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The Comics Page: Beasts! Volume 2


If you enjoyed Fantagraphics' great art anthology Beasts!, you'll be very pleased to learn FBI art director Jacob Covey is working on a second volume and promises "many names that readers won't recognize, bringing a whole new audience to some artists who deserve more exposure...

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Creator Q&A: Gail Simone


Considering all the deserved raves writer Gail Simone has earned for her work on an array of mainstream superhero titles -- notably DC's Birds of Prey -- it's hard to believe until a couple of years ago, she hadn't admitted she was a professional writer of comics, one of the interesting fun facts she shared in a recent New York Times interview...

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Funnybook Paparazzi in Austin


Had nice conversations with Tony Millionaire, nee of Maakies, Sock Monkey and Billy Hazelnuts fame, and Dave Herman, voice actor extraordinaire whose animation credits include Futurama, American Dad, Bee Movie and the upcoming Drinky Crow Show on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim next spring at a signing hosted last Saturday at nationally reknowned Austin Books and Comics...

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Creator Q&A: Tony Millionaire


Must 've been sleeping when the news broke that the fine folks at Cartoon Network's Adult Swim had aired a pilot based on Tony Millionaire's brilliant Maakies weekly strip, appearing in a fine alt-weekly newspaper near you (including the Austin Chronicle), earlier this year...

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Heath Ledger as The Joker Revealed!


Can't wait another two weeks for the debut of the featurette/prologue of The Dark Knight before I Am Legend on IMAX screens across the U.S.? Hopefully, this groovy image of Heath Ledger as The Joker from the January 2008 cover of the UK-based film magazine Empire -- along with a short interview -- will whet your appetite in the short term...

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Another American Elf in the Family!


While millions of Americans were flooding malls on Black Friday, one of my favorite cartoonists, the original American Elf James Kochalka, had more important things to do... James and his wife Amy welcomed their second son, Oliver Jonco, into the world on Nov...

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Graphic Novels Aren’t Really Literature or Worthwhile At All…


Met up quite unexpectedly Thanksgiving eve with Alan J. Porter, the hardest working writer I know (one of the nicest too!) and an expert on all things comics, James Bond and The Beatles, at my town's local comic shop of record, Austin Books and Comics (before I forget, welcome Maakies creator Tony Millionaire there Dec...

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