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‘The Unexpected’ Collects Crucial Pieces Of Vertigo’s Quiet Revitalization

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If you've been following the story of Vertigo -- the DC Comics mature readers imprint that's home to The Sandman, Preacher, Scalped and much, much more -- you know that there was a time in the recent past when it seemed the once legendary label had lost its prestige, especially when founder Karen Berger left the company. Thankfully that downward trend has been steadily reversed with the progress of JH Williams III and Neil Gaiman's new Sandman project, critically acclaimed new titles like FPB: Federal Physics Bureau, The Wake and Trillium, and promising books to come like Hinterkind.  All these projects speak to the variously dark and wild-eyed visions that defined the Vertigo line at the height of its influence, but what you may not recall is that this creative refocusing began in earnest where so many great comics do: within the pages of relatively innocuous anthologies.

On sale this week, The Unexpected is a paperback collection of The Unexpected #1 and Ghosts #1, two Vertigo anthology one-shots released in 2011 and 2012, respectively, that signaled the imprint's aesthetic resurrection. The book compiles done-in-one horror shorts from the imaginations of some of comics' most enduring talents as well as promising newcomers, including one of the final works of master cartoonist Joe Kubert and a rare mature readers outing from DC's top superhero writer Geoff Johns.

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Contribute To Jill Thompson’s New Kickstarter, Get A Fancy ‘Scary Godmother’ Doll [Video]

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In the description of her new Kickstarter, prolific comic creator Jill Thompson says she has always wanted to make merchandise based on her Scary Godmother character, but the rights were tied up for some time following an animation deal that produced 2003's Scary Godmother Halloween Spooktacular and 2005's Scary Godmother 2: The Revenge of Jimmy.

Now, those rights have reverted back to her, and she's making merchandise on her own, starting with a really, really fancy articulated fashion doll. It's a pretty good deal, too. Contribute $50 to the Kickstarter, and you get one. If you follow CA's toy coverage at all, you're probably no stranger to seeing similar dolls going for twice or even three times that amount.

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Link Ink: ‘Arrow’ Season 2, ‘It’s Archie’ And A Scary Godmother Fashion Doll

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Neil Gaiman Reveals Details Of Scrapped ‘Sandman’ And ‘Books Of Magic’ Film Adaptations

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Ever wondered what an adaptation of Vertigo's Sandman would have looked like hat it hit the big screen? The Empire Film Podcast, a prolific source of comics-related newsover the past couple weeks, asked writer Neil Gaiman that very question. The info that the acclaimed author offered up is... less than encouraging.

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Link Ink: New Raina Telgemeier Graphic Novels, Marvel Vans And The 3Doodler

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Upcoming: Smile fans will be pleased to find out that Raina Telgemeier is set to release two more original graphic novels through Scholastic's all ages Graphix imprint. Sisters is expected in 2014, with another unannounced book to follow sometime after that...

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Jill Thompson’s Unseen ‘Sandman’ Movie Pitch Artwork Now For Sale

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Now you can own a piece of comic book movie history that never was, as Jill Thompson not only reveals never-before-seen concept art for a The Sandman movie pitch by Neil Gaiman, based on his massively popular Vertigo series about the King of Dreams, but makes it available to buy online. Linking to the images on Twitter, Gaiman explained that "Some years ago, I had to pitch/explain Sandman to . illustrated the pitch. That art's for sale."

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Trickster 2: The Little San Diego Con That Could [Indiegogo]

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If you've never been to San Diego's Comic-Con International, it's hard to picture just how huge and insane it truly is. Last year's attendance numbers topped out around 120,000 people, turning the little town that Ron Burgundy made famous into a nightmarish maelstrom of Twilight shantytowns, promotional blitzes and a decibel level akin to a black metal concert...

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Archie Comics Brings the Occupy Movement to Riverdale This March

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All-American teenager Archie Andrews is used to having finesse his way through heated conflicts and make peace between passionate opponents, being unable to choose between the dueling affections of frenemies Betty and Veronica for about 70 years now, but he's going to find himself in the middle of an all-new conflict this July, when the Occupy movement comes to the town of Riverdale...

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‘Dark Horse Presents’ New B.P.R.D., Wood & Donaldson’s ‘The Massive’ And More [Preview]

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On sale now is Dark Horse Presents #8, the latest issue of Dark Horse's prestigious anthology series. Featuring no distracting advertisements, the 80-page book contains material by such reliably entertaining comics creators as: Neal Adams, Andi Watson, Al Gordon, MJ Butler, Beau Smith, Tony Puryear, Geof Darrow, Thomas Yeats, Mark Wheatley, Eduardo Barreto and Tony Puryear...

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‘Dark Horse Presents’ Brand New Work by Fabio Moon [Preview]

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On sale now is Dark Horse Presents #6, the latest issue of Dark Horse's prestigious anthology series. Featuring no distracting advertisements, the 80-page book contains material by such reliably entertaining comics creators as Robert Love, Peter Hogan, Carla Speed McNeil, Filipe Melo, Neal Adams, Steve Niles and David Walker...

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