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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.

Disney-Marvel Create New Comic Book Series

Disney_Kingdoms_Seekers_of_the_Weird_CoverBURBANK, CA – In just a few short weeks the theatrical release of “Thor: The Dark World” distributed by Walt Disney Studios, will become the latest example of just how successful the Marvel brand is for Disney’s bottom line.

The first “Thor” film released in 2011 took in almost $500 million on a budget of just $150 million. It will be Thor’s – second appearance on the big screen for Disney (the first release was for Paramount), coming after 2012’s “Avengers” blockbuster that took in $1.5 billion at the box office worldwide.

But Marvel film projects aren’t the only medium being exploited by Disney. Coming in January 2014, Disney and Marvel are presenting the first comic book series published under the “Disney Kingdoms” banner.

“Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird” tells the story to two teens who race through a museum of mystical attractions after their parents are kidnapped. Confronting a secret society of evil, they attempt to rescue their parents with the help of a swashbuckling uncle, while uncovering some hidden and strange truths along the way.

The premise owes its creation to famous Imagineer Rolly Crump. Crump is best known for his work on Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion and the Enchanted Tiki Room. In Disneyworld, his creative touch can be seen in the design of the Magic Kingdom and Epcot attractions such as The Land and others.

David Gabriel, senior vice president of Marvel Publishing, said the new comic will be “a great way to link Disney fans and Marvel fans” as the theme-park attractions are incorporated into the new graphic-story series” is written by Brandon Seifert and is drawn by Karl Moline.

 

Update: Why is gender STILL an issue in Comics?

Last month’s feature Women in Comics – Then & Now attempted to bring new insight to the age old debate on female professionals and characters within the comic book industry and why they do not receive as much fanfare as their male counterparts.

Photo by DC.com all characters © DC Entertainment

Photo by DC.com all characters © DC Entertainment

Reviewing recent industry headlines it would seem the struggle continues with recent public relations debacles on DC Comics’ titles Batwoman and Harley Quinn left many fans wondering – what were they thinking?

While many hold their breath in anticipation of change within the majors others look to the independent market as a beacon of hope.

Ignatz image © Small Press Expo

Ignatz image © Small Press Expo

Small Press Expo’s Ignatz Awards, has celebrated women cartoonists since its inception, this year was no exception as its awards ceremony continued that support by setting a precedent. For the first time, SPX says, all the night’s presenters were women.

This was the idea of special guest and longtime New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly. “I was given the opportunity ahead of time to select the presenters for each award to be given,” says Donnelly, “and I decided to choose all cartoonists who are women. More and more of us are now in the business, unlike previous years, and I wanted to celebrate that fact by bringing attention to it. “Many cartoonists came up to me afterwards — men and women — to thank me for doing that, it was great.”

The presenters included Kate Leth, Ulli Lust, Rutu Modan, Mikhaela Reid, Raina Telgemeier, Carol Tyler and Jen Vaughn. Lust also won an Ignatz for Outstanding Graphic Novel — a category in which all five nominees, including Modan and Tyler, were women.

However, the low numbers within the professional group of females working with major publishers remains stagnant.

Based on solicitations, December looks to be a sizeable step down for women at DC, both in terms of female creators and characters.  With stronger numbers in both October and November it was surprising to see only 9 different female creators on 11 different books in, a drop of 5 and 4 compared to a month ago.

Traditionally, December is a very quiet month for new books all around.  Perhaps there will be some new additions with the coming New Year.

Regardless of where you stand the female voice within the industry remains strong. Erika Statler, 33, waves her geek flag publicly as the president of the Society of Gallifreyan Scholars, a “Doctor Who” club at Purdue University.  “I believe that women are more comfortable with publicly being a part of geek culture and showing it off because (being) smart is nothing to be ashamed of,” Statler said. “I embrace my geek/nerd side every day and I’m not ashamed of it. I shouldn’t have to hide something that makes me happy, so I don’t, and neither should anyone else.”

Additional Resources:

Captain Marvel: DeConnick on Carol Danvers and the comics industry http://lat.ms/19emTlX

“Holy Hot Flash, Batman! http://bit.ly/Rw1wW0

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