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First-ever film adaptation of a poster?
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jaime Hernandez 12 Nov 2007 10:47 AM
Check it out: Jaime Hernandez's Theme Time Radio Hour Poster: The Movie.
Capitalism works.
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under comics industry 11 Nov 2007 12:23 AM
Why was this story even written? This is the worst kind of wag the dog journalism about comics that I can recall reading recently, and while I'm not surprised that the NY Times ran with it, I'm a little surprised that the author's c.v. includes the Believer, which is one of the very few mags I go out of my way to read, even about things that are totally out of my wheelhouse, because I respect their editorial vigor. This story is degrading to the Times and Believer. Platinum Studios is the worst kind of intellectual property grindhouse, a shell corporation of creativity that exists for no reason other than to profit off of media manipulation exactly like this, and only proliferates for the same reason. Scott Rosenberg had as much to do with Men In Black as your average "Stan Lee presents" story from Marvel over the last 30+ years; besides, MiB was what, 15 years ago? Platinum is as creatively bankrupt as Rosenberg is morally. But because he can manipulate sales charts at EW through sheer capital investment, Rosenberg is a mover and shaker and worthy of NY Times coverage. Lazy journalists are the only reason that Platinum even exists; despite working in the comics business for nearly two decades, I've never heard Platinum's comics discussed by anyone in the industry, or even in fan circles. Rosenberg's reputation in the industry, however, precedes him, going back to his days as a comic book distributor in the 1980s. Yet Platinum keeps popping up in newspapers without really doing anything, despite a rather ignominious past for Rosenberg. And yes, sometimes the reporters solicit opposing views from folks like Gary Groth, but that's still just paying far too much attention to a creative and commercial sham. Platinum is market manipulation via huge capital, obatained through dishonesty and/or sheer luck over a decade ago.
Video of Gary Groth interviewing Schulz biographer David Michaelis
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoPeanutsCharles M Schulz 9 Nov 2007 12:13 PM
Eric Reynolds recorded a couple of brief video clips of Gary Groth's interview of Schulz and Peanuts author David Michaelis at the Elliott Bay Book Company here in Seattle on Wednesday evening and passed them to me to put on YouTube:


We also have several still photos from a few different sources — click for a gallery on Flickr.

Gary Groth & David Michaelis, Elliott Bay Book Co., 11/07/07




Happy birthday Ludvig!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under staff 9 Nov 2007 11:39 AM
Our office dog and unofficial mascot turns 3 today. Here he is as a puppy. Awww!



Ellen Forney: "totally sexy babe"
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Ellen Forney 9 Nov 2007 11:22 AM
So says Real Change in the intro to their great interview with Ellen.
Listen up: Greg Irons
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Greg Ironsaudio 8 Nov 2007 7:14 PM


Inkstuds Radio talks underground legend Greg Irons with Patrick Rosenkranz, author of You Call This Art?!: A Greg Irons Retrospective. I haven't listened yet, but it should be good; I always enjoy talking comics with Patrick, and Inkstuds is the best radio show about comics that I am aware of.

Love and Rockets in depth
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsLove and RocketsLos Bros Hernandez 8 Nov 2007 11:43 AM
Spurge points out that "Shelf Life," Marc Sobel's in-depth, issue-by-issue examination of Love and Rockets Vol. 1 at Sequart, has entered its second half, with the latest installment featuring issue #26.



My shilling knows no bounds...
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under events 8 Nov 2007 10:44 AM

I Killed Adolf Hitler online preview
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under previewsJason 8 Nov 2007 9:22 AM


New York Magazine is offering an Exclusive Comics Excerpt of Jason's I KILLED ADOLF HITLER. Go read it, already!

Tonight in Ohio
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under eventsCarol Tyler 8 Nov 2007 9:18 AM