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Superhero 2 casting call

Superhero 2 casting call

Open auditions for the second season of Who Wants To Be A Superhero?, the reality series that stars Spider-Man and X-Men co-creator Stan Lee, will be this Friday and Saturday at the Universal Studio’s Citywalk in Los Angeles from 1-3 PM both days. Wannabe superheroes are encouraged to show up in costume to have their auditions taped on site. All applicants must be 18 years or older. Actual superpowers are not required.

The grave situation of war

The grave situation of war

Ten-hut! 

Marine Times has a profile of writer Tom Walts, a former Marine and former Army National Guardsman, and the IDW paperback release of his work Children of the Grave, a hybrid war-horror comic.  Says the article, "Waltz addresses justice, atonement and forgiveness, themes that elevate the story to something more than the usual us-versus-them shoot-’em-up."  The artist on the work is Casey Maloney. 

The collected trade paperback features the full four-part series as well as six “Children”-inspired guest illustrations and an eight-page story called “The Sorrow,” written in honor of the National Association to Protect Children.

Anime reporter wanted

Anime reporter wanted

Anime Selects and Ziddio.com are looking for a reporter who will relate news from the Tokyo Anime Fair next month for VOD and online video segments for a show produced by Comcast’s Select on Demand.

Wannabe reporters can attend auditions at the NY Comic Con at the Javits Center in New York City on February 24 or 25, at the Anime Selects booth, or you can upload your video audition clip at Ziddio.com via the "Be a Tokyo Reporter" link. Applicants must be 18 years or older, have a valid U.S. Passport that won’t expire in the next six months, and have a general to expert knowledge of the anime industry and be physically and mentally capable to travel overseas.

Genre film costume auction

Genre film costume auction

British auctioneer Bonhams is holding a massive auction of what is believed to be the UK’s largest collection of film and television costumes on March 6th. The collection comes from Angels The Costumiers, a fifth generation family firm that has been doing costumes since 1840 and worked on 26 movies that have won Oscars for Outstanding Achievement In Costume Design.

Items going under the hammer include costumes from Superman, Supergirl, six of the Doctors from Dr. Who, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Highlander, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, James Bond’s suits from Thunderball, The Spy Who Loved Me, and Tomorrow Never Dies, and Alec Guinness’s Obi Wan cloak, pictured here.

In recognition of the popular appeal of the items, Bonhams’ saleroom will be allowing interested customers the opportunity to try on selected costumes. So if you can’t afford to bid, you could just try flying to London — but you probably won’t be able to nip off somewhere and play with your significant other unless you win. (Hat tip to Craig for the story.)

Grell gets busy

Grell gets busy

Now’s your chance to gather up all those Mike Grell comics and get ’em signed!  Mike informs us he’ll be very busy this spring, hitting the Emerald City Comicon in Seattle on March 31-April 1, the Pittsburgh Comicon in Monroeville, PA on April 27-29, and the Iowa Comic Book Club’s I-CON 2007 in the 4-H Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines on May 19.  Who knew state fairs featured comic book clubs?  We city-dwellers miss so much sometimes…

Minneapolis’ Dreamhaven hit

Minneapolis’ Dreamhaven hit

Neil Gaiman reports that Dreamhaven Books in Minneapolis, the place he considers his "home store" in terms of doing his local shopping there and signing lots of stuff for them to sell online, has had a break-in over the weekend. 

Owner Greg Ketter says, "Damages will be costly but insurance should cover a lot of it. But after the lull in current business, this really will hurt. I don’t like charity but if you could encourage people to maybe buy an extra book off us soon, it may help. Three bookstores have closed in the Twin Cities in the past two months and I don’t want to make it four." 

Those not in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area can visit their online store, where you’re likely to find lots of Gaiman-related items in among tons of sf, fantasy, horror and other related merchandise.