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Sunday, October 31, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/31/2004 09:56:00 PM :

      

Your (old) political moment of the day

George W. Bush's Hotmail inbox.


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  Posted by Dara on 10/31/2004 09:39:00 PM :

      

Indy Magazine

I added Jeff Mason's online quarterly, Indy Magazine, to the link list on the left. Jeff's the publisher of Alternative Comics. Highlights from the current issue:
  • "Ephemera vs. the Apocalypse" by Art Spiegelman
  • Political cartoonist Tim Kreider interviews Jules Feiffer
  • A special op/ed comics section reprints four pages of election season comics by Joe Sacco and two pages by Art Spiegelman
  • Marc Singer's analysis of comics drawn by Petter Bagge ("Hate") for Reason, a libertarian magazine
  • Bill Kartalopoulos's essay on the depiction of groups and types in comics by Spiegelman, Sacco, Marjane Satrapi and others
  • Jeremey Dennis's photo-journal from the GRRR! 3 comics festival in Pancevo, Serbia a gallery of narrative paintings by Jerry Moriarty.
  • Reviewed books include "The Bush Junta," "Chris Ware," and "Mail Order Bride"


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  Posted by Dara on 10/31/2004 09:05:00 PM :

      

Small Press Swapmeet

Got a press release from the folks over at Modern Tales, "the leading online comics site". They've launched a new site called Small Press Swapmeet which is an "online marketplace for independent comics, minicomics, graphic novels, and related merchandise is open to any cartoonist or small press publisher with items for sale who wishes to reach Modern Tales' large online audience."

Here's the price structure, direct from their website:
"This fee is currently $2.95/month or $19.95/year, for the ability to post an unlimited number of listings, which will be advertised and cross-promoted on every site in the Modern Tales family. The price will go up to $4.95/month or $49.95/year for any sellers who sign up after November 25, 2004 (one month from the launch of SmallPressSwapmeet.com), but sellers who sign up now will never have to pay more than the charter amount, as long as their Seller Accounts remain active."
I think I'll sign up and give it a shot. $20 isn't bad for a whole year.


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Saturday, October 30, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/30/2004 10:24:00 AM :

      

Christian Comics

Couple of religiously themed projects I ran across...

First, Mike (Madman, X-Statics) Allred is doing an adaptation of The Book of Mormon. The first volume is 64 pages, full color, and is called The Golden Plates: The Sword of Lathan and the Tree of Life. He's self-publishing it through his own AAA Pop Comics. Allred says:
"This my testimony. The Book Of Mormon is a true and inspired record. I know this to be as real and true as the keyboard with which I type these words. Every human being can and must discover that truth for themselves."


The other is from a smaller indy publisher, Head Press. It's called Eye Witness: A Fictional Tale of Absolute Truth, and according to creator Robert James Luedke:
"This 96 page, full color, work of Christian Fiction will break new ground in the U.S. comic book market, as it will cross over traditional boundaries between comics stores and bookstores and churches. This story of mystery and intrigue has a fully illustrated presentation of the Passion story of Jesus at its core that will appeal to not only those who love Christian Fiction, but anyone who likes a good mystery, and ever wondered...why did Jesus have to die that way?"


There's a local newspaper article about this one here. What I find oddly amusing about the article, though, is this paragraph where the writer tries to shed some light on the popularity of graphic novels:
"There's no question that young people do read graphic novels; local mainstream bookstores have considerable space devoted to such series as "The Punisher" and "Sin City." Also, numerous recent movies --- "The Crow," "The Punisher," "Hellboy" and "Road To Perdition" among them --- were adapted from graphic novels."
So...he's doing a story on a Christian graphic novel and the only other examples of the form he can think of are Sin City, The Punisher, and Hellboy?!? Nice.


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Friday, October 29, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/29/2004 06:27:00 PM :

      

Trick or Treat

So last night was trick or treat night in my neighborhood, and per a custom I started last year, I handed out free comic books along with candy. I only get about a dozen or so kids where I am, but they all seemed very excited to receive comics. I'm not sure if it's the novelty factor, or the fact that they're getting something in addition to candy, but regardless. They seemed happy, which made me happy.

Of course the trick is to hand out only kid-friendly comics, which as we all know isn't exactly easy. But I had some of the "Johnny DC" books, plus the Free Comic Book Day editions of Teen Titans and Marvel Age books. The Teen Titans seemed to be the biggest hit, and the most recognition factor, especially from the girls.


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Thursday, October 28, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/28/2004 10:42:00 AM :

      

Your political (and coincidentally, comic book) moment of the day

Atomic Basement Comics is offering Tex! George Bush and the Fine Art of Character Assassination. According to their website:
"Written by Joshua (Swamp Thing, Violent Messiahs) Dysart with art by Brad (Catwoman, True Adult Fantasy) Rader , Tex! tears apart the last four years of the Bush Administration with a smile. The perfect gift for your Bush supporter friends! Tex! contains a five page appendix of irrefutable information. Read. Enjoy. Learn."


