Meet your new Annie: Quvenzhane Wallis

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That sturdy comic strip-to-stage-to-movie warhorse Little Orphan Annie is getting a remake and now a star: Quvenzhane Wallis. he Beast of the Southern Wild star, the youngest ever Best Actress Oscar nominee, will star in a modernized remake of the stage musical. 9-year-old Wallis attended last nights Oscars looking fine, and appropriate and carrying a puppy purse.

Process: Jeffrey Brown’s Vader’s Little Princess

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Following up on last year’s bestselling Vader and Son, Jeffrey Brown is back this April with Vader’s Little Princess a series of gags based on Vader as dad to little Leia, from toddler to teen. Art Director Steve Mockus has a process post on putting together the book’s cover; since it covered an age range the idea wasn’t immediately apparent.

Analysis: New York Times Bestsellers: Graphic Books: Hardcovers 2012

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So as the new year approaches, I continue my look back at the graphic novels which made the New York Times bestseller lists in 2012.

Go listen: BBC presents Modesty Blaise radio drama

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When it comes to kickass heroines, Modesty Blaise stands with the best of them. Originally created as a Brit comic strip in 1963 by Peter O’Donnell and Jim Holdaway, espionage agent Modesty was the female James Bond, stylish, sexy and very Sixties. Since then she’s been adapted into novels and mostly forgettable movies (although Tarantino […]

The Boston Phoenix pulls comics over sponsor issue — UPDATED

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Karl Stevens’ comic page Failure has been cancelled by the Boston Phoenix, where it had run for the last few years, replacing another strip by Stevens known as “Whatever.” The reason, reportedly, is because the above strip insulted an advertiser, Bud Light.

Best Comics of 2012: Washington Post

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Well, the year is winding down, and with it comes the annual “Best Of” lists from various websites and media.  Publishers Weekly led the charge, issuing an actual graphic novel listing within their greater big list, with Chris Ware’s Unbuilding making the overall “Best Books” listing. Yesterday, the Washington Post released their list, and it […]

Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Random House

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The New Yorker learns why they call it FACEbook and not NIPPLEbook

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For those of you who think New Yorker humor is inscrutable, cartoon editor Robert Mankoff’s recent post on Nipplegate could generally put the ROFL in anyone’s MAO.

Maakies didn’t end

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Just in case you were wondering, last week’s Farewell strip for Maakies was just another prank by creator Tony Millionaire, and the strip is still going strong. Great news!

Last Thursday, Millionaire posted the above script, provoking cries of anguish on Twitter along the lines of “Why Tony, why?”

Maakies didn't end

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Just in case you were wondering, last week’s Farewell strip for Maakies was just another prank by creator Tony Millionaire, and the strip is still going strong. Great news!

Last Thursday, Millionaire posted the above script, provoking cries of anguish on Twitter along the lines of “Why Tony, why?”

Coming Attractions: September 2012: Book Trade

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________________________________________________________________ Here are the September titles from what could be considered “mainstream” publishers and distributors. Check here for previous Coming Attractions (is that an oxymoron?) Everything’s subject to change, check your local listings, void where prohibited, and all that jazz.

Coming Attractions: September 2012: Diamond Book Distributors

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______________________________________________________________ Here are some interesting titles from publishers distributed by Diamond Book Distributors, expected to ship in September 2012.  (All information is tentative.) Source PDF available here.  (It also lists prose books and games.) These are the titles I found interesting.  The ones with covers are the most interesting.

Coming Attractions: Andrews McMeel: Fall 2012 – Spring 2013

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___________________________________________________________________________ Andrews McMeel is the publishing division of what was once known as the Universal Press Syndicate. If one ignores the various archival publishers of comicstrips, then AMU is the predominant publisher of comicstrip collections in the United States. This Fall, AMU launches a line aimed at kids, known as AMP!. Diary of a Wimpy […]

So Stan Lee once posed for a naked centrefold

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By Steve Morris SFW? NSFW? I suppose it all depends on if your boss has an alliterative name or not. Writer Sean Howe, building up to the October 9th release of his new book Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, has been releasing snippets and previews via the book’s Tumblr page. And this most recent update […]

Richard Thompson ends CUL DE SAC on September 23rd

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Sad news today as the syndicate has announced that Richard Thompson is ending CUL DE SAC on September 23rd due to his ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Howard Chaykin is Reviving Buck Rogers

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OK, here’s another one you weren’t expecting. Howard Chaykin is going to be writing and drawing a Buck Rogers series. From Hermes Press.