Manga: Aurora launches

Catrching up on the manga news of the week, a new publisher made their intentions known, Aurora, a subsidiary of Japanese publisher Ohzora which specializes in josei — women’s manga. Josei manga is the long-lost “missing link” between “Harlequin romance comics” and “Sex in the CIty comics” for women. Understandably, the genre has had little […]

Girlamatic’s Fourth!

GirlAmatic is celebrating their fourth anniversary with some good natured fooling around: With our tongues in our cheeks and our eyes on the stars, GirlAMatic is proud to announce its fourth anniversary! This year’s April foolish extravaganza will be as BIFF! BAM! SOCK-O! as any dyed-in-the-wool (or rather, spandex) comics fan could possibly wish for! […]

Pirate garb “Disruptive”

Shiver me timbers! A high school student in North Buncombe, NC has been suspended for a day for dressing like a pirate and coming to school wearing an eyebpatch and brandishing an inflatable cutlass: The sophomore spent Wednesday at home after an administrator took issue with his accessories. Buncombe County Schools says the eye patch […]

To Do BKNY 3/31: Tomine at Rocketship!

It’s the kind of thing that only happens a few times in every generation…the release of a new issue of OPTIC NERVE, and EVERYONE, and we mean EVERYONE will be celebrating at Rocketship (after they go to the Punk Indie Showcase of course). You know you will be there!

To Do NYC 3/31: Punk Indy Showcase

Oh my there is a lot going on this week! Tomorrow at Jim Hanley’s there’s the GINDHOUSE signing, and later that very same day the Punk Indy Creator Showcase: SATURDAY, MARCH 31 6:00 to 8:00 PM Punk Indy Creator Showcase # J.D. GLASS (Punk Like Me)# K. THOR JENSEN (Red Eye, Black Eye)# MISS LASKO-GROSS […]

Emerald CIty Con this weekend!

The Emerald City Con kicks off this weekend in Seattle, and by all accounts, the show is growing into a very pleasant, comics centric weekend. The Seattle Times has a brief preview with attendance expected to be around 8000. Guests include Adam Hughes, Mark Bagley, Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Golden, Mike Oeming, Gene Ha, Chris […]

Fight! Dirk vs Heidi, Round two

A deadline-pressured Dirk takes up his entire post today with the title “Drama Queen Bickering” to respond to my comments yesterday. While my comments are assigned such classic TCJ buzzwords as “gobbledegook”, a “screed”, “bloviations” etc etc, to be honest, I couldn’t even figure out what Dirk was arguing, although we did find signs of […]

Mullaney on Eclipse

Since we’re revisiting 80s comics history today, this interview with Dean Mullaney from Blake Bell’s weblog is well worth quoting. For those who came in late, Mullaney was the publisher of Eclipse Comics, a very influential and — for a time — successful independent comics publishing company that gave the world many memorable characters from […]

Speaking of TMNT

ICv2 had this little bit yesterday reporting that Kevin Eastman had had some success with an eBay auction: Kevin Eastman has sold the original art for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 on eBay for a winning bid of $250,099. The auction, which ended on March 25th, provides some idea of the potency of the Teenage […]

Ellison/Groth explained

The Seattle Weekly looks at the long running Harlan Ellison/Gary Groth fued in an article we couldn’t have titled any better ourselves: News: From Hell’s Heart, I Litigate at Thee!. The article looks at the strengths and weakness of both sides, and reveals what we all new: it’s an adolescent pissing contest on both sides […]

Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters return

Okay, we knew EVERYTHING was coming back in the current comics boom, but Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters? Created by Don Chin, and published by Eclips as a take off on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which was a take off on Daredevil and Ronin, ARBBH was the most successful of the literally DOZENS of books […]


Still catching up on sleep and Desktop Tower Defense around here. In the News section, it looks like we’ll be attending next month’s Saló International del Cómic de Barcelona in, as if you couldn’t figure it out, Barcelona, Spain. We are extremely excited not only to be going to one of the world’s most beautiful […]

Marvel Month-to-Month sales February 2007

By Paul O’Brien After months of hype and a midnight launch, DARK TOWER is finally in the stores, and on the charts. But it’s far from being a one-book month. February saw the final issue of CIVIL WAR, complete with a few more crossover issues – though even by the end of the month, there […]

Civilians in comics shops

MacGuffin looks at the products that are brining civilians into comics shops at an all time record pace: Buffy Season 8, Stephen King’s The Gunslinger, and Captain America #25: Over the long term, I suspect that the most important of these will be Dark Horse’s new Buffy the Vampire Slayer series. The wide-spread appeal of […]

Hyeondo Park’s website

There are some lovely watercolors up at, the website of artist Hyeondo Park. Park is working on some top secret graphic novel projects right now and you’re sure to see much more of his name around.

To Do: Grindhouse at Hanleys

We mentioned this the other day, now we hear that Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Rosario Dawson and Freddie Rodriguez will all be signing at Jim Hanley’s Universe this Saturday from 12-1. Tickets for the signing will be given out, so get there early.