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Angela makes the jump to Marvel; New look finally revealed


After a 10 year court battle between Neil Gaiman and Todd MacFarlane over the ownership of several characters, we are finally seeing the ramifications and fallout. Angela, a character created for the pages of Spawn (an Image comic), will make her debut in Marvel Comics in the final chapter of the Age of Ultron event currently playing out at newsstands and comic shops.

Spawn_9_cover_AngelaThe lawsuit, started in 2002 by Gaiman, ended in a settlement at the start of 2012. It was clear that things were going in Gaiman’s favor as he won motion after motion and came out on top for several important rulings on other characters. In the end, the settlement left both men with 50% ownership of the Angela character. What we are seeing here is that it may have been a bit more specific than that. It could be surmised that Gaiman was awarded 100% ownership over the name and character, whereas MacFarlane got ownership over the look and design. This would explain the high-profile overhaul that Joe Quesada has given Angela.

Say what you will about Quesada as an editor, but the man was and will always be a great artist. I think the new design captures the character pretty well while dispensing with some of the goofier parts of her attire. After Ultron, she will be following Gaiman over to the Guardians of the Galaxy series with Brian Michael Bendis and art by the extremely talented Sara Pichelli.

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Free Comic Book Day 2012 Gold Comics Announced

With 2012 around the corner, the Gold comics for the 2012 Free Comic Book Day have been announced.

Read the full list of comics after the jump.
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The Walking Dead Season 2 Promo

AMC has released a new promo for Season 2 of The Walking Dead, which premiers October 16, 2011.

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Free Comic Book Day 2011

Free Comic Book Day 2011

Tomorrow, May 7, 2011, is the annual Free Comic Book Day (FCBD). For those of you not familiar with Free Comic Book Day, on the first Saturday in May comic shops give out free comic book produced just for FCBD by the publishers. Just how many free comics you can get depends on your local shop, so be sure to ask.

To find a participating comic shop near you click here.

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Reminder: May 1 is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!!!

fcbdThe first Saturday in May every year is Free Comic Book Day. This year, that day is May 1 and it is tomorrow!

In all over 30 comics from various publishers will be available, though you’ll want to get to your store early to avoid sell outs. And hey, don’t forget to actually buy some books and support your local comic shop while you’re there.

Don’t know where to get free comics? Go to this website and enter your zipcode!

Then come back and leave a comment telling us what books you picked up, and the name of your local comic store!

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Boston Comic Con – Fall 2009

Fellow poweteers Sindra and Raistlin joined me this past weekend at the Fall ’09 Boston Comic Con. This small convention has started getting attention and has been growing by leaps and bounds each show. Traditionally held at the Back Bay Events Center near Copley Square, the show runs twice a year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall.

Read on for more about the convention and what I thought!
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**REMINDER** Saturday May 5th is Free Comic Book Day

May 5th, 2007
May 5th, 2007 marks the sixth time the comic book industry will come together to celebrate the spirit of specialty Comic Book Shops around the world. The titles being given away this year are extremely solid and include selections from every major comic publisher, as well as a number of issues from smaller, independent artists. The sheer number of styles and genres available may make choosing individual comics incredibly difficult. Transformers the Movie Prequel # 1, Amazing Spider-Man Swing Shift, and Justice League of America # 0 are just a few of the almost 30 titles that will be available, so remember to call your local shop and ask if they will be participating in this year’s festivities.

Check out the “Free Comic Book Day” website here

Full list of “Free Comic Book Day” titles

The modern day comic book is one of the few original American art forms. They have been a mainstay of popular culture for close to 70 years, and the lifeblood of the industry is still the neighborhood specialty shop. Show support for your favorite shop by stopping in this Saturday and picking up a free book, (and buying another for yourself).

This reminder brought to you by your Friendly Neighborhood Bloggerman! ‘Nuff said!

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Cream of the Comics – 4/4/2007

Madman Atomic Comics
Madman Atomic Comics #1
written and drawn by Mike Allred

Madman Atomic Comics #1 CoverMike Allred has an impressive comics resume, ranging from Spider-Man to the recent (and acclaimed) X-Statix, to the Bluntman and Chronic comic pages in Chasing Amy, and even to “The Golden Plates” – an adaptation of the Book of Mormon. Wait, really? Huh, really. Well, anyway, one of his most prominent works remains his creator-owned work on Madman. Having previously been published under smaller publishers, I’ve never gotten my hands on a Madman comic, despite being able to instantly recognize the character on sight. You have to admit – he makes for an intriguing visual.

As for who he is, Madman “was a hitman who was killed in a car accident, then stitched back together and brought to life by a pair of mad scientists.” I don’t know much else about the character, other than the fact that Bruce Timm admittedly used Madman as a direct inspiration for Freakazoid – “with comics open and referred to when developing the show.” And Freakazoid was pretty awesome, right? So, with a movie currently in the works, a hard-earned reputation for excellence, and a new issue #1, what better time to get acquainted with the character? The answer is NONE. So be cool like me – Gamble with a couple bucks and pick up the issue this Wednesday.

Textless preview pages after the jump…
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