Finally, the one you’ve been waiting for: Sim/Simone

Dave Sim makes an unannounced appearance at the Sequential Tarts board and starts chatting it up with Gail Simone, Pia Guerra and a few other regulars: Dave: Well, my views on feminism are, I think, foundationally the same: that is, I think that women are by nature and inclination wives and mothers for the most […]

Gary Panter (the book)

Gary Panter looms large in American comics as a singular visionary and storyteller. So the new site for Gary Panter (the book) is cause to tremble with anticipation: An intimate look at the work and life of a legendary artist. Gary Panter has been one of the most influential figures in visual culture since the […]

The Self-Publishing Movement remembered

Over at his Boneville blog, Jeff Smith has started a series of posts looking back at the self-publishing movement of the 90s: It’s been 15 years since I met Larry Marder, who introduced me to Dave Sim. Who in turn introduced me to Colleen Doran. Soon, along with James Owen and Martin Wagner, we created […]

More on comics and literary quality

Jennifer de Guzman looks at the ongoing literary debate and calls for higher criticism. We don’t see more literary quality in comics being published today because too few critics treat comics as serious literature and art, critically reading and judging them without reference to non-literary works who happen to share the same format. I’m disappointed […]

Hewlett’s PHOO ACTION on BBC3

Jamie (Gorillaz) Hewlett’s strip Get The Freebles which ran in The Face, has been turned into a British TV show called PHOO ACTION. It stars Carl Weathers, Jaime Winstone and Eddie Shin. Creative Director Jamie Hewlett says: “I think it’s the most weird and radical thing that the BBC have taken on since the Young […]

Criminal week!

It’s been CRIMINAL week on MySpace lately. Although that sounds dire, it’s really a promotion for the Ed Brubaker/Sean Phillips ICON title, CRIMINAL. The event has featured previews, interviews and so on, culminating in a preview of CRIMINAL 2 issue 1 today. Monday’s contribution was a clever interview between Bill Hader and Brubaker. Which doesn’t […]

New ZUDA for February

Sheldon Vella’s SUPERTRON was the January winner and now ten new contestants have entered the swimsuit competition! As usual, the entrants are a fairly obscure bunch except for Kevin Colden, whom we’ve mentioned here many times before. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check out all the lovely contestants! Title: Everyone Laughs at the Crocodile Man […]

San Diego Comic-Con upgrades magazine

That nice little update you get every once in a while from the San Diego con is now its own magazine, called Comic-Con Magazine. With a distribution of a quarter million copies, that’s not a bad idea. Comic-Con, the largest comic book and popular arts convention in the United States announced today that they have […]

Ultimate Kibbles ‘n’ Bits!

§ Headline of the day: Corrections officer also a cartoonist § Paul Gravett’s Angoulême photos. [Via Forbidden Planet] § Tom Brevoort presents the Golden Loeb Award winners. § Dutch comics coloring analysed (Thanks JP!) § The First Second Spring 08 catalog is up. Left, DRAWING WORDS & WRITING PICTURES Making Comics: Manga, Graphic Novels, and […]

Pulitzer Prize winners come to MAD

Missed this in our news cycle yesterday, but the NYT has details on ten Pulitzer prize winning editorial cartoonists coming to MAD magazine #487, on sale February 19. Their target? George W. Bush and global warming. The line-up: Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Pulitzer Prize 2002 Steve Breen, San Diego Union-Tribune, Pulitzer Prize 1998 […]

Marshall joins ComicMix

Rick Marshall, last seen at Wizard mag online, has joined ComicMix. PR follows: Brian Alvey, Chairman of ComicMix, today announced the appointment of Rick Marshall to the newly created position of Online Managing Editor. Marshall will be responsible for online news operations, overseeing some new upcoming sites and managing an expanding editorial team. Most recently, […]

So much to catch up on!

Did you know Portishead is putting out its first album in 10 years? We thought that was a long break. But the B-52s are putting out their first new album in…16 years! It’s called FUNPLEX. Perhaps we are showing our own age, but we always liked anything that ended in -plex. We also always liked […]