Comics: Tired of sparkly vampires? Dark Horse does vampires right, as proven with Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden and Ben Stenbeck's "Baltimore: The Plague Ships" #1, out on sale August 4. [Dark Horse]Television: Laura Vandervoort's Supergirl returns to "Smallville" for the show's final season. [Ausiello Files]

Hollywood: Helen Mirren is a high calibre lady in "Red" and just in general. [Superhero Hype]

Creators: Celebrity chef, food critic and frequent globetrotter Anthony Bourdain remembers Harvey Pekar, who died earlier this week. [Anthony Bourdain]

Light Painting: Batman birthed by long exposure and sparklers. [Gizmodo]

Comics: Here comes Kickstart Comics, a new imprint from film and TV production shingle Kickstart Entertainment with Jimmy Palmiotti and Larry Young overseeing the line. [Variety]

Rumors: Will "The Avengers" film in Manhattan in 2011? If so, consider this New Yorker very, very happy. [Bleeding Cool]

Rumors: Another potential director steps into the "Superman" ring, this time in the form of Jonathan Nolan, brother of Christopher. [Geek Tyrant]

Mashups: Batman gives Martin Riggs a piece of his mind. Warning: highly unsafe for work, and also potentially lethal towards any love you may have for Mel Gibson. [Technorati]

Toys: Nerds attending Comic-Con can purchase an action figure of themselves thanks to Robot Chicken's exclusive SDCC Nerd figure. [iFanboy]