WW Chicago news briefs

Brian Wood tackles Vikings at Vertigo with NORTHLANDERS, a new ongoing series. Wood is also DC exclusive for 2 years. The Brub and the Fraction on IRON FIST. More WHAT IF. More Illuminati.

Hope Larson in the New York Times

The comics loving New York Times has a lovely full-page comic by Hope Larson on the Op-Ed page today. Click on the image for the whole thing.

Link: Proposed J-Pop style book

Pata at Irresponsible Picture begs for guidance, and we heartily concur: And so I ask: Where is my JP Stylebook? Writing on Japanese entertainment in English is, to be nice about it, a linguistic minefield. We’re talking about a culture that uses the English language for ornamental purposes, and then trying to communicate its niceties […]

HELLBOY 2 at Uni

But there is a sadder, darker side to the Hollywood/comics relationship. You see, sometimes you can make a very successful indie superhero movie that everyone enjoys greatly despite its flaws, and have your studio go out of business, leaving everyone bravely saying, “Someone will put it out!” In the case of HELLBOY 2 there’s a […]

Leading Man comic book to be turned into movie

As if on cue, Universal announces an option on THE LEADING MAN, by B. Clay Moore and Jeremy Haun, and published by Oni Press. Marc Platt will produce through his Marc Platt Productions along with Eric Gitter via his Closed on Mondays Entertainment, which has a partnership with Oni Press. Written by B. Clay Moore […]

Graphic novels serving as inspiration for movies

Have you heard???Graphic novels serving as inspiration for movies? It’s true! Graphic novels serve as rich source material for film producers looking for ready-to-visualize stories, and they’re viewed as product extensions of comic book publishers, video game makers and television series. [snip]Where comic book publishers once feared the dwindling numbers of their core audience, young […]

They don’t like us! They really don’t like us!

It seems that these days comics — excuse us, GRAPHIC NOVELS — are being showered with more love than Lindsay Lohan at a nightclub opening. It almost makes us long for the days when we had a scrap on our hands and we had to fight for every teensy bit of respect. We like an […]

Marvel’s Young Guns Next Wave

Marvel will announce a new class of “Young Guns” at Saturday’s Cup ‘o Joe panel. You’ll recall this programme began in 2004 with the announcement of six artists — Steve McNiven, Adi Granov, David Finch, Trevor Hairsine, Jim Cheung, and Olivier Coipel — who were destined for greatness — a.k.a high pressure assignments. It did […]

WWC: Chicago Live Art Jam Party, Saturday

Jim Mahfood and his crazy pals are putting on another party Saturday during WizWorldChi. If you are sick of Knuckles, you should definitely GO. It’s in the city! * CHICAGO LIVE ART JAM!!! * Wizard World After Party, Fool! On the Paint: Food One Jose Garibaldi Dave Crosland Mike Huddleston Mike Bianco On the Tunes: […]

WWC: Actionopolis

PR that we’re too tired to write a funny intro to: The Actionopolis world tour continues! Next stop: Wizard World Chicago! Comic-Con International in San Diego saw over a dozen Actionopolis authors and illustrators and even a panel discussion spotlighting the new line. Those Actionistas who weren’t at that show were busy preparing for Wizard […]

Mark Alessi update

You remember Mark Alessi, the founder of CrossGen, who is reported to have squandered a small fortune in his quest to get to the fron of the Diamond catalog? A while ago he started anew with Elite Associates, Inc., a consulting firm in the IT field. We periodically check on on Elite, and it seems […]

San Diego 2007

Several folks we know have already booked their hotel rooms for the 2007 San Diego con. And at least one person has reported that his hotel of choice is sold out already. Another thing we’ve heard is that the convention has also raised its booth prices quite a bit for 2007. Several artists and small […]

This used to be my slabbed playground

Neilalien rounds up a bunch of recent links that paint a sad picture of the decline of the sports card industry. Slate: Requiem for a rookie card … this was my old stash. Thousands, if not tens of thousands, of baseball cards from the 1980s. Puckett, Henderson, Sandberg, Gwynn, and McGwire stared back at me […]

Ryan & Cooper

Johnny Ryan and Dave Cooper team as Hector Mumbly for Nick Magazine, as spotted at Dave Roman’s new nickmag_comics blog. Damn, if only we were a child.

Quote of the Day

Via PublishersWeekly.com Children’s Book Newsletter: Salman Rushdie: Will Dumbledore come back to life? J.K. Rowling: I feel I have to be explicit. Dumbledore is definitely dead. You shouldn’t expect Dumbledore to pull a Gandalf. All of you definitely need to move through the five stages of grief and get past his death.

Staying home

Wizard World Chicago, aka Rosemont is kicking off in earnest today, and it’s a bit strange not to be there. We’ve missed a few over the years, but we’ve been to most for the last decade, and always had a really good time. After the San Diego madness, it’s usually a place to kick back […]