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New Comics for September 2010

Previews for July 2010
Aqualad makes his debut in Brightest Day #10

It’s the middle of summer, so of course, our minds wander to the month of September, when we go back to school, back to work, traffic gets busier, and a ton of new comics come out.  This is my monthly look at the Diamond Previews catalogue. If you’re a subscriber at All New Comics, make sure you visit the Subscriptions area to update your subscriptions before Monday July 26th.

Dark Horse has a new Terminator series starring Kyle Reese in 1984 during the first Terminator movie.  Written by Zack Whedon (brother of Joss) Terminator 1984 reads like a collection of storyboards for lost scenes from the Terminator movies (according to Comic Book Resources). Speaking of all things Whedonesque, Serenity The Shepherd’s Tale is a 56pg hardcover one-shot that finally reveals Shepherd Book’s past…written by Joss and Zack Whedon.  For something a little different, give Eric Powell’s (of The Goon fame) new book Billy The Kid’s Old Timey Oddities and the Ghastly Fiend of London a shot, it’s a 4 issue mini-series with Goon backups!

DC Comics gets things started with a series of Army-related one-shots including Our Army At War, Weird War Tales (by Canada’s own Darwyn Cooke), Our Fighting Forces, G.I. Combat, and Star Spangled War Stories. Marv Wolfman and George Perez’s long awaited graphic novel New Teen Titans: Games finally gets published in a 144pg Hardcover.  Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray take on The Freedom Fighters in a new ongoing series.  Grant Morrison’s awesome work on Batman continues to get collected in Batman & Robin Batman vs Robin Deluxe Edition HC (collecting issues 7-12 of Batman and Robin) with art by Canadian superstar Cameron Stewart among others.  Also check out the new hardcover edition of Legion of Super-Heroes The Great Darkness Saga Deluxe Edition HC (collecting issues 284-296 of LOSH and Annual #1), and Gotham City Sirens: Songs of the Sirens HC (collecting issues 8-14 of the series)

Vertigo brings us How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less HC, writer/artist Sarah Glidden’s travel memoir of her trip through Israel.  Fables gets another collection with Fables The Deluxe Edition Volume 2 HC, collecting issues 11-18 and Fables The Last Castle from the Eisner award winning series

Marvel brings us a bunch of good stuff.  Captain America Patriot, a 4 issue mini-series from Karl Kesel and Mitch Breitweiser.  Heroic Age 1 Month to Live, a 5 issue weekly series following Dennis Skyes, who has one month to live, and super-powers to change the world.  Alex Ross and Christos Gage bring us a new Invaders series

Simone Bianchi draws Thor as you’ve never seen him before in Thor: For Asgard, a 7 issue mini-series which sees Thor trying to return Asgard to glory.

The X-Titles get another shake-up, as X-Men Curse of the Mutants gets into gear with 2 one-shots (Smoke and Blood, and X-Men Vs Vampires).  Wolverine: The Road to Hell begins a big change for Wolverine and his clan of clones/sons, and murderers.  Wolverine himself gets a new #1 (if you get the current Wolverine series, we’ll continue you with this one), X-21 gets a new ongoing series, and Wolverine’s son Daken: Dark Wolverine gets a new ongoing series.  Be sure to catch up on your X-Men lore with X-Men: Second Coming HC, it’s a deluxe oversized hardcover clocking in at 344 pages, collecting the entire Second Coming epic.

This year’s surprise superhero hit Kick Ass gets a comic sequel in Kick Ass 2, with the original team of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr reuniting.

Image brings us Skullkickers, a new fantasy action comedy in the tradition of Army of Darkness.  Robert Kirkman brings Invincible’s Science Dog to a one-shot of his own, and the very popular Liquid City gets a sequel in the Liquid City Volume 2 OGN, 312pgs of terrific stories by creators from Southeast Asia.

Other publishers:

Archie’s marriage gets collected in a really great looking slipcased edition (200pgs of goodness for only $24.95) in the Archie Marries Slipcased HC.  From Archaia Entertainment, David Petersen returns to the world of Mouse Guard with Mouse Guard The Black Axe, Bongo Studios brings us Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror #16, Aspen brings us Lady Mechanika. Some of Grant Morrison’s early work gets collected in Grant Morrison’s Vampirella SC, and early Vampi comics get collected in the Vampirella Archives Volume 1 HC.  The Best American Comics 2010, a collection of the finest independant comics of the year is guest edited this year by Neil Gaiman.

The big list is below after the jump.

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Comics

Why Comic Shops Can’t Afford Larger Discounts

Comics, every kid's best friend

I recently sent out a survey (here is the survey, and here are the results), and one of the choices I let people choose was “give a larger discount”. I also suggested we might start a referral program, and the overwhelming choice there was “give a % discount on my subscriptions”.

Unfortunately I don’t think it’s possible to do either one of those things, but let me explain why I am not ridiculously rich from my comics empire.

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About Me

iSwitched or How I Moved to a Mac

My MacBook at home
My MacBook

I have been using some flavour of Windows since version 1.2, but before that, I used DOS. I played with OS2 once upon a time, I’ve had dalliances with Atari, Commodore, Unix, Red Hat, Lindows, Tivo, Ubuntu, and yes for a time I played with Macs as far back as the OS8 days. At TSN we had an eMac for doing testing, and I pretty much loathed that machine because while it was pretty as all heck, it spent a LOT of time with a beach ball whirling (there is a myth out there that Mac’s don’t crash…they do, however their crashes are prettier than blue screens of death).

