State of the would-be art

Warren Ellis’s new Whitechapel message board hasn’t yet evolved into the kind of runaway train that his previous forums have — perhaps the simple, glacial interface helps to maintain that. However, Ellis is promoting it more on his mailing list, and he urged indie creators to show off their work in a recent thread. You […]

Smurfs are 50 — let’s party!

The Smurfs – – Peyo’s lovable little blue imps — are turning 50 this year, and it’s going to be a worldwide celebration! Their debut on U.S. television in 1981 started their global rise to stardom and made the Smurfs a household name. A Smurf is a Pitufo in Spanish, a Schlumpf in German, Nam […]

Links of note — UPDATE

§ One last kids comics are a teaching tool link, as Francoise Mouly was on the Brian Lehrer show on NPR yesterday talking about that very topic. More links: You have subscribed to Torchbearers, right? Valerie D’Orazio interviews Martha Thomases on the Friends of Lulu blog about her history in comics, Dakota North, ComicsMix and […]

Awards season kicks off for books

The midwinter American Library Association meeting is taking place in Philadelphia this week, and yesterday’s session included an avalanche of award announcements. The PW link has all of them but we’ll skim along for those of interest to the comics world. First off, and the big one, Brian Selznick won the 2008 Randolph Caldecott Medal […]

Captain Action returns

Speaking of toys, Captain Action, a beloved (to some) action figure of the sixties that could change into other toys, like Batman and Spider-Man. The Captain has come and gone in collector-oriented efforts over the years, but you just can’t keep a good action figure down. Self-professed fanboys Ed Catto and Joe Ahearn have brought […]

Steampunk JLA

How did we miss these cunning JLA figures based on the GOTHAM BY GASLIGHT mini series by Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola? The figures are seen much larger and in detail at Sillof’s Workshop.

Morning Briefs; Movie news from all the hell over

• EW is reporting that today day is the day of decision for the Justice League movie, which is completely cast but still not ready to go: Holy work-stoppage, Batman! The ongoing WGA strike now has Warner Bros.’ superhero bonanza Justice League of America in its crosshairs. A source tells Hollywood Insider that filmmakers would […]