Tagged: Comics Reporter

Comics Creators on New Yorker’s Obama Cover

Over at the Comics Reporter, Tom Spurgeon has done quite a service by compiling the thoughts of a huge (HUGE) number of comics creators on the controversial cartoon gracing the latest issue of the New Yorker.

You can see the image at right. It shows a Muslim, militant Obama and his wife in the Oval Office, giving a fist bump as the flag burns in the fire and a picture of Osama bin Laden hangs on the wall.

Paul Pope is one of the respondents:

I wonder if you are somehow sensing a connection to the Dutch cartoonist case. If anything, this again reconfirms the power of the pen, and how this ancient tool of protest and satire can be used to such controversial and potent ends. I applaud The New Yorker for this.

There’s tons more, and it’s all worth a read. Personally, I’m an Obama supporter, and I really like the cover. I’ve read so much about the stupid mistaken "facts" being perpetrated about Obama (like this story in the Washington Post by my pal Eli Saslow) that it’s a relief to see them so effectively caricatured.

ANDREW’S LINKS: I Can Haz Sekrets

ANDREW’S LINKS: I Can Haz Sekrets

What do you get when LOLcats meets PostSecret? Lolsecretz! [via John Scalzi]

Comics Links

Camden New Journal reports on a “market trader” (is that like a day trader, or does it mean a professional?) whose graphic novel Brodie’s Law has been bought by Hollywood for the proverbial pile of money.

Comic Book Resources talks to Daniel Way about the Origins of Wolverine…well, this year’s version, anyway.

A high school teacher in Connecticut has been forced to resign after giving a female first-year student a copy of Eightball #22, which her parents found inappropriate (to put it mildly).

Comics Reporter lists all of the recent firings at Wizard, among other comings and goings at various comics-publishing outfits.

Some guy at Comics2Film is very, very opinionated about what is and isn’t manga.

Comics Should Be Good, anticipating next year’s April Fool’s Day, reports that all indy publishers are now “selling out.”

Comics Reviews

Forbidden Planet International reviews the first collection of The Boys.

Comics Reporter reviews John Callahan’s 1991 cartoon collection Digesting the Child Within.

Newsarama reviews Gods of Asgard by Erik Evensen.

Chris’s Invincible Super-Blog takes on the Haney-riffic “Saga of the Super-Sons” from the early ‘70s.

Brad Curran of Comics Should Be Good reviews the first issue of Umbrella Academy.

Occasional Superheroine is impressed by the high level of emo in Penance: Relentless.

Occasional Superheroine also reviews Booster Gold #2 and Suicide Squad #1.

From The Savage Critics:

And YesButNoButYes also reviews this week’s comics, starting with Jungle Girl #1.


ANDREW’S LINKS: Bat-Crime and Bat-Punishment

ANDREW’S LINKS: Bat-Crime and Bat-Punishment

Comics Links

R. Sikoryak’s Dostoyevsky Comics, an adaptation of Crime and Punishment staring a Dick Sprang Batman and originally published in Drawn & Quarterly #3 in 2000, has been posted on the web.

Amazon Daily interviews Nick Abadzis, author of Laika.

The New York Times Magazine last weekend started its serialization of Dan Clowes’s comic Mister Wonderful, in its “Funny Pages” section.

The Baltimore Sun profiles cartoonist Emily Flake.

AnimationInsider interviews manga expert and popularizer Fred Schodt.

The Fresno Bee talks to local broadcaster Dale Berry, who creates graphic novels in his spare time.

New York Magazine has a ten-page excerpt from Gipi’s Notes for a War Story.

Publishers Weekly chatted with David Michaelis about his upcoming biography of Charles Schulz, Schulz and Peanuts.

Publishers Weekly has a preview of Legend of the Dark Crystal, Col. 1: The Garthim Wars.

PW also interviews Jonathan Hickman, author of The Nightly News.

Comic Book Resources chats with Mark Guggenheim about his Oni Press series Resurrection.

To celebrate the publication of their collection Dr. Thirteen: Architecture and Morality, creators Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chang have done thirteen separate interviews, all published the same day. Links to all of them are on Cliff Chang’s blog.

