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C. Spike Trotman, the woman behind TEMPLAR, AZ and SMUT PEDDLER, is seeking submissions for a horror anthology comic:


They're actually paying an up-front page rate, so check it out.
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Ace cartoonist [personal profile] layla has a new book out, FREEBIRD:


It's a terrific slice-of-life strip set in her native Alaska, beautifully drawn and full of odd and charming characters. Highly recommended.
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If you're at San Diego Comic-Con, be sure to visit Spike Trotman at Blank Label Booth 1330. Mainly because her comics are awesome. But also because, due to a screw-up by the post office, she had to go to a lot of extra trouble (and expense) to get her books to the show. So cheer her up with your dollars.
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Send your good vibes and prayers to legendary comics writer Len Wein (X-Men, Swamp Thing), who's house burned down on Monday. Len and his family made it out ok, but sadly their pet dog did not. More details here:


And Harlan Ellison is posting updates on his board:

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Congratulations to newlyweds Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan!

Scholastic is going to publish Raina Telgemeier's webcomic SMILE!

Everybody dance!

(via Colleen Doran)

Go, Troy!

Sep. 18th, 2008 02:30 pm
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Troy Hickman's TWILIGHT GUARDIAN and Marc Bernardin & Adam Freeman's GENIUS are the winners of the Top Cow "Pilot Season" contest! Yay, Troy!

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via [livejournal.com profile] warren_ellis:

Gordon Lee Trial Date Set – CBLDF Needs Your Help!

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund urgently needs your help. This August,
the long-running case of Georgia v. Gordon Lee will finally go to trial, with
court costs expected to hit $20,000.

For nearly three years the Fund has defended Georgia retailer Gordon Lee,
seeing him through multiple arraignments and procedures, and racking up $80,000
in legal bills. The charges stem from a Halloween 2004 incident in which
Lee handed out, among other free comics, an anthology featuring an excerpt from
the critically acclaimed graphic novel The Salon. The segment depicted a
historically accurate meeting between 20th Century art icons Georges Braque and
Pablo Picasso, the latter depicted in the nude. It was a harmless sequence,
no more explicit than the nudity displayed in the award winning Watchmen.
Yet because the title found its way into the hands of a minor, Floyd County
prosecutors hit Lee with two felony counts and five misdemeanors. The Fund
eventually knocked out most of the charges, but must now defeat the two
remaining misdemeanor counts of Distribution of Harmful to Minors Material, each
carrying a penalty of up to one year in prison and up to $1,000 in fines.

The case is slated to go to trial the week of August 13. We urgently need
your support in order to wage the best defense possible against these
remaining charges, and that means raising the $20,000 that the trial is expected to
cost. Here’s how you can help:

Make A Monetary Donation: Every dollar counts, so please visit the cbldf.org
and make a tax-deductible contribution today. As a thank-you for making a
donation of $30 or more, the Fund will give you a brand new t-shirt displaying
the text of the First Amendment in the shape of an American flag. Show your
commitment to free speech, and your support for this very important case.

Join The CBLDF: Now is the time to join or renew your membership in the
Fund. Your member dollars provide the baseline of support that we need to
perform our casework, and defend your right to buy whatever comics you wish. If
you join now with a basic membership of $25 you will receive a CBLDF Member
Card, featuring new Groo art by the one-and-only Sergio Aragones, as well as a
subscription to our news publication Busted!, and special admission to CBLDF
events across the country. If you join at a level of $100 or more, you will
also receive one of the new First Amendment t-shirts.

Donate Original Art & Collectibles: With summer conventions upon us, the
Fund needs original art, high-grade comics, and other collectible items to make
the most of our summer auctions. Please e-mail _cbldf1@gmail.com_
(mailto:cbldf1@gmail.com) for more information about how to donate to our auctions, or
with a description of your intended donation. If your donation is accepted
for our summer auctions, you will receive a letter of acknowledgment and a
2007 membership. To ensure that your donation is received safely, please do
not send physical items until accepted by the CBLDF.

With Gordon Lee's freedom in the balance, the CBLDF needs everyone who
values Free Expression in comic books to do his or her part to support this very
important case. Please visit http://www.cbldf.org and make
your contribution today.

