Monday Morning Runaround – Venom Will Be There For You

MONICA'S GANG

As spotted by Tom Huxley, Monica's apartment in Friends has been repurposed for Venom #27.1.

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ICH BIN EINE BERLINER

The credits page for the new League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen book, Roses Of Berlin.

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MIDTOWN DELIVERIES

Midtown Comics tells Bleeding Cool over complaints about the Marvel subscription service they run.

The site has been down for maintenance, and no one is more frustrated than we are that it's taking longer than anticipated. However, all subscribers are still being processed as normal, and otherwise it's business as usual. We hope to have it back up very soon so that people can once again add new titles to their lists. In the meantime, Marvel subscribers can feel free to call or e-mail us with any modifications to their subscriptions.  We can be reached at 888.511.5480, or marvelsubs@midtowncomics.com

CALVIN AND AXE

 Going for thousands on eBay… if you have the dollar. And the lack of self awareness. Completely unofficial, of course.

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COMICS BY TELEGRAPHThe Daily Telegraph bemoans the disappearing comic book. But doesn't seem to have picked up The Phoenix.

What you get, for your £2.99, is a bag stuffed with toys, pens and miscellaneous trinkets, and then, as if as an afterthought, a glossy booklet about 20 pages long. For all the reading you get out of it, it might as well be a flyer for a pizza place.

Perhaps children nowadays are so gifted that they don't need comics, and just skip straight to novels. That'll be my life soon enough: come home after a hard day's work to find my son's room crammed with six-year-old boys fighting over Flaubert.

BRONY POWERJohn Berry of Metropolis Comics in Bellflower, California is havin a charity fundraiser on Wednesday from 5-8p.m. to benefit the Michael Morones Foundation. This is why.

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JUDGING THE MOMENT

Alan Grant talks about the ending to *that* Judge Dredd story… and how it may not be that clear.

It's been something I've been thinking about for a while. Anderson's come a long way since she first appeared as light relief for Dredd.

She's more or less aged in real time; she's seen whole cities die, she watched her lover die, her best friend die, and even killed her own father, plus every kind of man's inhumanity to man, and as a PSI she's particularly sensitive to all of the horror.

Small wonder she started asking herself  if it's all worthwhile, and hardly surprising if she gets depressed.

However, keep reading the series, because all is not quite what it seems.

INDIE CHIC

The Indie Comic Bundle (groupees.com/icg) is a pay what you want ($1 minimum) sale on a bundle of digital comics with support to wildlife charities, with comics from Markosia, Alterna, A Wave Blue World, GrayHaven, Angry Viking, and Raven Warren.

COMIC CON COMES TO PORTUGAL

Portugal is having it's first Comic-Con later this year.

Portugal will host its first Comic-Con Portugal convention to be held in Porto city, in December 5-7, 2014. Taking place at EXPONOR – Porto International Fair – the event is expected to attract over 20,000 participants.

A VISION OF WONDER

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Wonder Woman doesn't have to wait until 2016 for her stage debut, like she does for her big screen debut, at the Marin Theatre, California.

In Lasso of Truth, a contemporary young woman is closing in on an ultra rare comic book, the first appearance of Wonder Woman, published in 1941. But as she does, she must untangle the knotty history behind her childhood idol's controversial creator, William Marston, and his unorthodox family. The early 20th-century psychologist and father of the modern lie detector modeled his superheroine on the two women – his wife (in real life Elizabeth Holloway Marston, a loose model for the character "Wife" in the play) and his former student and lover (Olive Byrne, a loose model for "Amazon") – with whom he had children and lived together in a polyamorous relationship. Believing that "not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength and power," he invented "the obvious remedy" – "a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman," not knowing his Amazon warrior w! ould live on to become a worldwide feminist icon who continues to be at the center of battles over gender disparity.

THE HIGGS BO' SELECTOR

Author John Higgs interviewed Alan Moore last week about the late Robert Anton Wilson, and is going to be showing the video at an event called "Time to Pull The Cosmic Trigger?"

The event is in support of Daisy Eris Campbell (Ken Campbell's daughter) staging a play version of Wilson's book "Cosmic Trigger." Alan Moore will also be appearing in the play in a voice recorded role.

 

 

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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