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World Of WarcraftIn all the excitement of the 2012 election, one race has been overlooked by fans of comics, science fiction, fantasy and gaming: World of Warcraft has achieved a stunning victory, thanks to a Democrat.

Demons in the Republican Party of Maine tried to smear candidate Colleen Lachowicz as unfit for public office because of her mad gaming skills - she plays WoW as "a level-85 orc named Santiaga."

According to news reports, the Republican Party accused her of leading "a bizarre double life and set up a website revealing her participation in World of Warcraft. Not only did the site show off a picture of the orc rogue assassin character she plays, it also dug up online comments she made about her love of the (sometimes violent) game. The Republican Party also sent out mailers as well as a press release claiming her 'disturbing alter-ego' had been 'revealed.'"

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Sim CityWelcome to Dave Sim City! It’s the game of the century! The 19th Century! Are you ready to play?

Dave Sim City is a close-minded, walled-off one-player environment that’s all the fun of the real experience but now in an incredible computer-based simulation! Design and build the Dave Sim City of your dreams. Create the rants, raves, and lengthy intellectual correspondence!

It’s all here just as you’ve experienced it in real life!

Once unleashed, the denizen of Dave Sim City takes on a life of its own! There’s no controlling it, you can only hope to contain it before he crosses the border or meets a woman.

Dave Sim City is a simulation of the popular comic book creator. In Dave Sim City he works, rants, writes screeds and melts down periodically requiring you to step back and turn off the game!

Click to continue reading Dave Sim City Is Here!

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CryptozoicMy pal John Nee, of Cryptozoic, is looking for some good folks to hire for his company.

Cryptozoic, for those not in the club, is "The future of hobby gaming" and "Home of the World of Warcraft Card Trading Game."

These aren’t officially comic book jobs, but your comic book skills might come in handy for a couple of them.

Click over to the site and take a look. He needs an Art Acquisition Manager, Game Designer (Digital), Game Designer (Story & Content), Associate Game Designer (Digital) and Marketing Events Manager.

My favorite is Marketing Events Manager where you’ll “work with the Marketing, PR, Business Development, and Organized Play teams to create a memorable presence at all conventions, trade shows, and sales shows. The Marketing Events Manager is responsible for overseeing all aspects of event planning and management.”

I’m envious of any company with an Organized Play team. It's like the Gymboree of work!

Good luck, job seekers!

[Artwork: Cryptozoic]


Ben GrimmLast weekend in January, last weekend before the Super Bowl, which means there’s really nothing on TV this weekend. Fortunately, the internets provide:

Neal Adams is gunning for Marvel on behalf of Jack Kirby.

The Comic Book Insider is the new podcast from comic book writer and former DC Comics editor Brian Augustyn.

James Bond vs. Batman: Now there’s a team-up I’d really like to see. The HMSS blog looks at how both heroes have had to adapt to changing times.

One of my favorite movie blogs, Flick Attack, looks at an old film written by veteran DC writer Arnold Drake (Deadman; The Doom Patrol): The Flesh Eaters.

Click to continue reading Weekend Reading: Jack Kirby, Arnold Drake, James Bond and Star Wars


Full Sail UniversityEconomics professors and Psych teachers are no longer needed. Full Sail University, “an innovative educational leader” located just outside of Orlando, FL is accepting applications for a new teaching position: “Course Director of Developing New Worlds position in its Creative Writing Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Program.”

And what’s a Course Director then?

“Course Directors are instructors who ensure excellence in teaching skills and classroom content. They develop curriculum, teach, and oversee the integrity of their classes.”

But what’s all that about “Developing New Worlds”?

Click to continue reading Comic Book Jobs: Course Director

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Batman Arkham CityWant to know a comic you could be reading for just 99¢?

DC’s got one: Batman: Arkham City #1 by Paul Dini & Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen.

The first chapter in this multi-chapter storyline pits Batman against Hugo Strange who's pitching Arkham City as "Gotham's ultimate solution to crime."

Click to continue reading DC’s 99¢ Batman: Arkham City #1


Olivia Munn Slave LeiaG4 is the nerd-media empire where Olivia Munn got her start on Attack Of The Show. (They're regular fixtures at Comic Con International in San Diego.)

Now G4 is looking for a Marketing Assistant.

It’s not a glamor position, so not a lot of opportunities to rock your bikini or Speedo on air.

Instead you’ll be setting up meetings, booking conference rooms, taking calls, filing and handling miscellaneous administrative tasks. There are lots of other similar responsibilities, but it all boils down to desk-and-computer work.       

A college degree in communications is preferred, though related experience could replace it. And also “experience using the Internet, Outlook, Excel, Power Point, etc.” which would really be anyone under the age of 50 at this point, right?

But “excitement for videogame and tech and gadgets and comic books” would certainly count for a lot.

Good luck, job seekers!

[Artwork: Olivia Munn as Slave Leia]


World of WarcraftBlizzard Entertainment, the World of Warcraft people, are looking for a Franchise Development Producer, “a highly organized individual with outstanding communications skills, proven experience in production, and a track record of shipping AAA products to help lead the efforts on its next-gen MMO.”
 
One word: Yeah!

You get to be “the key evangelist for producing products which expand the next-gen MMO brand outside of the gaming industry” and “the key liaison between the development team and other functional teams within Blizzard Entertainment to create brand-extending merchandise for the next-gen MMO franchise.”

Click to continue reading Comic Book Jobs: Blizzard Entertainment


Game on!

The big gaming site, IGN, is looking for an Editorial Designer, "a kick-ass designer with great front-end development chops (HTML/CSS, JavaScript a plus) who is interested in helping us take the presentation of editorial content on IGN to the next level."

You'll be working with IGN's editorial design team on "the re-envisioning of IGN's user experience and coverage of events such as E3, Comic-Con, CES, and Toyko Game Show."

In addition, you'll be "designing individually art directed articles, as well as designing infographics, and other interactive content." And you're expected to kick everything up "to the next level."

Click to continue reading Comic Book Jobs: IGN Entertainment


Trucks & Skulls 2My pals over at Appy Entertainment make games for the iPad and the iPhone and whatever lower case iProduct is coming up.
 
And they do a heckuva job at it too: their most recent game Trucks & Skulls won the Best Action Game in the iPhone category at the Best App Ever Awards at Macworld in San Francisco.
 
The iPad version of the game placed in the same category, and Trucks & Skulls also scored “podium positions” for Best Arcade Game.
 
Previously, Trucks & Skulls had been selected by Apple as both their iPhone Game of the Week and their iPad App of the Week in November, and was then IGN’s iPhone Game of the Month. 

Click to continue reading Trucks & Skulls: Best iPhone Action Game


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