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Comics

Toronto ComiCon has come and gone

Pete at our table for the Toronto ComiCON
Pete at the All New Comics table at the Toronto ComiCON

It’s been a week and a half since I returned from the Toronto ComiCon, but I just haven’t had a chance to write about it so far.

It was a fun show, not quite as busy as last year, but we still ended up doing alright due to a very different product mix that Peter brought this year.  We had a spectacular spot, right inside the doors on the left hand side, which really helped folks find us.  We had six of our customers pick their stuff up at the show, and ran into a couple others who decided last minute to drop by. Plus I got to see my old college buddy Don, who came by.

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Comics

New Comics for August 2010

Yes, his name is really Al

Wow, this summer is just flying by. We saw some of you at the Toronto ComiCon the first weekend in June, and we hope that we’ll see more of you come out to the big August show in Toronto (not only is it Canada’s largest comic show, but it’s North America’s 3rd largest comic show).  More details as we get closer to the date.

Update on the new site
Beta Testers, we got a little busy last month with the show, and I didn’t get a chance to send out that email, but watch your inbox this week. Not already a beta tester? Sign up today!

What’s New in Subscriptions?

Check out the entire list on the site right now, but here’s what we think looks interesting.

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Movies and TV

The Lost Finale

The Lost cast
Lost Season 6

Lost was a phenomenon, it was one of the rare shows which refused to dumb itself down for the audience. It built a deep mythology, and had an incredible back, front, and side story. While the show faltered a little bit in the second and third seasons, it rebounded quite amazingly in the fourth season, and was riveting until its final episode on March 23rd.

This was a show that we looked forward to every week, and with six years of questions remaining, there was no way that every question could be answered in any meaningful way. The sixth season had a lot of answers, and while there are still plenty of things which are left to our imaginations, I think overall the finale was quite satisfying, and something that the more I think on it, the more I enjoyed it.

Here there be spoilers, so if you haven’t watched it yet…well that’s your own darned fault.

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Book Review: Horns

Joe Hill Horns
Joe Hill Horns

Joe Hill has given me hope. It’s been years since I’ve actually finished a fiction book.  I read quite a bit, but most of it is non-fiction, gripping things like Re-Work, Rocket Surgery Made Easy, Web Analytics; An Hour A Day, and the absolutely spellbinding Sharepoint Server 2007 Best Practices!

Horns is the best book I’ve read in a long time. I honestly can’t remember the last book I enjoyed as much as this one.

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Comics

A killer app for comics?

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I had an opportunity to get my hands on an iPad today when Mark at work brought his in for some Info-Tech show and tell.  Steve Jobs has declared it a “Magical Device”. Arthur C Clarke once said “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Well in that respect, the iPad is magic.

It’s fast, attractive, intuitive, and using it is effortless.

I played around with the Marvel Comics app (which is also available for the iPhone), and it’s pretty amazing.

The presentation is incredible. Comics look pretty much full size, and the whole panel by panel thing works really well, and may actually be a better way to read a comic.

The collection aspect of the app is really good too.  It’s a nice layout, and you can easily find the comics you’re looking for.

There’s two knocks. I found the in-comic navigation a little weird. It was very hard to get back to the main menu once you’re reading a comic. Secondly, you will need a seperate app for every publisher right now.  There’s no “Comics” app, well there are a few, Panelfly, ComiXology, and soon Graphic.ly, but there’s no single app that has access to all comics.

DC Comics really needs to get in gear on this.  They’ve yet to announce ANY sort of a digital initiative, and Marvel is really grabbing headlines with this app launch.

The thing that will push this over the edge is the day that a consumer can buy a brand new comic the day it goes on sale in the Brick and Mortar stores. I’m not afraid to admit I’ll be one of those customers buying my comics on the couch. I’ll still buy some Hardcovers and Trades, but I’d love nothing more than to not have physical copies of comics around my house anymore. They’re a pain in the rear to deal with, and space is at a premium in my house.

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General

This…is my masterpiece

How to survive the Zombie Apocalypse
How to survive the Zombie Apocalypse

I love a good April Fools day joke. I was a part of a number of them at TSN (my recurring “Sid Drake” character was continually making appearances in the WWF in the late 90’s), and I’ve pulled a couple of doozies on my own websites over the years (including last year’s), but for this year a bunch of us at work came up with something genius.

It’s a little bit of a tradition in tech.  Google’s been doing April Fool’s day jokes for years.  ThinkGeek’s joke products become so popular that they get made for real (such as last year’s Star Wars Tantaun Sleeping Bag).

I built a little team(Craig, Rahul, Matt, Will and James), and we set out to do something hilarious. We decided to send out a research report on how to survive an infectious outbreak. We knew we’d need executive support to send it to the whole client base, so we shot it, edited it, and I created a fake distribution and landing page…and then showed it to Joel, the CEO. He loved it, bounced it off one other exec, and gave us the green light.

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Our Lady Peace rocks London

Our Lady Peace in London
Raine Maida of OLP under the spotlight

Last night Char and I went to see Our Lady Peace do their first of two shows here in London. The shows are a pretty cool concept, the first night they play the entire 1997 album Clumsy, and on the second night they play the entire 2000 album Spiritual Machines.

After reading some pretty good reviews of the shows in Toronto at Massey Hall on Friday and Saturday, I was pretty pumped about the show here. Clumsy is one of my favourite albums of the 90’s, and it was released during a pivotal time in my life when I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do when I grew up.

I’ve seen Our Lady Peace twice before. Once at Edgefest (or Lolapalooza), and once in London at the Western Fair.  Both shows were pretty good, but last night’s rocked the house.