Following up on our earlier mention of Chris Ware’s talk this coming Friday at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, UNL’s news release and the Gallery’s own site both note that curator Daniel Siedell’s interview with Ware will be available as a live webcast st the main university site. No direct link posted yet, but we’ll keep you informed.
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British auctioneer Bonhams is holding a massive auction of what is believed to be the UK’s largest collection of film and television costumes on March 6th. The collection comes from Angels The Costumiers, a fifth generation family firm that has been doing costumes since 1840 and worked on 26 movies that have won Oscars for Outstanding Achievement In Costume Design.
Items going under the hammer include costumes from Superman, Supergirl, six of the Doctors from Dr. Who, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Highlander, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, James Bond’s suits from Thunderball, The Spy Who Loved Me, and Tomorrow Never Dies, and Alec Guinness’s Obi Wan cloak, pictured here.
In recognition of the popular appeal of the items, Bonhams’ saleroom will be allowing interested customers the opportunity to try on selected costumes. So if you can’t afford to bid, you could just try flying to London — but you probably won’t be able to nip off somewhere and play with your significant other unless you win. (Hat tip to Craig for the story.)
Now’s your chance to gather up all those Mike Grell comics and get ’em signed! Mike informs us he’ll be very busy this spring, hitting the Emerald City Comicon in Seattle on March 31-April 1, the Pittsburgh Comicon in Monroeville, PA on April 27-29, and the Iowa Comic Book Club’s I-CON 2007 in the 4-H Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines on May 19. Who knew state fairs featured comic book clubs? We city-dwellers miss so much sometimes…
Neil Gaiman reports that Dreamhaven Books in Minneapolis, the place he considers his "home store" in terms of doing his local shopping there and signing lots of stuff for them to sell online, has had a break-in over the weekend.
Owner Greg Ketter says, "Damages will be costly but insurance should cover a lot of it. But after the lull in current business, this really will hurt. I don’t like charity but if you could encourage people to maybe buy an extra book off us soon, it may help. Three bookstores have closed in the Twin Cities in the past two months and I don’t want to make it four."
Those not in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area can visit their online store, where you’re likely to find lots of Gaiman-related items in among tons of sf, fantasy, horror and other related merchandise.
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Our weekly check on what mainstream news sources are saying about comics:
- Nice profile of editorial cartoonist Matt Wuerker in the Washingtonian.
- The Budapest Times covers an exhibit of Comic Art in Democratic Spain at the Cervantes Institute.
- USC’s Daily Trojan Online reviews Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead.
- The Kansas City Star reports that Chris Ware will be speaking on Friday at the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, in conjunction with an exhibit of his work.
- The Bradenton Herald looks at the Superhero Club at Eagle Ridge Elementary, formed by teacher Mitchell Reiner to help teach fourth and fifth graders how to write and draw comics.
- And Racing Milestones notes the debut of a NASCAR comics line, to be published by Starbridge Media Group.
According to ComingSoon.net, Paul Ens (former director of StarWars.com and Lucas Online) and Scott Chitwood (co-founder of TheForce.net and SuperHeroHype.com contributor), announced today the launch of Red 5 Comics, a new comics publishing company set to introduce its first titles this fall. They aim to "produce cinematic-style stories that appeal to the same avid movie and comic fans who already frequent their websites.
The Red 5 line-up will be a combination of creator-owned and internally developed titles Individual comic issues will be sold in both traditional print form at comic shops and in downloadable electronic formats online." The press release is up at their site, and they’ve also put out a call for artists and other creative positions. May the Force be… nah, too easy.
I’m not the man I used to be. But comics aren’t what they once were, either.
Allow me to elaborate, on both myself and comics.
First, me. A looming godlike Presence — you can call him “Mr. Editor” — would like me to introduce myself. Well. I’ve gone past many of my Catholic boyhood shibboleths, but I’m still stuck with the one that insists that no Gentleman speaks favorably of himself — we’re supposed to be like medieval knights, only without all the skewering and clanking. Still, when a Looming godlike Presence commands… Okay, quick and dirty, I’ll tell you what I was.
Starting in 1965, when I took a job as Stan Lee’s assistant, I was in the comic book business. As a writer, I did hundreds of comics scripts, some of which got noticed. Also, I was an editor for 23 years, most recently of the Batman franchise, and, even more recently, a teacher of comic book writing, a job I still happily do. I’ve also written novels, non-fiction books, a few teleplays, a lot of short pieces, including stories, reviews and introductions. And columns — I’ve done those, too. And I’ve shot off my mouth in public quite a bit. That’s what I was. What I am, as these words are typed, is a semi-retired slug.
We cool, Mr. Presence?