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24 Jul 19:20

Anime Sols Outlines 7 More Streaming Campaigns

kate

Yesyesyes take my money for Lil'bits!

Company will add Belfy and Lil'bit, Goku no Daibōken, Time Bokan, Temple the Balloonist, Wonder 3, Kerokko Dematan
22 Jul 18:26

"Attack on Titan" Browser Game Presents Child Versions of Survey Corp

by Scott Green

Browser game Attack on Titan Wings of Counterattack Online has been keeping busy. Following the recent Attack on Titan Junior High promotion and last weekend's Defense of Trost event, featuring plenty of Rico Brzenka, it's introduced new, kid versions of the Survey Corp's Erwin and Hange. 

 

 

 

via Nivimen

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

20 Jul 19:02

ReturN: File 1

by Ho-Ling
「ジッチャンのことは誇りに思うけど、俺は俺だからさ!」
『金田一少年の事件簿:銀幕の殺人鬼』

"I'm proud of my grandfather, but I am myself!"
"The Young Kindaichi Case Files: The Murderer of the Silver Screen"

Last Saturday, a new live action TV series based on Kindachi Shounen no Jikenbo (The Young Kindaichi Case Files) started. Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo NEO features the same cast and production team behind the recent two TV specials (like January's Gokumonjuku Satsujin Jiken), which I liked quite a lot overall. I have been looking forward to this series, so I decided I will try to do reviews on every story as the series is running, like I did with the Detective Conan live action series. My main reason for doing these reviews is because now I have a good excuse to discuss some older Kindaichi Shounen stories, as I seldom do reviews on materials I've already read.

Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo NEO
Episode 1 (July 19, 2014): The Murderer of the Silver Screen


Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo NEO ("The Young Kindaichi Case Files NEO") started with a two-hour TV special (ninety minutes without commercials) based on Ginmaku no Satsujinki ("The Murderer of the Silver Screen"). Miyuki is scouted as the lead by genius director Kurasawa for the newest production of the school film club. Kurasawa won a prize with one of his earlier films, The Murderer Scorpion and is convinced his new one will be a hit too, with the help of Miyuki. It is however rumoured that everyone connected to the production of The Murderer Scorpion is doomed to die and behold, indeed film club members start to pop up in a rather murdered state (and wearing the trademark Scorpion mask). Can Kindaichi Hajime, grandson of the great detective Kindaichi Kousuke, protect his best friend Miyuki before she too falls victim to the Scorpion?

The original comic version of Ginmaku no Satsujinki was first released in 1998 and is a pretty minor story within the canon of Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo. When I first read it, I thought it was a rather mediocre story: a lot of the story relies on coincidence, the trick behind the main problem of a double locked room murder is extremely easy to solve because the presentation makes it rather obvious and while most Kindaichi Shounen stories are very formulaistic, I found that Ginmaku no Satsujinki had very little to differentiate itself from other stories, as it had no memorable characters / tricks / setting.


And to be honest, most of my feelings for the mystery plot still holds. I will admit though that for a production meant for TV (i.e. an audiovisual experience), the crucial plot points do really fit the medium and this is strengthened by the film club setting (i.e. showing actual footage). And as I said, it is not a particularly complex story and most viewers do like mysteries they can actually solve from the sofa. But even though I think this is a minor story, I do think it is a great story for the pilot of the new series.

Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo has traditionally featured many, many, maaaaany murders involving students, most of them students of Fudou High. And often school clubs form a setting for these stories. So it would make sense to start Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo NEO with a story involving students. And situated in Fudou High. And about a school club. The very first episode of the original TV series and the original animation series, The Seven School Mysteries Murder Case, had the same goals and intentions and as I mentioned in that review, it makes absolute sense in the context of the series. In Ginmaku no Satsujinki, there is also a good part where someone questions whether Hajime isn't feeling any pressure from being the grandson of the famous Kindaichi Kousuke; the answer is classic Hajime and Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo NEO proves that live action Kindaichi Shounen doesn't need any excessive brooding and grandfather traumas any more as featured in the 2001 and 2005 live action productions.


And overall, I think this was a solid pilot for the series. Of course, most of the people involved, including lead Yamada Ryousuke, already had a lot of time to get used to their roles, as the team had already produced two full-length TV specials. Also, stylistically, Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo NEO borrows a lot from the original 1995-1997 TV series, including the wacky Tsutsumi Yukihiro camerawork, a lot of the better known soundtracks (like Mysterious Mallets) and sound effects and even little things like the design of the school uniforms (though technically, NEO has no ties to the original series because there are some small inconsistencies with certain characters).

One new feature they added in the series, compared to the TV specials, is a special close-up shot of evidence which are framed as 'how done it' scenes. During the conclusion, all of these 'how done it' scenes naturally all appear  as Hajime explains how the murder was commited. These shots kinda makes the mystery-solving a bit easier, as you are informed very obviously that you saw somethin important, but it does make the game-element of such a TV drama more obvious and fair, I guess. I gotta see more to see if I like it or not.


