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Wikileaks: Comic Book Secrets

Betty And VeronicaIf you took the time to read through the nearly 250,000 documents released this week via Wikileaks, you’d find a comic book connection in several of them. We at Comix 411 have nothing but free time and did the heavy lifting for you. Here are the comic book-related highlights from the document dump:

When visiting with US President Barack Obama, the CIA codename for Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is “Bucky.”

Interrogators at Guantanamo routinely asked prisoners to choose: Betty or Veronica?

Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong Il sometimes dresses up as Wildcat before he tours a factory. In other news, North Korea still has factories.

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Ultraverse: Checking In With The Founders


To create the , Chris Ulm convinced seven comic book creators to meet him and Malibu’s editorial staff in Scottsdale, Arizona back in September 1992. Malibu Comics’ Ultraverse flew into print in June 1993, led by those seven: Mike W. Barr, Steve Englehart, Steve Gerber, James Hudnall, Gerard Jones, James Robinson and Len Strazewski.

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Preview: Haunt #3

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Image Comics,

Haunt #3A five-page preview of Image’s new series Haunt is out, and we’ve got it here!

Upon leaving off Haunt #2 with a largely unexpected scene on the last page, this preview (seen after the jump) starts at #3’s opening.

Haunt focuses on Daniel Kilgore, a priest whose dead brother Kurt—whom he loathed when he was alive—decides to haunt him instead of moving on to the other side. In a very Venom and Spawn-like fashion, Kurt’s essence fuses with Daniel’s to create a near-perfect assassin and therefore enables Kurt to pick up the pieces needed to solve his murder.

The initial panels of the third issue left me more frustrated at Daniel’s impulsive actions, which seem to illustrate a common personality trait between the two brothers. Then we’re introduced to a very busty and scantily-clad woman (because those are the best kind) who is completely bonkers yet strangely able to either sense or see Daniel. In what I hope is better explained in the rest of the issue or series, the woman says, “Haunt,” to Daniel, as if this Kilgore experience is an ordinary occurrence and that’s how you’ll find it in the dictionary.

Haunt #3, by Robert Kirkman and Todd McFarlane, hits your comic book store this Wednesday, December 2nd.

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First Look: 30 Days of Night Sequel

Kiele Sanchez as Stella Oleson

The first image from the 30 Days of Night sequel, Dark Days, is out and fails to make an impression on me.

Kiele Sanchez replaces Melissa George as our heroine, Stella Oleson, wielding a particularly large knife. While the movie may be a direct adaptation of its graphic novel origin, this photograph recalls the typical Friday the 13th cinematography.

A fan of the novel, I’m hoping that more images say otherwise. I’m still not buying Sanchez’s portrayal, either.

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Kirkman Talks Image United

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Interviews, Image Comics,

Image United

Image United is due out in a mere two months, and series writer (and Image partner) Robert Kirkman made no hesitations when opening up about the upcoming limited issues.

First and foremost, in any crossover series, the initial question is whether or not everyone is really going to appear in the epic collision. Kirkman assured fans that we will be seeing the whole Image gang—furthermore, brought to the pages by the very hands that perfected them:

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First Look: Image’s Forgetless

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Image Comics,

Image's upcoming series Forgetless

Although there is nothing but the tag line “Live to see last call” written across the otherwise wordless promo for Image’s upcoming series, Forgetless, I daresay that I am rather intrigued.

Hitting comic book stores this December, there’s no word yet as to what we can expect from the so far-enigmatic story. Hopefully we’ll get those details soon; in the meantime, check out the full poster after the jump.

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Micro SD Card Projector

Micro ProjectorIt’s time to get rid of all those outdated slides and home movies. If you have a standard SDcard and want an inexpensive way to show everyone what you’ve got, The Micro Projector will display your images, videos and play MP3 tracks. At a size of only 165 x 105mm, it runs on 4 AA batteries (not included) so it is super-portable. The projector comes with a set of audio cables and has a MSRP of £99.99 (~$200.00.)

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This Week on HD DVD and Blu-ray: January 15, 2008

The Ten HD DVDAlright, yes—this article should have been written yesterday. But despite my lack of punctuality, I’ve decided to go ahead and post it anyway as part of a New Year’s resolution to write more. And this is a slow time for film in general, so I think I deserve a reprieve.

To be perfectly honest, little jumps out at me this week. We have the hilarious, slightly esoteric The Ten, helmed by some The State alumni and starring, well, just about everyone. Is there anything else worth mentioning? Could Girls Gone Wild: Baby Bash—Live and Uncensored be the best Blu-ray title this week? That seems a bit sad, doesn’t it? Don’t worry, HD DVD patrons—if you were looking for some girl-on-girl action, hold out until February 12th when it releases in your format.

I can’t wait for these sluggish few weeks to pass.

Check out the full list of high-def releases after the jump.

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Paris Hilton Not a Party Girl Anymore

Paris HiltonStill shaken up from her short stint in jail (those twenty-three days really got to her), is determined to shed her party girl image. This new life direction for the hotel heiress would be a lot easier to believe if she would actually stop going to parties (somebody please give Miss Hilton a clue).

In the October 22 edition of Newsweek, Hilton says “I want to leave a mark on the world.”  Don’t worry, Paris…you already have. Hilton will be documenting her highly-publicized visit to Rwanda, in hopes of turning the footage into a film.  Awwww…it really sounds as though she has the interests of others in her heart. I wonder—who do you think will be profiting from this film?

Obviously not part of her new caring efforts, Hilton is also currently working on the movie Repo, an odd-sounding thriller about transplanted organs…set to music.

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Dacos To Release iHolic MultiMedia Player


South Korea’s Dacos Technology has launched the iHolic, a complete media player with audio, image, and video capabilities. It can be bundled with a remote and cradle for mounting on your car’s dashboard or table placement. Containing 2 GB of internal memory, it features a T-DMB receiver for digital TV signals, a 2.4-inch TFT LCD display, a 512MB flash memory, and a SD slot for additional storage. Equipped with a retractable antenna, the iHolic carries a MSRP of 188,000 So. Korean Won (~US $201.00.) Contact Dacos for future availability. 


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