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Tuesday, May 30, 2006
 
  Posted by Tony on 5/30/2006 02:34:00 PM :

      


X3 – Wasn’t this supposed to be the bad one?

I saw X3 over the weekend and I gotta say, I enjoyed it a lot.

The best thing about this movie was it *moved.” It didn’t spend time debating weighty issues. It didn’t introduce you to ever member of Xavier’s school. Half the characters, I never heard their names. It’s not a bad thing. You got the impression of a universe of characters without adding another hour’s worth of long Claremontian conversations.

X3 spends less time on its “issues” than the other two, but I think it presents more issues in a more balanced way. X-Men always deserves credit for making Magneto not completely evil, but in X3 not even the humans are evil. And in X3 we got a much better sense of the X-Men as a team than in the previous movies.

Quick thoughts: Halle Berry, as usual, is the weakest link. The riff on masturbation was killer. X2 had more character development, but who cares, the third act was boring. I did not see Wolverine’s “solutions” coming. Flaming cars are cool -- heck yeah!


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Monday, May 29, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 5/29/2006 07:54:00 PM :

      

Monday Morning "Guess the Artist"

(Sorry, due to the Memorial Day holiday, this is getting posted late...)

Welcome to all our new readers. This is a little game we play every Monday, where I put up a page of art from the early career of some of today's well known comic book artists. Use the comments section to make your guess.



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(previous weeks: 9/12/2005, 9/19/2005, 9/26/2005, 10/3/2005, 10/10/2005, 10/17/2005, 10/24/2005, 10/31/2005, 11/1/2005, 11/2/2005, 11/3/2005, 11/4/2005, 11/5/2005, 11/6/2005, 11/7/2005, 11/14/2005, 11/21/2005, 11/28/2005, 12/5/2005, 12/12/2005, 12/19/2005, 12/26/2005, 1/2/2006, 1/9/2006, 1/16/2006, 1/23/2006, 1/30/2006, 2/06/2006, 2/13/2006, 2/20/2006, 2/27/2006, 3/6/2006, 3/13/2006, 3/20/2006, 3/27/2006, 4/3/2006, 4/4/2006, 4/5/2006, 4/6/2006, 4/7/2006, 4/8/2006, 4/9/2006, 4/10/2006, 4/17/2006, 4/23/2006, 5/1/2006, 5/8/2006, 5/15/2006, 5/22/2006)

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Sunday, May 28, 2006
 
  Posted by Tom on 5/28/2006 08:11:00 AM :

      



Alex Toth R.I.P.

Alex Toth
died Saturday. He was 78. His health had been poor for awhile. But according to his family he did begin to realized how much of a footprint he had on people's lives. Toth reportedly recieved 20 bags full of get well cards (as well as a newly erected website) when he was in the hospital earlier in the year. As probably I'm gonna go, Alex was found dead at his drawing table. In the past ten years, I've come to admire and seek out some of his work. There was a handsome book called Alex Toth by Design that I've checked out more times from the library than I can count.


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Friday, May 26, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 5/26/2006 02:52:00 PM :

      

Classical music and cartoonists

Classical Bytes is issuing music CDs of famous classical composers, with cover art by famous cartoonists. The likes of Mozart, Chopin, and Vivaldi are covered by the likes of Jim Woodring, James Sturm, and Peter Bagge.



(via boingboing)


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  Posted by Dara on 5/26/2006 10:00:00 AM :

      

Rocket Science, update

Rocket Science, the monthly one-panel comic strip Tim Fischer and I are doing for Melt magazine, is also available for viewing online. It's on page 53.



(Vol. 2, Issue 10...we're mentioned on the cover, right under Joan Jett's belly button! Sweet!)

For you Columbus folks, you can pick up a free copy at most of the businesses along the High Street corridor. The Laughing Ogre has them too, as do some other retailers like Hot Topic and the like. It's the glossy, full color little 4" x 5.5" mag with lots of bar and club ads, movie reviews, music interviews, and the like.


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Thursday, May 25, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 5/25/2006 03:01:00 PM :

      

Andy gets a shout out

"Another young artist I did quite a bit of work with was Andy Bennett. Andy was a bit raw and inexperienced but he also had a lot going for him. He was willing to try anything, he was hard working, and he had a style that I personally liked. He had the tough task of taking over for Vince on Saint Germaine but he did well. I had him do a four issue series on Ghost Sonata which was a tough task as it was a drama with talking heads but he pulled it off. I see that he is still involved in comics and I know that he’s been working on some titles for Moonstone."

Former Caliber publisher Gary Reed remenisses, in his latest column on Komikwerks.


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  Posted by Dara on 5/25/2006 01:59:00 PM :

      

Gaiman on the myth of Superman

Neil Gaiman and Wired senior editor Adam Rogers write about The Myth of Superman. It's a short, fun read.
"Schwartz quit writing Superman because his bosses were telling him to put in things that he thought were out of character. That was admirable, but really, the specific stories we tell about Superman – the what-happened and what-he-did – don’t matter that much. Superman transcends plot. We retell his tales because we wish he were here, real, to keep us safe."
(via boingboing)


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  Posted by Dara on 5/25/2006 09:33:00 AM :

      

Small Press shout out

John G. is a musician, zine king, comix creator, and a friend of the Ferret from Cleveland. If you haven't checked out his blog, drop by Nine Panel Grid now. Lately, he's been doing a lot of show flyers for indy bands, like this killer one:



Now that's how you do it, kids.


