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Christmas gift ideas for your aspiring DC Comics writer/artist

Now that Halloween is over, is it safe to start talking about Christmas gift ideas? A couple of years ago I did a series of posts highlighting some ideas that might delight fans of various topics, and one of the most popular posts in that series related to comic book art. That particular post continues to get hits today, so I thought I would follow it up with a more streamlined version: Christmas gift ideas for your aspiring DC comic book writers/artists. Take a look at these titles in this series of “DC Comics Guide” books:
Batman

I have not personally reviewed any of those titles, but they seem to be geared toward an older, more serious dreamer. If your aspiring artist is a beginner, or is just getting his feet wet with sketching, the following books may be more his or her speed:
Wonder Woman

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Star Wars > Dawn of Justice, but still…

Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice

The new trailer for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice has been leaked. Assuming it hasn’t been taken down yet, here it is. Enjoy, fanboys.

DC Direct re-launches as DC Collectibles, expands online offerings

DC Collectibles features high-end collectible products and toys based oncharacters from DC Comics, Vertigo and MAD

DC Collectibles logoBURBANK,CA, April 11, 2012 – DC Entertainment announced today that its collectibles product line, previously known as DC Direct, has been re-launched with a new brand – DC Collectibles. Additionally, in early May 2012 DC Collectibles will expand its online store (www.DCComics.com/Collectibles) to offer its entire product line for sale on the web, in addition to the line’s primary availability in comic book retail locations. For those fans who prefer to purchase a product in-store, the website will also provide information on the closest retail location that carries a particular DC Collectibles product.

“We’ve taken the past year or so to become laser focused on what makes the products in this line special, and what has emerged from that process is DC Collectibles,” stated Geoff Johns, chief creative officer for DC Entertainment. “We’re extremely proud of our line of unique, high-end collectibles, and feel that it caters to fans looking for limited edition, authentic products based on our characters and stories, created by the same artists who work directly on those characters and stories.”

nananananananana..BATMAN!As part of DC Collectibles online sales expansion, two “online exclusive” products will be offered in May and a new line of custom prints will be available for sale only on the web. The first online exclusive is a Flashpoint Action Figure Box Set including: Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and a previously unreleased Emperor Aquaman. The set also include a $500 Wayne Casino Poker Chip. The second online exclusive is a Heroes of the DC Universe: Blackest Night Green Lantern and Sinestro Bust. The new online prints will represent different graphical and artistic themes, branching out beyond comic book artwork. Twenty different designs will be available for sale, all printed on thick, archival paper that is perfect for framing.

“Not all of our fans have access to comic book retail locations, so by expanding our website to offer the entire product line, we’re adding an element of convenience and the ability for fans to collect every single product they’re interestedin,” stated Hank Kanalz, senior vice president of digital, DC Entertainment.

For fans attending C2E2 in Chicago this weekend (April 13-15) Geoff Johns will moderate a DC Collectibles panel that will showcase the new website and brand logo, and offer an exclusive sneak peak of never announced DC Collectibles products coming later in 2012. The panel is on Friday, April 13 at 2:30pm CT.

Check out more photos at the DC Comics blog.

Catwoman

Lee Meriwether. Eartha Kitt. Julie Newmar. Sofia Moran. Michelle Pfeiffer. Julia Rose. Halle Berry.

What do all these women have in common? They have all played the role of Catwoman from the DC world of Batman (click on the names to see which movie/television series they appeared in if you don’t already know).

Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros. have officially announced the newest Catwoman to grace the big screen: Anne Hathaway.

While I don’t necessarily have anything against Hathaway, I have my doubts about her in this role. I could be wrong. I hope I am. I love the Dark Knight reboot series, and think Nolan is doing a fantastic job with these movies. Hopefully I am wrong and she will be the best Catwoman ever…time will tell.

Interesting bit of trivia…Julie Newmar also appeared in the Get Smart television program, while Hathaway appeared alongside Steve Carell in the 2008 big-screen adaptation (which I quite enjoyed).

There is nothing new under the sun in Hollywood.

It just doesn’t get any better than this

It started September 13, when I read X-Entertainment’s blog about Halloweeny Pop Tarts. Immediately (meaning the next day) I went to Walmart to find these toaster pastries which were destined to become the greatest thing I have ever put in my mouth. But Walmart didn’t have them.

So I went to Kroger. And Remke. And Walgreens. Even Kmart. Read that again: even Kmart. But no one had Choc-o-Lantern Pop Tarts. They didn’t even have them on Amazon! (To be honest, I didn’t know Amazon sold Pop Tarts before I started this quest.)

But thanks to a tip from a co-worker, I found them last night. At Remke in another city. That’s right, I went out of my way to a store I had never patronized to purchase a box of toaster pastries.

And they were worth it.

But that’s not all…

As I was browsing the various goodies to be had, I spied this…

I love the Flash. He is probably my favorite comic book character. I have a Flash t-shirt. I wear it often. It probably needs to be replaced because I wear it too often. So I found it very difficult to resist these delicious-looking Flash Cakes. So difficult, that I didn’t resist them. Moments later…

…they were in the backseat of my car along with the Choc-o-Lantern Pop Tarts and a few other not-so-healthy snacks. Too bad I don’t like coconut, or I would have bought some Green Lantern Glo Balls too!

Am I late to Tom Smykowski’s party?

Video mash-ups are great, and this has to be the funniest one I have ever seen. Read the rest of this entry

The joys of the internet

Is there anything that can’t be done? You can play virtual Nintendo games, watch classic television shows, find baseball cards of your favorite player and toys that you got on Christmas as a kid for sale.

My latest find: Read the rest of this entry

These guys are getting a movie?

Before the Green Lantern? And before Flash? Even before Wonder Woman? Read the rest of this entry

Have I ever told you that I love superheroes?

Not just Superman, Batman, and Spider-man, but the Flash, Green Lantern, and the Fantastic Four too. Read the rest of this entry

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