RIP Rory Root

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Numerous sources are telling us that Rory Root has passed away this evening. Our sincere condolences to his family and his friends. We’ll have more later.

Rory Root health update

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Word has been spreading like wildfire this afternoon, that Rory Root, owner of Comic Relief in Berkeley, is in a coma following complications from hernia surgery. ComicsPRO has more. Difficult news today— Rory Root, owner of Berkeley CA’s (and world-famous) COMIC RELIEF, is in a coma in an Oakland CA hospital. Shown in the center […]

Top Shelf 2.0 launches

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Top Shelf has launched its new webcomics site, dubbed Top Shelf 2.0! . Spearheaded by Brett Warnock and Leigh Walton, it sounds like a lot of fun: From here on out, every weekday (M-F) we’ll post a new story. It might be a new chapter in your favorite serial, it might be a new short […]

Young John Stanley

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The D&Q blog runs this picture of cartoon master John Stanley when he was a teenager. It’s always refreshing to see a great artist captured in the full bloom of youth; our ideas of Stanley are mostly of the older, curmudgeonly but still insightful playwright of the heart. Jeet Heer takes the oppotunity of D&W’s […]

Women in Comics!

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Writer Hudson Phillips runs a “women in Comics” roundtable: I recently had a conversation with 5 brilliant, creative, funny women who are up and coming (if not already established) in the world of comics. I asked artists Rebekah Isaacs (Hack/Slash, Drafted) & Amy Reeder Hadley (Fool’s Gold, Madame Xanadu), journalists Johanna Draper Carlson (Comics Worth […]

Marvel steps up for Colan

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While we were off the grid Cliff Meth passed along some great news: I am delighted beyond delighted to announce that Marvel Entertainment has made clear its intentions to help Gene and Adrienne Colan. In a warm conversation this morning, executives at Marvel offered Adrienne and I some of the many things that they plan […]

Mecha-supes?

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So cute! From 10 years ago, a Cliff Chiang reinvention of the DCU via J-pop stylings. [Via Blog@]

YOU’LL ALL BE SORRY in August

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About Comics has just announced a collection of Gail Simone’s HIGHlarious “You’ll All Be Sorry” columns, originally published on Comic Book Resources. The cover is by Scott Shaw! (left): The entire comics community will rue the day they entertained Gail Simone when she unleashes You’ll All Be Sorry!, a collection of her hilarious prose pieces. […]

2008 Glyph Award winners

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The winners of the 2008 Glyph Comics Awards were announced in a ceremony at the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention on Friday, May 16. Aya, Sentences and Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow were multiple winners. The list: Story of the Year Sentences: The Life of MF Grimm; Percy Carey, writer, Ronald Wimberly, […]

International Museum of Cartoon Art moves to OSU

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Mort Walker’s International Museum of Cartoon Art has had a long (more than 30 year) history of diaspora: from its first home in Greenwich CT, to a castle in Rye, NY, to a new home of Florida, to a proposed home in the Empire State Building that never came through, to a warehouse in Stamford, […]

The mystery of the AMAZING FANTASY #15 donation

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It was big, big news recently when the entire original art for Amazing Fantasy #15, the origin story of Spider-Man himself, was presented to the Library of Congress by an unidentified donor. An incredible story. But who was that masked donor? Charles Yoakum looks at the evidence: While I’m missing the attribution, it has been […]

More art sale news

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Beat readers were divided over the $600k sale of recognized Pop Art master Mel Ramos’s painting based on a Gil Kane cover. So here’s a little cosmic balance: The art for the cover of WEIRD SCIENCE #16 has sold for $200,000: A major, sophisticated collector of comic book art has paid $200,000 for the original […]

The adventure of a lifetime

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