Busiek and Ross re-team for Kirby Project

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Via PR, Dynamite has announced that Kurt Busiek will be the writer of the Jack Kirby/Alex Ross project they’ve been teasing. Based on some of Kirby’s concepts, Busiek and Ross will co-plot with Busiek writing and Ross supplying some of the interior art. Having already thrilled fans with the release of teaser images for the […]

SD10 Sunday Programming

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Looking at the Sunday Programming for each year’s San Diego always makes us wistful, as we imagine the brain-blasted exhaustion we’ll be experiencing as we shuffle around like a zombie. If we can rouse ourselves for the following, however, we will: 10:00-11:00 Jack Kirby Tribute— It’s time once again to pay tribute to Jack “King” […]

Harvey Pekar 1939-2010

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The Cleveland Plains Dealer is reporting that underground comics legend Harvey Pekar died last night. Pekar’s wife, Joyce Brabner found him dead at about 1 am. Pekar had battled lymphoma previously, as chronicled in Our Cancer Year, but the cause of death is awaiting an autopsy.

Pekar was best known as author of American Splendor, an autobiographical comic that adapted Pekar’s lowly life as a filing clerk at the Cleveland VA into a journey of humor, drama and insight as memorable as any fictional hero, hiring artist friends such as R. Crumb, Gary Dumm, Frank Stack and others to illustrate his stories. American Splendor was an early self-publishing success story of sorts — while its acclaim gained Pekar enough notoriety for him to become a semi-regular on the David Letterman Show (until erratic on-air behavior got him banned) he still had to work at the VA to rely on getting a pension and continuing to make a living — indie comics was not a cash cow.

2010 Harvey Award nominations announced

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This year’s Harvey Awards nominations have just been announced — nominees are chosen by open ballot among comics professionals, with final ballots due Friday, August 7th. Named in honor of the late Harvey Kurtzman, the awards will be presented August 28, 2010 in Baltimore, MD, in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con.

While past Harvey slates contained many examples of assumed ballot box stuffing — the Nascar and Gemstone scandals spring to mind — this year, voters seem to have nominated things that are actually great, like Asterios Polyp and R. Crumb. You go, Harveys!

The Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus

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We’re sad and yet glad that the World Cup is over. Sad because it was fun and exciting and we actually hung out more with friends than we have in months because we were always getting together to watch the game, and sharing it with pals worldwide through Twitter. Although the Netherlands-Spain final was the kind of shitty game that makes people who don’t like soccer continue to not like soccer, it wasn’t representative of the tourney as a whole. Sad because there was so much to see and ponder in “the beautiful game.”

But we’re also glad because things that are fun and exciting are the most fun and exciting when they come and go and leave you wanting more.

Of course, the breakout star of the Cup was not Ronaldo or Kaka or Messi but an unassuming mollusk whose psychic powers amazed the world. Yes, it was Paul The Psychic Octopus whose stunning 8-for-8 predictions have left scientists and sports fans reeling with questions regarding cephalopod intelligence, the possibilities of psychic powers, and tentacled understanding of the passing game and the offsides rule.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits — 7/12/10

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§ Abhay does what Abhay does best and finds out Weezer was to blame: British fish have ovaries in their testes; the message is clear: even Jason Statham’s days are fucking numbered. Via the Forbidden Planet International Blog, a nice little video primer on graphic novels by Robin Valenza: Robin Valenza has uploaded the Graphic […]