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Shigeru Mizuki, author of the enduring supernatural manga GeGeGe No Kitaro, which popularized the Japanese spirits known as yōkai, passed away today at age 93.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Mizuki had been hospitalized since Nov. 11, following injuries he sustained when he fell and hit his head at his home in Tokyo.
Long beloved in his own country, Mizuki rose to international attention in 2007 when his NonNonBa became the first manga to be honored as Best Album at the Angouleme International Comics Festival. Drawn and Quarterly began publishing his work in English in 2011, with his searing semi-autobiographical war story Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, which won an Eisner Award; two volumes of Showa, his history of the Showa period, won the 2015 Eisner. His most recent work to be released in English is his biography of Hitler, published earlier this month by Drawn and Quarterly.
Although the revelation that Marvel’s Iceman is gay has been widely covered in the mainstream media, it came as a surprise to the character’s co-creator Stan Lee.
“Is Iceman really gay?,” the 92-year-old writer asked BBC Radio 4 presenter Sarah Montague, who broke the news to him this morning.
The FBI has joined the investigation into the disappearance of Norman Lee, the veteran comic book inker who vanished March 5 while snorkeling with his wife in the Cayman Islands.
A spokeswoman for the FBI’s Boston office confirmed to the Weymouth, Massachusetts, Patriot Ledger that the agency is assisting the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, but declined to offer details.
When legendary comics creator Stan Lee met Internet phenomenon Grumpy Cat, there was only one way things could go down: with a grump-off. While it’s unclear who emerged the winner (besides us, of course), at least the showdown was captured for posterity.
The encounter occurred over the weekend at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo in Los Angeles, where Grumpy Cat was promoting her multimedia empire (including the new Dynamite comic The Misadventures of Grumpy Cat), and Lee was being, well, Stan Lee.
Hajime Isayama, creator of Attack on Titan, talks about how he came up with the idea for the blockbuster manga in a video interview with BBC News — and he reveals he was rejected by so many publishers that when an editor did show interest, he wondered, “What’s wrong with this guy?”
“I was beginning to give up,” recalls the 29-year-old artist, “because there are so many people who want to become manga artists. I didn’t think I could become one of the big ones. […] If I didn’t become a manga artist, maybe I’d have tried to work at an Internet cafe.”
Batman co-creator Bob Kane will receive the 2,562nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during a ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 21.
Held in front of the Guinness World Records Museum, the event will also see Batman presented with the title of “Most Film Adaptations of a Comic Book Character.” Director Zack Snyder and DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee will speak at the ceremony, where the Batmobile from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice will be on display.
Stan Lee narrates the trailer for his upcoming graphic memoir Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible, a collaboration with writer Peter David and artist Colleen Doran.
Announced in April, the graphic novel is billed as “the story of how modern comics came to be,” chronicling the life, career and legacy of the co-creator of the Marvel Universe.
The legacy of legendary cartoonist Charles M. Schulz is brought into focus in a new featurette for The Peanuts Movie called “The Art of Dreaming Big.”
“My dad always said, ‘If you read the comic strip you know who I am,” recalls son Craig Schulz, “and you can see that all the characters in the comic strip are really elements of him.”
When Spider-Man 2099 artist Will Sliney decided to propose to girlfriend Laura O’Callaghan last week, he went with what he knows: comics. But not just any comics.
Gathering friends and family on Sept. 11 for O’Callaghan’s surprise birthday party, Sliney projected onto a large screen a series of heartwarming illustrations that recounted the story of their relationship, complete with rhyming text, from their first meeting to their vacations to an imagined future together, complete with kids.
These days, it’s not uncommon for a celebrity on the PR circuit to drop some hidden comic book connection — usually a piece of childhood fandom meant to earn fanboy cred — but Key & Peele star Keagan Michael Key recently announced a different kind of connection: a familial one.
Appearing on the podcast You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes, the comedian, whose award-winning Comedy Central show just ended its run, revealed that he shares a father with the late legendary comic writer Dwayne McDuffie. Though Key has spoken often in interviews about his family background, it appears the Detroit native has just recently learned about his connection to the Static Shock co-creator, who died in 2011.
The Montreux Jazz Festival Japan has unveiled the main visual for its 2015 event, created by none other that acclaimed Akira artist Katsuhiro Otomo.
“I really don’t want to explain my work,” he said, “but since it is going to be held in Tokyo, I was strongly aware of the image of Japan.” The art will appear on posters and merchandise for the festival, held for 12 days in October in Tokyo; it’s tied to the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the second-largest jazz festival in the world.
Here’s a chance to get your hands on some rare Neil Gaiman work and support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. OK, maybe not “hands,” because it’s all digital …
The bestselling author has teamed with Humble Bundle for the appropriately titled “Neil Gaiman Rarities” bundle, featuring a range of books from early in his career, including his debut book, Duran Duran: The First Four Years of the Fab Five, from his days as a journalist.
Veteran comic book inker Bob Wiacek — who worked on such titles as Marvel’s “Uncanny X-Men” with John Romita Jr., Walter Simonson on “X-Factor” and George Pérez on DC Comics’ “Brave and the Bold” — recently suffered an injury from a bad fall, causing him to lose more than a week’s worth of work.
Unable to produce as much work as he normally does, the comic creator has launched a GoFundMe page and reached out to fans, asking for some financial assistance.
Today marks the 98th anniversary of the birth of Jack Kirby, King of Comics. And all corners of the comics internet are celebrating the contributions of the most legendary artist in the history of the medium (see CBR’s gathering of 98 mind-blowing Kirby images or Comics Should Be Good’s artist tribute for starters).
But the birth of Kirby also marks another strange anniversary for comics historians as 28 years ago today, the artist and his longtime Marve collaborator Stan Lee had one of their very few public arguments about what went in to the creation of the Marvel Universe.
In 1987, Kirby celebrated his 70th birthday with an interview on “Earthwatch” — a cultural program on New York City public radio station WBAI. During the broadcast, hosts Robert Knight, Warren Reece and Max Schmid asked Kirby about a range of fan topics from the origins of the Red Skull and the Cosmic Cube to comics perceived readership in the Golden Age and beyond. But the journalists pulled a somewhat stunning “Gotcha” move on their guest by asking him about the legend of the Marvel Bullpen before inviting Lee on as a caller.
If you’re among the thousands of Naruto fans hoping to get Masashi Kishimoto’s autograph during his appearances in October at New York Comic Con and New York Super Week, Viz Media has announced what you’ll have to do.
In his first-ever appearance in the United States, Kishimoto will participate in two convention panels, on Oct. 8 and Oct. 10, and two signing sessions, on Oct. 9 and Oct. 10.