Mike Cotton leaves Wizard

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In the many many reports of layoff at Wizard over the years, there was one name which never came up: Mike Cotton. Cotton had been at Wizard for 11 years as one of their most essential writers/editors, and it was commonly said that when Cotton left the Wizard ship, it would be nothing but an empty hulk drifting the seas.

Well that day has come — or it did on last Friday, according to a press release that Cotton sent out to several outlets.

Damn, Hal Foster could draw

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Matt Seneca reminds us of something that needs to be said often.

Duncan the Wonder Dog wins LA Times Book Prize

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The LA TImes Book Prizes were announced on Friday and Adam Hines’ DUNCAN THE WONDER DOG won the award for best Graphic Novel. The mind stretching tale of a world where animals are sentient, the book has already won wide acclaim and the Lynd Ward Prize for Graphic Fiction. Despite the acclaim from outside prizes, DUNCAN was blanked at the Eisner Award nominations — well, different strokes.

Rise of Arsenal and Greek Street nab PRISM Awards

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Via The Source word that THE RISE OR ARSENAL by J.T. Krul, Geraldo Borges and Marlo Alquiza and GREEK STREET’s Ajax storyline by Peter Milligan and Werther Dell’Edera, have won PRISM awards which recogonize the “accurate depiction of substance abuse and mental illness: prevention, treatment and recovery in film, television, interactive, music, DVD, and comic book entertainment.”

On the Scene: SPACE 1026's Charles Schulz exhibit

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by BRADY RUSSELL

Philadelphia recently hosted an exhibition called “This is a Love Letter,” of notes and drawings by Charles Schulz to a mistress in Philadelphia. The show was held at SPACE 1026, an artist space and gallery connected in its own way to comics history. Founded by young artists from Providence, SPACE 1026 was founded to be Philadelphia’s own Fort Thunder. The gallery and workspace at 10th and Arch Street has been going more than 10 years. SPACE 1026 is one of the most interesting forces in Philadelphia’s art scene.

Secrets of the comics: What the nib-holding industry doesn’t want you to know

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Via Matt Madden, Hillary Allison reveals a money saving technique for ink-slingers who favor the nib.

Bonus: Elite Beat Intern Maggie Siegel-Berele stars as the ink-slinger in question.

A day to remember

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I realize as I’m trying to assemble today’s comic news that my mind wasn’t really on it for some reason. Although 9/11/01 is the day that changed the world in sad and horrible ways, it was also a sad and horrible time for me, my friends, my family and my home. The sense of closure I feel today following the death of bin Laden is a powerful one, but it also brought back so many memories of that time.