And random trivia: Kamiki Ryuunosuke guest starred as Kurasawa, but in a distant past, he actually co-starred together with Yamada Ryousuke (Hajime) in the TV drama of Tantei Gakuen Q, which was created by the same writer/artist team behind Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo.

Anyway, great start of the series and I'm looking forward to next week's episode, which will feature an adaptation of The Game Mansion Murder Case. Oh, and if a case is spread over multiple episodes, I will wait with posting a review until the complete story has been broadcast.

Original Japanese title(s): 『金田一少年の事件簿N』 サブタイトル 「銀幕の殺人鬼」
23 Jul 21:04

The Beat’s Image Expo Coverage – SDCC ’14 Edition

by Beat Staff
kate

So many sci-fi titles, so great! I think I'm most curious about Tokyo Ghost (I love Sean Murphy's artwork), Southern Cross (ditto on Becky Cloonan's art), and Descender. Also I'm glad to see a title like Under the Mountains which is decidedly un Image-y.

by Zachary Clemente

Image Comics is rolling out their announcements fast and hard – holding one of their semi-annual Expos before the convention even official opens its doors. Keep your eyes peeled here for live coverage of exciting announcements from one of the hottest publishers today!

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Update 1: While waiting for the Expo to start, the two projection screens on either side of the small stage show the following quote:

“The only rules are the ones we invent.” – Warren Ellis

Perhaps we’ll hear some exciting Ellis-related news? He already has Supreme: Blue Rose and Trees with the publisher – what else could he be up to?

Update 2: Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson opens with a  speech decrying the lack-luster “new” choices made by publishers of licensed characters and looks to ensure the titles he publishes embody the hope for a more diverse readership. Image Comics’ policy in two words: Move forward.

Update 3: The projection screens light up with a clip from the documentary The Image RevolutionClips of creators such as Brian K. Vaughan, Robert Kirkman, Rick Remender, Matt Fraction, Joe Casey, Erik Larson, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Ed Brubaker eulogizing the Image Comics publication platform.

Update 4: Eric Stephenson returns to the podium to applaud the works of Image’s competitors and their own creator-owned platforms. He then calls out that “creator-owned” and “creator-driven” comics are not the same and that “creator-driven” is a term born out of old notions that needs to stop being banded around. Stephenson lays claims that Image is on the path to becoming the largest comic publisher in the business.

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Update 5: Rick Remender takes the stage to announce his 4th Image title. Joining the ranks of LowBlack ScienceDeadly Class is Tokyo Ghost with Sean Murphy and Matt Hollingsworth. It looks gorgeous, not surprising for a Murphy & Mollingsworth team-up. Coming from world like Judge Dredd and similar types of action stories. Out sometime 2015.

“Incredible violence and gore that I haven’t been able to dig into before.” – Rick Remender

 

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Update 6: First Graham 8HOUSE story by Claire Gibson, Sloane Leong, and Marian Churchland named From Under Mountains looks to be a fantastic political drama set on a bizarre fantasy planet. Out Spring 2015.

“Not really about our fantasy boyfriends anymore.” – Claire Gibson

Update 7: Rick Remender delivers Eric a new Heineken.

 
Update 8: Joe Casey announces new book with Paul Maybury; Vahalla Mad where some gods come down for some drinking and fun. Coming from a similar visual language of classic Kirby’s Thor. It’s going to be far more lighthearted than his previous works and should be out early 2015.

Well I wouldn’t have a story if things didn’t go awry. – Joe Casey

 
Update 9: John Arcudi and James Harren of B.P.R.D. are releasing new book named Rumble. Out in December, 2014.

 

Update 10: Ray Fawkes bringing Intersect to Image. A complicated, nightmare world and has a fantastic painted style to it. Out in November 2014. First of a few books Fawkes is doing with Image.

 
Update 11: Tom Neely and Keenan Marshall Keller bring The Humans to the stage. One of the few books brought to the publisher almost fully done and ready to go. #0 issue already available via self-publishing.
 

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Update 12: Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko take the stage and spotlight to announce their digital Kinski will be collected with Image in a “nice little, novel-like package”, out in November, 2014. They’re following it up with Invisible Republic - a human-scale sci-fi story, out  
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Update 13: Becky Cloonan and Andy Belanger take the stage. A new sci-fi/horror mystery ongoing named Southern CrossIt looks really amazing, not surprising considering Cloonan and Belander’s previous works. Starting off as an Agatha Christie styled mystery story possibly featuring buckets of blood pouring from the holo-deck. Looking at “a wintery release.”

Think “Robotech” meets Stephen King. – Andy Belanger

 

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Update 14: Jeff Lemire takes the stage with Dustin Nyugen (!!!) to announce Descender about a little boy robot on the run from the entire universe. It’s definitely seems like the kind of emotional story that Lemire is very good at. Nyugen’s watercolors are to be a fantastic mix for the story. Apparently it was love for robots at first sight between Lemire and Nguyen. Out around March, 2015.

