On the Scene: Superman at 75, Celebrating America’s Most Enduring Hero


The Center for Jewish History hosted a celebration of the 2013 75th birthday of the seminal superhero Superman on January 27th with co-sponsorship from Columbia University Library. Though Superman’s cover-date advent in comics occurred in June of 1938, celebrations are gearing up early to take a look back at the Kryptonian’s origins and the impact […]

Nice art: Jeremy Bastian’s Gotham by Gaslight


This has been making the rounds, but it’s too lovely not to share: Jeremy Bastian’s Gotham by Gaslight, a commission he did for artist Dustin Nguyen. bastian is bets known as the artist of Cursed Pirate Girl, and if you haven’t seen the recent collection that came out from Archaia, you are missing one of the most physically beautiful graphic novels of the last year. Bastian is insanely talented…and also not the most prolific artist in the world. Nguyen got his sketch in 2007…smart move.

BREAKING: Kevin Tsujihara named Warner Bros CEO


In what has to be considered a shock, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Kevin Tsujihara has been named CEO of Warner Bros. replacing Barry Meyer and beating out TV head Bruce Rosenblum and film head Jeff Robinov, The three has been locked in an internal battle to see who could outlast who, and Bewkes went with the far less known Tsujihara. Nikki Finke has some of the gory details, which seem as intent on causing Rosenblum and Robinov’s privates to shrink to post-icy-dip size as much as business considerations:

Anxiety grows as Barnes & Noble announces closure of 200 stores over the next decade


Short version, the last remaining book retail giant plans to close as many as a third of its stores over a 10-year period—although that may be an optimistic projection, as well. Slowed by the rise of digital and a lack of new malls, B&N oipened only two stores in the last fiscal year, and it’s end of year profits were well below what was expected. While the Nook ereaders has been a bright spot, sales there have slowed as well. So a leaner meaner BN seems to be in the cards.

X-FILES is back at IDW


The 90s are out there, and Scully and Mulder are determined to find them. IDW will be relaunching the X-files franchise in comics form. The plan includes reprints of the original series that ran from 1995-2009, and a new series launching in June.

New study shows that graphic novels really do help people learn


If there’s one trend we’ve noticed growing over the years its the use of graphic novels as teaching tools—on the must basic level, comics are now recognized as a way to get reluctant readers to get started reading. On a larger level, comics are being used as a general teaching tool. Josh Elder’s Reading with Pictures organization has been promoting this idea and cataloging the use of comics in the classroom. It’s not just the visceral appeal of colorful pictures that puts comics over—some think that the verbal-visual blend is the future of literacy, and comics could potentially be on the forefront of that.