She Hulk holiday wishes

I realize I’m just playing into a Marvel PR ploy over a character revamp. but heck, this is a comics blog, so there ya go.

Links to kill time until the office closes early

§ Rich Johnston’s annual Rumour Awards warps [sic] up the year’s embarrassments, including some of The Beat‘s. § A CBR roundtable wraps up “The Never-Ending Secret Crisis.” § Matt Brady reports that Popeye is about to go into the public domain in the EU: In terms Newsarama readers will be familiar with, in Europe, starting […]

Movin’ on. Movin’ up

Yep it’s the end of the trail for 2008, a year which had some high points (Nov 4) but which an overwhelming number of our friends can’t wait to end. To which we can only say: Everything looks better when seen through the lens of a J.C. Leyendecker baby in a Russian Constructivist pose. As […]

Peggy Burns on Double-X in comics

I’ve had a lot of private correspondence over my recent post on my dearth of women creators and decision-making execs, many from folks who work for indies who pointed out the number of women working in those fields. Which is true. I was commenting more on mainstream, i.e. Marvel and DC Comics, where the number […]

WATCHMEN: this is getting uglier

Many late night holiday-themed movements in the WATCHMEN case, and they are enough to make a movie fan’s nerves as frayed as the collar on a pitbull. It seems that, yes, Fox is going to try to stop the movie’s release: An attorney for 20th Century Fox says the studio will continue to seek an […]

Did you know that Alan Moore & Mark Beyer once teamed up?

It’s totally true.

Sikoryak’s Dark Arch

There are never enough new comics by R. Sikoryak, author of pluperfect pastiche/homage comics like “Good Ol’ Gregor Brown” and “Little Pearl” which make us appreciate classics of literature AND comics all the more when they are mashed together, chocolate and peanut butter style. Happily, Sikoryak’s “Masterpiece Comics” are going to be collected in 2009 […]

Lionsgate’s SPIRIT gamble fails

The reviews are in — 15 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, a mere 6 percent among Top Critics — and the box office is in: 9. The Spirit (Lionsgate)$2.1M Saturday… $6.5M 3-day weekend… $10.4M 4-day holidayNot every comic book can become a hit movie. Movie analysts didn’t expect much life from this adaptation of Will Eisner’s […]

Who injuncts the WATCHMEN?

NOTE: Several people have pointed out that “injunct” is not the correct legal term — “enjoins” is more accurate. However “injuncts” contains the comedy sound “K” and I will continue to use it, suckas. As you may be aware, LA Judge Gary Allen Feess delivered a special Christmas Eve gift to Fox by abruptly announcing […]

Slow news day links

§ After last night’s press deadline, The Comics Reporter posted another holiday interview, this time with writer Kurt Busiek, in a thughtful talk that explores many aspects of his work. However, the pull quote we’ll use covers the matter of the day: I’m worried about the economy in general terms, but I don’t really know […]

Catching up on publishing news

If you have a little downtime over the holidays, you could do much worse than by reading The Comics Reporter’s yearend series of interviews: Fantagraphics co-publisher Kim Thompson Scholar and critic Jeet Heer A looooong interview on mainstream comics with Tucker Stone Indie comics with Sean T. Collins PictureBox’s Dan Nadel and the always interesting […]

Media Watch: NY Times on webcomics, Jack Johnson

The comics-loving New York Times ran a couple of comic-themed pieces over the holiday. Leslie Berlin sums up the changes brewing in the comic strip world as Internet syndication takes over from newspaper syndication, in a judiciously wide-ranging piece, which unlike some NYT pieces on webcomics, has much accurate information. In many ways, Stephan Pastis […]

Manga rumblings

Along with everything else in the world, the future of manga in the US is being examined — not that it’s going anywhere, but a few of the weaker companies may get picked off during the tough times ahead. Ed Chavez has a loooong list of manga titles from many, many publishers that are MIA, […]

Movies: Stephen Chow watch, DAWN TREADER founders?

We all know that superstar Stephen Chow has dropped out as the director of the upcoming GREEN HORNET movie, but could it be to make way for a project that is more suitable for his genius? Chow, whose credits include “Shaolin Soccer” and “Kung Fu Hustle,” said over the weekend that he wants to free […]

Life in the slow lane

We’re back at the keyboard after a week of horrible holiday travel…As bad as it was, other people had it worse. As we finally got home after a four-hour delay on Saturday night, we saw people sleeping on the floor of the shabby Delta terminal at JFK, and stories of people stranded for 2 or […]

RIP Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt died yesterday at age 81. Many people are called “legendary,” but Kitt truly was, as a singer, dancer, and actress. Julie Newmar may have been the #1 Catwoman on the campy Batman TV show, but Kitt was probably the most feline and villainous. As a cabaret singer she was an unsurpassed stylist, and […]