Marvel Gives Free Digital Comics To Veterans

For a limited time, Marvel Comics will be offering free subscriptions to Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited to veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Veterans are encouraged to sign up to request their free subscription between now and January 6 at the website of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America here.

Stan Lee Gets a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Comics legend Stan Lee is being honored by a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star was unveiled at 11:30 this morning and is located at 7072 Hollywood Boulevard. More details are available here from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

DC Brings Back the Letters Page

DC Comics has announced that they will be returning the letters page to its pride of place at the back of most DC comics. Largely unknown in this internet era, letters pages in comics are a tradition dating back to the beginning of comic books and helped create comics fandom as we know it. More details are available on DC's The Source blog here.

Fantagraphics to Reprint All Carl Barks Disney Comics

The Disney work of Carl Barks, the acclaimed comics creator synonymous with Donald Duck and Scrooge McDuck from the 40's through the 60's, will now be collected in full, in chronological order from Fantagraphics Books. The first volume, coming out later this year, will include the fan-favorite story Lost in the Andes. The books will be hardcover editions priced at $25 each and the series will include never before collected Barks stories. More details are available here.

Duncan The Wonder Dog Gets Second Printing

Duncan The Wonder Dog, the Xeric Award-winning first graphic novel from Adam Hines, will go into a second printing from its publisher, Ad House Books. The book is a talking animal comic that explores the implications of talking animals as well as the relationships between humans and animals and was a surprise hit this fall. More details are available on the Ad House blog here.

Muslim "Batman of Paris" Sparks Controversy

In much the same manner as Paul Cornell's Knight and Squire set in Britain, the new French Muslim character Nightrunner is being set up as the “Batman” of Paris. And as reported on, anti-Muslim fans are not happy. Although the upcoming storyline is about Nightrunner explicitly rejecting the cycle of ethnic and class violence that plagues France's lower income neighborhoods and disadvantaged Muslim immigrants, critics – conservative blogger Warner Todd Huston in particular - have taken the character as a “PC” endorsement of terrorism.

The Communist Manifesto Gets Comics Adaptation

The Communist Manifesto, the 162 year old book which was the most influential and controversial philosophical tract of the twentieth century, is now a comic book. Created by George Rigakos, a Canadian professor of Political Economy, the book is published by Red Quill Books, a local peer-reviewed Marxist publisher.

The Last Two Weeks @ Good Comics For Kids

This week School Library Journal’s blog Good Comics for Kids had reviews of Wild @Heart, Adventures in Cartooning Activity Book and Amulet Vol. 1-3, what the GC4K bloggers are reading this week, a list of the 2010 Cybil awards finalists, the last links roundup of 2010 and the 12/29 roundup of good comics for kids.

The Last Two Weeks @ The Beat

This week PWCW editor Heidi MacDonald’s blog The Beat asks the question Is Geek Culture Dead and covers supplemental sales charts for November that paint a somewhat rosier picture, the history of The Beat, WordPress, and Media Temple, the unpaid bills and imminent doom of Borders Books, part 1 of The Beat's annual year-end survey and the most important article of 2010.