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Alan Moore finishes million-word first draft of ‘Jerusalem’

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After eight years, Alan Moore has completed the epic first draft of his long-discussed novel Jerusalem, which clocks in at more than 1 million words.

“Has finished the first draft of his second novel, Jerusalem,” the writer’s daughter Leah Moore announced Tuesday on Facebook. “Now there’s just the small matter of copy editing a more-than-a-million word document, and its all done.”

The Verge offers a bit of context for that staggering figure, noting that it’s the equivalent of more than two Lord of the Rings novels, or the first three installments of the Song of Ice and Fire series. The Guardian adds that it’s 200,000 words more than the Bible.

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Prosthetic Wolverine hand comes complete (snikt!) with claws

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Here’s a terrific follow-up of sorts to the heartwarming story of Rayden Kahae, the 3-year-old boy who received a prosthetic “Iron Man” hand thanks to 3D-printing technology and the efforts of e-NABLE: There’s also a Wolverine hand — with claws, naturally.

The organization describes itself as “a network of passionate volunteers using 3D printing to give the world a ‘Helping Hand,’” and one of those is Aaron Brown, who wanted to build a hand to take to a local children’s hospital and to the MakerFaire in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As he wanted to use bright colors, and the University of Michigan’s mascot is the Wolverine, there was only one imaginable option for the comics fan.

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Mondo celebrates Ninja Turtles with four new posters

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Mondo has debuted four limited-edition posters by four artists representing four eras of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. That’s a lot of fours.

Going on sale sometime Thursday, the prints are: the 1980s animated series, as depicted by Tom Whalen; the 1990 live-action film, as interpreted by Rich Kelly; the Kevin Eastman/Peter Laird comics that started it all, as reimagined by JC Richard; and (my favorite) the current Nickelodeon cartoon, as illustrated by Andrew Kolb.

Mondo fans know the drill by now: The posters will go on sale online Thursday at a random time; you have to follow the Mondo Twitter account to watch for the announcement.

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Rocket and Groot go exploring in Calvin and Hobbes mashups

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Undoubtedly the breakout stars of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket Raccoon and Groot have emerged as one of the most loveable pairings in recent memory, a relationship immortalized not only on film but in pen and ink, in statues and even in life-sized LEGO. You might even say they’re on a course to become this generation’s Calvin and Hobbes.

Even if you’re not prepared to make that leap, veteran comics artist Mike S. Miller is, creating adorable mashups of Rocket and Groot and Bill Watterson’s beloved creations. He’ll have prints for sale at conventions, but you can order all three online for $50.

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It’s official: Bob Bretall has world’s largest comics collection

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More than a year after the British media decreed Bob Bretall owns the world’s largest comic book collection, it’s now official: With 94,268 unique comics amassed over four decades — and still growing! — the 52-year-old Mission Viejo, California, man now holds the Guinness World Records.

Bretall’s treasure trove weighs an estimated 16,800 pounds, or the equivalent of 118 grown men. Y’know, if you were curious.

He began collecting at 8 years old with 1970′s Amazing Spider-Man #88, and never stopped. Bretall adds more than 140 each month, revealing on his Facebook page that since the official count on May 1, the tally has grown by at least 1,000.

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And now, the ‘DuckTales’ opening, recreated with actual ducks

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It may only be Tuesday, but Disney’s Oh My Disney blog has already won the week by recreating the opening credits of DuckTales using actual ducks. Wearing little hats. Riding in a submarine. And flying in a spaceship. Did I mention the little hats?

A staple of weekday-afternoon television from September 1987 to November 1990, DuckTales followed Scrooge McDuck and his three grandnephews Huey, Dewey and Louie who, with pilot Launchpad McQuack, traveled the globe in search of adventure and treasure. Or else, they fought to protect Scrooge’s massive fortune from his enemies.

The theme song, which is undoubtedly already embedded in your brain, was written by Mark Mueller and sung by Jeff Pescetto.

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Japan’s Chibatman gets stamp of approval from local police

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Just as the Dark Knight has a special relationship with Commissioner Gordon, his Japanese counterpart now has an arrangement with police in Chiba Prefecture.

Passing on a story from Yahoo! Japan News, Rocket News24 reports that Chibatman, who rose to international fame in recent weeks for cruising around in costume on a custom-made Chibatpod, was summoned to the police station where, even in his secret identity, he was instantly recognized by the receptionist.

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Top Shelf launched its annual $3 sale

top shelf saleTop Shelf has kicked off its annual $3 graphic novel sale, with prices slashed on more than 180 titles, with many offered for as little as — you guessed it! — $3. Some even go for just $1.

For instance, hardcovers like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol. III): Century and March: Book One are half-priced, while Essex County is just $10. Incredible Change-Bots books one and two can be yours for $3 each, while The From Hell Companion is going for $1.

For the first time, the publisher is offering digital add-ons, which means in most cases you can purchase a physical copy, and get a DRM-free edition for just a couple of dollars more.

Top Shelf uses the sale to help fund next year’s publishing slate. The sale runs through Sept. 26. Check out a selection of offerings below, but for a complete list, visit the publisher’s website.

