NARUTO continues run as America’s most popular comic

Viz sent out a press release this afternoon trumpeting Naruto’s placement at #25 on the USA Today Best Seller list. Our memory may be a little shaky, but that strikes us as the highest placement ever. EDIT: Actually Naruto had hit #21 before, so this is merely another very strong showing. NARUTO is however the […]

WWLA roundup

Blog@ news round-up — a few news tidbits, but seems everyone was kind of burnt out after Mega Con, NYCC and WonderCon three weeks in a row. This was the fourth convention in five weeks and that’s just the Spring season! CBR photo parade photos (Celebrities) K2 Ramblings Cecil Castellucci [Image taken from CBR]

Andrew Arnold leaves Time

TIME Magazine comics columnist Andrew Arnold has had a big influence on the ligetimization of comics over the last few years, lending many “Time Magazine Sez!” pull quotes to comics press kits, and in general being a hardcore supporter of the very finest and most challenging in comics for a major press outlet. Now, after […]

300 Graphic Novel update

Publishers Weekly has some hard numbers on the distribution of the 300 graphic novel, still going strong at #8 on Amazon. 80,000 copies of the book are on their way for next month, with many more already on shelves: In a conference call that also included DH v-p of business development Michael Martens, Richardson sought […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits

§ BAD GIRL leads China down Japan’s ‘toon path: Time was when Chinese cartoons were childish retellings of traditional tales or propaganda images peopled by rosy-cheeked peasant women, muscle-bound ironworkers and strong-jawed soldiers celebrating the Communist ethos. Little P, the hero of Song Yang’s Bad Girl comic book, is more likely to be celebrating her […]

70s comics non-monumental?

We’re pretty sure this is the most clueless thing we’ve read all morning, but what does the group mind say? Dick Hates Your Blog says that 70s comics weren’t as influential as some other decades: 1940s-The Golden Age of superhero comics 1950s-EC Comics; Wertham, Senate hearings, and the Code; the golden age of romance comics […]

Gerry: I will never look like this again.

AAAAAAAND, one last 300 note: At last week’s Second Life 300 press conference, we managed to ask star Gerard Butler if he would ever get into the kind of shape he did for 300 again. The answer was not unexpected, but saddening all the same: “I wasn’t in that kind of shape in the first […]

300 reigns again

300 handily vanquished the opposition at this weekend’s box office, taking in about $31.2 million for a total of $127.5 after 10 days. It was a 56% drop-off from the bofftastic opening weekend but the WB expects it to reach $200 million. Meanwhile, it’s also expect to slay them overseas. Thanks to smashing bows in […]