Quebecor bail-out plan

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UPDATE: Well, now it’s looking like the bail-out never came: Quebecor World Inc (IQW.TO: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Tuesday it failed to obtain $125 million of new financing required under waivers from its banking syndicate and missed a debt payment on $400 million of notes. The struggling commercial printer, which is working on getting […]

Boom sells out, reprints, rubs noses

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Boom has just released another press release regarding NORTH WIND #1, their controversial new book that debuted simultaneously on shelves and MySpace. This time they are announcing a second printing following the announcement of the sell-out of the first issues. Par for the course for small publishers trying to prove their viability. Not so standard […]

The strike took out the Globes — is Comic-Con next?

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We really should be careful about such an attention getting headline because someone will inevitabvly say “yes.” It all came from Peter Sanderson’s comments in our year-end survey: Comic-Con 2008: What if the Writers Guild of America strike goes on and on, into June, when the directors and actors unions’ contracts expire? What if the […]

Smart People

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§ THOUGHT BALLOONISTS is a new blog of comics criticism by by Charles Hatfield and Craig Fischer. In their inaugural post they analyze just what makes Shaun Tan’s THE ARRIVAL so great. [Hatfield] One reason it’s more complex is because it sends mixed messages, and works to reconcile them. On the one hand, the book […]

AtlasBooks Acquires Biblio

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ICv2 reports on the latest in book distribution consolidation, which affects a few indy comics as well: National Book Distribution has sold its small press distribution division, Biblio Distribution, to AtlasBooks, the distribution arm of BookMasters of Ashland, Ohio. Nearly 500 small publishers, including comic book publishers Exhibit A Press, Evil Twin Comics, and Knockabout […]

Oscar® snubs PERSEPOLIS

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Widely seen as a shoo in for a Best Foreign Picture nomination at this year’s Oscars (it was France’s official submission) PERSEPOLIS has instead been brutally snubbed: Surprisingly missing from the list is “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,” winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the European Film Award […]