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Tuesday, June 28, 2005
 
  Posted by Dara on 6/28/2005 03:47:00 PM :

      

Greetings from Germany

Internet access is fairly easy out here in Europe, just not very convenient when traveling with a 6 year old :-) But I wanted to make at least one post to the blog before heading back to the states. We're in Stuttgart, Germany right now. Last week it was Paris. It warmed my heart to see billboard ads for the latest graphic novels out on busy streets and even in the metros. They love their comics here. Related item: I was in a comic book store in Paris and noticed that they had several pages of original art on display and for sale. One of them was from Columbus' own Chris Sprouse: Tom Strong issue #7, page 7. Price: 300 Euro (about $362). Cool, huh?

Ok, catch you guys in a few.


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  Posted by Tony on 6/28/2005 02:00:00 PM :

      

Chicks dig manga

I just spotted a pair of high school girls oo-ing and aa-ing over the manga section of the Book Loft. They walked past the American comix and made a beeline for the manga. If I (over)heard them correctly, one of them was looking for an artist for her own manga story.

It's good to see new people coming to comix, from whatever direction.


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Monday, June 27, 2005
 
  Posted by Tom on 6/27/2005 06:34:00 PM :

      

As a personal mission this summer, I'm whipping up samples to drum up more o' the freelance buisness. This weekend I went thru and downloaded/copied all the submissions guidelines for DC, Marvel, IDW, and Dark Horse*. DC's site is probably the most with it, in terms of telling you which cons they'll be at (San Diego and Chicago). They send out releases telling which editors will be there. The condecending tone is kept to a minimum. I realize these publishers get hit like crazy with wannabees and pros alike but geesh! Here's a brief example of tone from the Dark Horse submissions...

BEFORE YOU GET IN LINE, ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS HONESTLY:

Have you shown your work to:


your parents?
your friends?
your teachers?
and especially to professional artists attending the convention?


Funny... yes but wrong. The info I needed (samples- how many. what of?) was near the bottom. That's all I wanted to know. The other aspect I respect of DC is the elimination of lines. Dump off your samples and check back to see if they'll meet with you. Brilliant. Love it. Wish everyone else was doing it. This is pretty much how everyone else handles portfolio reviews. Why are the other companies so slow to adopt it? It would cause less stress on everyone involved. Everyone meaning companies that work under the factory style system of comics. Publishers like Top Shelf, you simply hand them the work and they get back with you. But that's a whole different animal.

*I'm writing off Image after hearing of how they work projects. Sounds like one's paying for that 'I' logo to appear on their book. God help you if the gamble doesn't work.


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  Posted by Tony on 6/27/2005 09:54:00 AM :

      

Borrowed Bling

Aaron’s Rents is testing a pilot program to rent tires and rims to people wanting to pimp their rides.

Atlanta-based Aaron’s (NYSE: RNT), which specializes in renting furniture, named its newly formed bling rental arm Rimco. The company gave the story to the Atlanta Business Chronicle this week.


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Sunday, June 26, 2005
 
  Posted by Tom on 6/26/2005 07:35:00 AM :

      




Daniel Clowes on NPR!!

No worries, it's up in the archives on NPR's website. I missed it too. Clowes chats about Ice Haven- his new graphic novel. An extention of the mind blowing issue 22 of Eightball.


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Friday, June 24, 2005
 
  Posted by Sean McGurr on 6/24/2005 10:20:00 PM :

      

Who's the Big Winner?
Well, I wasn't the big winner, but I did snag third place in the Hernandez Brothers Love and Rockets contest. That gets me a copy of L&R #14 and my entry paragraph possibly printed in issue #15.


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  Posted by Tony on 6/24/2005 02:12:00 PM :

      

Mystic martinis

And for all you convivial spirits, here are your alcohoroscopes.

Virgo: "They rarely get fully shellacked -- but, oh, when they do! Virgo's controlled by the intellect, but there's an unbridled beast lurking within, and they let it loose when walloped."


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  Posted by Tony on 6/24/2005 09:38:00 AM :

      

The mediator between heart and hands ...

“Metropolis” (1927) is one of those movies that’s been copied so many times, you feel like you’ve already seen it. But if you’re not doing anything else this weekend, you ought to go check out the source.

