DC is warming up to jump from Countdown to Final Crisis with a "filler" called DC Universe #0. The clues are in the cover, so grab your eyedrops and we will explore it together (we’ve also posted a larger version of the cover after the jump), plus:
— Iron Man toys invade 7-11
— More Spider-Man on the WB plus another look at a legen-(wait for it)-dary Spidey series
— The rarest Harry Potter book – you might get a peek!
— Start the argument now – what were the "Top 5 Happiest Songs of the ’80s!"
— Of course, another exclusive Graham Crackers Comics variant that could be in the mail to you – if you win by e-mailing us at: podcast [at] comicmix.com
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After having been tracking it for some time, we are pleased to announce we have finally found the beginning of the end. Ladies and gentlemen, today in 1955, the very first presidential news conference was filmed for television and newsreels. All that business with the media skewing coverage for political gain these days really couldn’t have started without the help of Dwight Eisenhower, his 33 minute conference, and the cameras of NBC, CBS, ABC and the Dumont Network (the 50’s version of UPN or WB before the CW merge).
Ah, remembering a time when the news was served straight, and remembering it with the bitter knowledge of posterity and its cold corporate hand fondling Wolf Blitzer’s – ahem – I mean, CNN gives really honest and objective coverage. And so does Fox. And for whoever else is reading, I love my country and I wear red white and blue every day under my regular clothes. La, la, la, nothing to read here…
According to a press release, the new animated teevee series The Spectacular Spider-Man will be coming to the Kids’ WB! on The CW early next year.
Kids’ WB! Senior Vice President and General Manager Betsy McGowen states “The use of the ‘Spectacular’ title is an homage to Marvel’s wildly popular series of Spider-Man comics, and is very reflective of the enthusiasm and high regard we have for the production. This promises to be a stand-out animated series.”
Former DC Comics’ staffer Greg Weisman, who moved on to television to do Gargoyles, The Batman, and others, will be the show’s supervising producer and Victor Cook (Hellboy: Blood and Iron) will be producer/supervising director.
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When you think of famous fictional females and hear "teen sleuth," I’ll bet only one name comes to mind. Well, other than Veronica Mars.
Did you know that Nancy Drew stories are now being published in graphic novel format? NY-based company Papercutz is serving the teen and tween markets in a big way, and it’s about to get bigger.
Papercutz, whose Nancy Drew #1: The Demon of River Heights won the Benjamin Franklin Award last year from PMA, the Independent Book Publishers Association, also puts out young adult graphic novels featuring those other teen mystery-solvers The Hardy Boys, as well as Zorro and a really adorable-looking "teenage Charlie’s Angels" book called Totally Spies. But it’s Drew that’s going to draw this summer, as Warner Bros. will be releasing a Nancy Drew movie this June 15 starring Emma Roberts, the star of Nickelodeon’s hit show Unfabulous. And ICv2 reports that WB will be using the graphic novels to promote the movie. The GNs will be given out as prizes in on-air radio promotions, and will also be available as the "Gift With Purchase" during the movie’s mall tour in major markets.
Papercutz is also seeking artists to help draw their graphic novels, particularly those "versed in the manga style." Nancy Drew is currently drawn by Sho (Sei) Murase, a woman of Japanese and Korean descent who grew up in Spain, then moved to Canada and now lives in California — a real multicultural phenom! She’s also the author of Sei, Death and Legend published by Image Comics and is currently also working on the graphic novel series ME2 for Tokyopop.