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Unthinkable #1

Unthinkable #1

Creators | Mark Sable, writer of Unthinkable, reports that he was detained for more than a half-hour yesterday by Transportation Safety Administration agents after a random luggage search turned up a script for the BOOM! Studios series. Unthinkable centers on a U.S. government think tank devoted to imagining nightmare scenarios involving terrorist attacks. “My privacy, a small price to pay for educating the government about the medium,” Sable writes. [Twitter]

Conventions | There’s a bevy of coverage from this weekend’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival, including an overview, creator snapshots and a Q&A with Yoshihiro Tatsumi from The Toronto Star, and coverage of the Authors at Harbourfront Centre discussion with Tatsumi, Seth and Adrian Tomine in the National Post. Sequential has a solid roundup of blog discussions. [Toronto Comic Arts Festival]

Awards | Nominations have opened for the U.K.’s annual Eagle Awards. The deadline is May 22. [The Eagle Awards]

Retailing | Xtremes Comics, Games, Toys and Puzzles in Roanoke, Virginia, will close later this month after more than a decade in business. [The Roanoke Times]

Sonic the Hedgehog #200

Sonic the Hedgehog #200

Publishing | Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog marks its 200th issue this month. According to this article, it’s the second-longest running licensed comic series, behind Marvel’s Conan the Barbarian, which ran for 275 issues. [Kombo.com]

Creators | Cartoonist Gregory Gallant, aka Seth, discusses his fashion sense, George Sprott, and opting for a pen name: “I changed it simply because I was looking for a pretentious-sounding pseudonym. In retrospect, I wish I hadn’t done it. It’s a stupid name.” [The Globe and Mail]

Creators | Tom Spurgeon talks at length with Darwyn Cooke and Ed Brubaker about crime novelist Richard Stark (Donald Westlake), and Cooke’s adaptation of The Hunter. [The Comics Reporter]

Creators | This is a nice profile of artist Ric Estrada, who passed away on May 1 at age 81, with quotes from his wife and children. [Daily Herald]

Creators | Craig Yoe talks more about Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman’s Co-Creator Joe Shuster. [The Toronto Star]

Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 #6

Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 #6

Creators | Mouse Guard creator David Petersen chats about the book’s fan base: “I am never surprised at who’s reading Mouse Guard because it’s everybody — grandparents, 5-year-olds who were reading with their parents, boys, girls, men, women, people from every walk of life.” [Hometown Life]

Creators | Writer Paul Storrie answers five questions about his comics work. [Detroit Free Press]

Creators | Artist George Perez moved from designing the set for the local theater’s production of Li’l Abner to playing the role of the ruthless General Bullmoose. [Orlando Sentinel]

Events | Durham University’s Oriental Museum is staging an extensive exhibition called “Manhua: China Comics Now,” featuring more than 200 pieces of artwork. It’s billed as the first exhibit of its kind in the United Kingdom. A number of creators from China and Britain will appear between now and Sept. 27 to discuss their work and lead master classes and workshops. [Durham Times]

Fandom | Eighty-seven-year-old Joseph Deschenes may be the world’s only biggest fan of Rex Morgan, M.D. [Wicked Local]

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“Eighty-seven-year-old Joseph Deschenes may be the world’s only biggest fan of Rex Morgan, M.D. ”

Sure, make fun of the elderly. Puppies and littens next? ;)

kittens

{dammit}

Kevin Melrose

May 11, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Littens are fair game!

Mysterious Stranger

May 11, 2009 at 12:31 pm

“Littens are fair game!”

Yup. They taste like licken.

I admit to being genuinely intrigued by Mouse Guard. Based on the amount of articles I see written about it I’m finding myself wanting to check it out. But where to begin?

Kevin Melrose

May 11, 2009 at 12:33 pm

Start at the beginning, with Mouse Guard: Fall 1152. You can preview the hardcover collection here.

Oh, man, Xtremes. I shopped there whenever I could as a teenager… which wasn’t often, because they were pricey and located in the out-of-the-way Tanglewood Mall. They were one of the first coast-style comic shops in the area, also selling a lot of pop culture items. Most other shops in the area were very traditional comics-only or hobby shop type of stores at the time, and we lost the comics-only shops first when the bubble burst.

I suspect their closing has as much to do with Tanglewood’s tremendous decline over the past few years. It was an older mall to begin with but gradually lost traffic to a newer mall opened in a newer section of town. It didn’t lower rents, though, and over the past five years you’ve seen a ridiculous amount of chain store pull-out from the location.

I’m not totally sure about this but I think the loss of Xtremes means the city of Roanoke no longer has a comic shop. Star City Comics became Star City Games about a decade ago, focusing on CCGs, and seems to have been able to stay in business better for it. I think if you drive from Roanoke for an hour in any direction, you will only find used comics being sold in flea markets or new comics being sold as a sideline in gaming shops that exist to serve college campus communities.

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