24 Hours of Halloween: a Salute to Ben Cooper Costumes

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Long before cosplay and pop up costume stores radically upped the ante, and Hwlloween became the second biggest adult holiday of the year, there were Ben Cooper costumes.

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.

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 […]

Steranko-ing: the early years

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Tweet Thanks to Sarrah Horrocks, this undated but 80s ish photo of Jim Steranko and Jack Kirby shows that Steranko-ing has a long, proud tradition. Steranko has recently gained a whole new audience with his addictive Twitter feed which includes stories of escape tricks, comics history and general “I was there” testimony—although it has yet […]

Columbia University acquires Al Jaffee archives

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Tweet Anyone who has ever met him knows that they want to be Al Jaffee when they grow up. The master of MAD’s fold-ins is vital and witty well into his 90s, with a vocal delivery that would make hims a great voiceover star if he didn’t have his cartoonist skills to fall back on. […]

Happy Fourth of July, everyone!

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Tweet Here are some comics to get you in the mood for hot dogs and fireworks. And some videos.

Catch up on your comics history with The Superhero Reader

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Tweet The University Press of Mississippi has published many excellent scholarly works on comics and here’s a new one: The Superhero Reader, a volume of critical essays edited by Charles Hatfield, Jeet Heer, and Kent Worcester with a cover by Dean Haspiel. After reading the description, I’m sold. The book is available now. The Superhero […]

The week in women: do we write about gender issues too much?

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Tweet I had about 20 posts in various stages on gender issues this week…let’s put them all into one big roil, complete with shocking personal confessions: § Villain Month is for boys: When the New 52 rolled out two years ago (!?!) it was pointed out that there was a lone female creator: inker Sandra […]