South Carolina’s The State rounds up recent reader reaction to Tom Batuik’s deeply depressing current storyline in Funky Winkerbean. [via Comics Reporter]

Journalista! takes aim at comics’ poster-boy for getting out of the house more often, Dave Sim. (And what is Sim doing these days? Didn’t Cerebus end several years ago now?)

A truck ran into Oni Press’s wall/window, but everyone there is fine.

Wizard interviews Gerald Way, who writes Umbrella Academy (and also has a band or something).

Eye on Comics wonders what happened to the promised Adam Hughes All Star Wonder Woman.

Arowette’s Diary presents the Dan Didio Advisory & Warning System. Is your comic at risk of Rape, Death, or Emo?

The Icarus Comics blog notes that some manga categories (for adults, even!) previously little known here are starting to come out in the US market. The possibly not-so-good news is that they’re having to be in Diamond’s “Adult” section since they actually have sexual content.

Comics Reviews

Bookgasm reviews The Architect, by Mike Baron and Andie Tong.

Los Angeles City Beat reviews Tom Neely’s The Blot.

Hannibal Tatu lists this week’s “buy pile” for Comic Book Resources.

Comics Reporter reviews Al Hirschfeld’s 1951 book Show Business Is No Business.

The Daily Cross Hatch reviews Shannon Wheeler’s Screw Heaven, When I Die I’m Going to Mars.

Comics Worth Reading reviews Fell: Feral City.


ANDREW’S LINKS: Pipsqueak Wolverine

ANDREW’S LINKS: Pipsqueak Wolverine

Comics Links

Marvel Comics is having a costume contest on their website, to be judged by fans. The winner (who gets a Handbook-style page in some random comic) will be announced, appropriately, on Halloween. And the guy to beat this year is…pipsqueak Wolverine!

Scripps News talked to Mike Carey about his “real” novels, like The Devil You Know, and his graphic novels, like Re-Gifters.

Comic Book Resources interviews Amy Kim Ganter, who creates American Manga.

ICv2 interviews Marvel publisher Dan Buckley.

The Daily Cross Hatch interviews Paul Karasik, who edited the Fletcher Hanks collection I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets, among other things.

Comicon interviews Alex Robinson.

Comics Reviews

Bookgasm reviews the collection of the Alan Moore-plotted, old-British-character-filled Albion miniseries.

Augie De Bliecks, Jr.’s Pipeline column at Comic Book Resources looks at the new Marvel Comics Presents #1, the JLA Wedding Special, and other things.

Comics Reporter digs up Lynn Johnston’s 1992 “For Better or For Worse” collection Things Are Looking Up…

Brad Curran of Comics Should Be Good adores Scott Pilgrim.

From The Savage Critics:

Graeme McMillan cocks a snoot at Booster Gold #2 and other fine comics

and also looks at the first issue of the new Suicide Squad series.

Newsarama presents the usual picks of the week.


ANDREW’S LINKS: Super Hanger!

ANDREW’S LINKS: Super Hanger!


Now you have no excuse not to hang up your super-suit…

Comics Links

Eddie Campbell writes about speech balloons (including his differences of opinion with Bryan Talbot).

Yann Martel, author of the Booker Prize-winning novel The Life of Pi, has been sending a book and cover letter to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper every week for the past three months. This week, the book he sent and wrote about was Art Spiegelman’s Maus.

Viper Comics, not content with making comics I’ve never heard of, is branching out into clothes I won’t wear.

Comic Book Resources talks to Andy Smith, artist of Stormwatch PHD.

Fantagraphics Books has a regular Shoot-Out party, in which they run out into the woods, dump a pile of old monitors, lawn mowers, and TVs, and then blow them to pieces with assorted firearms. Apparently, this is not precisely legal. Wow, if you’d told me there was a comics publisher that shot up electronics regularly, Fantagraphics would not be the one I guessed…

Comics Worth Reading isn’t sure if there’s any market for comics mini-series any more.

Associated Content interviews Desert Peach creator Donna Barr.

Comic Snob pulls together various bestseller charts to make a grand unified field theory of popular manga.

Dick Hates Your Blog tries to work up some hate for Fantagraphics and Drawn & Quarterly.

Living Between Wednesdays likes that new magazine Comics Foundry.

Comics Reviews

Inside Pulse reviews the usual stack of comics, starting with Daredevil #100.

