More on Shonen Jump’s yaoi trend

Simon at Icarus Publishing boils down that article on the evolving editorial slant of Shonen Jump that ComiPress linked to last week, and boils it down into something a bit more comprehensible–and illuminating: 1. Shonen Jump is marketed to boys, but it has a silent, but significant, number of female readers. Significant enough, at least, […]

Iranian editor acquitted in cartoon cockroach flap

Justice turns swiftly in Iran, it seems, as the managing editor of the Iranian newspaper that in May ran a cartoon insulting to the Azeri ethnic minority, has been acquitted: The state-owned newspaper “Iranâ€? was suspended on May 23 after publishing a cartoon that offended Azeris and led to several days of unrest in the […]

Comics in the news

If you are wondering why we’re taking a break from link-blogging, the follow of three headlines say it all in spades and with a bag of chips: Graphic Novels Take a Huge Step Forward Graphic novels the hot new library item And, finally, the headline that we have been waiting to read for nigh on […]

Kavalier and Clay movie on hold

Cinematical tracks down the latest on the proposed CAVALIER AND KLAY movie after author Michael Chabon posted some rather discouraging sounding things on his blog. I was unable to find any further info in culling the usual sites for Chabon updates, so I went straight to the source — or the next best thing — […]

LIterary corner: Brontë; Austen

Speaking of Wuthering Heights, which is one of our favorite books, we forgot to mention that Dame Darcy is doing an illustrated version of Jane Eyre. Everything’s coming up! Meanwhile, Tintin Pantoja posted a picture of Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice at her LJ. Okay we reallt screwed this up, but that’s what happens […]

News round-up

•DC has starts a “Ask CMX” page. Getting a little more down with the otaku is always good. Dear CMXI’ve heard that CMX is releasing EMMA manga. When does it come out, and will it stay faithful to the anime?– Anna Y., Simi Valley, CA Dear Anna,EMMA volume 1 will indeed be out in stores […]

Maine mystery creature answered to “Bowser”

It was a dog: The body of the dead animal found in Turner, Maine, according to DNA tests conducted on behalf of and paid for by the Lewiston newspaper, the Sun Journal, belonged to a member of the genus Canis, not a Tasmanian devil, not a rodent, not a Chupacabras, not a hyena, not a […]

Tote-bag terror

It used to be t-shirts. You know, people were always giving you t-shirts. If you work in the media biz and go to even a few conferences, chances are you have a whole bunch of t-shirts you got for free. If you’re The Beat, you long ago stopped taking t-shirts that only come in large, […]

Plastic Man Cartoon

Hopefully this will stay up for a while — a pilot for a Plastic Man cartoon prepared for the Cartoon Network. The work of Ren & Stimpy vet Stephen DeStefano and Clone Wars vet Andy Suriano is clearly seen, while Sponge Bob Tom Kenney does the voice.