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Thursday, September 30, 2004
 
  Posted by T.McClurg on 9/30/2004 02:40:00 PM :

      

Why not to be a registered voter...

So, all these fools are going to be wandering around my town on Saturday. It would be cool as hell to wake up to Steve Buschemi and Kevin Bacon rapping on your door.

"On Saturday afternoon, the likes of Martin Sheen, Marisa Tomei, Kevin Bacon and Steve Buscemi could be knocking on your door and asking for your autograph.

That's if you're not already a registered voter.

Saturday's program starts in Cleveland with a pancake breakfast for labor and America Coming Together volunteers, then passing out leaflets at the West Side Market. The buses head to a senior citizens high rise and ACT offices in Akron before coming to Stark County."



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  Posted by T.McClurg on 9/30/2004 09:03:00 AM :

       Vomit in my mouth..

Vomit in all our mouths...

Since i'm here primarily to grant Tony's wishes, here's the Celine Geddes pic..and what could make it better? A Thomas effing Kinkaid burning cabin! Bring on that apocalypse, bitch.



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  Posted by Dara on 9/30/2004 08:36:00 AM :

      

F***ing hypocrite, lying son of a b****

Not that any of this is news when it comes to good ol' Dubbya (or as Steven Grant is wont to call him, the "Hand Puppet"), but CBS News online has a nice little collection called Bush's Top Ten Flip-Flops.

"President Bush: "We found the weapons of mass destruction. We found biological laboratories."(May 29, 2003)

President Bush: "I recognize we didn't find the stockpiles [of weapons] we all thought were there." (Sept. 9, 2004)"

(link courtesy of boingboing)



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  Posted by Dara on 9/30/2004 08:08:00 AM :

      

Superhero food commercials

No, not foods made for superheroes. Commercials for food products, starring superheroes.

Including this very dorky Hawkman ad for Baby Ruth candy bars.



(link courtesy of Progressive Ruin)


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  Posted by Dara on 9/30/2004 07:20:00 AM :

      

Everyone needs a little Artcar love

A photo gallery of artcars at the San Jose Museum of Art - September 18, 2004.



(Link courtesy of boingboing)


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Wednesday, September 29, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 9/29/2004 03:55:00 PM :

      

From political cartoonist Jeff Danziger



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  Posted by Dara on 9/29/2004 03:51:00 PM :

      

From political cartoonist Kirk Anderson




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  Posted by Tony on 9/29/2004 03:37:00 PM :

      

Just a closer walk with thee

Here's a link to Jesus of the Week, a site devoted to odd representations of Our Lord and Savior.

http://www.jesusoftheweek.com/?city_id=cle

To quote Kanye West, "I ain't here to argue about his facial features / I'm just here to convert athiests into believers."


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  Posted by Tony on 9/29/2004 01:55:00 PM :

      

Block the vote

Continuing on Tom's thought, here's today’s Dispatch:
“Under fire from voting-rights advocates, Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell retreated yesterday from a directive that critics said would slow voter-registration efforts and even block some people from casting a ballot Nov. 2.

At issue is a reminder Blackwell issued the month to county boards of election that voter-registration forms must be printed on “white, uncoated paper of not less than 80-pound text weight,” a heavy, card-like stock.”

Turn that “retreat” into a rout. Write to Blackwell here:
J. Kenneth Blackwell-R
180 E. Broad St., 15th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-3910
E-Mail: blackwell@sos.state.oh.us

Also, you can always walk-in vote at the county board of elections, located on Broad Street at the site of the old COSI, across from the original Wendy's.


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  Posted by Tom on 9/29/2004 01:55:00 PM :

      

What the Hell??

3 days before the deadline for voter registration the Ohio (republican) Secretary of State pulls alot of the registrations because they're not printed on the official 80 pound paper. So if you registered with one of the numerous street teams you might wanna hurry up and reregister with the board of elections. This can be done at any DMV.


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  Posted by Tony on 9/29/2004 10:08:00 AM :

      

My heart will go on and on

Two of the World's Most Popular Creative Artists CELINE DION & ANNE GEDDES Collaborate On a Major New Work Miracle

NEW YORK, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Millions of people worldwide have enjoyed the soaring vocals of Celine Dion and the stunning photographic images celebrating birth and life taken by Anne Geddes. Now, in an unprecedented professional collaboration, these two extraordinary talents will combine their unique gifts to create an exceptional combination of music and images, the Miracle project. Miracle will be released by Epic Records on October 12th.

(I wish I could show you the photo. It shows Celine nuzzling a baby, although it's possible she's preparing to eat it. Celine seems to be wearing lettuce, and the baby's hair has been dyed green.)


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  Posted by Dara on 9/29/2004 09:48:00 AM :

      

Tim Truman interview

Pop Thought has a very comprehensive and detailed interview with one of my all-time favorite writer/artists, Tim Truman. I like how it digs way back to his work as a staff illustrator for roleplaying giant TSR, as well as his seminal early works Scout and Grimjack.



And then there's this bit which I found interesting:
"AN: What informs your beliefs and who are you voting for in November?

TT: When I was a kid in the late 60's and early 70's, I was a "hawk"-- believed in the war in Vietnam, and all that stuff. Then I heard the song "Ohio" by Crosby Stills, Nash & Young, about the national guard shooting down Kent State antiwar protesters. The lyrics "What if you knew her and found her dead on the ground" really hit home with me, instantly. On that day I took a turn to the Left and kept on going.

I watch CSPAN every day while I work, like most people might watch ESPN Sports Channel. I'm pretty informed about the issues and about what goes on in various votes that go on in the Senate and the House. That anyone could possibly believe in or support George W. Bush and this corporate neo-con third party that's been created around him absolutely astounds and terrifies me. When someone tells me they're voting Republican this year, I just look at them and say "Wow, I didn't know you guys had a candidate."



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Tuesday, September 28, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 9/28/2004 01:26:00 PM :

      

Avengers Disassembled: Internet Action Figure Variant

People with too much free time on their hands...not to mention a ton of Marvel action figures and a digital camera:









(Link courtesy of The Beat)


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  Posted by Tom on 9/28/2004 10:14:00 AM :

      

New indy show in Austin, Texas called STAPLE. It's a one day show on March 5th of next year. mini-comics, zines, and art. Full tables are $50. Half tables are $30. Always wanted to check out Austin.



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Monday, September 27, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 9/27/2004 04:39:00 PM :

      

Grimjack

IDW is reprinting the old Grimjack stories in TPB form. Then there will be a new 6-issue limited series in 2005, by original series creators John Ostrander and Tim Truman. Preview pages at Newsarama.





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  Posted by Tony on 9/27/2004 04:36:00 PM :

      

You shall know our voter-osity!

In a literary-politico twofer ... A group of McSweeney's authors will speak at a voter registration event at Ohio State tomorrow as part of the lit mag's "Operation Ohio."

