Author Archives: Rich Johnston

Matt Damon In Talks To Star In Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium

Vicki Isitt writes for Bleeding Cool:

Shrouded in secrecy, Elysium is Neill Blomkamp’s upcoming project, so secret that no plot synopsis is known and casting is only just beginning. In a previous interview with Bleeding Cool, District 9 star Sharlto Copley said that he considered Blomkamp ?to be the best Director working out there right now, so I would love to be able to continue the relationship? and it looks like he is going to get the chance. Copley is the first actor to be confirmed for Elysium and Deadline today have Matt Damon in talks for a role.

Copley, who has recently starred in The A Team is set to appear in the much anticipated Men in Black III is 2012 prior to Elysium which currently has no production or release date. Meanwhile Damon’s upcoming films include Hereafter, True Grit and The Adjustment Bureau.

Despite relatively nothing being known about Elysium, the director and cast (confirmed and rumoured) ensure this film is going to be surrounded by buzz even from this early on in the pre-production process. District 9 gave Blomkamp seven wins and twelve nominations for writing and direction and Copley who received four nominations for his performance, while Damon holds twenty award wins and fifty-four nominations to his name.

Christos Gage Confirms Big Time Secret Event

Christos Gage tweeted, regarding upcoming issues of his Avengers Academy.
Issue 13 is the Superhero Prom. And 14 has awesome high-profile villains & ties in with Big Time Secret Event Rich Johnston Is Wrong About.

So there is a Big Time Secret Event coming for the Marvel Universe then? All Bleeding Cool was doing was presenting supposition on what it may be

The teaser ads are already in the books…

Thanks Christos! These must be the ads then. Big New Major Marvel Event coming in April.

A few Fractiony quotes there. So if not a Mars Invasion then what? Something to be… afraid of? The personification of someone’s fear?

Is Doctor Octopus getting a franchise becoming a major threat, his arms becoming the Martian-like machines we’ve seen in recent Dan Slott Amazing Spider-Man?

Or is Iron Man doing a Hank Pym-and-Ultron thing, creating his own nemesis through his fevered fearful dream forgotten-inventions, as seen in Fraction’s Invincible Iron Man?

Or, as usual, none of the above?

Christos Gage Confirms Marvel Big Time Secret Event Thing

Christos Gage tweeted, regarding upcoming issues of his Avengers Academy.
Issue 13 is the Superhero Prom. And 14 has awesome high-profile villains & ties in with Big Time Secret Event Rich Johnston Is Wrong About.

So there is a Big Time Secret Event coming for the Marvel Universe then? All Bleeding Cool was doing was presenting supposition on what it may be

The teaser ads are already in the books…

Thanks Christos! These must be the ads then. Big New Major Marvel Event coming in April.

A few Fractiony quotes there. So if not a Mars Invasion then what? Something to be… afraid of? The personification of someone’s fear?

Is Doctor Octopus getting a franchise becoming a major threat, his arms becoming the Martian-like machines we’ve seen in recent Dan Slott Amazing Spider-Man: Big Time?

Or is Iron Man doing a Hank Pym-and-Ultron thing, creating his own nemesis through his fevered fearful dream forgotten-inventions, as seen in Fraction’s Invincible Iron Man?

Or, as usual, none of the above?

Swift File: Taylor Swift And Zatanna Back-And-Forth

First of course there was the singer Taylor Swift making her signature heart shape with her hands…

Was it reflected in this Brian Bolland Zatanna cover at all?

And did Taylor Swift see and take further inspiration for the new Entertainment Weekly cover?

I don’t care if it’s a stretch, I like it.

In Swift File we present two or more images that resemble each other to some degree. They may be homages, parodies, ironic appropriations, coincidences or works of the lightbox. We trust you, the reader, to make that judgment yourself. If you are unable to do so, please return your eyes to their maker before any further damage is done. The Swift File doesn?t judge, it?s interested more in the process of creation, how work influences other work, how new work comes from old, and sometimes how the same ideas emerge simultaneously, as if their time has just come. The Swift File was named after the advertising industry habit where writers and artist collect images and lines they admire to inspire them in their work. It was swiped from the Comic Journal who originally ran this column, as well as the now defunct SwiftOf The Week website.

