comic book based on The Boondock Saints (Read: The ‘Boondock Saints’ Comic Book?). Now, with the San Diego Comic Con upon us, it has been announced that a comic book tie-in to the highly-anticipated sequel Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day is indeed on the way and will be announced at the convention.

Duffy spoke to Comic Book Resources and explained that the comic will give us a more in-depth look into the origins of the infamous Il Duce (played in the movies by the fantastic Billy Connolly) and how he became a cold-blooded killer. You can see the first issue’s artwork above.

If you’re heading to Comic Con this week, be sure to hit the 12-Gauge booth on Friday where you can meet director Troy Duffy and check out the Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day panel on Saturday, where the Boondock II trailer will be unveiled!

Click on over to see the brief motion trailer that has been released for the comic. I’m not sure if the comic will actually be a full-on motion comic or if it’s just this trailer that’s using the style.

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Take A Peek At Silber Media’s Mini-Comics
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Worms

Out there in the world, right this moment, there are countless independent comic book writers and artists trying to make their mark in the comic world. Silber Media is one of those folks, but instead of sticking on the regular path or taking the new road of digital comics, these guys and gals took an alternative path rarely traveled: mini-comics!

Mini comics aren’t comic books, and they’re not comic strips. They’re kind of a hybrid of the two. Each is about the size of a matchbook, with one panel, one picture, and one or two lines of dialogue on each page, but in the page-turning book format. Basically, you throw a handful of them in your pocket and go wherever you need to go. At a low point in your day, grab a mini-comic and go to town.

Currently, Silber has multiple mini-comic series going on, including Lost Kisses — which follows a lowly stick figure on his bitter, loathing quest for vengeance on a hated ex girlfriend; as well as Worms — a nightmare of a story that sees a girl waking up in a mysterious hospital, tied to her bed and attached to an IV with worms in it that slowly work their way into her system.

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‘The Boondock Saints’ Comic Book?
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Boondock

Troy Duffy, director of king cult movie The Boondock Saints and the massively-anticipated sequel Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, was on hand at the recent New York Comic Con with star Sean Patrick Flanery to sign autographs for the brand new Blu-ray release.

While there, they also made a stop at the 12-Gauge Comics booth for a little business — the possibilities of a Boondock Saints comic book.

No word on what the comic may cover story wise. It looks as if 12-Gauge did a little concept art piece for Troy to check out, and from the sounds of it, all parties were impressed and some sort of agreement was reached.

This of course isn’t an etched in stone confirmation yet, but it does look very likely; and hell, a Boondock comic makes all the damn sense in the world. It’s the kind of movie that could have easily been a comic before it came to film, they just happened to go in reverse.

Click over to the other side for a small video of the duo’s virgin Comic Con experience.

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