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  Posted by Dara on 5/25/2006 07:58:00 AM :

      

Panel gets some international love

Check out this cool e-mail I got last night:
"Hi guys.
I have just read your Myth number 5 and your Panel number 6, and I just loved them. especially number 6.
My name is Andrés Indaburu and I live in Barcelona. I will pass your stuff around to my friends, I am sure they will like it as much as I did.
Take care
andrés"
Warms my heart.


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Wednesday, May 24, 2006
 
  Posted by Craig on 5/24/2006 02:38:00 PM :

      

I haven't griped about this in a while and I know you've all missed it:

I finally stopped by the Laughing Ogre last week to check out their back issue sale. While I was browsing the store a woman came in and asked the girl behind the counter to recommend a comic book for an eight-year old who likes science fiction; the girl thought long and hard, and finally came up with Bone for an answer. Now, with all due respect to that excellent comic series, not only is it not science fiction, but it ceased publication a couple years ago!

In the entire friggin' comic store there isn't a new ongoing title to give to your kid or nephew or whatever to get them started reading comics? I did notice the Marvel Adventures titles, which struck me as patronizing-- the same reason I wouldn't read Spidey Super Stories in the third grade, but preferred the "real" Spider-Man comics. I saw nothing universally accessable while I browsed the shelves, and I suspect it's possible the Ogre lost a potential reader for the next ten years by being unable to offer that lady anything close to what she asked.

On a related note: I put down my stack of back issues after browsing through the first volume of Essential Tomb of Dracula to admire the Gene Colan art and seeing the Lord of the Undead battling an evil brain floating in a jar. S**t yes, that's more like it! Taking the tpb home, I was surprised to see Marvel's new rating, "T+", printed on the back. Every comic reprinted in this volume was comics code-approved back in 1973; why are they putting their age-restriction rating on the Essential edition? Do they think it will sell better by branding it as unaccessable to younger readers? Twits.


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  Posted by Dara on 5/24/2006 12:44:00 PM :

      

Ghost Rider trailer

You can watch the trailer for the Nicholas Cage Ghost Rider movie on Apple's trailer website.



The visuals look impressive in concept, but the execution leaves something to be desired. The trick with CGI, especially as integrated into an otherwise "realistic" setting, is to make them look seamless. The action scenes from this movie, however, just look like segments cut directly out of a computer game and pasted into the movie.

Oh well, at least Nic Cage finally got to make a superhero movie, so we won't have to read about him going up for a role in every single comic book movie announced.


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  Posted by Dara on 5/24/2006 11:57:00 AM :

      

New storyline in Lifelike

This week marks the beginning of the 12-part story "Smoke Break" in Lifelike, my webcomic. Art is provided by 2005 Day Prize winner, mpMann (who also did the art for the "Double Cross at the Double Down" story.)



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  Posted by Tony on 5/24/2006 10:25:00 AM :

      



Reality TV

OK, this is way off-topic, but it’s still fun. If you became famous, and then not-famous, and then went on the Surreal Life … which other six washed-up has-beens would you want in the house with you? Here’s my list:

1. Downtown Julie Brown – wubba wubba wubba. If she’s not available, then Kennedy.

2. Trishelle from Real World Las Vegas – you need a hot chick/train wreck

3. Mark Linn-Baker -- “Perfect Strangers’ Cousin Larry. Just ‘cause.

4. Gerardo -- Rico Suave. C’moooooon. If he’s not available, then Slater from Saved By The Bell.

5. David Crosby – Why not?

6. Nichelle Nichols -- Star Trek’s Uhuru! Classes up the joint a little bit.


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Tuesday, May 23, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 5/23/2006 12:53:00 PM :

      

Your pseudo-comics, pseudo-LOST news item of the day

McFarlane Toys to produce action figures based on the TV show Lost.
"The toys will be released this fall, according to the trade, with the first selection of six figures to include: Jack (Matthew Fox), Kate (Evangeline Lilly), Hurley (Jorge Garcia), Locke (Terry O'Quinn), Charlie (Dominic Monaghan) and Shannon (Maggie Grace)."
Which begs the question: who the hell wants a Shannon action figure?


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Monday, May 22, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 5/22/2006 06:29:00 PM :

      

Monday Morning "Guess the Artist"

Welcome to all our new readers. This is a little game we play every Monday, where I put up a page of art from the early career of some of today's well known comic book artists. Use the comments section to make your guess.



