Graphic novel recommendations for summer reading 2012 Part 3

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Credits: Pantheon Books

Graphic novel recommendations for summer reading 2012 Part 3

Graphic novel recommendations for summer reading 2012 part 3. As the days grow longer and warmer, you may find yourself longing to settle down with a good read to pass away an easy afternoon. To help you achieve this noble end, we would like to offer a variety of novels that use the medium of graphic storytelling to entertain, enlighten and educate.

Pantheon Books: Habibi by Craig Thompson

The incredible magical quality of comics to convey motion and emotion from the use of static images/illustrations with words makes it a medium capable of telling stories filled with a true power. One such work is Habibi, written by Craig Thompson. Habibi is described by Things From Another World as “ a deeply romantic story that explores and celebrates the beauty and cruelty, the complexity and depths of the Islamic world. Set in a mythical Middle East, at once contemporary and timeless, Habibi is a parable about our relationship to the natural world, about the cultural divide between the First World and the Third World, and about the common heritage of Christianity and Islam.” Habibi has been nominated for the Eisner Award as Best New Graphic Album. Well worth your attention. This book proves that comics can be so much more than they ever imagined.

Image Comics: 27 (Twenty Seven, first set) written by Charles Soule, Art by Renzo Podesta, and letters by W. Scoot Fobes.

The mythos of the the “27 Club”, Rock and Roll, mysticism and an exploration of what lengths one man would go through to maintain his spark of creative genius come together in this mind bending comic to effective ends. With an artistic presentation that is accessible and panels that are spacious this title proved to be a surprise find. This volume not only comes packed with an incredible story that engages your imagination, but it also includes a ton of extras including a 12 page back up story, a cover gallery, as well as notes on the creation of this series. If you are a fan of music and the creative process, this one is definitely worth a read.

DC Comics Vertigo: Transmetropolitan TPB Vol. 1 Back On The Street (written by Warren Ellis and art by Darick Robertson)

Warren Ellis proves once again how deep his creative well runs with this futuristic fantasy. In the 23rd century jaded journalist Spyder Jerusalem is forced to return to a job he hates and a city he loathes. Working as an investigative reporter for the newspaper The Word, Spider attacks the injustices of his surreal surroundings. All depicted with a heart stopping vision of the future that will be hard to shake or put down. Dark, dangerous and provocative, this one is definitely not for kids, but well worth the read. Vol. 1 collects issues #1-6 of the acclaimed Vertigo series.

Stay tuned for the final installment of the graphic novel recommendations for summer reading 2012. If you happened to miss the previously recommended titles, check here (for part 1) and here (for part 2) for other great reads. For those who are just starting to read comics, the market is full of a wide variety of titles and styles. Check out the video associated with this article for tips on choosing comic books to help you find titles that are best suited to you. Until the next episode, enjoy!

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First Denver Comic Con an undeniable success

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Credits: Jess d’Arbonne

First Denver Comic Con and undeniable success

Denver‘s first inaugural Denver Comic Con at the Colorado Convention Center last weekend was an undeniable success. The geeky and the glorious lined up around the block to get into the convention, meet their favorite comic book artists, and find out what’s new in comic books and pop culture.

The exhibit hall was lined with an impressive number of comic book artists, from old guard comic book pioneers like Allen Bellman to the new wave of artists like Rebekah Isaacs. All were friendly, conversational, and willing to sign comics and sketch books while discussing favorite characters and story-lines.

The celebrity guests ranged from “Battlestar Galactica”‘s Aaron Douglas to “True Blood”‘s Kristin Bauer, and of course convention favorite James Marsters of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Torchwood” fame. Unfortunately, Steven Yeun and Lauren Cohan of “The Walking Dead” were not able to join their co-star Chandler Riggs in greeting the fans and participating in a panel on the popular zombie TV show, but there were enough zombie-related events going on to keep Denver zombiephiles happy.