It was the crap I grew up with… – Dustin Nguyen

 
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Update 15: Ivan Brandon returns to Image with his new book with Nic Klein Drifter out in November. Discussing a future of expansion beyond Earth about the dirty hands it takes to build the future – moving away from the notion of space being a clean and shiny place. It tells the story when you decouple humanity from the rigid and technologically-based world and back into a frontier setting.

I’ll give you…the drift. – Ivan Brandon

 
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Update 16: Kurt Busiek, now with Image, bringing Tooth & Clawl with Ben Dewey and Jordie Bellaire and it looks hand-down gorgeous. A high-fantasy epic about animal-people. There’s globe-conquering boarding school of dogs, so we’re sold. Jack Vance meets Jack Kirby, says Kurt Busiek. The book should hit November.
 
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Update 17: Declan Shalvey comes up to discuss his new book with previous collaborators Warren Ellis and Jordie Bellaire called InjectionJoined by Warren Ellis via Skype as he “hears all and sees all.” It looks wonderfully slick – we loved this team on Moon Knight and couldn’t be more pumped about this. Coming 2015.

Warren Ellis said he wanted to write a book for me and I reluctantly said yes. – Declan Shalvey

 
Update 18: Tula Lotay, artist on Supreme: Blue Rose joins Warren, Declan, and Eric on stage to discuss her new release. This is her first series and it is one of the most stunning debuts we’ve seen.
 
Thanks for joining us for this! Keep your eye trained on The Beat for more SDCC ’14 exclusive news!
 

20 Jul 22:46

Stills from pilot of french animated feature film project...





















Stills from pilot of french animated feature film project “Miles" directed by illustrator Rebecca Dautremer.

21 Jul 19:45

Pixar TV special “Toy Story That Time Forgot” poster...





Pixar TV special “Toy Story That Time Forgot” poster by Mike Mignola (Hellboy) for Comic Con 2014.
(+ Incredibles poster by Mignola for Comic Con 2004, in memorial)

22 Jul 19:42

THE IRON GIANT The Iron Giant Collectible FigureThe 16″ tall...



THE IRON GIANT

The Iron Giant Collectible Figure
The 16″ tall figure will have over 30 points of articulation, light features, and other fun surprises! Accompanying The Iron Giant will be a Hogarth figure, scraps of metal for him to munch on and a Seafood sign that has a removable “S” to put on his chest. He will also include an interchangeable head and gun attachment, giving a choice of displaying the figure as the regular version, or the “War” version! The figure was designed from the actual CG files used in the film, for ultimate accuracy.

Source: http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2014/07/sdcc-mondo-to-preview-iron-giant-ninja-turtles-toys/

Need this toy. Need to start saving money…

22 Jul 20:08

The Mouse Guard RPG 2nd Edition cover art. More info and process...

24 Jul 15:00

The Batmanologist Guide To Comixology's Massive 99-Cent Batman 75th Anniversary Sale

by Chris Sims

Okay, so there's good news and bad news. The good news is that ComiXology is having a massive sale on Batman comics, and has knocked a bunch of them down to 99¢ each, which means that you can grab some great stories on the cheap. The bad news? Since this whole thing is in honor of Batman's 75th anniversary, they've put 750 comics on sale, plus a handful of graphic novel collections. All things considered, that's a pretty good problem to have, but still, that can be pretty overwhelming.

Fortunately, we're here to help. As the World's Foremost Batmanologist, I've sifted through the sale to bring you safe bets for what you should be grabbing during the sale. Assuming you've got the obvious ones -- like The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Year One and the recent runs by Morrison, Snyder, and Capullo -- here's what to grab next!

Continue reading…

24 Jul 05:23

Things to do in Harajuku, Kyoto, Kobe, Shimokitazawa, Shibuya,...

















Things to do in Harajuku, Kyoto, Kobe, Shimokitazawa, Shibuya, Osaka, Akiba, and Roppongi! This is cute~ 

24 Jul 08:00

All-You-Can-Eat French Fry Buffet Begins in Japan

by Brian Ashcraft
kate

OMGAD!

All-You-Can-Eat French Fry Buffet Begins in Japan

I hope you've brought your appetite and love of french fries. Because in Japan, a fast food chain is rolling out an all-you-can-eat french fry buffet.

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23 Jul 22:29

Why Are Lazy, Ignorant Fat People So Mad At Me?

by thingsthatareawful

Annie’s Mailbox, 9 July 2014:

Dear Annie: I read your response to “Concerned Old Man in West Hills,” who didn’t understand why his niece was upset when he told her she was fat. You said it was rude to comment on one’s appearance. Why in hell do you think pointing out that someone is fat is so rude? They are obese, and they are killing themselves. What’s the big deal in saying so? I am 78 years old and weigh the same as I did in high school through effort and sacrifice. Give me a break! — Not a Rude Guy, Just Honest

Dear Not A Rude Guy, Just Honest,

I don’t know where fat people get off taking offense to being told that they’re fat—it’s not like they could possibly have been aware of their fatness before you, in your honestly benevolent glory, informed them of the fact. It’s like fat people think they have a right to exist in the world without being constantly berated for having a body. This is fat privilege—censoring well-meaning thin people, none of whom have ever come by their thinness through anything other than relentless effort and sacrifice. Your thinness is proof that you have human worth.

