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Batman And RobinPsst. Want some Gotham? It’s up for grabs. It’s not the actual city that’s on sale, although that might be a plot twist in Batman Incorporated.

My pal Jim Beard’s book, Gotham City 14 Miles: 14 Essays on Why the 1960s Batman TV Series Matters, is on sale now.

It features essays about the classic Batman TV series that starred Adam West and Burt Ward. Contributors include Timothy Callahan, Peter Sanderson, Jim Beard, Joseph F. Berenato, Chuck Dixon, Becky Beard, Robert Greenberger, Michael D. Hamersky, Michael Johnson, Paul Kupperberg, Michael S. Miller, Will Murray, Jeff Rovin, Jennifer K. Stuller, Bill Walko, and Robert G. Weiner.


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2010 will come to an end in just a few short hours, and we are just in time with our annual top 10 list of the most-watched Gear Live video episodes. Over the past year, as expected, there was a bunch of Apple gear that made the list, but Microsoft gets the top two spots with our Xbox 360 dashboard tour, and the an unboxing of the new Xbox 360 slim. Also getting an honorable mention is the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Popcorn Hour Popbox, among others.

Oh, and if you wanna be sure to get our new video episodes as they come out in 2010, be sure to subscribe to us in iTunes, on YouTube, or in your RSS reader!

Also, you can check out the top ten videos from 2009, 2008, and 2007!

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Disney AfternoonI don’t like NYR’s for the simple reason that I never keep them. Lose weight, eat healthier, start smoking just so I can fail at quitting.

But this year, well, this year, I’m sure to keep some of these resolutions. Won’t you join me?

10. I will read many more webcomics, bookmark them and recommend them.

9. I won’t buy a Marvel or DC comic at a price point greater than $2.99.

8. But yet I will buy all the hardcovers from The Library of American Comics.

7. Read even more independent comics. I think that’s where the real interesting stuff is and has always been.

6. I will download more comics to my iPad. I’ll pay for them, too.

5. Figure out which movie will make less money: Green Lantern or Thor.


Mister MiracleHey, 2010 is over and 2011 is here! Happy new year and in lieu of alcohol, here are a few links.
 
Xmas: It’s come and gone, but Bookgasm’s Rod Lott says there’s still plenty of enjoyment to be had in The Great Treasury of Christmas Comic Book Stories.
 
Christmas: I totally missed this, but The Library of American Comics website posted a series of Christmas cartoons from their, well, library. Milton Caniff, Bob Montana, Chester Gould, Berke Breathed, Little Orphan Annie and more are represented.
 
Editors: Cartoonist Patrick O’Connor tribute-blogs his former editor who recently passed away.
 
Sketch: Animation story artist Jenny Lerew reviews a beauty of a sketchbook self-published by fellow animation story artist Dave Pimental. It’s bee-yew-tee-ful!
 
Kirby: Curt Purcell at The Groovy Age of Horror has been thinking about catching up with Jack Kirby’s 1970s classic Fourth World titles. Unfortunately, traditional print publisher DC Comics makes it all but impossible for him and many others.
 
Scoop: They’ve got the details about Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning taking over Stan Lee’s Soldier Zero after Paul Cornell exits.

 

Borders BooksBorders Books is not going to have a happy new year in 2011 and neither are any publishers in their brick-and-mortar stores.
 
 
"The company reiterated an earlier disclosure that without refinancing, it could violate its existing credit agreements in the first quarter of 2011 and ‘experience a liquidity shortfall."
 
This is bad news for publishers and especially bad news for comic book publishers. In the past, when even a small distributor has gone under, it’s deeply affected comic book publishers and pushed several into either lean times or bankruptcy.

KindleDid you get a Kindle for Christmas? Want to fill it up with comics? I went to Amazon this afternoon and searched their official comics section - but only the first 700 listings (yes, I have that kind of free time) out of around 3800 or so and found a few things that I’d put on my Kindle.

Of course, your mileage may vary...

Amazon has a ton of Harlequin’s romance manga available. But this one, Mistress, is free so if it’s the kind of thing you like, give it a try.

Icecubes is a webcomic by Lew Brown and this collection, Icecubes The Comic Strip V. 2 is just $1.99.

Tumor Chapter 1 by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Noel Tuazon is free and it looks interesting. Tumor is described as “a dark Los Angeles noir” and it’s from the Harvey Award nominated creators who did Elk’s Run.


Fring Skype video calls

We've come to the end of another year, and as we wave goodbye to 2010, we figured it was only fitting that we share the most popular stories published on Gear Live in 2010, as determined by our readers (we've also got the top ten most read stories regardless of publish date!) These are the ten stories that were read the most, and when you consider that fact, it's pretty surprising to see what made the list. Let's kick it off with our most read story of the year:

Fring App Brings Skype Video Calling to iPhone 4 over Wi-Fi and 3G:
Sure, Skype just formally announced video calling in the Skype 3.0 iOS app, but Fring brought us Skype video calls months ago! The thing is, Skype pulled that feature from Fring with the quickness, but that didn't stop this from being the most read story we published in 2010!

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Sure, we've given you a list of our top 10 most read stories of 2010, but we figured we'd go a bit more broad than that. We also thought it would be interesting to give you a look at the top ten most read stories on this site this year, period, regardless of what year they were posted. We must say, we're just as surprised as you are at what did (and didn't) make the list! Click on through to check out the full list!

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Fred Wilson, a known venture capitalist, put up a post this week arguing that magazine and newspaper apps are not a viable strategy for content publishers. It's no secret that the print industry has been in decline, with print companies shutting down. As information moves to the web, some of the core principles they could rely on before, exclusivity and scarcity, are no longer available to them as anyone can easily blog about everything in this link economy. The arrival of the iPad made many magazines and newspapers jump on board, because with apps, there's an illusion that these core principles exist again.

Whereas it soon became clear that most people were not willing to pay to have access to a web site, they thought that it would be easier to get these same people to pay to download an app which has basically the same content, with some 'pretty' layer on top of it. With recent figures showing that sales of those types of apps have been declining recently however, Wilson argues that this is only temporary. Instead, he sees the mobile space heading more towards the web model, where information want to be free, and with billions of devices accessing mostly free content.

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skype illegal china

According to a story in China's major newspaper, People's Daily, it appears that the Chinese government has declared all VoIP solutions not provided by the government's own China Telecom and China Unicorn to be illegal. This would make Skype, the most popular VoIP service, illegal as well. So far, Skype denies that it has been banned, and users in China keep using the service, but if the government were to apply this new rule, this would be a major drawback for Chinese users, and westerners traveling to the country.

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