There's also an interview with Dysart over at Newsarama. Here's the part I found interesting (in a laughable kind of way):
"Dysart said that he approached Avatar Press, but they were unwilling to publish something which could be seen as extremely polarizing."
Ok, so let me get this straight. Avatar has no problems publishing porn comics (in conjunction with Vivid Entertainment). They have no problems publishing crap-ass T&A comics with multiple variant covers, including ridiculously overpriced $75 "leather" editions. They aren't afraid to publish books from Warren Ellis which graphically depict men with vaginas giving birth to killer lizards. They have no problem giving us a book featuring "funny animal" characters getting abortions. But oh no! A book about the Bush administration would be "extremely polarizing"!

Right.

Anyway, my dislike of Avatar aside, here's a bit more about the Tex! comic:
"[it]comes with a free CD, and, perhaps even more surprising, contains a five-page appendix in the back, providing facts to back up the satire in the front."
Obviously, this is the kind of book that isn't going to change any minds about the election. Much like Michael Moore's movie, it's just going to "preach to the choir". However, I think it'll be a fun little book to have in one's collection, if only as an artifact of the most divided, polarized election in recent US history.


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Wednesday, October 27, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/27/2004 08:20:00 PM :

      

Peter Bagge name drops Columbus and The Wex

Bagge does a regular comic strip for the Reason website. In the latest one, he rails against the "eye-roll-inducing self-indulgence that has dominated the fine arts world since the 1960s". Check out this quote:
"As a former NYC resident, art school dropout, and practitioner of what used to be the least respected art form of all (comic books), my feelings towards the contemporary fine art world have always been a mix of bemusement, resentment, and contempt."
No one escapes his venom, from brain-dead NEA supporters to corporate weasels. But on the last page he mentions the funky tea and coffee set exhibit that was showing at the Wexner center at the same time as the weak SPLAT! BOOM! POW! exhibit.
"To be fair, I do come across some amazing exhibits from time to time, like the collection of tea sets designed by various architects I saw at the Wexner Center in Columbus, OH..."
(link courtesy of I Am Not the Beastmaster)


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  Posted by Dara on 10/27/2004 06:18:00 PM :

      

Totally non-comics related: glue

Wanna know what's the best glue for attaching leather to plastic? How about ceramic to vinyl? Try www.thistothat.com. "Because people have a need to glue things to other things."


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  Posted by Dara on 10/27/2004 10:38:00 AM :

      

F***ing piece of S*** Blogger

Sorry, just needed to vent a bit about. Seems like every other post I try to make gets eaten up by their buggy piece of crap software. Argh! I swear, if I had a lot of free time I'd look into porting this whole blog to a different (i.e functioning!) blog publishing platform.


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  Posted by Dara on 10/27/2004 10:26:00 AM :

      

Get your poll on

No, not another one of those political polls. Over at his message board, Steven Grant asks "Who is the best Brit comics writer?" The results as of right now, with 59 votes cast:

Alan Moore 64.41%
Neil Gaiman 11.86%
Grant Morrison 8.47%
Warren Ellis 6.78%
Pete Milligan 5.08%
Mark Millar 3.39%
Andy Diggle 0%
Alan Grant 0%
Pat Mills 0%
Jaime Delano 0%


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Tuesday, October 26, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/26/2004 10:54:00 PM :

      

Ferret Press art book contest winners

I received 12 entries. It was a tough call, but 3 were picked for inclusion in the Little Art Book: Hybrid art book. See them here.


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  Posted by Dara on 10/26/2004 01:31:00 PM :

      

Let's talk about comic book cover designs again

Warren Ellis weighed in on the topic earlier. Now, John Fellows has a nice essay over at Ninth Art about the same subject.
"If you look at any given GLOBAL FREQUENCY issue, it's a little harder to tell what's going on inside. This is what I call Bradstreet Syndrome. While viewed individually, each cover that Tim Bradstreet has produced for HELLBLAZER and PUNISHER has been glorious, but viewed together, they're all pretty much identical."


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  Posted by Dara on 10/26/2004 01:15:00 PM :

      

Persepolis 2.1

Over at Bookslut, they have a very cool comic retelling of Matjane (Persepolis) Satrapi's signing at "Women and Children First" in Andersonville.


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  Posted by Dara on 10/26/2004 11:47:00 AM :

      

The Flash on Smallville

"...here's a reasonably comprehensive list of comic book shout-outs in the most recent episode of Smallville..."

(link courtesy of Progressive Ruin)


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  Posted by Dara on 10/26/2004 10:51:00 AM :

      

And you thought black & white indy comics had it rough...

Brian Hibbs offers another insightful look into the process by which he orders new comics from the Previews catalog. A must read for all self-publishers, and those interested in the business side of comics. There are books from the big name publishers that get a measly 2-3 copy order from him, and this is from a forward-thinking retailer with an indy friendly store! Yikes.
"Batman/Danger Girl is $5, and it is not J. Scott Campbell. Leinil Yu is a good artist, but I think I’ll go on the lower side of Batman 48 pagers and go with 12 copies. We did pretty poorly on “Viva Las Danger”, the last DG comic. Also, there’s a 50/50 variant here. This is an impact on the low/conservative order. If it had been a choice, I would have ordered 16 Campbell covers. That’s more commercial, to me.

