San Diego Thursday programming is UP

This time it’s up FOR REAL. Stan Lee! Grant Morrison! Ian McShane! Floyd Norman! Pedagogy! Marky Mark! Jennifer de Guzman! The future of the pamphlet! Signe Wilkinson! Sam Raimi! Carla Gugino! Eddie Campbell! Al Feldstein! A panel on blogging without any of the Usual Suspects! COREY FELDMAN! GETTING BUNIONS JUST LOOKING AT IT.

RIP Muriel Kubert

Mike Gold passes along the sad news that Muriel Kubert died Tuesday from breast cancer. Kubert was wife to Joe, mother to Adam and Andy and the co-founder of the Kubert School of Cartoon Art. Our condolences to the Kubert family on this loss. UPDATE: A fuller obituary: Muriel Isabel Kubert 77, co-owner of art […]

Wal-Mart bans Mexican comic

Wal-Mart has pulled copies of a Spanish-language comic starring Mexican comics mainstay Memin Pinguin CNN reports on charges the character is racist: For more than 60 years Mexicans have followed the adventures of “Memin Pinguin.” But the dark-skinned Memin’s exaggerated features in “Memin for President” came as a shock to Houston, Texas, Wal-Mart shopper Shawnedria […]

More on thinking person’s manga

Much soul-seacrhing in the blogosphere today over whether manga is doomed to be a medium of kiddies and wanna-be ninjas. Much of it was kicked off by Kai-Ming Cha’s frank comments: But that’s not the way manga fans work. Mike G. (and Lillian of TokyoPop who I posed this too as well), was like, they […]

EXTERMINATORS brings it on home

This story on Simon Oliver and Tony Moore’s Vertigo series EXTERMINATORS getting picked up by Showtime for possible TV development, by DEXTER’s Sara Colleton, is ironic because Oliver had originally developed the tale of a colorful team of bug-fighters as a TV pitch. The deal with Showtime marks a full circle for “Exterminators,” which has […]

More on Tpop: WEHT Chuck Austen?

Well, speak of the devil. Benjamin Ong Pang Kean catches up with Chuck Austen and his erotic baseball manga BOYS OF SUMMER. Turns out after the first volume was pulled from retailers for the racy cover and interiors by hentai artist Hiroki Otsuka, all three volumes were completed, but two will never feel the touch […]

Brandon Graham’s King City Vol. 2

Apparently, the rumor going around a few weeks ago that Tokyopop was allowing some of its creators to get the rights back to their work that wasn’t going to be published was completely bogus. That is sad. Many books are completed and waiting to be printed but may never see the light of day. However, […]

The history of Image and more

While we were out of it, we should have just posted this single link which should have kept everyone busy for a whole day: Part Six of Jay Allen Sanford ‘s lavishly illustrated history of comics in San Diego. In this episode: 1 – The Birth of Image Comics 2 – Pacific Comics: The inside […]