Byron Preiss assets on the block for $150K

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Following Chapter 7 Bankruptcy proceedings, the remaining assets of Byron Preiss Visual Publications and iBooks will be going on the block on October 19 with a starting bid of $150,000. The assets include what court papers refer to as “over 2500 contracts” including copyrights, books, computer equipment, and so on. A $125,000 purchase offer for […]

TO DO list, Oct 2-5

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3 — Montreal, PQ: Marc Bell presents his 45-minute-long allegorical mime performance to promote NOG A DOD at Boa Bar, 5301 St-Laurent, Montreal, PQ WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4 –New York, NY: Grace Comics Showcase Shindig at Mo Pitkins, 34 Ave. A, with Gabrielle Bell and Megan Kelso. The Time: 7pm The Cost: Free! –San […]

BLADE series joins undead

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Word is going around that Spike TV’s BLADE series starring Sticky Jones will not be renewed. ICv2 has a brief report citing the one foe even Blade could not overcome: low ratings.

News from all over

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• Love the New York Post’s headlines: FINDING HUMOR IN A TUMOR a profile of Marisa Acocella Marchetto and CANCER VIXEN. • SCI FI Wire has a new video of the making of 300 this time talking about special effects. • Photos of this weekend’s Stagger Lee signing with guest appearances and hats. • Scott […]

Woman Corner

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Over at TIME.com Andrew Arnold reviews five graphic novels that all happen to be written by women. Meanwhile, over at SF Weekly, Karen Zuercher outlines the reasons why some women have a hard time getting into comics. Happily, aided by some suggestions from The Beat, she now knows better: It’s stereotypes like these that have […]

Manga Corner

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• Yoshihiro Yonezawa, founder of Comiket, the world’s largest comics convention, has died at age 53: Yonezawa organized the first Comiket (Comic Market) in 1975 to display and sell dojinshi (self-published manga and novels). In 2002 he won a Japan Society for Children’s Literature Prize for his novel “Fujiko Fujio-ron: F to (A) no Hoteishiki” […]

Owen’s Dragons soar at Warners

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Comics-type James A. Owen (STARCHILD) has a new career as the author of a new children’s fantasy novel, HERE, THERE BE DRAGONS and the book is already on the Hollywood fast track for a film with HARRY POTTER producer David Heyman and David Goyer to produce. The book brings together three strangers — John, Jack […]

Japanese make progress on “Power Suit”

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Always on the cutting edge, Japanese engineers are perfecting a wearable power suit. The 66-pound suit is driven by portable batteries, micro air pumps and small body sensors that pick up even the slightest muscle twitch. A network of sensors track the wearer’s upper arms and legs and waist-muscle activity, then relay the data to […]

Things learned this weekend

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If you purchase a pair of slim black trousers from the Gap, you will look JUST LIKE AUDREY HEPBURN! This week’s VENTURE BROTHERS episode, written by Ben “The Tick” Edlund, was one of the most disturbing 30 minutes of animation we have ever seen. Reanimated corpses, naked Brock “riding” a dolphin, a “saw your own […]