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If Boom’s Disney Comics Are Coming To An End, What’s Next?

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When Disney acquired Marvel in 2009, the implications of getting Marvel's characters and properties into the Disney-dominated arenas of television and film were obvious. What wasn't addressed quite as much, however, was that it worked the other way around: After 70 years of licensing out their characters to comic book companies like Dell, Gold Key and Gemstone, Disney had acquired a company of their own with a massive presence in the comics market...

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Classic Horror, Crime and Sci-Fi Books of EC Comics to Be Republished by Fantagraphics

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For the first time in decades fans will finally be able to collect the iconic horror, crime and sci-fi stories of E.C. Comics in black and white collections from Fantagraphics starting in 2012. According to The Comics Reporter, Fantagraphics announced the acquisition of the E...

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Link Ink: Captain America’s Donuts, The New York Times Gets a ‘Big Fat Whale’ and New ‘ThunderCats’ Art

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Food: You can now feast upon special Captain America: The First Avengers grub at Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins. Just be sure to go ride your bike for awhile or something afterward if you want to keep looking like a super soldier...

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The Incredible Comedy (and Suicide Attempts) of ‘Mickey Mouse’ by Floyd Gottfredson

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Even when I was a kid, I was never cared much for Mickey Mouse. I was always more into Warner's Looney Tunes -- especially the Chuck Jones cartoons -- and the Disney stuff I liked tended to be revolve around the adventures of Uncle Scrooge or Chip 'n' Dale's Rescue Rangers, the latter of which prompted my first and only purchase of an airbrushed t-shirt...

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Jacques Tardi: Fantagraphics Helps A Legend Get His Due With an ‘Icepunk’ Graphic Novel

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The funny thing about comics, as a medium, is that it's so much larger than you might think. The American comics industry, from cape comics to autobio, is well known, as is manga, a Japanese import that went from niche to fad to powerhouse...

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‘Village Voice’ Doesn’t Pay Cartoonists, Asks Cartoonists Why They’re Broke

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In anticipation of this weekend's MoCCA Festival, The Village Voice published its Cartoon Issue, featuring an exhaustive and fascinating article on the grim financial realities of cartoonists. Among the many depressing facts reported were that Fantagraphics makes only $6 million in sales a year; the Diamond Comic Distributor's total sales figures for 2009 were only $428 million; and that The Village Voice itself doesn't pay many cartoonists whose work it publishes...

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The Complete Carl Barks Coming in All New Color at Fantagraphics

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Yesterday, Fantagraphics announced that they will be publishing the complete work of Carl Barks, the acclaimed cartoonist best known for his work on the Disney "duck books" like Donald Duck and stories in the larger Duckburg universe, including the creation of Scrooge McDuck...

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Digital December: Fantagraphics and Getting On The Digital Train

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The bulk of the conversation about digital comics, both here and elsewhere, have largely revolved around the Big Two of Marvel and DC Comics, other mainstream publishers, and indie comics, in that order...

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‘A Drunken Dream’ Introduces A Manga Pioneer to America [Preview]

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Moto Hagio is one of the greatest Japanese manga creators you've never heard of. As part of the Year 24 Group -- a collection of female mangaka who revolutionized shojo manga -- Hagio helped take the genre to new heights, incorporating science-fiction, boys' love, and mature themes of sexuality and gender...

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The Meandering, Beautiful ‘Artichoke Tales’ [Review]

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"Artichoke Tales" is an ambitious new book (out this week from Fantagraphics) by the celebrated cartoonist Megan Kelso. It's a multi-generational fantasy epic about a divided, warring people with artichoke leaves for hair, focusing on the experiences of a single family with ties to both sides of the struggle...

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