Massive restructuring at Viz

PW is reporting that there has been massive layoffs at Viz Media — up to 60 people or 40% of the workforce have been laid off. … We are of course saddened by these departures and sincerely appreciate the hard work, passion and dedication of those that have moved on, but we feel confident that with these changes, VIZ Media will be more streamlined and able to withstand the climate of the economy at this time. With the American manga market already in flux, this has to be seen as a body blow to the category as Viz was consistently the best selling American comics publisher, dominating the best seller charts with such mega-hits as Naruto and One Piece. … Sources tell PW that as many as 55 people were laid off at Viz’s San Francisco headquarters and it appears its small New York office, which had about 5 staffers, has been closed.

Dino: The Early years

Alarming but true: IDW and Desperado are teaming to publish this account of Dean Haspiel’s early comics and life story. The tale will be penned by Graphic NYC’s Chris Irving and includes these thrilling chapters: * Buttons: Threat or Menace? * This Man, This Shirt * This Man, No Shirt * Naked Lambada the Kirby […]

First look at Peter Sarsgaard as Green Lantern villain

Some dude was walking by the Green Lantern movie set in new Orleans and totally got lucky with this photo of Peter Sarsgaard as villain Dr. Hector Hammond. In the comic, Hammond is one of those guy–with-a-giant-deformed-head–who-rides-around-in-a-chair types who are so prevalent these days, a problem caused by a run-in with a meteor back in the day.

Jerk-Net: Activated

201005111111.jpg This blog has been getting around lately — links on Boing Boing, Reddit, Digg, Kottke, and so on — with a corresponding increase in commenting. Without wanting to play Dean Wormer here, I am scrutinizing the comments a bit more closely, and personal attacks, trolling and general asshatery will not be tolerated. I will PARTICULARLY not tolerate jerkishness in obituary threads because they are often read by family members and believe me, you’ll thank me later. … And to all you lurkers out there, feel free to bust out if you are so moved.

The Frazetta Legacy

In regard to embodying his own dynamic artistic sensibilities, perhaps the only pop culture artist who could give Frank Frazetta a run for his money was Jack Kirby. These two poets of force and motion so intuitively understood the fantasies they were drawing that each established the style that would forever define their respective genres: the superhero in action for Kirby, the barbarian in action for Frazetta.