The GeeksverseNEWS Round-up | Week of May 25, 2013

NEWS Round-up | Week of May 25, 2013
Published on Saturday, May 25, 2013 by
Comics pros contribute to Oklahoma disaster relief efforts, help a comic shop recover stolen property, 56 comics get axed from the comiXology iOS app, and more in this week’s News Round-up.

Take a bite out of crime

Central City Comix, a comic book store operated by Elisa Dominelli and Tanya Perewenycky in the Vancouver, British Columbia suburb of Surrey was recently the victim of a burglary that saw a number of collectible statues, figures, and comics stolen. Below is a list of the statues and figures that were taken with their identifying edition numbers, if available (click on the thumbnail images for a better view of what each item look like):

If you have any information regarding the crime, or have reasonable suspicions that the items above are being sold whether in person or online, please get in touch with the store. (H/T to Bleeding Cool)

Apple and comiXology don’t want you to have Sex on your iPhone

image_comics_sex_02A little over a month after overturning its ban on the Image Comics titles Sex, Crawlspace: XXXombies, and Black Kiss II after the backlash over its preemptive censorship of Saga #12, digital comics distributor comiXology has again taken the books off its iOS app upon review of their level of compliance with the Apple App Store guidelines. Saga will remain available on the comiXology iOS app. The full list of the 56 titles recently taken off comiXology’s iOS app is below, but keep in mind that the iOS-banned comics will still be available on comixology.com.

  • Again Tomorrow (DMP)
  • Ata (DMP)
  • Alterna (DMP)
  • An Abandoned Cat’s House (DMP)
  • Angry Youth Comix #1–13 (Fantagraphics)
  • Black Kiss II #1–6 (Image Comics)
  • Chester 5000 (Top Shelf Productions)
  • Chicken Soup for Satan #1 (Asylum Press)
  • Crawlspace: XXXombies #1–4 (Image Comics)
  • Folly: Consequences of Indiscretion (Fantagraphics)
  • Howard Chaykin’s Black Kiss (Dynamite Entertainment)
  • Maiden Rose, Vol. 1 (DMP)
  • No Straight Lines (Fantagraphics)
  • Omaha the Cat Dancer, Vols. 1–3 (NBM Publishing)
  • Prison Pit, Books 1–4 (Fantagraphics)
  • Satan Gone Wild #1 (Asylum Press)
  • Satan’s Circus of Hell #1–3 (Asylum Press)
  • Satan’s Powder Room #1 (Asylum Press)
  • Sex #1–3 (Image Comics)
  • Story of O (NBM Publishing)
  • The Asylum of Horrors #1–3 (Asylum Press)
  • The Boys: Herogasm #1–6 (Dynamite Entertainment)

Will users who purchased any of the above issues for their iOS devices before the ban came into effect get a refund, or will their pre-ban purchases be “grandfathered” into their accounts? If you bought any of the above issues through the comiXology iOS app, let us know in the comments section below.

Comics creators for Oklahoma tornado relief

  • Francesco Francavilla (The Black Beetle, Detective Comics) recently auctioned off a Batman sketch to help raise funds for American Red Cross Disaster Relief in support of Moore, Oklahoma tornado relief efforts.

The Batman sketch artist Francesco Francavilla auctioned off to raise funds for American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

  • Jen Van Meter (Hopeless Savages, The Amazing Spider-Man Presents: Black Cat) and Greg Rucka (Punisher, Whiteout) were able to raise almost $900 for Oklahoma disaster relief over the course of a single day via their Twitter Yard Sale.

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Jim Zub does animation

Bravoman, a new webtoon featuring the popular Namco Bandai video game character, launched earlier this week. The show is co-produced, co-directed, and co-written by Jim “Zub” Zubkavich, the writer behind the popular web-to-print comic Skullkickers (a.k.a. Uncanny Skullkickers, a.k.a. Savage Skullkickers, a.k.a. Mighty Skullkickers, a.k.a. All-New Secret Skullkickers, a.k.a. Dark Skullkickers) and the current writer on Dynamite Entertainment’s Pathfinder licensed comic series. There’s no word yet on whether Zub plans on doing Uncanny Bravoman, Savage Bravoman, Mighty Bravoman, All-New Secret Bravoman, and Dark Bravoman “unboots” down the line.

