Nice Art: Roger Langridge's Father Ted

Why didn’t *WE* think of commissioning this? For those not in the know, Father Ted is one of the greatest sitcoms of all time, involving a bunch of Irish priests and their tea-loving housekeeper living on a small island off the coast. The show was created by Graham Linehan, best known these days for The […]

Holiday time filler: Illustration magazine archives

Do not open this link until you have a lot of time. The online archives of Illustration magazine include piles of information on artists like Haddon Hubbard Sundblom, who perfected the “Santa Drinking Coke” look, above. If you are excited by an article titled “Inside the mind of Reynold Brown”, this is the place for […]

Is geek culture dead?

Comedian/actor/sometime comics writer Patton Oswalt expresses clearly the vague feeling we’ve often haphazardly batted about here: as Geek Culture becomes the norm, it is itself dying. Oswalt pegs the phenomenon of “Etewaf: Everything That Ever Was—Available Forever” as part of the problem, as the instantaneous availability of once-arcane knowledge devalues the feeling of achievement from […]

Marvel Month-to-Month Sales: November 2010

Marvel had quite a lot of new material on the market in November. Aside from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN shifting to a fortnightly format with its new “Big Time” direction, we’ve also got two new ongoing titles, GENERATION HOPE and SPIDER-GIRL. Further down the chart, there’s also a veritable horde of new miniseries, including ASTONISHING THOR, OSBORN, SHE-HULKS and a whole bunch of CHAOS WAR tie-ins.

As usual, Marvel had the largest share of the direct market. It’s a relatively close month, though, with a lead over DC of 40% to 37% in unit share and 34% to 33% in dollars. A major factor there will be a number of high-profile Batman comics in the top 10.

Dark Horse Presents returns in 2011

The influential and historic DARK HORSE PRESENTS anthology — last seen as an online anthology available on MySpace and later adapted to print — will be back in April 2011, according to a press release and these two covers. Frank Miller’s XERXES is the prequel to 300 which he’s been talking about for a while. […]