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SDCC ’12 | Arrow, Man of Steel and DC Nation among WB swag bags

The must-have accessory for Comic-Con International is back with the announcement that, for the third consecutive year, Warner Bros. will hand out more than 130,000 oversized tote bags to convention attendees. Okay, “oversized” may be a bit of an understatement, as the messenger-style bags are 24 inches and 29 inches — roomy enough to haul swag back to the hotel As room each day — and include a protective pocket to hold any posters.

As usual, the totes are emblazoned with Warner Bros. properties with a Comic-Con presence: This year, it’s Arrow, DC Nation, Man of Steel, Fringe, Pacific Rim, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries and The Big Bang Theory.

Last year’s bags included a design promoting DC’ Comics’ relaunched Justice League, but this year it’s all about television and film. Alas, it looks like the studio is holding out for the big reveals of the two movies; all of the other bags can be seen below.

Comic-Con kicks off Wednesday with Preview Night.

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Joshua Jackson writing Fringe comic for DC

Beyond the Fringe

DC Comics announced this week a new 14-part digital comic series titled Beyond the Fringe, which ties into the FOX TV show. It’s available now via DC’s mobile apps or at

The series will alternate every two weeks between “A” and “B” storylines, with “A” storylines will explore events tied directly to the “Fringe” show canon, while “B” storylines will take a “what-if” approach and look at how things might change if certain elements are out of balance, according to the press release. Joshua Jackson, who stars on the show, will write an arc of the series called “Peter and the Machine,” which will detail events that take place between the end of season three and the start of season four. Drew Johnson will provide art.

This of course isn’t the first time Fringe and DC Comics have crossed paths; several “alternate” DC covers appeared on the show last year.

Opus struts his — or her — feathers on Fringe

Opus the Peahen

Fans of FOX’s Fringe probably caught this on the show’s most recent episode — an “alternate reality” version of Berkeley Breathed’s “Opus” comic strip. Click on over to see the entire strip, courtesy of IDW’s Chris Ryall.

Much like DC’s comic-book plotlines were a little different in the Fringe reality, so too is Breathed’s famed penguin. For one thing, he’s a peahen — and presumably female — in the topsy-turvy world. Some things do remain the same, though — Paris Hilton gossip is still taser-worthy.

Fringe alternate covers surface on variant Fringe comic

Hey, remember those “alternate reality” comic covers that appeared on an episode of Fringe last season? They were designed by the artists at WildStorm for an episode that was set on a parallel earth where things were a bit “off” … like Oliver Queen and Hal Jordan wearing red instead of green, Jonah Hex replacing Guy Gardner in Justice League International, and other fun twists like that.

Well, in a weird bit of symmetry, it turns out that one of those covers will appear on an actual comic from WildStorm:


Above is the variant cover for issue #2 of Tales from the Fringe, a spin-off from the TV show. The cover probably looks slightly familiar to anyone who bought the “Death of Superman” books back in the 1990s. Also, I hear if you hold up that cover in front of the TV while watching the episode of Fringe where it appeared, you’ll destroy the space time continuum. So proceed with caution.

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