After all, they’re killing themselves—you can tell, because your honesty also affords you the psychic capacity to evaluate their physical health with nary a physical examination. You’re just trying to help—the same way you yell at people in California for carelessly living in an earthquake zone, and pull people out of cars before they foolishly put themselves in danger by using automobiles. Your concern for these lazy fat fatties is 100% centered on obesity-related health risks that you are uniquely positioned to identify with your eyes.

24 Jul 07:10

SDCC ’14: Images Expo Full Lineup Announcements

by Beat Staff
kate

So many sci-fi titles, so great! I think I'm most curious about Tokyo Ghost (I love Sean Murphy's artwork), Southern Cross (ditto on Becky Cloonan's art), and Descender. Also I'm glad to see a title like Under the Mountains which is decidedly un Image-y.

by Zachary Clemente

At Image’s pre-SDCC Expo,12 announcements were made, we covered it live, but here are the full details:

 

Rick Remender and Sean Gordon Murphy’s TOKYO GHOST:

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TOKYO GHOST welcomes readers to the isles of New Los Angeles, 2189. Humanity has become nothing more than a sea of consumers, ravenous and starving wolves, sick from toxic contamination, who have to borrow, beg, and steal for the funds to buy, buy, buy their next digital fix. Getting a thrill, a distraction from reality, is the only thing left to live for. Entertainment is the biggest industry, the drug everyone needs, and gangsters run it all. And who do these gangsters turn to when they need the “law” enforced? Led Dent and Debbie Decay, constables of the law, which is a nice way to say “brutal killing machines.” The duo are about to be presented with an assignment that will force them out of the decay of LA and into the mysterious lost nation of Tokyo.

 

Marian Churchland, Claire Gibson, and Sloane Leong’s FROM UNDER MOUNTAINS:

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Set in the isolated country of Akhara, rival houses face off in the struggle for political power and military security in FROM UNDER MOUNTAINS. Three unlikely figures—a lord’s daughter, a disgraced knight, and a runaway thief—will change the fate of their world, but the only hope of peace may lie with the mystery shrouded goblins and witches, and the ancient powers they command.

 

Joe Casey and Paul Maybury’s VALHALLA MAD:

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VALHALLA MAD introduces a set of brand new characters: the Glorious Knox, Greghorn the Battlebjorn and Jhago the Irritator. The series depicts this

particular trio of fun-loving gods’ return to Earth—Manhattan, specifically—to drink and party and revel in their resplendent godhood after many decades of being away. Needless to say, they find a very different world than the one they last visited.

 

John Arcudi and James Harren’s RUMBLE:

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RUMBLE is a strange book, that’s for sure—like a scarecrow-Conan fighting in a Louis C.K. TV show directed by David Fincher—with a supporting cast of odd characters, many of whom aren’t even human.  

 

Ray Fawkes’ INTERSECT:

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Bodies shift and merge, warring with themselves. Blood rains from the skies. A child’s song is translated into toxic, thought-destroying whispers. Everything is changing. Everything is wrong. This is the world of INTERSECT.

 

Tom Neely and Keenan Marshall Keller’s THE HUMANS:

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Apart, they are nothing… deemed by society as outcasts, misfits, losers, no good punks! But together, they are THE HUMANS! Follow Bobby, Johnny, and all The HUMANS as they fight and fly down the road to oblivion on a ride filled with chains, sex, leather, denim, hair, blood, bananas and chrome.

 

Gabriel Hardman’s KINSKI and Hardman and Corinna Bechko’s INVISIBLE REPUBLIC:

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KINSKI, previously a digital-only collection, both written and drawn by Hardman, promises to be a quirky crime thriller about Joe, a down-on-his-luck salesman who finds a cute puppy. The thing is, this puppy already has a home. What starts as a simple rescue mission from neglectful owners quickly escalates into a righteous crusade. Hardman announced a second project to be executed with frequent collaborator Bechko (HEATHENTOWN, Savage HulkStar Wars: Legacy). Described as a gritty sci-fi series, INVISIBLE REPUBLIC explores the secret history of one man’s rise to power after an unspeakable act of violence elevates him to folk-hero status on a war-torn planet seeking independence.

 

Becky Cloonan and Andy Belanger’s SOUTHERN CROSS:

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Now boarding: SOUTHERN CROSS, tanker flight 73 to Titan. Alex Braith is on board retracing her sister’s steps to the refinery moon, hoping to collect her remains and find some answers. The questions keep coming though—How did her sister die? Where did her cabin mate disappear to? Who is that creep across the hall? And why does she always feel like she’s being watched?

 

Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s DESCENDER:

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DESCENDER will explore one young robot’s struggle to stay alive in a universe where all androids have been outlawed and bounty hunters lurk on every planet.

 

Ivan Brandon and Nic Klein’s DRIFTER:

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Mankind’s colonization of the galaxy has left countless planets mined bare and lifeless in DRIFTER. A space transport crashes onto a backwater world whose unique properties set the stage for a story that combines the dark wonder of a strange and alien landscape with the struggles of an abandoned and lawless frontier town.

