Separated at birth: Wolff & Byrd and the Beastie Boys?

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We’re stretching it this time, but just stick with us.

RIP: Bill Blackbeard

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Comic strip historian and pioneer Bill Blackbeard has died at age 84, it has been reported. Blackbeard had been in a nursing home for some years, and passed away on March 10th. As the outpourings of appreciations have shown, Blackbeard was, perhaps more than any other individual, responsible for the emergence of comic strips and (by extension) comic books as a legitimate source of art to be treasured and preserved on an institutional level.

Hero Initiative and Marvel team to help Josh Medors

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Artist Josh Medors has been battling a rare form of spinal column cancer for several years. The Hero Initiative has been helping him for some time, and now they are teaming up with Marvel for a special Spider-Man print to benefit Medors. PR below:

Hero Initiative and Marvel team to help Josh Medors

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Artist Josh Medors has been battling a rare form of spinal column cancer for several years. The Hero Initiative has been helping him for some time, and now they are teaming up with Marvel for a special Spider-Man print to benefit Medors. PR below:

Captain America reshoots involve New York, Nick Fury — SPOILERS

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Chris Evans and Sam Jackson were doing something this weekend in Times Square. It is believed to involve Joe Johnstone, director of the Cap movie, although um, duh Cap and Fury, that could also equal the Avengers movie, which just went into production. So….since this is set in the modern day, you can kind of add it all up….and figure it out.

News 'n' Notes: Dark Horse layoff numbers

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More on recent changes at Dark Horse with publisher Mike Richardson.

News 'n' Notes: Dark Horse layoff numbers

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More on recent changes at Dark Horse with publisher Mike Richardson.

Irving joins Hermes Press as publicity director

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Boutique classic comics publisher Hermes Press puts out a number of collections, like Brenda Starr, Dark Shadows, and so on, but we generally hear little about them. Well, that has changed starting now, since they just hired a publicity director, namely chris Irving, best known for his interviews at Graphic NYC. Irving has already set up the above-linked Tumblr blog and sent out a press release about his hire — we’d say it’s working already.

Rucka and Burchett team on steampunk/pirate/western LADY SABRE and AMERICAN SOLDIER

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Greg Rucka and Rick Burchett are teaming on a new steampunk/pirates/western comic called LADY SABRE AND THE PIRATES OF THE INEFFABLE ETHER, as revealed in the Stumptown podcast at about the 41:28 mark. It will appear initially as a webcomic this July.

Links and bits, 4/25/11

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What’s left after Borders? Does someone actually have a sketchbook whose theme is superheroes throwing up? Read on for the answers.

Rogert Ebert finally wins the New Yorker Cartoon Contest after 107 tries

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After 107 entries, writer/tweeter Roger Ebert ha finally won The New Yorker’s cartoon caption contest, Robert Mankoff reports. He also notes that it akes practice to make perfect:

2011 Hugo Award nominations announced

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The Hugo Award nominations for SF have been announced, and they include not only the traditional Graphic Novel category, but a few comic-centric nominations in other categories, notably, SCOTT PILGRIM Vs. THE WORLD in the Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form category. The compleet list below.

2011 Hugo Award nominations announced

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The Hugo Award nominations for SF have been announced, and they include not only the traditional Graphic Novel category, but a few comic-centric nominations in other categories, notably, SCOTT PILGRIM Vs. THE WORLD in the Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form category. The compleet list below.

People doing things at conventions: April 25th edition

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Con is EVERYWHERE. Some recent reports and notes:

Congrats to Valerie D'Orazio and David Gallaher

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Writers Val and David celebrated their wedding day this weekend, and it was a laugh-filled day of friendship and good tidings for the happy couple. It also blossomed into its own hashtag, #weddingcon, because the guest list was so loaded with talent. Good times and all the best to two great people.