Sequential Tart reviews the newest Minx books, Clubbing and Good As Lily.

Comics Reporter reviews Will Eisner’s Life, in Pictures.

The Axis reviews Confessions of a Blabbermouth.

Warren Peace Sings the Blues reviews the Groo 25th Anniversary Special.

From The Savage Critics:


ANDREW’S LINKS: Knitted Hellboy

ANDREW’S LINKS: Knitted Hellboy

Comics Links

They’re sold out now, but for a brief, shining moment, the world had a chance to buy knitted Hellboy dolls. (Figures? Plushes? What do you call these things?) [via Newsarama]

This weekend, The New York Times dug through Stan Lee’s boxes of old photos for an article about the places he’s lived.

Comic Book Resources interviews Kent Williams.

The Friends of Lulu are looking for new board members, sayeth The Beat.

The Beat lists Diamond graphic novel sales charts from 2006 and 2007 (to date).

The Harlan Ellison/Fantagraphics legal matter just will not die…even after the supposedly final settlement, Ellison has now balked at posting the required-by-the-agreement 500-word rebuttal by Fantagraphics’s Gary Groth to three specific claims Ellison made about Groth. The unposted statement, and Ellison’s lawyer’s “not gonna do it” letter, are in the middle of this long post at The Beat.

Comics Reporter interviews Warren Craghead. (No, I didn’t know who he was, either. But CR likes him…)

The ComicBloc interviews Sean McKeever.

Some guy named Dan Stafford:

1)    wrote polite letters to various comics folks, like R. Crumb, Joe Matt, and James Kochalka, asking some questions.

2)    got letters back from same, with answers to those questions.

3)    Posted the results here.

The Bookseller (the UK’s magazine of bookselling) recently reported that UK manga publishers have had to beg the big chains over there to expand the space devoted to manga. Either the UK market is vastly different from the US, or Waterstone’s just isn’t that interested in making great piles of money…

Comics Reviews

The Joplin Independent reviews the Marvel comics adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.

The Globe and Mail reviews a bunch of graphic novels and comics, starting with Sara Varon’s Robot Dreams.

Hannibal Tabu of Comic Book Resources lists his “buy pile” for this week.

Brian Cronin of Comics Should Be Good reviews Nick Abadzis’s Laika.

Greg Burgas of Comics Should Be Good reviews this week’s comics, starting with Action Philosophers! #9.

Greg Hatcher of CSBG reviews a pile of stuff he got for free.

From The Savage Critics:


COMICS LINKS: Insert Snappy Title Here

COMICS LINKS: Insert Snappy Title Here

Comics Links

Comic Book Resources talks to producer Tony Panaccio about the recent Heroes Initiative DVD, featuring a conversation among Stan Lee, Joe Quesada, and Kevin Smith.

CBR’s Mayo Report crunches the numbers on comics and trade paperback sales in July. Bottom line? Marvel is selling a hell of a lot of TPs collecting series that barely ended.

The Wall Street Journal thinks that women might buy more comics if given more of the stuff they’d like.

The Bookseller – the magazine of bookselling in the UK – points out that manga is huge over there, too.

Comics Reviews

Bookgasm reviews DC Comics Covergirls.

Forbidden Planet International reviews Marvel’s Secret War.

PLAYBACK:stl reviews Immortal Iron Fist #1.

Seibertron reviews two upcoming Transformers comics: Devastation #1 and Beast Wars Ascending #1.

Comics Reporter reviews The Mice Templar #1.

Blogcritics reviews Graphic Classics: Bram Stoker.

Comics Worth Reading looks at the Carey/Liew/Hempel Minx original graphic novel Re-Gifters.

Panels and Pixels investigates Fletcher Hanks’s I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets.

Chris’s Invincible Super-Blog reviews this week’s comics, starting with The All-New Atom #15.

Brian Cronin of Comics Should Be Good reviews She-Hulk #21, writer Dan Slott’s last issue.

Cronin also reviews the first part of the latest everything-will-change-forever storyline, “One More Day,” in Amazing Spider-Man #544. (And does anyone else start singing Les Miserables songs every time he hears that title?)


