Monthly Archives: May 2011

Peter Murphy Celebrates His New CD Ninth With A Special In-Store Set & Signing At Amoeba Music In Hollywood

Starting on the release date of Peter Murphy’s new CD (June 7th) the first purchasers of Ninth at Amoeba Music will receive a ticket guaranteeing their space in the signing line after the in-store performance and a limited-edition poster created for the release (limited quantities, while they last)!

The performance and signing will be held on Thursday June 16th at 6PM in Hollywood. More information HERE.

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DC Comics Announces Historic Renumbering of All Superhero Titles

DC Comics has a new strategy to be No. 1 in comic books: all-new No. 1’s!

On Wednesday, August 31st, DC Comics will launch a historic renumbering of the entire DC Universe line of comic books with 52 first issues, including the release of Justice League by New York Times bestselling writer and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and bestselling artist and DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee. The publication of Justice League issue 1 will launch day-and-date digital publishing for all these ongoing titles, making DC Comics the first of the two major American publishers to release all of its superhero comic book titles digitally the same day as in print.

DC Comics will only publish two comic books on August 31st: the final issue of this summer’s comic book mini-series Flashpoint and the first issue of Justice League by Johns and Lee, two of the most distinguished and popular contemporary comic book creators, who will be collaborating for the first time. Together they will offer a contemporary take on the origin of the comic book industry’s premier superhero team.

USA TODAY has the exclusive first interviews about the decision to launch 52 first issues over a five week period, the designing of more than 50 new costumes and what it all means for the World’s Greatest Superheroes. You can also read more about the publishing change HERE.

So, what does this mean for the comics? Are you going to buy all of these first issues when they come out? Does anyone who is not reading comics currently care, and will they buy these first issues when they come out? Let’s hope that substance rises above the novelty of the idea and when the collectors have snatched up all of the first issues, the momentum will continue with new readers and quality stories.

UPDATE: More details about the relaunch emerge HERE.

Cover for Justice League #1; Art by Jim Lee and Scott Williams

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Apple iWork Now Available For iPhone & iPod touch Users

Apple today announced that its groundbreaking iWork productivity apps, Keynote, Pages and Numbers, are now available for iPhone and iPod touch, as well as iPad. Created for the Mac and then completely redesigned for iOS and Apple’s revolutionary Multi-Touch interface, Keynote, Pages and Numbers allow you to create and share stunning presentations, beautifully formatted documents and powerful spreadsheets on the go. iWork apps are available on the App Store for $9.99 each to new users and as a free update for existing iWork for iPad customers.

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Paper Heroes By Grégoire Guillemin

Minimal, angular and blocky might describe Grégoire Guillemin’s take on comic book/film heroes and villains. The artist uses sharp lines coupled with vibrant images against stark backgrounds to create instantly recognizable characters that pop off the page. (Originally found at blurppy)

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Coldplay to Release ‘Every Teardrop is a Waterfall’ Single Friday

Coldplay fans will finally get to hear some new music when the group releases a new single, “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall,” this Friday (June 3), the same day their summer festival run kicks off in Germany. The band made the announcement on its official website today. The new song will stream on the band’s website Friday and be released digitally everywhere except the U.K., where it will come out a day later.

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Stephen King’s Bag of Bones Finally Begins Filming On June 6th

A mini-series based on Stephen King’s award winning novel Bag of Bones will begin shooting in Nova Scotia July 6th, 2011 continuing through to August 31st, 2011.

Mick Garris who directed three previous Stephen King TV films including The Shining, The Stand and Desperation will direct.

The synopsis of the 1998 King novel is as follows:

Several years after his wife’s death, novelist Mike Noonan still suffers writer’s block. A dream inspires him to return to the couple’s summer retreat in western Maine, a lakeside house called Sara Laughs. Shortly after arriving, Noonan is caught in the middle of a custody battle involving the daughter of an attractive young widow and the child’s enormously wealthy grandfather. He also discovers that Sara Laughs is haunted and that his late wife, Joanna, still has something to tell him.

Pre-poduction on the long awaited film began today. The original plan was for the project to be a major motion picture shot in Maine during the summer of 1999.

After much delay, Nova Scotia will act as Derry, Maine – one of King’s famous fictional towns. There’s no official word on airdate, channel or cast at this point.

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Apple to Unveil iCloud, iOS 5 & Lion On Monday, June 6

Apple CEO Steve Jobs and a team of Apple executives will kick off the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address on Monday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m. At the keynote, Apple will unveil its next generation software – Lion, the eighth major release of Mac OS X; iOS 5, the next version of Apple’s advanced mobile operating system which powers the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch; and iCloud, Apple’s upcoming cloud services offering.

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Read The New David Sedaris Story Here

This new story, ‘Vomit-Eating Flies’ will be published in the paperback edition of Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk (Little, Brown & Company) in October but you can read it HERE right now. 

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Fifty Baddies Print by Robert Ball

Fifty baddies in a limited edition print of 50 copies. The image measures 40cm x 50cm. The giclee is printed on 330gsm Somerset Velvet and are signed by the artist.

You can purchase the limited edition prints HERE for £25.00 plus £8.50 shipping.

A cheat sheet can be seen below if you can’t name them all.

Click on images to make larger

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Hobbit Film Titles & Release Dates Announced

New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM have announced the titles and release dates for filmmaker Peter Jackson’s two-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s enduringly popular masterpiece “The Hobbit.” The first film, titled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, will be released on December 14, 2012. The second film, titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again, is slated for release the following year, on December 13, 2013.

The films are both set in Middle-earth 60 years before Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. The adventure of “The Hobbit” follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug.

Read more HERE.

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