Journalista for Nov. 1, 2010: Contractor defined

Posted by on November 1st, 2010 at 1:51 AM



“I had a good chat with Chris Claremont about [the new Wolverine movie] last night. Just looking at the character names mentioned, Zen, Shingen, Silver Samurai, Mariko, Yukio and ‘Frank Sinatra,’ it does seem to be an adaptation of Claremont and Miller’s work on the title — and Bleeding Cool was the first he knew of it.”


“Ah, Marvel’s Point One initiative for new readers. What new reader wouldn’t be switched on by an issue numbered AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #654.1?”


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From Batman #1; written by Bill Finger, pencils by “Bob Kane,” inks by “Bob Kane” and Jerry Robinson ©1992 DC Comics Inc.


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Above the Fold


Life in interesting times

  • Children’s book (and graphic-novel) publisher Scholastic has announced its intent to by back over five million shares of its own common stock.

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Events Calendar


This Week:


  • Nov. 2 (Copenhagen, Denmark): A public roundtable debate on transgressive cartooning and freedom of speech will be held at the University of Copenhagen, from 7-9PM. Details here.
  • Nov. 2 (Oak Park, IL): Charles Burns and Chris Ware will discuss their work at the Unity Temple on Lake Street, from 7:30-9:30PM. Tickets are $10 Details here.
  • Nov. 3 (Chicago, IL): Charles Burns will discuss his book X’ed Out at Quimby’s on North Avenue, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
  • Nov. 4-7 (New York City, NY): King Con takes place… somewhere in Brooklyn, I’m assuming? The website doesn’t exactly bother to tell me. You’re on your own with this one.
  • Nov. 4 (Portland, OR): Hereville author Barry Deutsch will give a slideshow presentation and sign books at Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, beginning at 7:30PM. Details here.
  • Nov. 5 (London, England): A one-day academic symposium on comics takes place in the Clore Centre on Torrington Square, from 9:30AM-5PM. Details here.
  • Nov. 6 (Los Angeles, CA): Join Theo Ellsworth for a reception honoring his new art show at Giant Robot on Sawtelle Boulevard, from 6:30-10PM. Details here.
  • Nov. 7 (London, England): The Comica Comiket Independent Comics Fair will be held in the Ellis Room of the Royal National Hotel on Bedford Way, from noon-5PM. Details here.
  • Nov. 7 (Ottawa, Ontario): A book launch for Von Allan’s Stargazer takes place at Perfect Books on Elgin Street, beginning at 4PM. Details here.


Want to see your comics-related event listed here? Email a link to and let me know. Please include an online link to which I can send people for more information. No sales-only events, please — it’s nice that you’ve marked things down at your store or website, but I won’t be listing it here. (Note: Under no circumstances will I link to a Facebook page. Seriously, what idiot “advertises” their event solely on a website that requires registration to see the advertisement?)


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