What Happened to the Empowerment Fund?

Since I’m asking embarrassing historical questions, I’m going to steal one from Lisa Jonte (link no longer available) — whatever happened with the Friends of Lulu Empowerment Fund from last April? You remember, the one they kicked off with an auction that included these Sin City whore action figures? The one that raised lots of questions about accountability and organization? Did the legal concerns finally kill it? Most importantly, what money did they raise and what happened to it? I […]

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2007 Isotope Minicomics Award Accepting Submissions

I’ve been asked to be one of the judges for the Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics. (I’m very excited, and please note that I did not write that blurb, although I’m flattered.) This year will be the fifth for the award; previous winners have included Danica Novgorodoff (A Late Freeze), also a judge this year, and Rob Osborne (1000 Steps to World Domination). Here are the details on entering: Entry to this competition is five copies of your mini-comic […]

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EW Responds to Platinum GN Questions

Hopefully this is the final word on the Platinum Cowboys & Aliens buy-off/giveaway. Heidi received a note from Entertainment Weekly explaining how they created the top sales list that put Cowboys & Aliens in the top spot. Contrary to some reports, we did contact Midtown Comics. In fact, one of our staffers went to the store in person and spoke to book buyer David Webster, who said that we should simply pull whatever data we wanted from the “top sellers” […]

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Early Morning LinkBlogging

A big thank you to Richard Isanove, who stopped by my post on Marvel’s Stephen King project to clarify whether it’s new material by giving a history of the effort. What I find most surprising: they’ve got 31 issues planned already! Following up on the Platinum Cowboys & Aliens brouhaha, Dirk Deppey does real journalism (link no longer available), talking to the principals involved and producing a balanced report. Entertainment Weekly appears to have used a website report instead of […]

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It’s a Scandal!

My goodness, SUCH bad behavior going around! Buying the #1 Slot Dave Lewis is upset about Platinum buying high sales rankings for Cowboys and Aliens (link no longer available), their first (and to date only) comic publication. 1. Cowboys & Aliens was generally not sold for its $4.99 cover price. In many cases, including Midtown Comics, it was given away for free. 2. Entertainment Weekly chose this week and this location, for whatever reason, by which to gauge industry sales […]

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Dark Tower an Adaptation?

Maybe I’m missing something. When Marvel first started sounding the clarion about their Stephen King project, it was plugged as original work (link no longer available): STEPHEN KING BREAKS NEW GROUND AT MARVEL WITH ORIGINAL COMIC SERIES BASED ON HIS EPIC THE DARK TOWER New Comic Series Exploring the Origin of the Notorious Gunslinger Character Marks First Time Stephen King Has Produced Original Content for the Comic Book Format Now, Peter David’s been interviewed (link no longer available) about the […]

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Archie Characters Redesigned

The news of the day is the planned new look for Archie’s classic characters, starting with Betty and Veronica. They’re aiming for a “new dynamic art style… with a more realistic look”. (And Betty’s really cute.) Artist Steven Butler (penciler of Sonic the Hedgehog and former artist of Web of Spider-Man, Silver Sable, and The Badger) is responsible for the redesign. Stories will also be longer. The first tale sounds familiar — Veronica falls in love with a new bad […]

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