The group, led by Dave Eggers, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mershon Auditorium. As part of Operation Ohio, the authors promise to make personal phone calls to college students reminding them to vote Nov. 2.

For more information, click here.


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  Posted by Tony on 9/27/2004 03:07:00 PM :

      

It doesn't matter ...

While we were at the Studio 16 Art Fair, several of us got to chat with the artist to be featured at this Friday's Gallery Hop. His name is Brandon Kukan, and his last show included a number of vaguely demonic marionette-type things. They're very good, kind of reminiscent of Jim Henson's monster work.

Steve asked if Kukan if he'd ever thought of using them in some sort of puppet show, and he said no. We were all disappointed, because if there's one thing Panel members know, it's this:

It doesn't matter how good your art is if you can't tell a story.


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Friday, September 24, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 9/24/2004 01:50:00 PM :

      

Ann Telnaes

One of my favorite political cartoonists. She brings a clean, fluid, animation-influnced style to a field dominated by scratchy caricatures.






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  Posted by Dara on 9/24/2004 01:35:00 PM :

      

Half the fun is in the comments

Over on the Fanboy Rampage blog, there's a post about Zeb Wells' new New Warriors comic (wow, that was an awkward sentence...) It goes a little something like this:
"Zeb Wells makes a million fanboys happy:

'[My] New Warriors project with Skottie Young got the green light. The premise is that the New Warriors have trouble getting work, and they hook up with a TV show, like 'Extreme Home Makeover,' and when people around the country get menaced by a Z-grade villain, the Warriors zip off in their van and save the day.'

Did I say a million fanboys? I meant three."
Which is funny enough, until you see the comments below it:

"You think only 3? I'd say less. After the absolute failure of the Fight Club Thunderbolts you'd think Marvel would think twice before trying to squeeze another high concept pop culture phenomena onto a 3rd tier company-owned superhero book"

and

"I want a book where they makeover ugly female superheroes. Oh, wait... there aren't any..."




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Thursday, September 23, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 9/23/2004 08:48:00 AM :

      

What if the folks at Marvel were cluless asshats?

Oh, wait. We already know the answer to that. From their December solicitations:
"WHAT IF THERE WERE SEVEN MORE COMICS YOU HAD TO BUY?? What if we could say, "due to popular demand" and mean it? Well, True Believer, we ain't lyin'! You wanted the craziest, most far-out What If extravaganzas we could find, so we sent some interns up to the attic of this old House of Ideas and we never heard from them again! So, we warned the industry's BEST CREATORS we'd send THEM to the attic next if they didn't come through. And they did! Look at this all-star lineup, gang, and you'll notice the only What If missing is the one about Forbush Man becoming EIC!"
That's right folks, seven quality books like "What if Dr. Doom Had Become The Thing?" Yes, seven. All released in the same month. Because, you know, they're not already churning out enough books to compete for your dollars...


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  Posted by Dara on 9/23/2004 08:40:00 AM :

      

Go, Spider-man, Go!

From an AP news story:

"A French urban climber who calls himself "Spider-Man" scaled a 59-story Paris office building Wednesday with his bare hands and without using any ropes.

Alain Robert took less than 45 minutes to climb the nearly 700-foot-tall Montparnasse Tower building, gripping the metal girders on his way up.

Robert, renowned for climbing without ropes or other equipment, has scaled the Eiffel Tower and more than 30 skyscrapers, including the Empire State Building in 1994 and Malaysia's Petronas Twin Towers in 1997."




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Wednesday, September 22, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 9/22/2004 11:10:00 AM :

      

Grant Morrison on today's comics audience

Disclosure: I'm not a big Morrison fan. I enjoyed his Doom Patrol run, but most of his other work has left me cold. I think too often he writes weird/obtuse stuff for the sake of just being weird/obtuse. And his whole "magick" philosophy is equally unappealing to me.

Having said that, he makes an interesting observation in Arthur magazine, as seen in Rich Johnston's column:
"I'm hoping the prose stuff will be the next continuation of where I want to go. The comics audience is becoming more and more compressed and unpleasant. It's really sad. After I did 'Seaguy' and so many people said they didn't get it, I felt completely exasperated. 'Seaguy' is based on medieval quest literature which always has the young hero setting out and he has his companion who gets killed, the questing beast, but many of my readers seem to now be unaware of storytelling structures beyond the Hollywood three-act, and the literalism is so rife that nobody seems to be able to deal with symbolic content anymore. It's strange. One of the symptoms of schizophrenia is the schizophrenic can't process metaphor. If you say to a schizophrenic 'a rolling stone gathers no moss' he takes it utterly literally! He doesn't see it as having any kind of secondary meaning. My thesis is that everybody's gone kind of schizophrenic, which also explains the rise of reality TV. Because people cannot deal with a symbolic approach anymore-they have to see the 'real deal.' And the real deal is incoherent and it lacks catharsis or dramatic structure."



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Tuesday, September 21, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 9/21/2004 10:06:00 AM :

      

I'm all out of Bone jokes

So I'll make this a simple link to Time.com, where Andrew D. Arnold reviews the Bone collection.
"Combining the instant gratification strong cartooning with the deep engagement of epic storytelling and the universal appeal of humor, Jeff Smith's "Bone" has becomes the best all-ages graphic novel yet published. While older readers will tune into such themes as the folly of blind fanaticism and the corrupting nature of power, the younger set will simply thrill to the adventure and delight at the huge cast of characters. Hardly a folly anymore, "Bone" now deserves to go from hipster cult item to mainstream literary success."




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  Posted by Tony on 9/21/2004 10:06:00 AM :

      

V is for Vote

V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, is taking its grassroots voting campaign -- V Is For Vote -- on the road to inspire women to vote and to elevate violence against women as an important issue in the 2004 Elections. Eve Ensler, V-Day Founder and Artistic Director/Playwright of the "Vagina Monologues," will lead the V-team through Florida, Ohio and Colorado. In each city, the V Is For Vote delegation will meet with local women's shelters and programs, activist groups, students, politicians, anti-violence, arts and community leaders to promote voting as activism and a vote to end violence against women.

September 22, 2004 -- Eve and local Columbus politicians and prominent figures in the arts community will hold a press conference downtown at the Hyatt, 4:00pm, to discuss local violence against women issues and voting as activism. A V Is For Vote rally with Eve, local politicians, and prominent figures in the local arts community, as well as a Vagina Vote Essay reading, will take place at 5:30pm at the Ohio Statehouse in Capitol Square.

...

Also, Studio 16 is hosting a Kerry fund-raiser Friday night.


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  Posted by Dara on 9/21/2004 09:54:00 AM :

      

Bendis in the New York Times

Newarama sez:
"Apparently not content with seeing his work published in every comic book published by Marvel, Brian Bendis has gone in search of finding a new outlet for his words and pictures, and found it in The New York Times."
You can read the whole autobiographical strip about his small business instincts here.



