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Clash Over Copyrights June 14, 2010

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This article in USA Today: (Neil Gaiman, Todd McFarlane clash over copyrights – USATODAY.com.) covers a copyright dispute between comic book artists who may or may not have “co-created” characters that one of the artists has continued to use.

Copyrights are a tough area of the law, even when situations seem pretty clear, but in comics cases – things are always murky. Interesting piece, and interesting topic.

By the way, I finished Gaiman’s American Gods this weekend, so look for a review later today!  We’ve been on a bit of a hiatus, but we’re coming back, and look for guest posts!  If you’re interested in writing something, or have a topic you’d like to see us share, let us know!

Monday Book Review: Alan Moore’s Top Ten March 29, 2010

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The book being reviewed for this week’s book review is a little different from our usual picks: it’s a graphic novel. I happen to love graphic novels, and have a modest collection of both series and stand alone stories. Although I occasionally pick up a Batman or Spiderman comic if I’m interested in the writer or artist for that particular issue, I generally don’t normally choose the comics about superheroes. I can’t tell you anything about the mythology of Superman or the X-Men.

Anyway, despite my aversion to superhero stories, upon a recommendation, I picked up Volume 1 of Alan Moore‘s Top Ten, a graphic novel about Neopolis, a city full of “science heroes” – people or beings having enhanced or supernatural abilities. Even though the premise is about what life would be like in a city where everyone is a superhero – the story and plot unfolds like any other dramatic comedy. To be more specific, the “Top Ten” of the title refers to the nickname of the Police Precinct that enforces the law in Neopolis, and the story is told in a Law and Order style Police Procedural, following a few subplots based upon the investigations and personal lives of a group of science-hero police.

The art was great, lots of details in each drawing, filling in bits of story to support the dialogue balloons. Volume 1 collects about 8 series comics, the complete set of the first story arc. Volume 2 is shorter, and tells another story. There has been at least one spin off, a prequel about some of the earlier science-hero cops in Neopolis, when the city was still new.

I’d recommend these graphic novels to just about anyone. Good stories, great characters, tight plots with plenty of clues and details, and pretty good artwork. These are very well-done, and I hope there will be more!

I <3 Calvin and Hobbes! December 29, 2009

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Who doesn’t love Calvin and Hobbes? It is one of the greatest comics of all time. The rascal Calvin and his trusty tiger, Hobbes, use their imaginations to escape or get into all kinds of misadventures.

Just in case you miss them too, here’s a few links to check out:

–> A sketchbook of Calvin and Hobbes cartoons, as reimagined by other comic artists
–> More reimaginings
–>New book about trying to get an interview with Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes [I wanted, but did not get this for Christmas, so I know how I’ll use some of my giftcards!]

Webseries Wednesday: Unshelved November 18, 2009

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Today we introduce another regular feature, inspired by the Twitter meme Webseries Wednesday. Each week we’ll point our readers towards our favorite webseries. This week, we start off with Unshelved a webcomic about life in a Public Library.

Like standard newspaper comics, the strip is published daily in black and white, with a full color extended strip on Sundays. Each Sunday the strip features a book review, which they call the Sunday Book Club.

Its a clever strip that can be appreciated by anyone who works with people, even if not in a library. Enjoy!

Unshelved, November 12, 2009