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‘Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service’ gets omnibus treatment

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Dark Horse is expanding its omnibus line with oversized new collections of The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service.

Created by Eiji Ōtsuka and Housui Yamazaki, the frequently gory horror manga centers on five young graduates of a Buddhist college, each with a special skill — dowsing, embalming, channeling an alien intelligence, etc. — who form a company devoted to delivering the dead to where they need to go to move on to their next reincarnations. It’s not pleasant or easy work, and it doesn’t always pay, but it beats a 9-to-5 job.

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Wizard World adds Fan Fest Chicago for March

fan fest chicagoJust a week after announcing the acquisition of Pittsburgh Comicon, Wizard World Inc. has added another event to its rapidly expanding roster — the awkwardly named Wizard World Comic Con Presents Fan Fest Chicago.

Set for March 7-8 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois (longtime location of Wizard World Chicago), Fan Fest Chicago is billed as “a ‘thank you’ to loyal Wizard World fans.”

The admission price for Fan Fest Chicago will be considerably less expensive than most Wizard World conventions, at $25 for the weekend or $15 for either day. Additionally, those who have purchased VIP or four-day passes to the Aug. 20-23 Wizard World Chicago will be admitted for free to Fan Fest.

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Comics A.M. | Heavy Metal to base its comics line in Portland

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Publishing | Portland, Oregon, will be the home base for Heavy Metal’s new line of comics, which was announced in October, following the company’s sale to David Boxenbaum and Jeff Krelitz. “I think it’s being closer to the talent,” Krelitz said. “If you wanted to be a painter in the early 20th century, you went to Paris. The comics line launches in March with the second season of Michael Moreci and Steve Seely’s Hoax Hunters. The company plans to be publishing eight original series by the end of this year and another 12 next year, building up to 50 in five years. “We’re positioning to be a premier publisher,” Krelitz said. [The Oregonian]

Passings | Editorial cartoonist R.K. Laxman, who maintained a running commentary on Indian politics for almost 60 years, has died at age 93. The younger brother of novelist R. K. Narayan, Laxman got his start illustrating his brother’s work as well as doing drawings for local newspapers. He became an editorial cartoonist for the Times of India around 1947, about the time India became an independent country, and stayed there until 2010. Laxman’s most famous creation was the Common Man, a character that stood in for the average Indian. As the official obituary in the Times of India said, “His Common Man, created in 1957, was the symbol of India’s ordinary people, their trials and tribulations, their little joys and sorrows, and the mess they found themselves in thanks to the political class and bureaucracy. But despite the sobering reality of this, there was never any rancour in Laxman’s cartoons. His humour was always delightful, and no one could hold a candle to his brushstrokes.” [Times of India]

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Designer mixes classic game characters and NBA teams

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Combining two loves — professional basketball and video games — graphic designer Mark Avery-Kenny has created a series of logos that mash together classic characters like Pac-Man, Pikachu and Mario with NBA franchises.

While some of the combinations make perfect sense — King Hippo and the Sacramento Kings, for instance — others aren’t nearly as logical. But they’re all fun and well-executed. Check out just some of them below, and the rest on Avery-Kenny’s Instagram page.

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Anti-Islam bus ads defaced with images of Ms. Marvel

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Controversial ads on the sides of San Francisco buses that equate Islam with Nazism have been defaced with images of Marvel’s Kamala Khan, accompanied by slogans like “Stamp Out Racism.”

According to SFGate, these banners — only the latest purchased by blogger Pamela Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative — went up on buses on Jan. 9, and feature an image of Adolf Hitler and Palestinian Muslim leader Haj Amin al-Husseini, who opposed Zionism. With the headline, “Islamic Jew-Hatred: It’s In The Quran,” the ads encouraged an end to aid to all Islamic countries.

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Stan Lee was the first to upload video to LiveJournal

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The nearly 16-year-old LiveJournal last week finally introduced video hosting, and 92-year-old Stan Lee was the first to give it a whirl.

