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Archie Comics gets a ghoulish makeover in ‘harcore horror’ series Afterlife
The vibrant, cheerful and safe town of Riverdale is getting a ghoulish makeover. In Afterlife With Archie, a series debuting Wednesday, publisher Archie Comics is launching not just its first horror title, but also its first book carrying a rating for teens and older sold only in comic shops. (Photo: Archie Comics/The Associated Press)

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Archie Comics gets a ghoulish makeover in ‘harcore horror’ series Afterlife

The vibrant, cheerful and safe town of Riverdale is getting a ghoulish makeover. In Afterlife With Archie, a series debuting Wednesday, publisher Archie Comics is launching not just its first horror title, but also its first book carrying a rating for teens and older sold only in comic shops. (Photo: Archie Comics/The Associated Press)

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Lois Lane!


England gets suave superspy James Bond; America gets Superman. And Canadians get Lois Lane. By which I mean, they get Lois. They understand that the patriotic superhero’s love interest is more than a sidekick minus cape or catsuit, or a glorified Bond girl. Besides, Lois doesn’t need an alter-ego: she’s interesting enough in her own right: natpo.st/12DXFiQ

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Man finds Action Comics No. 1 — worth $100K — in walls of his house. Then rips cover by accidentIt’s a mole, it’s a dust bunny — no, it’s a Superman comic book.A Minnesota man discovered what is being called “the most valuable comic book of all time” inside the walls of a home he is remodeling. David Gonzalez says what he found is worth some $100,000. That’s more than 10 times what he says he paid for the house.

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Man finds Action Comics No. 1 — worth $100K — in walls of his house. Then rips cover by accident
It’s a mole, it’s a dust bunny — no, it’s a Superman comic book.

A Minnesota man discovered what is being called “the most valuable comic book of all time” inside the walls of a home he is remodeling. David Gonzalez says what he found is worth some $100,000. That’s more than 10 times what he says he paid for the house.

Tagged with:  #news  #comics  #Superman

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Because really, who doesn’t want to smack Superman around a little bit?

Injustice: Gods Among Us brings top tier Mortal Kombat action to the DC Universe

By Matthew O’Mara

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2012 in ReviewGary Clement looks at 2012′s highs and lows from A-Z

2012 in Review
Gary Clement looks at 2012′s highs and lows from A-Z

Queen’s Park for a day: Steve Murray gets a behind-the-scenes look at the prorogued Ontario legislatureThe Ontario legislature won’t sit again until at least January, and yet, people still go there. So Steve Murray went to see what it is they do.

Queen’s Park for a day: Steve Murray gets a behind-the-scenes look at the prorogued Ontario legislature
The Ontario legislature won’t sit again until at least January, and yet, people still go there. So Steve Murray went to see what it is they do.

Wonderdick strikes a chord in the West with mockery of Toronto One day, while tooling around on Twitter, Edmontonian transplant Mike Winters read a tweet from a fellow Torontonian: “It was some guy tweeting about how he got to the airport from downtown for under $3.50, and isn’t the TTC great.”“Travelling to the airport on the TTC is not great. There’s a connecting bus.”Something in Mr. Winters’ level-headed Albertan soul snapped. Wonderdick was born. A spare-time cartoonist, Mr. Winters created a blond, scarf-wearing caricature; an archetype of the type of Torontonian whose “strange reverence for public transit is taken to an absurd level.”His parody Twitter account is plastered with the latest and most ambitious transit designs; he uses words like “Baudrillardian” to describe the “hellscape” of the Toronto suburbs. Wonderdick ponders the expropriation of graffiti art for commercial means while sitting in the bathtub. Mr. Winters suspects his creation would read a Toronto alternative weekly like The Grid; he’d frequent a community-owned coffee shop no one had heard of, perfectly situated in a gentrifying pit. (Mike Winters)

Wonderdick strikes a chord in the West with mockery of Toronto
One day, while tooling around on Twitter, Edmontonian transplant Mike Winters read a tweet from a fellow Torontonian: “It was some guy tweeting about how he got to the airport from downtown for under $3.50, and isn’t the TTC great.”

“Travelling to the airport on the TTC is not great. There’s a connecting bus.”

Something in Mr. Winters’ level-headed Albertan soul snapped. Wonderdick was born. A spare-time cartoonist, Mr. Winters created a blond, scarf-wearing caricature; an archetype of the type of Torontonian whose “strange reverence for public transit is taken to an absurd level.”

His parody Twitter account is plastered with the latest and most ambitious transit designs; he uses words like “Baudrillardian” to describe the “hellscape” of the Toronto suburbs. Wonderdick ponders the expropriation of graffiti art for commercial means while sitting in the bathtub. Mr. Winters suspects his creation would read a Toronto alternative weekly like The Grid; he’d frequent a community-owned coffee shop no one had heard of, perfectly situated in a gentrifying pit. (Mike Winters)

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How did comic-book store The Beguiling survive a boom-and-bust market?Peter Birkemoe doesn’t just sell comic books for a living, he is also a cartoon character in his own right.
Bespectacled and slyly sardonic, Birkemoe made a cameo appearance in the 2005 graphic novel Wimbledon Green, a gentle farce about the mania of funny book collectors crafted by Guelph, Ont.-based cartoonist Seth. Birkemoe fit in well with Wimbledon Green because he’s a long-time denizen of comic book subculture, someone well-versed in the arcane lore of trading yellowing back issues lovingly sealed in Mylar bags. Read on: The Beguiling’s 25th

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How did comic-book store The Beguiling survive a boom-and-bust market?

Peter Birkemoe doesn’t just sell comic books for a living, he is also a cartoon character in his own right.

