BookScan redux

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Okay, just a few after dinner cordials as we close the books on the annual Imbolc rituals: § Peerless Peggy Burns of D&Q has the last word on the indie sales matter, by pointing out that comparing apples to sea scallops makes no sense whatsoever: Bookscan doesn’t provide an accurate report, but it can be […]

Marketing comics by Ken Marcus

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Over at Robot 6, writer Ken Marcus (SUPER HUMAN RESOURCES) has a long list of marketing tips that, in the Post-Benchmark era, will need to be heeded more than ever, as he faces harsh facts: People do not care about you. Not readers, not retailers, not the press and maybe not even your publisher. No […]

Spider-Man, Turn Off The Dark

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In all their business news yesterday, a firm opening, title, and other info for the Spider-Man musical was announced. You’ll recall that the musical will be directed by Julie Taymor with music and lyrics by Bono and the Edge, and a book by Taymor and Glen Berger. No casting has been announced, but in red […]

Read COLD HEAT online

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The first four issues of COLD HEAT, the collaboration between Ben Jones (Paper Rad) and Frank Santoro, are now available online. FREE. Future print issues will be available for print on demand. In case you are unfamiliar with the title, the authors describe it as “the story of Castle, an 18 year old girl who […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 2/25/09

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§ Scott McCloud has relaunched scottmccloud.com, and there you can read the Google Comic, THE RIGHT NUMBER, and other early and middle period McCloud experiments in web comics. Above, “The Right Number” ©2003 and TM Scott McCloud. § Papercutz, the line of kids comics that publishes NANCY DREW, BIONICLE, TALES FROM THE CRYPT and so […]

Laugh at the manga

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Both David P. Welsh and John Jakala take a crack at listing their favorite humor manga. Lots of good stuff mentioned — from Sgt. Frog to Slam Dunk to Club 9 Your and My Secret. We’d advise checking out both lists, but we can’t believe no one mentioned Akira Toriyama, (Dr. Slump) but, you know, […]

Eternal Kato of the Spotless Hornet

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And one more tidbit of movie news — occasional cartoonist and oft-times director Michel Gondry is supposedly going to direct that GREEN HORNET movie that stalled out when Stephen Chow bowed out as director. Reportedly, Chow is still on board to play Kato, and the decision to replace him with the formally daring Gondry shows […]

More on Marvel earnings call

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Sorry we were so brief on our report on Marvel’s 4Q and year-end reports yesterday. You can read the earnings call transcript right here, and as usual, Publishing is mentioned only a few times: For full year ’08, our publishing division continues to be a strong performer, with 41% of dollar share and 46% unit […]

Warners and Marvel reveal movie scheds

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Both Warners and Marvel released upcoming movie dates yesterday, and everyone got excited. Warners: JONAH HEX (starring Josh Brolin) August 6, 2010 GREEN LANTERN (directed by Martin Campbell) December 17, 2010 And… HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART II July 15, 2011 And here’s Marvel: IRON MAN 2 (still no final word on Mickey […]

How sweet the silent backwards tracings

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Sorry we disappeared yesterday. We had chores to do. BTW, isn’t a shame that comics don’t have word balloons on the covers any more?