Shiga/Zettwoch, ’nuff said

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Tweet So we don’t go into the weekend on a sour note, here’s something to laugh at. When a mathematician tries to date. Have fun, kids!

Today’s pet peeve

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TweetWhat is it with the comic book reviewers who include this in their reviews? This review was based on a complimentary copy provided by the publisher. I guess it’s supposed to be some kind of ethical high ground thing, but, ironically, it makes the reviewer look like a complete amateur. Because the way the world […]

I know what I’m going as for Halloween!

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Tweet You must see the others.

Angoulême dispatches

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Tweet The Angoulême International Comics Festival, the biggest most amazing comics-themed gathering of the year, is well underway in France, and if a bomb was dropped on this small French town, no one would be left to amaze us. You can keep up to speed with the English language version of the fest’s website. It’s […]

WATCHMEN update: posters, pictures, song

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Tweet The final WATCHMEN poster has been released. Ooooooh. Empire has released new character portraits. Aaaahhhhhh. The New Frontiersman has a Flickr set with all kinds of viral material on the original Minutemen, the ’50s superhero team. Oooooooooh! Above, Dr. Manhattan comes to Vietnam. I wonder if they offered him some instant coffee? The My […]

Legal Danger: Lead laws threaten children’s products

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Tweet Evan Dorkin rounds up the potential dangers of too-literal readings of recent laws aimed at testing lead levels in children’s toys: Anyway — said impact will be nothing short of devastating for many small businesses, home-crafters, DIY-ers, toy manufacturers, clothing manufacturers, re-sellers, used clothing shops, thrift shops, and so on and so forth. And […]

Legal Danger: Comics in Britain!

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TweetComics fans fear that two new British anti-pornography laws ‘could make comic books illegal’. The Criminal Justice and Immigration Act would make possessing “extreme pornography” – defined as any “extreme image” produced “solely or principally for the purpose of sexual arousal” – illegal. Oddly: Films given an official classification are exempt from the new law, […]

A little bit on PLUTO

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Tweet Over at Comics Worth Reading, Ed Sizemore reviews PLUTO: URASAWA x TEZUKA, Volume 1, the mash-up reimagining of Astro Boy by Naoki Urasawa, master of the psychological thriller. PLUTO is the first great comic we’ve read in 2009, and if you find the idea of Astro Boy cloying, don’t worry. Imagine David Fincher remaking […]

New York Comic-Con planning — announcements wanted!

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TweetPublishers, artists, party planners — send us your info! We’ll be covering New York Comic-Con (Feb 6-8 at the Javits in NYC) all next week, but in the run-up to war, we’ll be previewing booth plans, guests, and surprises. And parties…don’t forget the parties. Email us at the usual place…and if you put NYCC somewhere […]

ALA’s 2009 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

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TweetAs part of the Winter ALA fest, the list of 2009 Great Graphic Novels for Teens was also released. It’s a wide-ranging sampling, from manga to YA lit and back. The librarians also chose a Top Ten, which doesn’t include all of the creators, sadly, a librarian quirk, but we’ve added them in where we […]

Lost: “Nice to meet you.”

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Tweet Looks like we have a new mystery on our hands. That and so much more after the jump….

John Mitchell’s webcomics exhibit

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Tweet John Mitchell, known for his comics reviews at Shuffleboil, and a member of the comics self-publishing movement in the ’90s with VERY VICKY, has put together an online webcomics exhibit for Greylock Arts. While the exhibit is a showcase for webcomics artists, Mitchell also compares the movement to the self-publishing movement: What I have […]

GLAAD nominates comics

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TweetThe GLAAD Awards nominations, honoring media representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, have been announced, and the honorees in the comics category are as follows: •The Alcoholic by Jonathan Ames (Vertigo/DC Comics)•Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Drew Goddard, Jeph Loeb and Joss Whedon (Dark Horse Comics)•Final Crisis: Revelations by Greg Rucka (DC […]

Magazine distribution wars continue

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TweetTime Inc. has taken a hard line with two magazine distributors who are asking for an additional seven cents an issue to distribute magazines: Time said “No dice” to the price increase, and they’re going to find another way to get on retailer shelves The No. 1 U.S. magazine chain, with 24 consumer titles, was […]

Tokyopop cancellations

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TweetJohanna Draper Carlson notes that you can’t buy Kozue Amano’s ARIA #4 any more, even though it just came out in December. Aria Book 4 came out at the beginning of December. I had some credit with a mail-order retailer, so I asked them to send it to me, along with several other graphic novels, […]

CRICKETS ceases

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Tweet Sammy Harkham says that CRICKETS, his comics series from D&Q will end its current format; Diamond’s new policies is once again the reason. Wanted to just let those favorite few of you out there to know that my comic book, Crickets, has been cancelled due to changes made by the major comics distributor that […]