Among those zombie-related panels were Denver martial arts trainers Zombie Defense Tactics, doing a demonstration of their patented hand-to-mouth zombie combat. Denver zombiephiles will recognize ZDT from their appearance at the 2011 Denver Zombie Crawl, where they taught would-be survivors to stay cool in the event of zombie combat.

The Walking Dead” fans also got the treat of a panel discussing the process of taking “The Walking Dead” from comic book to TV show. “I, Zombie” comic book creators Michael and Laura Allred were featured in a panel to celebrate their unique take on zombies in comic books.

While there was enough going on to keep any comic book, video game, TV, or movie enthusiast happy as an arsonist in a fireworks shop on the Fourth of July, one of the highlights of any comic book convention is the cosplay. And Denver Comic Con was no different, with the attendees dressing up in elaborate costumes from Miss Marvel and Power Girl, to Ezio Auditore and Commander Shepard, and plenty of Storm Troopers and Jedi Knights in between. Check out the slideshow for photos of cosplay at the 2012 Denver Comic Con.

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‘The Hunger Games’ star Jennifer Lawrence becomes real-life hero

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‘The Hunger Games’ star Jennifer Lawrence becomes real-life hero

Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t just play a hero in The Hunger Games — she acts the part in real-life, too.

According to X17, Lawrence rushed to the aid of a woman who collapsed outside her Los Angeles-area apartment. “Jennifer ran outside her apartment when she heard a girl scream and immediately called 911,” an X17 photographer stated. “When the EMT arrived, she stayed to make sure everything was okay. She was really scared for the girl.”

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According to TMZ, Santa Monica police believe alcohol may have been involved. The young woman was treated at the scene and released, police told reporters.

Lawrence, photographed in gray leggings and a black tank top, was supposedly taking her dog out for a walk when she spotted the woman and came to her aid.

Lawrence plays Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, and will return for the sequel, Catching Fire, before reprising the role of Mystique in the sequel to X-Men: First Class.

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Joss Whedon not going to Disney World: What ‘The Avengers’ creator will do next

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Joss Whedon not going to Disney World: What ‘The Avengers’ creator will do next

Joss Whedon, you just finished work on the biggest superhero movie in the known universe, and it has broken box office records, been praised by everyone and their grandmother, and raised you from mere Geek God to veritable Hollywood Living Legend. What are you going to do next?”

Such is the question we’d all like to ask the man who went from cult icon with “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” to big-time Hollywood director with “The Avengers” last month. One thing is for sure, Whedon won’t be taking time off to go to Disney World. Let’s take a look at what Whedon has in the works, from movies to comic books to webseries.

Much Ado About Nothing: This is how we know, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that Whedon is not taking a vacation to Disney World to celebrate the success of “The Avengers.” The last time he was supposed to take a vacation to Europe with his wife, Kai Cole (after production on “The Avengers” wrapped), the intrepid director instead took four weeks to make a black-and-white adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” In his house. With his own funding. And completely independent of any studio or Hollywood intervention. No, this is not a man who wastes time with vacations when there is awesome film and television to be made. “Much Ado About Nothing” will be released via the film festival circuit soon.

In Your Eyes: Described as a supernatural romance, Whedon’s in-production independent film tells the story of two wildly different people separated by distance but still able to communicate and see each other, despite having never met in person. The film is from Bellwether Pictures, Whedon’s brand new production company, and stars Zoe Kazan, Michael Stahl-David, and Mark Feuerstein.

Wastelanders: While we don’t yet know much about Joss Whedon’s upcoming webseries with Warren Ellis, we do know that it will be a sci-fi, dystopian story with absolutely no singing (if Ellis has anything to say about it). The webseries is still in the very early stages of production, but given the success of Whedon’s last webseries, “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog,” fans have high hopes.

Dr. Horrible 2: Speaking of webseries, Joss Whedon, brother Jed, and sister-in-law Maurissa are hard at work (at least, we hope they are) on the sequel to “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog,” starring Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, and Felicia Day. The story of one super-villain’s rise to super-villainy wass touching, hilarious, melodic, and absolutely ripe for a sequel. Needless to say, we can’t wait.

