To Do tonight NYC: New Voices at MoCCA

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TweetA particularly interesting event tonight at MoCCA: New Voices in Comics: A Friends of Lulu Panel There are more girls and women reading, writing, drawing, and enjoying comics today than ever before. Comics creators Hilary Florido, Miss Lasko-Gross, Yali Lin, and Danica Novgorodoff discuss their backgrounds, starting out in the comics industry, and how the […]

Sales charts and barcodes redux

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TweetUpdates on two stories that are really frosting the ass of the internet these days: § Marc Oliver Frisch reacts to the reactions to his original Figure Skating column… § …which includes Dick Hyacinth’s lengthy reaction and round-up which qualifies as must reading: I think the much stronger argument would be that sales charts might […]

Rugg and Maruca on Brother Voodoo

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Tweet Proof there is a god of Comics as the Street Angel team reunites for a Brother Voodoo comic. While the LJ entry teases a team-up for the upcoming Marvel indie anthology is this for it? The fact that the entry has already been removed suggest so — but if you got to see it […]

Various links and stuff

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TweetA round up of some interesting stuff from over the weekend: § John Jakala investigates the “failed” manga efforts of Westerners : I thought this was an interesting quote for a couple reasons. For one, it could be seen as a reason why Pope produced hundreds of pages of material during his association with Kodansha […]

Stumptown Comics Fest Trophy winners

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Tweet The winners for this year’s Stumptown Trophy Awards were announced last night at the Cosmic Monkey After-Party, presented by Portland’s own Mike Russell, and here they are: Outstanding Art 12 Reasons Why I Love Her, Joëlle Jones Outstanding Writing Bookhunter, Jason Shiga Outstanding Design The Art of Bone, Cary Grazzini Outstanding D.I.Y. – A […]

Hartzell wins Maisie Kukoc

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Tweet The Comics Reporter reports that Andy Hartzell won the Maisie Kukoc Award for mini-comics at this weekend Stumptown Comics Fest.

Adrian Tomine talks and talks

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TweetIn advance of the release of SHORTCOMINGS this week (release party Wednesday in Brooklyn) Adrian Tomine has several new interviews online, including this one at New York magazine: Why is Ben so unable to view himself as critically as he views other people? Because he’s a human being? It’s interesting, though: From the reaction to […]

Japan news and notes

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TweetNPR’s On The Media looks at the cultural impact of manga: Manga is Japan’s ubiquitous art form; a kind of comic book equivalent that illustrates everything from tax preparation to hard-core fantasy. But it is its growing success outside Japan that’s highlighted its new utility, what Japanese politicians are calling ‘manga diplomacy.’ Roland Kelts, author […]

Rotterdam joins DC

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TweetQuite a big hire at DC, as Steve Rotterdam is appointed Sr. VP of Sales and Marketing. Perusing the press release, Rotterdam comes more from a marketing/agency background rather than a bookselling and/or circulation background, in line with the general emphasis these days on branding. We’ve been hearing good things about Rotterdam from various folks, […]

Williams upped at NY Comic-Con

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TweetThe New York Comic-Con announces its new point man, Jay Williams, and his email is in included — so you people feel free to contact him. We’re told he LOVES it. New York Comic Con (NYCC) has announced that it has appointed senior staff member Jay Williams to the post of Manager of Programming & […]

ComicBookShelf.com gets charitable

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TweetPR: Starting October 1, ComicBookShelf.com, one of Northern California’s leading online graphic novel retailers, will be giving back to the comic book industry by donating a percentage of every sale to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the Hero Initiative. “I’m passionate about comics, and I know that the field as we know it […]

Goyer signs on for Baltimore

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Tweet Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden’s just-published (but long gestating) illustrated novel Baltimore, or The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampirehas been optioned by Regency in a 7-figure deal, with David Goyer set to direct, Variety reported on Friday. Mignola and Golden will write the script. Just-published by Bantam, the graphic novel tells the story […]

Sad day: Biel backs out of Wonder Woman

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Tweet Sad news for Beat readers over the weekend:EW.com reported that Jessica Biel as Wonder Woman is a no-go: EW has learned that actress Jessica Biel has decided to pass on playing Wonder Woman in Warner Bros. live-action adaptation of Justice League of America. The former 7th Heaven star had been in early talks to […]

Quote of the day

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Tweet –Dave Sim