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Archives for July, 2009

Full page comics project hoping to gain support

A new project is being launched to create full page comics like the days of yore. The Minnesota based comic groups The International Cartoonist Conspiracy, Big Time Attic, and Altered Esthetics gallery are collaborating to produce an oversized newspaper comics section. The 48 page publication is called “Big Funny” and can be purchased online. Those […]

Posted on: Jul 27, 2009,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Comments: 17 Comments

San Diego Comic-Con round-up

» Newsarama interviews Brian Andersen about his self-published comic So Super Duper » Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers filed daily reports from the Con. Check out his sketches, photos and musings. » Heidi MacDonald has great coverage with photos and reviews of each of the days events. » Washington Post’s Michael Cavna reported from […]

Posted on: Jul 27, 2009,  Section: Conventions, Comments: 3 Comments

2009 Eisner Award winners announced

With the close of the San Diego Comic-Con comes the results of this year’s Eisner Awards. Without delay, they are: Best Short Story: “Murder He Wrote,” by Ian Boothby, Nina Matsumoto, and Andrew Pepoy, in The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror #14 (Bongo) Best Continuing Series: All Star Superman. by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (DC) […]

Posted on: Jul 27, 2009,  Section: Awards, Cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on 2009 Eisner Award winners announced

Review: Stripperella fails of Excelsior proportions

Last month while interviewing Uclick’s CEO Douglas Edwards he hinted that big news was coming, that they were going to release a direct to mobile comic feature by a big name creator. For those of us who believe mobile will be a big market for the future of comics, I was excited that Uclick (now […]

Posted on: Jul 27, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 14 Comments

Stan Lee’s Stripperella debuts on iPhone

Universal Uclick and Stan Lee have partnered to debut his Stripperella in a direct-to-iPhone release. The mobile comic book is a four series comic written by Stan with art by Anthony Winn. Striperella is about Exotica Jones, a motorcycle-riding exotic dancer who fights crime as Stripperella. From the press release: “Some people think Stripperella is […]

Posted on: Jul 24, 2009,  Section: Comic Books, mobile, Comments: 8 Comments

News Briefs for July 23, 2009

Comic Books » Publisher’s Weekly reports that Sergio Aragones will be working on the Bart Simpson comic book. From the press release: “Matt Groening has announced that Sergio Aragones will become a regular featured artist and writer in Bart Simpson comics beginning with issue #50. Sergio Aragones will provide the entire contents of Bart Simpson […]

Posted on: Jul 23, 2009,  Section: Children's Books, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Comments: 2 Comments

“Sita Sings the Blues” released with Creative Commons license

Nina Paley, creator of the short lived comic strip (King Features Syndicate, 2002-2003) Sita Sings the Blues is releasing her comic under the Creative Commons license. Under the Share Alike license, she is allowing others to distribute her work (and derivative works) as long as the work produced is also distributed under the same license. […]

Posted on: Jul 23, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Legal, Comments: 5 Comments

San Diego Comic-Con Round up #1

» Michael Cavna interviews five notable cartoonists who will be at this year’s Con. The five are: Sergio Aragones, Neil Gaiman, Lynn Johnston, Stan Lee, and Stephan Pastis. » Tom Richmond is “live blogging” the con. » The son of legendary Gene Roddenberry, Eugene Wesley Roddenberry Jr., is debuting a new Roddenberry Productions graphic novel […]

Posted on: Jul 23, 2009,  Section: Conventions, Comments: 8 Comments

News Briefs for July 22, 2009

Comic Strips » Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis writes a touching compliment to Richard Thompson’s decision to go public with his Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis. In summary, “Courage is being diagnosed with Parkinson’s and writing chainsaw-juggling jokes about it.” » Dan Piraro was the answer in a recent Merl Reagle’s crossword puzzle. The clue for […]

Posted on: Jul 22, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments

San Diego Comic-Con opens tomorrow

This is the big one. The San Diego Comic-con opens tomorrow and there will be lots of goings on. I’ll do my best to keep the most relevant announcements and news updated on the blog. Several of you have emailed me your schedule of where you’ll be (booth, panels, etc.). I couldn’t possibly make individual […]

Posted on: Jul 22, 2009,  Section: Cartoons, Comic Books, Conventions, Exhibits, Gatherings, Graphic Novels, Speaking Engagements, Comments: 3 Comments

B.C. in kerosene fueled hot water

Yesterday’s B.C. comic has upset some dog lovers and has been replaced with a substitution strip on The offending cartoon is a parody of the Dick and Jane (and Spot) books that ends with the dog being doused with kerosene. Animal care organizers felt that the joke promotes animal abuse. The response was overwhelming […]

Posted on: Jul 22, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Controversies, Comments: 83 Comments

News Briefs for July 21, 2009

Animation » Ted Rall and David Essman team up for another editorial animation. Books » Moonbase Press has announced that it has the fourteenth collection of cartoonist Bill Holbrook’s groundbreaking webcomic Kevin & Kell is now available. They’ve also released a treasury edition collection of the early years of cartoonist Bill’s webcomic Kevin & Kell. […]

Posted on: Jul 21, 2009,  Section: Animation, Books, Comic strips, Legal, Comments: 5 Comments

Family Guy nominated for rare Best Comedy Series Emmy Award

Animated News reports that the animated TV show Family Guy has been nominated for the Best Comedy Series Emmy Award. This is only second time an animated show has been allowed into this category. Family Guy is up against 30 Rock, Entourage, Flight Of The Conchords, How I Met Your Mother, The Office, and Weeds. […]

Posted on: Jul 21, 2009,  Section: Animation, Television, Comments: 6 Comments

Florida man sued by DC Comics over figurines

John Stacks is being sued by DC Comics for selling figurines resembling Batman characters. Stacks’ figurines resemble the actors of the 1960s Batman TV series, and he has permission to use the likeness of the actors, but apparently he didn’t get permission to use the Batman trademark. In the last decade he says he’s made […]

Posted on: Jul 21, 2009,  Section: Comic Books, Comments: 11 Comments

News Briefs for July 20, 2009

Comic History » Over at the AV Club blog, Seth responded to a list of well known comic book, strip, magazine and children’s book artists with his opinions of and personal associations. Comic strips » Aaron Johnson’s What the Duck (or WT Duck) hit 3 years old yesterday. » Tom Gammill, pays tribute to Walter […]

Posted on: Jul 20, 2009,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Interviews, Museums, web comics, Comments: 20 Comments