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While “CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER” did not premiere at Comic-Con, which would have been pretty cool but perhaps overwhelming, it did have special screenings at Comic-Con which included a performance by a group of USO-style chorus girls and an appearance by Chris Evans.

Here is Robert Downey Jr. at the LA premiere of “CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER” on July 20. Asked to speak about Chris Evans, of course, Mr. Downey Jr has good things to say.

Check out my review of “CAPTAIN AMERICAN: THE FIRST AVENGER,” over with our friends at GeekWeek.

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Win the new AVENGERS DVDs from Disney XD

Go to GeekWeek for a chance to win the new releases of AVENGERS from Disney XD. All 20 microsodes from the first season have been streamlines into 13 standalone episodes on two volumes. GeekWeek is offering you a chance to win both DVDs. There are three chances to win. The grand prize winner will also get a classic Iron Man action figure from Entertainment Earth. All you have to do is contact them and let them know why you should win. Pretty easy, huh?

Also, let us know here at Comics Grinder how you feel about contests. You like a chance to win free swag? Drop us a line and tell us about it. We might just have a contest here too pretty soon.

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A Look at the future of Comics: Rat Catcher

Currently, I would say it is one out of seven people on a typical morning bus commute, here in Seattle, that is operating some sort of entertainment device, of which I include good old fashioned books. I’m not seeing that many iPads yet but there’s smaller gadgets, like an iPod touch, of course, and definitely Kindles and Nooks, delivering digital books, magazines and movies to restless office workers off to work. Yeah, for some, the in-flight movie is totally no big deal but a daily habit. I also see people reading actual print versions of manga and comic books. I have yet to see digital comics on any screens but that will come, I believe. Right now, we’re still in a transition phase. More people are discovering the comics medium and more comics readers are turning their attention to digital comics.

Also, we have the big wave that has been rolling in for quite some time of more mature and sophisticated comics readers. All that said, it gives me a lot of satisfaction to bring aboard a bus a wonderful gem like the recently released, “Rat Catcher,” which I see as a prime example of what has been going on with American comics in the last decade or more.  In no small part, you can thank Vertigo comics, the DC Comics imprint, for leading the way on smart and offbeat comics. And, most recently, you can thank Vertigo Crime for its excellent noir comics series, of which “Rat Catcher,” is part of. If you’ve read Andy Diggle’s “The Losers,” then this book, his latest, is most definitely for you. If you have not, then you’ll want to check it out along with Mr. Diggle’s latest balls-to-wall work.

For my review of “Rat Catcher,” go over to GeekWeek. I will say here that I highly recommend this one. It’s also in a very handy size, not much bigger than one of the gadgets people are so fascinated with these days. And, yeah, come to think of it, you could read it on one of those gadgets but the book has a nice lounge lizard quality to it, from the hardcover illustration to the pulpy pages within. I’d buy the book. You’ll get around to the digital version in due time.


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