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Monday, September 20, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 9/20/2004 09:38:00 PM :

      

Ape Omnibus #2

Here's a look at the Ad in Wizard #157.

My story, "A Little Knowledge", with art by Adrian Barbu, will be in that issue. Order a copy via Previews.



And here's a look at the first page of my story:



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  Posted by Tony on 9/20/2004 04:56:00 PM :

      

I am pleased to announce we almost made enough to pay for the table at the Studio 16 fair on Sunday. Most of that was from postcards of Steve’s Point Pleasant painting -- who knew so many West Virginians frequented Studio 16?

I personally made 97.5 cents on the day, so moneywise it wasn’t a great success. Still, I think it was worth it. Comics are such a small field, I’m happy anytime we can get in front of a different audience. More importantly, I like the idea of us being part of the wider Columbus art scene.

Again, special thanks to those who spent more time there than I did. I’ll try to pick up the check from Studio 16 this week and divvy up the money at the next meeting.


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  Posted by Dara on 9/20/2004 01:39:00 PM :

      

FBI Guide to Concealable Weapons, 2003

Here's a link to an 89 page PDF document produced by the FBI detailing dozens of concealable weapons. A great resource for fiction writers, as well as intriguing look into a field most of us don't know much about. Belt buckle knives, crucifix pendant knives, umbrella swords, coin knives, plastic push daggers, you name it. Even something right out of the pages of Daredevil: all-metal, razor sharp pack of playing cards, meant for throwing!



(link courtesy of BoingBoing)


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  Posted by Dara on 9/20/2004 11:29:00 AM :

      

Talk about lens envy!

Courtesy of Scott Shaw's Oddball Comics.




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  Posted by Dara on 9/20/2004 11:23:00 AM :

      

The Arizona Republic on Mini-Comics

Newspaper article covers the mini-comic scene in Phoenix, plus commentary from retailers across the US, including the ubiquitous James Sime. Not a bad story, but unfortunately, the writer feels the need to pepper his article with words like "Blam!", "Fwip, cra-dink!", and "Fwap!"

Stupid Asshat.

(link courtesy of the Comics Pimp)


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Sunday, September 19, 2004
 
  Posted by Sean McGurr on 9/19/2004 01:49:00 AM :

      

Entertainment Weekly
While their Comics section has become more and more irregular (I haven't seen it for a few months), EW continues to plug comics and graphic novels in other sections of the mag.

To boot in the Books section of this week's issue (with Star Wars on the cover), Jeff Smith's collected Bone is given an A by Rachel Lovinger:
Bone is storytelling at its best, full of endearing, flawed characters whose adventures run the gamut from hilarious whimsy to thrilling drama. Along the way, Smith's musings on Fone's love, Phoney's greed, and the town's political confusion take on a greater relevance than you'd ever expect.

In the Style Sheet, a look at fashion in the entertainment world, Kevin Conran, the costume designer for Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, discusses how Dr. Mid-Nite from the silver age of comics influenced the look of baddie Mysterious Woman.

Finally, in The Must List, the new series Ex Machina is highlighted (along with Season One of Alf, so maybe take that with a grain of salt.

By the way, I'm back from China with my daughter Maddie. Everything was great, but I'm glad to be home. I have some pictures in a slideshow (a large, 5mb+ Quicktime file) on my Web site and will have more details and pictures in the coming days.


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Saturday, September 18, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 9/18/2004 06:09:00 PM :

      

Oh...My...God

So, do you suppose this is an officially licensed DC product?

Geneva Hip Hop Batman Bling Mens Watch. "Rolex Styled Watch with Bezel Laced Stones and Stainless steel back. Studded bat with Jeweled Eyes (Note eye color may vary)"



Also available: Batman Watch - Watches Bats Geneva Style. "Whether you like Batman or not, you are going to love the look of this Geneva Bling Batman Watch with Floater Bats! The three bats inside the glass float effortlessly in random as you move. It really attracts attention to your time piece."



(link courtesy of Red Ferret Journal)


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  Posted by Dara on 9/18/2004 09:47:00 AM :

      

Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library

There's now an online sampling of Newspaper Cartoon Artists from 1898-1909 at OSU's Cartoon Research Library website. Some really detailed and gorgeous stuff from the likes of DeVoss Woodward Driscoll, Walter McDougall, Victor Schramm, Gustave Verbeck, and others.
"In the late 1890s and early 1900s, cartoons in American newspapers were an evolving art form. Highly talented artists were given generous page space on which to work their experiments in composition and dialogue. Many of these cartoonists were also painters, sculptors, and illustrators. They inherited from traditions of caricature, fable, and satire, and they reflected contemporary arts such as printing, book illustration, billboard painting, vaudeville, and kinetoscope. Their work contains innumerable references to politics, entertainment, and fashion, as well as social and technological change. They reflect the conditions of society at the time, particularly urban society."

"Over two million examples of newspaper cartoon art are preserved in the collections of the Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library. The images by the artists listed below are a sample from the San Francisco Academy of Comic Art collection."



(link courtesy of The Comics Journal message board)


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Friday, September 17, 2004
 
  Posted by Tony on 9/17/2004 04:04:00 PM :

      

I have a pullout couch if anyone needs to crash

Columbus has won a bid to host roughly 160 members of two “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” touring companies for four weeks before they embark on their holiday season performances.

They’ll rehearse for four weeks in the Arena District as they prepare for shows here and in St. Louis, Buffalo and Boston. The group will arrive in town Oct. 12.

A collaboration between the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts and Nationwide Realty Investors helped land the rehearsals, which are expected to bring in 44 Rockettes, 54 cast members and more than 60 production and creative staff members.

From 9-17 Bizzle Fizzle


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  Posted by Dara on 9/17/2004 01:51:00 PM :

      

'Nuff Said



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  Posted by Tony on 9/17/2004 11:38:00 AM :

      

Meanwhile, in the Battleground State of Ohio ...

Daily Kos has an audio clip of anti-tax fanatic Grover Norquist talking about horse-whipping our beloved Gov. Bob Taft. Taft, it seems, is too darned moderate.

Here's the transcript:

Q: What are the key, or most problematic, battleground states?

Norquist: The key battleground states. We have to hold Ohio. OK? We have an idiot, stupid, corrupt, dumb, rotten, Republican governor in the state, who's been busy looting the state, and raising taxes, and lying to gun owners.

And his state is the only state in the nation that's lost jobs and isn't recovering, because he's been beating the economy to death in the state! But he's not on the ballot! George Bush is on the ballot.

And we've got to overcome, what we've had in Illinois, too, which is a Republican governor busy raising taxes and pissing everybody off, and now we've got that in Ohio.

It's not helpful. He should be taken out and horsewhipped.
This is an open thread.


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  Posted by Tony on 9/17/2004 10:53:00 AM :

      

Panel at the Studio 16 Art Fair!

