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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Real Comics for Girls

I haven’t had a chance to explore this site in depth yet, but it looks very promising. Gurl.com, a site aimed at teenage girls, has their own comic section. I’m told that they’ve been around for ten years, which is quite impressive, and I like their focus on community building. And oh, yeah, their comics are by women. One of their staff sent me a message with a quote I loved: We’ve always known teen girls were into comics, because […]

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Happy Holidays! Best of 2006

The more I’m able to knock off the to-do list, the more I look forward to the winter holidays. These wonderful comic-themed advent calendar countdowns help, too. Here’s my list of the ten best graphic novels of 2006. Fun Home: A Family TragicomicAs excellent as everyone says it is, this graphic memoir is all the more powerful for what it doesn’t show about Alison Bechdel’s father’s hidden life. Dramacon Book 2Easily the most entertaining graphic novel I read this year. […]

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Wizard Staff Shakeup

Is Wizard‘s time at the top of the heap over? Comic Book Resources (link no longer available) is reporting that Senior Vice-President/Editor-in-Chief Pat McCallum has been fired. [N]umerous exhibitors contacted by CBR News Wednesday evening confirmed they believed attendance was down on the convention circuit, not up, and as a whole, the Wizard conventions had experienced a rather poor season. The news of McCallum’s firing follows word of dwindling sales figures for the magazine as well as the departure of […]

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Today’s Minx Update

I’m surprised, since I thought discussion might have died down by now, but people are still saying smart things about DC’s Minx line for teen girls. ICv2 interviews head editor Karen Berger. Dirk Deppey insightfully describes it (link no longer available): When the first question … might as well read, “So that opening quote in the New York Times that everyone laughed at: You aren’t really that dumb, are you?” you know it’s damage control. Still, it’s a good and […]

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