Comic Longbox week in review
The new DC Comics logo shown with Superman
January 20th, 2012
03:44 PM ET

Comic Longbox week in review

Here's a look at some of the stories that had comic book fans geeking out this week:

DC Comics introduced a new logo along with a new identity for DC Entertainment to showcase it's rich portfolio of brands, stories and characters across all media platforms. The new identity is reflective of the company’s mission to fully realize the value of a rich portfolio of brands, stories and characters, distinguished by incredible breadth and depth across publishing, media and merchandise. (via The Source)

The CW has ordered pilot for "Arrow," an hourlong superhero drama based on DC Comics’ "Green Arrow," CNN can confirm. "Arrow" would be written and executive produced by "The Green Lantern" co-writers Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim and "Fringe" and "Vampire Diaries" alum Andrew Kreisberg. (via CNN Marquee Blog, more info in TV Guide)

IDW Publishing announced a digital comics event that has been 5 million years in the making: "TRANSFORMERS: Autocracy." Exclusively digital, this 12-part series will be released as eight-page chapters every two weeks, through June. Each episode will be 99 cents. (via IDW Publishing)

io9 got an exclusive look at the cover art for the upcoming Marvel Comics "Avengers Vs. X-Men: Colossus versus Red Hulk". (via io9)

Mezco announced an Earthworm Jim articulated figure.  Jim - an intergalactic hero - comes complete with a game-accurate plasma blaster as well as his famous ultra-high-tech-indestructible-super-space-cyber-suit (and an alternate bendy unsuited worm body as well). The 6" tall Earthworm Jim features 8 points of articulation. Shipping is available July 2012, but you can pre-order one now for $17.00. (via Plastic and Plush)

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Master User week in review
Lolth of the Underdark (this evil half-lady, half-spider god) is the big baddy in D&D Online's Forgotten Realms expansion.
January 20th, 2012
02:29 PM ET

Master User week in review

Here's a look at some of the stories that had master gamers and other computer-loving nerds geeking out this week:

Fez-O-Rama announced pre-orders for the D20 Fez. Embroidered in deep red on an even deeper red velvet background with the namesake number in gold. This elegant fez is the perfect topper for those times when you know luck is on your side and you want to be sure everyone else in the room is aware of it too. (via Major Spoilers)

Wizkids added two new photos of ships, Federation ship USS Defiant and the Klingon Bird of Prey Regency 1, from their upcoming "Star Trek HeroClix:Tactics" game. (via WizKids)

Wizards of the Coast released the "Haunted Temples" map pack including three foldout battle maps for D&D. This pack contains three full-color, double-sided, 21” x 30” battle maps with 1-inch scale grids. One map features two exciting, never-before-seen encounter locations: a crumbling cathedral and a haunted chapel with adjoining cemetery. All three maps provide attractive, reusable terrain suitable for any D&D campaign. (via Wizards of the Coast)

Dave Graffam Models released Crane House, a new paper "print and build" model for tabletop gaming that fits into the Rakes Corner line of tabletop printable scenery. (via Daves Games)

Fantasy Flight Games announced that hand-painted Arkham Horror Monster Figures are now available. The figures are designed to work with Fantasy Flight Games' Lovecraftian board game. Each monster's base is designed with a slot to accommodate a monster token from the "Arkham Horror" or "Mansions of Madness" board games. (via Fantasy Flight Games)

Open Design released the "Complete Kobold Guide to Game Design," a 240-page book of in-depth essays on what makes RPGs tick. The book gives time-tested advice from the top designers in the industry. This compilation includes all three volumes of the "Kobold Guide to Game Design" series — now with new material by Wolfgang Baur, Mike Stackpole, and others. (via Kobold Quarterly)

Wizards of the Coast announced the April release of limited-edition reprints of the original core rulebooks for the "Monster Manual," "Player's Handbook," and "Dungeon Master's Guide." These premium versions of original D&D rulebooks feature new cover designs. Available in limited quantities as a hobby channel exclusive in North America, proceeds from the books will help support the Gygax Memorial Fund—established to immortalize the “Father of Roleplaying Games” with a memorial statue in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Wizards of the Coast announced the first ever expansion pack to "Dungeons & Dragons Online" (DDO). Developed by Turbine, "Menace of the Underdark," will launch in this summer and will allow players to adventure within the Forgotten Realms setting and the vast subterranean world of the Underdark. The digital expansion will feature new additions like an increased level cap and a new Druid class. (via G4tv)

Wizkids announced the June release of their second major set of Pathfinder Battles miniatures. Pathfinder Battles: Rise of the Runelords Part I will include a range of new figures. The release of the pre-painted Pathfinder Battles: Rise of the Runelords miniatures will support the release of Paizo’s 420-page "Rise of the Runelords" hardcover, which collects and updates six "Pathfinder: Adventure Path" publications (via iCV2)

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Comic longbox week in review
January 13th, 2012
06:43 PM ET

Comic longbox week in review

Here's a look at some of the stories that had comic fans geeking out this week:

DC Comics announced the “Second Wave” of titles as part of its historic The New 52 initiative. In the same announcement, DC said it will be canceling "Blackhawks", "Hawk And Dove", "Men of War", "Mister Terrific", "O.M.A.C." and "Static Shock" to make room for the new comics. (via the Source)

Diamond Comic Distributors announced that DC Comics’ "Justice League No. 1" was the best-selling comic book published in 2011 based on total unit sales to comic book specialty shops and that Marvel Comics finished the year as the comic book industry’s top publisher, leading in both dollar and unit market shares. (via Diamond Comic)

Marvel Comics held its "Next Big Thing" live blogs this week.  Rick Remender and Gabriel Hardman blogged about their upcoming run on "Secret Avengers." Walt Simonson discussed his work on the "AvX" tie-in with "The Avengers." Cullen Bunn, the new writer of "Captain America & Hawkeye" - formerly "Captain America & Bucky" - Greg Rucka and Mark Waid announced the"Omega Effect" crossover between "Avenging Spider-Man," "Daredevil" and "The Punisher." (via Marvel Comics)

DC Entertainment announced the creative team for the new graphic novel based on Stieg Larsson’s international sensation "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." The creative team includes Denise Mina, Lee Bermejo, Leonardo Manco and Andrea Mutti. (via Graphic Content)

Variety published an interview with DC Comics' chief creative officer Geoff Johns, who discussed his thoughts on the layout and flow of comics and how they are seen and read on digital devices like the iPad. (via Variety)

Evil Hat Productions announced an agreement to produce, publish and distribute a RPG based on the Eisner-nominated "Atomic Robo" comic book. It will be co-written by "Atomic Robo" scribe Brian Clevinger and "Kerberos Club: Fate Edition" author Mike Olson. Olson also created the "Strange Fate" version of the Fate engine. (via Deadly Fredly)

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