Confusion and distress were popular sentiments in the feed last night. News out of Libya about Muammar Gaddafi's collapsing government had everyone's attention, but the comics industry received it's own shocker with word that the Arizona-based retail chain Atomic Comics was closing.
Kevin Smith and Joe Quesada sent warm thoughts out to Atomic, which has always been known for in-store signing events and convention appearances. (You've probably seen their van at some point.) "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" reviews are still coming in, too. Check out a couple of those and a concern about "The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn" after the jump.
I'm @brianwarmoth, and this is the Twitter Report for August 22, 2011.
Libya pt. 1: @GerryDuggan Anybody but me worried that Gaddafi will escape Tripoli by jumping over the Libyan rebels in a replica General Lee?
-Gerry Duggan, Writer ("The Infinite Horizon")
Libya pt. 2: @pattonoswalt In CELEBRITY REHAB terms, Libya has reached the, "Bai Ling is on the roof" stage.
-Patton Oswalt, Writer/Actor ("Serenity: Float On")
Atomic Comics pt. 1: @themightylayman Hearing stories about Phoenix's Atomic Comics stores closing shop. Absolutely heartbreaking, horrible news. #fb
-John Layman, Writer ("Chew," "Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness")
Atomic Comics pt. 2: @JoeQuesada Incredibly sad day today. The best retailer I've ever met closed his doors. There's never been anyone like @atomicmike and there never will.
-Joe Quesada, CCO (Marvel)
Atomic Comics pt. 3: @ThatKevinSmith Sorry to read about Arizona's Atomic Comics closing all four stores. My heart goes out to @Atomicmike: he's pure comics.
-Kevin Smith, Writer ("Batman: The Widening Gyre," "Green Arrow")
@MKupperman Boy that Tintin movie looks awful. If you can't come up with enough interesting dialogue to fill a trailer, you got problems.
-Michael Kupperman, Writer/Artist ("Tales Designed to Thrizzle")
Apes pt. 1: @MikeCosta Saw APES. Not actually "great," but legitimately inspiring in it's bold commitment outlandishness. And the GG bridge = set piece of the year
-Mike Costa, Writer ("G.I. Joe: Cobra," "Resistance")
Apes pt. 2: @KurtBusiek RISE OF THE PLANET OF THEM APES: The ape parts were cool. The human parts less so. But the ape stuff was the point, so I enjoyed it. #apes
-Kurt Busiek, Writer ("Action Comics," "Astro City")
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