The Buffyverse comics: It’s no secret that comic books have a very special place in Whedon’s heart. Besides his extensive career writing comic books, Whedon also just finished the most humongous comic book movie known to man. The characters of the Buffyverse are going strong, with “Buffy Season 9” and “Angel and Faith” in full swing from Dark Horse, and both Willow and Spike getting their own new spin-off series.

With all that in the works, Whedonites have a lot to look forward to.

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Victor Gojcaj, Kevin Durand & Jena Malone rumored for ‘Catching Fire’ casting

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Victor Gojcaj, Kevin Durand & Jena Malone rumored for ‘Catching Fire’ casting

Three more actors are rumored to be in the running for various roles in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the upcoming sequel to this year’s blockbuster adaptation of the first book in Suzanne Collins’ young adult trilogy.

After officials denied that Mia Wasikowska was being considered for the role of District 4 tribute Johanna Mason, EW reports that Sucker Punch actress Jena Malone is now up for the part. The report doesn’t say where the information comes from, though EW is typically a more reputable source of casting rumors than most other websites.

Meanwhile, a somewhat less reliable source of casting information, Shockya claims that Unstoppable actor Victor Gojcaj is being considered for the role of Brutus, a tribute from District 2. Supposedly, Lost actor Kevin Durand is also up for the role — and it’s suspected Brutus is also the role that Magic Mike actor Kevin Nash auditioned for.

As usual, Lionsgate is not commenting on ANY casting rumor — and fans are reminded that casting decisions are not official or finally until they are announced by Lionsgate. For The Hunger Games, casting decisions were released via electronic press releases.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is expected to begin filming later this year, and is slated for release November 22, 2013.

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New comic book releases 6/27/12

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Credits: Archie Comics

New comic book releases 6/27/12

New comic book releases for the week of 6/27/12. Here we are that time of the week once again! With a list this extensive, I promise you there are some standout titles. IDW contributes with Rocketeer Adventures 2 #4 (of 4) with work contributions by Michael Golden, Eric Canete, Darwyn Cooke. Fans of old school action should consider checking out this high flying anthology. Archie Comics offers humor with the classic title Archie #634 with writing by Dan Parent. For some cool Indy Sci-Fi fun check out the robot filled offering from Red 5 Comics Atomic Robo: Flying She Devils of The Pacific #1 (of 5) creative team Brian Clevinger, Matt Speroni, and Scott Wegener. With a title like that alone, it is worth a read. Finally, a little something from DC Comics called All Star Westen #10 with the creative team of Justin Gray, Moritat, Jose Ladronn, and Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez. Western fans should definitely check this one out. With a tie in story that features the notorious Court of Owls from the Batman titles, this one promises to be packed full of action. For those who are considering starting a comic book collection, but maybe aren’t sure what supplies might be needed, check out the accompanying video for some helpful tips on how to start. Until the next episode, stack them high and enjoy!

DC/VERTIGO
ALL STAR WESTERN #10 $3.99
AMERICAN VAMPIRE #28 $2.99
AQUAMAN #10 $2.99
BATMAN #5 4TH PTG $2.99
BATMAN ARCHIVES HC VOL 08 $59.99
BATMAN ILLUSTRATED BY NEAL ADAMS TP VOL 01 $24.99
BATMAN INCORPORATED #2 $2.99
BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #10 $2.99
BEFORE WATCHMEN NITE OWL #1 $3.99
FLASH #10 $2.99
FURY OF FIRESTORM THE NUCLEAR MEN #10 $2.99
GET JIRO HC $24.99
GOTHAM CITY SIRENS TP VOL 03 STRANGE FRUIT $14.99
GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #10 $2.99
I VAMPIRE #10 $2.99
INFINITE CRISIS OMNIBUS HC $150.00
JUSTICE LEAGUE #10 $3.99
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #10 $2.99
LEGION OF SUPER HEROES TP VOL 01 HOSTILE WORLD $14.99
NEW DEADWARDIANS #4 $2.99
SAVAGE HAWKMAN #10 $2.99
SCALPED #59 $2.99
SPACEMAN #7 $2.99
SUPERMAN #10 $2.99
SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES #2 $2.99
TEEN TITANS #10 $2.99
VOODOO #10 $2.99

