Briefs & Boxers! 05/26/10

o “I’ve Never Sent a Prose Reader to Amazon Because Amazon Doesn’t Leer; I’d Like to Stop Doing It in Comics” Comics reporter Tom Spurgeon poses three rarely discussed questions on comics as a culture and industry. The questions concern the moral aspects of archival reprints, the general and specific unfriendliness of comics specialty stores […]

Gene Luen Yang’s AIRBENDER boycott explained

The Last Airbender movie gained controversy for casting white actors in the roles associated with Asian characters in the cartoon original. Many folks are boycotting it because of this, including cartoonist Gene Luen Yang.

New Yorker alert: Ivan Brunetti

The New Yorker has totally been on a cartoonist cover tear lately, with Joost Swarte, Daniel Clowes and now Ivan Brunetti. Who’s next???

The return of Ryan Choi

Writer Ian Boothby has been at play in the fields of Gail Simone’s forum, and aided and abetted by other posters, it turns out Ryan Choi, the recently deceased Atom, is not dead, he’s just resting, or something. (The above example of “His Choi is Alive” art is by a poster, it should be noted.)

ICM signs Platinum Studios

With Cowboys and Alien on the way to becoming areal live movie starring move stars like Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig and directed by Jon Favreau, Platinum Studios is on its way to being a real live content provider, and so ICM has signed up to rep them, Deadline reports.

Gaiman vs. McFarlane AGAIN?

It’s been seven (!) years since Neil Gaiman prevailed in a lawsuit against Todd McFarlane over the rights to characters he created in Spawn, but this is one of those undead cases that still rises from the grave. According to a story in the Wisconsin State Journal, Gaiman has asked for another trial to settle the issue of how much money he’s owed for these characters. But Round Two isn’t is go yet, as the judge has merely called for a evidentiary hearing on June 14.

San Diego to hotels: Don’t jack up those prices for Comic-Con

The ongoing contest for the hand of Comic-Con International took another turn last week when San Diego Convention Center Corp. sent out an email to local hotels asking them to put in writing what they will charge for hotel rooms for Con.

With Los Angeles and Anaheim’s bids for the show getting more and more serious — and Comic-Con organizers taking their time to make a decision — it’s yet another way to sweeten the pot and keep the Con in San Diego.

Life IS a cabaret, old chum

Liza Minnelli at the SEX AND THE CITY 2 premiere the other night, apparently auditioning for the role of Krona in the Green Lantern movie. We’ll be at BookExpo most of today and tomorrow. Thursday at 9:30, we’re on this panel: Big Name Authors with Graphic Novels: How Will this Change the Market? Thursday, May […]


Today’s giveaway is one of the all-time comics classics, Jeff Smith’s Bone: Out from Boneville, volume 1 of the Bone saga. Fone Bone, Phoney Bone and Smiley, the Bone cousins, find themselves exiled from their hometown and off on the adventure of a lifetime that will involve cow races, dragons, prophecies, stupid stupid rat creatures […]

BEA kicks off; CBLDF party poop

 BookExpo America is kicking off today at the Javits Center with a day of panels and roundtables The exhibit floor opens tomorrow. Image Comics and other Diamond publishers will be on hand, and there will be signings by folks like Todd McFarlane. The partying kicks off tonight with the CBLDF BEA Welcome Party,which, we’re told, […]

Behind the comics: The last days of Stephen Perry

A lot more information is coming out regarding the presumed murder of former comics and animation writer Stephen Perry. And it is sad and disturbing. Tampa Bay has a jailhouse interview with Perry’s ex-roomie, a confirmed OxyContin addict, and the unflattering picture he paints of Perry is unconvincing.

Someone at DC really, really hated CMX

Comics, wake up! The call is coming from inside the house!

Nerd pantheon to make Comic-Con doc

With Comic-Con’s rise in the popular imaginaion over the last decade, we’ve heard many folks mutter over the years “I need to write a screenplay about Comic-con!” If you have been working on such a script, it is time to quietly set it aside and start working on that oil spill comedy you had been pondering. In keeping with the times, Comic-Con will be the subject of a geekumentary by Morgan Spurlock (Super-Size Me) following the fan’s journey of seven con attendees. But Spurlock’s not going it alone, because that would be too much for any man.

RIP Howard Post

On Monday Mark Evanier reported the death of cartooning vet Howard Post. Post had worked as a writer and artist on just about every funny comic book character from the ’40s on, including Harvey (he probably created Spooky and Little Hot Stuff), DC (Bob Hope, Martin and Lewis, and creating Anthro), Marvel (in 1953 and […]

More on the rise and fall of manga

Rich Johnson’s thoughtful post on the Manga Era of comics has drawn some equally thoughtful responses. Brigid Alverson found much to agree with, but also took issue with some of Johnson’s conclusions, including the importance of piracy:

MAY BEAT GIVEAWAY FRENZY #4: Dong Xoai: Vietnam 1965

Today’s Beat giveaway is the new graphic novel by comics Legend Joe Kubert, Dong Xoai 1965. In a starred review,  Publishers Weekly wrote: In 1967, Joe Kubert illustrated a Veterans’ Day series run by a newspaper syndicate and included a dramatic rendering of an episode from the battle of Dong Xoai in which two members […]