Separated at Birth: Superheroes! and The Silver Age of Comic Book Art

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Tweet The three-hour PBS mini series Superheroes: The Never Ending Battle aired last night, and because I’m a dumbass I forgot to watch it or DVR it, but it’s out on DVD so I’ll check it out when I’m less brain dead. The reviews and tweets were good, anyway. The series also had a spin-off […]

Miami Book Fair International features Paul Pope poster

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Tweet No one is quite sure how the Miami Book Fair International—held in a city known for its wild and crazy lifestyle—got to be the biggest book festival in the US, but…it’s true and probably has something to do with the tireless and hard-working staff that puts the event together, and the great authors who […]

Comics Art, a new book by Paul Gravett

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Tweet Well, speaking of wandering around the comics landscape, if there’s one tour guide who seems to know what he’s talking about, Paul Gravett is among the most intelligent and accessible comics critics and historians out there. His "1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die actually about 1001 comics you may want to read, […]

Brooklyn Book Festival spotlights graphic novels with Tomine, Feiffer, Modan, more

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Fall’s Brooklyn Book Festival, to be held September 22nd this year, has evolved into the biggest public book event in NYC—authors range from Edwidge Danticat to Chuck Klosterman—and each year it features a pretty extensive graphic novel presence as well. This year is no exception, with a full slate of panels which you can see in the link. Cartonist guests thi syear include Adrian Tomine, Jules Feiffer, Rutu Modan, Francoise Mouly, Audrey Niffenegger, Paul Pope, Jeff Smith, Art Spiegelman, and Gene Yang.

Online graphic novel price war underway

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ICv2 reports on Overstock.com’s price war with Amazon. Basically the online retailer is matching Amazon’s deep discounts on books—despite losing money on these discounts—in an effort to become more of an alternative to Amazon.

SDCC: Rep. John Lewis’s MARCH: Book One

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Tweetby Pam Auditore  Among the faux Heroes in spandex came a true, real life one, in suit and tie, to San Diego’s Comic-Con one Saturday morning. Representative John Lewis, Democrat, of the Congressional 5th District of Georgia, and sole surviving speaker of the 1963 Freedom March on Washington, made his Comic-Con debut promoting his  autobiographical […]

That Cancer Vixen movie now has Julie Delpy attached to script

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Tweet CANCER VIXEN is a very important graphic novel. When it came out in 2006, it earned what must have been the biggest advance ever for a graphic novel, $250,000. The book, by cartoonist Marisa Acocella Marchetto, was a witty and heartfelt account of the author’s diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer, and it did […]

Neil the Horse to be reprinted by Hermes Press

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Tweet For several dozen people out there, this will be the biggest news of the year. Katherine Collin’s Neil The Horse is going to be reprinted by Hermes Press later this year! Originally published in the 80s by Aardvark-Vanaheim and later Renegade Press—although it had enjoyed an earlier life as a series of comic strips […]

Nice art: Scott C. does Bob Dylan

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TweetIn September the great Scott C. (Great Showdowns) has a kids book he illustrated coming out written by Bob Dylan. Yeah that Bob Dylan. It’s adorable. The title of the book is “If Dogs Run Free.” Buy it on Amazon: If Dogs Run Free .

INTERVIEW: Matt D. Wilson’s Second Guide for World Domination

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TweetWith the launch of The Supervillain Field Manual this month, Matt D. Wilson has now provided the world with two sets of notes for supervillains looking to take over the world, conquer any hero who gets in the way, and earn the respect of a petrified general public. The book, written through the voice of […]

Book Con! Cool Books I Discovered at the Library Conference!

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TweetTwice a year, the American Library Association holds a conference.  Awards are given, training is taught, and much fun is had.  (A lot of the nerdy kids from high school become the cool adults in libraries.) Like comic book conventions, the centerpiece of the show is the exhibits hall.  ALA hosts about 18,000 attendees during […]

On the Scene: Indie Publisher Confronts Amazon Exec at Litquake’s digi.lit Conference

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Tweetby Bob Calhoun The mood was tense in the fourth floor conference room of the SPUR Urban Center in San Francisco on Saturday—especially for a panel with the dry title of “The Future of Publishing,” but this was far from your usually dry panel. At one end of a folding table sat Charlie Winton, CEO […]

What are the Graphic Novels That Always Work?

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Tweet EW recently put out a “best of everything” issue, and Johanna Draper Carlson caught the ten best graphic novels list, which I’ll quote from her post. Snarky comments are her own: 1. Maus by Art Spiegelman (also appears as #33 on the overall book list) 2. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the […]

Book Review | Every/Body: An Open Discussion Of Gender + Body

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Tweet When I went up to the Toronto Comics and Art Fest, I came across Every/body in my search for comics, zines, or books that focus on gender, body issues, feminism, abuse, and similar topics.  This sweet comic/zine culture anthology is all about becoming comfortable in your own skin (even though the cover model doesn’t […]

Preview: AVENGERS ENDLESS WARTIME

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Tweet Marvel has released some preview pages for October’s AVENGERS: ENDLESS WARTIME, the first original graphic novel from Marvel in many years. Writer Warren Ellis, Marvel eic Axel Alonso and executive editor Tom Brevoort participated in a press call for the project. The book is intended for both new and existing readers and features an […]

And more sales charts: BookScan’s Top 20 Graphic Novels in May

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Tweet ICv2 has posted the sales rankings for Bookscan’s Top 20 Graphic Novels for the month of May. ICv2 notes that The Walking Dead has cooled a bit, with the show off the air for the summer, with Naruto, of all things, taking back the top spot. Sailor Moon, the Twilight manga, and Black Bird […]