Friday Cat Blogging

Al Columbia’s cover for MOME 10. [Via Flog]

Can anyone here sell comics?

Last week’s Tilting at Windmills by Brian Hibbs was a particularly meaty one as he delved once more into the periodical vs trade debate currently going on, and even questioned if TOO MUCH product was going out: One of the tests that I think should be put into place is β€œWhen volume 1 (or 2 […]

Joe Sacco tonight and tomorrow

Via Flog: Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to welcome to Seattle the cartoon genius that is Joe Sacco. This Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, Fantagraphics celebrates the publication of “Palestine: The Special Edition” with two extraordinary events. On Friday, October 26 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM we host an exhibition of Joe’s stunning original […]

Can Andrews succeed where Millar failed?

Industry watches and fans endured an emotional rollercoaster this week as they followed Mark Millar’s valiant quest to get the chance to write the next Superman movie. While Millar’s assault on Mount Krypton was doomed to failure, according to, another cartoon type is trying to plant his flag on a film franchise; in this […]

Would cheering up sell more comics?

Retailer John Riley of Grasshopper’s Comics has a piece at ICv2 called “Sharpening the Sword–Where Are The Villains?” which suggests that since we’re living in grim times, the pervasive grimness of superhero comics may be hurting sales over all. He spends a lotof time on Marvel, where he says “It seems that the current Marvel […]

Tokyopop: Film industry eyes manga properties

Today’s issue of Variety (we think — it might have been yesterday’s) includes a special “10th Anniversary salute” to Tokyopop. Usually these “salute” sections in the trades are put together as advertising opportunities, and we have no idea how this one came into being, but the general message it sends out is “Hey Hollywood, we […]

Jerry Robinson named DC Creative Consultant

VIA PR: DC Comics, the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world, and home to Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman announced today that legendary Batman comic book artist Jerry Robinson, a key contributor during the early years of the Batman comic book series, will be a creative consultant for the company. “It’s an honor […]

NYCC 08 announces first guests: Mignola, Ross

Mike Mignola and Alex Ross are the first announced guests of honor for next year’s New York Comic-Con. New York Comic Con (NYCC) has announced its first guests for the 2008 convention which will be held in New York City at the Jacob K. Javits Center, April 18 – 20, 2008. Mike Mignola and Alex […]

The wit and wisdom of Steven Grant, part XLVII

From this week’s Permanent Damage: Ultimately there’s no publisher in America today predicated on the idea of letting talented creators go their own way, because no publisher has a coherent plan for capitalizing on that, and that goes for both indie and mainstream. So, really, it falls to creators themselves. Which means there’s “selling out” […]

Bacardi calls last round

Another classic old time blogger has hung it up: Johnny Bacardi is folding up after five years. Bacardi was there at the beginning of the Blogging Explosion, and rode the wave: Then, not long after I started, the Comics Blogosphere happened, and since I was reviewing and writing about comics as well as music, movies, […]

Flessel gets the Sparky

This Sunday, one of the last living Golden Age cartoonists, Creig Flessel will be presented with the Sparky Award at the Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, 142 Throckmorton Avenue. Andrew Farrago writes: On Sunday, October 28, Creig Flessel is receiving the Cartoon Art Museum’s Sparky Award at a ceremony in Mill Valley, CA. The Northern […]

Echoes of Guilford

The Eightball #22 case may have faded into the sunset, but commentators just can’t stop mining it. Cartoonist Tom Tomorrow takes a look back, with his own pointed commentary. Also, Joanne Jacobs at offers a measured appraisal, and brings up a notable parallel case: Then again, consider the case of Kaleb Tierce, an honors […]

Brendan McCarthy pens Mad Max IV

Mel Gibson is too busy making his Easter Island version of the book of Ezekial, but George Miller is reportedly back for Mad Max IV and there’s a VERY SPECIAL screenwriter. Considering that you really can’t trust anything that comes from, for now we’re going to consider this just a rumor. Mad Max 4: […]

Superheroes are FASHION!

Speaking of superheroic dressing methods, they are about to get the highest accolade possible: a show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Metropolitan Museum will get a healthy dose of pop culture next spring when The Costume Institute opens its next exhibition, “Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy” on May 7, 2008. Met curator Andrew Bolton […]

Superheroes haunt for Halloween

Walmart unleashes a report on what’s hot for hHalloween, and superheroes are holding their own. In the countdown to fright night, a peek into the Wal-Mart costume closet reveals America’s changing Halloween habits for 2007. In fact, with Halloween spending up 10 percent from 2006, the nation’s largest retailer serves as the best barometer on […]