The first thing you notice about “Metropolis” is the special effects -- soaring buildings, massive industrial machines, highways in the sky, etc. The special effects still work, even after 80 years. Perhaps the extravagant set design or the black-and-white photography helps you suspend disbelief. George Lucas hardly did better in the “Star Wars” prequels.

Some of the best visuals aren’t the effects, but rather the staging. CGI is great, but there’s really no substitute for a cast of thousands on a giant set. Director Fritz Lang puts on a clinic on how to frame shots and place actors to maximum effect. Budding comix artists can learn a lot from this film.

What I like most about “Metropolis” is that it never gets caught up in its giant set pieces. It’s really about labor relations. And after presenting a hellish picture of working conditions in the future, the movie still comes to a surprisingly mild, reasonable conclusion.

It’s a silent film, so the acting may be a little overwrought for modern audiences. The film can be a bit heavy-handed -- the moral of the story is literally written out on a title card up on the screen. Some of us may be uncomfortable with all that reading.

But did I mention the villain’s name is “Rotwang?” “Metropolis” plays at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Ohio Theater as part of CAPA’s Summer Movie Series. Tickets are $3.50, or 10 for $21.50.

p.s. I also caught CatCo’s production of Boston Marriage this week. It’s David Mamet doing a fin de siecle comedy of manners -- definitely recommended, but it closes on Sunday.


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Thursday, June 23, 2005
 
  Posted by Sean McGurr on 6/23/2005 05:55:00 PM :

      

New Small Press Show
The folks at Green Brain Comics in Michigan have been inspired by SPACE and SPX to create their own small press show, SNAP. The show is scheduled for Saturday, October 29th in Dearborn, Michigan.
“We have been traveling out of state to attend small press comic conventions since we bought our store in 1999. And after each show, we return home with a van full of great comics and more excitement about the art form of comics than we can contain. My partner Katie and I have been so inspired by other shows like SPACE in Columbus OH and SPX in Bethesda MD, we decided to have a our very own small press show in the Detroit area!” says Dan Merritt, “Michigan is home to a host of self-publishing comic creators, and we have created SNAP! to help connect them with a new audience right here in their own backyard”

The goal of SNAP! is to showcase local, self-published and small press comic creators. By doing this we hope to build community for independent creators and encourage communication between creators and their potential audience, all while having a great time in the hometown of Henry Ford, Dearborn Michigan.
Six foot tables are $35 before July 31st and half an eight foot table is $25. Details here. Dearborn is less than a four hour drive from Columbus. Who's in?


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  Posted by Tony on 6/23/2005 10:07:00 AM :

      

Lousy films hurt video store chain

Movie Gallery Inc. cut its profit forecast for the second quarter, citing a run of lousy films coming down the pike.

"In addition, with the theatrical box-office in its 17th week of a slowdown and enduring its worst slump in two decades, we believe that the flow-through of an unimpressive slate of titles will continue to adversely impact our stores in both the rural and urban markets over the next few months," Joe Malugen, chairman and chief executive, said in a press release.

Dothan, Ala.-based Movie Gallery (NASDAQ: MOVI) is the second-largest North American video rental company, with annual revenue of more than $2.5 billion and approximately 4,700 stores in all 50 states as well as Mexico and Canada.


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Wednesday, June 22, 2005
 
  Posted by bigbaldkid on 6/22/2005 04:02:00 PM :

      

BRUCE CAMPBELL this FRIDAY in DAYTON !!!!!!

your hero an mine will be in dayton fri. signing his new book. HOW TO MAKE LOVE THE BRUCE CAMPBELL WAY. at books and co.

then that night he'll debut his new film THE MAN WITH THE SCREAMING BRAIN. downtown at the neon movies.
if you want to hang out with hollywood's coolest actor no'ws your chance.


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  Posted by Tony on 6/22/2005 09:32:00 AM :

      

Five things I didn’t like about “Batman Begins”

Because, as Matt Kish would tell you, I’m never satisfied. Cross-posted at my other blog for spoiler-based reasons.

"Ra’s Al-Ghul’s group therapy summer camp does not, in my mind, add much to the canon."


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Monday, June 20, 2005
 
  Posted by Tony on 6/20/2005 11:30:00 AM :

      

It’s good to be Batman

“In order to protect my identity and safeguard the lives of those I care about, I am forced to bang these two European runway models.”

I saw “Batman begins” again last night, and it is better on the second viewing. As much as I love the Michael Keaton version, I’ll take Christian Bale’s playboy Bruce Wayne over Keaton’s absent-minded billionaire any day.


