RIP: Leo Cullum 2010-10-26 18:3.png
One of The New Yorker’s most iconic cartoonists, Leo Cullum, has passed away at age 68. The NY Times obituary has an associated slide show, and proves that some New Yorker cartoons will actually make you laugh out loud. 2010-10.png

Must read: Ten Things to Know About the Future of Comics

Shaenon T. Garrity, as she so often does, sums up all the things we’ve been talking about with a piece called Ten Things to Know About the Future of Comics. A sample:

Format is infinitely mutable. But so what? You’ll pick up the trade. You’ll read it online. The age-old format wars and lamentations on the death of beloved antique media are gibberish to anyone under 30.

More on the new canon, the fate of manga, and the future demographics in the link. Oh, and one more:

7. Manga has changed the game. Young creators think in terms of the sprawling, subjective, emotional approach to visual storytelling shared, to one degree or another, by most manga. They’ve picked up other ideas from mainstream manga, too. Focus on characters over plot. A love for iconic, instantly appealing character designs (but not, unfortunately, a love for bothering to draw backgrounds). And total comfort with merchandising. Why would you not want something fun made out of your characters?

RIP: Paul the Psychic Octopus

Paul, the octopus who stunned the world by correctly picking all his games in the 2010 World Cup, has died. It was not unexpected since at 2 1/2 he was up there in octopus years, but it is still sad.

Paul is in cold storage while his remains await suitable disposition — a modest but permanent shrine may be erected, say German zookeepers. While that is all nice and dandy we all know what is really going to happen: a thorough autopsy to figure out the source of his psychic powers, followed by a supervillain plot to steal his body and use it to clone an army of super soccer pickers.

Walking Dead gets app, weekly reprints

Sunday is not only Halloween, it’s the debut of the Walking Dead TV show, and it looks like we’re going to have tons of Walking Dead-related announcements and content this week. To kick things off, comiXology has announced a standalone WALKING DEAD app. And now Image has announced a series of weekly reprints of the monthly comics starting in January and running ALL YEAR. These WALKING DEAD stories are available in multiple formats, and the original releases have been among the best selling non-Top Two comics for a while now. It will be interesting to see how this pans out. PR below.

Are you excited about THE WALKING DEAD on AMC, but you’ve never had the chance to read the hit comic book series that inspired it? Starting in January 2011, Image Comics will be reprinting the single issues of the hit series — shipping one issue per week all year long!
“Keeping a series like this going year after year is all about creating good jumping-on-points for new readers,” says series creator and writer Robert Kirkman. “And what better way to jump on than with the very first issue? Making this series available in single issue form will make it easier for new fans to jump on board and for old fans to fill in any gaps in their collection.”
January will see the release of the following issues:
January 5
Starting in this issue, Rick Grimes awakens to a world he’s not prepared for. This small town cop must now fight the forces of the undead while he searches for his missing wife and son. This is the issue that started it all!
January 12
Rick Grime’s horrific adventure continues. Everything he knew is gone, and the search for his family begins. Rick sets out for Atlanta, the last known location of his wife and son.
January 19
Now reunited with his family, Rick Grime’s focus shifts from survival to protection. It’s one thing to know that you have to watch your back every second of every day. It’s another thing entirely to have to worry about losing your family in the blink of an eye.
January 26
It is decided that in order to survive… every person at the camp should have guns. As it is, they don’t have enough to go around and the only place to get more guns is the city, but it means certain death to go into the city. Is Rick crazy enough to risk his life for the good of the camp?
You will also be able to pick up THE WALKING DEAD OMNIBUS, VOL. 3 in January 2011. Collecting issues #49-72, the OMNIBUS is a deluxe oversized and slipcased hardcover. It’s perfect for long time fans, new readers and anyone needing a heavy object with which to fend off the walking dead. The omnibus is strictly limited to a print run of 3000.
THE WALKING DEAD WEEKLIES (#1: NOV100410; #2: NOV100411; #3: NOV100412; #4: NOV100413), each a 32-page black-and-white comic book for $2.99, will be in stores each Wednesday of January 2011. THE WALKING DEAD OMNIBUS, VOL. 3 (regular edition: NOV100442, $100; signed and numbered edition: NOV100443, $150), a 560-page oversized slipcased hardcover, will be in stores January 5, 2011.

31 Days of Halloween: Bill Sienkiewicz's Dexter

Everyone’s favorite serial killer Dexter has his own “webizodes” in a story called Dark Echoes, which features art by folks like Bill Sienkiewicz, David Mack and Kyle Baker. Yes, it’s a motion comic but it kinda… Honest.

Via /Films which also has some newsy bits about Sienkiewicz’s current activities:

Sienkiewicz’ character design for the upcoming DreamWorks’ film Alcatraz Versus The Evil Librarians has now opened doors for producing. Sienkiewicz is conceptualizing characters for LionsGate’s supernatural Western The Man With No Name, which he will executive produce with Braxton Pope. He will also jointly produce, write and direct the film of his Stray Toasters with Jeff Renfroe.