Peavey unpacks ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ instruments

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With Guardians of the Galaxy approaching $300 million at the domestic haul on its way to becoming the top-grossing film of the year, it appears no corner of the licensing universe will remain untouched by Marvel’s space adventure: T-shirts, backpacks, LEGO sets, a dancing Baby Groot bobblehead … Now add to the list musical instruments and accessories.

Audio equipment manufacturer Peavey Electronics, which already offers licensed products featuring such Marvel characters as Captain America, Spider-Man, Thor, Ghost Rider and the Avengers, is expanding its lineup with the Guardians.

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Jock’s Batman art auctioned to benefit 2-year-old with leukemia

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Fans of Batman, and of Jock, take note: The acclaimed artists of such series as The Losers and the upcoming Wytches has donated a page from Detective Comics #871 for an eBay auction to benefit a 2-year-old with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Although Nathaniel’s prognosis is said to be good, he faces a few years of treatment, during which time his parents will have to make regular trips to the hospital.

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3-year-old boy gets prosthetic ‘Iron Man’ hand

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Three-year-old Rayden Kahae wanted an “Iron Man” hand, and last week he got it.

The Maui boy, called “Bubba” by his family, was born with amniotic band syndrome, which left him without a right hand. Although he did fine with just one hand, his grandmother Rulan Waikiki told Hawaii’s KHON that when Rayden noticed his little sister had two, he wanted another like hers.

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Yes, that’s Dan Piraro hosting Fox’s ‘Utopia’ reality series

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Comics fans who tuned in last night to the premiere of Fox’s ambitious reality series Utopia may have been shocked to see a familiar face: Bizarro creator Dan Piraro is the show’s host and narrator. Surprised? So is he.

“Think about it,” the Reuben Award-winning cartoonist writes on his blog. “I’m at home in my sweatpants working on my cartoon career like I’ve been doing for the past 30 years, a friend asks me if I’d like to do some voiceover work for a TV show and I’m thinking, ‘Sure. If I can make a few extra bucks talking into a microphone for a few hours a week, I’m game.’ A few weeks later I’m on national TV, posing for publicity shots, and going on press junkets. I didn’t even have an agent or a headshot when this started. People who’ve been working for this kind of break in showbiz for years must hate me, and I can’t blame them. To them, I can only say I’m sorry.”

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Teen claims ‘Soul Eater,’ Slender Man led her to set home on fire

soul eaterA 14-year-old Florida girl reportedly told police she was inspired by Atsushi Ōkubo’s manga Soul Eater and the Internet legend Slender Man to set her house on fire while her mother and brother slept. Both escaped unharmed.

WTSP Channel 10 reports that when firefighters arrived early Thursday to the burning house in Port Richey, they found the woman and 9-year-old, but the teenager was unaccounted for. As rescue workers searched for the girl, her mother allegedly began receiving text messages from her that read, “Mom Im so sorry I dont know why I did it” and “Did any of u get hurt.”

Police soon apprehended the teen, who allegedly said she had a fight with her mother the night before, and was influenced by reading Soul Eater, a supernatural action-adventure that centers on a young death god in training who, along with her classmates, must collect the souls of 99 evil humans and one witch.

“There’s a part in this book where two characters get in a fight with each other,” Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco explained during a press conference. “All of a sudden that clicked something in her mind, and she decided she was going to kill her family.

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Becky Cloonan’s ‘Demeter’ wins British Fantasy Award

demeterBecky Cloonan’s Demeter won the 2014 British Fantasy Award for best comic or graphic novel, presented Sunday at FantasyCon 2014 in York, England.

“It’s amazing how much love people have shown my comic Demeter,” Cloonan wrote Sunday on her Facebook page. “I really appreciate it, especially since all the nominees were incredible. Sorry I couldn’t attend the ceremony, but thank you for all the support and kind words! I’m sincerely honored.”

The final installment of a trilogy standalone self-published comics that also includes Wolves and The Mire, Demeter is a haunting and tragic tale of love and loss inspired by Greek myth. It was also nominated this year for an Eisner Award.

The comic competed for the British Fantasy Award against Jennifer Wilde, by Maura McHugh, Karen Mahoney and Stephen Downey; Porcelain, by Benjamin Read and Chris Wildgoose; Rachel Rising, by Terry Moore; Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples; and The Unwritten, by Mike Carey and Peter Gross.

Demeter can be ordered online, or downloaded from comiXology.

Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples’ ‘Saga’ leads Harvey Awards

saga17As many predicted, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga dominated the 2014 Harvey Awards, winning for Best Continuing or Limited Series, Best Writer, Best Artist and Best Cover Artist.

Presented Saturday in a ceremony at Baltimore Comic Con, the awards are named in honor of the late Harvey Kurtzman, the cartoonist and founding editor of MAD magazine, and selected entirely by creators. Longtime Batman film producer Michael Uslan served as the emcee, and writer Gail Simone delivered the keynote address.

The special awards were presented: the late Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz was the first recipient of the Harvey Kurtzman Hall of Fame Award; longtime Archie Comics cartoonist Stan Golberg, who passed away Aug. 31, received the Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award; and seminal Incredible Hulk artist Herb Trimpe was given the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award.

The winners can be found in bold below:

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