Remembrance of Werthams Past

David Hajdu’s The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America has been getting a great deal of press. The story of how the government investigated then all but destroyed comics, spurred by the pronouncements of psychologist Dr. Fredric Wertham, is an incredible story that needs to be told. In this weeks […]

Getting boys to read

Must reading: Brave Kristy Valenti starts a methodology-based (or as much as it can be based) series entitled Gender and Reading Habits . In Part One. she looks at the well-known factoid that bys stop reading at a certain age, and looks at how this demographic is affected by superhero comics: If one visits ERIC, […]

Unsinkable Marvel_b0y

UPDATE: You can read the first 12 pages of SECRET INVASION at EW’s website. PLUS, Nisha Gopalaninterviews Brian Bendis: ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How much input did you have in this event, and what kind of directives did Marvel give you? BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS: I was writing both Avengers books [the New Avengers] and [Mighty Avengers], so […]

Pretty, pretty pictures: Charles Vess

This has been up for a while, but we’ve never linked to it. Reknowned fantasy artist Charles Vess has been designing a fountain themed “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for Abingdon, VA. In this post on his blog he offers tons of photos of the design and construction process of what will be an incredibly lovely […]

Newsweek bigs up Classic Illustrated

More big media love for the comics! Newsweek gushes over Papercutz’s revamped Classic line: Along with Lincoln Logs and chemistry sets, Classics Illustrated was part of that goofy but well-intentioned trend in the mid-20th century that sought both to educate and entertain America’s youth. Each issue contained a retelling of a well-known novel, supplied facts […]

Finally FLAGG

We’ve been too busy to get as excited about this as we should, bit it looks like Dynamic Forces’ long long delayed (it was first announced in 2004) AMERICAN FLAGG collection will finally be out this July. Howard Chaykin’s run ‘n’ gun, media saturated vision of the US ‘s future was great fun when it […]

Drew Friedman on tour this week

Flog alerts us to a couble of appearances by Drew Friedman. They may not become as famed as his Friar’s bash, but should provide good fun: THURSDAY NIGHT IN SEATTLE: DREW FRIEDMAN: THE FUN NEVER STOPS! March 27 โ€“ May 6, 2008. Opening Reception and Book signing Thursday, March 27, 5:00 โ€“ 8:00 PM Fantagraphics […]

And it doesn’t even have nipples

Michael Keaton’s Batman costume from Batman Returns is up for auction and it’s expected to fetch $60-80K : The impressive outfit from the 1992 sequel, directed by Tim Burton, includes Batman’s black rubber body suit, boots and gauntlet gloves with serrated fins. It also comes with Batman’s rubberised cape and iconic cowl, which Bruce Wayne […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 3/26

ยง Does giving things away for free work? Neil Gaiman reports on AMERICAN GODS download stats. The novel has been made available for download for the month of March. It’s worth drawing people’s attention to the fact that the free online reading copy of American Gods is now in its last six days online (it […]