(click image to get yer motor runnin')

(previous weeks: 9/12/2005, 9/19/2005, 9/26/2005, 10/3/2005, 10/10/2005, 10/17/2005, 10/24/2005, 10/31/2005, 11/1/2005, 11/2/2005, 11/3/2005, 11/4/2005, 11/5/2005, 11/6/2005, 11/7/2005, 11/14/2005, 11/21/2005, 11/28/2005, 12/5/2005, 12/12/2005, 12/19/2005, 12/26/2005, 1/2/2006, 1/9/2006, 1/16/2006, 1/23/2006, 1/30/2006, 2/06/2006, 2/13/2006, 2/20/2006, 2/27/2006, 3/6/2006, 3/13/2006, 3/20/2006, 3/27/2006, 4/3/2006, 4/4/2006, 4/5/2006, 4/6/2006, 4/7/2006, 4/8/2006, 4/9/2006, 4/10/2006, 4/17/2006, 4/23/2006, 5/1/2006, 5/8/2006, 5/15/2006)

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  Posted by Dara on 5/22/2006 12:37:00 PM :

      

Raids at Motor City Con

(sorry for the delay of the regular Monday Morning Guess the Artist feature, due to a screw up on my part it'll have to wait till this evening)

So at this past weekend's Motor City Con, Michigan State Police and investigators for the MPAA and RIAA raided the show and hauled off a ton of bootleg recordings.
"As a result, more than 30,000 suspected fraudulent items were obtained and 14 dealers were taken to the police station -- some in handcuffs -- for police reports to be filed. The dealers were not arrested, but the state police are seeking warrants for their arrest from prosecutors, White said. Pending that decision, the dealers were released and given the opportunity to return to open their locations at the con again. However, vendors indicated they had noticed RIAA and MPAA detectives on the premises again on Saturday."
Now, if you've ever been to a comic book convention, your first thought will probably be "I can't believe this didn't happen sooner." At every show I've been to, in the past 15 years or so, there have always been tables upon tables of obviously bootlegged movies for sale, quite openly. Which makes this next statement from Motor City Con organizer Gary Bishop especially funny:
"It was an unfortunate situation involving the sale of bootleg merchandise, but it is Motor City Comics Convention policy that dealers have agreed that they will not be selling bootleg merchandise at our convention or at any of our venues."
Gee, really? Can you say legal CYA? If show organizers really cared about enforcing that particular policy, it would be a piece of cake. Any 10 year old could point out all the illegal and bootleg movies, shirts, etc. at a show. But that would be turning down hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in table fees from dealers, not to mention a decrease in con attendance once word got out amongst the nerdinista that they won't be able to pick up that bootleg collection of The Wuzzles they've been after.


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Sunday, May 21, 2006
 
  Posted by Tom on 5/21/2006 04:38:00 PM :

      



Along with a swell write-up, the Alive put together a fancy short on SPACE. Kinda cool. Above is the mysterious Rollergirl from the show. The doc wraps up with an interview by...



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Friday, May 19, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 5/19/2006 12:58:00 PM :

      

Rocket Science, launch

So today is the official street date of Rocket Science, the monthly one-panel comic strip Tim Fischer and I are doing for Melt magazine. For you Columbus folks, you can pick up a free copy at most of the businesses along the High Street corridor. The Laughing Ogre has them too, as do some other retailers like Hot Topic and the like. It's the glossy, full color little 4" x 5.5" mag with lots of bar and club ads, movie reviews, music interviews, and the like.

(this is the old issue)

They also post the entire issue online at their website, though as of right now they don't have the new issue up yet (I believe it supposed to be vol. 2, issue #10.)


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Thursday, May 18, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 5/18/2006 04:43:00 PM :

      

For you Columbus cats: free tacos and beer

C-bus residents, every third Thursday of the month, Fresh, Due Amici, C Magazine and Resource Real Estate host Fresh Taco Night at 65 East Gay Street. So tonight's your night to grab some free tacos and beer.

More info and pics at Taco+Beer.


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  Posted by Dara on 5/18/2006 01:04:00 PM :

      

The Ferret at Comfest

Got the official papers in the mail yesterday. Ferret Press (and Panel) will have a booth at Comfest, the country's largest all-volunteer run community festival. Make your planes for June 23-25.



Hundreds of bands. Hundreds of exhibitors. All outdoors. All free.


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  Posted by Dara on 5/18/2006 12:02:00 PM :

      

Rocket Science countdown, T-minus 1 day



Boy, I sure hope you folks won't be disappointed when you find out all this fuss is for a one-panel monthly comic...


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  Posted by Dara on 5/18/2006 11:40:00 AM :

      

Don't say we never gave you nothin'

Have a go at these sweepstakes, maybe you'll end up with some sweet new swag:

Enter for a chance to win a "limited edition" Dell XPS X-Men: The Last Stand Collector's Edition super massive gaming PC.

Or try your hand at winning an iPod from Honda and their new Fit car.

Or if comics is your thing, go for the set of 6 graphic novels from First Second Publishing, featuring the work of Lewis Trondheim, Eddie Campbell, and more. Courtesy of the Comic Book Galaxy blog.

