OH NO, not the gossip war again.

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Sometime in the night, the marvelous Gail Simone went on Twitter and spoke thusly: Do We Need Tabloid And Gossip Comics Journalism? which Rich Johnston picked up at the above link. Simone is no stranger to the message board, so the debate continues in the link and its very own Twitter topic. Now, I haven’t […]

SDCC Safety alert: Beware the pedicab!

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Those of us who are San Diego bound are gearing up for many things, including the inevitable oceans of pedicabs swarming like seagulls over every scrap of pedestrian. But a lengthy LA Times report on the pedicabs of San Diego reveals that the city is acting to curb these ubiquitous peddlers: But the tourist tradition […]

TSA finds comic script threatening

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Via his Twitter feed, writer Mark Sable reveals that he was detained for 30 minutes prior to a flight by the TSA after a random search turned up a copy of his script to UNTHINKABLE. In the BOOM! series, a government think tank spends its time thinking up possible terrorist scenarios. Read Twitter backwards! # […]

Cartoon Last Supper offends some San Diegans

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A painting by Glen Tarnowski refitting Da Vinci’s Last Supper to include Bugs Bunny, the Grinch, and other toons has offended some passers-by in Old Town, San Diego.. The painting is hanging in the front window of the Chuck Jones Gallery, and provoked a mixed reaction from the locals: “We never intended to offend anyone,” […]

Sexy Spidey outrages mom

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As reported late last week, a mother in Millard, Nebraska was shocked by the sexual undertones in a Spider-Man graphic novel that her six-year-old son checked out of the local school library: “It has a lot of sexual undertones in here, as far as sexuality goes,” she said. “They can learn this through any other […]

Devil pleasing twiddle rompus is upon us

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We’re on a hiatus today while we deal with pressing matters, but we thought you would like this subtext-laden Wolverine blow up toy, and the ChristWire article that blows it up: It looks like our homo supporting friends over at Marvel have created a new toy to encourage young boys to perform mouth to mouth […]

Nerd moles moving on hurting comics?

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We received a note the other day about Time’s Top Ten of Everything being far from everything, since it doesn’t include Graphic Novels. It does have a (rather unimaginative, we think) Top 10 Editorial Cartoons, and Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book made the Top Ten Books. It’s a little sad, considering that last year, Comics […]

Canadian literary awards still don’t like pictures

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New scandal: The SKIM snub. The ruckus started last week when Chester Brown and Seth wrote an open letter to the Canadian Governor General Literary Awards committee. The letter, also signed by such luminaries as Lynda Barry, Chris Ware, Dan Clowes, and other heavy hitters, was to protest that the awards committee had nominated the […]

Hitting too close to home

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Did this happen to anyone else? We had three different people we know send us a link to yesterday’s CUL DE SAC by Richard Thompson. Also, you should get the first CUL DE SAC collection. As Tom would likely tell you, it’s one of the best newspaper strips around these days. posted by Mark Coale

What’s threatening us now

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While some think that the Potty Mouth Batman variant may be the trigger to a new comics witch hunt, it’s more likely that THIS kind of thing will be more alarming if someone wants to make a big meal of things. Anybody who doubts the rapidly growing influence of Japan’s erotic cultural imports in the […]

To boycott or not to boycott?

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The Hyatt Boycott Controversy has raged for a bit now, with Chris Butcher saying yes here and Chris Williams saying no here. Tom Spurgeon said the argument was spinach and to hell with it: As tends to be the case with comics folk post-1990 or so pressed to make some kind of simple decision that […]

DC: BATMAN YEAR 100 isn’t one of the best comics of the year

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Every once in a while we feel a little bad for picking on DC around here, then we read something like this and we have to put on one of those ruffled collar things to keep from scratching our head to the bone. It seem DC refused to let Lynda Barry put an excerpt of […]

Comics fans still viewed with suspicion?

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If you do go to the link we just listed for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s day of superhero fashion, you will see a rather telling indication of what the Met REALLY thinks of these superhero fans: In many ways its comforting to know that as far are we’ve come, there are still some barriers. […]

Even More on Wertham

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Jeet Heer examines both side of the Wertham legacy in a piece in Slate. So, who is right, Hajdu or Beaty? Did Wertham have a point? Beaty’s revisionism is valuable in forcing us to see Wertham as a complex historical figure, not an easy-to-dismiss cardboard crank. Still, Hajdu is right to point out that Wertham’s […]

Wertham: Friend or foe?

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While Fredric Wertham is the archetypal real-life bogeyman of comics, his legacy is not all black and white. Bart Beatty, author of Frederic Wertham and the Critique of Mass Culture and Jeet Heer debate Wertham’s portrayel in David Hajdu‘s The Ten Cent Plague at The Globe and Mail Beatty for the defense: Hajdu’s portrayal of […]

But some must be persuaded

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This post by Molly Flatt in the Guardian has been linked to by several bloggers, starting with Tom. Flatt is definitely of the “Think! Feel! Comics are a great medium!” school, but the comments get a bit lively, although some of the Newsarama-esque ones were removed before we could cut’n’paste. (Damn you, polite literate newspapers!) […]