BookExpo AmericaBookExpo America, the largest convention in North America for publishers of printed media, arrived in town this weekend -- along with a ridiculous amount of books to show off to retailers, press and anyone else who happened to be wandering the floors.

While the sheer number of projects on display during the show was no surprise, there were a few items with ties to the comics and movie/television worlds around the convention floor that did stand out for one reason or another. When I finally managed to haul them back to Splash Page HQ, I spread a few of them out for a photo -- which I've posted here along with a few thoughts about each project and why I picked it up. Read More...

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Scott Pilgrim Vs. The WorldDirector Edgar Wright opens up on his latest "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" video blog with a peek at one of the film's big fight scenes. In what could very well be the scene actor Mark Webber described several months ago, the warehouse after-party scene looks like it will showcase Ramona Flowers' "+2 Against Girls" hammer in her showdown against Roxy Richter, played by Mae Whitman.

"There's a lot of dialogue and a lot of action," Wright explained in the video posted on the film's official website. "Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Mae Whitman have both been doing wonders in their parts." Read More...

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Scott Pilgrim Vs The WorldEdgar Wright's live-action adaption of "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" will have Ramona Flowers' "+2 Against Girls" Hammer, Scott's band Sex Bob-Omb, and even their rivals The Clash at Demonhead, but the film will part ways with creator Bryan Lee O'Malley's original comics scripts for its ending. With "Scott Pilgrim Volume 5: Scott Pilgrim vs The Universe" still relatively new to shelves this year, no one but O'Malley knows what lies in store for his cast in Volume 6 of his Oni Press series -- and according to him, the film won't introduce spoilers from the climactic volume of his readers.

"None of Vol. 6 is in the movie," O'Malley said today on his Twitter feed. "Note that I haven't finished writing it yet, but they're already making a movie. Their ending is their ending." Read More...

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Ramona Flowers in 'Scot Pilgrim'Last week, we got a peek at the look "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" director Edgar Wright is going for with The Clash At Demonhead, the band that includes both an evil ex-boyfriend of Ramona Flowers that Scott will battle, and the hero's own evil ex, Natalie V. "Envy" Adams. Now, it looks like Wright could actually be filming (or at least revealing production photos) in chronological order with the original Bryan Lee O'Malley series, as he just posted a photo from a scene at the finale of Scott and Ramona's encounter with the band.

The photo offers a glimpse of Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Ramona Flowers, who "Scott Pilgrim" readers will identify by her trademark "subspace suitcase" and the massive "+2 Against Girls" hammer she pulls from it to fight Envy. The brawl takes place in Volume 3 of O'Malley's "Scott Pilgrim" series, and I've posted both Wright's photo and a page from the book after the jump for the sake of comparison. Read More...

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The Leading ManThe world's greatest actor may soon become the world's greatest spy -- at least if writer B. Clay Moore and artist Jeremy Haun have their way. Oni Press' "The Leading Man" is currently in the pipeline at Universal, and while there's still plenty that needs to happen before the cameras roll, given Oni's relative Hollywood renaissance of late with Bryan Lee O'Malley's "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" and Greg Rucka's "Whiteout," the odds for adaptation could look a whole lot worse -- especially considering how quickly Moore's "Billy Smoke" is currently climbing the ranks in Tinsel Town.

"Universal renewed ['The Leading Man'] option last year, and there is talent being recruited as we speak," Moore told MTV News. "Universal has kept a lid on some of the details, but things look promising as of now. Obviously, you never know how things are going to pan out, but the process is at least headed forward." Read More...

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'Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World'Thus far, production of "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" has been incredibly well documented with behind-the-scenes photos that blend elements of reality and illustration. But as enjoyably creative as the obscured images are, fans are starting to jones for a better look at the project.

Seems that director Edgar Wright got the memo, as he posted three new pictures from the upcoming Oni Press adaptation on his website yesterday. The photos reveal our first clear look at Scott's musical rivals, the deadly Clash at Demonhead, as merchandising for their newest album hits record stores in the film. Read More...

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Billy SmokeDespite moviegoers' comic book cravings, successful film adaptations are never a sure thing. So much can happen between pitch and production that creators tend to keep their cool until a project actually begins filming.

MTV News spoke with B. Clay Moore, writer of Oni Press' upcoming "Billy Smoke," about how the attachment of director Jeffrey Nachmanoff ("Traitor") and "Lost" star Matthew Fox affect his assassin's redemption tale. After all, he and artist Eric Kim still have a comic to release.

"We're aiming to release the book next April," Moore told MTV News, "We've kind of circled the [Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo] as the place we'd like to debut the book." Read More...

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'Billy Smoke'When "Lost" ends, Matthew Fox will be dealing with an entirely different "Smoke" monster -- and a new director, too.

During last summer's San Diego Comic Con, word broke that the actor will headline a movie version of "Billy Smoke," based on the comic book from Oni Press. News on the adaptation has been completely quiet since then, but doubters were quieted with today's Hollywood Reporter announcement that Jeffrey Nachmanoff has signed on to direct "Billy Smoke" for Warner Bros. Read More...

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Earlier this week, I brought you the first few minutes of Wolverine's encounter with his former teammate, Frederick J. Dukes (a.k.a. Blob) in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," and the brawl that Logan's choice of words kicked off. Now we have more from that scene featuring Wolverine and Blob squaring off in the ring, and no matter how much coaching he gets from fellow mutant John Wraith, it doesn't look like Logan is going to have an easy time of it.

Be sure to check out all our "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" clips, and if you're looking to get caught up with Logan's long list of friends -- and even longer list of enemies -- you might want to run your eyes over our list of Five Wolverine Villains We'd Like To See In An "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" Sequel.

Oh, and don't forget our Five Must-Read Wolverine Stories To Prepare You for "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" -- because there's going to be a test!

What do you think of Logan's brawl with Blob in the latest video? Let us know in the comment section!

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'Scott Pilgrim vs. The World'Edgar Wright's "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" has assembled its cast, its band Sex Bob-Omb, and an intriguing website of updates, but Universal now appears to be courting possible partners for merchandising -- meaning awesome Scott Pilgrim toys could be on the way.

Universal's Products division will be vetting candidates for potential Scott Pilgrim "apparel and accessories, electronic accessories, collectible figures, novelty, stationery and social expressions," according to License Magazine. Whether those "collectible figures" exclusively take on realistic actor-likenesses for the film's characters will remain to be seen, but there is plenty of potential for some bombastic toys in the comics series' books. Read More...


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