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 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:
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.”
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 [...]
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 [...]
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:
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 [...]
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 [...]
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: [...]
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.