MARVEL/ICON
AMAZING FANTASY 15 SPIDER-MAN $3.99
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #688 $3.99
CAPTAIN AMERICA AND IRON MAN #633 $2.99
DEFENDERS BY MATT FRACTION TP VOL 01 $19.99
DOROTHY AND WIZARD IN OZ #8 $3.99
FF #19 $2.99
FF BY JONATHAN HICKMAN PREM HC $19.99
HIT-GIRL #1 $2.99
INCREDIBLE HULK #10 $3.99
JOHN CARTER GODS OF MARS #4 $2.99
MARVEL PREVIEWS JULY 2012 EXTRAS $0.75
MARVEL ZOMBIES DESTROY #4 $3.99
MIGHTY THOR #16 $3.99
MMW UNCANNY X-MEN TP VOL 05 $24.99
MMW UNCANNY X-MEN TP VOL 05 DM VAR ED 40 $24.99
MYSTERY MEN TP $14.99
NICK FURY CLASSIC TP VOL 01 AGENT OF SHIELD $34.99
PUNISHER OFFICIAL INDEX TO MARVEL UNIVERSE GN TP $24.99
SPELLBINDERS SIGNS AND WONDERS TP $16.99
SPIDER-MAN DEATH OF STACYS TP $19.99
SPIDER-MEN #2 $3.99
ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #12 $3.99
WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #12 AVX $3.99
WOLVERINE BEST THERE IS BROKEN QUARANTINE TP $19.99
X-MEN #31 $3.99
X-MEN LEGACY #269 AVX $2.99
X-MEN LEGACY BACK TO SCHOOL PREM HC $19.99
X-MEN SCHISM TP $19.99

DARK HORSE
ANGEL & FAITH #11 $2.99
BPRD HELL ON EARTH EXORCISM #1 $3.50
CHRONICLES OF CONAN TP VOL 22 REAVERS BORDERLAND $18.99
CONAN TP VOL 11 ROAD OF KINGS $19.99
FATIMA THE BLOOD SPINNERS #1 $3.99
GOON TP VOL 11 DEFORMED BODY & DEVIOUS MIND $16.99
GUILD TP VOL 02 $14.99
HOUSE OF NIGHT HC $14.99
RESET #3 $3.50
RESIDENT ALIEN #2 $3.50
STAR WARS BLOOD TIES BOBA FETT IS DEAD #3 $3.50
TALES O/T BEANWORLD HC VOL 03.5 $14.99
USAGI YOJIMBO LTD HC VOL 26 TRAITORS O/T EARTH $59.99
USAGI YOJIMBO TP VOL 26 TRAITORS O/T EARTH $16.99

IMAGE
AMERICAS GOT POWERS #2 2ND PTG $2.99
FATALE #6 $3.50
FATALE TP VOL 01 DEATH CHASES ME $14.99
HELL YEAH #4 $2.99
MAGDALENA TP VOL 02 $19.99
MANHATTAN PROJECTS #4 $3.50
MORNING GLORIES TP VOL 03 P.E. $14.99
PROPHET #26 $2.99
SUPREME #65 CVR A LARSEN $2.99
SUPREME #65 CVR B HAMSCHER $2.99
WHISPERS #3 $2.99
WITCHBLADE #157 CVR A CHRISTOPER $2.99
WITCHBLADE #157 CVR B BERNARD & BENES $2.99

