2008 Ignatz Award nominees

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The nominees for this year’s Ignatz Awards have just been announced and here they are — a very, very indie list, with few of the “big” indies from FBI or D&Q represented — but a great list nonetheless. Small Press Expo (SPX) 2008 will host the twelfth annual presentation of the Ignatz Awards on Saturday […]

Kim Deitch at MoCCA

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We’re a bit late in posting about Friday’s boffo opening for the Kim Deitch reception at MoCCA. Not only was the show — curated by Bill Kartalopoulous — an outstanding retrospective at one of the great storytellers and seminal figures of the underground, but it was also one of the best looking shows ever at […]

Marvel goes online

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Perhaps heeding the previous item about declining comics sales, Marvel has pulled the trigger on creating a line of original web comics, the NY Times reports: “Iron Man: Fast Friends” will focus on the relationship between Tony Stark, the man behind the iron armor, and Jim Rhodes, who comic fans know eventually becomes War Machine, […]

Comics periodical sales decline for 7th month in a row

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ICv2’s monthly sales charts for August are out, and while the 43,000+ copies of WATCHMEN sold is a fantastic number that dwarfs all expectations, it’s the seventh month in a row of declining periodical sales that everyone will be talking about: Sales of periodical comics by Diamond Comic Distributors declined again in August, the seventh […]

New day, new company: Framelight

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Well, well, what have we here? Is it a new production shingle that thinks there’s money to be made in movies based on comics? It is, indeed! This time, it’s a joint called Framelight , headed by producer Jeffrey Erb and entrepreneur Robert Robinson Jr. They hope to make 6-8 movies a year, “focusing on […]

Random universe, random links

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The week in Beat columnists: We erred horribly when we stated that Marc-Oliver Frisch has moved to North Dakota. He has, in fact, moved to Idaho. The Beat regrets the error. § Meanwhile, Paul O’Brien is scaling back: Having taken a couple of weeks off, and returned to an absolute mountain of titles, I’m more […]

People doing things

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Kaz won an Emmy, Flog tells and shows us (after raiding the artist’s Facebook page), in “Outstanding Animation Special Category for his ‘story by’ credit on the ‘Lazlo’s First Crush’ episode of Camp Lazlo.” § Ted Rall has become president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. More election results in the link, via Dave […]

Kevin Huizenga explains the origin of Glenn Ganges and more

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Huizenga’s work is so weightless in effect and weighty in substance, it’s interesting to hear him talk about his work process: I don’t want to explore something like “Science vs. Faith” in my work, though it may seem this way. My stories have involved scientists and clergymen and they seem to be in conflict — […]

Shatner!

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Look, we’re as sick of celebrity-written comics as you are…but when the celeb-written comics involve William Shatner and have covers as lurid and oddly compelling as this one…we’re a believer. Besides, unlike many celebs writing comics, he pays a teensy bit of attention to them, if this interview with Geoff Boucher can be believed: Shatner […]

What is going on?

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Look, it’s been a long time since we chatted — just the two of us. I know there’s a lot to talk about. Just pull up a chair — or a stool. Yes that stool. It’s the rule, everyone has a stool. Anyway…I know I haven’t been communicating the way I should lately. I’ve been […]