Paul Levitz joins the board of Boom!; speaks on Eisner tonight.

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Tweet Oh yeah, the other major news coming out of ComicsPRO, was the return of Paul Levitz, former publisher and president at DC Comics. Levitz stepped down as President a couple of years ago, although remaining on as a writer, but evidently his contract is over and instead of just sticking it out at his […]

On The Scene: Wizard World’s “NYC Experience” Wasn’t Half Bad

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TweetAmong people I talk to about cons and comics, about half won’t bother to go to Wizard World Cons, about a quarter might go, but usually have mediocre things to say about them, and about a quarter haven’t ever been to one but haven’t totally ruled it out. This is because Wizard cons are known […]

On the Scene: Celebrating Golden Age Comics at Columbia University

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TweetOn January 23rd, Columbia University Library acquired a double-bill of Golden Age related comics materials, including the research materials Larry Tye compiled to write his Superman biography, The High Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero, and six 1940’s BATMAN scripts from the estate of Jerry Robinson. These add to the ongoing Rare Book and […]

Meanwhile, back in the 60s and 70s, teenagers were working for DC

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Via Sean Howe’s invaluable Marvel tumblr, this photo of future Marvel editor in chief Jim Shooter at age 14. At that age he sent a spec script to DC editor Mort Weisinger and was hired to write the Legion of Superheroes at that age. While the world of superhero comics was not quite as harsh as it is now…it was still probably no place for a boy, as Howe writes in MARVEL: THE UNTOLD STORY:

On the Scene: Superman at 75, Celebrating America’s Most Enduring Hero

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TweetThe Center for Jewish History hosted a celebration of the 2013 75th birthday of the seminal superhero Superman on January 27th with co-sponsorship from Columbia University Library. Though Superman’s cover-date advent in comics occurred in June of 1938, celebrations are gearing up early to take a look back at the Kryptonian’s origins and the impact […]

On the Scene: Eisner in the Snow at MoCCA/Society of Illustrators

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TweetWith a nor’easter blowing in at increasing velocity on November 7th, a full house still turned out for the first of the newly partnered MoCCA/Society of Illustrators dinner and a movie events, this one complete with an informative panel discussion featuring the life and work of comics giant Will Eisner. The evening’s film, Will Eisner: […]

On the Scene: NYCC Day 1: Irwin Hasen Rocks the Boat and the Image Revolution Shakes Things up!

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TweetBy Hannah Means-Shannon There’s something about walking into the New York Comic Con before it officially opens and seeing all the surprisingly graceful last minute preparations. Maybe it’s because the hard work is done and people are waiting with a kind of satisfaction for the biggest party in New York to start. Die-hards bought four […]

Will Brangelina’s kid star in BATTLING BOY? — UPDATE: no

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This is from the Enquirer so salt and all that, but apparently Maddox Pitt-Jolie, adapted son of Angelina and Brad Pitt, is dying to be an action star, so they are grooming him to play the lead in the movie adaptation of Paul Pope’s upcoming BATTLING BOY comic — which PItt’s production company has optioned.

To do tonight; Gaiman and Levitz in conversation at Symphony Space

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Another one we’d love to attend.

Author, graphic novelist, and screenwriter Neil Gaiman (Sandman, American Gods, Coraline, The Graveyard Book) has been described by the Dictionary of Literary Biography as “one of the top ten living post-modern writers.”  Join Paul Levitz, former publisher of DC Comics and lecturer at Columbia University’s Center for American Studies as he talks with Gaiman about his life and his writing.   

Presented by the Institute for Israel & Jewish Studies and the Center for American Studies, ColumbiaUniversity.


Seriously, you people need to start taking your iphones and recording this stuff, kamikaze style.

To do tonight; Gaiman and Levitz in conversation at Symphony Space

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Another one we’d love to attend.

Author, graphic novelist, and screenwriter Neil Gaiman (Sandman, American Gods, Coraline, The Graveyard Book) has been described by the Dictionary of Literary Biography as “one of the top ten living post-modern writers.”  Join Paul Levitz, former publisher of DC Comics and lecturer at Columbia University’s Center for American Studies as he talks with Gaiman about his life and his writing.   

Presented by the Institute for Israel & Jewish Studies and the Center for American Studies, ColumbiaUniversity.


Seriously, you people need to start taking your iphones and recording this stuff, kamikaze style.

Nice art: Paul Pope does Guido Crepax

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From the Adhouse THB Comics From Mars Issue 2 special edition, now available in the UK only from FPI UK..

DC's 75th anniversary marked by huge tome

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We had a few moments to stop by a signing for 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking last night, and snapped a picture of author Paul Levitz, DC’s Steve Korte, and Taschen Art Director Josh Baker. I have seen a lot of books about comics, but I have never seen a more beautiful one than this — the reproductions are incredibly crisp and vibrant, and there are double page pull-outs, charts and even a chromium insert to mark the “modern age.” With the text, Levitz proves that if knowing everything there is to know about a company’s history qualifies you to run that company, he was the best qualified president in history.