And finally, for you artists out there, use your mad skillz to win a Philips 7" Widescreen TFT-LCD Portable DVD Player with all 5 volumes of the Samurai 7 anime series on DVD. Courtesy of the Independent Film Channel and Columbus' own WorldFamousComics.com


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Wednesday, May 17, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 5/17/2006 03:53:00 PM :

      

Your cynical, sobbering thought for the day

"Everything you love, everything meaningful with depth and history, all passionate authentic experiences will be appropriated, mishandled, watered down, cheapened, repackaged, marketed and sold to the people you hate." --Hooptyrides

(via boingboing)


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  Posted by Dara on 5/17/2006 12:51:00 PM :

      

Rocket Science countdown, T-minus 2 days



"Written" by Dara Naraghi...


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  Posted by Dara on 5/17/2006 12:44:00 PM :

      

For all you Lost fans

Last week, USA Today ran a nice little article about Lost, the interactive appeal of the show, and the nature of theorizing by fans. It also covers a new book of essays, edited by Orson Scott Card, titled Getting Lost: Survival, Baggage and Starting Over in J.J. Abrams' Lost, due in August. A couple of items of note, which I was happy to hear:
"The season's final episodes also will offer a resolution to the situation of Michael and Walt, who was seen at times as an apparition, and the survivors will prepare to take on The Others, a mysterious group who kidnapped Walt. Desmond, the man discovered in the hatch at the start of the season, will return as well, and viewers will learn why the plane crashed.

...

Dissatisfaction with the number of answers in last season's finale has led to more of them in this season's final, two-hour episode May 24."
Also, if you haven't been out there yet, the Hanso Foundation website has undergone a huge facelift and now contains a ton of content, and presumably, some clues.


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Tuesday, May 16, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 5/16/2006 01:12:00 PM :

      

Rocket Science countdown, T-minus 3 days



Featuring the babe-a-licious art of Tim Fischer...


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  Posted by Dara on 5/16/2006 01:05:00 PM :

      

Byrne, Kaluta, and Bat Boy

Michael W. Kaluta, John Byrne contribute to Weekly World News!

Greatest. Press release. Ever.
"Comic book legend John Byrne (X-MEN, FANTASTIC FOUR, SUPERMAN, NEXT MEN, THE ATOM) contributes illustrations to accompany a story that "They" (you know who you are!) don't want you to know: the stunning secret of The List of the Anti-Saints.

Then comics super-star and famed illustrator Michael W. Kaluta (THE SHADOW, STARSTRUCK, THE BOOKS OF MAGIC) lends his considerable talents to a story that has shaken the art world to its very foundations (although, fortunately, "They" don't care if you know about this one or not). Weekly World News staff writer Dick Siegel reports on the discovery of Michelangelo's Comic Book."


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Monday, May 15, 2006
 
  Posted by Tom on 5/15/2006 11:24:00 PM :

      



Here you go Tony. Courtesy of Matt Demblicki's blog.


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  Posted by Dara on 5/15/2006 09:25:00 PM :

      

Rocket Science countdown, T-minus 4 days



Coming soon...


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  Posted by Dara on 5/15/2006 11:11:00 AM :

      

Monday Morning "Guess the Artist"

Welcome to all our new readers who heard about our blog at this past weekend's SPACE. This is a little game we play every Monday, where I put up a page of art from the early career of some of today's well known artists. Use the comments section to make your guess.



(click image to get yer motor runnin')

(previous weeks: 9/12/2005, 9/19/2005, 9/26/2005, 10/3/2005, 10/10/2005, 10/17/2005, 10/24/2005, 10/31/2005, 11/1/2005, 11/2/2005, 11/3/2005, 11/4/2005, 11/5/2005, 11/6/2005, 11/7/2005, 11/14/2005, 11/21/2005, 11/28/2005, 12/5/2005, 12/12/2005, 12/19/2005, 12/26/2005, 1/2/2006, 1/9/2006, 1/16/2006, 1/23/2006, 1/30/2006, 2/06/2006, 2/13/2006, 2/20/2006, 2/27/2006, 3/6/2006, 3/13/2006, 3/20/2006, 3/27/2006, 4/3/2006, 4/4/2006, 4/5/2006, 4/6/2006, 4/7/2006, 4/8/2006, 4/9/2006, 4/10/2006, 4/17/2006, 4/23/2006, 5/1/2006, 5/8/2006)

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Sunday, May 14, 2006
 
  Posted by Tom on 5/14/2006 02:46:00 PM :

      

Almost forgot, I'm happy to report that there will be another sequel to SNAP!. Showtime's on November 4th in Detroit Rock City. Looks to be held in the same time/space as last year. Last year's show was outstanding for a first year out. Dan was handing out flyers yesterday.


