Thursday, April 9, 2009

Comic Book News, In Brief

Bookslut recently ran a wonderful interview with comics legend, Jules Feiffer. Topics ranged from racism in comics to sexism in comics to children's books.

Comics letterer & logo designer, Todd Klein, has a blog. In it, he reviews new books, reassesses his old work, and analyzes the progression of various logos from funnybooks' past.

To help promote their upcoming Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers mini-series, Marvel Comics is holding a contest. The rules are simple: Take a picture of your pet dressed up as a Marvel superhero, then send the incriminating photos to their Pet Avengers Flickr group. The actual 'prizes' are crap, but isn't publicly humiliating your furry friend reward enough?

In 1970, writer William S. Burroughs and artist Malcolm McNeill teamed up to write a graphic novel, Ah Pook Is Here. Excessive printing costs (some of the full color illustrations are over 25 feet long) and insufficient public interest (it was, after all, only a comic book) eighty-sixed its release. Fast forward 39 years, and a project history, story synopsis, and gallery of McNeill's mindblowing images have been put on line. Click here to enjoy.