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September 30, 2008

FreakAngels 0029

FREAKANGELS is a free, weekly, ongoing comic written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Paul Duffield. FreakAngels 0029 FA0029.jpg

September 26, 2008

Pictures For Sad Children -- Political Ads

pictures for sad children

September 23, 2008

Bookslut interviews Eddie Campbell


Bookslut Interview with Eddie Campbell from Jessa Crispin on Vimeo.

September 22, 2008

Death Note, simpson-ized (and vice versa)

Wonderland: Death Note simpsonised

Comics about art students making comics about art school

pictures for sad children

September 20, 2008

FreakAngels 0028

FREAKANGELS is a free, weekly, ongoing comic written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Paul Duffield. FreakAngels 0028 fa0028.JPG

September 18, 2008

Fuck me with switchblades

Jesus Christ, anything but this... 1221795439529.jpg Switchblades | Mich. Democratic officials are fucking us with switchblades | Dude, Where's My Delegates?

September 16, 2008

Frank Miller's "John McCain Returns"

McCain: The Mavericking Maverick Mavericks More

Click through for the whole sweet thing.

(Captions taken from Miller's seminal "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns)

September 15, 2008

Hibbs on ethics in comics retailing:
"You Fucking Asshole C---s!"

GoddamnBatman.jpgThe Savage Critic(s) | Brian Hibbs | Retailing: You Fucking Asshole C---s!
As everyone probably knows by now, the latest issue of ALL-STAR BATMAN had a unfortunate printing error where the black bars over numerous swear words printed too light, letting you see the swears underneath. DC caught this only after the books were printed, in hand at Diamond, and already in the process of being distributed. They attempted to get the distribution ceased, but because of the mechanics of distribution, some copies (largely, but not exclusively, to those who get "early" delivery) made it to stores on the East Coast and Midwest and South. No one on the West Coast got any copies whatsoever. Some percentage of stores who received these copies decided that, rather than destroy the copies, as DC comics asked (but could not, at least within the terms of their TOS, DEMAND -- there may be some other legal principle I am unaware of that they may have done so, I do not know), that they would sell them instead. ... Some percentage of THAT group further decided, since we now have nationwide and international tools to sell material, to put these on the internet in places like eBay, and were therefore handed a free pile of fifty dollar bills.... This is going to be very costly for DC, in reprinting the book, and what I imagine is a few frenzied hours at Diamond as they tried to "unpull" as many copies as they could, but it has several pernicious effects on retailers as well. First off the "bad actors" (those who have no LEGAL reason to comply, decide they also have no MORAL one to do so) are all REWARDED for being such....
Continued after the jump.
One of the most incredibly fucked up things about New Comics distribution is that we don't have a Street Date. Most stores in most places get Wednesday delivery, for Wednesday sale, wholly dependent on their shipping option. This means most stores are waiting around for a UPS truck, and that many stores are OPEN and full of customers clamoring for the comics while they're trying to count them in, pick and pull subs, merchandise the store, etc....
Brian goes on to explain that he gets comics on Tuesday from his distributor and wouldn't go back to Wednesday delivery -- he'd close the shop first. And it is things like retailers refusing to play ball with publishers when honest fuckups happen that cause publishers to roll their eyes and think, "Fuck these amateurs, I'll never do them the courtesy of issuing street dates for my comics."
So, to Mitch Cutler, and every other retailer out that there that decided they should sell these copies of ALL-STAR BATMAN: Fuck You Very Much. Hurray, you've just pushed EVERY OTHER RETAILER IN THE COUNTRY back (at least) another five years! Great job! Thinking of yourself before the wishes of your partners or the rest of your industry ("We didn't destroy it because we couldn't know everyone would destroy it") means you've just painted EVERY OTHER RETAILER IN THE COUNTRY as an irresponsible fuckwit too. There's no doubt that any retailer who decided to mark those copies up is a far greater douchebag asshole, but you don't get any points for selling something you were asked not to for fucking cover price! So thanks to you, one and all, who just had to go fuck it up for the rest of the retailers. C---s.

September 13, 2008

One sentence synopses of popular comics

International Society of Supervillains: Single-Sentence Synopses of Popular Comics

Preacher is about Texas and why it is unwise to mess with the inhabitants thereof.

Transmetropolitan is basically pornography for journalism majors.

The Amazing Spider-Man is about how Aunt May’s in trouble and there isn’t much time.

Uncanny X-Men is about black people and gays who are straight and white, but have superpowers.

Many more at the link.