To Do Tonight: Comic Book Club w/ The Beat and Dan Slott!

Oh yeah, how could we forget — live thrills and laughs tonight as The Beat and Dan Slott guest at the Comic Book Club, the weekly live comics talk show, COMIC BOOK CLUBA Live Weekly Talk Show about Comic Books Hosted by Justin Tyler, Pete LePage, and Alex Zalben Tuesday, January 27 @ 8:00 PM […]

IDW plans Rip Kirby reprint

Okay! Finally some good news! IDW is planning to add Alex Raymond’s gorgeous Rip Kirby to its deluxe comic strip reprint series, with the first Dean Mullaney-edited volume due in September: Following the Eisner-award winning Terry and the Pirates, IDW’s Library of American Comics will present Alex Raymond’s modernist classic Rip Kirby in a definitive […]

RIP John Updike

Famed novelist John Updike has died at age 76. Besides winning awards and being one of the best prose stylists of recent American letters, Updike was a friend of comics, having planned to be a cartoonist in his youth, and studied painting for quite a while. Or as Jeet Heer wrote: Years ago while doing […]

Reactions to last week’s doom stories: Diamond, MAD

§ Cartoonist MK Reed shakes her fist at doom with a resource-filled post that includes alternative distributors and other places where you can sell comics besides Diamond. Recommended. § Speaking of other channels, Rik Offenberger talks to Haven’s Lance Stahlberg about the other game in town: NRAMA: If a publisher finds they can’t meet the […]

John Jackson Miller analyzes 2008 year-end comics sales

Number cruncher John Jackson Miller looks at Diamond’s yearend figures and concludes that in 2008, the industry moved sideways: Now, to 2008: As noted, the industry didn’t so much grow or slip as move sideways. Top 300 Comics Unit and Dollar Sales were down 5% and 3% respectively, and the top 100 trades were up […]

Recession Watch: Newsweekly comics meltdown

Yesterday, cartoonist Tom Tomorrow revealed the dire news that his strip, This Modern World, and all other weekly cartoons were being canceled by Village Voice Media, publisher of the Village Voice, the LA Weekly, and 13 other newsweeklies. This still leaves me with eighty-odd papers, as well as Salon and Credo, so it’s not a […]

Stan Lee Media sues for $750mil Marvel movie profits — UPDATE

If you’re a lawyer, everything surrounding the strange history of Stan Lee Media is a fountain of endless, cool, refreshing litigation. Now “legendary” lawyer Martin Garbus is representing Stan Lee Media shareholders in a suit against Stan Lee, Ike Perlmutter, Avi Arad, and Marvel, alleging the shareholders are owed some $750 million in profits from […]

Studio Coffee Run: Tintin cast, etc.

§ At last, we have our mocap Tintin and it is Jamie Bell, who starred in BILLY ELLIOT, JUMPER and…oh yeah, he was that Jimmy kid in KING KONG, so we should have seen that coming. (Peter Jackson is co-producing the proposed TINTIN trilogy.) If you are thinking Bell is too old, as we mentioned […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 1/27/09

§ A video interview with manga horror master Junji Ito (Uzumaki, Museum of Terror) from the SAME HAT! SAME HAT! guys: Highlights from this fantastic and casual look into Junji Ito’s life & work include: * Ito-san showing off his original script outlines and rough panel layouts, with descriptions of his process when creating manga. […]