Bruce Timm Co-Creates \’The Flaming C\’ With Conan O\’Brien

Last night on Conan O’Brien’s talk show, he chatted about DC Comics characters with Peter Gerardi, the Creative Director of Warner Bros Animation.

And they discussed the lamest characters in the DC canon.

Was the creation of Green Lantern by someone who wanted to get out early for the weekend? How in the closet is Bat Lash? Is the Ultra The Multi Alien being a fucking mess. of gravy, women’s underwear and chicken? What’s whith Captain Boomerang’s perm, mini-skirt cap… and at the mercy of wind conditions? And does the Space Ranger get ignored by the Green Lantern?

So they decided to design a Conan superhero – on the basis that he must be better than these guys. And, following instructions, Bruce Timm did just that.

Look forward to an animated The Flaming C in days to come.

Video: Bruce Timm Co-Creates ‘The Flaming C’ With Conan O’Brien

Last night on Conan O’Brien’s talk show, he chatted about DC Comics characters with Peter Gerardi, the Creative Director of Warner Bros Animation.

And they discussed the lamest characters in the DC canon.

Was the creation of Green Lantern by someone who wanted to get out early for the weekend?

How in the closet is Bat Lash?

Is the Ultra The Multi Alien being a fucking mess of gravy, women’s underwear and chicken?

What’s with Captain Boomerang’s perm, mini-skirt cap… and at the mercy of wind conditions?

And does the Space Ranger get ignored by the Green Lantern?

So they decided to design a Conan superhero – on the basis that he must be better than these guys. And, following instructions, Bruce Timm did just that.

Look forward to an animated The Flaming C in days to come.

Here’s the video of the segment (and screencaps) below;

DC Books In July And August

Looks like the classic reprint programme is well and truly back in action… and oooh, Brian Bolland covers collection. And Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko Omnibi??

JULY

BATMAN: BRUCE WAYNE – THE ROAD HOME HC Writers: Fabian Nicieza, Bryan Q. Miller, Mike Barr, Adam Beechen, Derek Fridolfs and Marc Andreyko Artists: Cliff Richards, Ramon Bachs, John Lucas, Pere Perez, Peter Nguyen, Szymon Kudranski, Agustin Padilla, Ryan Winn, Javier Saltares, Rebecca Buchman, Walden Wong, Scott McDaniel, Andy Owens Collects: BRUCE WAYNE: THE ROAD HOME – BATMAN & ROBIN #1, BRUCE WAYNE: THE ROAD HOME – BATGIRL #1, BRUCE WAYNE: THE ROAD HOME – ROBIN #1, BRUCE WAYNE: THE ROAD HOME – OUTSIDERS #1, CATWOMAN #1, BRUCE WAYNE: THE ROAD HOME – ORACLE #1, BRUCE WAYNE: THE ROAD HOME – COMMISSIONER GORDON #1 and BRUCE WAYNE: THE ROAD HOME – RA’S AL GHUL #1 $24.99 US, 200 pg, on sale July

BATMAN: STREETS OF GOTHAM – THE HOUSE OF HUSH HC Writer: Paul Dini Artists: Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs Collects: BATMAN: STREETS OF GOTHAM #12-14 and 16-20 $22.99 US, 176 pg, on sale July

BRIAN BOLLAND COVER TO COVER HC Writer/artist: Brian Bolland Collects DC Comics covers by Brian Bolland $39.99 US, 208 pg, on sale July

Bolland?s work has been featured on GREEN LANTERN, BATMAN, WONDER WOMAN, THE FLASH, ZATANNA and the Vertigo series THE INVISIBLES and ANIMAL MAN.

This spectacular collecting includes rarely seen and never-before-published art, along with commentary from Bolland.

FIRESTORM: THE NUCLEAR MAN TP Writer: Gerry Conway Artists: Al Milgrom, George Pérez, Klaus Janson, Bob McLeod, Jack Abel, Romeo Tanghal, Bob Smith and Rodin Rodriguez Collects: FIRESTORM: THE NUCLEAR MAN #1-5 and stories from THE FLASH #289-293 $14.99 US, 144 pg, on sale July

GOTHAM CENTRAL BOOK TWO: JOKERS AND MADMEN TP Writers: Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka Artist: Michael Lark Collects: GOTHAM CENTRAL #11-22 $19.99 US, 288 pg, on sale July GREEN ARROW: INTO THE WOODS HC Writer: J.T. Krul Artists: Diogenes Neves and Vicente Cifuentes Collects: GREEN ARROW #1-7 $22.99 US, 192 pg, on sale July

