Lulu Award Nominations and Voting Extended to Non-Members

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This year’s Friends of Lulu Award voting process has been opened to the general public, and we urge everyone to vote. The deadline is May 7th, next Monday and we’ll try to profile a few potential nominees in the next few days. In an effort to reach out to and recognize an even greater sphere […]

The wit and wisdom of Vinnie Colletta

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Vinnie Colletta is a legendary name in comic book circles — legendary because he could be one of the worst inkers in the biz, but kept getting work becuase he was fast and reliable and had some powerful friends — including one time Marvel E-I-C- Jm Shooter. When Shooter left Marvel, Colletta found his employment […]

Real Classic Marvel

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We found this press release to be of some interest: more info on Marvel’s new line of “Classic Comics.” including The Last of the Mohicans, Treasure Island and The Man in the Iron Mask. Marvel has been beefing up their bookstore offering with stuff like pacting with Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Larell K. Hamilton and […]

News and notes

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§ The LA Times looks at the rising sales for novels based on manga. Already a huge category in Japan, the novels are catching on the US as well. The practice of adapting stories from manga and animation to prose has been growing in Japan. As Roland Kelts, the author of “Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop […]

New Zealand responds to library issues

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We missed this story last week about complaints in a New Zealand library over shelving CHOBITS (as identified by Dirk) in the kids section, but it appears things are being worked out with a plan to relocate the teen and graphic novel sections to a different art of the Wanganui library where children won’t have […]

Morning Briefing: Downey, WHITEOUT, etc

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§ The first images of Robert Downey as Tony Stark were released last week and according to director Jon Favreau, the oft-troubled star fits the role to a T: “We didn’t want to just go with a safe choice,” Favreau says from the set of the film, due in theaters May 2, 2008. “The best […]

Where’s…Frank MIller: “An enigma”

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The LA Times catches up with Frank Miller in a lengthy profile by Geoff Boucher. It seems since the 300 premiere, Miller has been out in Hollywood doing the rounds: Miller, who is 50, was given a hero’s welcome at the premiere of “300” in early March and arrived at the glitzy after-party to find […]

Where’s…Bruce Campbell?

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It’s been a while since we checked in on The One True Bruce, but with his cameo in this week’s SPIDER-MAN 3 looming, we thought it was time for an update. The above photo was stolen wholesale from The Bruce Campbell Blog, a very useful resource that we should have been checking far more often. […]

Scooby Death note

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A young artist imagines a manga-ized version of Scooby, but not quite the one you’re thinking of. Maybe the time has come for this? [Thanks to Hector for the link]

Guest Review: Brandon on TEKKON KINKREET

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[TEKKON KINKREET made news both as the adaptation of a respected manga, AND the first Japanese anime film to be written and directed by Americans. It’s currently on a very limited release in the US. Guest reviewer IVAN BRANDON (NYC Mech, 24seven) sent us this review.] I’ve always said that there are artists out there […]

Sunday Reading: Tate comics article

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The Tate Britain, currently has a show up on William Hogarth, who is widely claimed by us comical types to have been one of the earliest cartoonists (and one of the greatest ever.) Reader Rob Cave writes to say that the Tate’s magazine has a cover story on comics and their antecedents, which is up […]

Sunday Watching: Nathan Fox

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Illustrator Nath Fox is interviewed at Pulp Secret and his work on DMZ #18 for Vertigo is discussed. We’ve been fans of Fox’s visceral illos for some time and it’s great to see him dipping a toe into comics. Attached, page from DNZ and a self-portrait.

Sunday Reading: Comics Comics #2

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Comics Comics #2, the most excellent alt.comix zine by Dan Nadel and T. Hodler is now sold out…but you can download it from their blog: So if you missed out on getting your own copy (and unfortunately, this one really does work best in its oversize paper form), you can now finally enjoy: Peter Bagge […]

Sunday Listenings: Buenaventura and Hignite

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Boing Boing presents its Get Illuminated Podcast episode 8: Comic Art Magazine which interviews publisher Alvin Buenaventura and editor Todd Hignite on the subject of their magazine Comic Art. Alvin also publishes other books of and about comics — check out the line-up at Buenaventura Press. Hignite is the author of a terrific book called […]

Sunday Reading: Cereal Blogs

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Beat Street Irregular Maclaine Diemer sends us some links to cool blogs including the illustrators collarborative Sugar Frosted Goodness which includes this Roadside Attraction map by Linzie Hunter and much comics related content. Maclaine also tipped us off to the Mr Toast site, which includes archives of cereal box concept artwork and so on. They’re […]

TUF5 Episode 4: The Way of the Weeping Warrior

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We’re proud to introduce a new feature to our ULTIMATE FIGHTER recaps: expert commentary from Rafael Kayanan. Rafael is a cartoonist of long standing, (check out his work on Conan #39 written by Kurt Busiek, now in stores and his art blog here.) but he is also a technical expert and fight coordinator for movies, […]