Panel, a Columbus-based comix collective, will be one of the exhibitors at Studio 16’s Art Fair Sunday, Sept. 19.

The event will feature a number of local artists displaying their wares, from fine art to handmade jewelry to henna tatoos. Panel’s table will feature original art and comix from its members, as well as the group’s anthologies.

Studio 16 is located at the corner of 3rd Street and Michigan Avenue in the Victorian Village area of Columbus. The fair will run from about noon until 9 p.m.

Special thanks to all those who volunteered to set up Sunday morning.


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  Posted by Tony on 9/17/2004 10:03:00 AM :

      

I was walking past the City Center yesterday and I saw a half-dozen women with missiles strapped to their crotches. Strapped horizontal, I say.

Regarding the rest of their costumes, they looked like they'd been dipped in patriotism: red leotards, blue belly shirts, star-spangled bandanas and boas. They were singing a song calling for more blood for oil, and the accompanying choreography involved a lot of pelvic thrusts. Their crotch missiles bobbed in time with the music.

A bystander told me they were the Missile Dick Chicks and their Web site is missiledickchicks.net, although I don't dare look it up at work.


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  Posted by Dara on 9/17/2004 09:43:00 AM :

      

Outsiders for Tony

So last night's discussion of guilty pleasure in comics taught me that Tony likes The Outsiders (the DC comics series, not the S.E. Hinton book...although he may like the book, too. I don't know. I assume he would. I mean, Ponyboy, the greasers, all those classic characters? Who doesn't like that novel? But I digress...) So lo and behold, Newsarama has a review of one of the old issues. It's a regular feature called "It Came from the Quarter Bib" where some dude reviews books he found in (you guessed it) the quarter bin. Ok, review isn't exactly the right word. More like offers a detailed synopsis of what happened in the book, then ends with a paragraph saying what he thought of the book.

Which is all just a long way to tell tony to check out 1991's The Outsiders #4 pseudo-review at Newsarama.




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Thursday, September 16, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 9/16/2004 03:56:00 PM :

      

No Dead Time preview

I noticed Tom's press release over at The Pulse. He's got some preview art from his upcoming Oni graphic novel, No Dead Time, up on his website. The man is about to explode on a comics scene that desperately needs more artists with a unique vision. Grab a copy of his book when it comes out, it's 129 pages of delicious nutrition for your eyes.




Tom adds: "scoring this gig was a total fluke. oddly enough you'll find this happens alot in the illustration field. there is not one guaranteed way to break in. every illustrator's break story you'll find is different from another's. i gave up on trying the pitching by mail method a long time ago and continued on with my self-publishing venture. on a whim i saw the comic book idol competition last year on cbr's boards and threw my hat in. i didn't get in. much like my attitude towards anything i was like 'fuck it, i'm doing it anyway' on the play-at-home board. little did i know that editors were checking out the play-at-home boards as well as the competition. james jones from oni saw my stuff. prompted me to send him more samples. three months later i get a script in my inbox for a graphic novel."


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  Posted by Dara on 9/16/2004 03:54:00 PM :

      

Warren Ellis sez:

"Material comes from everywhere. You don't just sit in a small room and make shit up. You need the wood to build with. You get out in the world; not as the cliched "detached observer", but as someone immersed and engaged. Everything you experience is material -- you trust to the process, trust to memory getting tangled up with all the other information you take in, trust that things will stick together in the back of your head and fall out as a piece of story."


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  Posted by Dara on 9/16/2004 09:38:00 AM :

      

Yet another number 1 issue...yawn

So Marvel is starting Captain America over with issue number 1. Again. For, what, the 5th or sixth time? I raise my glass to all the asshat Marvel Zombies (TM) that make this sort of short-sighted money grab possible for the "house of ideas".

On the other hand, the new writer is Ed Brubaker, and the new artist is Steve Epting. I'm not a cap fan, so this book isn't for me, but Brubaker's a great writer and just check out the absolutely solid art by Epting:




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Wednesday, September 15, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 9/15/2004 11:21:00 AM :

      

The Adventures of Action Item, Professional Superhero!

"Welcome to the official home of the Adventures of Action Item comic strip! Accept no substitute!"

If you work in a corporate environment, you'll get the joke.

(link courtesy of my friend Muness)


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  Posted by Tony on 9/15/2004 09:33:00 AM :

      

Research

I've always been taught to write what you know, but I guess there are exceptions to the rule.

I went to a Thurber House event last night, a reading by Edward P. Jones. Jones is author of "The Known World," a novel about black slaveowners in 1850s Virginia. He read a few chapters, and you could see why the book won a Pulitzer Prize.

Then, Jones answered some questions. When asked how much research he did, Jones answered none at all.

"I didn't spend much time describing the clothing they wear or what they ate, what ingredients were in the food," Jones said. "The book is really about human relationships, and those haven't changed for thousands of years."




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  Posted by Tony on 9/15/2004 09:31:00 AM :

      

From Warren Ellis' mailing list:

http://www.thewebcomiclist.com/

"Tracks 683 webcomics. List automatically updates
every hour."

Dara, didn't you say you were working on one of these?


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Tuesday, September 14, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 9/14/2004 10:10:00 AM :

      

Separation of Church and State

Is a really, really, really good idea. Trust me. I've had a little experience with it in a place where they're not separated. It's called Iran.

But looking at the Republican leadership of today, you wouldn't know that this country was founded on that principle. Slate's got a nice article on it.
"Stephen Mansfield, author of The Faith of George W. Bush, goes on to say: "Not long after, Bush called James Robison (a prominent minister) and told him, 'I've heard the call. I believe God wants me to run for President.' " Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention heard Bush say something similar: "Among the things he said to us was: I believe that God wants me to be president."

Gen. William "Jerry" Boykin, who got in trouble for derogatory comments about Islam, argued that it must have been God who selected Bush, since a plurality of voters hadn't. "Why is this man in the White House? The majority of America did not vote for him. He's in the White House because God put him there for a time such as this."

Time magazine reported, "Privately, Bush talked of being chosen by the grace of God to lead at that moment."

Even former President George H.W. Bush speculated that perhaps he needed to be defeated so that his son could become president: "If I'd won that election in 1992, my oldest son would not be president of the United States of America," he said. "I think the Lord works in mysterious ways."
In other words, GOD has chosen ol' Dubbya to be president, and if you vote against him you're going against the will of GOD. You don't want to displease GOD, do you? Don't be a sinner, be a GOD fearing man and re-elect Dubbya.


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  Posted by Dara on 9/14/2004 05:00:00 AM :

      

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: DC's December Covers

Well, I skipped doing this feature last month due to a heavy workload and a general lack of free time. But you can catch the reviews of DC's October covers here, and Marvel's October covers here.

Of course, one of the things about coming in to work at 3 AM today for a software release is that I had a lot of downtime in between various tasks. Which afforeded me the time to write up this batch of cover reviews. Ok, on with the show...