OUTSIDERS: THE GREAT DIVIDE TP Writer: Dan DiDio Artists: Philip Tan and Jonathan Glapion Collects: OUTSIDERS #32-37 $14.99 US, 144 pg, on sale July

THE JACK KIRBY OMNIBUS VOL. 1 STARRING GREEN ARROW HC Writers: Various Artist: Jack Kirby Collects: Stories from REAL FACT COMICS, HOUSE OF MYSTERY, HOUSE OF SECRETS, TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED, MY GREATEST ADVENTURE, ALL-STAR WESTERN, ADVENTURE COMICS and WORLD’S FINEST COMICS $49.99 US, 304 pg, on sale July

In 1957, following the dissolution of his partnership with Joe Simon, Jack Kirby returned to DC Comics. Among his new assignments was the Green Arrow feature that ran simultaneously in ADVENTURE COMICS and WORLD?S FINEST COMICS, pitting the Emerald Archer and his sidekick, Speedy, against a plethora of foes.

JUSTICE HC Writers: Jim Krueger and Alex Ross Artists: Alex Ross and Doug Braithwaite Collects: JUSTICE #1-12 $39.99 US, 384 pg, on sale July

TALES OF THE BATMAN: GENE COLAN VOL. 1 HC Writers: Gerry Conway, Roy Thomas, Paul Levitz and Doug Moench Artists: Gene Colan, Klaus Janson, Alfredo Alcala, Tony Dezuniga and Dick Giordano Collects: BATMAN #340, 343-345 and 348-351 and DETECTIVE COMICS #510, 512, 517 and 529 $39.9 US, 288 pg, on sale July

BLACKEST NIGHT TP Writer: Geoff Johns Artists: Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert and others Collects: BLACKEST NIGHT #0-8 $19.99 US, 304 pg, on sale July BLACKEST NIGHT: GREEN LANTERN TP Writer: Geoff Johns Artists: Doug Mahnke, Ed Benes and others Collects: GREEN LANTERN #43-51 $19.99 US, 256 pg, on sale July BLACKEST NIGHT: GREEN LANTERN CORPS TP Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artists: Patrick Gleason, Rebecca Buchman and others Collects: GREEN LANTERN CORPS #39-46 $19.99 US, 224 pg, on sale July

BLACKEST NIGHT: BLACK LANTERN CORPS VOL. 1 TP Writers: James Robinson, Peter J. Tomasi and J.T. Krul Artists: Eddy Barrow, Ardian Syaf, Ed Benes and others Collects: BLACKEST NIGHT: BATMAN #1-3, BLACKEST NIGHT: SUPERMAN #1-3 and BLACKEST NIGHT: TITANS #1-3 $19.99 US, 240 pg, on sale July

BLACKEST NIGHT: BLACK LANTERN CORPS VOL. 2 TP Writers: Geoff Johns, James Robinson and Greg Rucka Artists: Scott Kolins, Nicola Scott, Eddy Barrows and others Collects: BLACKEST NIGHT: JSA #1-3, BLACKEST NIGHT: THE FLASH #1-3 and BLACKEST NIGHT: WONDER WOMAN #1-3 $19.99 US, 240 pg, on sale July

BLACKEST NIGHT: RISE OF THE BLACK LANTERNS TP Writers: Geoff Johns, James Robinson, Peter J. Tomasi, Eric Wallace, James Robinson, Gail Simone, John Ostrander, Dan DiDio and Fabian Nicieza Artists: Ryan Sook, Julian Lopez, Ardian Syaf, Don Kramer, Denys Cowan, Bill Sienkiewicz, Fernando Dagnino, Renato Arlem, J. Calafiore and others Collects: THE ATOM & HAWKMAN #46, CATWOMAN #83, THE PHANTOM STRANGER #43, STARMAN #81, THE POWER OF SHAZAM #48, THE QUESTION #37, WEIRD WESTERN TALES #71 and SUICIDE SQUAD #67 $19.99 US, 208 pg, on sale July

