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Archive for June, 2008
Comic Foundry Issue 3 on stands July 10!
The next issue of Comic Foundry is out July 10th! It should’ve been out this week, but there was a yet-to-be-explained fuck up by my printer. So, it’ll be a week late. My apologies, gentle readers. And yes, the 10th is a Thursday, but I’m expecting UPS to be a day off because of the July 4th holiday, so new comic day is Thursday, right?
In any case, there is a ton of great stuff in this issue. Like…
• Blair Butler!
• Dash Shaw!
• JG Jones!
• Scott McCloud!
• Dean Haspiel!
• Keith Knight!
• Olivia Munn!
• Paul Pope!
• Mike Mignola!
• Mark Millar!
• Brian Wood!
• Fred Van Lente!
• Penny Arcade!
• Todd Klein!
Seriously, do I need to go on?Posted by Tim Leong on June 30th, 2008 filed in Blog, In this Issue |
Non-Comics Awesome Alert
Right now every season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is on sale at Best Buy for $16.99 (instead of the usual $34.99).Posted by Tim Leong on June 29th, 2008 filed in Blog |
HARVEY AWARDS TAKEBACK: JK About that Nomination…
The Harvey Awards have been under a bit of scrutiny ever since they announced the 2008 nominations last week. The root of the ruckus stems from concerns of vote-stacking, as there were several “surprising” nominations this year. One of which was in the BEST BIOGRAPHICAL, HISTORICAL OR JOURNALISTIC PRESENTATION category, where a new blog, Meanwhile…Comics!, was honored. The questions don’t come from from the merit of the work, but more of its eligibility because it debuted just this year (the nomination period is for 2007). And now it seems some of those concerns are coming true. I talked with Meanwhile…Comics! contributor Jason Richards, and he said the Harvey Awards were withdrawing the nomination.
“Evidently there were some transposition errors in the ballots,” Richards says. “Seems there was a biography of Milton Caniff released last year called ‘Meanwhile…’ that was supposed to have received the votes. Turns out our blog wasn’t even eligible for nominations because we didn’t exist until this April and eligibility was for Jan-Dec of 2007.Although, the guy said he felt bad because he thought our writing was great and our format was unlike anything else out there. So…maybe next year?”
Indeed.Posted by Tim Leong on June 26th, 2008 filed in Blog | 3 Comments »
Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along TeaserBlog, Videos |
Paul Pope in Complex Magazine
I was lucky enough to commission Paul Pope this crazy spread in the latest issue of Complex Magazine. It’s for a story about the relationship between comics and Hollywood. It was great because I got to see Paul’s take on all these iconic characters like the Hulk, Spidey, Iron Man, Rorschach, etc. For a larger version of the illo click here. It’s a great story written by the lovely Laura Hudson.Posted by Tim Leong on June 23rd, 2008 filed in Magazines, Blog | 3 Comments »
Jaime King SPIRIT PosterMovies, Blog |
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MoCCA Art Fest 2008!
The Art Fest is always one of my favorite favorite shows. Always such heart, such energy. It sounds like cliched bullshit, but it’s true. The theme overall was that it was hot as fuck. People were sweating big time — there’s photo evidence on The Beat (thanks, Heidi). I finally got a chance to walk around on Sunday and picked up some stuff that looked good. I’m yet to read any of it, but I’ll make a list tonight of the goodies.
Random Thoughts from the show:
• I always pictured Karen Berger as a brunette. She wasn’t.
• The book I (and Laura, probably) was Alex Robinson’s Too Cool To Be Forgotten. Such a great graphic novel. Highly recommended.
• Related: I noticed this after I saw him walking around, but is it just me, or does the main character in Too Cool To Be Forgotten look EXACTLY like Charles Burns?
• Alex Cox’s mini comic, Camp Staff Tales, was hilarious. I wished there was more — and there is! Here.
• Douglas Wolk was telling me about his Final Crisis Annotations and his FC#1 clarifications using only the information provided in the panels (here). I read the issue last night and then read his clarifications and they certainly made me appreciate the issue more. Check em.
• There were a lot of great editorial illustrators at the show I know from the mag world including: Yuko Shimizu, Jorge Colombo, Sam Weber, Koren Shadmi and some other people I can’t remember this second.
• Famous person I saw, unexpectedly: Michel Gondry. He was doing sketches and signings at the PictureBox table.
• Speaking of PictureBox, they didn’t have any prices (at least that I saw) for the dozens of books they had on the tables. What the fuck? So any time I wanted to know how much something was I had to wave down someone and ask. And then when I don’t buy it I look like it’s only because the price he gave was too expensive. Super lame. Why would you purposely make the buying experience more difficult?
• I spoke with Top Shelf’s Robert Venditti about the movie version of his comic The Surrogates. He, Brett Weldele (artist) and Chris Staros went to the set in Boston recently and spoke highly of the director, the response from the crew, shooting the DVD commentary, watching them shoot scenes for three days and of course, the craft services.
• The after party was a super trendy cluby place. Was a great space, very airy but didn’t seem very MoCCA-like. I’m not complaining though, even though we got kicked out of our booth.
• I ran into the cartoonist Neil Fitzpatrick, who does his comic NEIL JAM. Backstory: Back in college I was the Production Manager (Art Director) for this kick-ass newspaper, The Maneater. We had a comics page and NEIL JAM was one of the mainstays, so it was definitely crazy to see it 6-7 years later.
• Bloggers represent! I saw a bunch: Kevin Church, Chris Mautner, Marc Sobel, Heidi MacDonald, Brian Heater, Jillian Steinhauer, other TK.
• Quote from David Gallaher: “Zuda was the best comics experience of my life.”
• The MoCCA staff seemed to try and be as accommodating as possible. 1) There was an accident at the exhibitor check-in entrance in the morning and there were delays getting exhibitors inside, so they held the line while people got set up. 2) Because it was so hot on day 1, they went and bought some extra fans for day 2 (I personally didn’t feel them). 3. And when everyone had to evacuate because of a fire alarm, they extended the show hours 30 minutes.
• Coolest fashion item: Hope Larson’s custom neckerchiefs for new book Chiggers (which she sold many, many copies of). Second coolest: R. Stevens’s Diesel Sweeties socks.
• I brought my tpb of Cover Girl on Sunday so Kevin Church could sign it. He did.
More Later!Posted by Tim Leong on June 9th, 2008 filed in Conventions, Blog | 3 Comments »
I had a dream last night where…
I ran into Rob Liefeld at 7/11 and he was wearing this amazingly kick-ass silver jacket.Posted by Tim Leong on June 9th, 2008 filed in Blog | 3 Comments »
Battlestar Galactica’s Grace Park in Complex Magazine
Battlestar Galactica’s Grace Park is on the cover of the new issue of Complex Magazine, and yours truly got to do the cover story. The story is here, along with some exclusive galleries and web videos…Posted by Tim Leong on June 3rd, 2008 filed in Magazines, Blog |
Where Have We Been?
My oh my, it’s been a long time. My apologies for the lack of communication. We’ve just been THAT busy. We’ve spent the last few weeks working like crazy to finish up Issue 3 of the magazine. We finished the issue at the last minute, uploaded to the printer’s FTP and then I got on a plane to leave for a week-long cruise in the Caribbean. Around the time I reached St. Maarten, I found out that the files actually got corrupted and we had no way to re-send them until I got back. So, I’m back now and the issue is officially in transit.Posted by Tim Leong on June 3rd, 2008 filed in Blog | 1 Comment »