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Friday, June 17, 2005
 
  Posted by Tony on 6/17/2005 04:04:00 PM :

      

When you get caught between the moon and Gotham City

I made the mistake last night of watching “Batman Begins” with a woman who A) doesn’t read comics and B) has a degree in literature.

“So, literature girl,” I asked, “what did you think?”

I expected a discussion on themes, dialogue, plot, motivation, etc. She literally did not understand the question.

“I thought it was pretty good,” she said. “Pretty standard guy movie stuff.”


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Thursday, June 16, 2005
 
  Posted by Dara on 6/16/2005 12:05:00 PM :

      

24-Hour Comics Day anthology lineup

"On April 23rd through 24th, over 800 cartoonists around the globe celebrated 24 Hour Comics Day, a day focused on the 24 hour comics challenge: to create a 24 page story in 24 straight hours."

70 comic shops hosted the event. Some worked from home. The 24 finalists to be included in the anthology book published by Nat Gertler have been announced. The list includes 13 female creators, several small-press folks (Stan Yan, Chris Fason,) and a few name pros (Lea Hernandez, Zander Cannon).

More details at the official 24 Hour Comics Day site.


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  Posted by Sean McGurr on 6/16/2005 10:17:00 AM :

      

Pussy Galore Review
Our own Tom Williams' 24-Hour comic was the featured review on Optical Sloth Tuesday. "[T]his was a wonderful comic for anybody who has ever had a really crappy customer service job but has lived to make it to their last day...another fun 24 hour book, and another book that I really liked by Tom Williams."


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Wednesday, June 15, 2005
 
  Posted by Sean McGurr on 6/15/2005 09:28:00 PM :

      

Funny Stuff from McSweeney's
I've said it before, but it is worth saying again: for consistently great writing and a good laugh, you should be reading McSweeney's every day. Case in point, today's piece entitled AN OPEN LETTER TO THE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT OF THE SUPERFRIENDS.


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Tuesday, June 14, 2005
 
  Posted by Dara on 6/14/2005 10:54:00 AM :

      

One for Tom: Overheard Conversations

Tom's recent work for that "overheard conversations" anthology came to mind when I ran across this blog today: Overheard in New York. Which is a posting of...duh, overheard conversations in New York City. Some examples:
"Tourist Guy: So what's the difference between Korean and Chinese?
New York Guy: You mean the food, or the people?
Tourist Guy: Either one, but I only care about the food.
-- Bayard & Mulberry

Hobo: Can you offer a contribution to the United Negro I Didn't Go to College Fund?
-- 60th & Columbus"
(via 4ColorReview)


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  Posted by Dara on 6/14/2005 07:19:00 AM :

      

Ok everyone, let's hear you chime in on artists...

I ran across an interesting thread on Digital Webbing, which asks the question "Artists who you think are great but...you don't like their style?" The point being that instead of just yelling so-and-so sucks, let's talk about artists who are clearly talented and adept at their craft, but their style just doesn't appeal to you. Oh, and for the sake of this post let's limit it to just comic book artists.

Some names mentioned in the above thread include Darwyn Cooke, Frank Quietly, John Romita Jr., and Jack Kirby.

Just a few names on my list:

Steve Dillon: great storyteller and excellent at conveying emotion through subtle facial expressions. But overall, his art just doesn't appeal to me. I'd never not buy a book because of his art, but I also wouldn't pick up a book just because he's on it.

Jim Lee: out of all the original Image artists, he's probably the most proficient and (more recently) dedicated artist. And he draws killer backgrounds and detailed architecture. But his figure work still has the whole 1990s Image house style that I really dislike.

Mark Bagley: obviously knows how to draw, is a decent storyteller, and a complete pro/workhorse. But I find his style sooooo bo-oooooring.

So I'm curious, who would you say is a talented artist, but his/her style just doesn't do it for you?


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  Posted by Dara on 6/14/2005 05:13:00 AM :

      

Awesome collection of Monster Magazine covers

Check out the Monstermags! cover gallery website for a cool collection of covers from all the old monster magazines. Titles like Eerie, Vampirella, Tales from the Crypt, Creepy, and more. Classic stuff from the likes of Frank Frazetta, Richard Corben, Bernie Wrightson, and other great artists.



