Layoff watch: McFarlane Toys and more

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We’re hearing chatter about major layoffs at McFarlane Toys today, as many as a dozen people. More as it becomes available. Also, Anjali Singh, the editor who acquired PERSEPOLIS and EPILEPTIC for Pantheon before moving on to Houghton Mifflin, was one of those let go last week in HMH’s housecleaning. In addition, at the MTV […]

Marvel month-to-month sales – October 2008

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By Paul O’Brien It’s a quiet October. SECRET INVASION continues into its seventh month. Just think, when the crossover began, Hillary Clinton was still campaigning for President… The biggest new title of the month was ASTONISHING X-MEN: GHOST BOXES, and there’s also the “Original Sin” crossover between X-MEN: LEGACY and WOLVERINE: ORIGINS. And, er, that’s […]

Salem! No!

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Oh no! Soon you will see another beloved comics character as you have never seen him before! That never happened before, either! But it’s not who you think! And we’re not done using exclamation marks! It’s Salem the cat, Sabrina’s loyal companion from years of Archie Comics! This March, Salem goes from sidekick to main […]

ABC orders Fables pilot

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The Hollywood Reporter reports that Fables may just be a new TV show for ABC. Bill Willingham’s popular tale of fairy tale characters trying to make it in the modern world would seem to be a natural for serial TV. Six Degrees creators/executive producers Stu Zicherman and Raven Metzner are writing the hour-long pilot, which […]

To Do: December 8 – 14

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Once again, it’s another week full of scintillating comics events. Here’s the rundown: Tuesday, December 9 Ketchum, ID, 7 PM – Michael Chabon at the Sun Valley Center Author and celebrity comics nerd Michael Chabon (THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY) will present a lecture on why super heros wear costumes, a topic he […]

RIP: Gérard Lauzier

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Numerous French-language outlets are reporting the death of Gérard Lauzier, a very well-known cartoonist/satirist who later had even greater success as a film writer and director. According to his Lambiek page, he created such comics albums as ‘Lili Fatale,” ‘Un Certain Malaise’ and “Al Crane.” As a filmmaker, he was best known for the hit […]

More best of books: NY Times, STLtoday.com

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§ Douglas Wolk contributes a a graphic novel list to the Times Holiday Books section: If there’s one book that art-comics enthusiasts would be happiest to find in their stockings this year, it’s probably KRAMERS ERGOT 7 (Buenaventura, $125), except for the small matter that it’s bigger than an entire hearth. This is one of […]

Please help the NANCY Quest!

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Mark Newgarden and Paul Karasik send out a heartfelt plea! Perhaps you can help us! Paul Karasik & I are currently expanding our 1988 essay HOW TO READ NANCY into a book-length treatment. Our essay originally appeared in Brian Walker’s THE BEST OF ERNIE BUSHMILLER’S NANCY and is currently being used in comics lit curriculums […]

Links of note

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We had a huge Kibbles ‘n’ Bits for the day but the browser ate it…so… § Tom Spurgeon delivers his own pep talk for the comics troops: The first and most important reason why I’m hopeful for comics in a deepening recession is that comics is as great and valuable and deserving of attention as […]

Studio coffee run: Tintin, etc.

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§ Producer Kathleen Kennedy (THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON) shed some light on the Tintin movies during BENJAMIN BUTTON promos — sounds like there will be three after all: First up is the motion capture project based on Herge’s legendary comic book character, Tintin. Kennedy confirms that the series is still moving ahead as […]

PUNISHER: DUD ZONE

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Ouch! PUNISHER: WAR ZONE broke a longish string of comic book movies that did well at the box office with a “dismal” performance this weekend. Even though it was the sole wide opening this weekend, it came in #8 and grossed a mere $4 mil in 2,508 theaters, far less than the $13.8 mil 2004 […]