Donations: http://cbldf.safeshopper.com/12/cat12.htm?479
Membership: http://cbldf.safeshopper.com/7/cat7.htm?945
Other Donations: cbldf1@gmail.com
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It's been a bad couple of weeks for the comics community. We've lost three great talents:

Arnold Drake, creator of THE DOOM PATROL and DEADMAN, and writer of the pioneering graphic novel IT RHYMES WITH LUST.

Drew Hayes, creator of the long-running indy comic POISON ELVES.

and Marshall Rogers, artist of BATMAN, DETECTIVES INC., SILVER SURFER, and many other titles.

Sincerest condolensces to these creators' family and friends. They'll be greatly missed, but their work will continue to entertain and inspire audiences for generations to come.

EDITED TO ADD: And I should also mention Jay Kennedy, editor in chief of King Features Syndicate and author of THE OFFICIAL UNDERGROUND AND NEWAVE COMIX PRICE GUIDE, who also passed on recently.
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Mark Evanier is reporting the sad news that veteran cartoonist Bob Oksner has passed away. He did great work on everything from Bob Hope to Superman. Oksner was especially regarded for his depictions of beautiful women -- his renditions of Supergirl, Mary Marvel, and Angel O'Day were the epitome of wholesome, girl-next-door sexiness. He was one of the greats.
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Holy cow, what a list! I am especially interested in the Batgirl Showcase -- I haven't read a lot of her early solo adventures. And I'm really glad to see the Wonder Woman Encyclopedia, which is the only one I never could find back in the '70s.

I may pick up the Atom, Martian Manhunter, and Wonder Woman Showcases too -- I don't like any of those series well enough to shell out for a hardcover Archives, but 17 bucks for 500+ pages of stupid fun is a pretty good deal.

And hey, there's Simonson's Elric book -- I didn't even know the last two issues had come out!

Finally, Kirby's Fourth World in hardcover -- about time. Now where's my Omac collection, damn it?
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My old pal [livejournal.com profile] jaymarcy is having a big Year End Clearance Sale, so if you haven't checked out his whacked-out autobiographical comix before, now's your chance. I particularly recommend My Day In The Life of Jay, because I contributed a page to it. ;-) But they're all great fun. Details here:

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This is pretty cool:


A new website spotlighting female artists, with a database/wiki, gallery, and message board. [livejournal.com profile] arcana_j, [livejournal.com profile] divalea, [livejournal.com profile] glacierdust, Carla Speed McNeil, Rachel Hartman, and many other notables are already represented. Check it out.
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Randy Reynaldo is putting up some of his old ROB HANES ADVENTURES stories as webcomics... in color, even! I am a big fan of Randy's Toth/Caniff-influenced cartooning. Check it out here:

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Several sources are reporting that artist Dave Cockrum has passed away, due to complications from diabetes. He was 63 years old.

Cockrum is perhaps best known for his work on DC Comics' LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES and Marvel Comics' X-MEN -- two franchises that were pretty marginal when he got hold of them, but which soon became best-sellers due in no small part to his slick, sexy, and modern style. He also created his own superhero team, THE FUTURIANS (one of the first original graphic novels published by Marvel), and was a prolific cover artist and character designer.

A terrific talent and, by all accounts, a pretty terrific human being as well. Deepest condolensces to his family, friends, and colleagues. He will certainly be missed.

More on Dave Cockrum's life and passing here:

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Anyone who would like to help out [livejournal.com profile] divalea and her family after that awful house fire, here's the link for the benefit auctions -- some really cool stuff has been donated:


(Keep checking back, more items are being added all the time)

For more information on the auctions, the other fundrasiers going on, and other ways to donate:


You can keep up with the latest news on Lea's LiveJournal:


Or at Gail Simone's message board:

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If you'd like to help [livejournal.com profile] divalea and her family get back on their feet after their house fire, donations can be sent via PayPal to:


Holy shit

Sep. 6th, 2006 10:50 am
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Everyone send prayers and good vibes to Lea Hernandez ( [livejournal.com profile] divalea ), who's just suffered a terrible house fire. She and the family made it out ok, thankfully, but it sounds pretty horrific regardless. More details here:



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