More on Diamond and Gemstone

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TweetYesterday’s rumblings of Gemstone giving up both the Disney and EC licenses have been answered by an official statement from Diamond, confirming what we’d read in the comments, that much of the Gemstone staff had been laid off, but saying that it isn’t the “end of Gemstone.” “In the past few days, there have been […]

A different view of Barack Obama

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Tweet Since Barack Obama is to 2009 comics what foil variants were to 1993 comics and black and white parodies were to 1988 comics, it is natural that more and more companies should jump on the bandwagon, like Devil’s Due with Barack the Barbarian, an ongoing parody written by Larry Hama. The artist is not […]

Meet the new Ms. Marvel

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Tweet It’s Moonstone. We have no context for this, but at least she didn’t go the popular route of having a sex change along the way.

Next Door Neighbor video at Babelgum

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Tweet The “Next Door Neighbor” webcomics anthology has been running at SMITH Magazine for some time, with contributions from everyone from Harvey Pekar to K. Thor Jensen and back again. Chronicling tales of nightmare neighbors — and we’ve all got one of THOSE — the series is edited by Dean Haspiel. Babelgum, an online video […]

Time Machine: 2002: The Year of the Graphic Novel

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TweetWhen you’ve been doing this as long as I have you are often Googling for information on some topic and end up finding something you wrote and have no memory of. Such is the case with this piece from late 2002 which ran in Publishers Weekly with the title The Year of the Graphic Novel […]

LUBA out in April

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Tweet A mammoth collection assembling three previous reprints by the peerless Gilbert Hernandez. Want. The Fantagraphics website even has a Flickr slideshow.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 3/31/09

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Tweet§ Two from THE SAVAGE CRITIC: Abhay Khosla finds a stack of old comics and does the “you can’t go home again” thing: Stray Bullets #3 by Dave Lapham: This issue is titled “The Party,” but it doesn’t have Lapham’s best party scene in it. For that, you want issue #5, the first Orson issue. […]

Studio coffee run: PRIEST, Wonder Woman

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Tweet§ The adaptation of PRIEST, the supernatural manhwa by Min-Woo Hyung, is on again, with Paul Bettany now cast as the lead. This movie has been brewing for a while — at one point dear, dear Gerard Butler was set to star, with junior hottie Steven Strait tagging along as the adorable sidekick. However, now […]

Status report

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Tweet We managed to move our office, but were so appalled by the amount of stuff that we had accumulated that we just moved it all so we can sit and stare at it in horror. We did, however uncover some surplus comics, so look for some cool giveaways here at Stately Beat Manor over […]

Real details on Spidey musical finally revealed

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TweetA presentation for group sales agents and ticket brokers by director Julie Taymor and composer Bono and the Edge reveals lots and lots of details on what sounds like a groundbreaking musical experience: Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark: The NY Post’s Spidey senses were tingling: WHAT do you call a $40 million theatrical extravaganza that […]

Gemstone ends Disney license?

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TweetNumerous reports today that Gemstone, the publishing arm of Diamond Distributors, is ending its Disney license, meaning that the core Disney characters once again have no American publisher. According to a post on The Disney Comics Blog: Gary Leach, who has been doing art and editorial work for US Disney comics for over two decades, […]

The Times on comics price increases

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TweetGeorge Gene Gustines looks at Marvel and DC’s comic book price increases in the NY Times: Mr. Buckley felt that, because of comic books’ origin in the world of pulp and disposable entertainment, the effort that goes into their creation is sometimes underestimated. “Comics are a legit form of entertainment, and there are highly respected […]

Sexy Spidey outrages mom

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Tweet As reported late last week, a mother in Millard, Nebraska was shocked by the sexual undertones in a Spider-Man graphic novel that her six-year-old son checked out of the local school library: “It has a lot of sexual undertones in here, as far as sexuality goes,” she said. “They can learn this through any […]

S. Clay Wilson Special Needs Trust


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Tweet Back in November, underground cartooning legend S. Clay Wilson suffered a severe brain injury that has left him incapacitated. While at first it was feared that Wilson would not survive, he has made a lot of progress — he’s laughing and drawing again but will need supervised care for the rest of his life. […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 3/30/09

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Tweet Comic-strip book reviews are the new YouTube book review! Alison Bechdel reviews A Pocket History of Sex in the Twentieth Century by Jane Vandenburgh for the comics-loving New York Times. § J.K. Parkin has a nice article on comics that were never finished or ended under unusual circumstances. There are old time classics like […]

Wakeup and smell Monday: Iron Man vs. Bruce Lee

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