To Do 9/13 NYC: Infinite Canvas at MoCCA

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Despite what this poster implies the main feature of tonight’s Webcomics art show at MoCCA will not be oogling male cartoonists….it will be ART!

The merchant class

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While the comics medium advances in prestige and material success both in fairly dramatic leaps and encouraging steps , physically moving things around and getting people to reach into their pants pockets, find money and hand it to someone else in exchange for a comic remain the most problematic areas of the business. While the […]

Viz’s Liza Coppola

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ICv2 continues it’s series of interviews with newsmakers with Viz Sr. VP Liza Coppola: What are you looking at for 2008 in terms of your manga output versus 07? For 2008, we’re looking at the same number of titles. What we’re looking at doing is really honing down the titles, and it’s not going to […]

More on otaku politician

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The rumor that manga-lovin’ Japanese pol Taro Aso (above, clothed) may be replacing Shinzo Abe as Prime MInister sent manga shares soaring believe it or not! Shares of companies linked to the Japanese style cartoons known as “manga” jumped Wednesday on speculation that a big fan of the genre may become the country’s next prime […]

Great Cartoonists II: Milton Caniff/Norman Rockwell

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The ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive presents a treasure trove of old magazine articles on Caniff and Rockwell. Marvelous stuff, just marvelous.

Great Cartoonists I: Winsor McCay

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Jesse Hamm reproduces Winsor Mccay’s response to a Clare Briggs questionnaire on how to be a cartoonist: Much much more in link.

Sometimes there is more than comics

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The Chicago Reader has an excellent profile of cartoonist Anders Nilsen: But just when doors started to open for Nilsen, he entered the most painful period of his life. Two years ago, at the age of 37, Weaver (right) died after the sudden, devastating onset of Hodgkin’s disease. Afterward Nilsen buried himself in his work, […]

Movie news: Iron Man, Watchman

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We’ve got to admit, the new IRON MAN trailer is…amazing. We even liked the Ozzy music. As brief as it may be, the trailer reminds us that Robert Downey Jr. is an incredible actor — he brings Tony Stark to life and that’s what makes the guy in the metal suit even cooler. Meanwhile, MoviesOnline.ca […]

West Coast Secret Stash closes

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Kevin Smith explains he’s closing his west coast comics shop and runs through a gallery of memories: Part of the charm of those stores, for the fans of the flicks (and, largely, those are the folks who shop there), has always been about the people behind the counter. Walk into the Red Bank Stash, and […]

Wieringo tribute set for 9/19 NYC

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PR: To honor Mike Wieringo and celebrate his life, a special festive event has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 19 at 7:30 pm in Manhattan. This event, coupled with a Newsarama.com eBay Auction, is open to all fans. There will be a number of writers, artists, and contemporaries of Mike’s at the New York event, […]

Beautiful Balloons with Maggie Thompson

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While in Baltimore this week, we ran into the one and only Maggie Thompson, and enjoyed hanging out and attempting to distract her from a bad toothache with our own patented merry chatter. Maggie let it slip that she has a blog at the CBG site: Beautiful Balloons, named after the column she and late […]

McCloud wins Quill Award

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We managed to not post this until now. McCloud’s MAKING COMICS won in the graphic novel category. Cormac McCarthy won for his SF-tinged THE ROAD won for General Fiction. The awards will be presented on a special airing on NBC in October.

SECRET IDENTITIES: The Asian American Superhero Anthology

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A new comics anthology has an intriguing subject…and is seeking submissions: What if we told you a tale about a quiet, unassuming guy with black hair and thick glasses? He’s an immigrant, who’s done his best to fit in to a world that isn’t his—one very different from the land of his birth. He’s got […]

To Do 9/14. LA: Potter’s Field with Mark Waid

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Waid will be signing his new book from BOOM! Studios: Mark Waid will be signing this already critically acclaimed book from 7:30 to 9:30pm Don’t miss this chance to meet Mark as he makes a rare local appearance! Free Beer! (While supplies last!) When: Friday, September 14th 7:30pm to ??? Where:Meltdown 7522 Sunset Blvd. Los […]