Chester Brown's PAYING FOR IT coming in 2011

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And speaking of long awaited graphic novels, Chester Brown, another indie comics genius long silent, has finally announced a new graphic novel for 2011. It’s called PAYING FOR IT, and it deals with his ongoing experiences with prostitutes.

Thompson finishes HABIBI

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One of the great unfinished graphic novel projects, Craig Thompson’s HABIBI, has been finished, he announced earlier this week. Thompson has been slaving away on this 600 page opus since BLANKETS was published to great acclaim in 2003. The subject matter is nothing less than Islam, and Thompson has promised to look at it the way he looked at Christianity in BLANKETS.

That isn’t going to be controversial at all.

Scott Pilgrim's finest sales chart: 1 million in print

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It was a wise man who said that comic book movies function as $20 million advertisements for graphic novels…and in the case of the Scott Pilgrim series it is certainly true.

Must reading: Today's crappiest comics genres

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Over at Techland, Douglas Wolk pinpoints 14 different kinds of comic books that we could do with less of, using the hideous sight of a crying Dr Doom as the symbol. Samples:

Winds of change hitting DC next week?

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DC Entertainment head Diane Nelson pledged a “no fear” era at DC since announcing changes earlier this year, everyone has been plenty nervous ever since she took over. The reason? DC’s proposed move to the West Coast. Will it happen and when? That’s been the question on everyone’s mind.

Word on the street is that next week, the answer to “Will DC be moving to the West Coast?” will finally be revealed, and an article in The Hollywood Reporter seems to back that up.

The internet was made for #mrvlcats — UPDATE

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Twitter and Tumblr prove what they are made for as artists tweeted their versions of Marvel characters as kitty cats, and Agent M hosted the results. I’m in yr meme, being cute. So cute we can’t link to just one!

Kibbles 'n' Bits — 9/17/10

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§ Comics Alliance talks to retailers and asks if $3.99 comics are killing the business. The answers are very mixed — let’s just call it a softening and not a plummet. And there are other factors involved says Chris Rosa of LA’s Meltdown:

Awards Time: Ain't I a woman?

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Apparently they are rioting in Canada over the fact that a man was nominated for the Kim Yale award.

If by rioting, you mean writing some articles for the internet. Von Allan , the man in question nominated for the previously all-female Kim Yale Award for Most Talented Newcomer, was interviewed by the CBC and this gave rise to a couple of pieces, noting what a groundbreaker he was being nominated for an award traditionally given to women cartoonists:

Good bye, Giant Robot New York

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Wow, New York is getting even crappier.

News had been floating around for a bit, but a trip to their website confirmed that Giant Robot NY is closing next week. An offshoot of Giant Robot stores in LA and San Francisco, the East Village shop served as a gallery space for artists and cartoonists, as well as a place to snag books, toys, and wondrous gizmos. It was also the herald of the wave of Asian cultural influence that swept over the US in the last decade.