The Incredibles #2 is a movie adaptation. These usually do really lousy, and it’s not done in CG, but in regular pen and ink, so I put down a token 1 copy.

Mighty Man #1 reprints a backup from Savage Dragon (which sells 4 copies) for… ulp? $8? Are you high? 1 copy ordered."



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  Posted by Dara on 10/26/2004 10:49:00 AM :

      

Avengers #503, remixed

This has been floating around for a few weeks now. Pretty funny. You can view all 5 pages here.




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Monday, October 25, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/25/2004 05:08:00 PM :

      

Top Earning Fictional Characters

Forbes magazine publishes their annual listing of the top merchandizing money earners that started life "in a narrative story, be it a cartoon, a book or even a videogame." We're talking billions of dollars, with a capital B. Spongebob outpaces Spider-man $1.5 billion to $1.3 billion. And they're not even the top earners. Think Disney characters...


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  Posted by Dara on 10/25/2004 01:47:00 PM :

      

Jeff Smith defends his Bone

Yes, I know, the Bone jokes are getting really lame. Anywho...



Remember a while back when Jeff decided to sell copies of the Bone "One Volume" TPB at the San Diego Con when they hadn't been shipped to retailers yet? And how some of those retailers raised a big stink that he sold 400 out of a print run of 11,000? Well, Jeff remembers. And in a follow-up interview with Newarama, he basically says yes, I realize some of those sales put money directly in my pocket instead of sharing the profit with you, but seriously, it was only a little over 3.5% of the initial print run and we're going back for a 3rd printing, so shut up already.
NRAMA: Have you seen any evidence in your orders after the show that it damaged the number of copies that were going to retailers?

JS: No. Initial orders were for 11 thousand. In two months, we’ve had reorders for 4 thousand more, and we’ve been to press three times. All the stores I’ve spoken to have sold out twice, and are waiting for more. And we’ll have more November 24th, by the way.

NRAMA: That said though, how important is convention selling to the smaller press and independent publishers such as yourself?

JS: Very important. An independent cartoonist or a small publisher can’t afford marketing on a scale anything like Marvel or DC. Believe it or not, indy publishers survive on narrower profit margins than comic shop owners. They have to spend their money wisely. They have to bring their book to a place where the whole industry can see it at once. And if you get lucky, like I did, or Top Shelf did with Blankets, or the Flight Crew at Image did with Flight, you can have the Buzz Book of the convention. If it works, then more books will be sold overall by everyone.




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  Posted by Dara on 10/25/2004 11:10:00 AM :

      

Manic D

Looking for something a little bit different to read? Check out Manic D Press. From their website:
"Manic D Press was founded by Jennifer Joseph in 1984 as an alternative outlet for young writers seeking to bring their work into print. We are an award-winning literary press based in San Francisco, California publishing fiction (novels and short stories), poetry, art, narrative-oriented comix, and alternative travel trade paperbacks."
I found out about these guys via today's iComics review of one of their books, In Me Own Words: The Autobiography of Bigfoot.




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  Posted by Tony on 10/25/2004 09:42:00 AM :

      

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: National Novel Writing Month

COLUMBUS-AREA WRITERS TO WRITE NOVELS IN 30 DAYS

It’s not too late to sign up -- misery loves company.

Columbus, Oct 21, 2004 -- Dozens of local writers will start on the National Novel Writing Month challenge starting Nov. 1, and it’s not too late to join them.

The challenge is to write a 50,000-word novel by midnight, Nov. 30. Daunting as it may sound, participants won’t be alone. Local organizers are planning writing sessions, coffee dates, and social events to keep the momentum going. The first meeting will take place from7-9 p.m. Oct. 27 at Borders, 4545 Kenny Road, and organizers have already scheduled a number of “write-ins.”

Everyone says they want to write a book someday. Now’s the time to do it.

To sign up for NaNoWriMo, visit http://www.nanowrimo.org or contact Allison or Caithlyn at columbus_oh@nanowrimo.org.



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Saturday, October 23, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/23/2004 02:51:00 PM :

      

Your political moment of the day

Brought to you courtesy of Mickey Z. over at Press Action:
"I believe that despite all the comparisons between Iraq and Vietnam, there is one substantial difference: George W. Bush had a definite plan for getting out of Vietnam."


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Thursday, October 21, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/21/2004 10:19:00 AM :

      

Marvel Age

This one's for Craig, who's been bemoaning a lack of comics for kids. Newsarama has a nice article about Marvel's plans to expand their line of kid-friendly books under the "Marvel Age" banner. Power Pack is one of the new titles, they've recruited children’s book writers who have worked with Scholastic and Nickelodeon, are packaging the books as digest sized and magazine sized, and getting them into mass market stores like Target and Barnes & Noble. As much as I dislike Marvel's overall editorial and marketing standards (and I'm using that word rather loosely), I do applaud them for their aggressive push with this venture. I hope it manages to get fun comics into the hands of young readers again.

Oh, and on a bit of news involving one of our hometown boys:
"NRAM: Since they were mentioned earlier, can you say what’s going on with Sentinel and Mary Jane? Both were said to be on something of a “wait and see” in regards to future installments. What does the future look like for either property?