::::::::::::::::::::::: The Good :::::::::::::::::::::::

DETECTIVE COMICS #801 by David Lapham (great framing of the Gotham City scene, which is sketchy and detailed all at once)



BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #60 by Jae Lee (action, drama, moody coloring...and another fantastic Jae Lee Batman cape)



CATWOMAN #38 by Scott Morse (not much to say other than I just like the simple design)



THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #1 by Barry Kitson (it's hard to see it in this thumbnail, but there's a nice little optical effect from the ring that adds a great touch to the piece)



TEEN TITANS GO! #14 by Dave Bullock (unlike the Aquaman cover below, the foreshortening here adds depth and movement to this fun cover)



SUPERMAN #212 by Jim Lee (ok, not a terribly original cover, but the colors and special effects make it really stand out)



100 Bullets by Dave Johnson (simple, elegant)



BLOOD: A TALE TP by Kent Williams (gorgeous)



THE BOOKS OF MAGICK: LIFE DURING WARTIME #6 by Duncan Fegredo (great colors and composition using the dice-as-eyes)



THE LOSERS #19 by Jock (great design, grabs your eye, especially given the current political climate in the US)



LUCIFER #57 by Michael Wm. Kaluta (Kaluta's the master)



THE WITCHING #7 by Tara McPherson (hey, what's this book about? well, witches!)


Y: THE LAST MAN #29 by Massimo Carnevale (nice depth, composition, sense of drama)



JOHN CONSTANTINE: HELLBLAZER - ALL HIS ENGINES HC by Leonardo Manco (love the concept, perfect for this character)



::::::::::::::::::::::: The Bad :::::::::::::::::::::::

NIGHTWING #100 by Scott McDaniel (Not bad per se, it's just that I don't like McDaniel's style...Nightwing's arms look like pipes, the bats look like flying pigs...meh)



ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #635 by J.H. Williams III (I expect better from this artist...this cover is way too busy and there's no depth to it)



AQUAMAN #25 by Patrick Gleason (interesting use of foreshortening, but overall it's boring)



GREEN ARROW #45 by Marcos Martín (boring)



JUSTICE LEAGUE ELITE #6 by Doug Mahnke (seems like a poor use of space, right where her hand is...it gets lost in the image of the other charcters in the background, who are also crowded in together)



::::::::::::::::::::::: The Ugly :::::::::::::::::::::::

BIRDS OF PREY #77 by Jason Pearson (not a bad concept, just poor execution...murky colors, odd mixture of cartoony style with sketchy backgrounds)



DOOM PATROL #7 by John Byrne (good god, what is this crap?)



MANHUNTER #5 by Jae Lee (maybe it's just the hideous colors, or the back-to-the-reader Martian Manhunter placement, but as much as love Jae Lee's work, this cover does nothing for me)



::::::::::::::::::::::: The Same-Old-Same-Old :::::::::::::::::::::::

A new category this time around, for covers that aren't bad, just...unoriginal. They get the job done, and can even be dynamic, but there's nothing new in the composition or execution.

  


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  Posted by Dara on 9/14/2004 04:38:00 AM :

      

Potlatch anthology accepting submissions

"Angry Dog Press Accepting Submissions for the Potlatch Project 4...All artwork should 6.625 x 10.25 (inches) in a photoshop document at 300 to 600 dpi and saved as a Grayscale. No Bitmap images. Artwork that bleeds off the pages should be 6.875 x 10.5. NO blatant sexually explicit images or excessive profanity. Since most of the sales will be to adults anyway, some nudity and profanity will be allowed. So long as it fits within the confines of your illustrate story, along with good judgment and good taste."

More info here.


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  Posted by Dara on 9/14/2004 04:30:00 AM :

      

Unfortunate name

So I'm looking for a movie and end up on the Nehaflix.com site ("your source for all things Bollywood") and come across this unfortunately named little gem:



What's worse is the doubly unfortunate tagline to this music CD: "The Dark Side of Desire"


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Monday, September 13, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 9/13/2004 02:47:00 PM :

      

People are weird


"A man dressed in a 'Batman' suit is looked at by a member of Buckingham Palace staff as he stands on a ledge near the balcony where the royal family appears on ceremonial occasions in London, Monday Sept. 13, 2004. The protester was identified as Jason Hatch, 33, from Gloucester, a member of the Fathers 4 Justice group, which is campaigning for greater custody rights for divorced or separated fathers. No member of the royal family was at the palace Monday."
'Cause, you know, when you're trying to prove divorced fathers are also solid caretakers and guardians for kids, you do so by dressing up like Batman and getting arrested.

"On Saturday, another member of the group who dressed as Spider-man climbed atop the 450-foot tall London Eye Ferris wheel beside the River Thames.

In another headline-grabbing stunt, one of the group's members spent five days atop a 120-foot crane beside London's Tower Bridge to call attention to the group's cause."




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  Posted by Dara on 9/13/2004 01:42:00 PM :

      

Hope you weren't planning on a career in inking

From Rich Johnston's rumor column for this week:
"Look for Marvel to move over to digital inks, after one South American studio demonstrated a new technique, cleaning pencils, for a fraction of the inking rate. After repeatedly lowering their inking rates, this will simultaneously drop the bottom line for each comic, put a lot of inkers out of work and increase the burden on the penciller considerably."



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  Posted by Dara on 9/13/2004 01:25:00 PM :

      

Make your own quote

"Golly, that Heinz ketchup made my tummy hurt. Best get some funding to the Swiftboat Veterans for Condiment Truth and bash that foreigner wife of Kerry."




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Sunday, September 12, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 9/12/2004 08:42:00 AM :

      

Another contest for you artists out there

Ok, this one is kinda weird. It's run by WorldFamousComics.com and is to promote Atari's new game, Test Drive: Eve of Destruction. Deadline is September 30th.
"We're asking you to sequence for us your idea of a devastating and destructive car crash as either a page (or pages) from a comic book, a comic strip, or as a storyboard.

You can use any medium you want -- pencil, pen & ink, paint, computer rendering, etc. -- but your entry must ressemble either comic book, comic strip, or storyboard format to qualify.

We will pick two winners. One contestant will win Test Drive: Eve of Destruction for the PlayStation2 and the other will win Test Drive: Eve of Destruction for the Xbox."
Plus you get other junk like a roadside car kit. Contest details are here.



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Friday, September 10, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 9/10/2004 08:25:00 AM :

      

Proud Presidential Moment of the Day

"The Washington Post on Wednesday reported unnamed Bush campaign officials saying that Bush's negotiating team wanted to opt out of the Oct. 8 question-and-answer session with undecided voters at Washington University in St. Louis. The officials said that the team, led by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, was concerned members of the audience could be partisan. The audience is to be chosen by the Gallup Organization."
Also known as the "I-cain't-answer-them-hard-questions" defense.


