Oddly enough, an LA Times profile of manga pioneer Yoshihiro Tatsumi and Adrian Tomine touches on the late Mickey Spillane’s wide-ranging influence: Tatsumi’s work, appropriately, was shaped less by other Japanese comics than by local police reports and hard-boiled American novelists. “I was very moved by his descriptions,” he says, through a translator, of the […]
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CNN is reporting that writer Mickey Spillane has died at age 88 after a long illness. Spillane’s hardboiled pulp novels, including I, The Jury sold millions of copies and influenced a generation of writers, and his tough-guy private eye Mike Hammer starred in both film and television. Early in his career, Spillane dabbled in comics […]
And speaking of Smithhere’s what he had to say about Rosario Dawson: Q: Rosario is kind of a sci-fi nerd, right? KS: It’s cool because a lot of people don’t know that. People said she’s so famous so why would she do my movie and I wondered the same thing and she said it was […]
If nerd-as-underdog culture has an icon, it’s probably director Kevin Smith, a common man made good at the pinnacle of Hollywood, aka sleeing over at Skywalker Ranch, even while remaining approachable and utterly knowable. The LA Times has an in-depth, revealing profile of the director which wonders if CLERKS II will “brand him a boy […]
A bitter controversy is tearing the otherwise peace-loving city of Toronto apart, and it involves comic books. The enmity between Hobbystar, which puts on the Canadian National Expo, a large pop culture show, and Paradise Comics, which puts on the Toronto Comicon has been growing over the years, with the two shows locked in a […]
A while ago we told you about budding filmmaker Matt Busch reporting on his LiveJournal about a nasty breakup with his girlfriend, actress Sarah Wilkinson, with writer Steve Niles as the third party. We’re not going to rehash all the story because it’s just ugly stuff that should have been kept private, but in the […]
A surprisingly touching tribute to 120 years of cartoonists in the Philippines. Did they all go to the same eyeglass shop or what?
Over at his blog, Modern Tales founder Joey Manleytalks about major changes, including moving away from a subscription model for webcomics: As you may have heard, we’ve decided to open up the vast majority of the site to non-paying readers, and to recruit even more webcomics to join us on a free basis, while maintaining […]
Continuing its team coverage of SDCC, the San Diego Union-Tribune offers and the most useful and yet arbitrary guide to comics term ever. Sample entries: Costumed athlete: An adventurer in sartorial splendor who has no enhanced abilities or superpowers. Cyborg: A living entity melded from human and machine. Dumb fun: A name for amusing anime […]
Dark Horse has a MAMMOTH and memorable signing schedule, with such folks as Eric Powell, Yoshitaka Amano, Tony Millionaire, Frank Miller, Kazuo Koike, the Conan crew, the Escapist team, and of course, more more more. Read all about it in the jump.