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Friday, September 29, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 9/29/2006 09:09:00 PM :

       "You in your boxers, too?"

UPDATE: aside from being a perv and an alcoholic, it seems that Foley is a Scientologist kook as well.

Well, another hypocritical Republican bites the dust.

And the thing is, Congressman Mark Foley's sexual orientation shouldn't be an issue. So what if he's gay? But the fact that a 52 year old is e-mailing sexually explicit notes to 16 year old boys is just...ewwww.

And get this:
"Foley, as chairman of the Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus, had introduced legislation in July to protect children from exploitation by adults over the Internet."
Wow. Irony, anyone?


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  Posted by Dara on 9/29/2006 06:48:00 PM :

       Avatar to fans: You're Idiots, So Give Us Your Money and F*** Off

It's no secret that I'm not a fan of publisher Avatar, aka T&A-exclusive-hologram-leather-signed-multiple-variant-covers 'R' Us. They're the poor man's Dynamic Forces, and that's not saying much. So about the only time I mention them is to ridicule them.

This is one of those times.

I was flipping through all the new indie books at the shop today and came across a sword-and-sorcery book called More Than Mortal. Which I guess used to be with a different publisher, but is now at Avatar.

$2.50 price tag.

And what do you get for your hard earned cash?

16 black & white pages.

Which is a rip-off right there, but wait, read on...

2 of those pages are ads for Avatar back issues.
2 are pinups
4 are rough pencil preview pages with no story
3 are a text piece wherein the creator reminisces about the sandwich she ate for lunch (or some such nonsense)

So where does that leave you and your $2.50?

5 pages of story.

That's right, just 5. And it's not even a complete short story at that, it looks like a preview. Which I suppose what the book is, even though nowhere on the cover is it identified as a preview or teaser.

And even if it was, $2.50 for 5 black and white pages of story? I guess if you're dumb enough to buy the book, you get what you deserve.

By point of comparison, I also saw a preview book from Moonstone for The Night Driver. How is it different? First of all, it's clearly marked as a "Teaser." Next, you get 12 pages of story in full color, plus 4 more pages of sketches and miscellany.

And the price? 99 cents.

I'm not a fan of "preview" or "teaser" books, I think they're mostly a waste of money. But if you're gonna do one, have the decency not to charge the price of a full length 32 page book for 5 pages of crap.


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  Posted by Dara on 9/29/2006 09:36:00 AM :

       Wait, I thought he had an alcohol problem...

If you hadn't heard already, Robert Downey Jr. has been cast to play Tony Stark in the big budget Iron Man movie. Director Jon Favreau says:
"I can say with absolute certainty that there is no better choice. The humor and emotional dimension he brings truly raises the bar on this project. Get ready."
Cause you know, there's that first hand experience with addiction...

I'm sorry, that was low. I actually think he's an excellent actor. Too bad he sabotaged his career with some bad personal choices. Still, I think this could be a good movie, provided the screenplay isn't too heavy-handed in bringing in terrorism and national security "real" issues into the updated story.


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Thursday, September 28, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 9/28/2006 01:37:00 PM :

       Rocket Science update

The new issue of Melt magazine is out, featuring another Rocket Science comic by your truly and Tim Fischer. You can find it on page (heh heh) 69. Pick up your free copy around town, or read it online.



This time out, we dip our toes back in the dirty, dirty politics pool. Next month? Probably back to making fun of OSU football...


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Wednesday, September 27, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 9/27/2006 05:00:00 PM :

       Urban Ninja

This boy's got mad skillz. And no brain.

YouTube: Urban Ninja!



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  Posted by Tony on 9/27/2006 03:38:00 PM :

       pleased to meet you, half-orc

Have you heard about Sen. George Allen, R-Virginia? He's the guy who called an Indian-American -- a Virginia native -- "macaca." "Macaca" is apparently French for the "n word."

First off, how racist do you have to be before you get racist against Indians? All of the Indian-Americans I've ever met were perfectly nice people. Secondly, how racist do you have to be before you can do it in foreign languages? I love pizza a whole big bunch, but I can only order it in English.

Third, what does he say about the rest of us? Slate.com gave us a glimpse with their handy George Allen Insult Generator.


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  Posted by Dara on 9/27/2006 09:41:00 AM :

       LIFELIKE update

The final page of "The Long Journey" storyline went up today. As always, you can read my webcomic Lifelike here.

