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Seen Watchmen and are wondering who this Moore Chap is, eh?

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The AV Club has a primer in their series on Alan Moore.

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Written by The Department of Illustration

August 31, 2009 at 8:05 pm

So you REALLY want to get into the Los Bros Hernandez?

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Following a previous post on Love & Rockets, Chris Mautner at ComicBookResources writes;

I found I disagreed with a number of the suggestions and points they made, enough so that I decided I needed to do my own version.

Great stuff.

Written by The Department of Illustration

August 31, 2009 at 7:56 pm

Posted in Advice, Buy This, Comics

150 Million year old Squid Ink?

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_46228866_squid_comp282Check out this story from the BBC about paleontologists drawing with 150 million year old squid ink.

Astonishing.

Written by The Department of Illustration

August 31, 2009 at 7:48 pm

Posted in History, Illustration, News

Chip Kidd interview

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An interview with Chip Kidd on his DC covers.

Written by The Department of Illustration

August 31, 2009 at 7:37 pm

Posted in Comics, Interview

Tokyopop and online comics

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From ComicBookResources, an interview with Tokyopop marketing director Marco Pavia;

Last year, when Tokyopop underwent a major restructuring, it suspended most of its original manga series, leaving a number of incomplete stories in limbo. That state of suspended animation ended last week, when Tokyopop Director of Marketing Marco Pavia announced that Tokyopop will complete most of the series, includingEarthlight, Afterlife, and Gyakushu, online. Each volume will be posted for free, one chapter per week.

Johanna Draper Carlson has an analysis;

Whether or not the books make it to print depends not only on reader/fan demand but “they also have to prove popular with our retail partners. As I said earlier, buyers often base their buying on how the previous volumes sell.” That is, if bookstores won’t commit to the books, and if previous volumes didn’t sell (no matter how long ago they were released), it doesn’t matter how many readers ask for it.

Written by The Department of Illustration

August 31, 2009 at 7:33 pm

Allison/List Collaboration

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The tremendously talented John Allison and Joe List recently got together at a Manchester Comix Collective knees-up and drew up this comic.

Written by The Department of Illustration

August 31, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Posted in Comics, Events

Disney to buy Marvel for $4 Billion

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This is an interesting development. Disney is going to buy Marvel and all of it’s 5000 characters. I wonder where this is going. Given Marvel’s recent film outings, and the resources available to Disney, I’m sure we’ll start seeing the market getting fairly well saturated with Marvel media in all its guises. Ike Perlmutter, Marvel CE said;

“Disney is the perfect home for Marvel’s fantastic library of characters given its proven ability to expand content creation and licensing businesses,” said Marvel Chief Executive Ike Perlmutter. “This is an unparalleled opportunity for Marvel to build upon its vibrant brand and character properties by accessing Disney’s tremendous global organization and infrastructure around the world.”

I have a hard time trying to visualise how much $4 billion is in relation to other enormous sums of money, so I’m happy that David McCandless over at informationisbeautiful has whipped up this handy visualisation that contextualises enormous sums of money.

Written by The Department of Illustration

August 31, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Posted in Comics, News