No Plans for Milestone, Contrary to DC’s Statement

Don’t believe everything you hear reported from Wizard World Chicago… here’s one example. From Newsarama’s coverage of the DCU panel (link no longer available), during a section responding to audience questions: [Any plans for] Static or other Milestone characters? [Paul] Levitz: “We keep talking about it. Nothing’s come together yet. Dwayne McDuffie has been talking to Dan about bringing him into the DCU. But Dwayne’s had some health issues.” Dwayne McDuffie’s response (link no longer available), as posted on his […]

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Snark: Ronée Returns

Speaking of Friends of Lulu, Ronée is now “Retail Communications and Customer Service Manager” for “TightLip Entertainment (site no longer exists), a company that is dedicated to bringing the world of comic-book entertainment beyond the present day normal” (whatever that means). As a result, she’s no longer Comic News Editor for PopCultureShock. (I hope they’ll be able to get someone capable to replace her.) Here she is bitching about how her PR announcement didn’t get run (link no longer available). […]

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Ragmop Returns!

I loved Rob Walton’s Ragmop. It was a crazy blend of Warner animation-style art and paranoid political conspiracy theories and wacky ideas. I don’t remember plot details at this point (it was ten years ago now that the series was published), but I have vague recollections of a really smart woman facing off against the Pope, and there were dinosaurs in there somehow. Anyway, the exciting news of the day is that Ragmop is returning! Via Rob Walton’s blog: Far […]

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Small Publisher Decisions: Athena Voltaire

Athena Voltaire, originally a webcomic, started in print from the now-dead publisher Speakeasy, where the first issue sold out. (I know, in a world where many publishers print to order, that may not mean much, but it does indicate demand.) Here’s the creator’s description: Athena Voltaire follows the globetrotting adventures of a 1930s aviatrix as she crosses paths with Nazis and battles occult forces against a diverse backdrop of exotic locales. Debuting online in 2002, the series received a 2005 […]

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Girls Rule

I was rather pleasantly surprised to see the following card flyer given out at my comic store a couple of weeks ago, promoting Scholastic’s Graphix line of graphic novels. The back text reads as follows. (I’ve inserted links to their website and my reviews of certain titles.) From Scholastic’s Graphix, the official home of Bone, new graphic novels for girls of all ages. Become BFF with the new Baby-Sitters Club! Ann M. Martin’s original series is now a graphic novel […]

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More History on the Groping Scandal

Here’s a list of key links. Ronee Garcia Bourgeois reveals Taki’s name and announces the FOL Fund. L.R. Jonte nicely summarizes some of the reaction to the fund announcement while Katherine Keller lists key questions that needed to be answered (as well as pointing out that a messenger should pay attention to how she presents herself when representing a group) and discusses potential conflicts with the group’s charter. Jane Irwin writes a terrific piece about how she’s conflicted in supporting […]

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Naming Names

The Comics Journal finally names names in the groping scandal that’s resulted in lots of chest-puffing and finger-pointing online. As much as organizers have worked quickly to research the legalities of the [Friends of Lulu “Empowerment” Fund] and place it on firm ground, it’s hard to deny that it has come about out of desperation; it is the result of a profound wish to have something good come out of the sordid misery that in tiny increments and one unretractable […]

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Sock Puppets Get Newspaperman Disciplined

As reported in the New York Times, [The Los Angeles Times] suspended the blog of one of its columnists after it was revealed that he had posted comments on the paper’s website and elsewhere on the web under false names…. [The actions] had violated the newspaper’s ethics guidelines, “which requires editors and reporters to identify themselves when dealing with the public.” That policy “applies to both the print and online editions of the newspaper.” I like that guideline, although I […]

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