50th Anniversaries: Doctor Who and the Kennedy Assassination

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TweetFifty years ago today a SF show called Doctor Who debuted in England. Festivities and surprises are planned to celebrate this anniversary. In more unhappy news that day, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. I’ve never actually got to the bottom of either of these things.

MARCH soars to #12 on Amazon after Rachel Maddow appearance

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Tweet MARCH made it to Maddow last night, as Rep. John Lewis, co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell appeared on the Rachel Maddow show for a full 10 minute segment which you can watch here: Maddow, who is a regular graphic novel reader, showed love for Powell and the whole project and also mentioned […]

One Year Ago: Josh Neufeld remembers Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath

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Over at The Nib, Josh Neufeld, the comics laureate of Hurricane Katrina, has stories stories of Hurricane Sandy one year later.

Go See! Kate Brown and Paul Duffield’s ‘Crown of Blood’

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TweetNow playing at the Tower of London, comic creators Kate Brown and Paul Duffield have created a two-minute video about the princes in the tower story – which is being screened every day in the Bloody Tower itself, where the pair allegedly spent their last night.

Gene Deitch’s Nudnik joins Tumblr, Twitter and so on

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Tweet As long as we’re talking about the groovy 60s, the angular, sketchy cartoons of Gene Deitch (father of Kim) were a staple of the decade, from Tom and Jerry to Tom Terrific. Fantagraphics recently published Nudnik Revealed, a retrospective of a series of animated shorts Deitch created to run before films of the time. […]

The day Archie’s publisher put the heat on J. Edgar Hoover over dirty comic books

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Back in 1960, Archie Publisher John L. Goldwater told FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover that he was WRONG about dirty comic books

Best idea ever: Shatner and West kibbitz at Salt Lake City con

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Tweet HOW has no one ever thought of this before? Putting William Shatner and Adam West—the two most mellifluous, self mocking and endearing of legendary nerdlebrities—together on stage: It was “The Shat” and “The Bat” for the first time ever on a stage together Friday night at the Salt Lake Comic Con, and their presence […]

Stan Lee has an archive, but you will probably never be able to see it because it’s in Wyoming

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In an era when more and more collection of personal comics papers are being given to scholarly institutions (Columbia’s Karen Green and OSU’s Jenny Robb being among the leaders of this particular movement) it came as a bit of a surprise to be reminded where Stan Lee’s papers are housed: Laramie, WY. Sequential Tart’s Katie Frank made the arduous journey to the archive at the University of Wyoming, braving raging rivers, scaling giant redwoods and sustained on morning dew from maple leaves, but she made it.

Neil Gaiman and Grant Morrison having tea together

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We’ve seen some pretty funny mash-ups photos floating around the web of Grant Morrison and Alan Moore together, photos which are a little ironic since the two titans of comics are not actually besties IRL. However, the above photo of Morrison and Neil Gaiman is 100% real.

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 […]

Spokesman who led the Danish Muhammad cartoons protests: “Oops, my bad”

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One of the leaders of the protest movement against a Dutch newspaper publishing cartoons of the prophet Muhammad—protests which killed scores f people and engulfed the entire Islamic world in violence and protest—now says he was wrong. Ahmad Akkari, now 35, says he was way offbase when he led the protests.

Rep. John Lewis promotes March on The Colbert Report

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Tweet March: Volume 1 has already had pretty huge success since its release at Comic-Con—and last night it got one of the ultimate media accolades—a slot on The Colbert Report. Stephen Colbert grilled the civil rights icon on wether graphic novels were serious enough for the Civil Rights movement—but you know, disparagement is Colbert speak […]

Podcast Alert: Word Balloon surpasses 4 million downloads

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Tweet The Word Balloon podcast is one of the most important thing to happen to comics in the last eight years.

Convention mistakenly advertises X-men Creators reunion, apologizes

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Tweet The other day I received an email from comics historian and artist Jim Amash on behalf of inker Terry Austin to alert people that a mailer sent out by retailer Joseph Koch wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. The mailer, part of which you can see above, claimed that this Saturday at […]

Help Jim Lee put his kids through college by buying Jack Kirby’s ARGO art

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TweetWell that’s the short hand version. Basically, back in the 90s, Jim Lee bought two piece of Jack Kirby art. At the time everyone was unaware of the backstory as to how they were created: as told in fictionalized form in the Best-Picture winning film Argo, Kirby had created the concept art for a film […]

SDCC’13: Wonder Women: On Paper and Off

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Tweet From 1983 until 1997, Mary Mashcal assembled an extensive collection of memorabilia and aritifacts, filling virtually every room of her Golden Hill home with historic documents, banners, posters, and books. Her collection eventually became the Women’s Museum of California, located in the former Naval Training Center in Point Loma, San Diego.  This summer, another […]