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Thursday, September 09, 2004
 
  Posted by T.McClurg on 9/09/2004 02:11:00 PM :

      

This guy is everywhere....

Ok, this is my last Art Spiegelman post of the year. Really...this is it.

Spiegelman on CNN



*by the way, does anyone know if the Ogre has this book yet?


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  Posted by Dara on 9/09/2004 01:12:00 PM :

      

Persepolis 2, Identity Crisis, and CrossGen

It's Link Fest 2004!

Slate has a slide-show essay on Marjane Satrapi's graphic Persepolis 2.



The Associated Press covers DC's Identity Crisis series.



opening bid for the assets of bankrupt publisher CrossGen is half a million dollars.



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  Posted by Dara on 9/09/2004 09:33:00 AM :

      

The Red Ferret Journal

Found another cool site. It's called The Red Ferret Journal (no relation to this ferret site).
"The Ferret is a weblog which looks at gadgets, software, web sites and trivia in what is hopefully a fun and offbeat way. You won't find coverage of every single MP3 player or mobile phone launch listed here...but you will be able to read about unusual, important or downright bizarre technologies, products and events."
Check them out for links to funky cool products such as these:

Lego phone, $135.



Clicknjoy "Optical Cooling Mouse", $24.95.



CD Wallpaper (the answer to the age old question "what the hell do I do with all these freebie AOL CDs?"), $8.95.




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Wednesday, September 08, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 9/08/2004 08:01:00 PM :

      

Today's Bushy Bush report

"The world wants President Bush out of the White House, according to a poll released on Wednesday that shows in 30 of 35 countries people preferred Democrat candidate John Kerry. Kerry was particularly favored in traditionally strong U.S. allies and beat Bush on average by more than a two-to-one margin, 46 percent to 20 percent, the survey by GlobeScan Inc, a global research firm, and the University of Maryland, said."

"The only countries where Bush was preferred in the poll of 34,330 people that was conducted mainly in July and August were the Philippines, Nigeria and Poland. India and Thailand were divided."


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  Posted by Dara on 9/08/2004 06:58:00 PM :

      

Steven Grant plugs Point Pleasant

Ape Entertainment co-founder Dave Hedgecock was on the ball. He got the info on Point Pleasant out to Steven to be featured in his colum this week. It's his semi-regular "special feature where creators pimp their upcoming comics, without comment or filtering..." column. Dave is a good guy (thanks for publishing my stories in Omnibus #1 and #2), Ferret Press regular Steve Black provided the cover, and my partner in crime on the BigCityBlues book, Dan Barlow, drew one of the stories. So I'm plugin' the book too!



"POINT PLEASANT. Written by: Chad Lambert. Art by: Ryan Scott, Jason Moser, and Dan Barlow. Cover by: Steve Black. Published by: Ape Entertainment. Time traveling scientists journey to Point Pleasant, West Virginia in search of the Mothman. From the Revolutionary War to the 1967 Silver Bridge disaster, 200 years of paranormal history becomes a roadmap of death, treachery and murder for a technologically advanced society. Based on true events. 32 pages, B&W, color cover. Solicits through Diamond in October. In stores in December."

To plug your own book, here's the info on the next round:

"On October 6th, we'll run another of these columns. For everyone.

That means anyone who has something to push, they can push it there. If you've got a book coming out from anywhere from Marvel to Oni that you want attention for, great. If you've got a mini-comic or some unusual form, great. If you're self-publishing, great.

Here's what I need:

Your name;
A website address where people can learn more about your book or order it;
The names of; Your collaborators, if any, and what their roles were;
Your publisher;
The price;

And a brief (like 50 word tops) write-up of what the book is about. I do not want press releases. If you want to include a cover shot or some other visual, please do. But only one per book. Keep it concise, pithy and clean, that's all I ask.

The deadline's October 1st. The rest is up to you."


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  Posted by Dara on 9/08/2004 06:52:00 PM :

      

Oooooooh, pretty

ComicBookResources has a preview of Daredevil #65 (40th Anniversary of Daredevil's creation), by "Alex Maleev & Friends". Check it.

(from left to right: P. Craig Russell, Chris Bachalo, Frank Quitely, Alex Maleev)

   


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  Posted by Tony on 9/08/2004 11:27:00 AM :

      

Sean McGurr picked up his new baby in China on Monday, according to the McGurr.com adoption weblog.

Sean left for China on Sunday, his wife Melanie reports. Madeline Wen (Maddie) McGurr weighs 15.8 pounds and is "very happy and content just to hang out."

http://www.mcgurr.com/adopt.html


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  Posted by Dara on 9/08/2004 10:24:00 AM :

      

The Question: Tommy Lee Edwards

Newsarama has an interview with Tommy Lee Edwards, the artist of the upcoming The Question limited-series. I'm digging what he's doing here for the most part. The computer colors/effects are gaudy at times, and I would have prefered a more "noir" look, but overall it's a very stylish approach to the character. (By the way, you can read the interview with the series writer, Rick Veitch, here)



"'The Question' is a comic book, so I tend to use comic-book language. We have captions, thought balloons, word balloons, and yes- lots of sound effects beautifully hand-rendered by my regular letter, John Workman. I am a firm believer in pushing the envelope with art and storytelling techniques. However, there are certain things in comic-book language that have worked for decades- and for good reasons. To me, it's not a comic until the lettering is there on the page. That's one of the reasons I need the lettering to be drawn by hand on the board as an integral part of the art. Writers and illustrators have a vast arsenal of tools that come only with comics. It would be a shame not to use them."



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  Posted by Dara on 9/08/2004 07:51:00 AM :

      

Your "Bushism" for today

"POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (Reuters) - President Bush offered an unexpected reason on Monday for cracking down on frivolous medical lawsuits: "Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country."


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Tuesday, September 07, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 9/07/2004 02:57:00 PM :

      

Do you own a Ford?

Own a Ford Escape, Focus, F-150, or other model? Does it stall on your intermittently, for no reason whatsoever? Then drop on by friend-of-the-Ferret Dave's new blog, Fords Stall, and help him document your problems, vent a bit, and "Take the Ford Motor Company down."


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  Posted by Dara on 9/07/2004 01:48:00 PM :

      

Stan, dude, give it up

From CNN online:
"MTV has ordered an animated pilot for "Hef's Superbunnies," a collaboration between cartoon veteran [Stan] Lee's newly launched Pow! Entertainment and Playboy's Alta Loma Entertainment division. Hefner's name and likeness will be featured in the pilot, and he also might provide the voice of his cartoon alter ego."
Good god, isn't Stan, like, 90 years old or something? I mean, Striparella anyone? Now Superbunnies? Why can't creative types learn to bow out gracefully before they become horrible caricatures of their former selves?


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  Posted by Dara on 9/07/2004 01:29:00 PM :

      

McKeever, Marvel, and Rich

From Rich Johnson's rumor column:
"On the Joe Quesada board...Sean McKeever asked if there was any chance of his "Inhumans" run being reprinted as a digest TPB.

