The game changer

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Was talking to a good friend the other day, one I had worked with back in my magazine publishing days. (I worked at various publications, trade and consumer, for several years, including a long stint at Disney Adventures.) He reported that he and just about everyone I had worked with on staff have been laid […]

April comics are the comeback kid!

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The pamphlet is back! Whoo hoo! Buckle down, Winsocki! ICv2 reports that comics sales were up in April , for the first time this year: Comic sales rebounded in April from a lousy March (see “No Comic over 100k in March”), with sales at both the top and bottom of the Top 300 list improving […]

SHOJO BEAT cancellation reax

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Predictably, the demise of SHOJO BEAT, Viz’s girl-focused magazine of serialized manga, is being discussed far and wide: Alexander Hoffman: The strange thing is though, that manga as a whole, is a comic sold to women (at least in your major book retailers). Shojo Beat is the heart of the girl’s comics movement, a collection […]

Publishing news: FBI kids comics, death, cancellation

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In news that must have many people standing around looking blank and confused, Fantagraphics has announced plans to publish a series of GNs that tie in with a new animated kids series. Yes, a licensing deal for FBI! Seattle-based indie comics publisher Fantagraphics Books and animation developer Lincoln Butterfield have agreed to collaborate on the […]

Showbiz roundup

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§ While some are doubtless rejoicing over HUMAN TARGET getting the pick up from FOX, another comics-related pilot didn’t make it all the way, as io9 reports that No Heroics wasn’t picked up. Originally a satirical Britcom created by Drew Pearce, the show featured third-string superheroes with problems and the bar they frequented. Pearce has […]

These times we live in

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Heard via AIM: Agent Wolfenstein: But even so, [redacted] is still short-sighted and fixated on a model that’s not going to work for much longer. The Beat: Yes. But isn’t EVERYONE? Is there ANYONE who is smart yet? Agent Wolfenstein: Define “smart.” The Beat: Someone who has solved step 2 of the Underpants Gnome Equation. […]

The week in politics

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§ Bluewater is mining the current popularity of political topics for all it’s worth, and will soon tell the inspiring story of the White House Dog Bo, from his early days as a puppy organizer to his run for the dog house. § § And thus, an entire year’s worth of Marvel crossovers were strangled […]

A CHECKROOM ROMANCE by Ben Katchor and Mark Mulcahy

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One of the events we were most sorry to miss while away was the workshop premiere of A CHECKROOM ROMANCE by cartoonist/storyteller Ben Katchor and musician Mark Mulcahy. The duo have collaborated on two previous theatrical pieces, which have won rave reviews. Well, we couldn’t do, but luckily, Brian Heaterfilled in with a post at […]

Souther Salazar's Last Year's Man

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The awesomely amazing Souther Salazar has a new show up at the Jonathan Levine Gallery, and you can view it online here. Beautiful stuff.

Grant Morrison…the movie?

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Poking around the other day, we found this demo trailer for a docuomentary-in-progress about Mr. Mystic himself, Grant Morrison. It a production of Sequart, which plans to publish several critical studies of superhero-ish comics material, including Mutant Cinema: The X-Men Trilogy from Comics to Screen, Teenagers from the Future: Essays on the Legion of Super-Heroes […]

Call for entries: BEA and MoCCA

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Hey kids, next week is BookExpo America, the big book show of the year. As we’ve been reporting, there will be a diminished presence by many former floor-hogs, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still going to be a busy, newsworthy show, and there will be much graphic-novel related activity. If you have some activity […]

SHOJO BEAT cancellation CONFIRMED

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Evelyn Dubocq at Viz is sending out the following statement regarding SHOJO BEAT, confirming that it is ending with the July 2009 issue. Yes, the final issue of Shojo Beat magazine will be the July 2009 issue which is on newsstands June 16th. We are very proud of the past issues of Shojo Beat magazine […]

Will WOLVERINE even help comics sales?

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Looking at the previous item, we’re sure that comics retailers are planning the day when the THOR movie’s opening will send civilians streaming into their stores looking for Thor comics…or not. Marvel puts surprisingly little emphasis on converting movie ticket sales to graphic novel sales, and when they do, it seems to backfire with some […]

Thor gets his Loki

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Well, no sooner is Thor cast, than he’s got a nemesis! Little known in America Tom Hiddleston will assay the part of the trickster god. Hiddleston is a well regarded thespian whose work is, reportedly, admired by THOR director Kenneth Branagh,

Business Briefs: SHOJO BEAT ending?

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A lot of sources today are picking up a distributor’s note that Viz’s SHOJO BEAT is ending publication in July. Anime News Networkrounds up supporting evidence: Viz Media’s Shojo Beat magazine is no longer accepting subscriptions over the phone or online, and one of its distributors, Alini Magazine Services, reports that the magazine “is ceasing […]

Kibbles 'n' Bits, 5/19/09

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A series of recent interviews: § At Robot 6, Tim O’Shea talks to Brian Cronin, whose book version of his popular Comic Book Urban Legends series just came out: Cronin: Compiling the book probably took a bit longer than actually writing it, since it had to be a 50/50 split of new legends and old […]