DG: Time will still tell. Sentinel 2 is just coming out and the Mary Jane digest has not hit yet."



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Wednesday, October 20, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/20/2004 09:31:00 AM :

      

More "Batman Begins" photos...

...can be found here. Here's Ken Watanabe as Bat villain Ra's Al Ghul:




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Tuesday, October 19, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/19/2004 05:49:00 PM :

      

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety sez: bling bling no good

The most stolen vehicle in the US, for the second year in a row, is the Cadillac Escalade EXT.
"The Escalade EXT, which starts at $53,665, debuted in 2002. Owners often add custom wheels and spinning rims that can increase the vehicle's cost by more than $10,000 — and help make it seven to eight times more likely to be stolen than the average new vehicle."
At the bottom of the list? Buick LeSabre, Buick Park Avenue and Ford Taurus station wagon. Duh.


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  Posted by Dara on 10/19/2004 03:48:00 PM :

      

Interesting...

From a press release from Bill Jemas' new company:
"Princeton, NJ – October 18, 2004, - 360ep, the well-rounded entertainment property management company, today announced the appointment of Teresa Focarile as Director of Development. 360ep provides turnkey creative services for toy, game, and publishing companies that want to turn their concepts, characters and stories into viable entertainment and merchandising properties. Teresa will be responsible for recruiting freelance designers, design studios, artists and writers to work with 360ep's full-service creative group."
Teresa used to be the "new recruits" editor at Marvel comics. Over the years, I had sent in several samples of my work and had managed to make it on her radar. So I suppose the bad news is I'll have to start from zero again at Marvel, but at least I know someone at this new company who is familiar with my work. Hmmmm...


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  Posted by Dara on 10/19/2004 03:39:00 PM :

      

Gerard Jones interview and new book

The Pulse has a short interview with former comic book scribe turned novelist, Gerard Jones. His new book is titled Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters and the Birth of the Comic Book. Aside from the usual stories about Siegel and Shuster, his book delves deeper into the business climate of the early 20th century, especially on the Lower East Side of Manhattan where comick books were born. Excerpt from the interview:
"...one of the flaws of comics history thus far is that it usually tries to separate comic books from the bigger world that gave birth to them and reacted to them. So there are things to learn about David Dubinsky, the head of the Ladies Garment Workers' Union, and William Randolph Hearst, and Frank Costello the "Prime Minister" of the mob, and Hugo Gernsback the father of science fiction, and even Margaret Sanger, the leader of the birth control movement.

The interconnections, the way America used to work, are fascinating, and they go way beyond the questions of whether the mob was involved in this or that."



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Monday, October 18, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/18/2004 11:26:00 PM :

      

Green Arrow fan film

Here's another "trailer" style fan film for you: Green Arrow. Short, not much story, and you never get a good, clean look at the title character. But lots of bad guys end up with arrows in their bodies, so it's a trade-off.



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  Posted by Tom on 10/18/2004 11:25:00 PM :

      

MOC just announced that Adam Hughes will be doing the cover this year for the program. Why not Jeff Smith? Was he unavailable or did they pass on him. It's a minor thing but here's a guy who finished a run this year on a hugely successful book... and he's from Columbus Ohio!!! I hope I'm wrong on this one but it would of been nice to try to get Smith to do the cover.


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  Posted by Tony on 10/18/2004 01:56:00 PM :

      

Art, art and more art

Several Panel members have upcoming shows, so be sure to support them.

Steve Black’s “Meredith Club” show kicks off Friday at Cafe Kerouac, which is located at the north end of the OSU campus. I believe it’s near Taj Mahal, but I’ll update this as I get better information. The show will feature art from “The Meredith Club,” a book Steve is doing with Marvel writer Sean McKeever (“Mary Jane,” “Mystique,” “The Waiting Place.”)

Tom Williams will be featured at the Mahan Gallery’s upcoming pro show, which will run from Oct. 23-30. The gallery will hold a reception from 6-10 p.m. Oct. 28 -- as Tom says, “Come for the booze. Stay for the art.”

The Mahan Gallery is located at 1042 N. High St., or on the Web at http://www.mahangallery.com

Also, Peter John Ross writes to say they’re bringing back the Look at my Shorts indie film festival for an encore presentation at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Arena Grand. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll fall in love.

Look at my Shorts


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Sunday, October 17, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/17/2004 10:54:00 PM :

      

Talk about my wet dream...

Unfortunately, it's not to be. Gleaned from the latest All the Rage column:
"Good Omens will not be turned into a movie with Terry Gilliam as director. Terry Gilliam couldn't find a studio willing to do a comedy about the end of the world after 9/11. Johnny Depp was slated to play Crowley. The film company is talking to other directors."
Can you imagine? A hilarious book featuring the subversive British wit of Gaiman and Pratchett, the visually intoxicating directing of Gilliam, and the acting chops of Depp. Damn.


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Saturday, October 16, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/16/2004 04:03:00 PM :

      

Captain America - The real Super Soldier program

Interesting article on the Mother Jones website about various "super" weapons programs at the Pentagon. A portion of the article references the comic book character Captain America, and goes on to say:
"What better way to forestall future manpower crises than by creating two-for-the-price-of-one soldiers who never need to sleep?