The legendary writer partnered with the social media platform in November to not only launch a blog but to also kick off a contest to find his biggest fan. So of course his video was a reminder to submit entries by the Friday deadline.

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DC solicits ‘Legends of the Dark Knight: Norm Breyfogle’

batman465Amid efforts by relatives and colleagues to raise money for veteran Batman artist Norm Breyfogle‘s medical care, DC Comics appears to have rushed solicitation of Legends of the Dark Knight: Norm Breyfogle, Vol. 1.

The 54-year-old artist was hospitalized in mid-December following a stroke that paralyzed his left side, including his drawing hand. Breyfogle has no health insurance, and his savings was eaten away by the hospital stay, leading his brother and sister-in-law to launch an online fundraising campaign to help pay for months of care and physical therapy.

To date, the effort has generated nearly $86,000 of its $200,000 goal.

Related: On Norm Breyfogle: What Would Batman Do?

DC Comics had no comment about the collection or its timing, but the blog Collected Editions notes it hadn’t part of the publisher’s 2015 releases.

No details are known beyond the Amazon listing, which specifies a 520-page hardcover, set for release on July 7 for $34.35.

A fixture of DC from 1987 to 1995, collaborating with writer Alan Grant on Detective Comics, Batman and Shadow of the Bat. The folks at Collected Editions speculate what storylines might be included in the hardcover.

Viz Media brings back ‘The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past’

legend of zeldaViz Media is bringing Shotaro Ishinomori’s manga The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past back to print for the first time in 20 years.

Arriving in May from the publisher’s Perfect Square imprint, the full-color edition will collect the loose adaptation of the original game’s story, which was originally serialized in 1992 in Game Power magazine. The story was re-released as a trade paperback the following year.

The story by Ishinomori, creator of Cyborg 009, Kamen Rider and Hotel, followed the overall story arc of the game, but included new plot twists and characters, including Link’s fairy guide Epheremelda and a descendent of the Knights of Hyrule named Roam.

“Many older fans recall eagerly awaiting each new issue of Nintendo Power magazine back in the ‘90s for a new monthly chapter of A Link to the Past,” Beth Kawasaki, Perfect Square’s senior editorial director, said in a statement. “While it followed the overall story arc of the original Super Entertainment System game, creator Ishinomori also added new plot twists and characters that made this a stand-alone favorite among multiple generations of fans.”

‘Leaving Megalopolis’ was bestselling comiXology Submit title of 2014

leaving-megalopolisComiXology has announced the 25 bestselling comiXology Submit titles of 2014.

Launched in 2013, the self-publishing portal allows independent creators to upload their comics and graphic novels for sale worldwide, with profits split evenly between comiXology and the creator.

Although comiXology doesn’t provide any details about number of downloads, the list still makes for interesting reading, as it’s a mix of titles you might expect — Leaving Megalopolis by Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore, Testament by Douglas Rushkoff & Co. — and some that don’t have that level of creator name recognition, like Benjamin Rivers’ Snow and Beto Skubs and Rafael de Latorre’s Fade Out: Painless Suicide.

While Leaving Megalopolis and Testament: Omnibus top the chart, Joe Benitez’s Lady Mechanika claims three spots. It’s also an incredibly diverse list, where the mystery Watson and Holmes is found alongside the “world’s sexiest anthology” Smut Peddler, and the gay superhero title The Pride is nestled between the Western Moth City Preludes: The Reservoir and the pirate adventure Annie Bonnie.

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Hot Toys debuts ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Captain America figure

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Hot Toys has revealed its movie-accurate Captain America action figure from Avengers: Age of Ultron. And, as you likely know by now, when the collectibles company says “movie-accurate,” it’s not joking around; you can count the pores on 1/6th-scale Chris Evans’ face.