This was one of my favorite stories to write, and one of the ones I'm most proud of.


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Tuesday, September 26, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 9/26/2006 08:36:00 PM :

       NBC's Heroes - a short review

So I caught the premiere of Heroes last night. To be honest, when I first heard about the show I thought it was either going to be a horrible cheesefest, or a shameless Hollywood ploy to cash in on the sudden popularity of superhero movies and comic book cool. But I have to say, I was quite impressed with the first episode. Some random thoughts on what I liked:
  • The subtle embracing of the comic book aesthetics: the use of terminology like "Volume 1" and "Chapter 1" when referring to the show's seasons and episodes, the pseudo-comic-book-but-thankfully-not-comic-sans font used in the subtitles, Peter's (the guy who thinks he can fly) billowing jacket evoking the image of superhero capes, etc. Nicely done.
  • The actor playing Hiro (the Japanese comic book nerd) is really charming and charismatic in an uber-nerdy kind of way. Even when his friend calls him "Super Hiro," I smiled, instead of wincing in pain at the silly pun.
  • I'm a sucker for intertwined stories wherein strangers of different walks of life are pulled into one giant mystery. Yes, it's been done to death, but I thought it was done well here (so far, at least.)
  • Having a multicultural cast is always a plus. Especially when there are non-English speakers.



Of course there were some cliches too, like the whole single-mom-stripping-to-make-ends-meet, but the positives far outweighed the negatives. I'll definitely be watching in the upcoming weeks.

Also, it looks like they're embracing the "full immersion" experience of shows like Lost, with show-specific message boards, character blogs, and even online comics. Speaking of which, the first comic available is nothing special. More of an ad for Nissan, really, and featuring the spectacularly craptacular art of Michael Turner:



That's quite the giant noggin' there, buddy. But next week's webcomic looks to be by the incomparable Tim Sale, so at least it'll look good. You can check out all the extra stuff on the official website.


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  Posted by Dara on 9/26/2006 12:24:00 PM :

       Beatles fans: the Yellow Submarine comic book that never was

Over at Comic Book Resources, Bill Morrison (Simpsons artist at Bongo Comics) talks about an abortive project by Dark Horse to publish a new comic adaptation of The Beatles' Yellow Submarine.


"It was scheduled to be a full-color 48 page one-shot, prestige format I believe. I was contracted to do the entire project and I brought in a few of my Bongo buddies to help out. Nathan Kane was coloring it, and Chris Ungar was handling the lettering. Also, I enlisted my wife, Kayre, to help me translate some of the dialogue from VHS copies of the film. I remember her calling me into her office to listen over and over to bits of dialogue that neither of us could understand because of the poor audio quality and the thick Liverpool accents."
The book was scheduled to release in 1999, to coincide with the release of the movie on DVD. But Apple records changed their mind half-way through the project.


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Monday, September 25, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 9/25/2006 08:51:00 PM :

       Song lyrics for the day

New York, Tokyo or San Francisco
Rio de Janeiro, Tel Aviv got bumpin' discos
Fingers on the button, intercontinental missile
Don't you know that every bomb is really made from human tissue
A pipeline on a mountain side
A big corporation needs a big supply
They sign a contract in a fancy car
So you can buy a Big Mac in Kandahar

Standing at the wall in the mid-day sun
Uh-oh, uh-oh waiting for my time to come
You can say that's the way that the west was won
Staring in the eye of a man with a gun

In-a Palestine or even in-a China
Somebody always builds a wall to remind ya
Where ya from, tell me your intentions
Little fingers hanging on a chain link fence
A big belly women is ten days late
She needs a hospital, but she's made to wait
She drops her water while they discriminate
And a baby boy is born at a checkpoint gate

The big dope dealer don't make no friends
Just Yens and Euros and Dollars and Cents
The CIA runs intelligence
For Yens and Euros and Dollars and Cents
You go to the courthouse don't bring evidence
Just Yens and Euros and Dollars and Cents
A new President, will he make a difference?
Or Just Yens and Euros and Dollars and Cents

Send the lawyers, guns and money
They call from the tops of the hills to the valley
Take their farmlands, send them to the hustle
Show me your passport, don't you move a muscle
But the roots run deep, the tree is never stunted
The lawless among us never fear being hunted

Standing in line at the mid-day sun
Staring at the lines at the eyes of a gun


-- "Yens and Euros", Michael Franti and Spearhead


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  Posted by Dara on 9/25/2006 01:00:00 PM :

       Bat-hound

Wendy brought this to my attention...from the Alive's "Picture of the Day" this fine Monday:



That's wrong on so many levels.


