RIP Creig Flessel

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Mark Evanier reports the death of comics pioneer Creig Flessel at age 96, following a stroke. Flessel worked in comics from the dawn of the golden age on through Playboy and beyond. Tom Spurgeon has a lengthy obit with much information: Flessel was born on Long Island, New York in the town of Huntington at […]

Fraction strikes twice in Hollywoodland

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EW has word of a couple of movie deals for Matt Fraction: He’s just inked a deal with producer Rick Alexander (MGM’s Adventures in the Land of Zametherea) and manager-producer Jeff Krelitz to turn two of his co-creations, Casanova and Last of the Independents, into movies. A major A-list actor is already mulling over the […]

Watch WATCHMEN on iTunes

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Back blogging at Newsarama, Paul Levitz runs down DC’s digital strategy, “Motion Comics” — which takes comics art and animates it. First up: WATCHMEN. Last summer, I traveled to London with Warner Premiere President Diane Nelson to show Dave Gibbons a first test of a new digital format. Diane’s team and WATCHMEN director Zack Snyder […]

SD08: Comic-Con Party

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Not exactly sure where this is being thrown, but it’s a cute poster:

NY Times link #2: Neil Young’s Greendale

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The Times also catches up with Greendale, Neil Young’s 2003 concept album, which is now being developed into many media formats, including a graphic novel drawn by Cliff Chiang. That was just the beginning: Mr. Young went on to make “Greendale” into a concert tour, live recordings and an original film inspired by his post-9/11, […]

NY Times link #1: Frank Miller’s SPIRIT

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The Times talks to Miller about the movie: Early trailers may have given the impression that “The Spirit” is akin to “Sin City,” but Mr. Miller said the two “are fundamentally different.” “The only ways they resemble each other are the ways that I learned from Will Eisner: the use of black and white, certainly […]

More on Vanguard/Frazetta

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You’ll recall that last week it was announced that Frank Frazetta was suing Vanguard Productions for $2 million, claiming the upcoming Frazetta retrospective, FRAZETTA THE DEFINITE REFERENCE, was unauthorized. Vanguard sent out an email saying they were too busy to respond publicly at the moment, but directed readers to this blog post by Frazetta scholar […]

SD08: Ted McKeever — #4405

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Art agent Kasra Ghanbari writes: Ted McKeever and my company, VEI Studios, will be set up at booth #4405 in the Illustrator’s section from Thursday through Sunday. We’ll have original art by Ted available to purchase, as well as Ted’s first-ever sketchbook, a 28-page full color book that Ted will sign and number. It will […]

To boycott or not to boycott?

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The Hyatt Boycott Controversy has raged for a bit now, with Chris Butcher saying yes here and Chris Williams saying no here. Tom Spurgeon said the argument was spinach and to hell with it: As tends to be the case with comics folk post-1990 or so pressed to make some kind of simple decision that […]

SD08: Kyle Baker

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Where to find the one and only Kyle Baker:

SD08: Fanfare/Ponent Mon — c04

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Steven Robson or Fanfare/Ponent Mon, publisher of some of the best manga on earth, writes that he’ll have sneak peeks of Eisner nominee Jiro Taniguchi’s THE QUEST FOR THE MISSING GIRL and some announcements: I am exhibiting at SDCC and the Fanfare / Ponent Mon booth is C04 – it’s waaaay in the top right […]

Some film tidbits

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Anne Thompson has some tidbit on WATCHMEN and a future Superman film from producer Thomas Tull: An old Watchmen comics fan, Tull wanted in on the film as soon as Snyder pitched it, even though many people have regarded the complex, layered sci-fi narrative about superheroes who are real as unfilmable. After Tull saw a […]

I was finally on NPR

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…in a piece on foreign graphic novels: Americans don’t buy a lot of foreign novels, but go to any neighborhood bookstore and you’ll find whole shelves devoted to international comics. The trend began with Manga, illustrated comic serials from Japan, which feature big-eyed, heavily stylized characters. Milton Griepp, who publishes the online comics trade journal […]

Weekend viewing: DARK KNIGHT and HELLBOY II

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Well we survived Hell Week and got about 87% of what we had to get done, done, which is a good percentage. We even managed to sneak in the movies we had to see before Nerd Fest and everything got spoiled. Our enjoyment of THE DARK KNIGHT on Saturday was somewhat hampered by a few […]

SD08: Marvel’s fashion show – #2429

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It’s all about dressing up over at Marvel — not only are they holding a costume contest, but a fashion show! With superheroines. This year, the sidewalk won’t be the hottest place in San Diego– it will be in the Marvel Booth! On Friday, July 25, at 2:00, Marvel Entertainment and Disguise are proud to […]

SD08 : Cartoon Art Museum — #MZ11

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Andrew Farago writes: Here’s the lineup for The Second Annual Cartoon Art Museum Sketch-A-Thon at San Diego Comic-Con! Professional cartoonists and up-and-coming illustrators will be drawing at the Cartoon Art Museum’s booth throughout the weekend, raising funds and awareness for the only museum of its kind in the western United States. Please visit our Facebook […]