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  Posted by Tom on 5/14/2006 02:11:00 PM :

      

<< (..from last year's show)

Now that I'm rested, I can concur that the show was a mite slow. My theory is the show being sceduled in late spring. Semesters/quarters are coming to a close and a tattoo convention (Hell City) in town probably hindered the crowd this weekend. Not getting in the Weekender this year probably didn't help either. It's hard to guage how it affected my sales as I wasn't expecting to make much at the show. Most of my new stuff has been web-based as of late. There was Panel and some proof copies of Potlatch floating around. I paced myself and pretty much left with the same amount of cash I came in with. It was nice to see the entire floor in one room again. The past couple of years, the show's been spread out over a few rooms. Hung out and chatted with a few folks. Met one of my LJ friends Mike Dawson, who's still working on Freddie & Me. Which you can read it online (see the linky). While Ad House wasn't there, there were a few of their comics at his table. Mike was seated next to the creator of (the Day Prize nominated) Zig Zag. Also published by Ad House. I was happy to see a new color strip by Mr. Steve Black (in the new Spudd 64). I picked up the nominated Zig Zag, a few pins and other comics I have yet to read. Hornschemier had some new shirts and a couple of translated editions of his work. Bob sold out of SPACE shirts early.

I missed the rant that Sim gave when handing out the Day Prize to The Lone and Level Sand. I guess he found the story horribly offensive (being a devout Muslim??) but Gerhard loved it so hooray!! Sounded awkward to say the least but then hey, it's Dave.

Everyone liked our balls at the Pre-show on Friday. The party went over well. I didn't know what to expect as far as how many people would show. Anyone I may have talked to that night, kinda out of it. Probably the most traffic Kern's has seen on a Friday night.


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  Posted by Matt Kish on 5/14/2006 01:50:00 PM :

      

S.P.A.C.E. pics

Remember in high school when you would get the new year book and the first thing you would do was flip to the daily photos section to see if you were in any of them? Recapture that same excitement by visiting my site and looking at the pics I took at S.P.A.C.E. to see if you are there. Click here to see 'em.


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Saturday, May 13, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 5/13/2006 10:07:00 PM :

      

SPACE 2006 Panel jam

Well, another SPACE has come and gone. It was a great show, as usual, albeit a bit slow. Still, we did pretty well with the new issue of our Panel anthology, and as always it was a blast catching up with old friends, making new ones, and just hanging out with fantastic creative people. Big ups to Bob Corby for organizing this premiere show year after year.

As always, the folks in the Panel collective passed the time by working on a jam page. And this time, Matt Kish displaces me as the subject of the improv story:

(click to enlarge)

Top row: Matt Kish, Craig Bogart
Middle row: Tom Williams, Sean McGurr
Bottom row: Dara Naraghi, Tony Goins

We'll post some photos, a con report, and our convention awards (AKA "The Bankies") in the next few days, so be sure to come back and check out the blog...


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Friday, May 12, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 5/12/2006 12:06:00 PM :

      

Out of context comic book creator quote of the day

"...but I've found that most women aren't attracted to wrinkled nut sacks and bulging packages." -- Erik Larsen

Read his whole article here.


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  Posted by Dara on 5/12/2006 11:00:00 AM :

      

Columbus story gets boingboinged

Boingboing posts about the demolition of the Columbus restaurant landmark, the Kahiki. Link to the guy who documented the demolition via a photoset and video.


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  Posted by Tony on 5/12/2006 09:27:00 AM :

      


Party tonight, SPACE tomorrow

Just a reminder ... the SPACE launch party is tonight, 7 p.m. - ???, at Kern's Cafe, 363 E. Town St. in downtown Columbus. Click to http://www.kernscafe.com for directions. Bring your friends/girlfriends/babymammas/butcher/baker/candlestick maker.

SPACE itself is the next day, May 13, at the Alladin Shrine Complex out by Easton. Check that out online at http://www.backporchcomics.com.

You'll be able to get a shiny new copy of Panel: Luck ....


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Thursday, May 11, 2006
 
  Posted by Sean McGurr on 5/11/2006 03:16:00 PM :

      

Shameless Plug
Here's a preview of Tim McClurg's art from "Luck Pusher," my story in the PANEL: Luck anthology:





Also, a page from my own Class of 2006, a collection of quotes from high school student's standardized testing essays. Snarky headlines by me in the style of Overheard in New York. At only a $1, this might be one of the best bargains at SPACE.


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  Posted by Dara on 5/11/2006 12:15:00 PM :

      

SPACE in The Other Paper

For you Columbus kids, check out this week's The Other Paper, page 51, for a mention of this weekend's SPACE show. Complete with a picture, yo.


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Wednesday, May 10, 2006
 
  Posted by Tom on 5/10/2006 11:09:00 PM :

      

Black Hole by Charles Burns

I'll just come out and say it now: there might be a SPOILER in this review.

I finished reading Black Hole today. My thoughts: I think Gaiman has his work cut out for him as this work is a bit meandering for a feature film. There's just something about vanity projects like this that bother me. I'm up in the air as to whether Burns suffers from writer's block or does comics in his spare time. Between paying gigs. It's hard to say without asking Burns directly. Having seen some of his earlier stuff, I came in with high expectations. I suppose what some of these works suffer from is a strong editor who questions structure, etc. It's something that alot of indies have to work on. The focus seems to always be more on the end product than the actual work itself.