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  Posted by Dara on 9/25/2006 10:28:00 AM :

       Monday Morning "Guess the Artist"

Before we begin, a special announcement:

The month of October will be Reader Submitted Monday Morning Guess the Artist Pages, also known as RS-MMGtAP. No, the acronym isn't any easier to pronounce, but it kinda sounds like a new experimental drug, you know, the kind that comes with a page and a half of warnings and side effects. So I'm sticking with it. Anyway, back to the RS-MMGtAP. If you have a page of artwork from the early career of a big name artist that you think would work well for this feature, e-mail a scan of it (72 dpi, 600 to 700 pixels wide) to ferret at ferret press dot com. Also include the name of the artist, name of inker (if applicable,) book title, publisher, and date of publication. All submitters will be entered in a drawing to win a piece of original art by one of the PANEL artists. If I get more than 4 pages, I'll run addition features throughout the week. But October is less than a week away, so start digging through those back issues and send me some cool pages. Latest day to send in a page is Friday 10/27.


Ok, now back to our feature...this week, a pinup:



(click image to Graceify)

(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, 5/29/2006, 6/5/2006, 6/12/2006, 6/19/2006, 6/26/2006, 7/3/2006, 7/10/2006, 7/17/2006, 7/24/2006, 7/31/2006, 8/7/2006, 8/13/2006, 8/21/2006, 8/28/2006, 9/4/2006, 9/11/2006, 9/18/2006)

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Friday, September 22, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 9/22/2006 11:46:00 AM :

      

Amazon.com, price gouger

Check it: the new Tickle Me Elmo "Extreme" doll as sold on Amazon for a 200%+ markup from the list price.



Nice one, guys.


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Thursday, September 21, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 9/21/2006 12:25:00 PM :

      

Free Taco + Beer tonight, free movie Sunday

For all you Columbus kids, it's free taco and beer night tonight:

"Every third Thursday of the month, Fresh, Due Amici, C Magazine and reSource Real Estate host Fresh Taco Night. The next Taco Beer is Thursday, September 21st at 114 n. 3rd st. (corner of 3rd and long st.) bottom of Connextions Lofts."



More details at Free Taco + Beer.

Also, it seems every Sunday there's a free movie showing outdoors in downtown Columbus, as part of the Urban Drive-in.

"Get your blanket, some snacks and plop down in the middle of the city for an Urban Drive-In. Don’t worry about sneaking your friend’s in the trunk of your car ‘cause it’s free. Come, relax, and enjoy an outdoor movie experience.

Located on the corner lot of Third and Long Street, (look for the DJ and people hanging out), we suggest that you come down at 8PM to get a good spot. If it rains, well...no movie."



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Wednesday, September 20, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 9/20/2006 10:22:00 AM :

      

LIFELIKE update

Quick note: the penultimate chapter of "The Long Journey" storyline went up today. As always, you can read my webcomic Lifelike here.



And to see more of Brazilian artist Irapuan Luiz's work, drop by his website.


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  Posted by Dara on 9/20/2006 09:19:00 AM :

      

Gerry Conway interview

Newsarama has an interesting interview with 70s comic scribe Gerry Conway, creator of The Punisher and Firestorm, amongst other characters. The interview focuses mainly on his transition from writing comics to working in film and television, specifically the Law & Order franchise.

I love this part about those old 80s cartoons that fanboys have such an unhealthy emotional attachment to, where he calls them out for what they really were (emphasis mine):
"NRAMA: In addition to Fire and Ice, you worked on a number of animated shows [including G.I. Joe, The Transformers, and The Centurions]. What are the differences between working in animation and live-action?

GC: There are a number of differences – in live action, you can write real characters with depth. That’s not to say you can’t do that in animation, but there was no incentive to do it in animation, back then, I can’t say it’s the same today, because the main incentive of those particular shows was to sell toys.