 

Kurt Busiek and Ben Dewey’s TOOTH AND CLAW:

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In TOOTH AND CLAW, a secret conclave of wizards brings a legendary champion back through time to save the world, with disastrous consequences. Swords, sorcery, animal-wizards, gods, empires, golems of radioactive decay, crystalline badlands, con women, ancient armories, young love, mystery, blood and death and treachery and destiny…TOOTH AND CLAW is an epic story you won’t want to miss out on.

 

Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey’s INJECTION:

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INJECTION explores how loud and strange the world is becoming, and the sense that it’s all bubbling into chaos—a chaos poised to become the Next New Normal—and that we did this to ourselves without thinking for a second about how we were ever going to live inside it.

“Each and every year, it is our goal to grow the comics marketplace with new creativity, and this current slate of talent is intent on doing exactly that,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics. “It’s nothing short of thrilling to be involved with so much unique and inventive talent, and I couldn’t be more proud of the work these amazing men and women are developing as we finish out this year and head into the next. We don’t pass out assignments or dictate directions here, we ask writers and artists what they want to do and let their creativity guide us. For some, relying on so much new material might seem like an uncertain way forward, but I prefer to look at every venture into uncharted territory as yet another path to the future. Thanks to these creators and more, that  future is looking brighter than ever.”

As always, keep your eyes keenly trained on The Beat for any and all coverage from San Diego Comic-Con 2014!

21 Jul 15:34

Holy crap, check out the awesome new Lego Batman Tumbler!

by Jesus Diaz

Holy crap, check out the awesome new Lego Batman Tumbler!

Behold the Lego Ultimate Collector's Series Batman Tumbler, a 1,869-piece vehicle built to minifig (mini-land?) scale. That means it's huge: 15 by 9 inches long, with a gorgeous interior cockpit. It'll come with Dark Knight Batman and Joker (the Heath Ledger version) minifigs for $200 this September.

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21 Jul 14:45

Seriously, Fuck You, "Kindle Unlimited"

by Maria Bustillos
by Maria Bustillos

0y1FZ1pZjopvtctnlyX0BUDro1_1280Last week, Amazon informed us that for ten dollars per month, Kindle users can have unlimited access to over six hundred thousand books in its library. But it shouldn't cost a thing to borrow a book, Amazon, you foul, horrible, profiteering enemies of civilization.

For a monthly cost of zero dollars, it is possible to read six million e-texts at the Open Library, right now. On a Kindle, or any other tablet or screen thing. You can borrow up to five titles for two weeks at no cost, and read them in-browser or in any of several other formats (not all titles are supported in all formats, but most offer at least a couple): PDF, .mobi, Kindle or ePub (you'll need to download the Bluefire Reader—for free—in order to read ePub format on Kindle.) I currently have on loan Alan Moore's Watchmen, Original Sin by P.D. James, and The Dead Zone by Stephen King.

Perhaps you would prefer to download books onto your Kindle, and keep them there permanently. In that case, please hie yourself over to Project Gutenberg, which has been offering free public domain e-texts since 1971. There, you may download any of over forty-five thousand books onto your Kindle. Or one of thousands of Librivox audiobook recordings made by volunteers, all in the public domain. (R.I.P. Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg and one of the Internet's greatest benefactors.)

You can do anything you like with the public domain books and recordings you download from Project Gutenberg or the Internet Archive: Make a literary Girl Talk-type mashup with them, hide Satanic messages in there via "backmasking," make letterpress reprints of the books and illuminate them by hand with gold leaf like a medieval monk and sell the results on Etsy. It's all free and legal. That is what "public domain" means. (By the bye, I wrote to the PR contact supplied by Amazon in the subject press release, and asked how many of these six hundred thousand titles offered through Kindle Unlimited are in the public domain and therefore, already free to the public, but did not receive an answer.)

Are you interested in borrowing the most recent titles? Perhaps you belong to a public library. I live in Los Angeles, and am a grateful and loyal patron of the Los Angeles Public Library, and of all the lucky things in this world, I live about ten minutes' drive away from our gloriously beautiful and fantastic main library downtown. But maybe I don't feel like driving ten minutes—in which case I can use my Kindle to check out e-books from the library, zillions of them. There are all different e-book programs, such as OverDrive, and countless recent popular books to check out, including Insurgent, which is the sequel to that daft Divergent book. (I saw the movie on the plane, I don't know! I can't help myself.)


Maria Bustillos is a writer and critic in Los Angeles. She also started an auction site for rare books, once upon a dot com.

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22 Jul 22:00

Social Media in Real Life

by Steve Napierski
Social Media in Real Life Just because this is another comic about social media in real life, that doesn't make it any less funny or any less spot on.

Personally, I know too many people who are obsessed with what they share and what people say about what they share on social media. Kind of scary, at times.



