Remembering Michael Jackson

As several folks have pointed out, MJ was a real comics fan. During the height of his fame in the ’80s and ’90s he would occasionally shop at his favorite comics shop — it would have to be shut down so he could shop in peace. A more recent trip with his children resulted in […]

Don’t stop ’til you get enough

Klein and Williams team on new print

With J.H. Williams’s amazing work on this week’s DETECTIVE the buzz book of the week, it’s worth pointing out that  Todd Klein’s latest print is a collaboration with Williams. You can buy the print at the above link and see the rest of his neat stuff for sale here.

Scattered linkage

Just a few while we get our wits together. § Frank Santoro continues his explorations into little known eddies of comics history with an interview with comics color pioneer Steve Oliff. § Matt Madden took his students to MoCCA for a guided tour of the David Mazzucchelli exhibit with the man himself. § Kristy Valenti […]

Upcoming Comics Events

Thursday, June 25 Event: “Please Release Me”–Book Release Party and Reading Location: Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia Street, San Francisco Date: Thursday, June 25, 2009 Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Celebrate the release of two sizzlin’ new comics at Modern Times Bookstore in San Francisco’s Mission district: PS Comics by Minty Lewis and Just So […]

Jon Goldwater new CEO of Archie Comics

Via PR, we may be seeing a more “rock ‘n’ roll” Archie soon. Jon Goldwater CEO of Archie Comics: The Archie Comics line of comic books is one of the most successful, longest running lines in the history of the comic industry. As the son of Archie Comics founder John L. Goldwater he looks forward […]

Check out: Cliff Chiang con sketches

From Heroes Con.

THE MAXX cartoon streams on MTV

THE MAXX was a strange but compelling comic by Sam Kieth that came from Image back in the ’90s. It was about a homeless man who became a superhero in a place called The Outback, which might just be imaginary. He’s helped in this by a social worker named Julie Winters, and the comic was […]

WATCHMEN Director’s Cut to get brief theatrical run

Collider reports that at a presser for the new WATCHMEN Director’s Cut Blu-Ray, director Zack Snyder said the Director’s Cut of WATCHMEN would be screened in four cities in one theater each, the weekend before Comic-Con. The cities are Los Angeles, Dallas, Minneapolis, and New York and you know what? WE ARE GOING. We said […]

Harris and the $1.99 comic book

Harris Comics — home of Vampirella — discusses the character’s return and new price point — FELL format — in an editorial by Bon Alimagno. So we set a goal: break back into the Top 100 for the first time in years. But we knew what we were up against. Even armed with a stellar, […]

A stupid question

Whatever happened to Dick Hyacinth’s year-end survey survey?

Shamus buys Toronto Comicon

Confirming a rumor that was going around this morning, a press release has confirmed that Wizard CEO Gareb Shamus has purchased the Toronto Comicon. Also known as the Paradise Comicon, the show is run by Peter Dixon of Paradise Comics, who will stay on, and while it has maintained an excellent reputation among guests (we […]

Do Oscar changes help or hurt nerd movies?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that there will now be TEN Best Picture nominees instead of only five. Certainly done for marketing reasons (more pictures with Oscar nominations, don’t you know?), the question to ask in these here parts is: How does this effect both “genre movies” and animated features? […]

May we recommend: Magic Trixie

While Marvel and DC are apparently shipping enough comics to choke a rhino today, may we recommend the quality cartooning of Jill Thompson and the final book in the Magic Trixie trilogy? If there is a finer comic for sale this day, we’d be very, very, very surprised.

The Philadelphia Experiment

So why go to Wizard World Philadelphia, anyway? This year we went because in years past we’d had a great time there, and we had a few friends to see. Plus, from NYC, it’s a very cheap day trip. Our plan was also to see how the other half lived. The way things play out, […]

Heroes Con 2009 in the rearview mirror

Tom Spurgeon is still putting together a collective memory, but catches up with main man Dustin Harbin for a wrap-up: HARBIN: I think last year we estimated our numbers at between 10,000 and 12,000 through the weekend. We don’t have the complete numbers back yet, and even then they’re never complete — there are the […]