RIP Gary Coleman

The Different Strokes star has died from head injuries sustained in a fall. And then there was Todd. [Helper Monkey edit: Conrad Bain, also still around, at age 87.]

Clowes in and over the news

Cartoonist Daniel Clowes continues his media rounds in his local paper:

Clowes, an illustrator for the “New Yorker,” is traditional in other ways, too. At a time when print is down and young cartoonists are turning to the Web, Clowes still draws everything by hand — “I’ll never type in a url to look at comics,” he says — and he was so shaken when Cody’s Books closed in Berkeley that he relates it to how a Catholic would feel if the only church in town shut its doors.

The summer’s fogotten comics movie…MARMADUKE

And on a somewhat lighter note…Fox has released stills from this summer’s doggie comics movie, which stars Owen WIlson as the voice of Marmaduke, along with Lee Pace, Fergie, Goegre Lopez and William H. Macy, among others. The film is based on the comic strip featuring the large Great Dane by Brad Anderson, which began in…1954. The film is a combination of live action and CGI. Can Fred Bassett be far behind?

Thought for the day

A little perspective via Writer’s Digest publisher Jane Friedman: Stat from BEA: 7% of books published generate 87% of book sales. And 93% of all published books sell less than 1,000 copies each.