Monday Morning Runaround – A Rood Awakening (UPDATE)

BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE

Something new and… war based? From Boom! in March… a bullethole in an army helmet. Anyone care to translate the flag?

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COMICS LIBRARIAN

Paul Gravett writes;

First announcements and first image (Dave Gibbons' cover to The Trials of Nasty Tales from 1973, below) are out this week from The British Library in London about their exciting forthcoming exhibition on British comics. John Dunning and I are co-curating Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK from May 2nd to August 19th in the Library's main PACCAR Gallery. Lots more details and previews to follow about special exhibit items and a whole programme of related events and activities through the summer. It's probably the most ambitious and significant exhibition on comics from Britain yet staged in this country.

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THE WAR DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

John Hurt turns on the Christmas lights, after making suggestive comments to the carolers…

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ROOD AWAKENING

He mentioned in November, that Burbank move or not, Executive VP and one of Diane Nelson's High Five for the DC Entertainment relaunch, John Rood was leaving DC anyway.

The Beat reports;

Rood's position is being eliminated as the sales and marketing departments get a shuffle. Marketing, interactive marketing and publicity will go under Amit Desai, who is currently senior vice president of franchise management. Desai will add the new duties to his current portfolio.

No news on whether the state tattoo of the state of Texas on his ankle will be coming with him or not.

eBAY WATCH

With eBay getting full of people buying and selling digital codes that come free with print comics, eBay and ComiXology have teamed up to offer direct digital download sales through ComiXology to eBay's customers.

BAD TV COMICS

The Wisconsin State Journal looks at Madison comic retailer, Bruce Ayers;

"I think today's writers are terribly lazy," Ayers said. "Visually, comics are as impressive as they've ever been. I think they get more impressive every decade. The best writers are still awfully good, but I think there's a cheap quality to a lot of the writing that resembles bad TV."

INDIA, INKED

DC and Marvel licensee in India get a cash injection.

Mumbai-based superhero and comic book characters themed limited edition t-shirt retailer Voxpopclothing has received an investment of US$ 400,000 from seed funding provider firm Blume Ventures along with a clutch of strategic investors from India and the US.

According to a statement issued by Blume Ventures, the online clothing retailer, launched in September 2013, is a licensee of character t-shirts of brands like Disney, Marvel, DC Comics and Star Trek, and received the funding from Blume and other investors in order to sell these t-shirts through its webstore, reports medianama.com.

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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