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French Winemaker Takes Wine Off Market After Comic Book Feature

At a culinary Manga panel during New York City Comic Con, panelists discussed the wine-centered comic, Drops of God. The storyline centers around wine culture, including everything from vintage to mannerisms. All the wines featured are real.

The popular Manga series propelled the Japanese sales of one particular bottle, the Bordeaux region’s Château le Puy. The owner Jean-Pierre Amoreau was surprised and delighted from the big bump in business. Then, he decided to take the wine off the market.

The Guardian reports on Amoreau’s decision: “We immediately withdrew this vintage from sale through our agents across the world in order to avoid speculation because we wanted this wine, which had been chosen as a mythical wine, to remain within reach of everyone.”
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Best New York Comic Con Prop: Class III Biohazard Safety Cabinet for Reading

At New York Comic Con, it’s hard to make your comic book stand out in a sea of content. Comic creators try everything to get your attention, employing loud music, models, and costumed superheros.

Last weekend, we caught up with the creators of the Dark Age trilogy, a comic book set in a ruined future. For Comic Con, the team stuck their first issue inside a Class III biohazard safety cabinet, complete with rubber gloves and bullets. Watch the video embedded above to see the eye-catching display. What is the best book display you’ve ever seen at a comic convention or book expo? Share your thoughts in the comments for a future post.

Here’s more from a Wired profile of the artists: “Graphic-designing twin brothers Nick and Adam Hayes are best known for creating Sony’s PlayStation font and slick ads for Marc Ecko. But as comics avatars Mada and Vin Shaye, they’ve crafted the oppressively dystopian graphic novel series Dark Age. [It begins in a] war-torn future, which takes place on a dead planet in free fall. But the duo’s artistic and typographic innovation is evident, given the graphic novel’s six original typefaces and more than 760 illustrations.”

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James Marsters Narrates Jim Butcher Audiobooks

Plenty of people would recognize actor James Marsters for his role as Spike on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series, but did you know he has also made a contribution to the publishing industry?

Marsters wrote a one-shot comic for Dark Horse Publications entitled Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike and Dru. Marsters also narrates Jim Butcher‘s fantasy-mystery series, The Dresden Files. The series’ short-story anthology, Side Jobs, will be published on October 26th with a Marsters audiobook to follow in November.

At an open conversation at New York Comic Con, Marsters entertained questions of any nature from the audience. One fan asked Marsters how he plays female characters while working on the audiobooks. Marstars replied that he was inspired by Shakespeare.

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Percy Jackson Series Adapted as Graphic Novel

At a New York Comic Con panel discussion, Hyperion showed off a graphic novel adaptation of Rick Riordan‘s Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. The Lightning Thief graphic novel launches today alongside the first book in the sequel series (The Lost Hero).

Robert Venditti wrote the graphic adaptation of The Lightning Thief. Venditti explained: “One of my own original creations, The Surrogates was recently adapted [into a film] so I wanted to see what it was like on the other side of the adaptation process.”

The original novel contains 375 pages, but the graphic novel clocks in at 125 pages. Editor Christian Trimmer revealed that The Sea of Monsters and The Titan’s Curse are currently in the works and are tentatively set for release dates in 2012. Trimmer said, “Children’s publishing is such a great place to be because you’ve got the library’s support and the school’s support and the parents’ support and these stories will just live on and on and on.”

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New York Comic Con Random News Round-Up

New York Comic Con took place over the course of a 3-day weekend and was jam-packed with events, panels, and screenings. This GalleyCat correspondent perked her ears for bits of news throughout the convention:

1.  R&B artist Ne-Yo received the support of comic book legend Stan Lee for a comic he created and wrote entitled Libra Scale.

2. As we noted, The Archie series’ first gay character, Kevin Keller will have his own stand alone 4-book series. His debut appearance in Veronica issue #202 demanded for a re-printing and it was only released on September 1st 2010.

