CBLDF and Cryptozoic team for comics creator trading cards

We’ve seen trading cards for everything from NASCAR to bakeries, so why not cartoonists? Trading cards were a huge fad in the ’90s, so it’s not surprising that most of the cartoon trading sets we’ve seen hail from that era.

But now, the current crop of superstars is getting its OWN trading card legacy, courtesy of the CBLDF and Cryptozoic Entertainment, called The Liberty Trading Cards. The set will spotlight the Fund’s exploits in defending the First Amendment and include sketch cards, chase cards and autographs, along with more than 70 of today’s top creators.

Kaboom! announces new Happiness is a Warm Blanket Peanuts graphic novel

It’s the first ever Peanuts graphic novel, Charlie Brown!

Last week people were speculating over the announcement that kaboom! — BOOM! Studios’ new all-ages comics imprint — would be publishing something Peanuts-related. Was it strips reprints? Comic book reprints? What?

The reality is that it’s an ALL NEW adaptation of a new Peanuts animated movie, Happiness Is a Warm Blanket Charlie Brown, which Warners Home Video is releasing in March.

Poster, guests announced for 2011 MoCCA Festival

A beautiful Peter Kuper poster and the guest list have been announced for this year’s MoCCA fest.

Sneak peek: Mickey Mouse as you've never seen him before

…unless you read old comic strips. Fantagraphics’ Floyd Gottfredson reprint project was a big news item at last year’s San Diego, and you can bet that the book (due on April 15th) will get people talking some more. FBI released a pdf of the promo materials and here’s a sneak peek.

Weekend Comic-Con: Wizard World Miami Comic Con

Nothing too notable…people went, wore costumes, made out with Elmo ,and got autographs.

Spider-Man musical gets a new player: Greg Horn

A new name joins the fabled Spider-Man musical.

New SPACE poster released

A new poster for S.P.A.C.E., the Columbus indie comics show, has just been released. It’s by Tom Williams of drawrobot fame.

Events: Will Eisner show opens this week at MoCCA

Via PR, this week marks the opening of the “Will Eisner’s New York: From The Spirit to the Modern Graphic Novel” show at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in NYC; in conjunction with this show of Eisner art, the museum will present a concurrent “In the Spirit of Will Eisner” show with Eisner-influenced pieces by many luminaries.

RIP: Rob Samsel

Former Wizard editor and comics retailer Rob Samsel died suddenly on February 18th at the age of 46. He’s survived by his wife, Leslie, son, Rob Jr., and three step-children.

Shaun Tan wins an Oscar for THE LOST THING

Whatever you thought of the hosts, the win in the Best Animated Short Film for Shaun Tan — which we correctly predicted — was a nice win for a very talented artist. Although the Australian Tan is more of an illustrator than a cartoonist, his best known work, THE ARRIVAL, is certainly an example of graphic storytelling — so if he isn’t exactly on our team, he’s pretty darned close.

POWERS pilot ordered for FX

Will POWERS be the next Walking Dead? FX has ordered a pilot for the long-optioned comic by Brian Michael Bendis and Micheal Avon Oeming about detectives who specialize in cases involving superpowered beings. The script is by Charles H. Eglee and Michael Dinner will direct — shooting begins in the spring.

Off Topic: Stop moaning about Oscar hosts

Maybe it’s just the way Twitter brings all your snarky friends from around the world together to be snide at once, but from the very beginning of last night’s Oscar™ telecast, it was obvious that the youth movement of Anne Hathaway and James Franco was going to be dire.