Thursday Morning Runaround – The Return Of Jaxxon

Yeah, I haven't done this for a while. I really should. If you have anything you want to submit for a daily runaround, look at the format below and send to richjohnston@gmail.com.

Onwards.

REMEMBERED, REMEBERED, THE FIFTH OF NOVEMBERED

Russell Brand and Anonymous in V For Vendetta masks stormed Buckingham Palace last night. Or, at least, tried to.

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The crowd surged through central London, pushing over bins, shouting at bemused shoppers and commuters and hitting cars and people with yellow flexible tubes.

At one point, they surrounded a man driving a new Mercedes car and sprayed the back of it with an aerosol, pushing their tubes at him as he opened windows to remonstrate with them.

The protest, known as the Million Mask March, was one of hundreds organised at the same time in cities around the world.

Demonstrators wearing sinister Guy Fawkes masks – made famous in the film V for Vendetta – descended on Trafalgar Square, waving banners and placards, before marching towards Parliament Square at 6.30pm.

PARTY LIKE IT'S 1977

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On the left, John Tyler's Party Variant cover for the launch of Marvel's Star Wars #1, featuring classic Marvel Star Wars character Jaxxon. Basically Jar Jar Binks before his time. And on the right, the character's first appearance in Star Wars #8 back in the day.

Speculator Corner anyone?

APE NATION

Now that Dan Vado has taken control of APE Expo from CCI, it will be moving to San Joe for next October.

The dates, and more plans for the show, were revealed in a wide ranging interview with show runner Dan Vado conducted by Deb Aoki for Publishers Weekly. Although indie CAFs haven't exactly thrived in traditional convention centers—Stumptown in Portland springs to mind—Vado has big plans to tie the comic fest in more with other local San Jose cultural events:

HELPING CONNIE

Gaming artist Kevin Kanai Griffith recently died from brain cancer he had been fighting, with his wife Connie Griffith, for over two years. Now Connie could use the help of the art and gaming communities. Please take a few minutes of your day to read this GoFundMe to support Connie, please make a donation if you are able, and please share her story with others.

GET CARTER

Costa Ronin will play Anton Vanko in the upcoming ABC series Agent Carter.

Vanko is the father of the Marvel Comics super villain Ivan Vanko, also known as Whiplash in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Whiplash was Iron Man's main antagonist in Iron Man 2, swearing revenge on the Stark family for perceived sleights between his father and Tony's.

In the opening scenes of Iron Man 2, a dying Anton tells his son that he and Tony's father, Howard Stark, co-created the arc reactor, a renewable energy source, before Anton was deported to Siberia. History, however, only credited Howard.

While Peggy Carter will appear in Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Now that Atwell has spoken up about reprising her role, it seems clear that we will get to see a little more of her relationship with Steve Rogers, and there have been hints that this particular scene (filmed at the Rivoli ballroom) also involves Paul Bettany as the Vision.

BATBREAK

James Tynion's first spec script for Batman, back in 2011, entitled Bright City.

1.3 – We see old Wayne Tower with its strange spires and observatory-styled upper floors. It's now dwarfed by tall white towers. Their brightness leaves Wayne Tower virtually silhouetted, a clear remnant of an older city.

CAPTION (D): When Mayor Creed christened Gotham "The Bright City" some twenty years back, I laughed in his face.

CAPTION (D): This was the birthplace of the Joker. The place where mobsters were more well-liked than the politicians, and usually half as corrupt. Where the crime-rate was triple the national average.

Image (2)BID BUSINESS

Hake's Americana & Collectibles is offering Amazing Fantasy #15 CGC 5.0 (first appearance of Spider-Man) with cream to off-white pages in Very Good/Fine condition, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 CGC 9.6 Near Mint+ Signature Series, third printing,  and Journey Into Mystery #83 CGC 5.0 Very Good/Fine condition with off-white page.

GROWTH IN GROVE

A new comic store opens in Pennsylvania. 

Grove City resident Michael Moore had more reason to celebrate Oct. 30 than Boo on Broadway, although it involves superheroes, zombies and Harry Potter.

On that day, the lifelong comic book fan officially opened Impact Comics and Collectibles at 3937 Broadway, Suite C, in the Mill Street Market in Grove City's Town Center.

SWIPE FILE

This is how you turn Ben Hur into a comic with Film Strip. From this…

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… to this!

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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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