Friends of Lulu Awards — NOMINATE

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As mentioned here before, nominations for the 2008 Lulu Awards are open. Anyone can nominate. These are the categories: The Women Cartoonists Hall of Fame nominees must have published work, whether self-published, company-published, or Web-published. An individual cannot win more than once. Women of Distinction nominees must have worked in the comic industry in a […]

Gene Colan ill

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Over the weekend news spread quickly that Gentleman Gene Colan is suffering from liver failure. Gene’s wife Adrienne sentr out a letter, reproduced here: My darling, sweet, handsome and brilliantly gifted husband’s liver is failing. The complications are very nasty. This week it’s fluid retention and encephalitis. He’s on powerful meds now to diminish the […]

World Awards: Tezuka announced, Eagles MIA — UPDATE

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§ 12th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Winners have been revealed: Masayuki Ishikawa won the 2-million-yen (about US$20,000) Manga Grand Prize for his Moyashimon medical comedy manga. The manga follows a college student who discovers that he can see and communicate with the germs all around him — germs that appear as super-deformed characters. This was […]

Smith, McCloud

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J. Caleb Mozzocco has an excellent write-up of saturday’s Jeff Smith/Scott McCloud event at the opening of the Smith art show: There may not be a better illustration of the unique place Jeff Smith occupies in the history of comics—spanning the end of the black-and-white self-publishing boom and the beginnings of the current graphic novel […]

The Comic Book Murder!

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DATELINE covered the Michael George case on Friday and a complete transcript and video excerpt are up. Lenora Ward: She knew our names. Immediately when we would walk in, she would light up with a smile. Many times, she would actually come around the counter to greet us. But not on this early evening, just […]

WHAT IS GARY PANTER HOLDING???

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Photos from his recent opening at the Clementine Gallery. In the foreground to awesome new art book from PictureBox.

Tooner-views: Barry, Yang

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§ Carol Kino profiles Lynda Barry in the New York Times: BY celebrity standards the cartoonist Lynda Barry leads a reclusive existence. When she first developed a cult following in the 1980s, she cut a highly public figure, with frequent appearances on “Late Night With David Letterman” and the like. But after the market for […]

Land o’ Links

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§ Cameron Stewart’s new Illustration Blog>. § Everyone else linked to Cracked’s The 6 Creepiest Comic Book Characters of All Time. Who are we to say “Neigh!” § If you read one fashion writer’s take on the Met’s Superhero show it should be this one, by Pulitzer Prize winner Robin Givhan: Still, there is nothing […]

SPEED RACER: And when the odds are against him…

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Wow. I can’t believe the hating being laid on Speed Racer. I saw it this weekend, and loved it. Loved every minute of it. It was creative, imaginative, innovative. It was made with care and love. The characters all had story arcs. The story was laid out one scene at a time and made sense. […]

Back in the day

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Stolen from the way-back machine of Venus In Furs’ Flickr account. Technorati Tags: Matt Fraction