The book is gorgeous with that Burns chiaroscaro. What the book could of used was some more structure. Defining this 'sickness' that everyone suffers from in the book. It's never followed up but always alluded to. Just run with it. The metaphor is quaint in a b-movie kind of way. A morality play where kids need to control their hormones but can't. At times I'm confused as to who's who. But while reading it, there seemed to be something deeper one wanted to read into but the payoff wasn't there. It's what kept me reading despite a lackluster middle. The only reason I think the book trails off is Burns seems to lose interest. Leaving an open-ending possibly not on purpose. It did take the guy nearly 10 years to complete this book. I do give props to the guy for not going all gonzo (like Miller's Sin City) and attempting something. Not blindly drawing whatever passes his fancy, craping out past successes as new.

I hope someday that Burns will achieve the promise that this book nearly delivers. It may take another decade to find out if he's willing.


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  Posted by Dara on 5/10/2006 06:51:00 PM :

      

Your useless factoid of the day

The price of copper has doubled in the last year, to $8000 for a ton. It now costs $1.23 to make a single penny.


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  Posted by Dara on 5/10/2006 05:05:00 PM :

      

Your political moment of the day

"President George W. Bush said on Wednesday he thought his younger brother Jeb would make "a great president" but the two-term governor of Florida had given no hint about his intentions."

You know, a year ago I would have cringed after hearing this quote, my mind reeling with nightmares of a perpetual Bush family monarchy/dynasty ravaging this country into a dystopian future. But these days, I'm fairly positive that the Bush family name has become synonymous with ineptitude, lies, and corruption and carries negative political clout.

Heck, even Cheney seems to think so.


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Tuesday, May 09, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 5/09/2006 04:54:00 PM :

      

Good news for Futurama fans?

CNN is reporting the rumors that Futurama might be returning to FOX with brand new episodes.
"The network has an option for new episodes, which currently are being produced for Cartoon Network's Adult Swim late-night block."
Via Kung Fu Rodeo, which also points out that there are apparently 4 direct-to-DVD Futurama movies in the works too.



As for the idiotic way FOX handled (i.e. killed) the show during its original run, I'll let my favorite character express my thoughts:



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Monday, May 08, 2006
 
  Posted by Sean McGurr on 5/08/2006 09:10:00 PM :

      

Ouch
From Overheard in New York today (note the headline):

What Do You Expect in a Comic Shop?
Friend #1: There's a virgin.
Friend #2: What?
Friend #1: There's a virgin.
Friend #2: What?
Friend #1: There's a Virgin record store out by Times Square. We should go.
Friend #2: Yeah.

--Midtown Comics, 40th & 7th.


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  Posted by Dara on 5/08/2006 09:18:00 AM :

      

Monday Morning "Guess the Artist"

Have at it:



(click image for big AquaNet action)

(previous weeks: 9/12/2005, 9/19/2005, 9/26/2005, 10/3/2005, 10/10/2005, 10/17/2005, 10/24/2005, 10/31/2005, 11/1/2005, 11/2/2005, 11/3/2005, 11/4/2005, 11/5/2005, 11/6/2005, 11/7/2005, 11/14/2005, 11/21/2005, 11/28/2005, 12/5/2005, 12/12/2005, 12/19/2005, 12/26/2005, 1/2/2006, 1/9/2006, 1/16/2006, 1/23/2006, 1/30/2006, 2/06/2006, 2/13/2006, 2/20/2006, 2/27/2006, 3/6/2006, 3/13/2006, 3/20/2006, 3/27/2006, 4/3/2006, 4/4/2006, 4/5/2006, 4/6/2006, 4/7/2006, 4/8/2006, 4/9/2006, 4/10/2006, 4/17/2006, 4/23/2006, 5/1/2006)

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Saturday, May 06, 2006
 
  Posted by Tom on 5/06/2006 11:09:00 AM :

      


It's Free Comic Book Day bitches!

It's public outreach day today for the comics industry. Go out and get your free books. Bring a friend. Hopefully each shop has all the free offerings. But I doubt someone like the local Comic Town would have a copy of a free Owly or Scott Pilgrim. Like previous years this year offers a real diverse group of free stuff- Licenced crap, humor, adventure, kid-friendly, etc. Hopefully litigation-free. Well I didn't see an offering from Alternative anyway.

I'm happy that they didn't schedule it on a holiday weekend like they stupidly did last year. (Was it last year?) Anyway, the local Ogre that laughs is sporting signings by Daryl Banks, our pal Jimmy.. Sean McKeever, and maaaaaybe Chris Sprouse. In that descending order.


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Friday, May 05, 2006
 
  Posted by Tom on 5/05/2006 09:19:00 PM :

      

Have you hugged your cartoonist lately?

Word on the street is that today (May 5th) was National Cartoonist's Day. Don't really know what the tradition for such an event. If I could find Bill Watterson, I'd give him a firm handshake? Naaaah, hug the bastard.

