Scoop: BRAT PACK movie gets director Saleh

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While comics and graphic novels being optioned for film are practically a daily occurrence around here, there’s one movie that we would REALLY like to see get made, and that the planned BRAT PACK film from Ars Nova (BLACK DYNAMITE). A stunningly dark look at the superhero universe, it’s one of the most disturbing — and pointed — takes on the genre ever.

Now, we hear from the grapevine that the adaptation has a director — Tarik Saleh is on board to direct a live action version that is faithful to the tone of the source. Saleh, whose background is as a graffiti artist, is known for Metropia, an innovative animated Swedish film with a script by Saleh, Fredrik Edin and the late Stig Larsson.

Skippy vs. The Mob reprint volume due in 2011 from Rosebud Archives

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While the news that Fantagraphics is to publish Barnaby might have seemingly exhausted the archives of cult favorite comic strips that need to be reprinted, it is definitely not so. Percy Crosby’s Skippy is another much-admired comic strip getting a reprint…but this one has a hell of a backstory.

To Do Tonight: Renée French at Adam Baumgold

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“Adam Baumgold Gallery presents an exhibition of 100 intimately scaled graphite on vellum drawings by Renée French from her new graphic novel “h day1″ as well as recent portrait drawings from December 7 – January 15, 2011. This is Renee French’s first New York solo exhibition.”

Tonight To Do: Graphic Radicals at Exit Art

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Tonight the World War 3 crew celebrates their 30th anniversary with a gallery show at Exit Art. This politically-minded group of artists and cartoonists has been covering issues with art and making stars like Peter Kuper and Seth Tobocman in the process. More information below – note the ongoing events list at the end.

Career advice with Fiffe and Stone

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Cartoonist Michel Fiffe and pundit Tucker Stone have teamed up for Jumpstart That Comics Career! which might be the ultimate in “how to” advice. A sample:

SCOOP! Toth biography expands to three volumes

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Alex Toth fans rejoice. Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell’s long-awaited book on Toth, including a biography and little seen art — has expanded to a three volume, slip-cased edition, to be published by IDW. Toth’s children, Dana and Eric, were consulted in the writing process and it promises to be a comprehensive, lavishly illustrated affair. The first volume, Genius Isolated, ships in March 2011 and spotlights his early work and life until the 60s. Genius, Illustrated follows his life in Animation, and Genius Animated includes little seen animation models and drawings. A slipcase will ship with the third volume.