(via boingboing)


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  Posted by Dara on 6/14/2005 04:33:00 AM :

      

Random stuff at 4 AM

Greetings, faithful blog readers. Well, it's another quarterly software release day here at the ol' DJ (Day Job,) which means stating work at 4 AM. While I sit here waiting for 6 GB of files to copy from one server to another, I've got some time to waste on the blog. So let's get linkin':


  • Corporate Gibberish Generator, by Andrew Davidson. "Enter your company name and click "Generate" to generate several paragraphs of corporate gibberish suitable for pasting into your prospectus." Ok, don't mind if I do:
    "Ferret Press practically invented the term "technologies". What does it really mean to expedite "proactively"? We usually syndicate seamless ultra-process management. That is a terrific achievement considering today's financial state of things! What does the buzzword "angel investors" really mean? Is it more important for something to be 24/7 or to be back-end? The web-enabled development factor can be summed up in one word: vertical. We apply the proverb "A fool and his money are soon parted" not only to our bloatware but our power to actualize."

  • Shakespearean Insulter, for you writers wanting to spice up your drab dialogue. "Thou burly-boned earth-vexing codpiece"


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Monday, June 13, 2005
 
  Posted by Dara on 6/13/2005 02:27:00 PM :

      

One for all my writer peeps

FundsForWriters.com is a site that provides information on...well, just that. Various funds (grants, contests, etc.) for writers, as well as freelance markets and contract jobs opportunities. Check 'em out.


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  Posted by Dara on 6/13/2005 02:20:00 PM :

      

Check out the new CBG

No, not that CBG. I'm talking about the new Comic Book Galaxy. Site originator Alan David Doane says:
"This is a re-launch of the criticism and commentary website that will celebrate its Fifth Anniversary on September 1st, 2005. The site boasts a brand new look, but will continue to feature all the writers and columns readers have long enjoyed.

***

Today readers can view the following:

Ed Cunard's TOM SPURGEON INTERVIEW looks at Tom's time at The Comics Journal, his new site The Comics Reporter, and more

Larry Young says TAKE IT ALL! in our biggest contest ever, giving away one copy of every comic and graphic novel they've ever published

Mike Sterling's BEHIND THE COUNTER looks behind the scenes at comics retailing

Logan Polk's LOOSE STAPLES features reviews and commentary

Joe Rice's MAKE-BELIEVE WAR launches

Shawn Hoke's SIZE MATTERS features a weekly look at the best in mini-comics

Marc Sobel's CRACK SHOTS features reviews of new comics and graphic novels

...and there's even more new features in store!"


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Friday, June 10, 2005
 
  Posted by Tony on 6/10/2005 05:23:00 PM :

      

This thing must be broken.

I just took a geek test and scored 35 percent. That's way too low for someone who posts on a group weblog about comix.

The explanation says, "OK, not that geeky at all, are you? I'll bet you even have a girlfriend (or boyfriend)."

You lose that bet, sucka! Yeah! Um .... shoot, now I'm all depressed.

Take it yourself:


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  Posted by Dara on 6/10/2005 04:21:00 PM :

      

Comic geeks sad, Alan Moore happy

Apparently Paramount pictures has dropped the Watchmen movie from its production schedule.
"Paramount has pulled the plug on its proposed film version of Watchmen, Alan Moore's celebrated superhero graphic novel, Variety reported. Producers Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin were taking the project, with British director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy) attached, out to other studios, the trade paper reported"
Now we'll never see a clever modern adaptation of Moore's seminal work, perhaps with an Al-Quaida plotline substituted for the nuclear war paranoia. Or a fully clothed Dr. Manhattan, because after all, comics are for kids.

Shucks.

(via Howling Curmudgeons)


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  Posted by Dara on 6/10/2005 01:14:00 PM :

      

Seth Fisher's art

The Pulse has an article about the upcoming Legends of the Dark Knight story written by Dan Curtis Johnson and J. H. Williams III, with art by Seth Fisher.



Seth has previously worked on the Green Lantern: Willworld graphic novel, as well as a few other projects. So I'm curious, what do you kids think of his art? Like it? Hate it? Share.


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  Posted by Dara on 6/10/2005 01:07:00 PM :

      

Spudd 64 review

Frequest visitor to our blog, Kyle Wallace, has written a glowing review of Matt Kish's Spudd 64 comic book. You can read it here on Kyle's Fragility Productions blog.
"The art that Kish does is so remotely different from what anyone else tries to accomplish in comic books that it works, and it works beautifully."


