Interview With Jamie Rich (You Have Killed Me)

(An edited version of this interview with Jamie Rich was previously published at Publishers Weekly Comics Week. We discussed some things I didn’t have room to cover there, so the following is longer and in question-and-answer format.) Jamie Rich’s most recent graphic novel is You Have Killed Me. Here, we discussed how the noir genre is a departure from his previous romance stories, his influences, how the graphic novel fits in with other detective tales yet could only have been […]

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Disney Buys Marvel

When I saw this headline this morning, I had to double-check the calendar to confirm that it wasn’t April. But this press release is posted to the official Disney site. (At the time of this writing, nothing is available at the Marvel news site. And here’s Marvel’s post. (Link no longer available.)) DISNEY TO ACQUIRE MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT Building on its strategy of delivering quality branded content to people around the world, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) has agreed to acquire […]

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Crumb Comes to Richmond

To promote his Book of Genesis Illustrated (due out October 19), Robert Crumb will be appearing in Richmond, Virginia, on October 27. “A Conversation with R. Crumb and Fran├žoise Mouly”, sponsored by the University of Richmond and local shop Velocity Comics, is one of only five appearances nationwide. If you will be attending and are available to report on the event for this site, please let me know. Note that an earlier version of this post got the school wrong. […]

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Marvel Fails at Bookstore Market

Dave Carter at Yet Another Comics Blog posted Amazon’s top 50 graphic novels as of Friday. I thought I’d kibitz. The first thing I noticed was that the #1 seller isn’t really a comic, by my definition, but at this point, I doubt I can redirect the Wimpy Kid bandwagon. More significantly, it takes until #39 before you see a Marvel comic, and that’s a Stephen King tie-in, so it barely counts. There is no Marvel superhero title on this […]

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Archie Digital Comics Launches

Archie Comics has launched Archie Digital Comics, an online subscription service to read back issues. From the press release: Archie Digital Comics offers you HUNDREDS of Archie titles both past and present; from the 70s to the 90s, including the landmark Archie 200th and Archie 500th issues! You can read entire Archie & Friends runs including the complete “World Tour”, “Comic Con Caper” and the “Cartoon Life of Chuck Clayton” series. Plus, “Josie and the Pussycats”, “Jughead” from the 90s […]

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More Jeff Smith Bone Coming With New Writer

Scholastic, the current publisher of Jeff Smith’s Bone fantasy graphic novels for all ages, has just announced new titles featuring the characters. While Smith will be drawing them, they have a new writer, Tom Sniegoski. Bone: Tall Tales, co-written with Smith, is due out next year, summer 2010. The Quest for the Spark Trilogy, written by Sniegoski and “overseen” by Smith, will follow in fall 2010, spring 2011, and summer 2011. Once you see the numbers, you understand why Scholastic […]

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Best of 2008

As I sent them to Publishers Weekly at the end of last year. I know this is terribly late to post, but on the other hand, it’s never too late to talk about good comics. This was supposed to be a graphic novel list, but I couldn’t resist including manga (because I think separating the two is a kind of protectionism, due to manga outselling American graphic novels in most cases, and I enjoy reading both) and Sinfest, a webcomic […]

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