WIMPY KID movie planned

Fox 2000 has optioned the phenomenally successful WIMPY KID books. Nina Jacobson will produce. According to the article, five books are eventually planned, with Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw to be published later this year.

The one about Dave Sim

What do I think of Dave Sim? I think he’s one of the world’s greatest living cartoonists. You can use that as a pull quote, like this. “One of the world’s greatest living cartoonists.” –Publishers Weekly Go ahead. It’s true. Through 30 years of Cerebus he proved himself a craftsman, writer and artist with a […]

Jeff Smith on whether he tastes great or is less filling

New York Mag’s Vulture bloginterviews Jeff Smith today and they bring up where he sees himself on the spectrum of comics: [Q:]This fall, a mini-debate popped up on comics Websites about the Best American Comics anthology. Heidi MacDonald, who writes the Beat, asked why more of the comics in that book didn’t tell great stories, […]

Movie update: Norton Hulks out, Armie Hammer Jr. IS Batman again!

§ While IRON MAN has been everywhere from the Super Bowl to Lost, this year’s INCREDIBLE HULK movie has had relatively little publicity. This may not be a bad sign: one theory we’ve heard is that Marvel wanted to concentrate on IRON MAN and was waiting to roll out Hulk materials. It looks like this […]

Jean aces Spectrum again

The winners in the 15th annual Spectrum Awards for the best uin Fantastic art have been announced, and James Jean was once again the big winner, with a Best in Show, and #1 in the Comic’s category. John Jude Palencar won the Grand Master Award, The complete list: ADVERTISING Gold Award: JOHNNY YANOK (“Resurrection of […]

UPDATE: The continuing obsession with sales figures

The Great Bookscan debate continues. Rich Johnston has helpfully leaked the actual chart so everyone can play along at home. ADD, Brian Hibbs and Dick Hyacinth all weigh in with second third or 99th rounds — to be honest we’re beginning to get flustered and lose count. We would agree that the argument over the […]

ICv2 Conference announces panels

Speaking of NYCC, ICv2 has just announced the line-up for their annual pre-show conference. You can see the whole thing at the link but the panels are as follows: 1:00 p.m. ICv2 White Paper — Inside a Growing Category 1:45 p.m. The Battle for Talent 3:00 p.m. Graphic Novels and Tweens 4:00 p.m. Buyers Panel […]

News about Newsarama

Newsarama and the New York Comic-Con announced a partnership yesterday. A couple of people read this as an “exclusive”, but apparently it isn’t. Other websites and even bloggers can still report on panels and make videos and whatnot. What’s interesting is that until we read the PR we had no idea that Newsarama was “the […]

To Do To-nite: Tomine in Montreal

At The D&Q Librarie.

CORALINE teaser online

Based on Neil Gaiman’s short story and directed by Henry Selick, this movie features the voices of Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher and Ian McShane.

Pretty, pretty pictures

If you do not have a few hours to spend looking at art, whatever you do DO NOT CLICK THIS LINK, a directory of concept artists. Andreas Rocha Benjamin Carre We warned you. Oh, we did.

NEW BOOK! Judenhass by Dave Sim

For a while now, Dave Sim has been mentioning Secret Project #1, of which it was only known that 1) it would debut at the SPACE indie show, 2) Sim would not promote it, as he has Glamourpuss and 3) it made Neil Gaiman cry. Gradually word leaked that it was Holocaust-themed. Well the word […]

NEW BOOK! Connective Tissue

Bob Fingerman reports that he has new collection in the works: It’s been a while since I’ve had any publishing news to announce, but unless the contract stuff goes horribly awry (an unlikelihood), Fantagraphics Books will be publishing my oddball stream of consciousness (or in this case, unconsciousness) epic, Connective Tissue, sometime early spring 2009. […]

NEW BOOK! Tales of Unusual Circumstance

Joey Weiser wrote to alert us to his new book. Tales of Unusual Circumstance is here! Tales collects comics work from my output over the past 4 years that has appeared in anthologies, mini-comics, and more! PLUS, as mentioned above, it features 48 pages of never-before-seen material! And, by that I mean new comics!! You […]

NEW BOOK! Something by Drew Weing

Drew Weing hints at a project with but this single illustration.

Inside the mind of a New Yorker cartoonist

Michael Maslin is blogging this month at the The New Yorker cartoonist blog. Here, he attempts to make things scrutable, explaining the genesis of a cartoon: First, an image of a Thurber guy on skis popped into my head as I sat staring at a blank piece of paper. So I had my rough inspiration. […]