You will never walk by Artists Alley the same way again

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Must reading: Sunday’s Washington Post Magazine has a comic book cover story — not one of the usual stars of comics, like Frank Miller or Art Spiegelman or Chris Ware…but on Andre Campbell, a legally blind artist who is one of those folks in Artists Alley you passed by countless times: Having toiled for nearly […]

The questions we face

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Prominent comics blogger Tom Spurgeon had a series of pertinent questions about the industry over the weekend. All deserve continued contemplation, but we’ll take a crack at a few. Why Don’t Alternative Comic Books Sell Better In Comics Shops? Fifteen years ago it was conventional wisdom and strongly supported in anecdotal fashion that comic books […]

Studio coffee run: SPIRIT, THOR, the return of…

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§ Hero Complex has a long, detailed, fascinating article on a long ago attempt by Pixar’s John Lasseter to make THE SPIRIT: But if the world had turned a little differently, if fate had been a little kinder, a “Spirit” feature film would have debuted in the 1980s that would not only have been revolutionary […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits

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§ Frank Santoro reports from the Pittsburgh stop of the KEVII tour: I think Bill pre-sold like 20 copies and, I think, every person who bought one came to the signing. It was pretty steady. Not the tables tho’—Kevin scowled a few times cuz I kept reaching for french fries and shaking the thin table. […]

Turanga Leela

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December 10th was the centennial of the birth of Olivier Messiaen, one of the 20th century’s greatest composers, and one of our favorites. Last night, we got to see a performance of his Turangalîla-Symphonie at Carnegie Hall, which was an unbearably thrilling and rhapsodic experience. Which doesn’t have anything to do with a comics blog, […]

To Do: December 15 – 21

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This week is slightly lighter in the lead-up to Christmas, but there’s still a lot going on, including appearances by Dame Darcy and Paul Dini, a book release from Matt Leines, and the Boom! Studios Christmas party. In the long run, it may be Monday’s event that is the most important though: Monday, December 15 […]