The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen due from Dark Horse

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Via PR, news of a collection of the art of agent/publisher/legend Denis Kitchen. Originally planned for publication 20 years ago, the book will now go on sale June 23rd. Neil Gaiman provides the intro, while Charles Brownstein contributes an essay on Kitchen’s career.

Peanuts licensing business may be for sale

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E&P reports that E.W. Scripps, the parent company of comic strip syndicate United Media, is considering spinning off their licensing business, United Media Licensing, which handles Peanuts, Dilbert, and other comic strip giants. Although these brands continue to be recognized worldwide, Scripps licensing revenues fell 15% in 4Q 2009, to $26.4 million. Scripps President and […]

Digital comics news and notes; comics on iPhone, Wowio

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§ An iPhone ad running throughout the UK includes the comics app Comixology right there on TV. We can’t embed the ad, but it is another sign that comics are a key part of the Apple experience. § Speaking of Apple, they’ve been cracking down on some of the more sexually provocative iPhone apps, most […]

SPX announces dates, new Executive Committee

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Via PR, the Small Press Expo has announced its 2010 dates for September 11-12 in Bethesda, MD. Jeff Alexander and Warren Bernard are taking over as Executive Director and Assistant Executive Director, respectively. The Small Press Expo (SPX), the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels and alternative political cartoons, will be […]

Pekar’s comics review of Crumb’s GENESIS

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Over at the Jewish Review of Books, Harvey Pekar teams with artist Tara Seibel to review Crumb’s GENESIS in comics form. Seibel previously illustrated a conversation between Crumb and Pekar for The Pekar Project.

ACTION #1: The $1 Million Comic Book

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As you probably saw splashed all over the news yesterday, a collectible comic has broken the $1 million barrier, as a 8.0 graded copy of ACTION #1, the first appearance of Superman, as sold by an unknown owner to an unknown buyer. As told here, the sale was brokered by Stephen Fishler and Vincent Zurzolo […]

More on Montana v Geppi

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Last week, we reported on some legal troubles for Diamond Distribution owner Steve Geppi, including what appeared to be a $500 million lawsuit filed by the heirs of Archie artist Bob Montana. After looking at the court documents, the actual amount of the suit is only $500,000. (We’ve corrected the original story.) The case involves […]

To Do 2/27: CCS at Silent Barn

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This Saturday the Center for Cartoon Studies is presenting a one-day Comics 101 workshop at the Silent Barn University in Queens. Details in the jump; the attendees include Pat Barrett, Garry-Paul Bonesteel, Jon Chad, Lena Chandhok, Robyn Chapman, Aaron Cockle, Ken Dahl, Jon Fine, Sean Ford, Colleen Frakes, Beth Hetland, Nomi Kane, Morgan Pielli, Betsey […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits — 2-23-10

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A: We’ve arrived! Q: What did you think when Jeopardy featured a “Graphic Novels” category and Tim Hamilton was a clue? § More arrival! The LA Times has added a Graphic Novel category to its book prizes. The nominees for 2009 are: “Luba” by Gilbert Hernandez “GoGo Monster” by Taiyo Matsumoto “Asterios Polyp” by David […]