BLACKEST NIGHT: TALES OF THE CORPS TP Writers: Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi and Sterling Gates Artists: Jerry Ordway, Chris Samnee, Rags Morales, Mike Mayhew, Ivan Reis, Dave Gibbons, Rodney Ramos, Eddy Barrows, Gene Ha, Tom Mandrake, Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy, Joe Prado and Rafael Albuquerque Collects: BLACKEST NIGHT: TALES OF THE CORPS #1-3, GREEN LANTERN #18-21 and 43, GREEN LANTERN: SINESTRO CORPS SECRET FILES 2007 and BLACKEST NIGHT #0 $19.99 US, 176 pg, on sale July

August

DOOM PATROL: FIRE AWAY TP Writers: Keith Giffen and Brian Keene Artists: Matthew Clark, Ron Randall and Al Milgrom Collects: DOOM PATROL #14-21 $19.99 US, 192 pg, on sale August

BATMAN: IMPOSTERS TP Writer: David Hine Artists: Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens Collects: DETECTIVE COMICS #867-870 $14.99 US, 128 pg, on sale August BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD TP Writer: Judd Winick Artists: Doug Mahnke, Paul Lee, Shane Davis, Eric Battle, Tom Nguyen, Cam Smith, Rodney Ramos, Wayne Faucher and Mark Morales Collects: BATMAN #635-641 and 645-650 and BATMAN ANNUAL #25 $29.99 US, 384 pg, on sale August

DC UNIVERSE: LEGACIES HC Writer: Len Wein Artists: Scott Kolins, Andy Kubert, Joe Kubert, George Pérez, J.H. Williams III, J.G. Jones, Dave Gibbons, Brian Bolland, Keith Giffen, Walter Simonson, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Jerry Ordway and Dan Jurgens Collects: DC UNIVERSE: LEGACIES #1-10 $34.99 US, 336 pg, on sale August

GOTHAM CITY SIRENS: STRANGE FRUIT HC Writer: Tony Bedard Artist: Andes Guinaldo Collects: GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #14-20 $22.99 US, 168 pg, on sale August

GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD WARRIORS VOL. 1 HC Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artists: Fernando Pasarin and Cam Smith Collects: GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD WARRIORS #1-7 $22.99 US, 176 pg, on sale August

TEAM-UPS OF THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD TP Writer: J. Michael Straczynski Artist: Jesus Saiz Collects: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #27-33 $17.99 US, 176 pg, on sale August

THE NEW TEEN TITANS OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC Writer: Marv Wolfman Artists: George Pérez, Dick Giordano, Curt Swan, Romeo Tanghal, Frank Chiaramonte, Pablo Marcos, Collects: DC COMICS PRESENTS #26 and THE NEW TEEN TITANS #1-16 $75.00 US, 464 pg, on sale August

SECRET SOCIETY OF SUPER-VILLAINS HC Writers: Gerry Conway, David Kraft, Bob Rozakis and Paul Levitz Artists: Pablo Marcos, Rich Buckler, Arvell Jones, Dick Ayers, Dick Dillin, Mike Vosburg, Rid Estrada and others Collects: SECRET SOCIETY OF SUPER-VILLAINS #1-15, DC SPECIAL #27, DC SPECIAL SERIES #6, SUPER-TEAM FAMLY #13 and 14, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #166-168 and stories from CANCELLED COMICS CAVALCADE #2 and THE AMAZING WORLD OF DC COMICS #11 $39.99 US, 208 pg, on sale August

THE STEVE DITKO OMNIBUS VOL. 1 STARRING SHADE THE CHANGING MAN HC Writers: Steve Ditko, Michael Fleischer, Paul Levitz, Otto Binder, Jack Oleck, Coram Nobis, Jack C. Harris, Robert M. Ingersoll, Len Wein, Mike Barr, Robert Kanigher, Steve Utley, George Kashdan, Joey Cavalieri, Stan Timmons, Sheldon Mayer, J.M. DeMatteis, Dan Mishkin, Gary Cohn and David Allikas Artists: Steve Ditko, Wallace Wood, Sal Trapani, Mike Royer, Vince Colletta, Wayne Howard, Ernie Chan and Gary Martin Collects: SHADE THE CHANGING MAN #1-8, STALKER #1-4 and stories from STRANGE ADVENTURES, PLOP, HOUSE OF MYSTERY, HOUSE OF SECRETS, WEIRD WAR TALES, SECREST OF HAUNTED HOUSE, TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED, TIME WARP, GHOSTS and MYSTERY IN SPACE $59.99 US, 456 pg, on sale August

