Casting Call: Comic Book Fans REPRESENT on morning TV

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Comic book fans, have you always wanted to represent our clan in the best possible light? Well here is your chance. A Major National Morning News Show is looking for comic book fans to fill their plaza on the morning of Free Comic Book Day. They encourage all ages and would love if people came […]

Full Bleed Stumptown 2010: We got a theory about magic and miracles

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I’ve probably started my last three Stumptown reports with this, but I love Portland and the Stumptown Comics Festival. You could rightly say that it’s because Stumptown was the first show that I actually set up at, back in 2007 (has it only been two and a half years of being on the other side of the table?). You could, but I’m not sure how accurate that is. Comparing the Stumptown show of 2007 (in chilly October) to that of 2010 (in springtime cool April) is a tricky thing. The show has grown and been managed in such a way as to make the two very different.

2007 yielded decent attendance for an independent comics show, though was often long periods of quiet punctuated with silence. Sure, part of that was the fact that I was just selling a mini/ashcan preview then. Nobody else seemed to have any complaints about the size/speed of the show and I didn’t have anything to compare it with, though I remember it not being particularly busy most of the time (a good starter show, as opposed to jumping in with both feet to say Wonder-Con or the like.)

Turtles — true and false

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TMNT.jpg Yesterday the above, somewhat disturbing photo, swept through the internets like a virus, with the breathless question : is this a leak from the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie?… Latino review, which first cirulated he photo, says that it’s just a class project from one of make-up master Tom Savini’s students. 4549350977_2f20660334_o.png However we are happy to report that THIS is the real deal: PIZZA TIME!… The above is Jon Vermillyea ‘s drawing, and it is not disturbing at all.

Audrey Hepburn — the best sketchbook subject ever?

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2263650552_f5bbac9d48.jpg Jamie S. Rich’s sketchbook might say yes. The above is by Mike Allred, proving that many Mike Allred characters have a family resemblance to Audrey Hepburn.

Iconix buys Peanuts for $175 million

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Iconix, the world’s second biggest licensing company, has acquired the licensing rights to E.W. Scripps (aka United Media’s) comic strips, including Peanuts, Dilber, Get Fuzzy and many, many others, it was reported today. The price was $175 million. As we reported a few months ago, Scripps, had put its lucrative licensing business on the block, given the problems in their other segments, including the newspaper business. The deal will be a joint venture with the family of Charles Schulz continuing to get a share of the licensing income from a previous deal.

Online media stuff

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News of two new comics-related web-sites, one featuring two veteran bloggers; the other a weekly newsmagazine.

Gorillaz secret guest stars

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Reader Maclaine Diemer alaerted us to this new Gorillaz video which, in addition to being just excellent, features a couple of guest stars. One is obvious — the star of many comic-bookical movies. The other — appearing at around the 4:00 mark — could be an homage to another well known character? Since this is the first part of an evolving story, perhaps this mysterious figure will be back in future installments.

Kibbles 'n' Bits — 4/26/10

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§ Ed Sizemore hosts the Manga Moveable Feast spotlight on Mushishi The concept is simple enough: for one week each month, bloggers and reviewers agree to write about one particular manga. By getting a diversity of opinions, we hope to challenge each other to see not just the featured manga, but all manga, in new […]

Sean Kleefeld's Garfield mashups

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A single gag is recycled in various settings. “What is it about Garfield that makes it so infinitely mutable? Seriously. You can’t do this so readily with, say, Beetle Bailey or Blondie or B.C.,” the author muses. Garfield’s universality and mutability are truly imponderables. What do you all think?

Lost: The Animated Series fan art

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Waitaminnit! That Slaterman23 is quite the busy bee — he’s also designed a Lost: The Animated Series poster. Click for larger image! Looking at this, it’s obvious that Lost is MADE for an animated spin-off…who will be the first to draw the model sheets for LOST BABIES? Speaking of Lost, shooting of the final episode […]

Cool Vintage-style DC posters

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Via Jill Pantozzi , yet more fan designed vintage style posters for comics stuff, this time various superheroes, via Slaterman23.