2006 Quill Awards nominees up – UPDATED

The nominees for the 2006 Quills Awards are up, and the nominees in the graphic novel category are: Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Alison Bechdel/Houghton Mifflin Company Maximum Fantastic Four: A Visual Exegesis of Fantastic Four #1 Stan Lee/Marvel Enterprises, Incorporated Mom’s Cancer Brian Fies/Harry N. Abrams , Incorporated Naruto Masashi Kishimoto/Viz Media Hellsing Kohta […]

Tower Files for Bankruptcy

Tower Records has filed a Chapter 11 for the 2nd time in 2 year, Publishers Weekly reports: The beleaguered music and video chain, which launched an online bookstore as recently as last March, went into bankruptcy in 2004 for just over a month. This time around, Tower is hoping for a buyer; it’s been on […]

Annual Levitz interview

ICv2 has its annual interveiw with Paul Levitz up in four parts, including his thougths on weekly comics, manga and more, with a few bonus comments from vp Stephanie Fierman. A few callouts: On the changing audience: It smells to me like the number of human beings who are regularly reading graphic novel formats in […]

Cold Cut’s new policy

Yesterday, Cold Cut Distribution announced that they were instituting an across the board discount for retailers, as opposed to a tiered system base on how the size of the order. MacGuffin explains why it’s important: Business wise, this seems to be incredibly smart move from the outside looking in. First, it likely has almost no […]

Butter Superman in all its glory!

Iowa blogger/journo Joe Lawler recently informed us of the all-butter statue of Brandon Routh as Superman that was one of the highlights of this year’s Iowa State Fair but was surprised at its crude detailing. But now it seems that a finalized version of the dairy delight has been fashioned and unveiled for all the […]

Turner censors smoking toons

In today’s depressing news, Turner Broadcasting is tinkering with its old toons again, after a complaint about an appearance of smoking in a Tom and Jerry cartoon. As far as we can tell — and we really hope we’re right — the ban applies only in the UK: “We are going through the entire catalog,” […]

9/11 in the news!

Slate Magazine is excerpting Sid Jacobsen and Ernie Colón’s The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation. Meanwhile, USATODAY.com profiles the creators: Last week, its writer, Sid Jacobson, and illustrator, Ernie Colo´n, both veterans of the comic book industry, visited what had been the World Trade Center, now a massive construction site ringed by hundreds of tourists. […]

Space Otaku shame: fails physical

A first, pioneering effort at cosplay in space has been halted by a shocking development: Space tourist Daisuke Enomoto has failed his physical: A Japanese businessman seeking to become the world’s fourth space tourist has failed a medical test and cannot fly to the international space station next month, a Russian space agency official said […]

ZOOM is for ZERO

Tim Allen’s film ZOOM is challenging ELEKTRA and CATWOMAN as the worst comic book movie in history, and those are some big spandex tights to fill. Cinematical reveals that ZOOM has achieved the extremely rare feat of rating 0% Positive at Rotten Tomatoes. And now … drum roll please … we are thrilled to announce […]

Let’s start the day off right…UPDATE

[Cover now floating around the blogosphere, taken from Lee Barnett who got it from Steve Gerber, who got it from Dave Kraft, etc.] UPDATE: WAIT! THE INTERNET HAS SPOKEN. Apparently this cover originally had COVER LINES and they explain why Jimmy is crying. You can see the REAL cover here.