3. Melissa de la CruzBlue Bloods will be adapted into graphic novel format and published by Disney’s Hyperion. Editor Christian Trimmer jokingly said, “Blue Bloods is ‘Gossip Girl‘ meets ‘Twilight.’”

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Top Cow Lets Readers Vote for What to Publish

Top Cow Productions created “Pilot Season” to let readers vote on five brand new comic book concepts. The winning titles get the green light for publication.

At a New York Comic Con panel, publisher Filip Sablik outlined the program. Last year’s “Pilot Season” winners were Twilight Guardian and Genius. This year’s titles included: 39 Minutes, @sset, Forever, Crosshair, and 7 Days in Hell. Three out of five titles have been optioned for film adaptations.

The panel highlighted the Top Cow publication, Rest. The comic explores the consequences of a drug that allows people to stop sleeping. Actor Milo Ventimiglia acts as “editor/producer” for Rest and encouraged panel attendees to really show their support for independent comic book publishers.

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Stan Lee to Collaborate with Japanese Rock Star

Comic book legend Stan Lee announced at New York Comic Con that he will be collaborating with Japanese icon, Yoshiki. Lee explained: “This absolutely great musician has agreed to do some work with me. We’re going to do a motion comic together. He going to do the music. I’m going to do whatever else needs to be done.” The project is planned for a 2011 release.

Yoshiki co-founded and plays in the 5-man Japanese rock band, X Japan. He serves as the primary songwriter. He also performs both drums and piano. The group has played to sold out shows at the 50,000 seat Tokyo Dome 18 times.

After exchanging salutations, hugs, and bows, the two media personalities sat down to answer some questions about the forthcoming collaboration. To clarify, Lee defined a “motion comic” as “more than a comic, but less than an animated film. It’s somewhere in between.” The superhero will be modeled after Yoshiki and he will possess a “very unique super power.” Lee credits Yoshiki with conceiving of the original story idea and Lee himself asked the Japanese musician how he came up with it. Yoshiki answered, “I am a superhero anyway.”

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Buck Rogers & The Phantom: Why Reprint Newspaper Comics in the 21st Century?

At New York City Comic Con yesterday, this GalleyCat editor spent some time paging through Hermes Press‘ reprints of classic newspaper comic strips.

While we explored strips like Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and The Phantom, publisher Daniel Herman explained why he resurrected these long-forgotten comics. He also expounded on how the vampire television show Dark Shadows influenced contemporary popular culture.

Watch the video embedded above for a brief tribute to the fading art of newspaper comics and a peek at some of the best costumes at New York City Comic Con. For more comic book action, check out our New York Comic Con tag.

New York Comic Con 2010 by the Banners

At any publishing convention, the gigantic sponsor banners hung in the rafters provide a glimpse at coming trends and stories people will be talking about this year. We’ve put together a collection of the biggest banners at New York Comic Con today.

Embedded above, Disney’s Tron sequel had a humungous banner supporting the Tron book, Betrayal—hanging directly over the convention floor entrance. See more banners below. Check out our New York Comic Con tag for more coverage.

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Best Graphic Novels for Libraries

At the New York Comic Con this morning, we caught up with Tyler Rousseau from New Jersey’s Monroe Public Library to find out what graphic novels he recommended for libraries hoping to launch a graphic novel collection.

Rousseau offered four suggestions, the most popular offerings at his own library. What do you think? Add your favorites in the comments section.

1. I Kill Giants written by Joe Kelly with art by J. M. Ken Niimura (YA/Adult)
2. Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli. (Adult)
3. Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks (YA/Adult)
4. The Perry Bible Fellowship by Nicholas Gurewich (Adult)

I Kill Giants is one of the graphic novels that justifies the genre,” Rousseau said, explaining that the story of a young girl coping with her mother’s cancer moved him to tears. “It’s a great, especially if you know someone going through the grieving process.” In the last year, the graphic novel has been checked out almost 20 times at his library.

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