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This Week’s Cartoon: “Dictator Do’s and Don’ts”

This strip doesn’t really have much deeper meaning beyond being a vehicle for me to draw Mr. Perkins as Qaddafi. I had started writing this when the Egyptian revolution was taking place, and then updated it for the present. I find it hard to write cartoons about the uprisings in the Middle East, as they aren’t exactly comedic affairs (aside from the mannerisms of certain prideful and eccentric despots).

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Shrinks Slap Supes

Psychologists at the 118th Annual Convention of the American Psychology Association have come out against superhero role models being marketed to young males. Indian television reports: “Psychologist Sharon Lamb says, “There is a big difference in the movie superhero of today and the comic book superhero of yesterday. “Today’s superhero is too much like an […]

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Blago Does Comic-Con

Fresh from his felony conviction for lying to federal investigators, disgraced ex-governer of Illinois, Ron Blagojevitch stole the spotlight at this week’s Wizard World Chicago. Likening his recent legal problems to the sort of struggles superheroes go through,  Blagojevitch set up at a celebrity booth not far from William Shatner and proceeded to sell signed […]

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Newsweek Profiles Lily Renée

Pioneering comic book artist Lily Renée, who’s illustrations graced many Fiction House titles in the forties, has been profiled in Newseek magazine. One of very few women that made it above secretarial positions in the golden age era comic book field, Renée’s work is receiving attention thanks to Trina Robbins’ dogged detective work tracking the […]

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Injury To Eye Motif Livens Comic-Con Coverage

The Hollywood marketing machine ran full blast at San Diego Comic-Con yesterday, but found itself upstaged this morning by a minor scuffle at a Resident Evil panel. CNN, LA TIMES, USA TODAY and dozens of other news sites led their Sunday Comic-Con coverage with a dodgey story involved a stabbing with an ink-pen.  Some outlets […]

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Comic-Con: “The Genie Is Out Of The Bottle”

Comics fans have been grousing for years that Hollywood has been taking over the San Diego Comic-Con to promote their superhero, fantasy and sci-fi franchises.  But this year, the studios are marketing outside the genre box, offering up promotions of thrillers, comedies and television series. Some con goers and industry observers are calling it “a […]

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Battleground Burbank

As San Diego welcomes throngs of comics and movie fans to the annual Comic-Con, the top dogs are still DC and Marvel who continue to duke it out in their never-ending battle for market share.  But now the market is filmed franchises and the real decisions concerning these two quintessential New York City companies are […]

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New Comics Stamps From USPS

The United States Postal Service will unveil a new series of comics character stamps on Friday.  The 44 centers will feature Beetle Bailey, Calvin and Hobbes, Archie, Dennis The Menace and  Garfield. Titled the Sunday Funnies Stamps, the collection adds to the postal service’s 1995 Comic Strip Classics commemorative set that celebrated the 100th anniversary […]

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Real Life Super Heroes Get Organized

While comic book fandom loves to read the occasional news item about real people putting on costumes and fighting crime, the reality is that the movement is growing (and getting organized). The Real Life Super Heroes Project offers news, community and products geared to the needs of street vigilantes. Meanwhile, in Brooklyn, a group calling […]

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Harvey Pekar dead at age 70

Sad news today as it was learned that comic book legend Harvey Pekar, creator of American Splendor and inspiration for the movie of the same name, passed away at age 70.

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