The toy companies drove the development. Writers could put in extra levels of character, but at the end of end of the day, it was a 30-minute advertisement. You could consider it an infomercial for toys. Some were better than others, but that’s what they ultimately were. I have a 10-year-old daughter, and the stuff she’s watching today is head-and-shoulders above the stuff we were doing 20 years ago, which is head-and-shoulders over what was being done 20 years before that, a natural progression."
Someone needs to bookmark this passage the next time some raving fanboy rages about how the new Transformers big budget movie is ruinning the "spirit" of the 80s cartoon.

Lots more behind the scenes stuff, including his thoughts on co-writing Ralph Bakshi's Fire and Ice animated movie with Roy Thomas.


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Monday, September 18, 2006
 
  Posted by Tony on 9/18/2006 12:20:00 PM :

      

ripped from today's headlines

One of the central plot points of "Blood of the Tyrant" is the idea that the main character was sent to Iraq as a civilian advisor, even though his main qualification is a stint with the College Republicans. Here's an article from the Washington Post outlining how that process worked:

Ties to GOP Trumped Know-How Among Staff Sent to Rebuild Iraq


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  Posted by Dara on 9/18/2006 07:55:00 AM :

      

Monday Morning "Guess the Artist"

Wow, I just realized we hit the one year mark with this feature! That's like 5 years in blog years.

As always, we're taking a look at a piece of artwork from the early career of some of today's big name comic book artists. For your consideration this week:



(click image to SKREEEEify)

(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, 5/29/2006, 6/5/2006, 6/12/2006, 6/19/2006, 6/26/2006, 7/3/2006, 7/10/2006, 7/17/2006, 7/24/2006, 7/31/2006, 8/7/2006, 8/13/2006, 8/21/2006, 8/28/2006, 9/4/2006, 9/11/2006)

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Sunday, September 17, 2006
 
  Posted by Tom on 9/17/2006 06:29:00 PM :

      

Stuck's on a break but will resume in a week. In the meantime, Vito has come up with a thing he calls 5 x 5. We ask each other five questions.

Off to the side is a new banner featuring the next character: Frank Pastone.

________________

Silver Bullet
spotlighted our comic

with a rating of 10/10 'Best webcomic out there'.

Holy Crap!!


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Saturday, September 16, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 9/16/2006 10:10:00 AM :

      

Lyrics for today...

I'm a living sunset
Lightning in my bones
Push me to the edge
But my will is stone

Fools will be fools
And wise will be wise
But I will look this world
Straight in the eyes

What good is a man
Who won't take a stand
What good is a cynic
With no better plan

Reality is sharp
It cuts at me like a knife
Everyone I know
Is in the fight of their life

Take your face out of your hands
And clear your eyes
You have a right to your dreams
And don't be denied

I believe in a better way


-- "Better Way", Ben Harper


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Friday, September 15, 2006
 
  Posted by Tony on 9/15/2006 02:06:00 PM :

      

speaking of Wally Wood...

Did someone mention
Wally Wood's 22 Panels That Always Work?


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  Posted by Dara on 9/15/2006 11:55:00 AM :

      

Segway and the Bush

From an LA Times article about the latest recall of the Segway:
"President Bush tried to ride his parents' Segway in 2003 and fell off."
'Nuff said.


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Thursday, September 14, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 9/14/2006 04:27:00 PM :

      

"Comic Strip Artist's Kit" - artists, go read this now!

Blogger Mark Kennedy has posted a fantastic resource for all artists on his blog: scans of The Comic Strip Artist's Kit. This great guidebook was created around 1975 by
"Carson Van Osten, a famous Disney artist who did many Disney Comic Books and created the famous "Comic Strip Artist's Kit". It was created to help beginning comic artists deal with perspective problems and other drawing difficulties. "


According to Mr. Van Osten himself:
"I wrote and drew those sketches around 1975 and I'm so tickled to know that people still find them helpful today. It started as a slide presentation for my boss to show at the Disney meeting in Frankfurt. It went over so well that he asked me to expand on it when he returned. They printed 2000 copies and mailed it to all the Disney offices. "


Really good advice and guidance on proper use of perspective, body language, etc.

(via boingboing, who found it via Drawn!)


