Lionsgate’s SPIRIT gamble fails

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Tweet The reviews are in — 15 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, a mere 6 percent among Top Critics — and the box office is in: 9. The Spirit (Lionsgate)$2.1M Saturday… $6.5M 3-day weekend… $10.4M 4-day holidayNot every comic book can become a hit movie. Movie analysts didn’t expect much life from this adaptation of Will […]

Who injuncts the WATCHMEN?

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TweetNOTE: Several people have pointed out that “injunct” is not the correct legal term — “enjoins” is more accurate. However “injuncts” contains the comedy sound “K” and I will continue to use it, suckas. As you may be aware, LA Judge Gary Allen Feess delivered a special Christmas Eve gift to Fox by abruptly announcing […]

Slow news day links

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Tweet§ After last night’s press deadline, The Comics Reporter posted another holiday interview, this time with writer Kurt Busiek, in a thughtful talk that explores many aspects of his work. However, the pull quote we’ll use covers the matter of the day: I’m worried about the economy in general terms, but I don’t really know […]

Catching up on publishing news

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TweetIf you have a little downtime over the holidays, you could do much worse than by reading The Comics Reporter’s yearend series of interviews: Fantagraphics co-publisher Kim Thompson Scholar and critic Jeet Heer A looooong interview on mainstream comics with Tucker Stone Indie comics with Sean T. Collins PictureBox’s Dan Nadel and the always interesting […]

Media Watch: NY Times on webcomics, Jack Johnson

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TweetThe comics-loving New York Times ran a couple of comic-themed pieces over the holiday. Leslie Berlin sums up the changes brewing in the comic strip world as Internet syndication takes over from newspaper syndication, in a judiciously wide-ranging piece, which unlike some NYT pieces on webcomics, has much accurate information. In many ways, Stephan Pastis […]

Manga rumblings

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TweetAlong with everything else in the world, the future of manga in the US is being examined — not that it’s going anywhere, but a few of the weaker companies may get picked off during the tough times ahead. Ed Chavez has a loooong list of manga titles from many, many publishers that are MIA, […]

Movies: Stephen Chow watch, DAWN TREADER founders?

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TweetWe all know that superstar Stephen Chow has dropped out as the director of the upcoming GREEN HORNET movie, but could it be to make way for a project that is more suitable for his genius? Chow, whose credits include “Shaolin Soccer” and “Kung Fu Hustle,” said over the weekend that he wants to free […]

Life in the slow lane

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Tweet We’re back at the keyboard after a week of horrible holiday travel…As bad as it was, other people had it worse. As we finally got home after a four-hour delay on Saturday night, we saw people sleeping on the floor of the shabby Delta terminal at JFK, and stories of people stranded for 2 […]