Arnold Drake 1924-2007

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Tweet Ken Gale is reporting that writer Arnold Drake passed away today from pneumonia and septic shock. Drake is best known for his work on DEADMAN, DOOM PATROL and X-MEN and his early graphic novel IT RHYMES WITH LUST, recently reprinted by Dark Horse. We’ll have more on Drake’s passing tomorrow.

300 and Cap: Which is in demand?

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Tweet Well, the receipts are in and 300 has smashed box office records! Surely the success of the film, based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel, will shoot that same GN to the top of the charts as well, right? Well…Although the book is currently #5 on Amazon’s overall best-seller list, ICv2 went back in to […]

2007 Shuster Award nominees

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TweetHonoring the best in Canadian comics, this year’s Shuster Awards have just been announced: Canada’s first national award recognizing outstanding achievements by Canadian creators in the creation and publication of comic books and graphic novels returns in 2007 for it’s third year: the JOE SHUSTER CANADIAN COMIC BOOK CREATOR AWARDS, named after pioneering Toronto-born artist […]

“300 takes no prisoners”

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TweetVariety’s warp up of 300′s box office victory at the ticket selling gates has some interesting quotes — the $70 mil take was a mere $30 million more than tracking predicted. Sheesh! Playing in more than 3,100 theaters, pic was the third biggest R-rated opener ever — behind “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Passion of […]

Is this our future?

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TweetComiPress looks at an article that tracks the decline of the Japanese manga market: The report says that tankoubon sales have been decreasing for the past two years, and that manga magazine sales have been decreasing 11 years in a row. The decline of manga magazine sales was especially noticeable, which indicates that the readers […]

Indie Film: WRISTCUTTERS

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Tweet We managed to miss this the other day, but here’s a real indie comic to indie film adaptation: WRISTCUTTERS, based on PIZZERIA KAMIKAZE by Etgar Keret and Asaf Hanuka. The movie has been garnering acclaim at Sundance and the Spirit Awards and so on. PR via Jeff Mason, whose Alternative Comics published the graphic […]

Gay Italians like yaoi?

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TweetWe’ve still never come across a completely satisfying explanation for the exploding popularity of yaoi/boy’s love manga, but here in the US as in Japan, it is mainly read by girls of all ages — despite the gay themes, gay guys don’t seem to be much into it. However, if this article is to be […]

Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics noms closes this week

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TweetJames Sime reminds us that the deadline looms for this prestigious mini comics award: Friday is the last day. Hand stapled, folded, and xeroxed shoestring art pieces of pure sequential art love have been pouring in the Isotope front door in the hands of our mail carriers for weeks now, and as the frantic final […]

Something else to do with octopus

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TweetMongrel Magazine, and Irish culture mag investigates tentacle hentai, with alook at manga-ka Toshio Maeda, Our second contender for the octoperv crown is Toshio Maeda. Writing for an adult manga magazine in the early eighties – manga is, like, Pokemon people, and adult manga is Pokemon people having sex with schoolgirls – he realised that […]

News flash! “Comic Books Aren’t Just For Kids Anymore!!!”

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TweetOh we can’t resist! The Chicago CBS outlet offers a video package on the comics! It’s even left to Devil’s Due’s Josh Blaylock to utter the classic line: “Comics is not just a genre of guys in capes and tights fighting each other,” said Josh Blaylock, president of Devil’s Due. “It’s a whole medium where […]

Confessions of the Coupon Lifestyle

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TweetOkay, we don’t normally plug something that has no comics connection WHATSOEVER, but we are plugging our pal Sam’s show this Wednesday at Mo Pitkin’s . Here’s the description: YMMV RADIO – LIVE ON STAGE 2007 – THE RETAIL ANARCHY TOUR “You will laugh, You will cry, You will never pay retail again.” A funny, […]

Reminder! THE BIG PICTURE tonight!

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TweetI will be part of a panel at MoCCA tonight: Monday, March 12, 7 p.m.: THE BIG PICTURE Four women from diverse sides of the comic book world talk about what’s happening in the industry now and its intriguingly complex future. Featuring: Trisha Narwani, Del Rey Manga Editor; Heidi MacDonald, Publishers Weekly Comics Week editor; […]