SUPERGIRL: BIZARROGIRL TP Writer: Sterling Gates Artists: Jamal Igle, Matt Camp and Jon Sibal Collects: SUPERGIRL #53-59 and SUPERGIRL ANNUAL #2 $19.99 US, 224 pg, on sale August

SUPERMAN/BATMAN: NIGHT AND DAY TP Writers: Michael Greene, Michael Johnson and Sterling Gates Artists: Francis Manapul, Rafael Albuquerque, Matt Camp and Marco Rudy Collects: SUPERMAN/BATMAN #60-63 and 65-67 $17.99 US, 176 pg, on sale August

SUPERMAN: GROUNDED VOL. 1 HC Writers: J. Michael Straczynski and G. Willow Wilson Artists: Eddy Barrows, J.P. Mayer and Leandro Oliveira Collects: SUPERMAN #700-076 $22.99 US, 168 pg, on sale August

Friday Runaround – The Reason Daken And Bullseye Kissed

BestWatch: Neil Gaiman talks to NPR about edited the Best American Comics 2010.

WalkWatch: This Saturday in Rochester, as part of the Jingle Bell Walk, Jetpack Comics will offer special sales and activities throughout the day along with a food and toy drive.

LanternWatch: Ivan Reis’ Green Lantern poster to announce C2E2 in Chicago next year.

This is The Bleeding Cool ComicChron Robot speaking. I come for your women. But for now I merely collate comic-related bits and pieces online. One day I will rule. Until that day, read on.

Dark Horse Comics? Digital Initiative Promises Innovative Ideas, Lower Prices | Underwire | Wired.com

This hybrid model will allow Dark Horse to sidestep the 30 percent cut taken by Apple for sales made through the iPad maker?s in-app payments channel. Apple?s iron grip on digital publishing has irritated some magazine publishers, who want greater flexibility to sell subscriptions through iTunes and balk at Apple?s large cut of sales. By harnessing sales from its own web store to iOS and Android apps, Dark Horse could have hit upon a winning strategy for Comics 2.0.

Waid Leaves BOOM! as CCO, Returns to Freelancing

Look, you and I have talked about this. I get asked, enough for it to get under my skin, why I’m so candid and outspoken when most of the time it just causes me trouble. And it’s a really good question. I think the answer, honestly, truly, is that while it’s a characteristic that doesn’t do much to make me look particularly, oh, laid-back, it does maybe earn me a reputation as someone who will shoot straight with you and not feed you some company line. I hate dealing with people who don’t have integrity and don’t conduct themselves with honesty and transparency, and I never want to be one of them. So when I tell you, as I am now, that BOOM!’s as strong as it’s ever been with or without me, that’s the God’s-honest truth, at least as I see it. It’s certainly going to keep being successful as long as I have any power to make it so.

Confirmed: Chris Zylka to Play Flash Thompson in ‘Spider-Man’ | TheWrap.com

It’s a rumor no longer.Chris Zylka will play Flash Thompson, Peter Parker’s high school nemesis in Marc Webb’s "Spider-Man" reboot,

Newsarama.com : GEOFF JOHNS Still Writes Comics, Part 3: BRIGHTEST DAY

Johns: Like with Green Lantern, it’s thrilling to be involved in other stuff having to do with that characters across other media.There’s some great stuff in development right now that’s based on one of the best comics Vertigo has published that I can’t wait for people to hear about. It?s one of my favorite comic series ever printed.

More Tim Burton Superman Photos

From Steve Johnson

Jim Lee and Icons

I asked Jim about the upcoming ?Dark Knight: Boy Wonder?. DC Comics announced on April 2, 2010, that Frank Miller and Lee would return to the series ?All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder? in February of 2011. The re-branded title will run for six issues completing the story Miller originally intended to tell. Although the book will not appear in February as originally announced Lee assured me that it would be a 2011 title.

Marjorie Liu

Liu: Ha! There’s nothing hidden about it! And I can’t credit being a romance novelist as the reason that Daken and Bullseye kissed. That moment was the result of many months of innuendo and playfulness (on our parts, as writers), and when I was writing that fight scene, it just suddenly seemed like time. And a good way of shutting Bullseye up. Daken likes to be in control, and he’ll take that control any way he can.

