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The Unwritten #1

The Unwritten #1

Retailers | The apartment of Ryan Higgins, owner of Comics Conspiracy in Sunnyvale, Calif., burned on Saturday. His girlfriend received burns on her hands, but she and the dog escaped the fire. Higgins writes on Twitter that it, “looks like comics and some clothes made it.” [Twitter]

Creators | In advance of his appearance at STAPLE! The Independent Media Expo, cartoonist Jeffrey Brown discusses the personal nature of his work, the meaning of “indie,” and The X-Men: “… it was my dream growing up to draw X-Men. I’ve been kicking around the idea of collaborating with an artist on a mainstream genre book like that. I’d love to.” [Decider Austin]

Creators | Mike Carey and Peter Gross hold court on their upcoming Vertigo series The Unwritten, and the collaboration process. “I noticed, looking through them the other day, that I sent a lot of what I called Bath emails,” Gross says. “I like to soak in the tub and I’d just sort of let Mike’s latest idea steep at the same time, and I would literally get these inspired epiphanies that amazed me. We were in some sort of creative frenzy for a couple of weeks, and it’s pretty interesting to look back through those emails and see how the strong ideas grew and the weak ones fell away until the story grew to a point where Mike was ready to write a first draft. It’s the most excited I’ve been in the bath in years!” [Sequential Tart]

Pop culture | New York magazine rolls out a package titled “New York as Graphic Novel,” which includes a strip by Alex Robinson, the city’s notable comic-book locations (both fictional and real), creators’ picks of comics in which the city plays a prominent part, and a look at Watchmen‘s version of New York City. [New York]

Education | Two professors at Misericordia University point to DC Comics’ short-lived series New Guardians as “a 1980s attempt at multiculturalism that’s gone pretty terribly wrong.” Poor, poor Extrano. [The Times-Leader]

Publishing | With the approach of Marvel and Del Rey’s X-Men collaboration, the crew at Comics Village discusses attempts to bridge the gap between American superheroes and manga. [Comics Village, via Brigid Alverson]

Creators | Shaenon Garrity chats with Aaron Neathery, creator the apocalyptic webcomic Endtown. [Talk About Comics]

Creators | The Daily Cross Hatch wraps up its two-part interview with The Goon creator Eric Powell. [The Daily Cross Hatch]

Creators | T Campbell, writer of Penny & Aggie and Divalicious!, chats about his work and webcomics. [The Webcomic Overlook]

Creators | Ben Morse wonders what ever happened to a handful of once-prominent writers and artists. [The Cool Kids Table]


One Comment

Kevin, thanks for posting about the fire. We’re both ok, and we were lucky and found a place quickly, but we lost most of our things. Some of our clothes might be salvagable, we’ll find out as soon as we can get back in to the apartment. Funny enough, yes, it looks like the room that I had my comics in was the only untouched place in the apartment, but smoke could have ruined most of the things in that room, we’ll find out soon.

My good friend, and podcast partner, Ryan Scott, set up a donation for myself and Leann, if anyone wants to donate.

“In a tragic turn of events, The Geekbox co-host Ryan Higgins’ apartment burned down today. While that means the podcast is definitely on-hold for the next couple weeks, the more crucial concern is that Ryan and his girlfriend lost what’s being estimated right now as the vast majority of their stuff (the good news is that everyone’s OK!).

So, I just want to say that any donations you’d care to make to the site will go directly to getting Ryan back on his feet as far as living arrangements and such go. I know the inevitable talkback chatter will probably turn to talk of pursuing legal action against his landlord and all that type of jazz; that will all get figured out once the fire department makes some sort of determination about who’s at fault, which we’ll find out within the next couple of weeks. So try not to fly too off the handle about that stuff.

Until then, please wish Ryan a speedy recovery from this! PLEASE Digg the living hell out of this item so it can get as many eyeballs on it as possible. If anything I post on this site needs it, it’s this.”

Thanks, everyone. I expect to be back to work next Monday after moving in to our new place. It will be good to get back to a normal schedule after all this.

Ryan Higgins
Comics Conspiracy
115-A E. Fremont Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94087

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