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Thursday, June 09, 2005
 
  Posted by Tom on 6/09/2005 06:16:00 PM :

      



M.O.C.C.A.'s this weekend in NYC. Getting a head start on the next S.P.A.C.E., Bob had me do up a t-shirt design. It's a two-sided number (graphic in pale blue) on a dark grey shirt. The pic above is a couple of stops darker than the actual shirt. Being as the show's moved to the Alladin Shrine Temple, I suggested s.p.a.c.e. fez hats. Bob wasn't so keen on that idea. Next up in the merch bonanza- s.p.a.c.e. plastic bags.


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  Posted by Sean McGurr on 6/09/2005 03:44:00 PM :

      

Win Hernandez Brothers Art
In addition to revamping their Web site, Fantagraphics is running a Love & Rockets contest with a chance to win exclusively drawn portraits of L&R characters by Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, L&R books, and comics. The best part of the contest: there is a PG and R rated version of the paragraph you need to write to enter. Check it out and enter by June 19.


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  Posted by Tony on 6/09/2005 03:07:00 PM :

      

I'm glad it's over

But if you want to relieve Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith, here's a link to the script (abridged):

Click here


DARTH HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN
Where's Natalie Portman? Suddenly I
am worried about her again.

IAN MCDIARMID
It seems that in your overacting,
you killed her.


And for an added treat, here's Oval Office Space!


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Wednesday, June 08, 2005
 
  Posted by Dara on 6/08/2005 03:31:00 PM :

      

Calvin & Hobbes at OSU!

Holy crap, I don't know how I missed this story when it was first announced:
"Bill Watterson has placed more than 3,000 original Calvin & Hobbes comic strips from his personal collection on long term deposit at The Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library.

According to the library’s curator, Lucy Shelton Caswell, 'Bill Watterson is unusual among cartoonists since he kept virtually all of his original comic strips. The collection he has placed here is unusually complete. We are delighted to have this archive.'"
Right on, OSU.

(via The Comics Reporter)


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  Posted by Dara on 6/08/2005 01:45:00 PM :

      

JMS reviews V for Vendetta script

The news in comics circles has been relatively negative when it comes to the Wachowski brothers movie adaptation of Alan Moore's great V for Vendetta graphic novel. Well, in this week's Lying in the Gutters column, Rich posts a review of the script by J. Michael Straczynski, in which he defends the screenplay.
"I think it's one of the smartest, sharpest, insightful and well-crafted scripts I've ever read. It's emotional, evocative, heart-rending, biting, sharp, relentless and just plain garden variety powerful. It's not just a good film, it's an *important* film, and there's a great deal of subtlety and nuance in it...As someone who's not just written over two hundred produced scripts and read hundreds more, someone who is a fan of Alan's work, I'm telling you straight-up, with absolutely no agenda: the 'V for Vendetta' script is a work of freaking genius."
Personally, I don't have much faith in Hollywood being able to adapt any work into a movie that's "freaking genius," especially Moore's dense, multi-layered work. But who knows, maybe JMS sees something the Internet trolls don't. I'd be more than happy to be proven wrong.


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  Posted by Tony on 6/08/2005 11:35:00 AM :

      

Check yourself before you wreck yourself

I saw a news story yesterday about a whistleblower at Los Alamos National Laboratory who got the crap kicked out of him. The picture was wild -- the guy had cuts on his cheek, a huge shiner and he was in a neck brace on account of they broke his jaw.

He suspects people from the laboratory beat him up in retaliation for his whistleblowing. Given that Los Alamos is where we make atomic bombs, that raises the question: Nuclear physicists did all that?

The U.S. of A. has some baaaddd-@@@@$$$ nuclear physicists. How do you intimidate an A-bomb-maker? I imagine it goes something like this:

"Why yes, I am wearing a pocket protector. And yes, you're right, I do have duct tape on my glasses. You want to make something of it? You think you're bad? I build atomic bombs for a living, motherfreller! I will destroy all life on this planet -- you think I give a frell? I'll burn it to a cinder and leave it for the frelling cockroaches. Sorkin' A, cousin. Unless you got a mine shaft, punk, I suggest you get to steppin'."

"Yeah? Yeah? That's what I thought."


