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Lance Star: Sky Ranger Digital Comic Book Now Available!

BEN Books is proud to announce that the Lance Star: Sky Ranger “One Shot!” comic book by New Pulp Creators Bobby Nash and James Burns is now available in digital format (PDF) at The Illustrated Section. http://theillustratedsection.com/lance-star-sky-ranger-one-shot

Lance Star: Sky Ranger “One Shot!”

November, 1941. Ace Air Adventurer Lance Star accepts a dangerous mission into an enemy stronghold to stop the Nazi’s from uncovering plans for a weapon long believed destroyed. Lance flies a solo mission to Kiev where he is to plant explosives and destroy a weapons facility when he runs into an old enemy. Now, Lance is faced with a choice. Complete the mission? Or take down the Sky Ranger’s greatest adversary? He’s only going to get one shot at this. Will he choose the mission or revenge?

Featuring high-flying adventure, aerial dog fights, explosive action, and stunning artwork, Lance Star: Sky Ranger “One Shot!” is pure New Pulp fun from start to finish.

Lance Star: Sky Ranger “One Shot!” is now available in digital format (PDF) at http://theillustratedsection.com/lance-star-sky-ranger-one-shot

Lance Star: Sky Ranger “One Shot!”
Written by Bobby Nash
Art/Letters/Colors by James Burns
28 page Digital Comic Edition (PDF) $1.50

The print edition of Lance Star: Sky Ranger “One Shot!” is still available at http://www.indyplanet.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4019

For more information about Lance Star: Sky Ranger, visit the official site at http://www.lance-star.com/

The Day The Movies Died

Recommended Reading: ‘The Day the Movies Died’

The Day The Movies DiedThis is disturbingly depressing– this is what we have to look forward to in movie theaters this summer:

Four adaptations of comic books. One prequel to an adaptation of a comic book. One sequel to a sequel to a movie based on a toy. One sequel to a sequel to a sequel to a movie based on an amusement-park ride. One prequel to a remake. Two sequels to cartoons. One sequel to a comedy. An adaptation of a children’s book. An adaptation of a Saturday-morning cartoon. One sequel with a 4 in the title. Two sequels with a 5 in the title. One sequel that, if it were inclined to use numbers, would have to have a 7 1/2 in the title.

And it gets no better in 2012:

Here’s what’s on tap two summers from now: an adaptation of a comic book. A reboot of an adaptation of a comic book. A sequel to a sequel to an adaptation of a comic book. A sequel to a reboot of an adaptation of a TV show. A sequel to a sequel to a reboot of an adaptation of a comic book. A sequel to a cartoon. A sequel to a sequel to a cartoon. A sequel to a sequel to a sequel to a cartoon. A sequel to a sequel to a sequel to a sequel to a movie based on a young-adult novel. And soon after: Stretch Armstrong. You remember Stretch Armstrong, right? That rubberized doll you could stretch and then stretch again, at least until the sludge inside the doll would dry up and he would become Osteoporosis Armstrong? A toy that offered less narrative interest than bingo?

And what’s truly horrifying? I looked at his list of titles and he missed a bunch. There’s at least one movie with $200 million dollar budget based on a game that springs to mind. Not a computer game, mind you– a board game.

Hell, I’m expecting a movie version of Minesweeper any day now. (Having said this, I just looked on YouTube, and lo and behold…)


Luckily, no one’s made a movie of Hungry Hungry Hippos yet, although now that I have committed this to pixels, somebody inevitably will make it.

I’d say this is just a movie phenomenon, but really– how much streamlining is going on in the comics industry themselves? Both DC and Marvel seem to be streamlining everything down to seven major brand lines each, leaving precious little room to breathe and make something new.

The worst takeaway from the article:

The good news is that the four-quadrant theory of marketing may now be eroding. The bad news is that it’s giving way to something worse—a new classification that encompasses all ages and both genders: the “I won’t grow up” demographic.

Does that sound like the current hardcore fanbase of comics to you too?

via The Day the Movies Died: Movies + TV: GQ.

A New Meaning To ‘Comic Book Dealer’

A New Meaning To ‘Comic Book Dealer’

Detective Comics #27 BatmanWhen they talk about drugs being a gateway to the harder stuff, I doubt this is what they had in mind. Of course, to a comics fan, it makes a certain sort of sense.