To this end, the Department of Defense's blue-skies research outfit, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), currently has a "Preventing Sleep Deprivation Program." Its aim is to work on ways to enable a pilot "to fly continuously for 30 hours," Green Berets to carry out 48-72 hours of sustained activity, or "advancing ground troops [to] engage in weeks of combat operations with only 3 hours of sleep per night" -- all without suffering from cognitive or psychomotor impairments."
And in another bit straight out of comic book science, there's this:
"Let's start with that antimatter weapon. It turns out, according to San Francisco Chronicle Science Writer Keay Davidson, that the Pentagon, "is quietly spending millions of dollars investigating ways to use a radical power source -- antimatter, the eerie 'mirror' of ordinary matter -- in future weapons… for example, antimatter bombs small enough to hold in one's hand, and antimatter engines for 24/7 surveillance aircraft."
(link courtesy of Disinformation.com)


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Friday, October 15, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/15/2004 03:41:00 PM :

      

Pregnant smoker has own opinion about her habit...gee, really?

Remember that Roanoke Times picture of a pregnant woman smoking, with the caption that she "worries about the effect of jackhammer noise on her unborn child"? The newspaper got so many calls and letters, they did a follow-up story on her. Does it surprise you that when told about the criticism she's been receiving in regards to her smoking while pregnant, her reply was "I really don't pay that much attention to it," she said. "If people don't like it, that's their opinion. They've got theirs and I've got mine."?


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  Posted by Dara on 10/15/2004 01:45:00 PM :

      

Dave Archambault : Bic ballpoint pen art

Check out artist Dave Archambault's online gallery. He produces these gorgeous, photo-realistic portraits using a simple, cheap Bic ballpoint pen.
"Why ball point?", you ask? "Grey" is the answer. Technical pens don't do grey. They do black and white crosshatches that look grey from a distance. The ball point has the ability to produce such a microscopic line that even tones of grey are achievable. Much better for reproducing photographs, which is what I do."



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  Posted by Dara on 10/15/2004 01:32:00 PM :

      

Warren Ellis Sez: Design Good

This week's Ellis "column" segues perfectly from what we were discussing last night about the book's design elements:

"I'm a fiend for design, I have to admit. The only books I have in my office right now are design books. Books full of record covers and posters and logos and idents and bugs. Poor old Brian Wood had to read like two pages of closely-spaced rambling from me to get the effect I wanted on the GLOBAL FREQUENCY covers, throwing out names like The Designer's Republic out at him and basically sounding like David Lynch in a recording studio yelling "plastic spoons!" as direction to a vocalist. Everyone at Wildstorm thought I'd lost it when I proclaimed that PLANETARY would have a different logo every issue, that each cover would look totally different from the last. I actually wrote notes for most of the PLANETARY covers, ranging from one line to a few paragraphs -- though recently I've given Cassaday a break and let him generate the covers without my maddening interference.

Good design does the work of narrative in putting music in your head. It's not literal capitulation of the story. It's not the trailer, it's not this guy hits that guy and that's the story."




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Tuesday, October 12, 2004
 
  Posted by Tony on 10/12/2004 04:38:00 PM :

      

Arts & Letters in the C.O., cont.

Like cartoons? You’re in luck.

Both the Thurber House and the Cartoon Research Library at Ohio State are hosting cartoon events this weekend.

The Thurber House will kick off its “Sensitive Subjects” art exhibit with a reception from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday at the Thurber Center, located adjacent to the Thuber House at 91 Jefferson Ave. Admission is free.

"Sensitive Subjects" will run until Jan. 7 at the center and feature work from four Ohio political cartoonists, including Jeff Stahler of the Columbus Dispatch. Artists will be on hand Friday to answer questions and sell their books.

Friday also marks the start of the Cartoon Research Library’s 2004 Festival of Cartoon Art. The two-day event includes a full slate of speakers, including Art Spiegelman, Ann Telnaes, Tom Tomorrow, CBLDF Director Charles Brownstein
and Michelle Urry, the cartoon editor at Playboy.

Cost is $110 for general admission of $20 for students, and includes an exhibit catalogue for Gillray’s Legacy, morning refreshments on both days, afternoon coffee on October 16 and a souvenir tote bag.

For more information, click here.



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  Posted by Dara on 10/12/2004 01:29:00 PM :

      

More Dirty Tricks

Nice. Really nice. PoliticalWire.com reports:
"On Saturday, the Los Angeles Times ran a report that the Sinclair Broadcast Group, 'whose television outlets reach nearly a quarter of the nation's homes with TV, is ordering its stations to preempt regular programming just days before the Nov. 2 election to air the film Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal, that attacks Sen. John F. Kerry's activism against the Vietnam War.'"


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  Posted by Dara on 10/12/2004 10:17:00 AM :

      

Miracleman ready for print again?

Spotted this in the comments section of The Beat's post on The Washington Post's write-up on the National Book Festival and Neil Gaiman (wow, that was an awkward sentence...)
"I was working the science fiction tent, where Neil read part of his new book. During the Q&A he was asked about Miracleman and said it was all down to signing some legal papers and forms, and he would be writing it again. Also mentioned getting the back issues back into trades."


