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Stardust reappears

Stardust reappears

Catch it whilst you can! Neil Gaiman reports that the more-or-less authorized Stardust movie website is back up. Stardust, of course, ties into Stardust the graphic novel by Neil and artist Charles Vess. Neil has also announced that Paramount has moved up the official release date of the Stardust movie to August 10 of this year. Considering the San Diego Comic-Con International is on July 26-29, I should think a debut showing there isn’t entirely out of the question.

And speaking of works by Neil, IESB’s Robert Sanchez asked director Joel Schumacher yesterday which comic book character he’d most love to tackle. "The response – Neil Gaiman’s Sandman!"

The Return of Nexus

The Return of Nexus

Cosmic avenger Nexus returns in July in his most intense story ever. After a ten year hiatus creators Mike Baron and Steve Rude have forged a Nexus that will take its place among the greatest comic book stories ever told. "Space Opera" unfolds on a galactic scale: a tale of life, love, hate, death, war, peace, betrayal, resurrection and the nature of faith. The first issue of "Space Opera" sees the birth of Horatio’s and Sundra’s child and the return of old enemies.

"Learning that Nexus is coming back is like hearing you’re going home again after years in the wilderness." — Neil Gaiman. Space Opera will be self-published.

Baby’s First Mythos

Baby’s First Mythos

C.J. Henderson (Batman: Joker’s Apprentice) has come out with an exceptionally twisted book called Baby’s First Mythos. With its cardboard cover and binding, it feels like my old Super Grover kids book (oh, like you didn’t have one) but it reads like a children’s primer to H.P. Lovecraft. Think Edward Gorey meets Cthulhu.

The price is $9.99, not counting years of therapy bills for the young recipients — unless, of course, they are the last sane ones left when the Old Ones come to devour us…

Colleen Doran’s Nightmare

Colleen Doran’s Nightmare

Colleen Doran’s newest project has been revealed – and Heidi MacDonald is editing it! The Nightmare Factory is a horror anthology put out by FoxAtomic featuring adaptations of three of horror author Thomas Ligotti’s short stories by writers Stuart Moore and Joe Harris and art by Colleen, Ben Templesmith, Michael Gaydos and a cover by Ashley Wood.

Considering the acclaim with which the Stephen King Dark Tower adaptation was met, there’s a good chance this antho will garner similar successes, particularly around Hallowe’en time (the in-store month is October).

Black comics panel leads into NYCC

Black comics panel leads into NYCC

If you’re looking for things to do in the week leading up to the NY Comic Convention, Keith Knight wants to remind readers that the Black Comics panel in Harlem is still scheduled for Wednesday, February 21, but will now be held at the Jerome L. Greene Hall, Room 106 (The Law School) on 435 West 116th Street rather than the Studio Museum at 144 West 125th Street due to the anticipated attendance.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still swing by the Studio Museum to see their nifty Africa Comics exhibition going on through March 18! After all, it’s billed as "the first-ever exhibition in the United States dedicated exclusively to comic art from across the African continent," so it’s well worth checking out!

UVC Launches for U, the Viewer

UVC Launches for U, the Viewer

Rich Watson has announced the launch of a new comics magazine called UVC, which he describes as "Wizard meets Vibe." Rich and co-editor Ron will be at the NY Comic-Con handing out free copies of the first bimonthly issue, which will feature articles, news, reviews, interviews and so forth about the comics world and people of color.

Rich asks people wishing to work on this magazine to contact him, and assures readers the magazine will be distributed locally at first then going national, and an accompanying website is in the works.

Jeff Smith takes Captain Marvel fun seriously

Jeff Smith takes Captain Marvel fun seriously

Over at his blog, Jeff Smith advises Captain Marvel/Shazam fans to "visit DC Comic’s website to find the Monster Society Secret Decoder. On Friday, February 9th, I’ll hide a Monster Egg in my blog and you’ll need the decoder to find it… You will also need to know the code for a couple of lines in the comic book."

He further challenges "every member of the comics blogosphere, blog writers and readers, to do this: if you liked Shazam! The Monster Society of Evil, pick up one extra copy this week or next and give it to a kid you know who likes Harry Potter, Eregon, A Series of Unfortunate Events, manga or just plain loves reading. Promise them that if they like it, you’ll buy them every issue. And ask them to read it and tell you what they think. Do they want to read the next issue? And if they do, you have gotten them interested in comics. And, although it’s a baby step to a massive world, superhero comics."

Dark Tower – Googling the Mainstream

Dark Tower – Googling the Mainstream

Has the Dark Tower launch event made it past the usual insular comics fan circles? Let’s take a look:

Four pages via Google News, including articles from Maine Today, the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, the Kansas City Star, the Newark Star-Ledger, the San Jose Mercury News, the Toledo Free Press and Cleveland Plain Dealer (of course, the latter is Mike Sangiacomo so that’s a bit of a ringer), the Pike County Courier, the Elmira Star-Gazette, the Kane County Chronicle, the Capital Times, and a few other subscription-only papers. That’s a nice cross-section of coverage around the country!