Steve Geppi’s debt woes growing

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In recent weeks, while news of Diamond’s new trade policies has rippled through every level of the comics business, Diamond’s owner, Stephen Geppi, has also been hit with several lawsuits for outstanding debts. While Geppi’s various business interests, including the Geppi Entertainment Museum and Gemstone Publishing , are all separate corporations, the overall picture of […]

Karen Ellis hit by fire

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Karen Ellis, creator of the webcomic PLANET KAREN, is the latest comics creator to face the disaster of a devastating fire, according to a widely circulated letter: Karen Ellis, creator of diary comic Planet Karen, lost nearly everything in a fire this weekend. The apartment above her own caught fire on Sunday night, and while […]

The best news you will read all day

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Michael Kupperman really is blogging! Early posts are baby-centric, due to the arrival of little Ulysses, but there are also comics aplenty.

January sales: down

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ICv2’s January number have been posted, and although they aren’t horrific, they ain’t great. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #583 set a sales record, but overall periodical sales were down nine percent. DC’s Final Crisis was one of only four titles that picked up circulation in January, and absent ASM #583, it would have finished a close second […]

DC answers “After WATCHMEN, what’s next?”

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In a nod to capitalizing on Google searches if nothing else, DC has unveiled a plan for giving newbies who enjoyed WATCHMEN a place to go, with special $1 editions of five titles: • SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING #21 SPECIAL EDITION • TRANSMETROPOLITAN #1 SPECIAL EDITION • PLANETARY #1 SPECIAL EDITION • PREACHER #1 […]

Business bits

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§ At PW Comics Week, Ada Price surveys s bunch of comics retailers o see how they’re doing and the old “cautious optimism” line is used again. But “selectivity” may be the word we all deal with the most in these trying times. Much like their customers, retailers are being very careful with ordering inventory. […]

PRESIDENT AWESOME debuts

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Is Barack Obama funny? Dean Trippe and Evan Bryce are going to find out as they launch a new webcomic entitled PRESIDENT AWESOME. President Awesome has officially taken office! Welcome to the new administration. This weekly series will faithfully satirize the 44th President of the United States as he preserves, protects, and defends the Constitution […]

Harvey Awards ballots available; Kurtz to MC

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Via PR: The Executive Committees of the Harvey Awards and the Baltimore Comic-Con are proud to present the official Nomination Ballot for this year’s Harvey Awards. Named in honor of the late Harvey Kurtzman, one of the industry’s most innovative talents, the Harvey Awards recognize outstanding work in comics and sequential art. Ballots can be […]

Eisner Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

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The 2009 Eisner Awards: Eisner Hall of Fame Nominees have been announced and they are: * Matt Baker * Bill Blackbeard * Alberto Breccia * Reed Crandall * Rudolph Dirks * Russ Heath * Jerry Iger * Jack Jackson * Paul S. Newman * Bob Oksner * Antonio Prohías Eligible voters (industry professionals) can vote […]

Interviews: Harkham, Wood, Wilson

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Kiel Phegley posts his entire interview with Sammy Harkham, editor of the epic KRAMERS ERGOT #7: KP: So I was wondering to start, for you is there any kind of guiding editorial principal behind the book beyond “these are cartoonists I love,” or did you just want a forum to bring artists you knew under […]

Billy Herrington — UPDATE

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What will the Japanese think of next? I mean, really. WHAT? Via Simon Jones You know, we didn’t have time to read the fine print when we posted it, but we really MUST. Billy Herrington is apparently a real-life bi porn movie star, and this figma includes all sorts of extras: * Using the smooth […]