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Monday, October 11, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/11/2004 09:16:00 PM :

      

Have you got your smut yet?

Checked out Saucy Goose Press yet? Picked up a copy of Smut Peddler #1 or #2?



From their website:

Q: What is "Smut Peddler"?

An erotic comics anthology, created in the small press spirit, by the denizens of the Sequential Tart message boards. The publishing arm of this operation is called Saucy Goose Press and the contributors and staff herein are to be called Saucy Geese, or Geese for short.

One of the characteristics that unifies all of the contributors to "Smut Peddler" is that we believe that the comics medium is ideally suited to stories of a tasteful and erotic nature. There are no gynecological crotch shots in our smut--just the kinds of things that titillate our senses (and we hope they titillates yours, too). You'll find that what we find erotic may just surprise you.


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  Posted by Dara on 10/11/2004 05:56:00 PM :

      

When good comic book writers go bad

Over at Ninth Art, Andrew Wheeler writes about the seven habits of defective comic writers. Somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but mostly serious.

How many apply to you?


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  Posted by Tony on 10/11/2004 01:51:00 PM :

      

Politics: Why Does Dick Cheney Hate America?

Remember how in the Veep debate Cheney kept accusing Kerry of voting to cut weapons systems? Or maybe you've seen the same charge in GOP TV ads?

Turns out Cheney personally cut loads of weapons when he was secretary of defense. Here's some love from his bio on the official Defense Department Web site:

"When introducing this budget, Cheney complained that Congress had directed Defense to buy weapons it did not want, including the V-22, M-1 tanks, and F-14 and F-16 aircraft, and required it to maintain some unneeded reserve forces."

http://www.defenselink.mil/specials/secdef_histories/bios/cheney.htm


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  Posted by Dara on 10/11/2004 01:30:00 PM :

      

Columbus Indie Film Festival - a disappointed fan

I meant to post this over the weekend, but a raging head cold kept me away from the computer. Anyway, in response to Tony's post below, I have to say (unfortunately) "Tony, you didn't miss anything."

I showed up to the aforementioned Look at My Shorts film festival about 20 minutes prior to the screening, and already the theater was packed. Of course, it didn't help that it was the smallest auditorium at the Arena Grand, but I understand the financial considerations (the filmmakers chipped in to rent the hall). Anyway, sitting at the corner of the second row, watching the distorted images, two thoughts ran through my head: 1) why do theaters even bother putting in seats in the front where viewing a movie is virtually impossible?, and 2) my god, is this the best Columbus filmmakers have to offer?

The majority of the 16 featured films were in the 3-5 minute range. And for the most part, they fell into the "last, unfunny skit on SNL" category. We're talking trite and unfunny. One 10 minute feature, "The Big Date", tried to pull off a clever and funny conversation on the nature of dating. Instead, it was every stereotypical, cliched, hackneyed observation on relationships that you've heard from 3rd rate stand up comics who start their brilliant observations with "boy, men and women sure are different..." Ugh. The festival closed with the longest film of the bunch, "Turkey day, which clocked in at 24 minutes. It was about 20 minutes too long. Supposedly a serious piece about Thanksgiving, the plight of the homeless, and the need to share, the moral lesson was so painfully heavy handed that it made the worst ABC After School Specials look like nuanced masterpieces. From the ultra-heartless grocery store owner in his Bill Cosby sweater, to the rich Bexley mom, to the poor homeless man who inherits a frozen turkey with no way to cook it, it was just one long-ass series of stereotypes and telegraphed events.

The very few bright spots came courtesy of Columbus resident, actor, CD101 DJ, and comedian George Caleodis. His collaborations with some of the other filmmakers lead to semi-funny shorts like "Chicken, Huh?", in which we are treated to the inner workings of a dog's mind as it observes his human caretakers making a roasted chicken. But the only laugh-out-loud piece was the Caleodis short "Sherman & George," a parody of children's puppet shows wherein he is schooled on the subject of oxymorons by a foul-mouthed puppet. By the way, you can catch the entirety of that film online here (it's the 3rd one down, titled "Oxymoron".)



In short (pardon the pun), I was disappointed that most of the filmmakers treated this event as a chance to use their dad's camcorder to make sophomoric high school comedy, instead of trying to really present a story, express a new concept, or even explore innovative filming techniques. As a creator, I'd like to see originality and craft, not cliches and rehashes of the same crap we see on TV day in and day out.


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  Posted by Dara on 10/11/2004 11:52:00 AM :

      

Adi Granov on digital art

In part 2 of The Pulse's interview with new Iron Man artist Adi Granov, he talks more about the digital art medium and his specific techniques.
"I see the digital tools just as a more powerful set of pencils and paints. I still move the digital pen with my hand, I draw and paint, I pick the colors and I lay them onto the virtual canvas. Every little detail you see on a page I had to draw in, shade, and color. The most obvious benefit is that no mistake is terminal, no piece is ruined by spilled paint or wrinkled paper, which in turn increases productivity and speeds up the turnaround. But, the big advantage for me is that I can easily change colors of various elements until I get it perfect. That is just not something that is very easy or fast with traditional means."