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  Posted by Dara on 6/08/2005 09:33:00 AM :

      

Webcomic update

The second page is now up, so head on over to MoviePoopShoot.com for a tasty treat of Naraghi and Williams.

[insert dirty Matt Kish joke here]

"In part two of Skin Deep, an offer is made outside a tattoo joint, a counteroffer is made regarding a microbrewery, Rick contemplates his career, and Larry spots a 'whale tail'".



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Tuesday, June 07, 2005
 
  Posted by Dara on 6/07/2005 03:25:00 PM :

      

Here's a bit of weird comics business news...

Slave Labor Graphics, best known for their indie and goth comics like Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, has signed a deal with Disney to produce comics based on Disney properties.
"The four titles announced at the Book Expo America show in New York include Haunted Mansion (based on the theme park ride), Gargoyles (taken from the animated TV series), Wonderland (a follow-up to the Disney animated feature Alice in Wonderland), and Tron (based on the innovative feature film about characters trapped in a computer)."
Congrats to Dan Vado and the SLG crew. But man, is that weird or what?


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  Posted by Tony on 6/07/2005 11:23:00 AM :

      

Come on down

Friend-of-Panel Sean McKeever will be at the Laughing Ogre comic shop all day tomorrow to promote the first issue of his new book, “Gravity.”

On his Web site, McKeever lists a dozen reasons to pick up the book, including:

1. GRAVITY is an action-packed, character-driven, cameo-lovin' look at Marvel New York through the eyes of a newcomer.

6. Remember back in the old days when Spider-Man was a single college guy? Me too! And I'm the guy writing GRAVITY!

7. GRAVITY has been pre-canceled at #5 for your protection!

That’s the Laughing Ogre, 4258 North High Street. Easy to find, hard to subdue!


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  Posted by Tony on 6/07/2005 09:48:00 AM :

      

Batman Big 'Uns

No, I'm not talking about sculpted nipples or codpieces. I'm talking about Imax. Apparently the closest Imax theater to show Batman Begins will be near Cincinnati, the IMAX Theatre at Showcase Cinemas Springdale.

Batman Begins opens June 15, doncha know?


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Sunday, June 05, 2005
 
  Posted by Dara on 6/05/2005 08:53:00 PM :

      

Your tech newsbite for today...

"Apple Computer Inc. is expected to announce Monday that it will begin shifting its Macintosh computer line next year to Intel Corp. chips, the Wall Street Journal reported on its Web site on Sunday, citing people familiar with the situation."


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  Posted by Dara on 6/05/2005 06:59:00 PM :

      

Your fun comic book geekiness for today...

Howling Curmudgeons wonders "So who do you think has the best Rogue's Gallery?" Jason Fliegel posits that the top 3 spots belong tp Spider-man, Batman, and possibly Flash.
"One reason I think Wonder Woman has never really clicked is becuse she lacks a good rogue's gallery. I mean, you've got Cheetah, and then what? Egg Fu? Angle Man?

Superman's another one who never really had a rogue's gallery worthy of the character. He came close in the Silver Age -- Luthor, of course, and then Mxyzptlk and Brainiac and Bizzaro -- but they emascualted all his villains, turned Luthor into a cheap knock-off of the Kingpin, and left him with who, exactly? Mongul and Doomsday? Blech."
I'd say both the Fantastic Four and the X-Men would probably qualify as having a strong rogue's gallery...


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Saturday, June 04, 2005
 
  Posted by Sean McGurr on 6/04/2005 10:49:00 PM :

      

New Take on the Same Lead
Mainstream reporters need to learn that not every story about comic books needs to lead with "Bam! Zoom! Pow! Comics aren't for kids anymore." It was cliched twenty years ago and is just lazy journalism.

Having said that, you have to give the AP writer of this story on Christian comic books a little respect for giving it a twist:
Zap! Pow! Amen!
Whether it's fanciful tales of jewel-colored angels battling demons for a man's soul or retellings of familiar stories from the Bible, Christian comic books are taking wing.


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  Posted by Tom on 6/04/2005 06:28:00 PM :

      

A fun quote from Mr.Tom Ridge on the color coded system...

".. There were times when some people were really aggressive about raising it, and we said, 'For that?'"

from USA Today

Hmmmmmmm.


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Friday, June 03, 2005
 
  Posted by Tony on 6/03/2005 02:32:00 PM :

      

I am *set* for the next con!