Bespectacled and slyly sardonic, Birkemoe made a cameo appearance in the 2005 graphic novel Wimbledon Green, a gentle farce about the mania of funny book collectors crafted by Guelph, Ont.-based cartoonist Seth. Birkemoe fit in well with Wimbledon Green because he’s a long-time denizen of comic book subculture, someone well-versed in the arcane lore of trading yellowing back issues lovingly sealed in Mylar bags. Read on: The Beguiling’s 25th

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Clark Kent quits the Daily Planet
As far as bad portents for your industry go, having an iconic fictional character give up his job in it after 70-some years of gainful employment has to be up there. But, yes, here we are: As Jim Romenesko reports, Superman, a.k.a. Clark Kent, has decided he’s mad as hell, and he’s not going to take working at the Daily Planet anymore.
In the 13th issue of the recently rebooted series, the Man of Steel and High-Minded Journalistic Ethics quits his long-time paper job with a speech that would make Will McAvoy proud, deriding an industry that has turned a valuable service into entertainment. (Which is just laughable, the guy writing about a comic book character’s job situation assures you.)

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Clark Kent quits the Daily Planet

As far as bad portents for your industry go, having an iconic fictional character give up his job in it after 70-some years of gainful employment has to be up there. But, yes, here we are: As Jim Romenesko reports, Superman, a.k.a. Clark Kent, has decided he’s mad as hell, and he’s not going to take working at the Daily Planet anymore.

In the 13th issue of the recently rebooted series, the Man of Steel and High-Minded Journalistic Ethics quits his long-time paper job with a speech that would make Will McAvoy proud, deriding an industry that has turned a valuable service into entertainment. (Which is just laughable, the guy writing about a comic book character’s job situation assures you.)

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Father knows best in Darth Vader and Son
Darth Vader was a pretty good father — at least he wanted to be. Think about it: He’s only prevented from attending the birth of his children by Obi-Wan Kenobi. He asks Luke to “rule the galaxy as father and son.” And he throws Emperor Palpatine down the Death Star’s reactor shaft to stop him from killing his son.

“I would think that Vader would be, in a way, a good father that would raise a bad person,” cartoonist Jeffrey Brown says. “He would be one of those fathers who’s very stern — not very warm and cuddly, but trying to impart his knowledge and values on his child. I think that most people would think that imparting your values on your children is an important part of parenting, but when your values are, you know, killing people, [it’s] maybe not so good.” (Jeffrey Brown/Chronicle Books)

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Is beefcake cinema back in action?The TIFF Bell Lightbox theatre is showing Schwarzenegger/Stallone: The Rise of Beefcake Cinema, to mark the era of the super-buff, superhuman action hero. Whatever happened to the beefcake? In recent times we’ve had regular guy (and gal), heroes such as Liam Neeson kicking everyone’s butt in Taken, and Helen Mirren with a semi-automatic in Red. But perhaps this summer, we’re seeing a resurgence of the meat-head with the gang in The Expendables 2, Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, Captain America and Thor in The Avengers. But are they here to stay? (Illustration by Steve Murray)

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Is beefcake cinema back in action?
The TIFF Bell Lightbox theatre is showing Schwarzenegger/Stallone: The Rise of Beefcake Cinema, to mark the era of the super-buff, superhuman action hero. Whatever happened to the beefcake? In recent times we’ve had regular guy (and gal), heroes such as Liam Neeson kicking everyone’s butt in Taken, and Helen Mirren with a semi-automatic in Red. But perhaps this summer, we’re seeing a resurgence of the meat-head with the gang in The Expendables 2, Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, Captain America and Thor in The Avengers. But are they here to stay? (Illustration by Steve Murray)

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Sarah Boesveld asked Evangelos Tziallas, a University of Concordia doctoral candidate who presented at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont., to share his thoughts on the world’s most famous superheroes and what they mean in a post-9/11 society. Steve Murray illustrates.

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Sarah Boesveld asked Evangelos Tziallas, a University of Concordia doctoral candidate who presented at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont., to share his thoughts on the world’s most famous superheroes and what they mean in a post-9/11 society. Steve Murray illustrates.

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Green Lantern revealed as DC Comics’ new gay character
Green Lantern, one of DC Comics’ oldest and enduring heroes no matter what parallel earth he’s on, is serving as a beacon for the publisher again, this time as a proud, mighty and openly gay hero.
The change is revealed in the pages of the second issue of Earth 2 out next week, and comes on the heels of what has been an expansive year for gay and lesbian characters in the pages of comic books from Archie to Marvel and others.

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Green Lantern revealed as DC Comics’ new gay character

Green Lantern, one of DC Comics’ oldest and enduring heroes no matter what parallel earth he’s on, is serving as a beacon for the publisher again, this time as a proud, mighty and openly gay hero.

The change is revealed in the pages of the second issue of Earth 2 out next week, and comes on the heels of what has been an expansive year for gay and lesbian characters in the pages of comic books from Archie to Marvel and others.

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Northstar, Marvel’s first openly gay character, to marry beau in upcoming comic
Wedding bells will ring this summer for Marvel Comics’ first openly gay hero, super speedster Northstar.
The New York-based publisher said Tuesday that Canadian character Jean-Paul Beaubier will marry his beau, Kyle Jinadu, in the pages of Astonishing X-Men No. 51, due out June 20.

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Northstar, Marvel’s first openly gay character, to marry beau in upcoming comic

Wedding bells will ring this summer for Marvel Comics’ first openly gay hero, super speedster Northstar.

The New York-based publisher said Tuesday that Canadian character Jean-Paul Beaubier will marry his beau, Kyle Jinadu, in the pages of Astonishing X-Men No. 51, due out June 20.