Artists, chime in! What do you think of his art? How about the "completely digital" school of thinking? Personally, while I find Adi's work eye-catching and ultra realistic, I feel it's missing a sense of movement/kineticism that comics require. His sequential pages, in particular, look more like a series of photographs, rather than one flowing narrative.


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  Posted by Tony on 10/11/2004 10:48:00 AM :

      

Good News and Bad News

I did not go to the indie film fest the other day -- too many people came, and I was turned away at the door. I was disappointed I didn't get to see it, but I'm glad to live in a town with a functioning indie film scene.


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Saturday, October 09, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/09/2004 10:59:00 PM :

      

Terminator Art Contest

Justin from over at World Famous Comics sent me this bit of news about another art contest they're running:

"Using any medium and method you like, create for us your idea of a Terminator comic book cover and you could be a winner! Contest ends 11:59pm EST, Oct 31, 2004. Winners will be announced and displayed afterward."



GRAND PRIZE
  • Terminator® 3: Redemption™ (on your choice of game systems)
  • Xbox® or Playstation®2 game system (your choice)
  • T-X Endoskeleton Action Figure
  • Terminator 3 End Battle Box Set

1ST RUNNER UP
  • Terminator® 3: Redemption™ (on your choice of game systems)
  • All three (3) Terminator movies on DVDs
  • T-850 12" Action Figure

2ND RUNNER UP
  • Terminator® 3: Redemption™ (on your choice of game systems)
  • T-850 with Coffin Action Figure

Details about the contest are here.


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Friday, October 08, 2004
 
  Posted by Tom on 10/08/2004 10:46:00 AM :

      

Interesting article on mini's up on the journal site. A round table discussion with retailers about selling mini's. Whoa, people sell mini-comics???


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Thursday, October 07, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/07/2004 02:44:00 PM :

      

Press Action article on the VP debate



"Poor John Edwards, whose momma raised him too well, just can’t seem to bring himself to the awareness that you may have to break the rules when you find yourself face to face with Satan."

"Press Action is an online publication of news analysis and commentary. We publish dynamic and engaging articles by authors whose "tell-it-like-it-is" style of writing is typically not found in the pages of establishment newspapers and magazines."


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  Posted by Dara on 10/07/2004 02:42:00 PM :

      

Witchblade

So the T&A comic from Image (actually, the TV show based on the T&A comic from Image) was a $1000 clue on Jeopardy last night.

And that uber-genius Ken Jennings got the answer. Is there anything that man doesn't know?


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  Posted by T.McClurg on 10/07/2004 02:14:00 PM :

      

Tom Williams Superstar??

So i was just flipping through my copy of Queen and Country #27 and lo' and behold a full page ad for Tom's graphic novel, "No Dead Time." Rock on...can't wait to snag a copy of this bad boy!! Hey Tom, can i get a sketch?



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  Posted by Sean McGurr on 10/07/2004 01:15:00 PM :

      

Harvey Pekar News
I'm not sure what I'm more excited about: Harvey's graphic novel for Vertigo or a story for a Bizarro hardcover book. Details here.


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  Posted by Sean McGurr on 10/07/2004 01:11:00 PM :

      

D'oh...It's Clobbering Time
Marvel announces a Fantastic Four animated series in the vein of the Simpsons to capitalize on next year's live action movie.


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Wednesday, October 06, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/06/2004 09:23:00 PM :

      

Art Book contest submissions now online

I posted all 12 entries received by the September 30th deadline for the Ferret Press "Little Art Book: Hybrid" project. You can view them here.

Here's a couple entries, picked purely at random:

 


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  Posted by Tony on 10/06/2004 04:57:00 PM :

      

Al Davis is not as forgiving as I

For more costumed hijinks ... click here, then click on the 9-26 archive, then hit pic No. 5. That's the owner of the Oakland Raiders on the left.


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  Posted by Tony on 10/06/2004 04:07:00 PM :

      

Steven Grant better recognize

Steven Grant listed Panel: Home in his latest Permanent Damage column. Click here and scroll down. Way, way, down.


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  Posted by Tony on 10/06/2004 02:49:00 PM :

      

If you can read this, thank Spider-Man

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- As part of its "Ready. Sit. Read!" program, Target launched a new initiative to promote childhood reading through a partnership with Marvel Enterprises, Inc. and its educational resource division, Cover Concepts. Together, the companies are producing and distributing a series of custom comics featuring Marvel's greatest Super Heroes, including Spider-Man and Captain America, in adventures that showcase the importance of reading. The comics were recently disseminated through a portion of Cover Concepts' authorized in-school network to nearly one million students in third and fourth grade classrooms nationwide.

The initial custom comic -- "Reading To The Rescue!" -- stars Marvel's Spider-Man, Mary Jane, Captain America, Jean Grey and Thor, but the real heroes of the comic are the kids that save the day by using their reading skills to outsmart the evil trickster, Loki. In Spring 2005, a second title, "Reading to the Rescue # 2: Assignment Impossible," will be created and distributed to more than two million school-age children.


