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Comic Book Independents explores mysteries, struggles of creativity

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  • Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 at 1:00 PM EST

Now available On Demand, the documentary Comic Book Independents by director Chris Brandt receives wider distribution at an interesting time. In the midst of a migration of comic book creators from work-for-hire to creator-owned projects, and just as a renewed discussion about creator rights gains momentum, this documentary offers fascinating insight on what it means […]

Long-struggling Comic Book Ink to close: ‘I have let you down’

In an emotional letter to customers, the owner of Comic Book Ink announced he’s closing the long-struggling Lakewood, Washington, store, a seven-time nominee for the Will Eisner Spirit of Retailing Award. “I am going to try my best to keep the doors open until July 9th …  the opening weekend of The Amazing Spider-Man,” John […]

Jim Rugg and a Bic pen — a solo exhibit in L.A.’s iam8bit gallery

After winning over the comics faithful with Street Angel and Afrodisiac, Jim Rugg has become a pencil-carrying force in independent comics. He was enlisted by major publishers to draw books like DC’s PLAIN Janes and Dark Horse’s The Guild series, and even partnered with rock stars such as in the book One Model Nation. Next […]

Quote of the Day | Creators are supposed to struggle

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  • Thursday, April 26th, 2012 at 9:00 AM EST

  Many [artists], in fact, are effectively entrepreneurs, but have little of the regard of the lavishly paid, mythically potent CEO. A working artist is seen neither as the salt of the earth by the left, nor as a “job creator” by the right — but as a kind of self-indulgent parasite by both sides. […]

Jim Rugg art show kicks off March 29 in Pittsburgh

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  • Monday, March 19th, 2012 at 8:10 AM EST

Afrodisiac and Street Angel‘s Jim Rugg is the subject of an upcoming art exhibit, This #*?! Isn’t Very Funny at the ToonSeum in Pittsburgh March 29-May 6. This #*?! Isn’t Very Funny features Rugg’s work on Street Angel and Afrodisiac, as well new and seldom seen pieces. You can find the press release and some […]

Comics A.M. | How to save the struggling manga industry

Publishing | Longtime industry hand Jason Thompson has written a thoughtful essay on why the manga industry is in trouble, going beyond the American scene to point out structural problems in the Japanese market: An aging readership, the decline of print and the reluctance of Japanese publishers to embrace digital publishing in any coherent way. […]

Comics A.M. | Artist Brett Ewins injured in struggle with police

Creators | Former Judge Dredd artist Brett Ewins suffered serious head injuries Saturday after he allegedly stabbed a police officer who responded to complaints about a man shouting throughout the night. Police say when they arrived the 56-year-old Ewins attacked them with a knife. One of the officers received minor wounds during the struggle, but […]

Comics A.M. | Superheroes’ big-screen struggle for diversity; Z-Cult FM returns

Movies | National Public Radio commentator John Ridley critiques Hollywood for being even less diverse than the Big Two when it comes to diversity in lead characters, and demolishes their blame-the-audience theory that white people won’t go to see a movie with a black lead by pointing to a study by Indiana University professor Andrew […]

Forget Kid Rock, KISS and Eminem — Detroit brings in Jim Rugg

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  • Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 at 1:00 PM EST

Jim Rugg’s made himself known through a series of thrilling projects both creator-owned and work-for-hire, doing work for Vertigo’s Minx line, collaborating with the frontman of the Dandy Warhols on a graphic novel, and doing two excellent books of his own (Afrodisiac and Street Angel). And now he’s bringing it to Detroit for one night […]

Read Jim Rugg’s Rambo 3.5 for free

If you’ve ever thought that our whole al-Qaeda problem was nothing a little team-up between George W. Bush and John J. Rambo couldn’t fix, then have I got the comic for you. Over on his blog, Afrodisiac/Street Angel artist Jim Rugg is offering free copies of his celebrated, Ignatz Award-nominated minicomic Rambo 3.5, in convenient […]

SDCC Wishlist | Jim Rugg’s Marvel vs. Capcom 3 T-shirt

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  • Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 at 9:30 AM EST

I’m not even sure where this will be available, but I really, really need one … artist Jim Rugg shares artwork he created for a limited edition Marvel vs. Capcom 3 T-shirt that’ll be available in San Diego this week. That’s the front of the shirt up top; click over to his blog to see […]

Straight for the art | Jim Rugg draws my childhood

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  • Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 at 10:30 AM EST

This weekend’s HeroesCon will feature an art auction, and artist Jim Rugg is showing off his submission — featuring everyone from Lobo and Hellboy to the friggin’ Road Warriors — on his blog. On an unrelated note, why the hell do I not have this convention in my travel plans every year?

Talking Comics with Tim: Jim Rugg

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  • Monday, March 1st, 2010 at 3:30 PM EST

Regular readers of Robot 6 will not be surprised to read we’re fans of Jim Rugg‘s work. Rugg and I recently did an email interview regarding his latest collaboration with Brian Maruca, Afrodisiac (AdHouse). The book is described here as: “Inspired by the blaxploitation films of the 1970s and classic superhero comics, the Afrodisiac collects […]

Straight for the ninjas | Jim Rugg’s ‘cut’ drawings from McSweeney’s

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  • Friday, January 29th, 2010 at 10:38 AM EST

Artist Jim Rugg shares a couple of pieces he did for McSweeney’s that never saw the light of day, due to the article being cut. Above you’ll see a cornucopia of ninjas, from Elektra and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Stormshadow and Zen. Click on over to his site to see another fun one, […]

Straight for the art | Jim Rugg’s Afrodisiac dust jacket

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  • Friday, January 8th, 2010 at 11:15 AM EST

Artist Jim Rugg shares the dust jacket that will wrap around the deluxe limited edition of Afrodisiac, his upcoming release from AdHouse Books. Smokin’!

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