Gaming: Nintendo unveiled its next generation console, the Wii U, yesterday at E3. It looks pretty rad, but all you really need to know for now is that Batman: Arkham City is confirmed for the system when it drops in 2012. [Joystiq]

Smurfs: Just in time for the CG animated The Smurfs movie, French author/polsci lecturer Antoine Buéno has unleashed Le Petit Livre Bleu: Analyse critique et politique de la société des Schtroumpfs upon the world. It points out what he considers to be racist/sexist motifs in the franchise created by Belgian comic artist Peyo because, you know, we haven't all heard some stoner explain the whole communist deal to us a million times at a party or seen Donnie Darko. Also, did you know Scooby Doo was about weeeeeed, maaaan? [BoingBoing]

Industry: For fans, August 31 means a massive DC Comics relaunch beginning with Justice League #1. For freelancers working on said relaunch, it means a memo from co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee reading "It is our goal to have three completed issues of each series in the can by August 31st, no exceptions. If that criterion cannot be met, we've instructed Editorial to begin work at that time on material that will be able to meet the deadlines for the series." Deadlines! [The Beat]

Hilarious: Gamma Squad points out a 1950 comics quiz from Michael Barson's Agonizing Love: The Golden Era of Romance Comics that seems to prove that probably nobody who passed it was ready for marriage. [Gamma Squad]

Art: Randy Mayor merges Green Lantern with Glee with glowing results (even if you totally can't stand Glee). [Blog@]

Gaming: I know it's not comics, but you'll want to watch the latest trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

Art: Grant Snider tackles the age-old illustration battle against the fundamentally-hard-to-draw human hand. [Incidental Comics]


Video: ItsJustSomeRandomGuy pits Green Lantern against X-Men: First Class. The winner is unclear as usual. [YouTube]

Sci-Fi: Doctor Who fans rejoice as graphic artist Bob Canada showcases the Doctor's foes from the '60s and '70s. [Robot6]