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Wednesday, September 13, 2006
 
  Posted by Tom on 9/13/2006 10:01:00 PM :

      

For you artists (in Ohio)

Wexner Center
has announced it's open call for State Fare: Ohio based artists can submit slides for a juried show. The Wex has only three spots for this exhibition. I'd be game for it except the 250 word artist's statement/ philosophy seems silly to me. It always has. In college, I always made it a point to check out every student gallery show. While I enjoyed the shows, the statement always seemed like an exercise in mental mastubation. Write a book! This is art jackass!! If I seriously have to explain my work to the judges then all hope is lost. 'Yes the cup symbolizes my coping with my latent feminine...' what the F*CK?? I just want to craft good imagery and have a show. Cripes.

Still you have to play the game I guess. Be sure to tie in some reference to a popular disease and add that your mark-making carries on a narritive.


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  Posted by Dara on 9/13/2006 03:39:00 PM :

      

The Road to 9/11

Former comic book scribe Peter B. Gillis has posted a very interesting "alternate history" short essay on his blog, called The Road to 9/11. Worth a read.
"On August 6, 2001, President Al Gore Jr. receives a Presidential Daily Brief entitled "Osama Bin Laden determined to strike within the U.S."

As with the Millennium Bomb plot, he puts the government on maximum alert. He holds daily meetings with Richard Clarke, his counterterrorism czar."


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  Posted by Dara on 9/13/2006 12:54:00 PM :

      

Panel: Myth and Panel: Music reviews

WEE over at Almost Normal Comics reviews Panel: Myth and Panel: Music. Scroll down to the bottom of the page.

"Funny, entertaining, interesting, exciting or touching, each story represents a point of view, a technique, a vision, an idea, and it brings to my mind the memory of magazines such as Metal Hurlant or Creepy without having to depend on big-breasted-giant-gun wielding-hotties or red eyed ooze and muck monsters to hook an audience . Plus, the bonus issue devoted to music in the form of a tiny vinyl is a plus that is always welcome, and it brings the same combination of good art plus imaginative scripts that make of panel one of the most solid and best comic artist collectives I have known so far."
Side note for Tony: your favorite f***ed-up comic series, Americanjism, is also reviewed there.


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Tuesday, September 12, 2006
 
  Posted by Tom on 9/12/2006 08:37:00 PM :

      


My Stuck collaborator Vito talks on Best in Show. You can check out the 9/10 podcast here. Skim to the last fourth of the program. Unless you want to hear some NFL banter and chat about sausages.

Stuck's going on a small break but will be back in a couple of weeks. The last of the arc came out yesterday. I just want to add that this wasn't necessarily planned or paced this way. It just sort of happened. Initially we all had talked about a launch a month earlier than we began The Chemistry Set. Vito, hailing from NYC, had no intention of capitalizing on the tragedy.

Next week I get to play interviewer as we interview each other on a bumper piece we call 5x5. I'm still kickin' around what I want to ask.


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  Posted by Dara on 9/12/2006 06:05:00 PM :

      

God's Acre book one now avilable

God's Acre, the project that started off as a webcomic with some input from yours truly, has transformed into a lavishly illustrated book instead. Scott Lambridis and Angie Needels did an amazing job of putting this book together, and the final product is just a beauty to behold. This is self-publishing at its finest, folks.




You can preview the book and order your copy directly from Scott and Angie here.


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  Posted by Dara on 9/12/2006 07:07:00 AM :

      

Announcing our newest promotion:



Create your own McDonalds sign here.


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  Posted by Dara on 9/12/2006 06:34:00 AM :

      

Starbucks and movies

Interesting note over at boingboing about Starbuck's latest venture: promoting movie DVDs in which it has a stake. I'm not a coffee drinker, and don't patronize Starbucks, but if you do you may have noticed the movie Akeelah and the Bee available for sale at their stores. That's because they co-financed the movie.

Cory Doctorow over at boingboing makes this comment, which I find particularly interesting in relation to comics and comic book distribution:
"The interesting thing here is the retail opportunity presented by a Starbucks partnership for DVD distribution. In bookselling, research has it that more than half of the people who might buy a book if they spotted it will never set foot in a bookstore or place an online order. In the golden age of pharmacy and grocery-store spinner-racks, more than half the books sold were sold outside of stores."
See the parallels? I wonder how well a graphic novel with mainstream appeal (say, volumes of Bone or Hellboy) would do if available at non-traditional places like Starbucks?

Time to hit up some local coffee shops and indy music stores to see if they are willing to carry the Panel anthologies, eh?


