Happy 10th Anniversary, Narbonic

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Happy anniversary, Shaenon T. Garrity! It was July 31, 2000 that she launched Narbonic, one of the first prominent webcomics by a woman. Since then she’s launched several other webcomics, including Skin Horse, won the Lulu of the Year award, worked as an editor and creator in both traditional comics and manga, and become one of the liveliest, most insightful comics commentators on the web. She’s a treasure, that’s what.

Judge rules McFarlane must pay Gaiman for derivative characters

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Judge Barbara Crabb has made a decision following the June court appearance by Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane over profits for the characters Dark Ages Spawn, Tiffany and Domina. Gaiman held that these cast-members of the Spawn-i-verse were derivative of Medieval Spawn and Angela (characters that he co-owns, as ruled after the epic 2002 court battle), thus he was entitled to half the profits from these characters. McFarlane held the opposite and had refused to provide information on the profits.

Judge Crabb sided with Gaiman, citing the similarity of the characters in a decision (readable here) which shows she spent a lot of time reading up on Spawn:

Cormac McCarthy’s Toy Story 3 by Ruben Bolling

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Via the Village Voice

Batman’s bladder problem

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Tweet Via Major Spoilers, the explanation of how, at least in Kevin Smith’s world, Batman sometimes pees his pants when things get a little too hectic. UPDATE: This was actually “broken”, so to speak, on Comics Alliance, which adds WIDENING GYRE #6 to the rapidly-expanding list of “Worst DC Comics Ever.”

RODD RACER is coming

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Tweet Toby Cypress announces that his long-a-brewing GN, RODD RACER, will have a special edition available at this year’s New York Comic Con. Wider release available later in the year. The advance limited edition comes with a sketch section which I will be providing original sketches, and autographs for those I get to meet at […]

J.J. Abrams finds BOILERPLATE appealing

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Tweet Boilerplate, the not-so-historical mechanical man dreamed up by Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett, has been optioned by J.J. Abrams, whose Bad Robot production company reveals some robot-themed interests, going by the name alone. The film is in development at Paramount. First published as a website, Boilerplate now stars in his own popular art book […]

Frank Miller introduces The Fixer

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In an interview with Geoff Boucher, Frank Miller reveals the evolution of his Holy Terror, Batman! story. As many anticipated, it will no longer star Batman, and will find a new publisher, which isn’t DC. The story has been adjusted to star, instead, a character called, The Fixer:

Craig Thompson and Fábio Moon cook things up

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Tweet Brazilian cartoon maestro Fábio Moon is visiting Portland, OR, and he and Craig Thompson are having a blog war. Art ensues!

Thor teaser from Comic-Con described, reacted to

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The THOR footage shown at Comic-Con has been leaking out all over the place, and far be it from us to link you to a place to see it, as it’s being taken down quickly, but in case you can’t find it, Splash Page has a blow-by-bow account.

Oh, Ikea, you really know how to push my buttons

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Tweet Traditional post-San Diego activity: Waiting for the new Ikea Catalog! The EXPEDIT — building block of civilization and hoarding everywhere — is now reduced.

On the road again

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Tweet Yet another travel day! After a few days in LA, old man bars of Burbank, real pico de gallo, insanely fresh sushi at hole in the wall strip malls, agency assholes yapping on their headsets while they cut you off, late night conversations where everyone shares the unique and painful way in which they […]

The Last days of Rocketship

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Tweet Brian Heater talks to Rocketship co-owner Alex Cox ; the store is now really, truly closed. “Our lease came up,” Cox tells me, “and we realized that we were either going to do this another five to 10 years, at which point it becomes a CAREER, in big letters, or not sign on again […]

Midtown Comics Times Square building fire leaves no damage

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Tweet According to store employees, yesterday’s electrical fire at the Maoz beneath Midtown Comics Times Square left no damage to the store except for a closure of 35 minutes. Great news. It did make for some scary pictures, though.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth gets 5 mil print run

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Tweet Wimpy Kid 5 announced its title and print run today: The Ugly Truth will take Greg Heffley to the brink of adolescence. The five million copy laydown is the biggest print run for any book in the best-selling series. Details in the PR: Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams, reveals today in a major […]

Friends of Lulu to end in September

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Tweet Valerie D’Orazio, the president of Friends of Lulu for the last three years, has announced on her blog that due to financial problems, personnel problems, and her own lack of will to keep it going almost single-handedly, the organization for women comics readers and creators will be forced to shut down in four weeks: […]

SD11: Preview Night 2011 already sold out

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The North County Times reports that 15,000 tickets for Preview Night 2011 sold out by 3 pm on the Sunday of this year’s con. Is this a convention or a U2 concert??? The sellout left some people sad and frustrated, just like they will be next year:

Bill Harris of San Diego, who’s been going to Comic-Con since the 1970s, was walking the huge expo hall on Friday when he noticed the queue.