Evan Dorkin’s Animal Man

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A few pages from an aborted — if fascinating — tryout.

A comics shop in France

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Fantagraphics’ Jason Miles visits Un Regard Moderne, a comics shop in France.

Top GNs in bookstores

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And in our final chart based item for the morning, ICv2 has released an adjusted list of the top-selling graphic novels of 2008, according to BookScan: The top nine titles remained the same, but beginning with #10, five new titles made the top 20. Two of the Scholastic color Bone volumes, Bone Volume 1: Out […]

Meanwhile, in Occidental comics news

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The January numbers are out, and while the sales estimates have yet to be tallied. John Jackson Miller suspects that January comics sales will not be the kind of thing that makes people click their heels: I have only done some thumbnail estimates — and while they are too preliminary to post, my belief is […]

Manga industry update

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§ While many folks were worried that Marc Weidenbaum’s departure from Viz meant their original manga program was on hold, all indications — including the fact that they are hiring an editor — are that the program is still going forward. So, good news there. § Meanwhile, news that US manga sales dropped 17 percent […]

2009 Glyph Award nominees

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Honoring the best in African-American comics (both as contributors and thematically), the nominees for this year’s Glyph Awards have been announced: Story of the Year Bayou, Jeremy Love, writer and artist Incognegro; Mat Johnson, writer, Warren Pleece, artist Justice League of America: The Second Coming; Dwayne McDuffie, writer, Ed Benes, artist Pilot Season: Genius, Marc […]

Maine Comics Arts Festival announces lineup

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Down Easters are getting into the graphic novel game with the Maine Comic Arts Festival, planned for May 17th in Portland. Now you can enjoy reading comics while wearing your lobster bib! Maine Comics Arts Festival, a celebration of the artistry of comics will be held on Sunday, May 17th in Portland, Maine. This festival […]

Org picks terrible toys

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The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has released a list of the worst toys, and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Barbie topped it. (Looking at the list, we agree, a stationary tricycle for tots is pretty low, but Lego Batman? Come on now!) Anyway, Cheerleaders Barbie was singled out for reinforcing every negative role model for girls […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 2/17/09

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Dear lord, the internets have been busy! Many comings and goings and teaming ups. § The Savage Critic old order doth change, as Tucker Stone, Sean T. Collins, Dick Hyacinth, David Uzumeri and Chris Eckert join the crew. But who will be team leader? § Speaking of blogging, we didn’t know TangognaT was back! § […]

It’s beginning to look a lot like WATCHMEN

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Living in an urban area as does The Beat, it’s been impossible to miss the WATCHMEN posters and neon signs and promotions popping up EVERYWHERE. We went to the theater last night and got our popcorn delivered in bags adorned with Rorschach — never thought we’d live to see THAT one. The previews included an […]