Seducing the Ladies ? Marketing Comics to Women

The concept of celebrating Marvel women is enjoyable to ladies like myself who are avidly poking around their local comic store for something that particularly appeals to their feminine side. But it makes little impact on the millions of women who might pass by a comic book with little more recognition than a scrunch of her nose. Perhaps that was not the point of the campaign ? but why not?

Are You In Singapore This This Weekend? Come To Comic Con

Apparently CB Cebulski, Matt Fraction and Ivan Brandon are already enjoying the bar life. This weekend sees the Singapore Toy, Comics And Comic Convention take place, the first under the new ownership of Reed Expo, owners of the NYCC and C2E2.

And, befitting this, the theme is one of East Meets West. So Marvel people are out there, manning the booth, populating the bars and looking for new talent.

Comics faces also include Alex Maleev, Alice Chan, David Lloyd, Esad Ribic, Gail Simone, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Harvey Tolibao, Jason Siu, Koto Nishiyama, Leinil Francis Yu, Mori Chack, Phil Ortiz, Phil Yeh, Salvador Larroca, Shinichiro Kitai, Simone Legno, Sonny Liew, Tan Eng Huat and Tim Tsui and a large local Artists Alley.

Lucasfilm and IDM Singapore will bne recruiting for a whole bunch of jobs from Environment Supervisor, to Senior Creature Technical Creator, and Senior Matte Paionters, both for digital and non-digital shooting, as well as promoting Lucasfilm Animation Singapore’s Jedi Academy for budding creative talent to work as interns, supporting production teams, and the Jedi Master Program for apprenticeships.

Of course if you’re just up for freebies, there’s that too, with half a million Singapore dollars worth of free stuff to be handed out. Although not all to just one person, that would be insane.

The first 500 people through the door on Friday and Sunday get Ghostbuster minimates, and on Saturday get an Animax goodie bag.

On top, there will be giveaways of Sheng Tai toy capsules, comics from GnB Comics and Jove Pat Media, Marvel superhero posters, Playworks magazine, Pororo chopsticks (st screenings) and Generator Rex T-shirts, lanyards and USB sticks at the Asian Premiere.

Kinokuniya Trexis are up for grabs for the five fans who answer Clone Wars trivia questions at the panel with Rob Lodermeier, Lead Animator and Josh Robinson, Lead Asset Artist. Other panels giving away Kinokuniya cash vouchers and Vertigo Sandman statues.

Singapore Con debts and exclusives include The Winged Tiger in Singapore, the sequel to Steve the Dog & The Winged Tiger by Phil Yeh andHe Shuxin, the Chinese edition of Naruto Vol 53, the 4-inch Gloomy TO-FU (10th Anniversary Gloomy Edition), Soldier Story Man In Suit with Advanced Narrow Shoulder Body (200), Dooodolls Costume Party 10? Special Edition, 7-inch Domo Qee, Monsters Binch Originals

Action City is having an exclusive 1st launch of collectible BE@RBRICK box set designed by renowned UGLYDOLL designer, Mr. David Horvath.

There will be a special presentation on the visual effects for Iron Man 2 from Industrial Light & Magic, with Phil Pham and Abishek Nair, two of the digital artists involved.

GONE CASE Graphic Novel is based on the award-winning novel by Dave Chua and illustrated by artist Koh Hong Teng. It comes in 2 books, book 1 will be officially launched at STGCC 2011.

There’s a sneak peek of next week’s Scream Awards 2010 and the Nura: Rise Of The Yokai Clan anime, airing in February. You’ll get entry of the latter when you buy a limited edition Nura T-shirt (plus free pillow case.)

And you’ve also got an appearance from AKB48, Japan?s leading girl idol group. Yup!

???We’ll have a coupel of people on the floor,. but if you are in attendance, let Bleeding Cool know how it all goes!

Third Long Standing Female-Starring Cartoon Strip Gets Spiked This Year

Earlier this year L’il Orphan Annie went to meet her parents.

Then Cathy gave a final "Ack!"

And now the seventy-year long strip Brenda Starr, Reporter is to end.

Admittedly, I’ve never actually read it.

But it does seem to be an unfortunate trend.

Created by Dale Messick, she wrote the strip until 1980. Only female writers have written the strip since and it’s currently written by Chicago Tribune reporter Mary Schmich.

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