David [Gabriel, Marvel sales manager ]responded "no chance."

Jen [Grunwald] replied in a far nicer manner, "Not only do I love the series, but I would like nothing more than to make Sean happy! However, I am not in charge of what books get made, I'm just in charge of making them good! If I ever get an opportunity to push this book towards existence, don't even think that I won't try my hardest. Now I have a question of my own Mr. McKeever: Any chance I'll get to read more 'Waiting Place' in the near future?"

Sean countered with "Tell you what: if you can get all 12 issues of my 'Inhumans' run reprinted in collected format, I'll write a new TWP story just for you."

And from David?

"no means no

don't you have enough to write at the moment my friend?"



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  Posted by T.McClurg on 9/07/2004 11:45:00 AM :

      

More Comix on NPR

Wisconsin Public Radio has an interview available in their archive(04-09-05) with the following interviewees:

Art Spiegleman
Charles McGrath (NY Times Book Review)
Chris Ware
Neil Gaiman

Check it out here.




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  Posted by Dara on 9/07/2004 09:12:00 AM :

      

Spider-man reviews Crayola Crayons

Yeah, I'm a bit late getting to this one, since it's already made the rounds on the web. But it's still funny. Spider-man reviews crayons.



"Blue Violet," meet "Red Violet." You guys are brother and sister. That means no hanky panky. And your mother was a big whore.


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Monday, September 06, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 9/06/2004 09:37:00 AM :

      

So Acclaim just filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy...

I'm not a video game player, so the news doesn't mean much to me other that the fact that they had a 100 Bullets game in development and a Red Star game supposedly finished and ready for release. Both based on comic books, and non-major ones at that. Would have been interesting to have seen how well they did. But now they'll likely be tied up in legal proceedings for years.

On a somewhat related topic, check out this quote from the same rumor column that confirmed the above news:
"When the eventual sale of assets does take place, the video game franchises are expected to draw the most attention. However, there are several comic properties that may draw interest as well, including Shadowman, X0 Manowar and Quantum & Woody. The most recent example of a similar situation occurred last year, when the Chaos properties (minus Lady Death) were sold for $50,000."
Which brings up our WTF moment of the day. Someone paid $50,000 to buy the Chaos characters? Evil Ernie? Big-Tittie Horror-Light Woman #1-346? Seriously?

God, some fools really do deserve to be parted with their money.


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  Posted by Dara on 9/06/2004 09:33:00 AM :

      

Remember Ann Nocenti?

Former editor at Marvel? Former scribe on Daredevil (after Frank Miller's departure)? Current writer of the limited-series Batman & Catwoman: Trail of the Gun. Guess what her new job is.

Editor-at-large for High Times magazine.

(link courtesy of All The Rage)


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Saturday, September 04, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 9/04/2004 03:12:00 PM :

      

CHUD wants your help

Over at CHUD.com, they have a comics review column. In it, reviewer Sean Fahey writes:
"In any given month, the number one selling comic sells at most 250,000 units. In it’s opening weekend, Catwoman sold approximately 1,670,000 tickets. Six times as many people saw Catwoman, a film panned by critics garnering overwhelmingly negative publicity, in its opening weekend than read the first issue of Identity Crisis, heralded as the year’s largest comic book event and June’s number one selling book. Six fuckin’ times as many. More tickets to Catwoman were sold in one weekend than issues of the top five selling comic books in the entire month of June combined."
His point? That there's a comic book out there for everyone. For every taste and interest. That people, for the most part, just don't know that there are these cool comics out there. And he wants to change that by showcasing great comics.
"I believe that, as far as increasing awareness goes, the most important comic book coverage is coming from sites like Ain’t It Cool News, Movie Poop Shoot, CHUD, and magazines like Entertainment Weekly and Cinescape. Why? Because those avenues are not geared toward comic book readers. The vast majority of people do not come to CHUD or Ain’t It Cool News for the comic book reviews...Once they start looking around CHUD or flipping through Cinescape, there’s that real possibility that this person that has never read a comic book in their life might read that review for Warren Ellis’ action-espionage series Global Frequency and be very intrigued."
To that end, CHUD wants their readers to recommend quality books that would appeal to non-comics readers.
"We’re going to make a renewed effort on this column to highlight books that will appeal to non-comic book readers and lapsed readers. We want your suggestions. But we also want to hear from you about any comic book that you think deserves more attention. What’s out there that’s under the radar? That hasn’t gotten the coverage it deserves? That more people should be aware of? We want people to be aware of quality work, and we want to do our part in helping out."


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  Posted by Tom on 9/04/2004 01:30:00 AM :

      

The local alt-weekly ran an important story on news that falls thru the cracks. Namily stories that should be big but get ignored by the congeling corporate media ( NBC, Knight-Ridder, etc.) . Project Censored come up with a listing which heh, heh this year are mostly about Bush's administration. It kinda makes ya wanna vomit in your throat when you read it. For any discretitors they do list their souces (both web and print). Some of these jems I've heard whispers about. Here's a sample...

One of the Bush administration’s first moves—on the very
day Bush was inaugurated—was to fire engineer Tony Oppegard, the leader of a
federal team investigating a 300-million-gallon slurry spill at a coal-mining
site in Kentucky. “Black lava-like toxic sludge containing 60 poisonous
chemicals choked and sterilized up to 100 miles of rivers and creeks,” wrote
environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy in The Nation. The EPA dubbed it “the
greatest environmental catastrophe in the history of the Eastern United States.”
Bush then appointed industry insiders to top posts at the EPA in charge of mine
safety and health.



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Friday, September 03, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 9/03/2004 01:51:00 PM :

      

Order our books through Westfield

Westfield's newest mail-order comic catalog is online and you can now order Ferret Press books through them. Just click on "Other Publishers (E-O)" and put yourself down for 10-15 copies each of these fine books:

 

For some reason, we got the 'ol icon next to our books, which means "Publisher Advises mature content. Age Statement required to order this item." Hope that doesn't hurt sales...


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  Posted by Dara on 9/03/2004 08:36:00 AM :

      

Insert own perv comment below

And here I thought Peter Parker was a nice guy.



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  Posted by Dara on 9/03/2004 07:18:00 AM :

      

Aliens From Spaaaaaaace!

This is actually pretty cool. From Reuters news:
"An unexplained radio signal from deep space could -- just might be -- contact from an alien civilization, New Scientist magazine reported on Thursday. The signal, coming from a point between the Pisces and Aries constellations, has been picked up three times by a telescope in Puerto Rico.

It was broadcast on the main frequency at which the universe's most common element, hydrogen, absorbs and emits energy, and which astronomers say is the most likely means by which aliens would advertise their presence."
Which is all well and exciting, but before you bust out your "Earth welcomes you" (or your "Noo-killer Weapons", if you're Bushy Bush), there's a caveat:
"New Scientist said the signal could be generated by a previously unknown astronomical phenomenon or even be a by-product from the telescope itself."


