Over the past few years, Archie Comics has gotten into the variant cover game, and they're doing it better than just about anyone else in comics. The results have been great pieces that we never would've expected to see ten years ago, including stuff like Francesco Francavilla doing zombie-inspired "Afterlife With Archie" covers that led to him actually drawing their upcoming zombie book. Truly, we live in strange times.
Despite various incarnations over the years (including two separate versions published by DC Comics) and the involvement of creators like Carmine Infantino and Alex Toth, Archie's superhero characters have always been the weirder branch of the Riverdale family tree. Over
Movies: Brazilian site Cine Macado's three new character banners for Captain America: The First Avenger. Something tells posters with better Photoshop cutouts will surface soon.
Digital: Dark Horse Comics has announced special digital incentives from July-September for brick-and-mortar retailers of the best kind -- free digital download codes for exclusive eight-page stories stemming from top titles (like B.P.R.D.) that they can simply print and give away
Toys: More figures from McFarlane Toys' upcoming The Walking Dead assortments make prototype debuts at Toy Fair.
Gaming: Contrary to early rumors, Rocksteady Studios has confirmed that Batman: Arkham City will be single player only.
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Upcoming: Craig Thompson's Habibi finally has a firm release date. Final cover artwork isn't set, but $29.95 will score fans 672 black and white pages surrounded by a clothbound hardcover with stamped gold foil come September 20.
Movies: My movie Iron Man and yours, Robert Downey Jr.,
You don't see a lot of actors playing comic book creators in mainstream TV or film, so it's been a bit of a pleasant surprise to see comedian and actor Zach Galifianakis playing a Brooklyn comic book artist named Ray Hueston on the HBO comedy "Bored to Death." As some fans may know, the character is act