- Ray Douglas Bradbury (August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012) – was an American fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery writer. Best known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953) and for the science fiction stories gathered together as The Martian Chronicles (1950) and The Illustrated Man (1951), Bradbury was one of the most celebrated 20th-century American writers of speculative fiction. Many of Bradbury’s works have been adapted into television shows or films.
- Stanford Jolley, Jr., known as Stan Jolley (May 17, 1926 – June 4, 2012) - was an American art director and production designer, originally employed by Walt Disney Studios before he struck out on his own.
- Rosa Cuthbert Guy (born September 1, 1922 in Trinidad – June 3, 2012) – was an American writer, acclaimed for her books of fiction for adults and young people.
- Richard Dawson (November 20, 1932 – June 2, 2012) – was an English-American actor and comedian, and a game show host and panelist in the United States. He played Corporal Peter Newkirk on Hogan’s Heroes, was the original host of the Family Feud game show from 1976–1985 and 1994–1995, and was a regular panelist on the 1970s version of Match Game on CBS from 1973 to 1978.
- Robert Washington III – who with Dwayne McDuffie and John Paul Leon introduced Static in 1993, passed away Wednesday at the age of 47 at Mount Sinai Queens in New York City after suffering multiple heart attacks.
Announcements / PR
- NBM gets 2 on the BEA Hottest Graphic Novels of 2012 – Abelard by Renaud Dillies and Philosophy – A Discovery in Comics by Margreet de Heer.
- Joost Swarte won this year’s Marten Toonder prize
- Joanne DeMaio & Patti DeNucci Win IndieReader Discovery Awards
- 2012 Annual Origins Award Winners
- Walt Simonson Spans DC History In The Judas Coin – I’m really looking forward to this.
Law / Business
- The Strange Tale of Ray Bradbury and EC Comics – CBR’s Brian Cronin always does a great job with his Comic Book Legends Revealed. This time around it’s Ray Bradbury and EC Comics publishing unlicensed adaptations of his stories during the 1950s.
- Jen Sorensen created a 4-page comic entitled An Open Letter To The Supreme Court About Health Insurance – I wish her the best and I hope the Court will read this, but chances are slim to none.
- Warner Bros. Acquires Rights to Campy 60s Batman Merchandise – This is good news as we are inching closer to getting the Classic TV show on DVD and Streaming.
- Marc-Oliver Frisch On DC’s Post-New 52 Numbers
- Raven Entertainment Quits Comics Like A Mad Man – thanks Rich, Bleeding Cool.
- Amazon Buys Avalon Books & Its 3,000+ Backlist Titles
- Publishers Weekly publishes BookScan graphic novel bestseller lists with actual numbers – What took so long?
- Complete Calvin & Hobbes paperback edition coming – This will be for $100. You can still get the hardcover set on Amazon and eBay for $100 (retail $150).
- The original artwork for the cover to Herge’s 1932 Tintin in America has fetched a record price of $1.6 million at an auction in Paris
- Dynamite To Publish Hollowland Comics By Tony Lee
- Wonder Woman: Odyssey Vol. 2 HC/TP (DC Comics)
- Bill, The Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman (Charlesbridge Publishing)
- The Essential Avengers Volumes 4 and 5 (Marvel)
…and at the end of the shelf:
- Presidential Campaign Posters: 200 Years of Election Art – thanks to Brain Pickings by Maria Popova (Look! Cap’s shield circa 1872!)
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