30-year-old Aaron Castro is the owner of roughly 19,000 comics, appraised at greater than $500,000, but he brings a new meaning to the phrase “comic book dealer”– he’s been arrested for dealing methamphetamine,  and his collection will likely be in the control of the federal government.

Federal prosecutors currently have submitted a complaint trying to get ownership of Castro’s massive collection, that they can state was purchased with means procured by way of illegal substance income. However, he just didn’t just go down to the comic shop to pick up the sporadic edition of Superman. Based on one particular dealer named within the government submission, Castro had a serious monkey on his back.

“Gwinn [Castro’s underling] said that Aaron began to struggle with money because he would spend his drug money on comic books,” the complaint reads.”Gwinn would meet Aaron at comic book stores to give him the drug money and had seen Aaron buy a box of comic books.”

A second seller, who said he helped Castro organize his books, confirmed them to be purchased with “drug proceeds.” Castro goes on trial for narcotics distribution and weapons charges in May.

Does this prove Dr. Wertham was right? Did we get rid of the Comics Code too quickly?

Geek Girl Con Announces Dates and Guests

Geek Girl Con Announces Dates and Guests

Geek Girl Con, a convention that will celebrate the contribution and involvement of women in all aspects of science fiction, comic books, gaming and related geek culture recently announced the dates and initial invited guests for it’s first gathering.

The first convention will take place October 8-9, 2011 at the Seattle Center in Seattle, WA.

The initial list of invited guests includes comic book writers Gail Simone, Trina Robbins and the married couple, Jen Van Meter and Greg Rucka; Geek-chanteuse Marian Call; and Star Wars crafter Bonnie Burton.

Google Book Settlement Site Is Up; Paying Authors $60 Per Scanned Book

Google Book Settlement Site Is Up; Paying Authors $60 Per Scanned Book

From TechCrunch via Tom Galloway:

Last October, Google signed a $125 million settlement with the Author’s Guild to pay authors for copyrighted works it has scanned and made available on the Web through its Google Book Search project. More than 7 million books have been scanned by Google so far, a large portion of them out of print. Today, the Google Book Settlement site went up, which allows authors and other copyright holders of out-of-print books the ability to submit claims to participate in the settlement.

What do they get? Authors, publishers, and other copyright holders will get a one-time payment of $60 per scanned book (or $5 to $15 for partial works). In return, Google will be able to index the books and display snippets in search results, as well as up to 20% of each book in preview mode. Google will also be able to show ads on these pages and make available for sale digital versions of each book. Authors and copyright holders will receive 63 percent of all advertising and e-commerce revenues associated with their works. With Google Book Search now available on mobile phones, downloaded e-books could become an interesting digital side-business for Google. (But please Google, convert the scanned text into something more easily legible on the screen).

Remember, this settlement is only for the millions of out-of-print books that are making zero revenues for authors and publishers today. So it is not a bad deal all around. Copyright holders have until January 5, 2010 to make a claim.

There don’t seem to be many comics scanned in, but you never know. One wonders how they apply it to periodicals alike magazines and comic books.

Time’s Maghound goes Live

Time’s Maghound goes Live

Time Inc. is hoping to do for magazines what Netflix has done for movies and if successful, could open a new avenue for comic book readers. Maghound has opened up, allowing people to subscribe to tiers of magazines for reading.  It has opened up a beta site with 240 titles from not only Time Inc. but also Men’s Health, ELLE, Martha Stewart Living, Maxim, Ladies Home Journal, Parents, Better Homes & Gardens, Woman’s Day, Best Life, Popular Science, Prevention, Runner’s World, Women’s Health, VIBE, Car and Driver, PC Magazine, Gardening and Bicycling.

At present, no comic books, including any from sister division DC Comics, are available for purchase. Mad Kids, though, is available.

A reader can choose one of four tiers starting with three titles for $4.95 per month up to eight or more titles for $1 each per month. A reader can alter which titles read month to month so a first-timer could try Time, Runner’s World and PC Magazine then the following month swap out PC for ELLE.  Should a title not be published monthly, the site will offer substitute selections.

The site was in development for four years and was announced about a year back. When the launch date was announced, they had expected 280 titles so this comes in under estimates.

“It’s vital for circulators even more so than ever in this economy to test innovative new ideas," Peter Winn, director of planning and development, consumer marketing for Bonnier Corporation, told Folio Magazine. "Maghound has potential to be an important program for the industry and that is why Bonnier is in."