Friday, January 07, 2011

New pop culture books

Polly and Her Pals: Complete Sunday Comics 1913-1927 (Polly & Her Pals)
Polly and Her Pals: Complete Sunday Comics 1913-1927 (Polly & Her Pals)

Batman: The Dark Knight Archives Vol. 7 (Archive Editions)
Batman: The Dark Knight Archives Vol. 7 (Archive Editions)

Founders of Comic Fandom: Profiles of 90 Publishers, Dealers, Collectors, Writers, Artists and Other Luminaries of the 1950s and 1960s
Founders of Comic Fandom: Profiles of 90 Publishers, Dealers, Collectors, Writers, Artists and Other Luminaries of the 1950s and 1960s

Li'l Abner: The Complete Dailies and Color Sundays, Vol. 2: 1937-1938
Li'l Abner: The Complete Dailies and Color Sundays, Vol. 2: 1937-1938

Marvel Masterworks: The Defenders - Volume 2 (Marvel Masterworks (Numbered))
Marvel Masterworks: The Defenders - Volume 2 (Marvel Masterworks (Numbered))

Rip Kirby Volume 3
Rip Kirby Volume 3

The Savage Sword of Kull Volume 1 TP
The Savage Sword of Kull Volume 1 TP

Modesty Blaise: Sweet Caroline (Modesty Blaise (Graphic Novels))
Modesty Blaise: Sweet Caroline (Modesty Blaise (Graphic Novels))

Lone Ranger Magazine, The 06/37: Adventure House Presents:
Lone Ranger Magazine, The 06/37: Adventure House Presents

Showcase Presents: Our Army at War Vol. 1
Showcase Presents: Our Army at War Vol. 1


The Elephant to Hollywood
The Elephant to Hollywood

MGM: Hollywood's Greatest Backlot
MGM: Hollywood's Greatest Backlot

Jeffrey Jones: A Life in Art
Jeffrey Jones: A Life in Art

A Geek in Japan: Discovering the Land of Manga, Anime, Zen, and the Tea Ceremony
A Geek in Japan: Discovering the Land of Manga, Anime, Zen, and the Tea Ceremony

 King of the Kustomizers: The Art of George Barris
King of the Kustomizers: The Art of George Barris

New Thor teaser poster

I think we've posted a similarly designed poster before, but this is  newish version with release date, etc.:

1977 catalog spotlights James Bond radio, Fonzie record player, more

Cool stuff from Plaid Stallions.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

McCartney to perform at royal wedding

Paul McCartney has reportedly been asked to perform at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in April.

Paul, 68, is said to have confided in pals that he feels "privileged" after receiving the invitation a few weeks ago.

Complete Pogo set for release

Fantagraphics' long-awaited, long-delayed reprinting of Walt Kelly's complete daily and Sunday Pogo strips is finally set for release this fall.

Early reviews of The Cape: Not too bad

The superhero show debuts Sunday on NBC. May be worth a look. From Variety:

If the premise sounds cheesy and busy, the execution is crisp and efficient -- and manages to sell dialogue like, "Together, we can take this city back," which often sounds better in a word balloon. Even the music (by Bear McCreary) brings to mind Danny Elfman's "Batman" theme.

Can "The Cape" take flight with more than just the cultish adoration of fanboys and kids? Ah, now that's a formidable challenge -- especially with the show residing Mondays in what was "The Event's" timeslot after this Sunday preview to capitalize on NFL football.

At this point, the Herculean task of turning NBC around looks like a job for Superman. Still, "The Cape" overpowers most of the fall's development through sheer energy and wit, thus qualifying as a welcome step -- maybe even a bold leap -- in the right direction.

And Entertainment Weekly:

The show is melodramatic, sure, but its sincerity takes it far: I felt a kid's thrill when the Cape sewed his own mask and tied it on for the first time. It's probably doomed to cult status, but The Cape is primal fun.

DC's Batman Beyond digital comic follows same release dates as paper version

DC's new Batman Beyond title, which premiered yesterday, will continue to be released on the same day digitally, at the same price of $2.99.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. You'd think offering the digital comics at a lower price might provide readers with incentive to migrate to screen, vs. paper comics. But I suppose if publishers can pull off this trick without reducing revenue, they'll go for it. Ultimately, if paper comics go away, or largely go away, the publishers stand to make greater profits, since they won't have to contend with costs of printing, distribution, etc.

Personally, I have a hard time seeing myself making the transition as a reader. I like tangible books, comics, albums, etc. But I find myself downloading more and more music these days rather than buying CDs.

How to get thousands of comics for pennies on your iPad

Well, I personally don't own an iPad, but maybe I need one

Via MacEinstein:

My daughter has recently gotten very into the Archie comics, primarily for Betty and Veronica (and who can blame her?). So when the Archie comics app for the iPad came out, I picked it up, downloaded some free issues, then downloaded some pay issues, then, realizing this was still getting expensive, I went the eBay route, picking up lots of old Archie’s 50 at a time in lots. While this was a nice savings, it still was costing about a buck an issue, so when I saw Amazon had a lightning deal on a DVD of “Golden Age” Archie comics in PDF form for $3.00, I decided to take a risk, and I’m glad I did.

Each DVD has about a decade worth of comics on it, and we’re talking the ENTIRE ORIGINAL comic, including the ads for Sea Monkeys...

The cool thing is, it isn’t just Archie you can do this with. Many comics are being sold this way, on Amazon from X-Men and Avengers to the entire 50 years of MAD Magazine (for only $18.60), all at ridiculous savings compared to per issue paper or regular digital downloading.