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Alan Moore and Superfolks Part 1: The Case for the Prosecution

In 1977 Dial Press of New York published Robert Mayer’s first novel, Superfolks. It was, amongst other things, a story of a middle-aged man coming to terms with his life, an enormous collection of 1970s pop-culture references, some now lost to the mists of time, and a satire on certain aspects of the comic superhero, but would probably be largely unheard of these days if it wasn’t for the fact that it is regularly mentioned for its supposed influence on a young Alan Moore and his work, particularly on Watchmen, Marvelman, and his Superman story, Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? There’s also a suggestion that it had an influence on his proposal to DC Comics for the unpublished cross-company ‘event,’ Twilight of the Superheroes. But who’s saying these things, what are they saying, and is any of it actually true?

NYCC Six In Six: Mike Norton

by Matt O’Keefe Welcome to Six In Six, where I ask comic folk six questions and get my answers in six minutes or less. Here...

NYCC Six In Six: Jim McCann

by Matt O’Keefe Welcome to Six In Six, where I ask comic folk six questions and get my answers in six minutes or less. Here...

NYCC: Archaia Presents – How to Prepare An Effective Submission

By Matt O’Keefe Archaia submissions editor Rebecca Taylor moderated the panel with guests Archaia marketing manager Mel Caylo, writer of Feeding Grounds Swifty Lang, and...

The Legal View: What the Shuster ruling means

By Jeff Trexler In the book of Genesis, Esau sells his birthright to his younger brother Jacob for some lentil soup. Yesterday, a judge ruled that...

New York Comic Con: A Foodie Perspective

by Amy Chu Food sadly often takes a back seat at comic cons for pros who are working the shows. But by the time the...

Saga at NYCC: “I can’t believe all you people like this...

By LTZ A packed house greeted Saga creators Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (and moderator/Image publisher Eric Stephenson) as they sat down for an...

THUNDER Agents, Dr Who event, GI Joe Relaunch at IDW

By LTZ The new York comic Con IDW panel saw a number of announcements, including the news that THUNDER Agents would be relocating to IDW...

NYCC: Image artists learn to “Draw the Line”

By LTZ By 6:30 pm, Room 1A23 smelled terrible. Just awful, like sweat incubated in an ass. That didn't stop a healthy crowd from turning...

X-Men at NYCC: A Weird Future

By LTZ Overheard in the crowd before NYCC's All-New X-Men panel: "This one's all about X-Men? Ugh." Attending the panel were Senior Editor Nick Lowe, Editors...

Asian American Creators Deconstruct Stereotypes

by Amy Chu Yellow Claw. Ming the Merciless. Wing How. A panel of Asian American comics creators talked candidly about racial stereotypes past and present...

Cartoonists Doing Things: Lumberjack Day 2012

Did you miss it? Yesterday was Lumberjack Day, a holiday best celebrated by wearing plaid, sporting a beard (either naturally grown or homemade), and eating pancakes. The holiday was created back in 2005 by two good friends: graphic novel author Colleen AF Venable and comedy producer Marianne Ways. It was invented in response to International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which falls a week prior. The pirate jokes were getting old, so the team moved on to another comedy troupe: lumberjacks. Lumberjack Day falls annually on September 26.