George Sprott (1894-1975)

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The new comic strip begins in the The New York Times Magazine: I. George Sprott (1894-1975): Prologue, Oct. 2, 1975 by an artist whose style we can’t immediately recognize. Is it…Steve McNiven? Also in the above link, the slideshow on comics storytelling featuring Spiegelman, Seth, Sacco and Ware that kicked everything off two years ago.

Linkage: Rosemann to Marvel

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Newsarama reports on the latest cross town shuffle with the Phantom Stranger, a.k.a. Bill Rosemann going back to Marvel after a 4-year break: In October of 2002, Rosemann left Marvel, and by early 2003, had joined CrossGen as Director of Marketing Communications. Rosemann eventually rose to the position of Senior VP – Publishing at CrossGen, […]

Linkage: Spiegelman’s statement

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Spurge has the text of Art Spiegelman’s full statement on why he withdrew from the NY run of the “Masters of American Comics.” You should read the whole thing but the short version is he simply didn’t like the way the show was being handled in NYC — split up in New York and Newark […]

Bone World Tour

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Jeff Smith and Bone are going on a true world tour, including Germany, Spain, Italy, Norway…even the good old US! You can see the complete itinerary in the jump, but over in his blog. Jeff Smith has some thoughts on the tour: I think we’re ready. I still have a couple of weeks, but it […]

New Tolkien!

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Well, old Tolkien reallly, according to PW: Houghton Mifflin has acquired U.S. rights to publish the first complete book by J.R.R. Tolkien since the posthumous Silmarillion in 1977. HM bought American rights to The Children of Húrin from HarperCollins UK, which acquired the project from The Tolkien Estate in a world rights deal. Húrin, begun […]

To Do, 10/12, London: Alan Moore signs Lost Girls!

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Not really, because there won’t be any copies to sign… To celebrate the release of Lost Girls, London England’s Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) and the Blackwell chain of bookstores are presenting an exclusive “Lost Girls” event with Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie on October 12th. Alan and Melinda will be in conversation with comedian, […]

Supernatural law marks 1-year anniversary on the web

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With a press release! Batton Lash’s online version of his long-running comic book series Supernatural Law celebrates its first anniversary on September 19. It was one year ago that Lash took the plunge to put his characters, Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre, online. Since that time he has written and drawn three full-length […]

SPX TV commercial

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There is apparently a TV commercial for this year’s SPX (Small Press Expo) running on local Washington TV stations. And here it is!

Meltzer king of all media

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Brad Meltzer has achieved what we suspect is an unprecedented double — topping the NY Times Bestselller list AND the Diamond chart in the same month. Congrats to Brad. He’s also in the midst of barnstorming the US in a major book tour. You can see his upcoming appearances (today TWO appearances in Chicago) in […]

Linkage 9/18

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Joe Illidge looks at HEROES and wonders about the racial message the program is sending. Busy, busy Mike Catron has video from the opening of the “Masters of american Comics” exhibit at the Jewish Museum. (Top link.) Kyle Baker has a blog. This blog covering bookplates looks at the bookplates of cartoonists. We know that […]

Thong Girl invades Tennessee mayor’s office

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In Gallatin, TN It’s Thong-Girl to the rescue: Imagine Gallatin being taken over by dastardly villains determined to wipe out country music and a scantily clad crime-fighting superhero named Thong Girl coming to save the day. Scenes from “Thong Girl 3: Revenge of the Dark Widowâ€? depicting the risqué superhero — who flies and shoots […]

Comics and their cachet

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A poorly formatted Art Spiegelman interview nonetheless captures the spirit of the times: Q: How has the world of comics changed since you entered? A: Well, I would say while America has been going into an absolute nose dive and turning to (expletive), comics have been doing great, much to my happy astonishment . . […]

“Male cheerleading coach jumps at chance to change stereotypes”

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We just can’t improve on the Express Times’ own headline as one brave man combined gymnastics and a Spider-man costume to pave the way for tolerance and find happiness as a male cheerleader: Brian Kovacs, a comic book geek, always liked Spiderman. He saw the superhero’s high-flying moves and thought it would be cool if […]