2012 L.A. Times Book Prize graphic novel finalists announced

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Tweet Earlier this week, the L.A. Times Book Prize finalists were announced, including five in the graphic novel category: Graphic Novel/Comics Alison Bechdel / Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Leela Corman / Unterzakhn (Schocken/Pantheon) Sammy Harkham / Everything Together: Collected Stories (PictureBox) Spain Rodriguez / Cruisin’ With the Hound: The Life and Times of Fred Toote (Fantagraphics) […]

Marvel is doing zombies again

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Tweet Or so this just released promo would indicate. The Robert Kirkman-penned (!) Marvel Zombies spinoff in 2005-6 was a bestseller for Marvel, leading to lots of rotting superhero covers. In the intervening time, zombies have lost none of their bite. (Sorry,) Like a zombie, this is a no brainer.

REVIEW: A Driven Man in BALTIMORE: THE WIDOW AND THE TANK

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TweetLord Henry Baltimore, Vampire Hunter, is more strictly speaking the hunter of a specific vampire, as THE WIDOW AND THE TANK one-shot reminds us. For such a goal-oriented guy, he certainly leaves plenty of ash-piles along the way, not to mention the corpses of other creatures he may happen to encounter. Writers Mike Mignola and […]

You Can Never Be Me: Bat-tales from Patrick Kyle

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TweetYou Can Never Be Me by Patrick Kyle There’s a meme (as I believe they’re called) that I see cropping up fairly regularly in my forays of Internet yonder. Here, allow me to show you: Batman is a seductive fellow, isn’t he? Fetishes aside, one of the main appeals of the character is that, theoretically, anybody […]

Kick-Watcher: Not-for-profit inspirational Batman documentary

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Brett Culp kick-starts his Batman inspired not-for-profit documentary, Legends of the Knight. Culp that features interviews from everyone’s favorite industry Bat-fans, and powerful everyday people that use their enthusiasm to be active in their communities and overcome extreme hardship.

DC is hiring a new bigwig

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Specifically…a Senior Vice President, Sales & Business Development. Despite what it sounds like, the position doesn’t seem to be replacing EVP Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development John Rood or SVP Sales Bob Wayne and is a new position.

Will Eisner Week is coming in March

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It’s more than a week, but not quite a fortnight: from March 1-10 Will Eisner Week will be celebrated nationwide with events promoting reading graphic novels and celebrating the man most associated with pioneering the form.

Ivan Brunetti memoir is coming in May

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The Chicago Weekly profiles cartoonists cartoonist Ivan Brunetti, who talks candidly about his teaching, low comics output of late, depression, and home town. Perhaps best known for his Fantagraphics collection Misery Loves Comedy, Brunetti is a much respected foundational indie cartoonist. His two comics anthologies from Yale Press —Graphic Fiction and Grahpic Fiction Volume II — are also just about the best introductions to literary and art comics of recent years.

Diamond’s Digital Previews – Could It Make Any Less Sense?

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TweetI just don’t think Diamond gets digital.  They’re trying, but they keep throwing some really odd things out there.  This latest bit has me somewhere between scratching my head and insulted.  It was recently pointed out that Diamond was going to start selling digital copies of its Previews catalog.  I went for a look, sure […]

Shocker: superheroes are doing the Harlem Shake

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What is the Harlem Shake? It involves gathering your friends in a messy room and jigging about merrily while wearing costumes and/or masks. Good old fashioned fun, really. Although the Harlem Shake is a real dance going back a decade or more and performed in Harlem, the new dance is for those too uncoordinated to do it Gangnam Style.

Manning and Finger Award nominations are open

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If you’re into writers of the past and present or cartoonists of the future, here’s your chance to help honor someone in either category. Both the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing
— which recognizes comics writers past and present — and the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award — which recognizes a new artist who is, uh, promising — are open for nominations. Both awards and finalists are chosen by juries, but they accept nominees.

Kibbles and Bits, 2/22/13: The Rival

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§ A grim day at Stately Beat Manor: There is ANOTHER Heidi MacDonaldand she can DRAW.

Clayton Crain Joins Valiant’s Harbinger Wars

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TweetValiant are pushing to the next stage of superhero this year, taking their five comics (all of which seem to have been very well reviewed so far, beating statistical probability to a pulp) and experimenting with crossovers and events. The first title they relaunched in 2012, X-O Manowar, is entering an event storyline called Planet […]

Review: Down at the Pub with HELLBLAZER #300

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TweetOpening remarks are a prerequisite to talking about the final Vertigo issue of the imprint’s longest running series, the only from Vertigo’s original armada to last nearly so long, and a series which, totaling its original DC imprint and Vertigo lifespan, has lasted for 25 years. The series’ past and future are apt to be […]

Vertigo Announce Two New ‘Fables’ Books, and an Unwritten Graphic Novel

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TweetShould that have been a semicolon instead of a comma in the title? Oh boy, the things I worry about when writing up Mike Carey news. Today! Vertigo have announced a bathful of new books, with an encyclopedia and anthology for Bill Willingham’s Fables coming later this year, followed by a full original graphic novel from the creative […]

Pak and Lee on New “Batman/Superman” Title

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TweetThis comic was a no-brainer and rumored for some time, but DC has finally announced their new Batman/Superman comic, titled Batman/Superman.  (World’s Finest is now Worlds’ Finest with Huntress and Power Girl and moving the apostrophe would probably cause mass confusion, so we back to a more literal title for the book.)  The real surprise here is the creative […]