Scott McCloud: An Outsider’s View

My talented brother Powell is currently studying for his Ph.D. at Princeton. When I found out Scott McCloud would be stopping there as part of his Making Comics tour, I encouraged Powell to go and report back. Here’s his writeup: “Comics: An Art Form in Transition” Thursday, October 5, 2006 Jimmy Stewart Theater, Princeton University The presentation began with an introduction by Tom Levin, professor of German, media theory, and architecture. He discussed works that were heterochronic and mentioned, as […]

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Cancer Author Passes Away

Miriam Engelberg, who wrote about her struggles with breast cancer in the autobiographical Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person, has passed away. A close friend sent out an email which included the following: Miriam Engelberg died at home earlier today. She had her family and close friends with her and was not in a coma. As far as I can tell, she didn’t suffer and was spared the intense pain many go through with cancer. I like to think the […]

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Selling Online Chapters

Slave Labor takes another step forward with their digital comic sales plan: SLG will be taking what it considers to be the logical next step by serializing Whistles as downloadable-only comics, following with a print version of the comics in graphic novel format being made available to the book trade and direct markets in the late spring. Readers will be able to read Whistles this October, when SLG offers the first issue on their webstore.The issues will cost $0.89 and […]

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Platinum Studios Snows NY Times

Platinum Studios must have a great press agent. Although they have yet to publish a comic, they’re written up in the NY Times, this time for being webcomic leaders. I can’t begin to count the inaccuracies and misleading statements in this piece. How about the first paragraph, which says that the webcomic audience is “limited to a niche group of comic book creators and their most ardent followers”? Webcomics are more widespread and have more outreach than print serial comics. […]

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Slave Labor Leads the Digital Comic Revolution

Many fans have long requested that comic publishers consider selling digital versions of their comics online at reduced prices. Now Slave Labor is leading the way. … Only 69 cents per comic! Just go to our webstore and choose “Downloadable Comic Books” from the drop-down menu at the top, and you can choose from The Super-Scary Monster Show #1-3 and Emo Boy #1-2 (Emo Boy #1 is available as a PDF as well as a CBZ). We will be adding […]

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Wizard Panics

Wizard apparently didn’t care much for the general “yeah, pull the other one” response to their recent Chicago con, especially their announced attendance figures. They fired two people responsible for convention planning. This is typical company thinking: refuse to acknowledge valid criticisms and don’t admit your strategy could be broken. Instead, sacrifice a couple of people doing what were reportedly good jobs. Heidi provides this analysis: But with Chicago now acting as the ugly, bleary-eyed hangover to San Diego’s big […]

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The Status of Milestone

From Dwayne McDuffie, in case you were wondering about the status of Milestone (link no longer available): Milestone Media is still in business but not currently publishing comic books. Milestone Media owns Static as well as all of the other characters originally appearing in Milestone’s “Dakota Universe” comics. Milestone also owns all copyrights to those stories and characters, as clearly indicated in the indicia in every issue, with the exception of the TV stories created for the Static Shock TV […]

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Wizard World Wrapup

I don’t remember whether I said this before or not, but this was my first Chicago con since the first year Wizard took it over. When I mentioned that to some staffers, they said this was their tenth anniversary running it. My, how time flies. The official attendance figures are now available: Wizard World, the country’s foremost touring event for pop culture and comic books, announced today that it once again exceeded attendance expectations with its tenth annual Chicago event […]

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