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Barnes & Noble Celebrates Pop Culture

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FLINT, MI — For the next few weeks, Flint’s Barnes & Noble store will celebrate books, comics, superheroes and film with a collection of events, activities and sales.

From Friday, July 18, through Sunday, Aug. 10, the store will host “Get Pop-Cultured,” a series of events to highlight the impact books, comic books, movies, TV shows and other more have had on pop culture. Flint’s Barnes & Noble store is located in the Genesee Valley Mall, 4370 Miller Road.

DC Comics will be celebrated from July 23-27 with activities, giveaways and a five-day offer on all DC graphic novels. The DC highlight will being on July 23 with Batman Day, which will include giveaways of several exclusive Batman comics, bags, bookmarks and buttons, and the chance to win a mini Bat Signal in honor of the caped crusader’s 75th Anniversary.
B&N will sell never-before-seen collectibles from Funko (creator of POP!), the Legacy Collection and ReAction Figure Lines from July 24-27.

On Friday, Aug. 1, the store will celebrate Disney’s “Frozen” with “Frozen Friday: Cool Off With Olaf!,” which will invite children to story time, crafts and activities with the film’s character Olaf.
Aug. 2, is Marvel Day, in celebration of the company’s 75th anniversary and the Aug. 1 release of the film “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the store will give away items such as tote bags and Marvel 75th anniversary posters.

During the week of Aug. 4, Barnes & Noble will celebrate the release of Michael Bay’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie with a Turtles Jr. Ninja Training Academy with activities, crafts and a Ninja Training event.

Barnes & Noble’s “Get Pop-Cultured” festivities end with the Page & Screen Weekend on Aug. 9 and Aug. 10. The weekend will celebrate properties that have appeared in books and in film or TV, such as “The Hobbit,” “Doctor Who,” and “A Game of Thrones.”
The month will also include a sweepstakes for a $1,000 Barnes & Noble gift card, a Warner Bros. Studio VIP tour, and other prizes.

Action Comics Cover Art Sells for $112K

Curt Swan would be humbled.

YORK, PA –The original Curt Swan cover art for Action Comics #309 rewrote the record books at Hake’s Americana when it sold for $112,015 on day three of the firm’s Nov. 19-21 auction. The sale made it the highest-grossing Hake’s auction since the company’s launch in 1967.

Curt Swan cover art for Action Comics #309 featuring the Superman family and John F. Kennedy, $112,015. (Photo: Hake’s Americana)

Curt Swan cover art for Action Comics #309 featuring the Superman family and John F. Kennedy, $112,015. (Photo: Hake’s Americana)

Swan’s cover art for Action Comics #309 is believed to be the only surviving original art from the issue DC Comics tried to recall in JFKthe week following President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. “While there was nothing at all disrespectful about the comic book’s portrayal of JFK as Clark Kent, a comic book is still entertainment, and its release might have seemed inappropriate at a time when America was grieving over the death of its president,” said Hake’s General Manager Alex Winter. “Although DC Comics did its best to recall the issue, the distribution process was already too far along for it to be stopped. As a result, Action Comics #309, and the cover art we sold, will always have a connection to history.”

Apple Bans 59 Comics

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October’s story on the rise of digital comic sales over the past three years along with Comixology’s growing reach has assured its place within the publishing market. Readers love the look of comics on the iPad screen and they also love the convenience of in-app purchasing, which allows consumers to buy and store their comics within a single app. However, such a vast amount of content must have some sort of monitoring system in place. When Apple bans a comic—usually because of sexual or mature material or nudity – it is a big deal, and so far it has happened to 59 comics this year.

Publishers blame Apple’s inability to clarify what criteria they [Apple] use to judge whether a title should be20099-v1-197x banned. The most recent case of banned comics involves writer Matt Fraction and artist Chip Zdarsky’s series Sex Criminals, published by Image Comics. Sex Criminals is a comedy about a couple who can stop time when they have sex—and use that power to rob a bank. Apple approved the first issue, published in September, for in-app purchase. The second issue was rejected. Last week, Image Comics was notified that the third issue had also been rejected—and now the first issue has been retroactively banned as well. Image publisher Eric Stephenson said that no reason was given for the rejection. “We received notification from Comixology, not directly from Apple, but they give us no explanation whatsoever,” he said. “They just say they’ve rejected it.”

When Apple rejects a comic it means readers can’t buy them from within an iOS app, however, they can still buy the comics on the Comixology or Comics Plus Web storefront or Android platform and sync them on to their iOS devices from there. Banned comics also are available in the Apple iBookstore, but the iBookstore doesn’t sync with Comixology or other comics apps.

Being excluded from the Comixology app is serious business for publishers. The digital distributor was the third highest grossing iPad app in 2012, and in September they reported that comic downloads had reached the 200 million mark.

Stephenson said when Image comics are banned from in-app purchase, “we make sure people are aware of what’s going on and all the various alternatives.”

Asked whether he thinks editors and creators are keeping Apple’s standards in mind as they create or edit a comic, Stephenson responded, “I guess they might, but we certainly aren’t telling people to change anything. I mean, we’re doing the Black Kiss II Christmas Special, and I guarantee you Howard Chaykin isn’t toning anything down to suit Apple’s prudish tastes.”

As for whether the standards will affect Image’s digital strategy going forward, he said, “Not immediately, but it’s certainly an incentive to broaden our efforts.”

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DC Comics Unleashes Pure Evil

NEW YORK, NY – DC Comics’ Necessary Evil is set to release Friday October 25th following much fanfare at the San Diego International Comic Con this past July.

A documentary detailing the nefarious Rogue’s Gallery of the DC Universe, it explores the thin line between right and wrong, the nature of evil and how super villains can reflect society’s dark side as well as our own personal fears.

DVD of DC Comics' Necessary Evil

DVD of DC Comics’ Necessary Evil

Narrated by Christopher Lee and featuring interviews with Guillermo Del Toro, Geoff Johns, James Robinson and Paul Dini. The film delves in the dark world of DC Comics’ most terrifying villains, including Joker, Lex Luthor, Bane, Black Adam, Black Manta, Darkseid, General Zod, Sinestro, and more. Offering insight to the fascination comic book fans have over the very characters they want defeated.

Special guest appearances also include: Richard Donner (Superman), Zack Snyder (Man of Steel) Jim Lee and over forty writers, artists, executives, filmmakers, comic experts, critics, historians and celebrities.

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