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Monday, September 11, 2006
 
  Posted by Tony on 9/11/2006 11:11:00 AM :

      

Sept. 11

As we're five years on from Sept. 11, I'm increasingly convinced that the War on Terror is less a sequel to WWII than a new Cold War.

Like the Cold War, there are areas in which we need to fight the terrorists. The main work, however; will be diplomacy, intelligence and good old-fashioned police work. This approach has been endorsed by such disparate observers as George Will and John Kerry.

Like the Cold War, the War on Terror is primarily a war of ideas. We will win not through force of arms or by giving up our freedoms, but by holding to our values and proving our way of life is the best.


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  Posted by Dara on 9/11/2006 08:11:00 AM :

      

9/11

There isn't anything that I can say today, on the 5th anniversary of the horrendous 9/11 attacks, that hasn't already been said more eloquently by others. So instead I'll leave you with these images that speak to the sad political aftermath of that event. To this day it amazes me that there's no huge outcry from the American people regarding the utter failure of this administration in capturing the man behind the attacks. But hey, we've been bringing democracy to Iraq for 3 years and counting...



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  Posted by Dara on 9/11/2006 08:06:00 AM :

      

Monday Morning "Guess the Artist"

Be sure to check out last week's answer, since it was a hotly contested page. Then dig into this black and white beauty...



(click image for giant eye)

(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, 5/29/2006, 6/5/2006, 6/12/2006, 6/19/2006, 6/26/2006, 7/3/2006, 7/10/2006, 7/17/2006, 7/24/2006, 7/31/2006, 8/7/2006, 8/13/2006, 8/21/2006, 8/28/2006, 9/4/2006)

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Friday, September 08, 2006
 
  Posted by Sean McGurr on 9/08/2006 11:43:00 AM :

      

Class of 2006
It's still not too late to submit art for the third volume of Class of 2006. Check out this quote from the first issue with art by Tim McClurg:

We Can Blame Michael Crichton

"Society has change jurastically in the past 25 years."


You too can join the fun. All accepted contributors will receive a copy (perhaps two) of the book. Deadline for the artwork is Friday October 6, 2006. The book will premiere at SNAP! on Saturday November 4. Please send submissions and any questions to me at smcgurr [at] gmail [dot] com. I’m looking for are portraits of typical, anonymous high school students (both male and female). Print size of the artwork is approximately 1.75"W x 2.5"H. You can submit black and white or color art.

For those who are interested in reading this books (which has been alternately called "Hilarious" and "Sad" by readers), copies of the first two volumes are available now at my Web site. Pick up both now for only $3 (includes shipping).


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Wednesday, September 06, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 9/06/2006 10:18:00 AM :

      

This is your brain on drugs

Here's a snippet from Rich Johnston's latest column - Mark Millar, talking about his prediction for a HUGE boom in the comics industry:
"Also, the fact that so many comic writers are being poached by Hollywood right now is a wonderful opportunity for new writers to start submitting because we have an expanding market and hopefully lots of job vacancies."
Did you hear that, kids? "Lots of job vacancies" for comic book writers.

Mark Millar smoking crack, ladies and gentlemen.


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Tuesday, September 05, 2006
 
  Posted by Tom on 9/05/2006 06:18:00 PM :

      


Help Dean buy a shirt...

Thought I'd pass this along: Fellow Chem Setter Jim Dougan , who's signing his self-published graphic novel, CRAZY PAPERS, Dean Haspiel of The Quitter fame and various other projects, Bob Fingerman, ( graphic novel RECESS PIECES, & Beg the Question) will all be at Hanley's coming this Thursday.

Rah Comics!! N-e-w Y-o-r-k C-i-t-y!!

When: Thurs., Sept 7th, 5 - 7pm
Where: Jim Hanley's Universe, 4 West 33rd Street [across the street from The Empire State Building], (212) 268-7088


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  Posted by Dara on 9/05/2006 02:43:00 PM :

      

Head On

No, not that one. This is a very cool art installation by Chinese-born contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang, currently on view at the Deutsche Guggenheim. The piece consists of 99 life-sized wolves ("fabricated from painted sheepskins and stuffed with hay and metal wires") flying into a glass wall:



Pretty damn cool. I absolutely love larger-than-life, imaginative works of art such as this.

