The catch-up post

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Too much to catch up on, but here’s a teeny sampling: § Via Colleen: Ross Rojek may soon be at large again! Ross Rojek, formerly of Another Universe, formerly of Comics and Comix, formerly the guy who served four years of a nearly 7 year sentence for screwing a bunch of investors who were fooled […]

NO HEROICS trailer

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NO HEROICS is a new British sitcom about a bar where out of costume superheroes hang out. It’s written by a fellow named Drew Pearce who knows a LOT about comics. The trailer is above.

Who has hurt comics more: WFH or creator-owned work?

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Retailer Robert Scott has his own response to Robert Kirkman‘s call for more creator-owned concepts: Well, I’m not sure how folks like Lea, Ellis or even Kirkman have missed it for twenty two years but Marvel, DC, WFH or retailers have not damaged the industry nearly as much as creator owned work (and the publishers […]

James Jean leaves FABLES

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James Jean announces he’s leaving FABLES to concentrate on his own art: “This is a difficult email for me to write. Don’t worry . . . as far as I know, I don’t have any tumors or crippling neuroses, and my taxes are in order. But I feel like I’m breaking up with the prom […]

Studio updates

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§ Heartbreaking news today: There will be no Arseface promos all over phone booths: HBO has killed the PREACHER TV series. Mark Steven Johnson told Comics Continuum: “We were budgeting and everything and it was getting really close to going,” Johnson told The Continuum. “But the new head of HBO felt it was just too […]

Writer Dan Slott and DC Comics editor Michael Siglain join Comics Experience

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Is this a trend? Press releases complete with giant photos of Dan Slott holding a copy of SHE-HULK and Mike Siglain standing in front of a boat? It’s all in reference to now-IDW editor Andy Schmidt’s Comics Experience courses. Comics Experience is pleased to announce that Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man and Avengers: The Initiative) will […]

Whose side are you on?

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Just to help illustrate, I was on a plane yesterday coming in from the Fan Expo convention in Toronto and sat next to a young woman who, after we’d started talking and I told her I was a comic book artist, asked me if comics weren’t a dying industry. I don’t think it’s dying, but […]

Virgin: That’s all she wrote

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Somewhere, Nicolas Cage is crying. Calvin Reid at PW gets the tale of the tape: Although calls to Virgin Comics CEO and cofounder Sharad Devarajan (who is also president of Gotham Entertainment) have not been returned, sources confirm that the venture has been closed and that a statement will likely be issued soon. The closing […]

Lynd Ward’s Frankenstein

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One of the legendary achievements in fantastic illustration, Lynd Ward’s Frankenstein, incredibly, out of print, but archived on the web by Nick Mullins.

Quick hits

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§ Revolving door: Rick Marshall has joined MTV’s Splash page blog: I’ll be joining the current editor, Casey Seijas, in helping to make this new spin-off from their already successful MTV Movies site an even more attractive online destination for comics and movie fans. It’s a lofty goal, though, as Casey and the Splash Page […]

On the road again

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We’re in transit back to civilization today. Full posting resumes tomorrow. We’ll have more coverage of the Virgin Comics realignment soonish. Three former Virgin freelancers confirmed the company’s publishing shut down in our own comments thread, but elsewhere on the Web, the response seems to be a resounding “So?”…it looks like Virgin never really got […]

Mickey Mouse: not just for Disney anymore?

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The LA Times rounds up the epic story of how the original Mickey Mouse may just not be “copyright Disney” anymore: All signs pointed to a Hollywood ending with Disney and Mickey Mouse living happily ever after — at least until a grumpy former employee looked closely at fine print long forgotten in company archives. […]

Comics: not just for nerds anymore!

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That is the true next level in comics’ ascendance, as WaPo sends book guy Bob Thompson to see what all the excitement is about: To a lifelong Prose Guy, whose idea of a good time involves a comfortable couch and a book full of nothing but words, the graphic novel galaxy can still feel far, […]

Brief items

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§ Bob Greenberger is the new News editor at ComicMix: Almost a year ago to the day, Mike took me to lunch to talk about my life post-Weekly World News and we began discussing a role for me within ComicMix. It led to additional writing and some work on Phase 3, which will be announced […]

DC’s future

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This story in the WSJ reveals that DC Comics’ days as the shy, studious librarian of the Warners empire are doneski, as Warners bets on a new film strategy with DC at the center. The plan involves fewer films but larger tentpole opportunities for each of them. And all eyes are on DC: “Films with […]

Virgin Comics: changes ahead

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Rumors about Virgin Comics are flying fast and furious this weekend. Sources are telling me that the comics publishing is getting drastically reduced or eliminated and most of the New York staff has been let go…however, official announcements or confirmation have not yet come. Virgin Comics launched in 2006, funded by billionaire mogul Richard Branson, […]