Preview: Jim Woodring's Congress of the Animals

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NOT inked with a giant pen but incredible nonetheless, 10 pages of Jim Woodring’s first ever Frank graphic novel, CONGRESS OF THE ANIMALS.

For those unfamiliar with Woodring’s work, it is set in a strange world of hope and cruelty, where strange creatures enact tales as deep as time, not even needing words. Few artists of any kind have ever limned the subconscious with such terrifying accuracy and beauty.

Breaking: Jim Woodring's giant pen is hard to use

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In an interview that would be notable enough just for talking about his new Frank graphic novel CONGRESS OF THE ANIMALS, Jim Woodring drops even more bombshells, revealing that the giant steel nib pen — which the world watched created with bated breath — is not very easy to ink with.

Breaking: Jim Woodring's giant pen is hard to use

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In an interview that would be notable enough just for talking about his new Frank graphic novel CONGRESS OF THE ANIMALS, Jim Woodring drops even more bombshells, revealing that the giant steel nib pen — which the world watched created with bated breath — is not very easy to ink with.

Green Lantern heating up…in unexpected ways

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We all know Green Lantern is HOT. The comic, the movie, Ryan Reynolds. Blackest Night set the DCU on a whole new course, and the GL family of books under the guidance of Geoff Johns, has continued to lead the sales charts.

But in Green Lantern hot enough to start a small electrical fire?

Yes.

Teenage Satan, new webcomic from Buscema and Cookes

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Announced at last weekend’s Boston Comic Com, TEENAGE SATAN is an upcoming webcomic by Stephanie Buscema, Candis Cooke, and Marsha Cooke. (The Cookes are the niece and wife, respectively, of artist Darwyn Cooke.) It involves, well, Teenage Satan coming to Earth and going to high school while surrounded by awesome mid-century lettering.

Preview: Colin Upton's DIABETES FUNNIES

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Vancouver-based Colin Upton is something of a Canadian comics legend. He’s been producing rough-hewn, Rabelaisian mini comics since the 80s that deal in equal parts with autobiography and history.

A few years ago he was diagnosed with diabates, which prompted a massive lifestyle change, resulting is so much weight loss that when I saw a picture of the new Colin I didn’t even recognize him.

Preview: Colin Upton's DIABETES FUNNIES

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Vancouver-based Colin Upton is something of a Canadian comics legend. He’s been producing rough-hewn, Rabelaisian mini comics since the 80s that deal in equal parts with autobiography and history.

A few years ago he was diagnosed with diabates, which prompted a massive lifestyle change, resulting is so much weight loss that when I saw a picture of the new Colin I didn’t even recognize him.

The few looks of cosplay Black Widow

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While we were poking around UGO we came upon this surprisingly lengthy gallery of Hot Black Widow Cosplay. Well maybe not to surprising — all you need is a black catsuit, some wrist thingies, a red wig and a good figure and you too can fight for SHIELD.

Does anyone care if there are comics at a comic-con?

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While we were checking out our ego Google alert, we found a response to our brief critique of a piece on the Anaheim Comic-Con that didn’t mention a single comics type person. The writer of the piece, one Matt Patches, says he was right to stay mute on comics, because everyone expects to find comics and cartoonists at a comic-con so it is not noteworthy enough to report:

Brian Bendis's THOR red carpet report

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THOR had its big Hollywood premiere last night and Brian Bendis was there to report on all the doings via Twitter. But first he had a tantalizingly busy day:

Nice art: Jaume Plensa

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After things here yesterday got a little too real, I’d like to get back to just talking about cool and wonderful things. Like Jaume Plensa’s new installation at Madison Square Park, entitled “Echo.” The 44-foot high fiberglass resin sculpture depicts the head of a 9-year-old girl caught in a meditative state. Set among the fresh green of early Spring, it gladdens my heart every time I see it.