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Each week, Matt Wilson, co-host of the War Rocket Ajax podcast and author of the brand new Supervillain Field Manual, examines a major comic news item and reviews a few selections among the week's comic book releases.

This week, Marvel "Daredevil" writer Mark Waid announced he and his partner bought a stake in Alter Ego Comics, a comic shop in Muncie, Indiana. Read More...

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by Alison H. Mayer

Batman is back...to the FUTURE in our exclusive preview of DC Comics' 'Batman Beyond 2.0' #2! Check it out:

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Welcome to MTV Geek's New Comic Book Day Pull-List! Each week, we look at the best new releases to hit comic shops, and point you at the books you should be reading. 

This week, we have picks from Monkeybrain, Marvel, Titan, Panelvision, Image, and Boom!

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Cartoonist Jen Vaughn's "Avery Fatbottom, Renaissance Fair Detective" is one of the craziest and coolest comics we've encountered lately – a digital-only series featuring the distinctly un-digital adventures of the eponymous Avery and her friend Gwen, as they handle the daily chaos and calamity of working at a Renaissance Fair, a uniquely anachronistic world of jugglers, jousters, jesters, and historical oddities. We recently spoke to Vaughn about her creative process, her inspirations for this series, and her own experiences in the weird world of Renaissance re-enactments. (And she even drew us a special exclusive MTVGeek-centric image of her characters!)

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This week, DC is digitally releasing the first issue of "Batman '66," a series based on the classic Adam West/Burt Ward TV show.  Writer Jeff Parker took some time to talk to us about the his plans for the series, his love for the original program, and using these familiar designs and characters in a new way.

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In an effort to expand upon their success with digital comics, DC Entertainment announced last night its two new reader-driven initiatives at the Time Warner Medialab located in New York City’s Columbus Circle.

The press event was hosted by DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson and Co-Publisher Jim Lee, who announced DC2, which stands for “DC Dynamic Canvas,” and DC2 Multiverse. Described by Lee as the “next evolutionary step” of comics, the initiatives launching this fall are intended to add another layer of interactivity to digital comics by allowing the reader to sets the pace of how content unfolds in front of him or her. Specifically in the case of Multiverse, the reader will also be able to affect story outcomes based on in-story decisions they will make. Read More...

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There has been much ado about Marvel's "Unlimited" digital comics program at SXSW over the weekend. From the official press release:

"Marvel Unlimited provides the deepest online reading experience utilizing Marvel’s patented digital reading technology while providing seamless access via iPhone, iPad or iPod touch or web-browser. Now you can truly enjoy your favorite comics anytime, anywhere!"

But where does that leave a digital comics site like comiXology? Doesn't this huge digital initiative by Marvel eat into comiXology's revenue -- not to mention the latter's reputation as the "one-stop-shop" for digital comics? Read More...

By Sean Kleefeld

Ron Perazza and Daniel Govar have been making waves in the comic industry for several years now. Perazza started his career working on Marvel trading cards, and eventually became the editorial director for DC’s Zuda Comics imprint. Govar comes more from an animation background, but caught comics’ attention with Azure, published through Zuda. Last year, they launched a new project called Comic Book Think Tank, largely as an avenue for them to explore the notions of webcomics in a very public space. As part of that exploration, they’ve created their own webcomics viewer, Yanapax, which they’re making freely available to anyone. Both Perazza and Govar sat down to talk about how they came to create CBTT, what they’re doing with it, and where they’re going with it. Govar was even kind enough to provide MTV Geek with an exclusive look at some of his art for one of their next stories. Read More...

By Ali Colluccio

I was traveling this week, and I knew I wasn't going to be able to get to my local comic shop before my flight on Wednesday. My pull list was pretty short, so I decided to do something I haven't done before: I went completely digital with my comics!

I'm a bit of a dinosaur when it comes to my reading material. I revel in the joys of the analog more than I enjoy the convenience of the digital. But I do a fair amount of traveling and my iPad is a lot easier to carry around with me than a stack of comics or a couple trades. That said, in my carry-on was my iPad, one trade, and two paperbacks (a fiction and a non-fiction). So much for traveling light. Read More...

By Sean Kleefeld

Ron Perazza and Daniel Govar have been making waves in the comic industry for several years now. Perazza started his career working on Marvel trading cards, and eventually became the editorial director for DC’s Zuda Comics imprint. Govar comes more from an animation background, but caught comics’ attention with Azure, published through Zuda. Last year, they launched a new project called Comic Book Think Tank, largely as an avenue for them to explore the notions of webcomics in a very public space. As part of that exploration, they’ve created their own webcomics viewer, Yanapax, which they’re making freely available to anyone. Both Perazza and Govar sat down to talk about how they came to create CBTT, what they’re doing with it, and where they’re going with it. Govar was even kind enough to provide MTV Geek with an exclusive look at some of his art for one of their next stories. Read More...

Yesterday was a big day for the folks at Viz: Their weekly digital magazine, Shonen Jump Alpha, changed its name to Weekly Shonen Jump, the same as its Japanese counterpart, and started running manga chapters the same day they come out in Japan. We talked to Andy Nakatani, the editor in chief of the American Weekly Shonen Jump, about making that transition and the changes that started this week.

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Up until now we've only been able to get DC Comics monthly "single" issues via the DC and comiXology apps. If you wanted DC content through the three major e-bookstores, all that was available were graphic novels. That's all changing. Like, right now.

According to the Source blog, all of DC's periodical comic books will be available through the Amazon Kindle Store, the Barnes and Noble NOOK, and Apple's iBookstore. So you can follow all your fave issues every month through these three widely-used e-readers and tablets. And that, in terms of the comic industry, is what's known as A BIG FREAKIN' DEAL. Read More...

"Legends of the Dark Knight" is a digital-first series featuring the Caped Crusader & some of the most interesting creative teams around. DC Comics has just announced their latest line-up of stories from now until the end of December -- each issue only 99 cents each! Get your fill of Batman's latest adventures without breaking your wallet (or, in theory, leaving your home): Read More...

By Elizabeth Keenan

ComiXology’s announcement of its upcoming “Submit” program turned an otherwise hypothetical New York Comic Con panel into a strategic instruction session for indie comics artists and writers eager to bring their comics to the digital distribution platform.

ComiXology co-founder John D. Roberts and vice president of marketing and business development Chip Mosher described the program as a way for the company to come back “full circle” to its work with independent creators. The new Submit program will be entirely free to creators, including the conversion to the “Guided View” format that has made ComiXology into the most popular way to read digital comics. Read More...

By Danica Davidson

Investigative journalist Tori Marlan is working on a book about 16-year-old Ethiopian orphan Fanuel, who experienced human trafficking and smuggling while trying to make it to the U.S. In the meantime, she’s hooked up with graphic novelist Josh Neufeld (A.D. New Orleans) to make an enhanced e-comic about part of Fanuel’s story. Published at Atavist, the 43-page e-comic "Stowaway" includes special extras for more understanding of the story, including maps, timelines and videos. It's available both through the Atavist mobile app or online via a web browser. MTV Geek caught up with Marlan and Neufeld to get more details. Read More...

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