Bookscan revisited

We’ve been trying to collect our thoughts on Brian Hibbs 2007 Bookscan analysis all week but what with catching up on 500+ emails, work, laundry, getting engaged and all, we have had a hard time finding a moment’s peace. Anyhoo, the thing to remember about all this — esp. the Brian-vs-Dirk argument — is that […]

Wonder-Con stuff

We have really fallen asleep on the job with our WonderCon coverage. It kicks off today and we haven’t even mentioned the lively party scene! A few links of note: • SF Examiner spotlight on Debbie “Bumperboy” Huey • Wired Preview with comic shop action • Prism Comics programming • The Cartoon Art Museum programming […]


It’s snowing a gale here in NYC (NB; this weekend last year was New York Comic-Con! Woe betide the return to February in ’09.) However, if you are ANYWHERE NEAR ROCKETSHIP you must go to this because HOTWIRE #@ will melt icicles and blast through drifts. Rocketship proprietor Alex Cox informs us in the comments […]

Comics trivialize Holocaust?

CNN international presents a video report the the holocaust comic book we’ve mentioned here previously. Produced by the Anne Frank Center and drawn by Eric Heuvel in full-on clear line style, the comic is intended to give German schoolchildren a primer in the horrors of the Holocaust. However, according to the video, some experts feel […]

Alien plots are copyeditors’ downfall

This is getting annoying.

LOST: Baby Daddy issues

Where Maury Povich when you need him? LOST nerds spent most of last night’s show wondering who the father of Kate’s future baby was going to be. Sawyer? Jack? Ben? As it turns out, like most of LOST, the answer is not that simple. SPOILERS after the jump

John Jackson Miller picks up his calculator again

Newsarama has started a new columns by noted sales figure collector John Jackson Miller. there is much to absorb in his maiden outing, but here’s a snippet: then and now. January 2008 sales are up over those of January 1998, a month from deep in the comics recession when the “dead quarter” very definitely lived […]

Border’s new concept stores spotlight GNs

Among other things. This week Borders rolled out the first of 20 new souped-up media-age “concept stores” which spotlight five areas: Traveling, Cooking, Wellness, Graphic Novels, and Children’s Books. According to the PR: Certain categories within the new Borders concept store — Travel, Cooking, Wellness, Graphic Novels and Children’s — are so popular and rapidly […]

Hot Topic steals soap?

It seems that Hot Topic has stated selling a t-shirt which is a dead ringer for one created by cartoonist Jess Fink. She isn’t taking it lying down. I’m sorry but I really don’t think this design is coincidentally or simply inspired by clip art. Things right down to the pose of the character and […]

Steve Gerber Links

#1. Grady Hendrix talks about Gerber changed comics : But Gerber himself was trapped in a vulturelike publishing industry. A dispute with Marvel over payment terms for the artist on the Howard the Duck newspaper strip led to Gerber leaving the book, only to realize too late that his creations were all work-for-hire, property of […]

To Do Feb 23, Macon, GA: Ma-Con

Ben Towle alerts us to a new local comics fest: Coming up next week, I’ll be appearing at Ma-Con, a one-day comics event held at Macon, Georgia’s Museum of Arts and Sciences in conjunction with their running exhibit, “The Art of Macon Comics.” That exhibit showcases the art of Macon comics artists Craig Hamilton, Ray […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits

§ Christopher Priest returns with a prose back up in Boom’s GUNPLAY. § The Foo Fighters are suing Marvel, because Marvel used two of their songs in promos for the upcoming animated Wolverine and X-Men series without permission. That is a big no-no. § The Wall Street Journal reviews and excerpts Bill Mauldin: A Life […]

More males cast for Wolverine

In yet more WOLVERINE casting news, Dominic Monaghan and Daniel Henney have signed up as, respectively, Barnell/Beak and Agent Zero. Monaghan, of Hobbit and Lost fame, continues his ground zero nerd-friendly career, and as for ex-model Henney, it only took us two Google Images pages to find an ab-tastic pose. Poor Lynn Collins — are […]

More TV and FILM news

§ Principle photography on WATCHMEN has wrapped. Director Zack Snyder celebrates by releasing a still. /Film does the hard work of comparing it to the comics shot.: § SHOOTING WAR by Anthony Lappé and Dan Goldman, which began life as a webcomic for Smith Magazine, has been optioned for a TV show, as long hinted. […]

Butler ‘gutted'; Owen reported ‘distraught’

The comics industry was first shocked, then stunned and then just gobsmacked as news leaked out this week of the engagement of The Beat and writer Ben McCool, of Birmingham, UK. “MacDonald’s constant posting about ‘DDGB’ always makes me chuckle,” said DC publisher Paul Levitz. “I hope that isn’t going to stop.” “When The Beat […]

RBI for sale

As you may have heard, yesterday Reed Elsevier announced they were selling off RBI, the b2b publishing end of their operation, including Variety, Broadcasting and Cable, and, yes, Publishers Weekly, the home of this very blog. The reason given was that the cycle-driven profit structure of magazines supported by advertising didn’t fit in with the […]