Daily Archives: June 1, 2012

The New Yorker Releases Its First Ever Science Fiction Issue This Week

The New Yorker’s first ever science fiction issue was released this week and features fiction and essays by Ray Bradbury, Jonathan Lethem, Junot Díaz, Anthony Burgess, Sam Lipsyte, Jennifer Egan, Colson Whitehead, Emily Nussbaum and many others.

The cover titled Crashing the Gate was illustrated by Daniel Clowes.

This issue is available on newsstands, online and eReaders.

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Read The First Chapter of Lemony Snicket’s “Who Could That Be at This Hour?” (All the Wrong Questions) Book 1

We first got to know Lemony Snicket from his best-selling “A Series of Unfortunate Events” books. His upcoming series, All the Wrong Questions, focuses on his perplexing youth and his apprenticeship at a mysterious organization.

Who Could That Be at This Hour?, the first of four volumes in the new series, will be released on October 23rd, but you can get a sneak peek at chapter one HERE.

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The Incredible Icons

Theses superhero and supervillain icons were created by the Polish design studio re:design based on the classic AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) icon.

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Cover Reveal: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel

During the Bologna Book Fair in March, Amulet Books announced the publication of a seventh Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, and now that book has a title and a cover.

The Third Wheel will go on sale November 13th with a first printing of more than 6.5 million copies. “Writing The Third Wheel has been a lot of fun because there’s so much humor to be mined in the world of middle school romance,” said author Jeff Kinney in a statement. “When the dust settles at the end of the seventh book, the Wimpy universe will be changed in a way that will surprise fans of the series.”

Abrams will promote the book during BookExpo America next week, and Kinney will be on hand at the show on Wednesday to sign copies of the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid calendar. In other Wimpy Kid news, the third film based on the books, Dog Days, will arrive in theaters on August 3.

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Vinyl Tap for iPad

Ever have a hankering for the good old days?

Remember the joy you felt when you pulled out that beautiful, black record from its sleeve and placed it gently on to your player, listened for that comforting crackle of the needle in the grooves as you lay back and closed your eyes?

Vinyl Tap ($2) will enable you to enjoy reminiscing or have the vinyl experience for the first time using your iTunes library.

Just like it’s the real thing, you will hear the scratch of the needle and see the tone arm moving across the record in perfect synchronization. You can lift the needle and drop it at another point in any song on the record and even flip the record over.

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DC Reveals Gay Superhero

Earlier this month, DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio revealed to a convention audience in the UK that a thought to be heterosexual DC superhero would be coming out of the closet.

 Today, DC has confirmed the identity of the character.

 In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the writer of Earth 2 James Robinson explains the change:

“The original version of Alan Scott (Green Lantern) was an older man, and he had a superpowered son, Obsidian, who was gay. The fact that Scott was young now (thanks to a universe-wide reboot) meant Obsidian no longer existed. I thought it was a shame that DC was losing such a positive gay character. I said, ‘Why not make Alan Scott gay?’ To Dan DiDio’s credit, when I suggested it to him, there wasn’t a moment’s hesitation.”

Readers will be tipped off to Alan Scott’s sexuality early on in the comic when he gives his boyfriend a welcome home kiss.

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Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled Blu-ray Set Teased

Amazon teased the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled Blu-ray Set today and will make the full announcement on July 15th.

According to Amazon, the 10-Disc limited edition six-movie collector’s set will include:

- Marvel’s The Avengers (Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray)

- Captain America: The First Avenger (Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray)

- Thor (Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray)

- Iron Man 2 (Blu-ray)

- The Incredible Hulk (Blu-ray)

- Iron Man (Blu-ray)

- Bonus Disc – “The Phase One Archives” (Blu-ray)

- Collectible packaging with exclusive memorabilia from the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Check back in mid-July to see the unveiled limited edition collection with complete details and release date information.

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Avengers DVD & Blu-ray To Be Released On September 25, 2012

The Avengers is still a juggernaut in theaters but already there are rumors of a home video release for mid to late September.

There will be three versions of The Avengers available as a single-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray Combo, and a Special Edition 4 Disc Blu-Ray.

The special features for the 4-Disc edition are:

- Audio Commentary with Director Joss Whedon

- Marvel One Shot: Item 147

- Second Screen

- Gag Reel

- Deleted Scenes

- Alternate Opening – Maria Hill Interrogation

- Extended Scene – Loki & Barton Strategize

- Steve Rogers – Man out of Time

- Nick Fury & World Security Council

- Extended Viaduct Fight – Raw Footage

- Fury & Hill discuss World Security Council

- Extended Scene – Banner & Security Guard

- Alternate Ending – Maria Hill Interrogation

- Digital Copy

Featurettes:

- A Visual Journey

- Assembling the Ultimate Team

- Soundgarden’s “Live to Rise” Music Video

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Crumpled City Maps

How many times have you driven yourself mad trying to fold a map along the original creases?

Crumpled City Maps ($15) are soft, indestructible and beautiful to look at.

A helpful index of key monuments, museums, galleries, buildings, historical places and parks makes it possible to easily navigate around the city you are visiting.

Open and close the the lightweight waterproof map (21 grams) in just two seconds and insert in the included carrying pouch when finished.

Available cities are: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Chicago, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Florence, Hamburg, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Melbourne, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, New Zealand (Auckland, Wellington, Queenstown), Oslo, Paris, Rome, San Francisco, Stockholm, St. Petersburg, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Venice, Vienna and Zurich.

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In New Digital Comics, Each Tap Holds a Surprise

Avengers Vs. X-Men is giving fans what they have long come to expect from Marvel Comics: epic slugfests and earth-shattering perils rendered vividly on the page by prominent writers and artists. But this time around, the publisher has added something new: its first Infinite Comic, a digital-only prelude to “Avengers vs. X-Men” that was released with issue No. 1 of the print series last month. It represents another step by the comic book industry toward embracing the digital format, and one that holds the potential to push traditional comic book storytelling to a new level.

The Infinite Comic, written by Mark Waid and illustrated by Stuart Immonen, chronicles the journey of the hero Nova from outer space to Earth to warn the Avengers of an impending threat, setting up the print narrative.

When reading a traditional comic, the eye cannot help taking in the whole page at once. The digital format and the pace of the Infinite Comic can lead to more surprises. As each successive panel appears on the screen, each tap or click can reveal a new caption, subtly change an illustration or replace it entirely. Focusing and blurring effects can heighten the reading experience or simply allow one to appreciate the artwork, which is richer and more vibrantly colored than the printed page.

DC Comics has also been offering new weekly digital comics before they are available in print, many of them aimed at nontraditional readers. “We have different content each day geared toward a slightly different consumer,” said Jim Lee, the co-publisher of DC Comics who oversees digital efforts.(From the NY Times)

Read more HERE.

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