Interview: Penelope Bagieu Kills With Her Graphic Novel “Exquisite Corpse”

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By Nick Eskey

Penelope Bagieu is a French illustrator who over the last ten years has become more involved in making comics and graphic novels. Some of her works include Josephine, Not Bad, White Page, and Stars of the Stars. She also has a comic blog, My Life Is Quite Fascinating, where she portrays everyday life in a humorous light.

WonderCon ’15: Exhibition Hall Highlights

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By Nick Eskey Known for being the fan favorite of major conventions, with its relaxed nature and lines, WonderCon has been gaining in popularity over the last few years. For this last WonderCon, I was a little underwhelmed with the pick of panel selections, so I decided to spend more time on the sales floor […]

24 Hours of International Comics: Fabien Vehlmann, the Alan Moore of France

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Best known in the US for writing Beautiful Darkness, Fabien Vehlmann is a superstar writer in France, working on some of the best known characters while winning numerous awards, and even writing the occasional movie. Here’s a brief look at some of his work available in English.

Matt Wayne on What Dwayne McDuffie Meant To Comics

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Although it’s in Playboy, it’s SFW and a must read: former Milestone managing editor Matt Wayne on his friend, the late great Dwayne McDuffie:

“Imma let Bilal finish but Jodorowsky is one of the most inspiring artists of our time.”

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Via Alexander Jodorowsky is the visionary filmmaker behind El Topo and Santa Sangre. He’s also kind of the original “films to comics” crossover creator, since filmmaking is very expensive but comics aren’t—in recent years The Incal, Bouncer, Tehcnopreists and many other weird and wonderful books. Kanye West is a well known collaborator with Paul McCartney. […]

Willingham and Weldon among those who will be writing on trains for a long time

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Fables’ Bill Willingham and frequent comics blogger Glen Weldon were among 24 writers selected for the Amtrak Residency Program, which allows writers to get creative while soothed by the clickety-clack of the railroad track as they traverse this great nation of ours. More than 16,000 writers applied for the residency, which grants the recipients free […]

SDCC Discusses Blake J. Harris’ “The Console Wars,” with guests.

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By: Nick Eskey Once upon a time, Nintendo resurrected what remained of the home console market, and thus ruled the gaming world. Almost 95% of the market belonged to them. People didn’t play videogames, they played “Nintendo.” But then, a competitor slowly loomed in sight. Sega’s star was on the rise, threatening the hold that […]

Beyond the Page: Writing in the Digital Age

These authors talk about technology, and how it's influenced their work.

By : Nick Eskey Ever since the creation of the printing press, authors finally had an avenue to get their works out into the world. But it wasn’t until the creation of moving pictures that authors had another venue for their work aside from their printed forms. A book had the chance to find itself […]

Kanigher, Mantlo and Mendelsohn win the Finger Award for 2014

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In a break with tradition, two living authors have been given the 2014 Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing for 2014, but since the committee just couldn’t decide who are we to judge? The winners for this year’s award—which recognizes underappreciated comics writers, one living and one deceased—have been awarded to the […]

The Aesthetic Hybridity of Fumio Obata’s ‘Just So Happens’

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Just So Happens By Fumio Obata Published by Jonathan Cape Buy This Book Upon first impression of Fumio Obata’s new graphic novel, Just So Happens, I was struck with a lot of similar impressions that arose whilst reading a related, albeit a hastily associated work, Glyn Dillon’s Nao of Brown. Sure, both recount stories about […]

Charles Soule reveals how the heck he’s writing seven books a month

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If you wonder who is the hardest working man in comics biz, there is only one answer: Charles Soule, currently scripting seven monthly titles and running a law firm. As he admits in this post, people are always asking him “HOW ARE YOU DOING THIS???”—in fact I asked him that the last time I saw him—so he has written a blog post to explain so he doesn’t have to waste precious time answering that question any more.

Gaiman childhood shocker: had a Sussex accent

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Details here.

Gerber and Rosa get the Finger Award

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  The winners of the Bill Finger Award for 2013 have been announced and they are Steve Gerber and Don Rosa. The award was created in 2005 to recognize writers—one living, one deceased—who have yet to receive adequate notice for their work. Gerber and Rosa are certainly exemplary choices. Gerber’s work on Howard the Duck, […]

INTERVIEW: Larry Hama is a Historian of Horror in THE STRANGER

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Sitting down to describe Larry Hama’s career it a pretty overwhelming task. Do you talk about his start in comics at the age of 16, his service in Vietnam, his work as a penciller in comics, or his tremendous writing output, spanning decades? Add to that the fact that this all creates a composite portrait […]

Breaking: Frank Hannah is a real person

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Part of yesterday’s “March Surprise” for DC Comics—confirmation that two popular writers were walking off their books due to editorial interference—was another odd fragment found lying around‚ the issue of Supergirl with one team listed on the cover (Mike Johnson and Mamud Asrar) while the actual contents were by the famous team of Frank Hannah […]

The Dark Knight Rises: Batman’s Third Act

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The “titles” of Batman Begins showed the symbol of a bat formed in a swarm of bats, the titles of The Dark Knightshowed it in fire, now The Dark Knight Rises shows it in ice. The bats in Begins were a symbol of fear, the titles a metaphor for an identity forming out of shadows. The fire of The Dark Knight was like a wall of fire for that bat, that symbol, pushing through the chaos inflicted by the Joker. Now, the bat is, literally, the cracks in the ice formed by the isolation of Gotham City at the hands of Bane.