By Todd Allen To say that the original Black Kiss comic was controversial when it came out was something of an understatement. Howard Chaykin spent the ’80s pushing the sex and violence envelope in comics. In 1988, he decided to step outside the envelope (as it existed at the time) with Black Kiss: a vampire comic that […]
You know how you’re always reading about how great the first Comic-Con in San Diego was with everyone sitting around the pool at the El Cortez while throwing rubber duckies at Jack Kirby and Ray Bradbury? Well some of the surviving founders of SDCC have gotten together to put on an old-timey show called The San Diego Comic Fest, to be held October 19-21 at the San Diego Town & Country Resort and Convention Center. The guest list consists of some people who were actually at the first cons in the ’70s, including George Clayton Johnson, Jackie Estrada, Mark Evanier, Murphy Anderson, Ron Turner, and Tim Powers.
Last week, we told you about the webcomic, The Oatmeal getting sued for defamation and The Oatmeal’s hilarious response. I was also wondering what the response of the lawyer filing the suit was going to be. He’s suing the American Cancer Society and the National Wildlife Foundation. Oh, yes. This just got even stranger and it’s making some waves in legal circles.
Okay, so as the world has just noticed, in LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN: Century 2009 we finally see Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neil’s multiverse spanning pop culture adventure reach the current day (or close to it) and since the current day isn’t in the public domain, there’s good old-fashioned satire in the tradition of about 8000 previous books. The Independent’s Laura Sneddon has the lowdown:
The occasion of ASTONISHING X-MEN’s same-sex wedding has also seen several parties and receptions at various comics shops across the nation, including Zeus Comics, which held a bachelor party last week. But Midtown Comics is going all the way by hosting two actual same sex weddings this Wednesday, with a reception taking place at the Eventi Hotel. Two couples—Scott Everhart and Jason Welker, and Khris Wilson and Chris Orme—will be tying the knot. Both events are private but people are being encouraged to take photos outside, as the shop will be opening late due to the nuptials.
Meanwhile, what is going on over at the Billy Ireland collection of comics and cartoon art? Oh just some doodles by Playboy/New Yorker cartoonistEldon Dedini like this one of painter Diego Rivera. Dedini donated his art archives to the collection before his death.
Can you stand one more sales chart? This time it’s the ABA’s list of The Indie Comics & Graphic Works which is based on “on sales at hundreds of independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending May 27, 2012.” YOu can see the whole list in the link but just the top five will give you an idea that this list is a bit different than the rest.
§ At age 94, voice actress June Foray, won her very first Emmy! It’s about time! Foray has been in the animation business since 1943, when everyone’s grandparents were born, and since then has voiced Rocky the Squirrel, Witch Hazel, Jokey Smurf, and a zillion other characters. She won her Emmy for a voice on Garfield and is probably the oldest person ever to be nominated and win an Emmy.