Publishing news and notes: BEA dropouts, etc.

¶ An article in the email newsletter Publishers Lunch rounds up signs of book industry contraction via a lowered number of exhibitors and attendees at this year’s BookExpo America. According to the piece, organizers expect roughly 20 percent fewer exhibitors and about 15 percent fewer attendees. Among those not exhibiting, according to the piece, Tokyopop […]

Full of Pryde

Worth a click: A number of artists have contributed drawings of the X-Men character Kitty Pryde as part of a benefit for the Oregon Hemophilia Treatment Center at OHSU. The results can be seen online here, but can in viewed in person at an exhibit on Thursday May 7: WHO: Over 70 artists including: Bryan […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits — 4/27/09

Let’s start out with two excellent essays. § Dan Nadel looks at Brush with Passion: The Art and Life of Dave Stevens and uses it as a springboard to examine the frustrations shared by several generations of artists: So let’s back up for a moment. There was this thing that happened in the 1960s: Incredibly […]

To do today: Neil Gaiman at PEN World Voices Festival

Author and comics scribe Neil Gaiman (SANDMAN) makes an appearance in Chestertown, MD, tonight at 7:30 at Washington College’s Cain Auditorium as part of the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature. Gaiman will be talking about his literary inspiration with Washington College’s Joshua Wolf Shenk. Admission is free and open to the public. No […]

Art Brut: DC Comics And Chocolate Milkshakes

Well, here’s a comics double play — the new DC referencing song from Art Brut in a homemade vid that shows Jeff Lemire’s cover for the new album. Enjoy.

This weekend: Kids Comic Con

The annual event, focused on children’s graphic book material and organized by Alex Simmons, comes to the Bronx tomorrow: The KIDS COMIC CON 2009 is set for April 25th at Bronx Community College (181st Street & University Avenue, Bronx, NY 10453). And yep, even though the economy is struggling like Superman surrounded by Kryptonite, the […]

The wisdom of Todd Klein

Since we’re not posting much today, you should spend all your time reading Todd Klein’s blog. It’s like sitting around rapping with the Socrates of comics logo design — and there’ no hemlock at the end. Klein has a three-part examination of the logos of AMALGAM COMICS which looks at how back in the late […]

This week’s NYT Graphic Books chart

As always, WATCHMEN and NARUTO top this week’s Graphic Books Best Seller List. Tatsumi’s epic A DRIFTING LIFE debuts at #3 on the paperback list, reflecting the surge from the huge article in the New York Times last week. The list has definitely calmed down now, and resembles way more closely what you would see […]

Comic Shop Locator app for iPhone?

Hm. Check out this video we found for what looks like a demo of a Comics Shop Locator app for the iPhone. In the demo, the demonstrator uses both GPS and typing in a zip code to find nearby stores. The poster is listed as Diamond Comics, so you can probably figure out who’s behind […]

RIP: Jack Cardiff

We’re a little under the weather today, so it’s late and light, but we had to make mention of this Not Comics obit: The legendary cinematographer Jack Cardiff has died at age 94: An Oscar winner for Black Narcissus, in 1948, Cardiff’s career as cinematographer spanned an astonishing eight decades, with his career in films […]

Cool Stuff: Parker preview by Darwyn Cooke

The first of three adaptations of Richard Stark’s Parker novels by Darwyn Cooke is coming out this summer, and IDW has a preview of THE HUNTER. As you might expect, given that it’s Darwyn Cooke, there should be no surprise that it looks…delicious. Click the link for the whole thing.

Tonight To Do: Photographer Exhibit

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and First Second Books are pleased to present a unique exhibit featuring photos and illustrations from the graphic novel The Photographer. This exhibit offers a sample of the book that combines the late photojournalist Didier Lefèvre’s dramatic images and Emmanuel Guibert’s stunning artwork to bear witness to the hardships […]

Earth Day with Comics Zombies

Sean Kleefield does all a favor by rounding up the full slate of Earth Day Comics from our dying newspapers’ funny pages. Since we hadn’t looked at a newspaper comic strip page in…many a moon, it was a nice way to relax. Of course, we know there are only two you care about… Mark Trail! […]

New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie set for 2011

Even as they are celebrating their 25th anniversary in a gala New York drive-in pizza party, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are coming back to the screen in a live-action film planned for 2011, it’s has just been announced. The new movie will be a Batman Begins-style reboot, showing the origins of the team of […]

SALT WATER TAFFY goes online

We forgot to pot this news, but everyone else did, but it’s still too good not to pass along: SALT WATER TAFFY, Matt Loux’s charming series about youthful adventurers, is going to run as a webcomic in addition to the regular printed versions: “When I was working on THE TRUTH ABOUT DR.TRUE, SALT WATER TAFFY […]

SIN CITY 2 is on the loose

Well now, despite some hearty protestations when the story first surfaced, it seems that Dimension/the Weinsteins have indeed lost the rights to make a SIN CITY sequel. The sequel rights to “Sin City,” Frank Miller’s popular noir comic, are being shopped around Hollywood, in what appears to be a sign that Dimension Films has lost […]