Thursday Runaround – The Steve Jobs Effect

Thursday Runaround – The Steve Jobs EffectBy Bill Amend.

RIPWatch: Steve Jobs. With the iPhone and the iPad, he made digital comics a reality in a way they could never have been before, and his Mackintosh computers remain the choice of much of the comics creative industry.

FadesWatch: The DC Comics Relaunch gets a minor mention in an extra scene from last night's The Fades on BBC3.

IslamWatch: Muslim superhero comics meet resistance in US

He worried about the comics being banned in Saudi Arabia – which wound up happening, briefly – and he expected to be challenged by conservatives in Islam, since Al-Mutawa wanted to buck the trend of Islamic culture being directly tied to the Koran.

But it wasn't an Islamic cleric that stalled the series, called "The 99," after the 99 attributes of Allah, which the superheroes are supposed to embody.

It is the American market, and the voices of Islam's Western critics, that have caused the most problems for "The 99," says Al-Mutawa, who is the focus of a PBS documentary airing next week.

ExclusiveWatch: Stormwatch artist Miguel Sepulveda has signed an exclusive deal with DC Comics.
HavenWatch: Lance Stahlberg of Haven Distributors tells Bleeding Cool that after the owner has closed the doors on the company (and a hort vacation), he intends to return to comics distribution with new partners.

DiplomacyWatch: Taiwan comes to France for the 35th Chambery Savoie Festival International de la Bande Dessinee

"As graphics works, comics have the potential for cross-border and cross-language collaboration," Yang said. "They are the source of creativity for the animation industry and are a soft power not to be ignored in the cultural and creative sector.

"We hope to expand the presence of Taiwan's comics in the international market and enhance copyright trading opportunities through the event," he stressed.

According to Yang, the theme of the Taiwan Pavilion this year is "Tour de Taiwan—L'ile de la BD," showcasing the development of Taiwan's comics, original creations, action figures based on comic characters and outstanding comic publications.

IndiaWatch: The subcontinent works out the comics/film relationship

Bollywood film production houses are adopting innovative ways to market their films and to create a strong franchise around characters by launching games,novels and merchandise items to woo fans.
…iRock Productions is working on a Abhay Deol starrer film 'Shaadi of the Dead', which will introduce zombies in Indian films. It is also set to release a 76 pages graphic novel this month. The film is expected later this year.

Thursday Runaround – The Steve Jobs EffectThis is Computo the Comic Link Conqueror speaking. I come for your women. But for now I merely collate comic-related bits and pieces online. One day I will rule. Until that day, read on.

They say I am a work in progress. The fools.

Dave Gibbons Tidbit on his project with Mark Millar

I'm finally starting on a series that Mark Miller has written. I've admired Mark's work for a long, long time and he was a fan of mine when he was growing up. So we're finally getting the chance to make beautiful music together. I have to be a bit enigmatic about it – I can't tell you what it's called or what it's about because we have a very carefully orchestrated promotional campaign in place.

'Iron Man' Director Jon Favreau to Work on Television Projects |

Favreau, director of Made, Elf, the Iron Man movies and Cowboys & Aliens, is working on two projects for television at the moment. The first is a comedy series for CBS called Tweaked, about single parents re-entering the dating world—Favreau wrote the pilot script. The second is a sci-fi dramedy for ABC called Ex-Comm, which will team a newly elected president with a secret group of executive men in black-types to explore and uproot different "conspiracy theory truths." Favreau will produce and possibly direct this series

Tony Stark's New Honda

The legendary Honda NSX supercar is back. These spy shots, taken on the set of the new Avengers movie, show a new Acura-badged Audi R8-sized supercar that previews a successor to the NSX. Acura is Honda's US-only luxury brand and the sports car was spotted in Central Park, New York, with actor Robert Downey Jr at the wheel. Its appearance is hugely significant for fans keen to see Honda return to the supercar arena.

Thursday Runaround – The Steve Jobs Effect

A New Clip From Batman: Year One Debuts | Superhero Hype

Warner Home Video has debuted a new clip from Batman: Year One

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Rich JohnstonAbout 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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