A few summational thoughts on the Chicago branch of the Magical Comical Tour

Since my Spring convention schedule wrapped up on Monday, I’ve been trying to just sit quietly on the porch with my eyes closed, but I had some links and thoughts and thingies about the just passed C2E2 that I wanted to express for the big wrap-up before I slide into a puddle of my own […]

News, notes, kibbles, bits

§ “Ruben Bolling” writes to us to let us know that his weekly comic strip, “Tom the Dancing Bug”, is now appearing on Boing Boing. Details here. § The HBO series Bored to Death is looking for comics fan extras and you even get paid and all. Comer & Gallucio Casting is seeking comic book […]

Archie Comics introduces first openly gay character

Can a gay teen comically get in trouble with Mr. Weatherbee, humorously strive to win a burger eating contest, make horrible puns and have trouble deciding who to date? At Archie Comics, the answer is yes, as they have introduced their first openly gay character, Kevin Keller. In the words of Archie Co-CEO Jon Goldwater, “The introduction of Kevin is just about keeping the world of Archie Comics current and inclusive. Archie’s hometown of Riverdale has always been a safe world for everyone. It just makes sense to have an openly gay character in Archie comic books.”

Political cartoonists vindicated: Day and Fiore

Although political cartoonists are an endangered species — as are the newspapers that once carried them — two have won a bit of vindication this week: By now, you have probably all heard the saga of Mark Fiore, whose short web-cartoons make him a political animator rather than a political cartoonist, but who’s counting these […]

TRUE SWAMP is back

Jon Lewis’s cult comic about a bunch of neurotic critters in the swamp is back as a webcomic. Go forth and bookmark.

R. Crumb's Genesis…the band

As imagined by Ward Sutton: The Band Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb Sutton has mastered the “visible” touch, for sure.

Tucci and McCool team for NEVSKY

Oh yeah, speaking of the London Book Fair, this little news nugget was buried in Rachel Deahl’s preview of the event for PW: Russia will be the country of honor at the 2011 fair, and Trident has a few projects with ties to the former U.S.S.R. From authors Ben McCool and William Tucci is the […]

London Book Fair 2010 – Comics news

Although clouds of volcanic ash kept most Americans away from the London Book Fair this week, the locals battled their way through, and there was even a Comics and Graphic Novel Pavilion, reports the Nuge at Geek Syndicate: It was a pretty small set up, well smaller than I was expecting, although I did hear […]

Chris Ware's rejected Fortune cover

As he mentioned on his C2E2 panel, Chris Ware recently finished a cover for Fortune magazine, only to see it killed, perhaps because of all the jokes in the tiny spaces of the cover. This is really what the internet was invented for, don’t you agree? (Click for larger, rejected version.)

Promo art for new Looney Tunes leaves some…cold

Cartoon Brew, the respected animation blog, ran the promo art for the new Looney Tunes show we mentioned yesterday day, and the reaction can be summed up by the title of the post: Embarrassing Promo Art for CN’s Looney Tunes Show. Hm well…with the classic Warners characters, you are damned if you do and damned […]

Kate Beaton's Great Gatsby

Many more in this link. Is it our imagination, or is Kate Beaton getting even MORE polished and sophisticated in her cartooning and humor? Was that even possible?

Retro-abstract comics covers

Designer Steven Finch aka Fonografiks — designer of such books as POPGUN 3, KILL ALL PARENTS!, and AQUA LEUNG, has fun reimagining the covers of some famous comics in the style of ’60s dimestore novels. Below, The Invisibles.