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Batman update

It seems I was right*, Bruce Wayne appears to be dead in the latest DC comic and Nightwing (aka Dick Grayson) is in the frame to be the next Batman. More here. And here's a fan's take on it all.
* Although anything can happen in comics.

Further update: This BBC story suggests there are more twists to come in the story, penned by Glasgow's Grant Morrison.

Batman is dead ...

... long live Batman. That could be the case soon, following reports from the world of comic books that Bruce Wayne will either be killed (perhaps by a villain called the Black Glove) or will retire. This is becoming standard practice these days. Superman, Captain America and various versions of The Flash have "died", but the characters are still around. Did somebody mention the word "gimmick"? (Here's one geek blogger's take on the phenomenon.)
PS: I'm out of touch, but my money's on Nightwing (Dick Grayson, the first Robin) to replace Wayne in the driver's seat of the Batmobile.

Superhero stuff

I'm so envious of Stephen Colbert. Not only does he host his own popular television show, but he's appearing alongside Spider-Man in a Marvel comic. There's more here.

A really big fantasy

Brisingr. No, that's not a misprint, it's the title of a fantasy novel that's part of a series touted as "the next big thing" in publishing after Harry Potter. With an Australian print run of 150,000 copies, it's the third in a series by American writer Christopher Paolini, who wrote the first - Eragon - when he was just 15. Meanwhile, I've been suffering writer's block for 30 years ...

New lift for Hitchhiker's

Artemis Fowl children's books writer Eoin Colfer will write the sixth (and probably final) book in Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. The Guardian reports that Colfer was selected by Adams's widow Jane Belson to write a follow-up to the "bleak" fifth book Mostly Harmless, in which the main characters appeared to have died. Well done, Eoin. Now, for the sake of hundreds of thousands of fans, please don't stuff it up.

Gimme little more sign

They may not be Posh and Becks, but Australian-raised two-or-three-hit wonder Peter Andre and his wife, former Page 3 girl Katie "Jordan" Price, are having more than their 15 minutes of fame here in the UK. You may have to wait to see it in Australia, so here's a link to the web page promoting their new series.

Bindi eye

Miley Cyrus, Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears. Things may have gone pear-shaped for all these child stars (and so many before them), but we really should celebrate the dubious achievements of Our Bindi Irwin on her tenth birthday. (Story here.) I'm so sure she will be exception, but I can't quite work out why.

Shat off the guest list

It's the biggest story in the galaxy, apparently. Former Star Trek stars Walter "Chekhov" Koenig, Leonard "Spock" Nimoy and Nichelle "Uhura" Nichols are all on the guest list for George "Sulu" Takei's gay wedding, but William "Kirk" Shatner is not. Boldly go here for the full story. Personally, I don't see that it's a big deal. I'm still friends with some people I worked with a long time ago, and not with others.

Farewell, Thel Keane

Thelma Keane, the Australian woman who married American cartoonist Bil Keane, has died at the age of 83. She was immortalised in the Family Circus cartoon which appeared in many newspapers, including Brisbane's The Courier-Mail, for decades - but few people knew the cartoon "Mommy" Thel was based on a real person from Brisbane, Australia. I knew it because my father, who was a justice of the peace, met Bil Keane and signed some paperwork for him many years ago. Thelma was related to some people who lived in the street where I grew up. It really is a small world.

Not such a trivial pursuit

Temptation champ, comic, all-round entertainer and Richard III enthusiast Blair Martin will again be hosting Cab-Savvy, a fund-raising night of trivia and entertainment at the StageDoor Dinner Theatre in Brisbane's Bowen Hills on June 30. It will be the closing event of the Brisbane Pride Festival 2008, and a good time is guaranteed while you're raising funds for HIV/AIDS charities. You can book by email or on 33683948.

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