Ostrander benefit at Chicago Comic-Con

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For a while now, writer Gail Simone has been tirelessly collecting items for a benefit for writer John Ostrander. Ostrander faces expensive treatment for glaucoma, which his insurance doesn’t cover. The alternative is losing his sight. Simone has set up a benefit auction for Ostrander at this weekend’s Chicago Comic-Con. At the 2009 Chicago Comic-Con, […]

Best wishes to Jennifer de Guzman!

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Details here.

DC Month-Month Sales: June 2009

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by Marc-Oliver Frisch Thanks to strong debut numbers of the revamped Batman line and the perpetually solid Green Lantern franchise, June brought the expected recovery for DC Comics’ periodical sales. Led by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s Batman and Robin, which claimed the top spot in the Top 300 chart, the publisher managed to place […]

“A forlorn Snow White in full costume” — UPDATE

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In our mega-con report, we had a brief mention of the great Fables/Venture Brothers rumble at San Diego, and fuller reports and some fallout are to be found on a variety of message boards. Over at the Fables board, things kick off with an open letter from one of the Venture fans who had camped […]

2009 Lulu Awards announcement

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Quiet since their first time running at MoCCA last year, the Friends of Lulu Awards are back with a new format, new awards, and a new top-notch panel of judges. Looks like they are totally back on track: The Lulu Awards are given every year to the creators who have fostered the success of women […]

Eagerly Awaited: More Barry from D&Q

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Is there no end to the Good News this day? When the publication of WHAT IT IS was announced, it was intended to be only the first salvo of The Great Lynda Barry Revival from D&Q and here comes more. D&Q will publish two new books by Barry. The Near Sighted Monkey Book: Picture This, […]

Eagerly awaited: BLACKSAD coming from Dark Horse

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One of the most excellent comics announcements to come out of you-know-what was the news that Dark Horse will be reprinting all three volumes of BLACKSAD by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido in a deluxe oversized volume. The first two BLACKSAD books were published here by iBooks a while back, but with iBooks having […]

Eagerly awaited: The Art of Charles Vess

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Artist Charles Vess writes to say: My 200 page, hardcover art book, Drawing down the Moon: The Art of Charles Vess will be arriving in stores this December from Dark Horse Books. Chris Warner & Co. have done a lovely job of assembling this retrospective of my 35 + years working as an illustrator/comics artist. […]

Eagerly awaited: NANCY!!!

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And yet another fantastic announcement you may have missed in the San Diego scramble: Fantagraphics is reprinting NANCY, Ernie Bushmiller’s great experiment in ontology, starting in early 2010. According to Co-Publisher Gary Groth, who inked the deal, Fantagraphics has contracted to publish the first 24 years of Nancy dailies, beginning in 1938 (when Nancy took […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 8/6/09

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§ Marvel has a whole month of interviews by Sean T. Collins with the creators in STRANGE TALES, so check back often. The series kicks off with Paul Pope:. Marvel.com: He has a very devoted cult following, that’s for sure. You’re taking a humorous approach to him? Paul Pope: Well, it’s a story that’s never […]

Constant comment

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We sometimes get cranky about our commenters here at Stately Beat Manor, but they have been aces of late. If it wasn’t the (civil and informed) musing about politics in the Jokobama thread, it’s the continued sharing and reporting in the San Diego thread. Also, a lot of touching remembrances, including from family members, in […]