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Thursday, September 02, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 9/02/2004 01:21:00 PM :

      

The new Batman cartoon

Here's a link to view a clip from the new animated show called "The Batman". Not quite as stylish as the previous Bruce Timm cartoons, and the logo has a horrible resemblance to the campy Batman TV show. But otherwise it looks cool. Definitely anime influenced. In this clip, he fights a (barely recognizable) Bane.

(Pictures below are not from the clip, but another episode featuring the Joker)

 

In other media news, here's what Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro says about the sequel:
"I would love to make Hellboy into a trilogy. Creatively, Mike Mignola and I know that we want to at least do that. Economically, it's the studio's decision. We tried to do an entire sequel based on the Roger [a homunculus created by a scientist to bring about the end of the world] origin story, and found it to be actually very similar to what Hellboy is in the first movie -— a conflicted monster. So the sequel will have another BPRD member, Johan the Ectoplasmic Agent."
(link courtesy of ComicBookResources)


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  Posted by Dara on 9/02/2004 08:43:00 AM :

      

50 Reasons To Stop Sketching At Conventions

Stuart Immonen's funny (because it's true!) strips on why doing convention sketches can sometimes be more troublesome than one would imagine.



One of my favorites is #46, "The ebayer, part 2". I believe this is also why Sergio Aragones stopped doing free sketches at shows.

Andy, any stories of your own to share?

(link courtesy of Bloggity-Blog-Blog-Blog)


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  Posted by Dara on 9/02/2004 08:34:00 AM :

      

Ooooh, pretty

Newsarama has a 12 page preview of Doc Frankenstein #1, by Steve Skroce and the Wachowski Brothers. I was never a big Skroce fan (if I recall, he did work on Wolverine and Spawn, neither of which I ever read), but this stuff looks really sharp. I'm personally more looking forward to Geoff Darrow's Shaolin Cowboy, but I'll give this a try as well.

 
 


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  Posted by Sean McGurr on 9/02/2004 07:35:00 AM :

      

From Neil Gaiman's Journal
"You know, when I read something like this...

A 6-foot-tall, 275-pound bearded man crashed a children's birthday party in Oak Forest, identified himself as "vengeance," then helped himself to a piece of cake, police said.

The incident occurred earlier this month at a home in the 14800 block of South Landings Lane in the south suburb, Deputy Police Chief Nick Sparacino said.

When the owner of the home asked the man who he was, the intruder replied, "I am vengeance. I am the knight. I am Batman." Then the man went into the kitchen, cut a piece of birthday cake, took it into the living room and ate it.

After continued questioning by the homeowner, the man left the house and drove off in a red 1988 Cadillac.

...I don't find myself wondering the obvious things (how do they know he's 275 lbs, wouldn't Batman be more likely to hunt down cake-stealers than to help himself to cake, etc etc etc). I don't even wonder about the "continued questioning by the homeowner" (probably questions like "how much do you weigh?" and "so what happened to the Batmobile then?"). No, I just keep wondering whether the mysterious stranger said, as reported, "I am the knight" or whether he actually said "I am the night". Bet it was the latter."


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Wednesday, September 01, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 9/01/2004 02:23:00 PM :

      

Trim Your Bush

In honor of Busy Bush's big 'ol rally and hootenany here in Columbus (which has traffic tied up with loads of idiots Republicans making the pilgrimage from the suburbs in their Hummers and Navigators ), I present this little gem making the rounds via e-mail lately:

Things you have to believe to be a Republican today:

1. Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush's daddy made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business with him and a bad guy when Bush needed a "we can't find Bin Laden" diversion.

2. Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is communist, but trade with China and Vietnam is vital to a spirit of international harmony.

3. The United States should get out of the United Nations, and our highest national priority is enforcing U.N. resolutions against Iraq.

4. A woman can't be trusted with decisions about her own body, but multi-national corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind without regulation.

5. Jesus loves you, and shares your hatred of homosexuals and Hillary Clinton.

6. The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in speeches while slashing veterans' benefits and combat pay.

7. If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won't have sex.

8. A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle our long-time allies, then demand their cooperation and money.

9. Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy. Providing health care to all Americans is socialism.

10. HMOs and insurance companies have the best interests of the public at heart.

11. Global warming and tobacco's link to cancer are junk science, but creationism should be taught in schools.

12. A president lying about an extramarital affair is a impeachable offense.

13. A president lying to enlist support for a war in which thousands die is solid defense policy.

14. Government should limit itself to the powers named in the Constitution, which include banning gay marriages and censoring the Internet.

15. The public has a right to know about Hillary's cattle trades, but George Bush's driving record is none of our business.

16. Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you're a conservative radio host. Then it's an illness, and you need our prayers for your recovery.

17. You support states' rights, which means Attorney General John Ashcroft can tell states what local voter initiatives they have the right to adopt.

18. What Bill Clinton did in the 1960s is of vital national interest, but what Bush did in the '80s is irrelevant.

20. Feel free to pass this on. If you don't send it to at least 10 other people, we're likely to be stuck with Bush for 4 more years.

On a related topic, here's a site with over 3000 links to "pro-democracy, anti-Bush" websites, including tons that sells t-shirts, bumper stickers, and the like.


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  Posted by Dara on 9/01/2004 08:27:00 AM :

      

Thoughts on how to (successfully) launch a new comic

"'Run it up the flagpole and see who salutes' is all very well in the army, but is it any way to launch a host of new comic series?"
Over at Ninth Art, Paul O'Brien writes a very thoughtful article on the haphazard, clueless way the big two keep launching new books that don't stand a snowball's chance in hell of surviving past their first year.

"Why does somebody decide that a new IRON FIST series could be a winner this time round? What makes DC take a flyer on a book like MONOLITH, despite the fairly monumental odds against it succeeding?"

"Both major publishers have what amounts to an informal list of well-known but cancelled characters whom they feel compelled to keep bringing back despite the fact that not many people care when they do. Books like NAMOR and MARTIAN MANHUNTER keep coming back every few years, less due to public demand than because of a vague feeling that these characters somehow ought to have their own titles - whether anyone wants to read them or not."

But far from being your average Disgruntled, Ranting Online Columnist (TM), Paul offers some valid solutions to the problem:
"It may be that the best approach is simply not to launch these sorts of titles as ongoing books at all - it practically dooms them to swift cancellation and a perception of failure. Instead, launch them as miniseries. Run the first arc, and if there's enough demand, use that buzz to give a proper launch to the ongoing title."
And I definitely agree with him. I mean, seriously, did anyone really expect the ongoing HUMAN TORCH series to be a hit? Anyone? Hell, DC even hedged their bets by publishing ENGINEHEAD as an 8-issue limited series, only to have to cancel it at issue #6.


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