Manga styling gel:

http://www2.garnierbeautybar.co.uk/manga/index.asp

This appears to be real.


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  Posted by Tony on 6/03/2005 02:24:00 PM :

      

Braaaaainsssss ...

Zombie blog. I suggest scrolling down to "adorable little kitty cat."

http://hungryzombie.blogspot.com/


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  Posted by Sean McGurr on 6/03/2005 11:34:00 AM :

      

Literary Superheroes
Here's a fun 8 page story about two of our favorite authors, The Amazing Adventures of Lethem and Chabon.


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  Posted by Dara on 6/03/2005 09:25:00 AM :

      

The Comic Book Creator’s Bill of Rights

This is a fantastic article that requires a bit of reading (I haven't gone through the whole thing yet,) but is well worth it for all creators in the field. Al Nickerson follows up with many of the original framers of the comic creators "Bill of Rights" through interviews and e-mails. Included are conversations with Scott McCloud and Dave Sim (of course), Rick Veitch, Steve Bissette, and Denis Kitchen.
"Back in 1988, a group of comic book creators got together to see what they can do about protecting the rights of comic book creators. From these series of summits, specifically at Northampton, Massachusetts, The Creator’s Bill of Rights was created.

The participants of the Bill’s creation included Scott McCloud, Dave Sim, Gerhard, Steve Bissette, Rick Veitch, Larry Marder, Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, Mark Martin, Steve Murphy, Michael Zulli, Eric Talbot, Ken Mitchroney, Michael Dooney, Steve Lavigne, Craig Farley, Jim Lawson and Ryan Brown. Please forgive me if I’ve forgotten to include anyone. The Creator's Bill of Rights."
Below is McCloud's proposed "final draft" version, as it appeared in The Comics Journal:
"For the survival and health of comics, we recognize that no single system of commerce and no single type of agreement between creator and publisher can or should be instituted. However, the rights and dignity of creators everywhere are equally vital.

Our rights, as we perceive them to be and intend to preserve them, are:

1.The right to full ownership of what we fully create.

2.The right to full control over the creative execution of that which we fully own.

3.The right of approval over the reproduction and format of our creative property.

4.The right of approval over the methods by which our creative property is distributed.

5.The right to free movement of ourselves and our creative property to and from publishers.

6.The right to employ legal counsel in any and all business transactions.

7.The right to offer a proposal to more than one publisher at a time.

8.The right to prompt payment of a fair and equitable share of profits derived from all of our creative work.

9.The right to full and accurate accounting of any and all income and disbursements relative to our work.

10.The right to prompt and complete return of our artwork in its original condition.

11.The right to full control over the licensing of our creative property.

12.The right to promote and the right of approval over any and all promotion of ourselves and our creative property.
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  Posted by Dara on 6/03/2005 09:21:00 AM :

      

StripDir

Here's a handy little website service.: StripDir.

You put in the URL of any website, and it strips out all the graphics and pictures and presents them to you on a single page. And they have a "top 100" list as well. Hmmm, I wonder what this service could be used for (he said, with a wink and a nod)?

(as always, another cool link found via boingboing)


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Wednesday, June 01, 2005
 
  Posted by Tony on 6/01/2005 10:20:00 AM :

      

A rogue is a rogue is a rogue

The Onion AV Club looks this week at Batman villains who aren't likely to make it to the movies. Includes the origin of Batman's giant penny, and the following quote about the KGBeast:

"... the KGBeast's chest-baring studs-and-executioner's-mask costume choice really does him in. He looks better equipped for a night with the boys at The Jackhammer than a fight with Gotham's guardian."

Click here.


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  Posted by Tony on 6/01/2005 09:30:00 AM :

      

Word of the Day: Riddler Factor

Today's word comes courtesy of Dave's Long Box

"The Riddler Factor is that combination of luck, moxie, and plot contrivance that allows lame villains to survive when they are hopelessly outclassed by their superhero opponents. Basically put, the writer is on the villain’s side. It’s how The Riddler manages to survive 22 pages against Batman – sometimes even longer! It’s how Turner D. Century doesn’t get pounded to dust by Spider-Woman. It’s how tons of minor villains actually manage to hurt or annoy Superman. The Riddler Factor is like a big invisible Cloak of Lucky that protects the villain – until your 22 pages is up, that is. Then you get knocked out with one punch."


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