Marvel and Disney team on DISNEY-PIXAR PRESENTS magazine –UPDATED

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While it’s been obvious for a while that BOOM! was no longer going to publish their Pixar comics, no official word has been circulated on what would become of the Pixar characters in comics. Now it seems…surprise! They are going to Marvel! With a magazine reminiscent of the old Welsh magazine titles for the newsstand — for those old enough to remember — or Nickelodeon Magazine for the Gen Y set.

PAYING FOR IT gets final cover and an intro by R. Crumb

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Chester Brown’s PAYING FOR IT is sure to be one of the most-discussed GNs of the year, and D&Q has just released the final cover. In case you missed the log line, it’s an account of Brown’s decade-long practice of hiring prostitutes and his arguments for the dignity and necessity of the profession — in Canada certain forms of prostitution are legal, but that situation is changing for the worse, and Brown makes a pretty impassioned plea in the book to expand on the legalization of what really should be a business transaction between adults. We’ve read the whole thing, and while we’re not quite on board with some of of it, he does make a good case for keeping things safe and legal. The book will have an intro by R. Crumb and blurbs from many famous folks, including Neil Gaiman, who writes:

More on Borders bankruptcy: Interactive map of 200 stores to close

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As part of its bankruptcy proceedings filed this morning, Borders has announced that it will close some 200 stores nationwide — you can see if yours will be hit in this interactive map. Chicago has been particularly stripped, with half their 430 stores set to close. According to documents, Borders has $1.29 billion in debt and $1.27 billion in assets; it hopes to boost the bottom line by closing these 200 stores which were losing $2 million a week for the company

2011 Glyph Award nominations released

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UNKNOWN SOLDIER led the 2011 Glyph Award nominations, with six nods. The awards are presented each year to “the best in comics made by, for, and about people of color from the preceding calendar year.” The nominations are picked by a judging panel which this year consisted of Jennifer Contino, Martha Cornog, Joseph Phillip Illidge, […]

MSNBC's O'Donnell takes on Hudnall/Lash over Michelle Obama cartoon

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While Beat pal and cartoonist Batton Lash probably wouldn’t mind being on MSNBC, this may not have been the context he’d have preferred.

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MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell attempted to go Olbermann last night on Obama Nation, the cartoon by James Hudnall and Lash that runs regularly on the right-wing Big Hollywood website. O’Donnell is not a fan of Lash’s cartoon stylings in a comic that mocked Michelle Obama’s ongoing battles against American obesity, which some think have gone too far by banning the kind of unhealthy crap that makes life worth living:

Borders files Chapter 11; owes Diamond $3.9 million

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As expected, Borders has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Jim Milliot and Judith Rosen report:

To Do: 2/16 – Memoir signing at Comic Book Jones

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HYPE ALERT! COMIC BOOK JONES