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Akira the Don draws Axl Rose for Art Brut comic

Axl Rose

Earlier this summer indie rock band Art Brut released a comic book that had Bryan Lee O’Malley, Hope Larson, Jeff Lemire, Jeffrey Brown and several others creating comics based on tracks from Art Brut’s Brilliant Tragic! album. (The band’s lead singer, Eddie Argos, is a big comic book fan, and even writes a column on them).

Artist and musician Akira the Don, whose new album The Life Equation can be heard on his blog and opens with a speech by Grant Morrison, created a comic for the song “Axl Rose.” Naturally, it features the Guns N’Roses front man leaping out of a kid’s poster to ride a motorcycle and flip off the world. The Don has posted it on his website, so you can go check it out for yourself.

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Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball

Manga | Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball has been officially removed from Wicomico County schools in Maryland following a committee review of the popular series. The announcement was made Thursday by Superintendent John Fredericksen, slightly more than a week after a parent’s complaint about depictions of nudity and sexual situations in the first volume triggered the school board to pull the manga from library shelves.

The committee also is reviewing the all-ages Dragon Ball Z; Dragon Ball is rated for teens. Both titles are published in North America by Viz Media. The Wicomico County Public Library announced last week that it is conducting an “internal reconsideration” of Dragon Ball, pulling the series from circulation while it decides where the manga should be shelved.

And in a timely post, Jason Thompson, author of Manga: The Complete Guide, addresses the Dragon Ball dust-up and other issues for io9.com. [WBOC.com]

Publishing | Random House imprint David Fickling Books will publish three collections of comics from its canceled U.K. comics anthology The DFC. The books — Mezolith by Adam Brockbank and Ben Haggarty; Good Dog, Bad Dog by Dave Shelton; and Spider Moon by Kate Brown — will be released in March, April and May 2010. [Booktrade, via Forbidden Planet International]

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Art Brut visits DC Comics headquarters

Is there such a thing as corporate Shelf Porn? On steroids?

The band Art Brut has a song on their latest album, Art Brut vs. Satan, called “DC Comics and Chocolate Milkshake.” So the magazine Under the Radar asked their lead singer to write an essay about his love for comics. When DC found out, they invited the band to take a tour of their offices, which you can see in the photo gallery below (or go here to view it at a larger size):

That’s David Hyde, VP of publicity for DC Comics, showing them around. It looks like they also visited Dan DiDio and got some free comics, too.


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