Recession Watch: MAD goes quarterly

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TweetIf you’ve been following along at home today with our news stream, the announcement that MAD Magazine is going quarterly will not be such a shocker. Matt Brady has the news. The venerable humor magazine today announced that starting with issue #500 in April, it will move to a quarterly publication schedule from its current […]

Recession Watch: Magazine distribution woes continue

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TweetOnly the New York Post seems to have picked up on this story, but it’s a biggie. Another major magazine distributor has joined Anderson News in raising its rates to distribute magazine copies to newsstands by seven cents — regardless of whether the magazines sell or not, according to the Post. Publishers have resisted, but […]

DC layoffs include Schreck

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TweetThe Beat has confirmed that DC Senior Editor Bob Schreck was laid off yesterday. Other layoffs, expected in the wake of Warner Brothers’ companywide 10 percent reduction, include Subcriptions Manager Christine Sawicki and several MAD Magazine personnel. The magazine-related layoffs certainly reflect the general crumbling of the entire magazine business. As for Schreck, the layoff […]

Recession Watch: 13 laid off at Diamond

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TweetThe Beat has confirmed that Diamond laid off 13 employees yesterday, including the managing editor and designer for the recently canceled Diamond Dialog magazine. In addition to the layoffs, wages for management and other staff were reduced. According to a letter sent to staff by COO Chuck Parker, the cost cuts were a result of […]

If only all superhero comics were this great

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Tweet Sulk (Vol 1): Bighead and Friends Grant Morrison, eat your heart out!

TCAF announcements

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TweetThis official press release brings together all known facts about this year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival, and if the names “Guibert” and “Tatsumi” mean anything to you, you will probably want to be there. A summary: Drawing a diverse array of cartoonists from around the world, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) is a phenomenal […]

What’s up with Nick Gurewich?

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TweetIt’s been nearly a year since Nicholas Gurewich gave up drawingTHE PERRY BIBLE FELLOWSHIP, so what’s he been doing? Well, for one thing, he has a new shirt. Also, according to a recent site update: The PBF Almanack will be coming out in February. It features a good interview with David Malki! Still waiting to […]

Viral WATCHMEN

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Tweet Everyone has commented on how clever and cool is this viral video for WATCHMEN — a fake news broadcast from 1970 on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Dr. Manhattan’s “birth.” We agree, except that in 1970, as now, most anchormen had a little more hair. (Which reminds us, every time we see […]

Random universe, random links

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Tweet § Michael C. Lorah conducts a bilingual interview with David B. about his recently released compendium of menacing dreams, NOCTURNAL CONSPIRACIES. § Esther Keller has discovered something that she was not meant to find out: WIMPY KID books are NOT graphic novels…so why are they always topping the GN bestseller lists? When my students […]

Soooooo tired

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Tweet Okay, you people have me plum tuckered out. If we haven’t been “debating” men vs. women, we’ve been “debating” liberals vs conservatives, and now racial stereotyping? Except that the debate quickly devolves into the same 10 people arguing the same tired stuff over and over. What is to be done? Turn off the comments? […]