"Cai Guo-Qiang was born in 1957 in the city of Quanzhou in Fujian Province, China, and is considered today to be one of the most important contemporary international artists. His works have been exhibited in major international museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tate Modern, and Centre Pompidou. In 1999 Cai Guo-Qiang won the Golden Lion of the 48th Venice Biennial with Venice’s Rent Collection Courtyard. In 2005 he curated the first Chinese pavilion at the Venice Biennale. In 2008, his work will be featured in a mid-career retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the National Art Museum of China in Beijing."

More info here.

(via boingboing)


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  Posted by Tony on 9/05/2006 09:19:00 AM :

      

We can do it like they do on the History Channel

The History Channel recently aired a documentary on comic books. I caught the middle hour, starting with the Wertham scare and turning it off right before they got to the speculator boom of the 1990s.

I learned exactly three things I did not know:

1. The Incredible Hulk was a 1960s counterculture icon.
2. Wonder Woman lost her powers for a while, appearing in a white jumpsuit.
3. Denny O'Neil really does pump his fist when making an emotionally charged statement, just like a comic book superhero.

The real fascination was seeing whether the History Channel would do justice by our little subculture, and by and large they did. I was especially impressed by the discussion of Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns -- they did a good job of putting both books in their 1980s context.

Buy it on DVD: http://store.aetv.com/html/product/index.jhtml?id=73020&browseCategoryId=&location=&parentcatid=&subcatid=

Read the Study Guide: http://www.history.com/classroom/admin/study_guide/archives/thc_guide.2627.html. Sample question:



8. Stan Lee created Spiderman, who learns early on that “with great power must also come great responsibility.” This can be said for the government as well as superheroes – and sometimes they work together! While the U.S. federal government criticized comics in the 1950s, later on officials recognized the ability of comics to reach a young audience. During the 1960s, 70s and 90s, comics were used to raise awareness of the dangers of drugs, guns and land mines. In fact, children in places like Bosnia, where the weapons pose a risk, were given comics to teach them how to recognize unexploded mines. What other dangers or problems do you think comics and superheroes might teach young readers? Are there other forms of popular culture that come with power and responsibilities?


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Monday, September 04, 2006
 
  Posted by Dara on 9/04/2006 10:44:00 AM :

      

Monday Morning "Guess the Artist"

The last few weeks - with the Superman theme - seemed pretty easy. So maybe this week I'll be able to challenge you a bit more. Have at it:



(click image to gridify)

(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, 5/29/2006, 6/5/2006, 6/12/2006, 6/19/2006, 6/26/2006, 7/3/2006, 7/10/2006, 7/17/2006, 7/24/2006, 7/31/2006, 8/7/2006, 8/13/2006, 8/21/2006, 8/28/2006)

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Friday, September 01, 2006
 
  Posted by Tom on 9/01/2006 07:14:00 PM :

      


Fun Home

Upon reflection, Fun Home succeeds Blankets on many levels. Maybe not art-wise though Bechdel's work has a certain charm. Certainly it's better written making Blankets seem like a banal white boy shuffle. Shorter and more concise. Fun Home is a coming-of-age bio novel. A snapshot of an American family with a secret in a rural backdrop. While Thompson comes to terms with his uptight christian upbringing, Bechdel comes to terms with her father's 'suicide' and closeted past. How it affects her coming out. Bechdel lays it all to bear while Thompson holds back. While jumping all over.

Bio comics often come off like some sort of mental masturbation. You leave asking 'why should I care'. Only a few can spin it well (Porcellino) or have lived interesting enough lives to merit documentation (Crumb). I read Blankets a while back but can't say I've picked it up again more than once. It would be fun to pick it up again to compare it further. For now though I'm happy with the further progression of the graphic novel.


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  Posted by Dara on 9/01/2006 02:34:00 PM :

      

Your political (and comic book) moment of the day

Courtesy of Bill Schorr, United Media:



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  Posted by Dara on 9/01/2006 12:03:00 PM :

      

Transformers: The Movie

No, not the animated one. The new, big-budget, live-action Michael bay one. Supposedly the Megatron design from the movie:



I'm no Transformrs fanboy, so I could care less one way or the other how they redesign the robots. However, just because it's fun to be snarky, I'm going to say I liked it better the first time I saw it, when it was called Shrapnel.



(boy, this joke would be a lot funnier if I could actually find a good picture of him...)

(via the ComicFoundry blog)


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