Geoff Johns Tabbed as C2E2 Guest of Honor
The new Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo has announced that veteran comics creator Geoff Johns, known for his work on Green Lantern and 52, will be a guest of honor at their 2010 event. Johns is also known for his television writing, including work for the Emmy award-winning series Robot Chicken. Other featured guests at C2E2 include Eisner-award winning comics creator Jill Thompson (Sandman, Magic Trixie) and comics artist Mike Perkins (Queen and Country, Stephen King's The Stand). The first annual Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo will take place from April 16-18, 2010 at Chicago's McCormick Center. More information is available at their website. (PW Comics Week is owned by the same parent company as C2E2)

Carla Speed McNeil, Sarah Ryan Team To Create New Vertigo GN
Eisner Award winner Carla Speed McNeil and young adult novelist Sarah Ryan, author of Empress of the World, will be creating a young adult graphic novel entitled Bad Houses for Vertigo. Edited by Joan Hilty, the book will be a coming of age story. Publication date is still unknown. McNeil is best known for her work on her on going “aboriginal sci-fi” comics series Finder, available online in web comic format.

New Silent Film from Gaiman
Legendary comics creator and best selling author Neil Gaiman has written and directed a new short silent film for the British television channel Sky TV. Starring Bill Nighy, the movie is part of a series of short films the channel will be bringing out in time for the holidays. Entitled Statuesque, it is the story of a statue come to life. Gaiman is also the writer of such films as Coraline, Stardust and Beowulf.

Kevin Baker on NPR To Discuss Luna Park
Novelist and now comics creator Kevin Baker was a guest on NPR's Talk of the Nation this week, promoting his new Vertigo graphic novel Luna Park, about a Russian veteran of the Chechen War who has come to Brooklyn. The interview is available online here. Baker and illustrator Danijel Zezelj will be appearing at Bookcourt, on November 19 at 7 p.m. for a public discussion of Luna Park. Bookcourt is located at 163 Court St, Brooklyn, NY. The event is free to the public.

New Spider-Man Parade Balloon.
Marvel's new Spider-Man parade balloon, created for the Macy's Thankgiving Day Parade, was shown for the first time this weekend at Macy's 2009 Balloonfest in Flushing Meadows Park. A previous Spider-Man balloon flew in the parade from 1987-1998. Images of the new balloon are available in an article on

This Week @ Good Comics for Kids
This week School Library Journal’s blog Good Comics for Kids reviews two titles for teens from Tateno as well as Age of Reptiles, The Marvelous Land of Oz and The Stuff of Legend, had the 11/11 listing of comics suitable for all ages, the 2009 Friends of Lulu awards and a Take Flight! themed links roundup by Brigid Alverson.

This Week @ The Beat
This week Heidi MacDonald’s blog The Beat, hosted by Publishers Weekly, has a discussion of the current state of the funnies business here and in Japan, the news that former Borders graphic novel buyer Micha Hershman is Dark Horse's new Director of Marketing, a musing on Marvel's mysterious new gun-toting monkey, The Hero Initiative's call for Ed Hannigan art for a new exhibit and a discussion of painful-looking comics poses.