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  Posted by Dara on 10/06/2004 09:57:00 AM :

      

Dragon*Con Photos - 2004

Patrick Sun has a ton of pictures from Dragon*Con, held back in September in Atlanta. And I do mean a ton. Sorted into categoris like comics, Star Wars, Star Trek, TV, etc.

Here's a sampling:



     


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Tuesday, October 05, 2004
 
  Posted by Tom on 10/05/2004 04:28:00 PM :

      

The Beat has 'uncovered' something I remember Smith talking about a while back. So who's the third wheel?

..after SHAZAM, Smith's next project will be BIG BIG, a SF collaboration
with
Paul Pope and a third artist yet to be revealed.



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  Posted by Dara on 10/05/2004 04:11:00 PM :

      

Marvel says "No" to patented "Nip-Slip" technology

Remember back when it was announced that Frank Cho is working on a Shanna the She Devil series for Marvel's MAX imprint? You know, with all the bouncing boobies and nippies and such?

From Rich Johnston's rumor column:"In the new Wizard, he [Cho] reports that he's changing the art to make it Marvel Knights suitable and not MAX suitable." Rich reports that this is "part of an editorial interpretation of the desires of Avi Arad and Ike Perlmutter to make Marvel's product more family friendly."


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Monday, October 04, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/04/2004 04:35:00 PM :

      

I don't watch Smallville

But for those of you who are fans, SilverBulletComicBooks has a small interview with one of the show's writer/producers, Alfred Gough. On the topic of new characters being introduced this season:
"We’ve introduced Lois Lane; that’s obviously the big thing. We’re also going to
meet the Flash and Mr. Mxyzptlk, who will not be an imp from the Fifth
dimension, but a really, really hot Eastern European foreign exchange
student...When we had this discussion with DC comics, they told us that was the
version [of Flash] we could use. And we actually make allusions to the other
Flashes. There’s a scene where Clark finds the Flash and sees he has a bunch of
IDs with different alias on them, which are all the names of the other Flashes.
But it’s all one guy. That is something that was mandated by DC Comics."


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  Posted by Dara on 10/04/2004 04:29:00 PM :

      

I know we're pretty much jaded when it comes to space travel...

In this era of space shuttles and mars rovers, we probably just take it for granted. But I find this to be really cool:
"MOJAVE, CALIFORNIA - Human flight took a significant step forward today as the privately built SpaceShipOne flew into suborbital space for the second time in five days, securing the $10 million Ansari X Prize."
Full article at space.com. Of course the idea of commercial space travel as entertainment will only be within the grasp of very wealthy individuals, but hey, you gotta' start somewhere.


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  Posted by Tony on 10/04/2004 03:03:00 PM :

      

Arts and Letters in the C.O.

There are two interesting cultural events coming up this Thursday, a panel discussion hosted by the Thurber House and the "Look at my Shorts" film festival at the Arena Grand.

The Thurber House event features Ann-Marie MacDonald and Sena Jeter Naslund who "will discuss their new novels, both powerful tales of women coming to terms with the turbulent world of the early 1960s."

The panel will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at CCAD, 107 N. Ninth St. Cost, $15. For more information,
click here

The shorts festival will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Arena Grand. It features a slate of short films by local filmmakers, and is organized by Peter John Ross. Admission is free.
http://lookatmyshorts.sonnyboo.com/



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Saturday, October 02, 2004
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/02/2004 01:34:00 AM :

      

Ah, merchandising

The Spider-man 2 phone. $39.95

  • Large 11"x8"x8" 3D Interactive Telephone!
  • Save All of Your Telephone Numbers, Names & Information on the PDA!



(link courtesy of Red Ferret Journal)


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Friday, October 01, 2004
 
  Posted by Sean McGurr on 10/01/2004 09:24:00 PM :

      

Gaiman/McKean Theatrical Release
A trailer for Mirrormask, a Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean movie being produced by the Jim Henson company, is now up at the Mirrormask Web site.


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  Posted by Dara on 10/01/2004 04:29:00 PM :

      

Hallmarks of cruelty

A new free service for all you hotties out there who are constantly harassed by people who want your digits:
"So here's the scenario: You're out at a bar, riding transit, or even just walking down the street, and some bozo who desperately wants into your pants starts up a conversation with you. Rather than make a scene or make them upset, you're polite and at least nod at the proper times. Then, of course, they ask you for your number. Except this is 2004, so maybe they ask for your email address instead.

That's where Paper Napkin comes in. Give them anyname@papernapkin.net, tell them it's your address, and when they write you, they'll automatically get a response telling them how badly they've been rejected. If they sound desperate enough, it may even get posted and ridiculed. Yes, it's cruel, so use it wisely."



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  Posted by Dara on 10/01/2004 04:04:00 PM :

      

It's good that she worries about the health of her unborn child...



(courtesy of the Making Fun of Stupid People journal)


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  Posted by T.McClurg on 10/01/2004 09:39:00 AM :

      

Blogs, Blogs and more Blogs...

It looks like the guys over at Lurid have evolved from forums into the wonderful world of blogs.

check 'em out...

Wayne/Lurid Movies
Will Pfeifer
Jay Geldhof
P.Craig Russell
The Genuine Toby Radloff



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