See more: Social Media in Real Life
22 Jul 05:28

durbikins: durbikins: nerd: what do you like?me: Legend of t-nerd: ZELDA?! NO WAY! I LOVE...

durbikins:

durbikins:

nerd: what do you like?
me: Legend of t-
nerd: ZELDA?! NO WAY! I LOVE ZELDA!
me:
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me: No, I was going to say Legend of t-
nerd: KORRA?! NO WAY!! I LOVE KORRA TOO!
me:
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18 Jul 14:20

Me: Since we are on such a tight schedule, could you please be more precise when giving me feedback...

Me: Since we are on such a tight schedule, could you please be more precise when giving me feedback on this?

Client: It needs to look a bit nicer. 

18 Jul 10:54

Disney Developing ‘Haunted Mansion’ Animated TV Special

by John Frost

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Included with this year’s roster of new pilots from Disney TV Animation is the announcement that an animated TV special based on the classic Disney theme park attraction, Haunted Mansion, is in the works. Legendary horror genre artist and children’s book illustrator Gris Grimly is attached to executive produce and art direct with Scott Peterson executive producing, story editing and writing and Joshua Pruett consulting producing and writing, both of “Phineas and Ferb.”

gris-grimly-wicket-nurseryGris Grimly’s unique water color inspired illustration style can be found in Neil Gaiman’s The Dangerous Alphabet and his own Wicked Nursery Rhymes series. He has numerous projects under his belt including music videos, children’s books, and is rumored to be working on a stop motion version of Pinocchio from Guillermo del Toro.

The studio also extended its overall deal with Emmy Award-winning “Phineas and Ferb” co-creator and executive producer Dan Povenmire for development on new projects. Recently nominated for its ninth Emmy Award, “Phineas and Ferb” currently airs on Disney Channel and Disney XD with the television special “Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars” set to debut later this month.

“Over the past few years we have focused our strategy on making Disney Television Animation the home for the strongest talent in the business,” said Eric Coleman, Senior Vice President, Original Series, Disney Television Animation. “We have steadily built our roster with both animation veterans and fresh voices, and have fostered an environment where artists support and inspire one another. This group will help us continue to deliver the great storytelling and beloved characters that the Disney animation legacy is known for.”

It’s the 45th anniversary of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, so it’s nice to see some extra attention beying paid to it. I’d still like to see that planned feature film from Guillermo del Toro. According to a recent Reddit AMA, he promises he’s working on it.

Other shows in development below the jump

New pilots in production are:

“Billy Dilley’s Super Duper Subterranean Summer”

Creative Talent: Director Aaron Springer, whose credits include the Emmy Award-winning “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts and “SpongeBob SquarePants,” is creator.

Synopsis: Summer break takes an unexpected turn when Zak and Marsha end up stuck in uncharted land at the center of the earth with eccentric classmate Billy Dilley.

“Very Important House”

Creative Talent: Jhonen Vasquez, creator of cult favorite “Invader Zim” and character designer Jenny Goldberg (“Rick and Morty,” “Bravest Warriors”) are co-creators.

Synopsis: 11-year-old Frolie moves into the Very Important House and suddenly finds herself in the role of caretaker of the universe.

“Douglas Furs”

Creative Talent: Highly-regarded illustrator and former Sub Pop Records art director Jesse LeDoux and actor/writer Matt Olsen (“Sly Cooper”) are co-creators.

Synopsis: Deep in the woods, beyond human reach, exists the thriving animal community of Douglas where Barry the bear, the world’s least-handy handyman, takes it upon himself to fix all the town’s problems.

New short-form series in production:

“Future-Worm!”

Creative Talent: Director Ryan Quincy of “South Park” and IFC’s “Out There” is creator.

Synopsis: A boy creates a time machine lunch box and befriends a fearless worm from the future.


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18 Jul 13:00

Showing My Disney Side Using Rapid Printing Technology at D-Tech on Demand in Marketplace Co-Op

by Steven Miller
kate

Gah this makes me wish I had a smartphone.

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For the past few months, I’ve been sharing many details about my favorite new shopping destination at Walt Disney World Resort – the Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Containing six different boutiques, this location serves as our testing space for new products, retail concepts and guest experiences. I think my favorite boutique inside the shop is D-Tech on Demand as it combines rapid printing technology with great artwork to create personalized electronic accessories for guests. I recently spoke with merchandiser Kevin-Michael Lezotte to get the inside scoop on how D-Tech on Demand works.

Currently, we offer cases for the following phones – iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 5C, Samsung Galaxy SIII and Samsung Galaxy S4.

I loved watching how quickly cases are printed as the team can print several cases at one time. The printer uses UV ink which dries immediately and requires no cooling time. As soon as my case was finished, I covered my mobile phone.

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Kevin-Michael shared that it’s easy to add additional designs to the D-Tech on Demand system. We recently introduced 12 new designs featuring characters from Disney’s “Frozen.” Four of those designs are only found at the Marketplace Co-Op as seen in the image above.

Fans of Disney Villains, Donald Duck, Pluto, Figment, or Chip and Dale should look for additional artwork being added to the location later this summer.

