Pull Quotes: Obscure and interconnected

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Tweet Grant Morrison, from a PW Comics Week interview, talking about his recent run on BATMAN which references “old stories and obscure Tibetan Buddhist practices you have to look up on Wikipedia”: “I had the idea to develop an approach to comic narrative that would actually benefit from becoming entangled in internet fan speculation, gossip […]

Kyle Baker gets Obamania!

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Tweet Over at his blog, Kyle Baker announces his own Obama comic is in the works from HarperCollins: My publisher told me to stop work on my Toussaint biography and make a comic about our new president. We know there are already Obama comics out there, but trust us. This book will be a totally […]

WIMPY KID as popular as Obama?

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Tweet Well, at least in NYC, as reported by Shelf Awareness: Harry N. Abrams is off to a very muscular start in 2009. On Tuesday, the pub date for Jeff Kinney’s DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LAST STRAW (Amulet Books), the third book in the series, the company sold at least 80,000 copies of […]

Meet The Elite Beat Squad: Steven R. Stahl

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TweetOf all the Elite Beat Squad members, copy editor Steven R. Stahl has the most unusual origin. It started when he would write us letters each day with our most egregious typos and punctuation problems highlighted. (Yes, they were looooong letters.) We’d fix the mistakes when we could but as time went on we had […]

Recession Watch: Bye bye, Virgin UPDATED

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TweetWe’ve reported on this before, but one of the few remaining Virgin Megastores is to close soon, since designer clothes are more profitable than CDs, DVDs and graphic novels: Last June, a Vornado executive told Reuters that the store would shut down in the first quarter of 2009. The decision to close the store appears […]

Recession Watch: Magazines take hit from distributor

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TweetThe New York Post reports that in addition to falling advertising revenues, magazines must now deal with an added seven cent surcharge from their newsstand distributors: Anderson News earlier this week informed publishers that it would impose a 7-cent charge for each copy of a magazine that it delivers to stores, and warned that any […]

Blunt is Black Widow?

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Tweet Much buzz today about Emily Blunt, the scene-stealer from THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, being cast as the Black Widow for the next Iron Man movie. Color us unimpressed. Blunt is a fine thespian but it’s another case of a wispy girl/woman being cast as a character who is supposed to be an athletic full-grown […]

New Covered blog

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Tweet Robert Goodin has launched a new blog called Covered, in which indie artists recreate classic comics covers. For instance, Johnny Ryan does UNCLE SCROOGE. Above is Jeffrey Brown’s recreation of a Marvel SECRET WARS classic. Our only note is that so far, artists are sticking really close to the originals, which is kind of…odd […]

Obamania hits Midtown and elsewhere

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Tweet Okay we thought those reports of how hot a ticket AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #583 was going to be might be a tad overblown — after all, it’s just a kinda dopey five-page comic book story. But it seems that crowds around the nation braved brutal sub-zero temperatures to get their copies. The line outside Midtown […]

Cartoonist soothes angry coffee growers

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TweetAngry Colombian coffee growers have agreed not to sue Mike Peters over a Mother Goose & Grimm strip which they found offensive, after he apologized. Peters has even been invited to visit Colombia’s coffee region and see for himself how the coffee is grown. We expect both sides just sat down and discussed their differences […]

WATCHMEN watch: Settlement today?

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TweetFilm Esq. has court papers in which Fox and Warners request a meeting today to “report on a final resolution or, alternatively, to discuss how to proceed on January 20, 2009″ which is the date of another court hearing. Is the end near? BTW some people claim one WATCHMEN site is listing June 3rd as […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits

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Tweet§ Grant Morrison has done….something to Batman: What’s it like going down in history as the man who [redacted] Batman? MORRISON: It’s great! At last! I feel like John Wilkes Booth. It’s fantastic. § Dick Hyacinth finds MMA comics in the work of Jeffrey Brown and Yusaku Hanakuma. § We forgot to mention that Comics […]

Inside the Secret Agent

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Tweet I think I must have fallen in love with Patrick McGoohan the first time I saw him. It’s not hard to see why a cat-loving kid with no father might have been smitten with a cynical widowed veterinarian with a small daughter whose lives are changed by a resurrected tabby cat. Following a viewing […]