Arriving in the second or third quarter of 2015, the figure comes with newly painted helmeted head sculpt, newly painted Steve Rogers head sculpt, more than 30 points of articulation, a metal shield, a helmet, magnets embedded in figure’s forearms and back for holding shield, numerous interchangeable hands, a tailored costume and stand.

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California campaign for Snoopy license plates reaches final days

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With time running out, the campaign to put Snoopy on a California license plate is still about 2,500 orders short.

Begun in 2010 by the California Associations of Museums, the effort is now down to the wire: Saturday is the deadline for the 7,500 preorders required for the Department of Motor Vehicles to begin production on the plate, which features Snoopy as drawn by creator Charles M. Schulz and the slogan “Museums Are For Everyone.” So far, about 5,000 orders have been placed.

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Comics A.M. | Cosplaying ‘gunmen’ arrested on way to G-Anime

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Crime | Two cosplayers on their way to G-Anime were arrested Friday in Gatineau, Quebec, and their fake weapons were confiscated. The two men, who were wearing camouflage and carrying what appeared to be guns, were spotted in a parking lot near a number of government buildings (the Canadian Parliament was attacked by a lone gunman in October). Someone called the police, and they dispatched about a dozen officers who cordoned off the area and searched for the men. The cosplayers, who were both 18, were taken into custody and fined $270 for violating a municipal bylaw that prohibits carrying certain weapons in public or in a vehicle, although the law seems to be aimed at knives, bows and arrows, and swords, not guns. Their car was impounded, and their weapons are being held as evidence. G-Anime organizers posted a notice Friday asking attendees wearing camouflage or carrying replica weapons to wait until they arrive a the convention to change into costumes. [Ottawa Sun]

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Todd McFarlane swears off the possibility of DC/Marvel freelance, but not crossovers

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Image Comics co-founder Todd McFarlane has made it a habit of late to open up his archives via his Facebook page, sharing everything from early Spawn designs to evolutionary charts. But this weekend, he held court on some of his publishing philosophy as it applies to his past life as a Marvel Comics superstar.

“Here’s the the answer to a question I get asked a lot: ‘NO!… I WILL NEVER DRAW for Marvel or DC Comics AGAIN!'” the artist wrote in a new post. “But it’s not why you might think…”

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Shelf Porn | A look into Larry’s ‘Library’

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Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, our weekly visit into the home of a fan. Today’s shelves comes from Larry, whose move into a new house meant he had extra space to show off his stuff.

If you’d like to see your collection featured here you can find instructions on how to do so at the end of this post.

And now take a look at Larry’s collection:

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The Fifth Color | A case for the Multiverse

well.... duh.Was anyone else expecting something bigger? When Tuesday came around and the big announcement from Marvel was finally revealed, we all learned that … well, Secret Wars is going to happen and the multiverse is going to do battle on a Battleworld to see what reality makes it out alive. When I type that out, it sounds crazy-exciting, but when it’s revealed as this big surprise, it falls a little flat.

We’ve been prepping for this series of events since Marvel NOW!, when Jonathan Hickman took over the Avengers books and put us on a very wordy adventure toward universes colliding into one another. Longtime readers sort of just assumed that was the direction they were going to go, whether through reading the books with a keen eye — Oh, hey! That’s why they called Hickman’s run “Avengers World”! I just got that! — or other announcements made before Tuesday.

I’m certainly not trying to say it wasn’t a big announcement; multiversal collision and universe dominance is kind of the biggest concept you can get until you start pitting multiverses against multiverses, and that won’t happen, no matter how much we might want to see Daredevils fight Batmen. It’s just that the announcement isn’t a surprise. It makes too much sense, what with all the radical continuity changes of late. The Ultimate Universe has gotten pretty far off course, and it deserves to go live on a farm somewhere and be happy. There are already multiversal characters appearing throughout the Marvel Universe, so the idea that we might wrap all of this up on a Battleworld is a cool direction to be heading in.

But this is just the facts of the announcement. We haven’t even gotten into the angry ranting and the wild conjecture! Join me, won’t you?

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