Friday, April 27, 2012

The Comic Feed 4/27/12

Devil's Due Entertainment returns with a promise to make things right, how to be a real super hero, and Batman is finally out of the closet.

Welcome to today's Comic Feed.

They’re Back!

Devil’s Due Publishing is making its way back into the comics realm, after a more than two year hiatus. Working with Diamond Comic Distributors, the newly updated company Devil’s Due Entertainment will also launch a “branded imprint, Project Rectify, which will accompany all of its initial projects as part of a plan to square up debts with various creators over the next year.”

Headed up by original DDP founder Joshua Blaylock, and with a new website under construction, Devil’s Due made the announcement in a press release today, which was reprinted on The Beat. “This has been a long time coming, but in the end I am glad to be moving forward. Thank you to Diamond for working with us to look to the future. Expect more information about the publishing line-up and what else to expect from Devil’s Due very, very soon.”

Marvel & St. Baldrick’s Team Up to Fight Cancer

Want to help in the fight for cancer research? Marvel and St. Baldrick’s Foundation have teamed up and created a “Super Heroes Save Lives” t-shirt campaign. This exclusive t-shirt, being sold for 19.99, features The Hulk, Iron Man, Spider Man, Captain America and Thor. Go be a real life hero!

Grant Morrison Outs Batman

I’m glad to know people are still reading Playboy “for the articles.” This month, comic writer Grant Morrison sat down for an interview and outed Batman as a slightly creepy “sexual deviant” and threw him right out of the closet.

“Gayness is built into Batman,” Morrison told Playboy, “I’m not using gay in the pejorative sense, but Batman is very, very gay. There’s just no denying it. Obviously as a fictional character he’s intended to be heterosexual, but the basis of the whole concept is utterly gay. I think that’s why people like it. All these women fancy him and they all wear fetish clothes and jump around rooftops to get to him. He doesn’t care—he’s more interested in hanging out with the old guy and the kid.”

Morrison also spoke of his work on Superman, Wonder Woman, The Invisibles, and what it’s like to be a comic creator.

Mysterio Reveal 

USA Today got the inside scoop on the villain that will aid in joining together the regular Marvel Universe and the alternate-reality Ultimate Universe, in the upcoming Spider-Men miniseries. Mysterio is back and bringing together the forces of Spider-Man and Miles Morales, writer Brian Michael Bendis’ half-black, half-Hispanic teenage hero to fight him.

Bendis told USA Today "Mysterio is up there with the most dangerous criminals that Spider-Man has come up against. When I was a kid, I found some of his stories to be terrifying. It just got so personal. When he does his thing right, he delves in and gets deep into a psyche that doesn't deserve that kind of punishment."

Peter Parker and Miles Morales’ first meeting and the first issue of the five-issue miniseries Spider-Men by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli will be in stores in June.

 The Inside Scoop 

Calling it the “The Devil Wears Prada for the comic book industry,” website launched the opening pages of Jamie S. Rich’s fifth prose novel, Bobby Pins and Mary Janes today.

“The world of comic books is one I know well,” Rich commented. “I began as an editorial assistant at Dark Horse Comics when I was 21, and I spent six years as editor-in-chief at Oni Press. I’ve written my fair share of funnybooks, as well.”

Readable directly on the tumblr, or downloadable as a pdf, the book gives an inside look into the world of indie comics, their creators, and moody editors. Here’s hoping it’s more of a tell-all than literary fiction.

2012 MoCCA Fest Guest of Honor

This weekend NBM Publishing will debut P. Craig Russell’s newest addition to The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde series The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde series,Volume 5: The Happy Prince. Fans will also find available 10 copies of the signed and numbered edition of the book, which are quarterbound in real cloth and fine paper with a tip-in sheet signed by P. Craig Russell.

As Russell rarely makes appearances at conventions, at MoCCA Fest he will be honored as the festival's first Guest of Honor.

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