I would love to see which case you select. Use #DisneySide if you share an image of your phone case on a social network like Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Showing My Disney Side Using Rapid Printing Technology at D-Tech on Demand in Marketplace Co-Op by Steven Miller: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

17 Jul 14:55

Gundam G no Reconguista character-designs by Kenichi Yoshida...















Gundam G no Reconguista character-designs by Kenichi Yoshida (Eureka Seven), who is also one of the greatest japanese animators (he worked a lot for Ghibli).

18 Jul 13:19

The Taming of the Shroom

by Steve Napierski
The Taming of the Shroom You would have thought by now that Mario would know that mushrooms are bad, m'kay?



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18 Jul 13:00

Leiji Matsumoto to Launch New Captain Harlock Manga

Series, one-shot celebrate space manga creator's 60th year since debut
16 Jul 17:00

Yowamushi Pedal/Yowapeda Film Listed by Toho Cinemas

Film scheduled for September 19
18 Jul 05:30

DramaFever Streams Taiwanese Live-Action Hayate the Combat Butler

Park Shin Hye, Taiwan's George Hu star in adaptation of Kenjirou Hata's manga
16 Jul 13:52

This Lego Super Mario Bros aquarium is the coolest aquarium of all time

by Tatiana Danger

This Lego Super Mario Bros aquarium is the coolest aquarium of all time

Kelsey Kronmiller, a graphic designer, designed this amazing LEGO aquarium, which is about 90% done and "entirely coated in "Krylon Fusion," a clear enamel recommended by aquarists to protect fish." I love all the little details. This is such a cute build and totally makes me want to build a Lego aquarium.

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16 Jul 14:56

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amarilloo:

caseylalonde:

ponderpretties:

The Deer God is a breathtaking 3d pixel art game that will challenge your religion and your platforming skills.”

You play as a stag, it has pretty music and everything is so so pretty.
This game is beautiful and you should pledge on its kickstarter- it has only a month remaining!

Correction - 7 Days. 5k from goal.

$3,500 to go in a week!

12 Jul 07:27

First Image Released from Next Pixar Short – LAVA

by John Frost

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Pixar’s next animated short Lava will have it’s world premiere at Hiroshima International Animation Festival in Japan. Pixar released a new image from the animated short film in advance of the film festival. Woven together into a musical love story, Lava tells the tale of a volcano, Uku, who is looking for love among the ocean waters surrounding the Hawaiian islands.

That’s Uku in the image above. He looks wise, lovable, and powerful. Perfect for a volcano. We’re also told that some new animation techniques are allowing for very realistic animation of plants and animals in the film. Hard to tell from the preview image.

Director James Murphy recently spoke about the inspiration for the animated short. He was honeymooning in Hawaii some twenty years ago and was so taken with Hawaiian culture that he learned to play the ukulele. Later, he wrote the song that would be the basis for Lava’s story.

Lava will debut in front of Pixar’s upcoming feature, Inside Out, on June 19, 2015. The song James composed will be performed by Hawaiian recording artists Kuana Torres Kahele and Napua Greig.

Previously: First Details on Pixar’s next animated short released.


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14 Jul 15:07

noxi: Sailormoon by kenichi sonoda From one of Kenichi...



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From one of Kenichi Sonoda’s “Chousen Ame” series of doujinshi from the 90s (Fun fact: American artist Robert DeJesus was a contributor on some of them, along with other Japanese artists like Masaki Kajishima, one of the artists who created Tenchi Muyo!…This image is pretty tame, considering “Chousen Ame” is a very adult doujinshi line.)

16 Jul 14:00

The secret of comics history that people on the internet don’t want you to know!

by Heidi MacDonald

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I was asked not too long ago what was something I was proud of writing on The Beat, and it’s actually something I didn’t write. This post by political communications specialist Brett Schenker entitled Market Research Says 46.67% of Comic Fans are Female from February, was pretty groundbreaking. Why am I mentioning a six month old post? Well, people continue to quote it when they look for demographic information on comics readership, and it represents a solid benchmark in an area where there is shockingly little research. Schenker’s research via Facebook, which he’s graciously presented here, has been quoted in numerous articles and yesterday it was referenced in this Time.Com piece on the new female Thor. I tweeted it again and it got a whole new set of reactions on twitter from people who hadn’t seen it the first time.

But before talking about that let’s go back to Lady Thor. In the official Marvel PR about the new book, this bombshell was dropped:

THOR is the latest in the ever-growing and long list of female-centric titles that continues to invite new readers into the Marvel Universe. This female THOR is the 8th title to feature a lead female protagonist and aims to speak directly to an audience that long was not the target for Super Hero comic books in America: women and girls.

Now that coupled with the announcement of the book on The View indicates, ever to subtly, that this books was being marketed as something that actual women who are non-comics-averse might be curious about. I’ve seen some suggestions that there were big political machination behind all this, and I’m sure there’s a story there, but we’ll take it at face value for now. As I’ve indicated before, Marvel/Disney are big on customer info, and about a year ago they started being way more female reader friendly, so obviously something is happening.

Sue at DCWKA took the Marvel statement as the occasion for a much deserved victory lap:

Say what? I’m sorry what was that? Is Marvel actually saying they want female readers? That they are now targeting female readers? 