New episodes of Bravoman are scheduled for upload on YouTube every Monday, at 12:00 AM PDT,  and are viewable via the site’s Shifty Look channel.

Ape Entertainment announces Boomer Esiason and Darren Sanchez’ Genie the Genius

Ape Entertainment recently revealed to the comics press Genie the Genius, an original property created by former NFL quarterback and 1988 NFL MVP Boomer Esiason and After Hours Press co-founder and CEO Darren Sanchez designed to be an “inspirational character” to help children and their parents understand medical conditions such as cystic fibrosis through story-based educational media like comic books, picture books, and animation.

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A three-issue Genie the Genius miniseries is slated for launch later this year, with Genie the Genius #1 scheduled to go on sale on August 7, 2013.

Dark Horse to reissue Dan LuVisi’s Last Man Standing: Killbook of a Bounty Hunter

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Dark Horse has acquired the publishing rights to video game and film concept artist Dan LuVisi’s Last Man Standing, and will be reprinting an updated version of the  Last Man Standing: Killbook of a Bounty Hunter sourcebook (originally published in 2011 by Heavy Metal) set to go on sale on November 6, 2013.

A special limited edition version of the book will also be made available for sale exclusively to attendees of this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego. Below is an early look at the SDCC limited edition cover.

The Bleeding Cool Fan Award winners revealed

The tongue-in-cheek Bleeding Cool Fan Awards ceremony, sponsored in part by BOOM! Studios, was held Friday, May 24 at the Phoenix Comicon. Below is a partial list of the winners:

  • Publication Most Likely To Need Defending By The CBLDF In The Rest of 2013: Saga (Image Comics)
  • The Comic Book-Based Film of 2013 We Are Most Hoping Won’t Suck: Man of Steel (Warner Bros.)
  • Comic Book-Based Film/TV Show of The Last Twelve Months We Could Bear To Recommend To Friends: Marvel’s The Avengers (Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Studios)
  • Event With The Most Disappointing Ending of The Last 12 Months: Avengers vs. X-Men (Marvel)
  • Best Feud of The Last 12 Months: Scott Snyder and Rob Liefeld
  • Most Impactful Resignation/Firing of The Last 12 Months: Karen Berger leaving DC Comics

For a complete list of the results, click here.

Some more comics news odds and ends…

The memo circulating in a Philadelphia preschool banning "superhero play."

The memo circulating in a Philadelphia preschool banning “superhero play.”

  • Philadelphia preschool bans “wrestling, superhero play, and monster games,” also ironically misspells “our” and “play” in memo. (The Beat)
  • DC to give away copies of All-Star Superman #1 on June 14. (Bleeding Cool)
  • Fox and Marvel Studios in dispute over the use of Quicksilver in their respective upcoming superhero films, X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Avengers 2. (The A.V. Club)
  • Sony has no plans to let go of the Spider-Man film license. (Ain’t It Cool News)
  • Pete Woods leaves Vibe, emphasizes that he has nothing but good words for DC’s editors. (Bleeding Cool)
  • First appearance Superman comic found in wall of abandoned house could fetch record price on auction. (BBC)
  • Dark Horse Comics editor Rachel Edidin breaks down the potential problems with Amazon’s Kindle Worlds fan-fiction publishing initiative. (Wired)
  • Stan Lee cancels Denver Comic-Con 2013 appearance due to scheduling conflict. (Denver Post)

In case you missed them…

Trade paperback and hardcover previews posted over the past week:

We also have reviews of Akaneiro #1, The Bounce #1, The Deep Sea, Doomsday.1 #1, Dream Merchant #1, Dream Thief #1, Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher #1, Half Past Danger #1:

And if you’re interested in our thoughts  on the close of Christy Blanch’s Gender Through Comic Books course, check out the latest Leaving Proof:

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