Bryan Talbot’s GRANDVILLE

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Following his surprise hit, genre-busting ALICE IN SUNDERLAND, Bryan Talbot is getting back to basics with his work in progress GRANDVILLE, which he calls “an anthropomorphic steampunk detective-thriller. This is the protagonist, Detective-Inspector LeBrock of Scotland Yard.” We say…whoa! Comics still wonderful in spite of it all! Bryan also writes to tell us that his […]

MCKEEVER LIBRARY due from Image

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Following up on just the previous item, one of the most gratifying parts of the graphic novel revolution is the fact that it’s been around long enough for rediscoveries of masters and notables — whether after death, as with Fletcher Hanks, or, even better, while people are still young enough to enjoy it. Think Johnny […]

Eddie Campbell is talking about

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Eddie Campbell is back blogging and first he takes on superhero movie tropes: Watching the Iron Man movie on the plane coming home, I was charmed into recalling how I marvelled at the character when i was wee, in the marvellous scene where he’s flying between the two jet planes. But then it descends into […]

At Home with Standard Attrition

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Work spaces of Jock (above), Brian Azzarello, Brian Wood, Jason Aaron, G. Willow Wilson. We’re jealous. Edit to add: Cliff Chiang.

ALMOST THERE: ROBOT DREAMS makes Oprah’s list…kid division!

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Among book publishing people, it has long been agreed that the final hurdle, the ultimate Holy Grail in mainstream acceptance of graphic novels as “real” books and the highest realm of sales success would be a selection by Oprah’s Book Club, the television-fueled reading club that can result in MILLIONS of additional sales for any […]

8/13: People are talking about…

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§ Matt Brady asks Paul Levitz about The Watchmen Effect: NRAMA: I spoke with John Cunninghman [DC VP of Marketing] at the DC booth and he said that, for the first time he could remember, people were coming into the booth and asking if they could buy Watchmen trades there…it seems that the buzz, at […]

More on creators vs enablers

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Geoff Boucher links to this story by Rachel Abramowitz on the fight for the heirs of Tolkien to get a share of the movie revenue: SO “THE LORD OF THE RINGS” made no money. Let me amend that. The film trilogy, which grossed $2.96 billion worldwide at the box office and $3 billion or so […]

John Jakala’s very very modest question

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Is this guy the real-life Man With No Name or what? Two questions inspired by my last post: 1. What are the best candidates for literary superhero comics? And to turn the tables on my preferred reading material: 2. Are there any manga with literary merit?

Catching up on sleep

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In case you haven’t been noticing, The Beat has been on summer hours this week. Next week, for at least part of the week, we’ll be on actual vacation, and posting will be even lighter than usual. But you know…it’s August. Big thanks to Steven Stahl who continues to act as volunteer copyeditor here at […]