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Comics A.M. | Bankrupt Borders chain could be history by next week


Retailing | Borders Group, the second-largest bookstore chain in the United States, could be liquidated as early as next week if no other suitors step forward by Sunday evening, the deadline established by a federal bankruptcy court. A judge on Thursday approved the company’s motion to auction itself off after a proposal from private-equity firm Najafi Cos. fell apart over the objections of creditors. Borders, which once operated more than 1,000 stores, now has 399 locations and nearly 11,000 employees, including 400 at its Ann Arbor, Michigan, headquarters. [The Associated Press, The Detroit News]

Awards | The Young Adult Library Services Association has announced the 2012 “Great Graphic Novels for Teens” nominations, a list that includes Takio by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, Thor: The Mighty Avenger by Roger Langridge and Chris Samnee, Axe Cop by Ethan and Malachai Nicolle, How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less by Sarah Glidden and many more. The final list will be announced in January at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting. [American Library Association]

World's Finest Deluxe, by Steve Rude

Creators | Steve Rude talks about his desire to work for DC again and why he won’t work for Marvel: “I specifically sought out DC, for two reasons. One, they would pay a subsistent page rate, and Two; they seemed like the friendliest of the two big companies. Regarding my feelings about Marvel, whose thinking seems even more corporate and elitist than DC, the beginnings of the dark, reality- based ethic which I find so unpleasant these days, seems mostly due to them and the start of the Quesada regime. Though I’ve had two recent offers to work on Marvel projects, they were politely declined.” [Pop Gun Chaos]

Creators | Bryan Lee O’Malley chats with Kentaro Takekuma and Koji Aihara, the creators of Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga, which inspired O’Malley’s work on Scott Pilgrim. [ComicsAlliance]

Creators | Laika creator Nick Abadzis discusses a series of webcomics he created for Big Planet Comics that give alternate endings for his 2007 graphic novel. []


Creators | Sidekicks creator Dan Santat is selling copies of his new book through his website … and in turn buying the copies he’s selling from a local independent bookstore, Mrs. Nelson’s Toy & Book Shop. [Publishers Weekly]

Creators | The Guardian asked six comic creators to talk about their “favourite peer” — so Peter Kuper talks about Robert Crumb, Bryan Talbot talks about Joe Sacco and more. [Guardian]

Digital comics | eBook Newser profiles comiXology CEO David Steinberger. [eBook Newser]

Reviews | Don MacPherson looks at the first issue of Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra’s new Image series, Red Wing. [Eye on Comics]

Reviews | Our own Sean T. Collins reviews the dark-humor anthology Black Eye that was deemed too hot for Canada by customs officials last May. [The Comics Journal]

Reviews | Jeff Jackson discusses popular misconceptions about the Book of Revelation and how it figures into the X-Men on his way to reviewing The Apocalypse Plan, by Rafael Nieves and Dan Dougherty. [Comic Attack]

Analysis | Karen Green discusses Kate Beaton’s “voice” in Hark! A Vagrant. [comiXology]



While I think Steve Rude is a fantastic comic creator, my recent impression has been that he can’t afford to be choosy about who he works for. This must no longer be the case.

ah Borders, it was nice knowing you…

Does Steve Rude really have the financial option to decline paying work from Marvel, much less ANY work offered? I’m thinking about his recent troubles where he was in danger of losing his house and rescued by fandom.

At the very least, assuming they sold well, working for on some projects for Marvel might be a better way of getting in at DC than his current path.

But if he feels so strongly about not working for Marvel, ultimately it’s his call.

talk about fast hard to beleive that by next week Boarders will be dead thought it would take the first end of the month. as for steve the dude declining marvel igiven what he feels about the current leadership there would be hard for him were he to have taken the job at Marvel without winding up ending up with steve getting so tired of the politics he walks away and leaves Marvel with unfinished projects. where Dc would be interesting to see what Steve would do with dc characters. or even offering them the rights to Nexus for work.

With First Comics being resurrected, it should only be a matter of time before Steve Rude’s getting a steady paycheck…

Holy crap, I really dig Steve Rude assessment of comics!!

We already lost one Borders a few weeks ago in my neighborhood, and it’ll be kind of sad if the one on the other side of town goes away too. Even sadder still if they both remain big empty debris-attracting buildings covered in ‘for lease’ signs.

Bitter Olde Manne

July 15, 2011 at 10:36 am

Marvel is more elitist than DC?! Joe Quesada is responsible for the trend toward “dark” comics?! Marvel doesn’t pay a subsistence wage?! Steve Rude is turning down work even though he can’t afford to pay his mortgage?! Well, at least Marvel is hiring Neal Adams and not cancelling his comic halfway through its run. I’m no fan of either DC or Marvel these days, but I think Steve Rude needs to have a brain enema!

Too bad about Borders. I always preferred them to Barnes and Noble, both in terms of selection and atmosphere. I’m also not happy about this leaving one chain with a monopoly on brick and mortar book stores; never a good thing for consumers, or for diversity of product. I know that e-readers and online sales are the “future of publishing”, but I love the freedom to browse, to make informed decisions based on unrestricted examination of the actual product, and interaction with actual, you know…people.

I agree that it’s a shame Border’s is checking out and one major brick-and-mortar chain will have the lock-down on choosing what to provide to people. Of course, people can vote with their spending and if B&N doesn’t provide the right mix, the B&N consumer base may vote for another option.

That said, for freedom to browse, examine the actual product and interact with people, don’t overlook the option of the local public libraries. They have been hurt (funding-wise) by the economic downturn as well as the exodus to e-readers and digital content, but libraries still offer a viable alternative. Plus, if the traffic flow increases, the government dollar allocations may follow suit. If the local library branch doesn’t have what you want, ask nicely and they may be able to loan it from another library for you. Sellers like BAM and Half-Price Books are also viable (and money-saving) alternatives. This is a game-changing time for book lovers, so it will be interesting to see how the curtain drop on Border’s and the acceleration of e-readers change the playing field in the next few years.

Please don’t be so harsh on Steve Rude. This decision of his smacks of integrity, and that’s not usually a bad thing…. He may be wrong, he may be right, but he does have the right to choose.

It’s unfortunate that his financial struggles were so public. That issue impacts many of us, and he was more open about it than others.

But just like you would not like someone criticizing your purchases of comics, we should not tell him how to manage his money and efforts.

Looking forward to more work from you Steve! You are one of the best pencillers of all time!

I jumped over to the linked page at Popgun Chaos to read what Mr. Rude said and have to agree with most of it (as a non-pro).

But is it age, maturity, and realizing what crap comic books mostly are? I mean, what do we all want out of art and entertainment? The doers and the consumers? And besides, Steve loves “to draw blondes” and comic books certainly pay for that.

I think, though, that Mr. Rude might want to see last nights episode of “Louie” where Joan Rivers sets Louis CK back on track. Eyes on the prize, “Dude.”

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