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The Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck

The Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck

Publishing | Gemstone Publishing President Steven Geppi has issued a statement congratulating BOOM! Studios on its acquisition of the Disney comics license previously held by his company.

“I think the whole industry has observed their initial successes with their Boom! Kids line with great interest, particularly the immediate sell-through on The Incredibles #1, The Muppet Show #1, and Cars #1,” Geppi said. “It would be exciting to see Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories and Mickey Mouse and Friends, as well as any subsequent titles, follow in similar form.”

When Gemstone picked up the Disney license in 2003, the characters hadn’t appeared in U.S. comics for four years. However, rumors began swirling in March that the financially troubled publisher wouldn’t renew its agreement with Disney.

“We had some notable successes, both in terms of critical acclaim and sales, particularly with The Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck,” Geppi said in his statement. “While I am of course disappointed that I won’t be the one publishing these great characters anymore, I believe the future for them is still one of untapped potential.” [Scoop, via Disney Comics Worldwide]

The Ancient Book of Sex and Science

The Ancient Book of Sex and Science

Publishing | Scott Morse reports that a recent mention on Boing Boing of The Ancient Book of Sex and Science has led to a sellout of the hardcover before its actual release: “Amazon has placed an order so large that I can’t fill it. We’ve vowed to NOT go back to press on these initial Ancient Book hardcovers (you’ll recall that Myth and War sold out in a few months). It appears that Sex and Science is now effectively ‘sold out’ as well.” He notes that he’ll have a limited number of copies available at Comic-Con. [Red Window]

Sales charts | Watchmen and the 27th volume of Bleach retain their top spots in the paperback and manga categories of The New York Times Graphic Books Best Seller List while the collection of Final Crisis debuts at No. 1 on the hardcover chart. [ArtsBeat]

Coraline: The Graphic Novel

Coraline: The Graphic Novel

Awards | The Locus Awards, as chosen by readers of Locus magazine, were presented Saturday in Seattle during Science Fiction Awards Weekend. Winners include The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman (with illustrations by Dave McKean), for Young-Adult Book, and Coraline: The Graphic Novel, adapted and illustrated by P. Craig Russell from Gaiman’s novella, for Non-Fiction/Art Book. [Locus Online]

Awards | The Mouse Guard Role-Playing Game, based on David Petersen’s comic series, has won the 2009 Origins Award for Role-Playing Game of the Year, beating out Dungeons & Dragons. [2009 Origins Awards winners, David Petersen’s blog]

Manga | Japanese Prime Minister (and avowed otaku) Taro Aso is putting his support behind increasingly controversial plans for a $150-million manga museum. [ABC News]

Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki

Conventions | It’s been confirmed that anime filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki will attend Comic-Con International to promote the U.S. release of Ponyo. [The Envelope]

Conventions | With San Diego’s summer off to a slow start, the city’s tourism industry is looking hopefully toward next month’s Comic-Con International. In the words of one hotel manager: “Thank God for Comic-Con.” [Union-Tribune]

Conventions | You, too, can work as a $35-an-hour model at Comic-Con. Maybe. [Comix 411]

Creators | Prism Comics is seeking submissions for its fifth annual Queer Press Grant, established to support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender creators. [press release, Prism Comics]

The Brinkley Girls

The Brinkley Girls

Creators | Tom Spurgeon talks at length with veteran cartoonist Trina Robbins, editor of The Brinkley Girls: The Best of Nell Brinkley’s Cartoons 1913-1940. [The Comics Reporter]

Creators | Writer Jamie S. Rich discusses You Have Killed Me in an audio interview. [Stumptown Trade Review]

Creators | Tori Cheifetz talks with writer Matt Yocum and Marvel editor Mike Horwitz about a short story in this week’s issue of Astonishing Tales that spotlights the Israeli superhero Sabra. There’s also a focus on Yocum’s somewhat unorthodox way of getting his foot in the industry door. [The Jerusalem Post]

Batman Confidential #18

Batman Confidential #18

Comics | And with this article begins another game of Telephone involving DC’s Batwoman. A fairly subdued complaint from a parent regarding a year-old issue of Batman Confidential purchased at a library sale is transformed by the writer into a “wave of ‘family values’ complaints after a nude wresting [sic] Batgirl and Batwoman featured in a two page spread.” Also, it was Catwoman in that issue, not Batwoman. []

Comics | Just how old is Peter Parker, anyway? [4thletter!]

Editorial cartoons | J. Caleb Mozzocco disassembles Glenn McCoy’s recent homage to Charles Addams. [Every Day Is Like Wednesday]

Pop culture | The comics origins of seven common words and phrases, from “security blanket” to “the heebie-jeebies.” [Neatorama]



Matt Halteman

June 29, 2009 at 7:49 am

Far more troubling is that writer’s assertion that the backup feature in Detective Comics is a female update of The Shadow! What the hell? Did they even read the story at all? I would think it was just a mixup between the names of the two characters if there hadn’t been further commentary on The Shadow coming from 1940s pulp origins. Obviously this person truly thought The Shadow, star of numerous pulp stories and a long-running radio show, is now featured as a backup in a new comic, that he is now female, that the iconic black hat, cloak and red scarf have been abandoned for a blue hat and suit and that he/she now has no face. Sure, other than all of those details, the characters are indistinguishable. That’s just damn sloppy.

I’ve said before and I’ll say it again – we need a Carl Barks collection!

I’m glad I pre-ordered The Ancient Book of Sex and Science and picked it up this week. Wow, sold out!

And I love it that Neil Gaiman is racking up the book awards this year. I love both The Graveyard Book and the graphic novel adaptation of Coraline. Woohoo!

The Worlds of Dungeons & Dragons comic book from Devil’s Due also took home an Origins Award this weekend, in the best fiction category.

And the Mouseguard game win was a huge upset (though well deserved); it came out in the voting on top of the 4th edition of Dungeons & Dragons for best RPG.

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