MISCELLANEOUS PUBLISHERS
ALTER EGO #110 $8.95
ANNA AND FROGA WANT A GUMBALL HC $14.95
ATOMIC ROBO FLYING SHE DEVILS O/T PACIFIC #1 $3.50
ATOMIC ROBO REAL SCIENCE ADV #3 $2.75
BACK ISSUE #57 $8.95
BARRY SONNENFELDS DINOSAURS VS ALIENS HC $19.99
BART SIMPSON COMICS #72 $2.99
BERKELEY BREATHED OUTLAND COMP COLL HC $39.99
BILL THE BOY WONDER SECRET CO-CREATOR OF BATMAN HC $17.95
BIRDSEYE BRISTOE HC $19.95
COMICS ON TRIAL SC VOL 02 $25.00
COURTNEY CRUMRIN ONGOING #3 $3.99
DAVID MAZZUCCHELLI DAREDEVIL BORN AGAIN ARTIST ED HC $95.00
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS FORGOTTEN REALMS #2 $3.99
EARTHLING SC $12.99
GAME OF THRONES GN VOL 01 $25.00
GLORIANA HC $19.95
HYPERNATURALS #1 MAIN CVRS $3.99
IDOLIZED #0 $2.50
JOURNALISM HC $29.00
KIRBY GENESIS SILVER STAR #6 $3.99
LOEG III CENTURY #3 2009 $9.95
LORD OF THE JUNGLE #5 $3.99
LOVELY HORRIBLE STUFF HC $14.95
MAGIC THE GATHERING SPELL THIEF #1 $4.99
PREVIEWS #286 JULY 2012 $2.70
SIMPSONS SUPER SPECTACULAR #15 $2.99
SONG OF ROLAND GN $20.00
SOULFIRE HOPE #1 $3.99
STAR TREK LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES HC DM EXCL ED $24.99
STAR TREK ONGOING #10 $3.99
STAR TREK TNG DOCTOR WHO ASSIMILATION #2 $3.99
TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE TP VOL 10 $24.99
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ONGOING #11 $3.99
TERRY MOORE HOW TO DRAW #4 FUNNY $4.99
TRANSFORMERS MORE THAN MEETS EYE ONGOING #6 $3.99
VOLTRON #6 $3.99

KIDS COMICS
ARCHIE #634 $2.99
ARCHIE & FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #17 $3.99
ARCHIE AMERICANA HC VOL 04 BEST OF THE 70S $24.99
ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #230 $3.99
B & V FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #226 $3.99
BETTY & VERONICA #260 $2.99
JUGHEADS DOUBLE DIGEST #182 $3.99
SONIC UNIVERSE #41 $2.99

MANGA
ATTACK ON TITAN GN VOL 01 $10.99
BAKUMAN TP VOL 11 $9.99
DROPS OF GOD GN VOL 04 $14.95
OLYMPOS GN VOL 01 $18.99
TENJO TENGE GN VOL 07 $17.99

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New ‘The Walking Dead’ photo reveals return of Merle in season 3

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New ‘The Walking Dead’ photo reveals return of Merle in season 3

In their continued efforts to shock and tease us all into absolute hysteria before the next season of “The Walking Dead,” AMC has released a new production photo of Michael Rooker as Merle Dixon. That’s right, zombiephiles: Merle is back, and with a vengeance… literally.

This new photo of Merle comes just after the sneak peeks of both Danai Gurira as Michonne and David Morrissey as the Governor. It depicts Merle, sans hand but sporting a new arm accessory in its place, holding his finger to his lips and looking suitably menacing.

Of course this photo of Michael Rooker as Merle raises almost as many questions as it answers. For one, who is he with? Recently we got our first look at David Morrissey as the infamous Governor, the comic book’s most feared villain. Could Merle be hanging out with the main antagonist of the new season? Could he even be the Governor’s right-hand man (pun intended)?

Also, how will Merle’ reappearance affect his brother Daryl? Arguably one of the most interesting new characters in the series (neither Daryl nor Merle appeared in the comic books), Daryl has displayed a pragmatism and a compassion for his fellow survivors that is in direct contrast to the brief glimpse we got of his brother in season one. Could Merle’s return from the dead (well, not in the literal sense, which is also highly likely on “The Walking Dead”) make Daryl turn to the Dark Side?

Fans will have to wait until the fall to find out what this shocking new photo of Michael Rooker as Merle will mean for the series.

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