Yeah, we’re being a little weird this week.Â Why would we have a Major Spoilers Poll of the Week about fried chicken?Â Everyone knows you don’t read comics and eat fried chicken at the same time… duh…
It’s all in good fun, and just might help us in marketing Major Spoilers.
(but really, it’s all about the fun)
So, which is it Major Spoiler Legion?Â KFC or Popeye’s?
If you are looking for some really good kid’s comics, then you can’t go wrong with Salt Water Taffy from Matthew Loux. With a third volume set to arrive in stores in a couple of weeks, Loux has decided to take the adventures of Jack and Benny to the Intardwebz.
The complete press release is after the jump, but seriously, if you haven’t read Salt Water Taffy, pick it up, read it, and enjoy it.Â If you need futher convincing, check out the Major Spoilers Podcast where we give listeners the breakdown of the series.
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Marvel unveiled the cover of The Marvel Art of Marko Djurdjevic Hard Cover book featuring the work of the artist who’s done Daredevil to Thor and the X-Men.
â€œA friend of [Marvel Editor-in-Chief] Joe Quesada sent me some of the designs Marko posted online and I was blown away,â€ said Editorial Talent Coordinator Chris Allo of how Djurdjevic came to Marvel. â€œHe jumped at the opportunity to work in comics and even though his digital painting process was new to many in the industry, he won over anyone on the fence once they saw his X-Men: First Class covers. The rest, as they say, is history!â€
The Marvel Art of Marko Djurdjevic HC, written by John Rhett Thomas arrives July 1, 2009 with a suggested cover price of $49.99.
IDW Publishing has sent Major Spoilers a sneak peek of titles arriving in stores this week (April 15, 2009).
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APRIL 13, MILWAUKIE, ORâ€“Dark Horse officially announces participation in the Diamond â€œFinal Order Cutoffâ€ program, or â€œFOCâ€ for short. Dark Horse first announced the intent to participate in this program at last fallâ€™s Diamond Retailers summit in Las Vegas, Navada to a roar of applause heard throughout the casino.
Dark Horse’s final FOC dates will be tied to the calendar day twenty days before the Diamond on-sale date for comics, and approximately three months for graphic novels. Dark Horse will begin including FOC dates for some of our line as early as the May 2009 edition of Diamondâ€™s Previews catalog.
“We are pleased to announce this move to the FOC,â€ Dark Horse President, Mike Richardson stated. â€œAs every comics retailer knows, times are tough. It is important that Dark Horse not only support them with great product, but with our best efforts to make their ordering decisions as easy as possible. This system will help every retailer who orders Dark Horse product and should lead to better business for all of us.”
Dark Horse hopes that participation in the program will help to further instill confidence in the publisherâ€™s consistently strong lineup of releases and continued commitment to the direct sales market in an ever-changing economy.
Dark Horseâ€™s FOC program will begin on Monday, April 20.
Comic blogger Chris Sim, has announced the first chapter for The Chronicles of Solomon Stone is up for all to read online for free.Â The ongoing comics is a collaboration between Sims, Matthew Allen Smith, and Benjamin Birdie.
Sims plans on posting a new chapter at his website each Wednesday.
via Chris’s Invincible Super-Blog
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He’s the artist on the upcoming DC project The Wednesday Comics, a 12-part weekly that will run this summer, and features a supersized page format of 14″x20″.Â Joe’s story will feature Green Lantern, with story by Kurt Busiek, and while some of his GL work has already popped up on the Intardwebz, I’m particularly found of his Yield for Snails bit he created.
via Joe Quinones
Two titles arrive next week from Boom! Studios; Hexed #4, and Last Reign #5.Â The company provided Major Spoilers with a sneak peek at those issues.
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The second annual Comics for Cures Sketch Card auction is now taking place. Our premier event last year raised over seven thousand dollars for The American Cancer Society. People around the world bid on original pieces of comics and fantasy related artwork done at trading card size. Fans find it to be an affordable way to own a one-of-a-kind-piece of original art and a way to donate to a very worthy cause.
This yearâ€™s e-bay auction runs through Saturday, April 4th. Over a thousand cards representing the donated work of hundreds of artists will be available. The contributors range from well-known industry pros to promising newcomers. The cards range from simple sketches to fully rendered color pieces.
Comics 2 Games, 8470 U.S. 42, Florence, Kentucky will be hosting a gallery exhibit of all of the cards on Saturday, April 4th, the final day of the auction. Several unique pieces will only be available at the in-store auction.
To bid on cards go to
Comics 2 Games
8470 US 42, Florence, KY 41042. 859-647-7568Â Â www.comics2games.com
With the Kick-Ass movie wrapped and waiting for its debut, word through Hollywood this morning has Matthew Vaughn and Mark Millar reteaming for a possible movie adaptation of Millar’s American Jesus.
The story centers on the return of Christ in the modern world, leading to a final confrontation with the Antichrist in a bid to save humanity.
The book, made with artist Peter Gross, originally appeared as a three-issue miniseries in 2006 with the title “Chosen.” When Millar, one of the top writers in the comics field, decided to continue the story as a trilogy of miniseries, the overarching title became “American Jesus.” The second installment is subtitled “The Resurrection” and is due out in the fall.
Vaughn is pretty busy with other film projects at the moment, so don’t expect the controversial subject matter film to go into production anytime soon.
This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast, the Major Spoilers Crew welcomes Dr. Peter Coogan, Director of the Institute for Comic Studies to talk about adaptations in all their forms.Â From Watchmen to Classics Illustrated and even adaptations from film to comics, what works and what doesn’t, is up for grabs during the show.
As always,Â the Major Spoilers Podcast is nothing without comments from great readers and listeners like you.Â You can use the comment section below, drop us a voice mail by calling (785) 727-1939, or record your comments and send it as an MP3 file in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hereâ€™s your chance to be heard on the show!Â Give us a shout out on your thoughts of adaptations, the state of the comic book industry, or anything else that might be on your mind.Â Only the most awesome comments (good or bad) make it on the show, so get your stuff to us right away!
We record the new show Tuesday night, so make sure you have your contribution to us by 5:00 PM CST Tuesday evening.
If you have never read Sean Wang’s Runners series, you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy as soon as you can.Â If you can’t do that, head over to the newly launched website runnersuniverse.com to read the first series Runners: Bad Goods for free.Â The series takes a look at a group of alien smugglers who happen upon a shipment that is more than it appears – and then all heck breaks loose.
The follow up series Runners: The Big Snow Job, was to be published a year ago by Archaia Studios Press, but will now appear online when the Bad Goods runs concludes online.
â€œIâ€™m still a fan of print comics,â€ continues Wang, â€œso the second series will still be collected into graphic novel format after it finishes posting online. But I hope to use the free webcomic to build the audience as large as possible in the meantime. I firmly believe that many who read the series online atÂ www.runnersuniverse.com will still want to purchase the printed volumes. Hopefully, with a larger audience that is familiar with the series, comic stores can then order the books with more confidence that they aren’t â€˜taking a chanceâ€™ on an unknown small press book. So everyone wins! â€œ
Wang does point out something every web comic fan should do – purchase the collected editions of your favorite series to support the creators.Â I’ve done it with Penny Arcade, Wapsi Square, Least I Could Do, Sinfest, and The Dreamland Chronicles.Â Runners is an excellent series, and deserves your attention.
via Sean Wang