The Retailer’s View: On Art, Business, and Brian Wood

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by Brandon Schatz A few weeks ago, Marvel’s August solicitations revealed some alarming news: Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey would be leaving Moon Knight after a short run of six issues. For those who have followed Ellis over the past few years, this does not come as a big surprise. Ellis has been keeping his […]

Conservative comics: if only we hadn’t gotten rid of the Comics Code


Last week I told you about The Forgotten Man, a graphic novel adaptation of Amity Shlaes’ history of the Great Depression by Chuck Dixon and Paul Rivoche. As Shlaes is a well known conservative pundit, she’s been using outlets like National Review and Pajames Media to call for the Right to use comics as effectively […]

Previews: Megahex, Gast and Masters of Comics


Fantagraphics has released a bunch of previews of their summer hits, including Simon Hansellman’s Megahex, Carol Swain’s Gast and the Drew Friedman cartoonist portrait books, Heroes of the Comics. And here for your pleasure are the previews. MEGAHEX Megg is a depressed, drug-addicted witch. Mogg is her black cat. Their friend, Owl, is an anthropomorphized […]

Bill Watterson drew some new comic strips and you can see them at HeroesCon


Last week there was some intrigue over whether some guest strips on Stephen Pastis’s Pearls Before Swine comic strip were actually drawn by Bill Watterson. Pastis teased that the answer would come on Saturday and it turned out…it was Watterson. In a blog post that has been viewed some 2 million times, Pastis revealed how […]

Yes, there is a Google Doodles archive


Today’s Google Doodle is pretty wild—it’s based on the winner of the 7th annual Doodle 4 Google competition—but did you know there is a Google Doodles archive? Here you can see ALL the doodles, including the localized ones. For instance, when Eleanor Davis did one for the first day of Spring here, in the southern […]

New Constatine trailer includes Dr. Fate’s Helmet

constantine.jpg A new trailer for the upcoming Constantine TV show was released over the weekend, and along with the assorted cheeky comments, damsels in demonic distress and trenchcoated action, there’s a shot of Dr. Fate’s helmet. This image gave rise to excitement and positive feelings among many observers. In fact, I liked this trailer, and […]