Secrets of the great cartoonists

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TweetTwo separate stories shed some light on the psychology of two of the all-time greatest cartoonists, George Herriman and Georges “Hergé” Remi. First, the blog Don’t Touch My Comics looks at Herriman’s mixed-race heritage and how it may have influenced Krazy Kat: One gag, which ran during both the black and white and color eras, […]

Cartoonists doing things

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Tweet Too much talent #1: Joel Meadows catches Posy Simmonds and Art Spiegelman in the same place in this photo post. Guest appearance by Matt Groening. Too much talent #2: Workinpana’s photo set from last week’s Graphic Novels from Europe@SVA. Above, a ghostly Max, David Mazzucchelli & David B.

Two days of clippings

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Tweet In recovery from yesterday’s cable outage, so here’s everything we were going to post all mashed up together: § Tom McLean’s blog Bags and Boards — which was one of the very first major media outlet blogs about comics, if we’re not mistaken — has been dropped by Variety, but he’s popped right up […]

Pull Quotes: Beyond the audience for the obscure

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Tweet“You don’t ask somebody if they watch movies because of course they do, and that’d be great if comics were the same.” – Artist Amy Reeder Hadley, from an interview with Comic Book Resources about her work on DC’s MADAME XANADU series. … “My readership started off as almost exclusively 20-something hipsters, but now it […]

Even Spurge has event fatigue

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TweetVia The Comics Reporter: Where I now see the primary weakness of Final Crisis is that the DC universe itself isn’t vital enough or interesting enough or dependable enough as a starting point or filled with enough creative energy for me to give a crap as it all slips away. It’s hard to take seriously […]

Studio coffee run: WATCHMEN/Fox

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TweetJohn Horn presents a compelling, clearly delineated narrative on the history of the WATCHMEN movie , why Fox is suing Warners, and what it all means. In Warners’ view, Fox repeatedly declined to exercise any purported rights to become involved in the film during its various incarnations over the years, and in an e-mail even […]

Cable woes again

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TweetSorry, kids, the cable went out again. Last time we complained we got a free month of HBO. The moral is to keep complaining. [Posted with iBlogger from my iPhone] …..aaaaaand just like that, it comes back up.

Spielberg/Smith OLDBOY based on manga

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TweetA few details are emerging about the troubling news that Steven Spielberg and Will Smith want to remake OLDBOY, the disturbing film about a man who is locked in a room for years and then released to take vengeance. Spielberg is producing, and Smith is starring. First, I AM LEGEND co-writer Mark Protosevich is on […]

Once, children WANTED to be astronauts

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Tweet Alarming headline: Astronauts tinker with urine-to-water machine Even more alarming lede: Astronauts tinkered Sunday with a troublesome piece of equipment designed to help convert urine and sweat into drinkable water, which is vital to allowing the international space station crew to double to six.

To Do: November 24 – November 30

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TweetBehold this week’s cornucopia of comics events! This week is slightly lighter than usual, but that just gives us all more time to be thankful for this year’s great comics. There’s still plenty to do and see, including appearances by James Jean, Bruce Campbell and Gerard Way, and much much more … Tuesday, November 25 […]

A night of European comics

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Tweet (l-r, front row Igort, Isabel Kreitz, Max, Nicolas de Crécy; standing, Jaromir 99 and Jaroslav Rudiš) Euro comics week in NYC continued with an evening of slideshows and presentations by David B., Nicolas de Crécy, Igort, Jaromír 99, Isabel Kreitz, Max, and Jaroslav Rudiš, some of the finest cartoonists in the world, so it […]

More on Broccoli

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TweetICv2 talks more about the end of the US branch of manga publisher Broccoli: In 2007 Broccoli launched Boysenberry Books, a shonen ai imprint that was an attempt to get a share of what at that time was a growing market for yaoi manga. According to interviews with retailers for the next ICv2 Anime/Manga Guide […]

FINAL final SPIRIT poster

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Tweet Bigger than FINAL CRISIS! THE SPIRIT opens Christmas Day.

WEHT: Bill Messner-Loebs?

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Tweet A few years ago, cartoonist/writer William Messner Loebs (Journey) and his wife Nadine were destitute, and the comics industry rallied around them. Michigan Live has a nice story about how Loebs has turned things around: In August 2005, Messner-Loebs wrote a fill-in story for DC’s “Green Arrow” – his first published work in five […]

Fantagraphics 2nd Anniversary bash

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Tweet Fantagraphics is having a big party on 12/13, and we’re gutted that we can’t go. Over the course of two years, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery has become woven into the region’s cultural fabric and drawn attention to an impressive array of local, national and international narrative cartoonists, illustrators, graphic designers, and fine artists while […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits

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Tweet§ Legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki is embarrassed by his otaku PM,, Taro Aso, who is always complaining about how he is too busy running the country to read Iron Wok Jan any more. “It’s so embarrassing,” Miyazaki said at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, in answer to a question about Aso’s publicly asserting his […]