Comics Watch: The Year of the Rat

Caeyetano Garza writes to say that his Ignatz Award-winning webcomic The Year of the Rat is now available in book format. It’s a surreal comics adventure. This volume collects Books I and II of the Ignatz Award winning series YEAR OF THE RAT which originally ran between 2008 and 2010 on One morning, as […]

IDW’s Ted Adams talking comics and digital at ICv2

Innovative IDW head Ted Adams is interviewed at ICv2:Part 1 -Part 2, Part 3 On the comic book front, we’ve got in development literary projects with beloved, best-selling writers like James Patterson, Peter S. Beagle, Robert Bloch, and Mario Acevedo, as well as a second Richard Stark project by Darwyn Cooke. We’re working on a […]

The Art of Jaime Hernandez due in April

And we cannot wait!! Written by Todd Hignite, the book contains an intro by Alison Bechdel. In 1981 three Mexican-American brothers self-published their first comic book, Love and Rockets, and “changed American cartooning forever” according to Publishers Weekly. More than twenty-five years later,
it is still being published to critical and commercial success.
 Jaime Hernandez’s moving […]

Anaheim woos Comic-Con with rooms, room

While San Diego city officials have made their deep, long lasting love for the Comic-Con International known recently, Team Jacob, aka Anaheim, also has much to offer, including a big, roomy convention center and lots of places for tourists to eat food, and its bid for the Nerd Prom is getting mucho ink today “We’re […]

Casting notes: Cap, Goode Hobbit, Hamm ponders

§ Michael Fleming has a juicy item on proposed Captain America casting, with a bunch of candidates and word of director Joe Johnston clashing with Marvel Studios over budgets. Contenders include Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl), John Krasinski (The Office), Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights), Mike Vogel (Cloverfield), Michael Cassidy (Privileged), Patrick Flueger (Brothers) — the […]

Best-selling True Blood author Charlaine Harris joins Dynamite

Via PR, another best-selling author goes the comics route, Charlaine Harris: Acclaimed author Charlaine Harris, the writer of the Sookie Stackhouse series, is joining the Dynamite Entertainment family in 2010!  We are proud to announce that the first book of her hit Harper Connelly series, Grave Sight, will be adapted by Dynamite Entertainment in 2010. Her […]

TCAF early announcements

The eagerly awaited Toronto Comic Arts Festival hits May 8-9 and early information on the show is coming out. Headlining guests include Daniel Clowes, James Sturm, Dash Shaw and Jeff Lemire. The Oscar-nominated Clowes will be on hand to launch his major new graphic novel Wilson from premier Canadian publisher Drawn & Quarterly. Clowes will […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 2-24-10

§ As you may have read, artist Eduardo Barreto has been struck by meningitis and his recuperation will take months — forcing him to leave the art duties on the comic strip Judge Parker. Michael Cavna reports that Mike Manley has been named as the new Judge Parker artist and updates Barreto’s condition: As for […]

I’m crazy ’bout my baby

Crazy Claire certainly appears to be just that, doesn’t she? Let’s discuss it after the jump.

The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen due from Dark Horse

Via PR, news of a collection of the art of agent/publisher/legend Denis Kitchen. Originally planned for publication 20 years ago, the book will now go on sale June 23rd. Neil Gaiman provides the intro, while Charles Brownstein contributes an essay on Kitchen’s career.

Peanuts licensing business may be for sale

E&P reports that E.W. Scripps, the parent company of comic strip syndicate United Media, is considering spinning off their licensing business, United Media Licensing, which handles Peanuts, Dilbert, and other comic strip giants. Although these brands continue to be recognized worldwide, Scripps licensing revenues fell 15% in 4Q 2009, to $26.4 million. Scripps President and […]

Digital comics news and notes; comics on iPhone, Wowio

§ An iPhone ad running throughout the UK includes the comics app Comixology right there on TV. We can’t embed the ad, but it is another sign that comics are a key part of the Apple experience. § Speaking of Apple, they’ve been cracking down on some of the more sexually provocative iPhone apps, most […]

SPX announces dates, new Executive Committee

Via PR, the Small Press Expo has announced its 2010 dates for September 11-12 in Bethesda, MD. Jeff Alexander and Warren Bernard are taking over as Executive Director and Assistant Executive Director, respectively. The Small Press Expo (SPX), the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels and alternative political cartoons, will be […]

Pekar’s comics review of Crumb’s GENESIS

Over at the Jewish Review of Books, Harvey Pekar teams with artist Tara Seibel to review Crumb’s GENESIS in comics form. Seibel previously illustrated a conversation between Crumb and Pekar for The Pekar Project.

ACTION #1: The $1 Million Comic Book

As you probably saw splashed all over the news yesterday, a collectible comic has broken the $1 million barrier, as a 8.0 graded copy of ACTION #1, the first appearance of Superman, as sold by an unknown owner to an unknown buyer. As told here, the sale was brokered by Stephen Fishler and Vincent Zurzolo […]

More on Montana v Geppi

Last week, we reported on some legal troubles for Diamond Distribution owner Steve Geppi, including what appeared to be a $500 million lawsuit filed by the heirs of Archie artist Bob Montana. After looking at the court documents, the actual amount of the suit is only $500,000. (We’ve corrected the original story.) The case involves […]