New York Comic-Con planning — announcements wanted!

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Publishers, 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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As 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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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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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 found […]

GLAAD nominates comics

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The 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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Time 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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Johanna 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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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 effectively […]

Recession Watch: MySpace Comic Books division

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Nikki Finke reports on layoffs at Fox, including MySpace. The departments cut include the Comics division. We can confirm that marketing manager Sam Humphries, who spearheaded the many comics-related features at MySpace is among those laid off. No word yet on whether the popular MySpace/Dark Horse Presents and Cup o’ Joe features will continue. The […]

STUFF OF LIFE trailer

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THE STUFF OF LIFE: A GRAPHIC GUIDE TO GENETICS AND DNA is a science comic book by Mark Schultz, illustrated by Zander Cannon and Kevin Cannon. We’ve flipped through it, and trust us, you WILL learn all about genetics and DNA! We’re pretty sure it will make you smarter just by being in the same […]

Some Stan musings

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§ Steven Grant looks at the history of Stan Lee and his failed dot-com: Which led to an interesting phenomenon, though one not so rare in our culture as I’d prefer to believe. Various comics dot-coms wanted me to create something for them in the ’90s, so I dealt, briefly, with quite a few of […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 1/29/09

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§ Yesterday’s Journalista reprinted an angry letter from Carmine Infantino. That sounds pretty damned scary to us. Mr. Infantino is angry over non-payments for (presumably) usage of his character Black Canary, and some harsh comments about his business acumen in a recent book about DC. Concerning the lack of payment for my creation “The Black […]

Recession Watch: Welcome to the Essex!

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(Above: The Gulf Stream by Winslow Homer) Well, people, in case you haven’t noticed, it is a grim time in the empire. When people ask how we’re doing, we keep thinking of the haunting story of the Essex, an 1819 whaleship sunk by an angry whale (one of the few such incidents on record) whose […]