MySpace Comic Books relaunches

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MySpace’s comic book page has just been revamped, with a new look and new mottos, such as the one at left, and a new commitment to daily updates and previews. Most of MySpace’s comics initiatives are spearheaded by Sam Humphries, a longtime comics insider who has been doing much behind the scenes. MySpace is an […]

There are no good knishes anymore in Crime Alley

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A local politician in New York is eager to jump on the comics marketing bandwagon. Queens Councilman Hiram Monserrate wants to make “Gotham City” the official nickname of the Big Apple, which already seems to have a nickname but whatever. “I see that as a marketing tool, ‘Come visit the real Gotham City,’ taking advantage […]

Get well soon, Don Rosa

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Several sources are reporting that cartoonist Don Rosa is recovering from surgery. Mike Gold at ComicMix writes: It probably goes without saying that an artist’s most significant tools are his eyes. People have figured out alternate ways of drawing, but they’ve got to see what they’re doing. So it is with great trepidation that we […]

A servant of the Secret Fire

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Lovely Sir Ian McKellen often answers questions from fans on his webpage, and in his latest installment he all but promises that he will be back as Gandalf in the film version of the Hobbit. “I will, if Peter Jackson and I have anything to do with it, he being the producer and me being, […]

Scrum Fact 3/27

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§ Mark Evanier followed up on his post about why audience questions aren’t always that great: One other thing I oughta mention: I’ve done a couple of public interviews where the interviewee stipulated certain topics that could not be discussed. That happens. Years ago at a comic convention, I did a one-on-one with Harvey Kurtzman, […]

Things you must read

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This has nothing directly to do with comics but this brilliant piece by Eric Alterman in The New Yorker is one of the best things we’ve ever read about the internet, and how internet news is changing not only how the publishing business is run, but how society processes information: Taking its place, of course, […]

Remembrance of Werthams Past

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David Hajdu’s The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America has been getting a great deal of press. The story of how the government investigated then all but destroyed comics, spurred by the pronouncements of psychologist Dr. Fredric Wertham, is an incredible story that needs to be told. In this weeks […]

Getting boys to read

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Must reading: Brave Kristy Valenti starts a methodology-based (or as much as it can be based) series entitled Gender and Reading Habits . In Part One. she looks at the well-known factoid that bys stop reading at a certain age, and looks at how this demographic is affected by superhero comics: If one visits ERIC, […]

Unsinkable Marvel_b0y

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UPDATE: You can read the first 12 pages of SECRET INVASION at EW’s website. PLUS, Nisha Gopalaninterviews Brian Bendis: ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How much input did you have in this event, and what kind of directives did Marvel give you? BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS: I was writing both Avengers books [the New Avengers] and [Mighty Avengers], so […]

Pretty, pretty pictures: Charles Vess

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This has been up for a while, but we’ve never linked to it. Reknowned fantasy artist Charles Vess has been designing a fountain themed “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for Abingdon, VA. In this post on his blog he offers tons of photos of the design and construction process of what will be an incredibly lovely […]

Ben Templesmith’s Skeletor

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Newsweek bigs up Classic Illustrated

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More big media love for the comics! Newsweek gushes over Papercutz’s revamped Classic line: Along with Lincoln Logs and chemistry sets, Classics Illustrated was part of that goofy but well-intentioned trend in the mid-20th century that sought both to educate and entertain America’s youth. Each issue contained a retelling of a well-known novel, supplied facts […]

Finally FLAGG

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We’ve been too busy to get as excited about this as we should, bit it looks like Dynamic Forces’ long long delayed (it was first announced in 2004) AMERICAN FLAGG collection will finally be out this July. Howard Chaykin’s run ‘n’ gun, media saturated vision of the US ‘s future was great fun when it […]

Drew Friedman on tour this week

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Flog alerts us to a couble of appearances by Drew Friedman. They may not become as famed as his Friar’s bash, but should provide good fun: THURSDAY NIGHT IN SEATTLE: DREW FRIEDMAN: THE FUN NEVER STOPS! March 27 – May 6, 2008. Opening Reception and Book signing Thursday, March 27, 5:00 – 8:00 PM Fantagraphics […]

And it doesn’t even have nipples

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Michael Keaton’s Batman costume from Batman Returns is up for auction and it’s expected to fetch $60-80K : The impressive outfit from the 1992 sequel, directed by Tim Burton, includes Batman’s black rubber body suit, boots and gauntlet gloves with serrated fins. It also comes with Batman’s rubberised cape and iconic cowl, which Bruce Wayne […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 3/26

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§ Does giving things away for free work? Neil Gaiman reports on AMERICAN GODS download stats. The novel has been made available for download for the month of March. It’s worth drawing people’s attention to the fact that the free online reading copy of American Gods is now in its last six days online (it […]