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The ComicMix podcast is in the air!

The ComicMix podcast is in the air!

The first ComicMix podcast is now available for your listening pleasure!

A three-times weekly feature here at ComicMix, broadcaster Mike Raub has produced our initial 12 minute program featuring news, features and interviews. A new podcast will be available every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday — today’s podcast includes a look at new comics that are available at your friendly neighborhood comics shop, and this will be a feature of every Tuesday program. Thursday’s programs will feature reviews and Saturday’s will include full-length interviews.

Also featured in today’s podcast are salient mutterings from Peter David, The Beatles, and ComicMix’s editor-in-chief, and a nostalgic look at comics and popular culture that people were enjoying this week, back in 1963 and 1971.  All this plus updates on Indiana Jones and The Flash.

We encourage you all to participate in our fun and games. Contact us with any questions or comments and when we’ve got our ComicMix message boards up and running, join Mike and the ComicMix crew in our online dialog!

Mainstream news covers comics

Mainstream news covers comics

Our weekly check on what mainstream news sources are saying about comics:

From Star Wars websites to comics

From Star Wars websites to comics

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.

Toy Fair photos

Toy Fair photos

Yes, we can tell it’s that time of year, because photos start showing up of you with your friendly neighborhood Spider-Yam.

Special thanks to Rebecca Badurina (she’s on the right) for providing photos and information.

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Dennis O’Neil: I’m not the man I used to be

Dennis O’Neil: I’m not the man I used to be

Dennis O'NeilI’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?

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Buffy cult takes to the movies

Buffy cult takes to the movies

Can a cult phenomenon be manufactured?  In the case of Joss Whedon’s "Buffyverse," it helps to have a head start.  The series has been off the air for almost three years, but it’s spawned legions of loyal fans salivating over, among other things, the Season 8 comic book debuting next month.  And this coming Friday and Saturday, February 19-20, fans will gather at the IFC Center in NYC to celebrate the 26th birthday of their fictional heroine for two nights of trivia, games and a midnight showing of the Sing-A-Long episode of the TV show, led by IFC’s in-house live Buffy cast.  Rumor has it tickets to the event go quickly, so can queuing up in costumes be far behind?

Ronin next Miller movie adaptation?

IESB reports that Gianni Nunnari will produce and Sylvain White will direct the next big-screen adaptation of a Frank Miller comic, Ronin. Nunnari, who owns the movie rights to the work and has a first look deal with Warner Bros., revealed this news at the press day for 300.  (Via SuperHeroHype, Wilson Morales at blackfilm.com interviews White about his plans for the movie.)

This would seem to put pay to long-ago news of Darren Aronofsky co-writing and directing the film — except that, as Warren Ellis mentions, news that Nunnari would also be bringing Ellis’s and Chris Sprouse’s graphic novel Ocean to film is absolutely untrue. Says Ellis, "I imagine Mr. Nunnari was misheard, or misspoke and will correct himself shortly. No film company has ever attempted to purchase the media rights to Ocean, which are owned by Chris and myself."

Elayne’s views on NYCC panels

Elayne’s views on NYCC panels

Here is the full list of NYCC panels — seven pages printed out, which I needed to do in order to actually see the panel times because they didn’t show up against the black background on screen unless I first selected all the text. (This appears to have been fixed.)

To tell you the truth, I found more of interest on Friday than on the weekend days. Friday’s where they seem to be sticking all the "women and comics" panels. But why are they putting "Capturing Female Readers" opposite "Comics Bloggers" (Friday at 2:30 PM)? What are female comics bloggers supposed to do about that, huh? Considering that, I’d warrant, most new female comics fans are coming to the hobby via blogging, it’s just a weird counterprogramming move. "Mothers and Daughters: Female Graphic Novelists and the Family" (Friday at 6:30 PM) also sounds interesting, and it’s opposite Vertigo, which is not family friendly, and Stan Lee, who is not female, so that’s perhaps a good move.

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Nick mag’s annual collection hits stands

Nick mag’s annual collection hits stands

Dave Roman reports that the annual Nickelodon Magazine "Best of Comics" issue his newsstands this week. The 52-page issue collects various comics from Nickelodon’s The Comic Book, including "Viking Crush" by Dan Abdo and "Idiom-tastic Animal Detectives", by Travis Nichols, both mentioned on the list of "100 Distinguished Comics" in Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Comics 2006.

According to Dave, "Continuing the tradition of last year’s Best of Nick Mag comics, this latest collection will impress readers with an incredible variety of talent. You’ll discover work by groundbreaking comics creators such as Jordan Crane, Justin Green, Jason Lutes, James Kochalka, Michael Kupperman, Brian Ralph, Souther Salazar, Jason Shiga, Craig Thompson, Sara Varon, and many more. This special issue also spotlights several cartoonists and offers behind the scenes articles that are fun for the casual reader and a great resource for young artists."