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Education | Jean Schulz, widow of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, has donated $1 million to the Ohio State University Cartoon Library & Museum for the renovation of Sullivant Hall, future home of the research facility. She also pledged an additional matching gift of $2.5 million if the university raises an equal amount. [The Daily Cartoonist]

Publishing | Acclaimed manga creator Takehiko Inoue told a Japanese newspaper that his acclaimed samurai series Vagabond will end “within one or two years.” Inoue has been drawing the award-winning manga since 1998. Vagabond is published in North America by Viz Media. [Anime News Network]

Star Trek: Countdown

Star Trek: Countdown

Sales charts | Although the Watchmen collection is tumbling down the USA Today bestseller chart, it still rests comfortably atop the paperback and hardcover sections of The New York Times’ Graphic Books Best Seller List. And while the manga category is again dominated by Naruto, in seven of the 10 spots, the paperback list has a couple of noteworthy entries in the second and third spots: IDW’s move prequel Star Trek: Countdown, and Drawn & Quarterly’s Yoshihiro Tatsumi autobiography A Drifting Life. [ArtsBeat]

Comic strips | Jaime Weinmen surveys the comics pages, and sees a lot of hand-wringing about the recession. I like the headline: “They ignored Vietnam, 9/11 and Iraq but Archie, Blondie and Co. sure are worried about the economy.” [Maclean’s]

Captain America

Captain America

Creators | In a two-part interview with Kiel Phegley, writer Ed Brubaker discusses his lengthy run on Marvel’s Captain America: “Bucky seems to be the Little Engine That Could. Everyone who was completely resistant to the idea of Bucky coming back totally embraced him as a character after about a year. There’s probably one or two that didn’t, but most people were like, ‘Wow! They pulled it off. Unbelievable.’ And then when Bucky became Cap, it was the same thing. ‘Oh, this is terrible.’ But now, the book is selling better with Bucky as Cap than it ever did with Steve as Cap.” []

Creators | Writer Sterling Gates talks about DC Comics’ Supergirl: “At the end of the day, I want Supergirl to not only be an iconic superhero in the DCU, but also a good role model for kids and adults alike.” [Living Between Wednesdays]



History | Sean Kleefeld explains why Martin Goodman called his company Atlas Comics in the 1950s and — what I found more interesting — why he and other publishers operated under so many different company names in the ’40s. I’ll happily file the last part under “You Learn Something New Every Day.” [Kleefeld on Comics]

Conventions | Everdeen Mason files a report from last weekend’s Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo in Columbus, Ohio. [The Lantern]

Retailing | Ben Fulton spotlights Salt Lake City’s Night Flight Comics, whose downtown location is at the city’s main library. “There’s something about being near a library that validates comics somehow,” says store employee Josh Stasinos. [The Salt Lake Tribune]

Retailing | These horrible comic books-as-investments stories refuse to go away. All that’s missing is Jim Kramer ringing a cow bell. []

Comics | Yesterday, I posted about the 25 greatest superhero romances. Today, Michael Cavna asks creators to name the best comic-strip love affair ever, while John Jakala lists his 20 greatest romances in manga. [Comic Riffs, Sporadic Sequential]

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Interesting about the Star Trek prequel trade… I can’t find it anywhere. I’m not particularly interested in the upcoming movie (even though the reviews have been good so far, I just can’t get past other poeple playing the classic roles), but my wife wants to see it and she’s actually the one who wants to get the comic too. Amazing, given that she’s not a comics person.

Anyhow, none of the bookshops in my area (and this includes the Borders and B&N stores) have it. Even my LCS got all of ONE copy, quickly sold it, and two weeks later are still waiting to get some more (the manager told me he requested two for the shop).

I generally prefer getting trades off of Amazon anyhow, since they’re always discounted, so I guess I’ll go that route.

About Cap… I came to Brubaker’s party late (Civil War pretty much coincided with my return to comics), but I loved going back and reading all of Bru’s run. I’m sure Steve will be back eventually, but why rush? The books is great right now and I’m really enjoying Bucky as Cap. In fact, if Steve never came back (but remained an influence on how Bucky handles the mantle) I wouldn’t complain. Steve could be sort of a Barry Allen of the Marvel U (the difference being Barry’s back now).

” But now, the book is selling better with Bucky as Cap than it ever did with Steve as Cap.”

Wow, better than in the 70s? Better than in the 40s?

I guess self-serving hyperbole never goes out of fashion

BIll, perhaps Bru meant that it’s selling better now, during his run, then it ever did with Steve as Cap. Although, given the hoopla (hoopla!) surrounding Steve’s death in #25 even that’s hard to believe.

Then again, maybe he just means on a monthly basis the book is selling better now than he started writing Cap. Given what an excellent book it is (it’s at the top of my reading pile every month), that’s entirely possible.


Perhaps, and perhaps he was misquoted.

Or perhaps he was just careless in his choice of words and unable to say accurately what he meant – an all too common human failing but especially noticable in a professional writer.

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