The Impact:September 3rd- 9th 2011

Published on September 9th, 2011

Hi Everyone! I’m  Matt. Welcome back for another installment of The Impact. After what has felt like a never ending stream of announcements from the comic world, things have slowed down a bit this week. I have a feeling this is mostly due to the Labor Day Holiday weekend. Nonetheless, here is the news making it’s way around the comic book world.

Superman Fan Robbed of Super Collection.

mike-meyerCourtesy of stltoday. Everyone should take a moment and send some good thoughts to Mr. Mike Meyer.  Mike is a 48 year old Superman fan. Mike collects social security for mental disability and works part time at McDonald’s to supplement his income. An acquaintance of Mike’s, named Gary tricked Mike and stole  1,800 Superman comics and collectibles from his collection. The books and collectibles were valued at anywhere from $4,000-$5,000. This is really heartbreaking. Thankfully Police have identified the thief and are hopeful to retrieve the collection. I really hope this works out and the good guys get a win on this one. If you want to help Mike out and donate something whether it’s old comics, toys, greeting cards or good thoughts you can find out how at this Facebook page.

Artist Dave Hoover R.I.P

Courtesy of Bleeding Cool. This week the comic community is mourning the loss of comic artist Dave Hoover. Hoover had mainly worked in mainstream comics from 1987 through 1999. He had notable runs on Starman and Captain America. Since 1999, Hoover only dabbled in comics recently working on Zenescope’s Charmed comic. Hoover still participated in conventions and taught at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. You can view his work and leave any messages for his family at his DeviantArt page.

Retailer Boycotts Grant Morrison Over Action GD Comics.

Courtesy of Robot 6. Conspiracy Comics in North Carolina has decided to boycott Action Comics and Grant Morrison over perceived blasphemy in the first issue. The panel in question has Superman uttering “GD” while being hit by a tank shell.

Now this retailer is well with in his rights not to carry this book but when in his statement he deals with books like Crossed and The Boys, this feels slightly like an overreaction and attempt at getting attention…and Shoot it’s working. Quick moving on.

UPDATE: Grant Morrison clarified this non-story on The Source, Morrison explained that it was not abbreviated blasphemy but in fact a grunt.

“It should go without saying that the offending panel and caption, a mere ‘GD’, is a sound effect grunt – to suggest Superman’s breath being forced through gritted teeth – much like ‘DHH’, ‘GNUHH’ or the many others used throughout this book and in general in the comics business. It’s not in any way representative of God or a curse.”

Now moving on.

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Check out Katie Cook’s wonderful web comic Gronk.

Not necessarily news but I thought we needed a happier change of pace.  Last year artist Katie Cook started a wonderful web comic about an adorable young monster named Gronk. It’s beautifully drawn and incredibly charming. Check it out HERE.

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Marvel Debuts Season One Trade Dress

Marvel revealed the trade dress for their new line of Season One original graphic novels. At Comic Con  Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada made a comment stating that the  Season One line is not necessarily meant for long time readers. They are tailor made for first time readers as a way to introduce them to their characters. But when you have guys like Jamie McKelvie and Cullen Bunn on these book you are definitely going to get our attention. While not necessarily a new concept (Ultimate Marvel and Earth One) I do think these are a good way to introduce the characters and concepts to new comic readers.

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DC Comics Allocating Second Printing of Justice League #1

action-2-varWith an increased demand for the second printing of Justice League #1, DC has to allocate the book, which means that retailers will only receive 32% of their order. The second printing will be shipping on September 21st which oddly enough, is the same day the third printing is meant to ship. With the increased number of books that are selling out, I hope that DC will make these second printings available to retailers as quickly as possible so that new customers will not be discouraged due to sell outs at their local comic shops. At the very least, they will be able to download them digitally to experience the story.

Ethan Van Sciver  Variant Cover for Action Comics #2

Speaking of DC’s “New 52” I hope everyone found their copies of Action Comics #1 and enjoyed it as much as I did. The Source just unveiled this spiffy variant cover for Action Comics #2 by Ethan Van Sciver. Check it out.

Top Shelf Sale

Through September 23rd comics publisher Top Shelf is having a massive sale through its website. You can get their most recent releases like Any Empire, Infinite Kung Fu, and the new Blankets hardcover for 25% off. Other trades are available for only three dollars. If there was a Top Shelf book you have wanted now would be the time to get it.

IDW Offers iBook Graphic Novels

Courtesy of IDW. This week IDW started releasing a large collection of their books through Apple’s iBook Store. Featuring titles like Code Word: Geronimo, which was released this week, you can also find  Locke and KeyThe Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures,  the Eisner Award winning  Parker: The Hunter and Parker: The Outfit along with many more. IDW is the first major publisher to offer a significant amount of content on the iBook Store,  thus representing another step in the burgeoning field of digital comic distribution.

Batman: Arkham City The Album…Yes this is happening.

Courtesy of SuperHeroHype. Earlier this week it was announced that Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, WaterTower Music and DC Entertainment will be releasing Batman: Arkham City The Album. Featuring music from bands like Panic at the Disco and Daltry, the music is meant to reflect the artists interpretation of the Batman mythology.  Here is a complete track listing.

  • 1. Panic! At The Disco – Mercenary
  • 2. Coheed and Cambria – Deranged
  • 3. The Duke Spirit – Creature
  • 4. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Shadow On The Run
  • 5. Blaqk Audio  – Afterdark
  • 6. TheRaveonettes – Oh, Stranger
  • 7. (Crosses) – The Years
  • 8. The Damned Things – Trophy Widow
  • 9. Daughtry – Drown In You
  • 10. The Boxer Rebellion – Losing You
  • 11. Serj Tankian – Total Paranoia
  • *Bonus Collector’s Edition track
  • 12. A Place to Bury Strangers – In The Shadow

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Well, there you have it. I’m Matt. Thanks for checking out The Impact. Have a great week.
Matt Todd
matthew@comicimpact.com