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ShrapnelHeads up, Los Angeles!

The publishers of Shrapnel and Lords Of Misrule and Hercules, Radical Studios, is looking for a Director of Retail Marketing to “manage, build and grow our retail merchandising business.”

You’ll report directly to the Chief Marketing Officer and “will be a key contributor on the Radical Studios marketing and sales team.”

Lots of fun stuff involved in that position: retail marketing strategies, point-of-purchase displays, social media and email programs with retailers. Plus trying to keep editorial, creative and sales people from getting up in everyone’s grill.

You’ll need an understanding of the mass market retail biz (both the big box and bookstore models), as well as knowledge of the direct market.

Radical has a nice spread at Comic Con International at San Diego so you’ll most likely join in the fun at your boss’ expense.

That way, if you land this job, you can buy me a drink.

[Artwork: Shrapnel, from Radical Publishing]

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Cash RegisterComic book jobs pop up in the weirdest places and encompass a wide variety of employment opportunities, at least as I define the term.

See what you think!

Hey girls! Do you want to join the B.I.M.B.O. Squad and “fight for justice against real super-villains with super powers”? There’s a casting call for actresses in British Columbia to try out for a new web series that will also involve slapstick and free lingerie.

In Los Angeles, a manga publisher is looking for a graphic designer for their covers.

Netflix for Android

An alleged Android app for Netflix leaked on the Internet on Thursday, but doesn't appear to stream videos yet.

Android Police discovered and tested the app on an EVO phone, but couldn't get anything to stream.

"Everything looked good up until the point where I actually wanted to watch a movie – and then...nothing," blogged Will Shanklin.

Last November, Netflix blamed Android's fragmentation issues for not being able to offer a Netflix app on all Android phones. Netflix does, however, have streaming apps for the iPhone and iPod touch as well as an updated iPad app. Boxee finally added a Netflix app last month after multiple delays due to security issues.

Click to continue reading Netflix Android app leaks, not yet streaming video

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Helping Japan

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials

SendaiThe images and news reports coming out of Japan are absolutely heartbreaking.

If you’re an artist and would like to do something to help out, Wednesday’s Heroes has a way to contribute.

Craig at the site has started an art auction and he’s looking for donations from folks who want to participate. Details at the link. The Fraim Brothers, Mitch Byrd, Gene Colan, and Robert Pope already have stuff up with more to come.

Tom Spurgeon at The Comics Reporter has a number of related links to other ways you can help, along with announcements related to those affected by the crisis.

Robot 6 also has a nice round-up of helpful links.

Japan was a big help to the US following Hurricane Katrina and the US comics industry is very closely aligned with the Japanese manga industry, so if you can please lend a hand.

[Artwork: News photo of Sendai]

Astro Boy PosterThey had me at Astro Boy and karaoke...

The Crow Collection of Asian Art is hosting an event that's part of the Crow Collection After Dark. It's called Manga Madness (March 18, 6pm - midnight).

Attendees can "dress as your favorite anime character and enjoy a manga movie marathon featuring Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy, comic book artist demos, and karaoke."

Their looking for volunteer greeters, and aside from the coolness factor, you'll get to see the movies too.

Good luck, volunteers!

[Artwork: Astro Boy]

As usual, the Gear Live crew was near the front of the line as we waited for the iPad 2 to go on sale. Apple closed their doors about an hour before launch, and we started recording when the curtain came down. Get a look at the in-store festivities, which involves a lot of clapping and high-fives, followed by our in-store unboxing of a white iPad 2 with 3G, along with a Smart Cover demo.

You can pick up the iPad 2 from the Apple Store Online.

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Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi

The Wi-Fi version of the Motorola Xoom will be available at various retailers starting March 27, the company announced Wednesday.

The 10.1-inch tablet will be at, Best Buy, Costco, RadioShack, select Sam's Club locations, Staples, and Walmart - both in-store and on their Web sites.

The Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi with 32GB of memory will cost $599.

Motorola said the Xoom Wi-Fi will also be available to commercial IT channels and regional retailers through a distribution agreement with Synnex Corporation, and regional carriers through Brightpoint.

Click to continue reading Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi model launches March 27

Nintendo just unveiled its first commercial for the Nintendo 3DS, set to debut in the U.S. on March 27.

The 30-second spot (above) shows various gamers using the device, the 3D functionality drawing them into the game. "3D games, photos, entertainment, and more. No glasses required. Nintendo 3DS. Take a look inside," a voice says at the end of the commercial.

In New York, Nintendo will host an event on the eve of the 3DS launch, from 9pm on Saturday until 2am on March 27. Nintendo President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime will be at the Union Square Best Buy around 9:45pm to greet fans before being lifted onto a hydraulic stage at 11pm to address the crowd and begin a countdown clock to midnight. Fifteen minutes before Best Buy opens its doors, Nintendo said people will throw old-school 3D glasses into the air to "unshackle themselves" from the need for 3D glasses; the Nintendo 3DS displays 3D images without glasses.

Best Buy will then be open until 2am for those who want to get their hands on the 3DS. The first 300 people in line will receive Nintendo 3DS carrying cases, among other giveaways, Nintendo said.

Click to continue reading First Nintendo 3DS commercial revealed

Spider-Man Turn Off The DarkWhen a comic book title starts to suffer a long decline of sales, the publisher tries to turn things around by bringing in a new creative team.

And apparently when a Broadway musical based on a comic book gets horrible reviews, repeatedly injures its cast, repeatedly delays its official opening night and looks to be a huge embarrassment, they also make some changes.

The producers of the troubled Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark musical have done just that. They’ve kicked the original director Julie Taymor to the curb and brought in a new director - Philip William McKinley - and at least one person who is actually familiar with Spider-Man: writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

They’ll be making some changes to the extravaganza and one of our Broadway spies was able to slip me an internal memo of the reworking that's going on prior to the show’s latest official opening date sometime in the summer of possibly this year.

Here then are the Top 10 Changes The New Creative Team Is Making To Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark:

Porky PigDo you know what would be a good job if you had the right skills?

Sales account executive for the growing Cartoon Brew empire, that's what!

Cartoon Brew is the animation entertainment site – packed with news, commentary, reviews, and one of the most active comments section on the internet.

There's lots of good stuff over there for anyone who's a fan of cartoons and animation – features and shorts, tv animation, student films, etc.

It's run by animation historians Jerry Beck and Amid Amidi and they keep it going daily and keep it interesting.

Now they're looking for someone to help generate some ad revenue, so if you have experience generating that cash, and you love cartoons, you should get over there right away and see what it's all about.

That's all, folks!

[Artwork: Porky Pig, © Warner Bros.]

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