COMICS LINKS: Times Gets It Late

COMICS LINKS: Times Gets It Late

Comics Links

The New York Times declares that Britain is finally embracing the graphic novel. Well, good for them!

Inside Pulse apparently has a story about comics, but some kind of SQL error is preventing me from actually reading it. Perhaps simply knowing it exists will give some readers a tiny bit of pleasure.

Publishers Weekly Comics Week interviews Gravitation creator Maki Murakami.

PWCW also talked to Ioannis Mentzas about the upcoming English-language publication of Osamu Tezuka’s massive MW.

Comic Book Resources interviews Y: The Last Man editor Will Dennis about the upcoming end of that series.

The Beat tries to figure out what graphic novels have been selling the best this year.

Comics Should Be Good has a long, impressively detailed (even, one might say, nitpicky) list of character names used, in one form or another, by both Marvel and DC. Study it and win bar bets next year at San Diego!

Comics Reviews

Jeff VanderMeer’s new ComicBookSlut column at Bookslut looks at Gipi’s Notes for a War Story, Postcards: True Stories That Never Happened, and more.

The New York Sun reviews a new biography of Ronald Reagan in comics form.

Comics Reporter reviews the new issue of Gabrielle Bell’s Lucky.

Another Comics Reporter review (by another hand): Greffier by Joann Sfar.

At The Savage Critics, Graeme McMillan reviews Amazons Attack #6 and other things.

Newsarama picks their favorite books of the week.


COMICS LINKS: Unbelievable Things

COMICS LINKS: Unbelievable Things

Comics Links

Costumes? Check. Vigilante activities? Check. The KKK were always closer to mainstream superheroes than we’d probably like, but it took Craig Yoe to dig up the bizarre ‘20s newspaper comic strips in which a flying KKK squad do good deeds.

Political cartoonist Steve Bell is interviewed by the Sunday Herald. [via Forbidden Planet International]

Wizard has photos from Fan Expo Canada 2007.

TrekWeb interviews IDW editor Andrew Steven Harris about the future of Star Trek comics.

Comic Book Resources interviews Christos Gage about the upcoming House of M: Avengers mini-series.

Heidi MacDonald remembers Disney Adventures Magazine at The Beat.

ICv2 interviews DC Comics’s King of All Media, Paul Levitz.

On the Fantagraphics Blog, Gary Groth interviews Alias the Cat creator Kim Deitch.

New Scientist employs the theory of social networks to explain why super-heroes always win.

MangaBlog has a longer version of an interview with Mark Crilley that originally ran in Publishers Weekly’s Comics Week.

Comics Reviews

Bookgasm reviews John Porcellino’s King-Cat Classix.

At Comic Book Resources, Augie De Blieck, Jr. reviews two recent TwoMorrows books and other things.

Comics Reporter reviews Monte Beauchamp’s Devilish Greetings.

The San Francisco Chronicle reviews James Sturm’s America.

Warren Peace Sings the Blues reviews Gilbert Hernandez’s Chance in Hell.


COMICS LINKS: Wired Pennies

COMICS LINKS: Wired Pennies

Comics Links

Wired has a long article about the creators of Penny Arcade, Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik.

Rick Geary presents: The Comic Con Murder Case, a short online comic.

Comics Reporter interviews Nick Abadzis, cartoonist of Laika.

Greg Hatcher of Comics Should Be Good thinks about history and comics and ends up daring DC Comics to just reboot their entire line already.

Comics Reviews

The Toronto Star reviews Scott Chantler’s The Annotated Northwest Passage.

The LA Times reviews Adrian Tomine’s upcoming graphic novel Shortcomings.

Brad Curran of Comics Should Be Good reviews Countdown to Adventure #1.

From The Savage Critics:

Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing reviews DMZ: Public Works.

Edward Champion reviews Warren Ellis’s novel Crooked Little Vein in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

SF/Fantasy Links

The 2009 World Science Fiction Convention will be held in Montreal, Canada. Neil Gaiman will be the author Guest of Honor.

SF Site has indexed the contents of the first twenty-four annual volumes of Gardner Dozois’s annual Year’s Best Science Fiction anthology, by author, title and volume.

Reports from Worldcon:

And reports from Dragon*Con:

Neil Gaiman visits the Great Wall of China and learns that giraffes are forbidden to drive cars there.