Announcing 2010 Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival

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Save the date! December 4th will see the second Brooklyn Comics and Graphic Festival at a new, bigger venue and with a guest list that would be the envy of any show this year, including Kate Beaton, Lynda Barry, and Johnny Ryan. Details below:

20% of DC's staff expected to be cut — UPDATED

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Okay, now we know why there’s still unease over all outposts of the DC Entertainment empire today: In the first interview we’ve seen with DC head Diane Nelson, she explains that DC’s staff will be cut by 20%:

A day of change: bye bye, WildStorm; so long, Zuda

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Well now, didn’t exactly see this one coming: while everyone has been wondering if WildStorm would become the new DC since they were already on the West Coast…turns out that as of December, WildStorm will be no more. WildStorm titles, licensing and kids comics, all recently coming out of La Jolla, will be turned over to the DC banner.

The Zuda brand is also done for.

Lynda Barry on tour

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DC Entertainment splits; comics stay in New York – UPDATED

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PR just went out announcing the organizational changes. In a surprise last-minute reprieve, editorial is staying in New York…but digital, multimedia and administrative are going to LA.

Marvel moving uptown

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Ever since the Big Shake-up last year, both Marvel and DC have been the subject of much speculation regarding moves, with some guessing that Marvel might move to Disney’s offices in White Plains…or to Burbank. However it seems that preserving the Pixar-like independence for Marvel is still a priority, as they are staying in town and merely moving a few blocks uptown.

While an announcement of some kind is expected today about DC’s possible West Coast move, the NY Observer confirms that Marvel is moving to newer uptown offices, , 135 West 50th Street, the same address as Sports Illustrated and EW. The House of Ideas will take over the 60,000 sq. ft. office on October 1 — or…next Friday.

An original: Steve Lafler

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And speaking of the ’80s — and Rob Clough! — he’s conducting a career-spanning interview with Steve Lafler over at The Comics Journal. Springing from the underground sensibility of the ’70s, Lafler was a fixture of the alt comix of the 80s and beyond with his iconic characters Dog Boy and Benb. From the intro:

When mini-comics were maxi

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As SPX ’10 thoughts still swirl in the indie community, Frank Santoro looks back and swirls about why mini-comics no longer feel fresh to him:

And speaking of horror…GHOST RIDER II

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Yes, there is a GHOST RIDER sequel being made right now, but it won’t come out until 2012. And then the world will end. Nicolas Cage rides the flaming chopper again, Splash Page reports. The CRANK team of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor directs, and it’s filming in Romania.

You’ll recall that although there wasn’t that much enthusiasm for the first one, the rights would revert to Marvel/Disney if Sony didn’t do something with the property, and Sony wouldn’t want that. Because there is life in that flaming chopper.

Nice Art: Criterion film posters collected

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We’ve mentioned the Criterion film posters for the ATP Film festival a few times but haven’t been able to gather them all. Luckily, John at SuperPunch was more persistent. Above, Gomorrah by Robert Goodin.

A few thoughts for our friends at DC Comics today

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We’re told a series of meetings will take place at 1700 Broadway today in which the shape of DC’s move to the West Coast will be described.