Why yes they are.

It’s almost worth the amount of trolling, attacks, rape threats and other shit I’ve experienced to see this.

Of course, DC Comics also seems to be finally finding the female audience worthy of their attention. Nothing as clear cut as Marvel did above but the recent Batgirl respin and Gotham Academy are clearly going after that audience and I was told by folks close to those books that women are definitely are a target.

Two years ago Heidi McDonald wrote a great story  (that I disagreed with) about how Marvel and DC would never truly [target] female readers.

But now? Something has changed at both publishers.

Is it real? Will it last? Who knows?

But I will say I am enjoying it.

It’s true that two years ago I felt that the place of superheroes as the great hope for boys entertainment at both WB and Disney meant that aiming them squarely at the male demographic was in their corporate interests. Since then, female consumership of all kinds of media has become a lot more obvious via social media and so maybe a dollar is a dollar. (See Box-Office Woes: Age and Gender Gap Helping Fuel Summer Decline.)
It is also possible that superheroes are just SO IRRESISTIBLE to EVERYONE that even girl cooties can’t destroy boy interest in them. The success of Marvel’s movies would seem to be the prime evidence of that.

Anyway, yesterday was a busy day but I took a peek back at Brett’s original post and scanned the comments, which are a fleet of brittle ocean liners of denial in a troubled sea of floating demographic icebergs. These comments also aroused a new round of response on twitter, from dismay to agreement. But in the comments a matter was broached by Kurt Busiek that is far more telling, to me anyway: why the female readership of the comics medium dwindled so much in the 80s that it’s taken us 30 years to admit that it might actually exist.

Girls have always read comics.

They read early newspaper strips. They read early superhero comics. They certainly read romance comics and humor comics in the 40s and 50s and on through the 60s. (Trina Robbins‘s research deiscovered readership statements from the 50s that showed a bit more 50% of the comics readership was female.) They read Archies. They read later newspaper strips, in fact they read them to this day.

But of course, in the 70s, the newsstand distribution system for cheap comics dissolved, to be replaced by the direct sales market, a business run by passionate fans of mostly superhero comics, a group that was heavily male, as early fanzines show. The other day John Jackson Miller did a major analysis of Archie sales through the years (which got picked up by Fivethirtyeight.com, go John!) and it included this chart of Archie newsstand sales, according to Post Office statements:
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Not too much to argue with there. Without newsstands and their broad, non fanatic readership, Archie sales struggled. And since the readership was significantly female, you can see right there where the girls went away. 

We were left with a period, lasting to this day although drifting away as the dawn breaks up a fog, in which a factual situation that was demonstrably historically true—women reading comics—simply became nonexistent.
Scary, isn’t it?

I’m not sure why it is so, so important that the comics medium remain a boys club to so many men. Guys, you can read what you want and no one will ruin it just by liking Lucy Knisley or Moto Haggio. I think it’s fine to have boy-focused material like Batman or Spider-Man or whatever, as long as you don’t use boy focused material as “proof” that women don’t read comics. It’s like saying that just because guys overwhelmingly like Transformers movies, women don’t like any movies. 

It’s exactly like that.

Luckily, as I’ve said here many times, the internet has revealed some truths that gatekeeper media did its best to suppress. So now we see cartooning schools overwhelmingly female, conventions about 40% female, bestselling female cartoonists, award winning female cartoonists, popular female characters, and lots of women who demonstrably provably read and enjoy the comics medium. 

Are the numbers in Brett’s Facebook research writ in granite? No. But since FB mostly exists as a giant marketing tool, it’s kind of what this sort of research was made to do. It isn’t voodoo, it isn’t lies, it isn’t damn lies, it’s just statistics. Statistics which are generally born out by other demographics that we’re seeing.

@hoodedu @Comixace @bencomics I’ve done these typs of break downs for data we know, like conventions, or opening weekend for movies.

— Graphic Policy (@graphicpolicy) July 16, 2014

@hoodedu @Comixace @bencomics it matches up well, within 5% points pretty consistently.

— Graphic Policy (@graphicpolicy) July 16, 2014


Perhaps most amusing about all this is concern trolling by those who claim to want to get comics back to “the mainstream” by getting back on “newsstands.” I got news for ya hub, we have a new newsstand it’s called digital and the mainstream—just as it was for the first 70 years or so of the comics medium’s existence in the US—appeals to a fairly broad demographic.

Just to finish up, Brett is working on updated research which I’ll be presenting at this panel at San Diego, where Rob Salkowivz will also be presenting new demographic info from Eventbrite. Come on out to find out if they match up!

The Future of Geek

Will comics’ takeover of pop culture continue, or has geek peaked? Industry-watchers Heidi MacDonald (The Beat), Rob Salkowitz (Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture), and Tim Beyers (Motley Fool) follow the money in conventions, movies, and publishing to forecast the future of the fandom business. John Siuntres (Word Balloon podcast) moderates.
Friday July 25, 2014 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 28DE

 

Image via Superdames