Probably the most worthy thing of noting today is the decline of the American (newspaper) comic strip. While the web is booming, the newspaper strip (and political) cartooning has been on the steady decline as newspapers cut back. Staff cartoonists are on the chopping block. In the past 20 years half of the daily paper positions have been cut. Which is probably more commentary on the decline of the print newspaper than on cartooning per say.

Here's a piece by Kevin Wolf.
A piece on the decline that ran in Newsweek.
A roundtable discussion with Pat McDonnel & others.


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  Posted by Dara on 5/05/2006 05:04:00 PM :

      

Harry Potter and Lex Luthor's bald spot

Some funny lists over at Franz's Lists, including...

Titles of Harry Potter Fanfics We'd Rather Not Read:
  • Harry Potter and Whoever Alan Rickman's Character is are Totally Doing It
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Kidney Stone
  • Harry Potter and the E Street Band
  • Harry Potter and the New Love Interest Who Happens to Have the Same Name as the 15-Year-Old Girl Writing this Fanfic
  • Harry Potter and Ma$e feat. Lil' Jon and The Ruff Ryders
And Items on Lex Luthor's To-Do List:
  • Give the Rogaine one more try
  • Have lawyers and/or Solomon Grundy contact Lex Luger about name infringement
  • Seduce the Wonder Twins. (and monkey?)
  • Ask Sinestro to use his ring to get frisbee off Hall of Doom roof
(via boingboing)


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  Posted by Tony on 5/05/2006 12:38:00 PM :

      



I'll never be a pro-caliber artist, but I'm pretty pleased with how this turned out. This is a detail from page 5 of "Blood of the Tyrant," coming out next week from Long Nights.


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  Posted by Dara on 5/05/2006 09:22:00 AM :

      

Tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day

Don't forget that tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day. drop on by your local comic shop and grab yourself some free comics from various publishers!



I believe The Laughing Ogre here in Columbus will have signings by Darryl Banks (around noon) and Sean McKeever (2 PM,) with possibly Chris Sprouse participating too.


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Thursday, May 04, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 5/04/2006 02:03:00 PM :

      

Non Sequitur

It's been a shit-ass week. I'm tired. I'm grumpy. I have nothing comic book related to talk about, and even if I did, I don't have the time to blog.

So instead here's a picture of a baby ferret.



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Wednesday, May 03, 2006
 
  Posted by Tom on 5/03/2006 07:55:00 PM :

      

Oh snap, no he didn't..

I'd like to continue keeping this one alive, mostly because while the mainstream media's ignored it conservative radio and the internet haven't. I'm talking about Stephen Colbert's speech at the White House Correspondent's Dinner. Probably why it was ignored is because Colbert viciously attacks media coverage and the president thruout the speech. In full Bill O'Rielly/Colbert Report mockery. Brilliant, brilliant stuff. Here's a nugget...

"Wow. Wow, what an honor. The White House correspondents' dinner. To actually sit here, at the same table with my hero, George W. Bush, to be this close to the man. I feel like I'm dreaming. Somebody pinch me. You know what? I'm a pretty sound sleeper -- that may not be enough. Somebody shoot me in the face. Is he really not here tonight? Dammit. The one guy who could have helped.

By the way, before I get started, if anybody needs anything else at their tables, just speak slowly and clearly into your table numbers. Somebody from the NSA will be right over with a cocktail.."

"But the rest of you, what are you thinking, reporting on NSA wiretapping or secret prisons in eastern Europe? Those things are secret for a very important reason: they're super-depressing. And if that's your goal, well, misery accomplished. Over the last five years you people were so good -- over tax cuts, WMD intelligence, the effect of global warming. We Americans didn't want to know, and you had the courtesy not to try to find out. Those were good times, as far as we knew."


And so it goes. Here's a link to a media clip (In quicktime). Here's a copy of the transcript. Enjoy.



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  Posted by Tom on 5/03/2006 07:15:00 PM :

      

The Comic Foundry has put out their 'latest issue'. After reading thru the second issue, I can't say it's that in depth. The articles are fairly light and I'm noticing a trend building with that one article that irritates the bejesus out of me. Last month's was the running feature spotlighting a state, where they did a slop job on Ohio. Skipping over the fact that the Ogre is one of the better shops in the state among other inconsistencies in the piece. They still haven't fixed anything with their layout collapsing in every article. Images overlaping text and text too close to the edge of the screen to be readible. Tables bitches! Ever heard of tables?? Geesh!

This one ran an article where I hope the retailers were joking. Part of me thinks they weren't. I'm talking about the article intitled 'In Store// The Ultimate Comic Shop'. They talk with a couple of retailers (one's an owner, the other an employee). Both banter back their wants if they had no worries. Part of their want's include hiring 'hot female' employees and putting out bean bags, a “full-on queen sized beds around the comics and graphic novels with reading lamps”. Yikes! Now all that's missing is a stripper poll and stains on the rug. So I surmise that yes, they don't care if a female ever sets foot in their shop. Again, I hope this whole thing is a gag. I do dig on the idea of having murals and an arched ceiling. Similar to Barnes & Noble. Maybe a coffee shop off to the corner.

