Weekend Table Talk: The DC Fifty-Too Edition

Want something to talk about while you and your buddies gather around the pub/Magic the Gathering/Warhammer/Five Finger Fillet/poker table? Well, here are some news bits from the last little while that will fuel your conversation.

What the Hell is DC Fifty-Too?

It’s a series of artists doing their own cover designs for the DC relaunch. Some of them are just downright gorgeous, like this Supergirl cover. Others are badass, like this Justice Riders cover. Others are hilarious, like this Clayface cover. Tell your boss to leave you alone for about an hour and check them all out here.

Forbes bets on DC

Forbes (you know, the site that has been your homepage as long as you can remember) has run an article betting on DC over Marvel to be the more successful publisher. It cites Marvel clearly winning the movie battle, but DC moving more books. There will be no way to know until early on next year if it is right. For now, here’s a quote:

DC has been no slouch in the movie department, with the Batman franchise among the most popular of all the super hero flicks, and a hotly anticipated reboot of Superman that boasts a cast of A-list actors that’s almost hard to believe.

Yup. Hard to believe that Kevin “The Postman” Costner would be in it. “Hotly anticipated” might be a bit of a stretch.

Comics on Facebook

Thanks to Graphicly, comic lovers can now read titles on Facebook. And it looks like some major publishers have signed up, like Marvel and Archie Comics. The little guys have signed up, too, which means greater exposure for smaller creator-owned titles. Now, after your cousin’s girlfriend’s classmate blocks you for being creepy, you can wipe away the tears and dive into a new issue of Witchblade. Read more about it here.

The Avengers

The Captain America Blu-Ray trailer. Check it:

A little peek at The Avengers. The always-nerdy, always-awesome io9 has screenshots from the trailer, where they describe what is happening in the shot. Lots of characters look pensive. Also, Thor doesn’t look like he’s “defending himself” so much as he is just getting his hammer back. Which could be a euphemism, who knows? Check it out here.

Fringe

Joshua Jackson, who some may remember from Dawson’s Creek and others may know from Fringe, is going to write a 14-chapter digital tie-in comic entitled Beyond the Fringe. Judging by the art, it looks like Jackson stipulated that he must look “more rugged than that chump Vanderbeek.”  Read more about it at ComicBookMovie.

Ziggy… Yeah, that’s right

Whether you found it funny or not, there is no denying the impact that Ziggy had on daily comic strips. And now, the character’s creator, Tom Wilson Sr., has passed away at 80 years old. Wilson Sr. also played a part in creating Strawberry Shortcake and the Care Bears, so there is no doubt he impacted your childhood. Read about it here.

Spider-Island

Dan Slott recently spoke with Comic Book Resources about Spider-Island. Check it out here.

And Finally… An Awesome Post-it Art War

Ubisoft Montreal put some videogame characters on their windows. Made of Post-its. Then their neighbours, BNP bank put up their own work (which you can also see via the previous link). Then, just because they can, Ubisoft Montreal made a three-story tall Ezio Auditore (the Assassin from Assassin’s Creed II, Brotherhood and Revelations). Again, out of Post-its. Then the Société Générale Bank decided to join in on the fracas. By creating a six-story Post-it note Asterix and Obelisk. 

The nice thing about these wars? Everyone wins.

Well, except trees.

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