For fun, let's throw this out to the fellas in Panel- how would you set up your dream shop? No budget or on a budget. It's given me something to do while I passed the time today. What I'd do is do away with back issue bins entirely. Waste of time and space, period. The coffee shop area is a good idea as is the elevated mural. Run the shop like a bookstore, not a collector's haven. Be selective but have a strong indy presence on top of mainstream work. By that I mean 5 or 10 copies of indy titles. Hot works and some of the more promising stuff. ex. Blankets-yes, Creature Tech-no. Mainstream, I would keep the 'floppies' out till they go to trade. Throw any remaining copies in a markdown bin for a month. If they still don't move after a month, package them in a 6 pack or try to liquidate them at cons. Special displays- Reader's Pick, Award Winners, New Releases, Featured creator/title of the month. Organize the books just like the Diamond catalogue for ease of customers and employees. Other merch- collectible statues, t-shirts, etc. I'd be up in the air on. In my mind, I stopped short of drawing a layout with decor. But it would be fun, modern, and clean looking. Staying away from dark colors. Keep it 'pop'y. Most of all, I'd try to cater as much to the ladies as well as the gents. Anything less would be industry suicide.


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  Posted by Dara on 5/03/2006 06:10:00 PM :

      

Panel: Luck teaser

Here's a look at a couple of pages from the 7th volume of our Panel anthology, to debut in less than 2 weeks at SPACE.



First page is from Dan Barlow's story "No Such Luck," while the second page is from Craig Bogart's "The Ineffables: Dumb Luck."

Keep an eye out for more teasers...

PS. Note to Blogger: you suck. You suck ass through a dead donkey's colon. Worthless piece of shit excuse for software.


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Tuesday, May 02, 2006
 
  Posted by Tony on 5/02/2006 04:30:00 PM :

      

Confidential to Dansen P. Stahl

Through my extensive contacts, it's come to my attention that there's a guy in the C.O. working on an epic rock opera radio drama. That's a lot to unpack, so take a minute to consider it. Epic. Rock. Opera. Radio. Drama.

"The hell you say!" you say. "Radio dramas are deader than magic lantern shows and chautauquas!"

Well, that's what I said. But then I got to thinking, you throw the word "podcast" in there and you've got a million-dollar idea*. People gotta have something coming through their little white earbuds when they're on the elliptical machine. Why not an audio drama?

* OK, maybe not million. Tens of tens of dollars, say.


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  Posted by Matt Kish on 5/02/2006 09:17:00 AM :

      

More on the Mid-Ohio Con assault case

The Comics Journal has an interesting and rather in-depth article concerning Taki Soma and her allegations of a sexual assault which occurred at last year's Mid-Ohio Con right here. The piece covers a lot of ground and names names. What is troubling about it is this passage, and I will censor names by using italics so that you can read the piece and form your own thoughts...

Now that he has become THE ACCUSED, the difficult job begins of weighing what we've been told of Soma's suffering and the ugliness of an unconscionable act one night at Mid-Ohio Con against the flesh-and-blood reality of who THE ACCUSED is as a human being and what he has done for the comics industry.

So what does that really mean? "What he has done for the comics industry?" For example, if a crime is committed, any crime, then somehow it should be more forgivable and punished less if the perpetrator was a really really great person beforehand? And conversely, if a crime occurs and it is a first offense but the perpetrator is a total fucking bastard they should be punished even worse since they are a waste of flesh? I don't know, it seems like really dangerous reasoning to me, but I know nothing about the justice system. I am fairly certain that punishment for first offenses can be lighter than repeated offenses, but I thought that was strictly because it was a first offense and not because the person was just really swell. I am confused, disillusioned, saddened, and vaguely disgusted by this whole thing.


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Monday, May 01, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 5/01/2006 10:41:00 AM :

      

That's so money

PvP picks up on the "Jon Favreau to direct Iron Man movie" news...


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  Posted by Dara on 5/01/2006 08:02:00 AM :

      

Monday Morning "Guess the Artist"

Ok, here's a reversal from last week. This time around, it's an easy page (in my opinion, anyway.) Sent in by regular reader F!NCH. Thanks dude.



(click image for hot wet guy action)

(previous weeks: 9/12/2005, 9/19/2005, 9/26/2005, 10/3/2005, 10/10/2005, 10/17/2005, 10/24/2005, 10/31/2005, 11/1/2005, 11/2/2005, 11/3/2005, 11/4/2005, 11/5/2005, 11/6/2005, 11/7/2005, 11/14/2005, 11/21/2005, 11/28/2005, 12/5/2005, 12/12/2005, 12/19/2005, 12/26/2005, 1/2/2006, 1/9/2006, 1/16/2006, 1/23/2006, 1/30/2006, 2/06/2006, 2/13/2006, 2/20/2006, 2/27/2006, 3/6/2006, 3/13/2006, 3/20/2006, 3/27/2006, 4/3/2006, 4/4/2006, 4/5/2006, 4/6/2006, 4/7/2006, 4/8/2006, 4/9/2006, 4/10/2006, 4/17/2006, 4/23/2006)

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