Archive for July, 2009

CBR wins Eisner Award for Journalism

July 26, 2009, which I’m a regular contributor to, was awarded the Eisner Award for Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism this weekend at the San Diego Comic-Con. Having played a small role in the website winning this award (Okay, very small role, but still, it’s there) I’m amazed we beat out Tom Spurgeon’s Comics Reporter (Tom knows more about comics than I ever will and is the interviewer I aspire to be) and The Comics Journal, which are both unbelievable publications.

Jonah Weiland, my sometimes boss, has put together what I think is the best resource for comics news online. There are things I would change (The site needs more me, for example) but I was a reader before I wrote for the site.

So Jonah, I have to ask…do we all get raises now…?


Bob Schreck Returns to Comics

July 24, 2009

Okay, there was really no serious suspense about this. Bob Schreck is one of the best editors in comics. He’s a veteran of Comico, Dark Horse, Oni, and DC. He’s worked with some of the biggest and best creators in comics over the past quarter century and really the only question people asked when he was laid off from DC earlier this year was “where will he end up?”

Answer: IDW Publishing.

He’ll be starting in October and the truth is that Bob is not only incredibly talented but he’s also an incredibly nice guy. I interviewed him ages ago (or maybe just 2004, but as Indiana Jones said, it’s not the years, it’s the mileage). I was writing for the late web magazine Ninthart and talked with Schreck in his offices at DC where at the time, he was Group Editor of the Batman books and was overseeing a sequel to The Dark Knight Returns from Frank Miller, new books written and illustrated by Matt Wagner, a comic written by George Romero and more. At DC Schreck also edited and oversaw Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s All-Star Superman, he put together Matt Wagner and Amy Reeder Hadley to launch Madame Xanadu for Vertigo, Paul Pope’s Batman Year 100. The list goes on.

I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.

Welcome back, Mr. Schreck. It wouldn’t be the same without you.

Chris Eliopoulos and Misery Loves Sherman

July 20, 2009

Chris Eliopoulos is a cartoonist. That’s not his day job or how he pays the bills, but at heart he’s a cartoonist and last week he celebrated 400 strips of his ongoing comic “Misery Loves Sherman.” Now on the one hand, coming out with strips five days a week for more than a year and a half doesn’t seem like a lot of work, but considering the man has a family and a very busy schedule and that he makes no money off it (with web hosting costs, I’m sure he’s losing money).

This is one of those strips that should be in the comics page (and no doubt would be if the newspaper business were healthier). Chris is one of the good guys and I’m thrilled for him. One of my daily reads and I’m glad I got to interview him about the strip last year. He does some work for Marvel, but Misery Loves Sherman is the best stuff he’s ever done and should be read. There aren’t many great all-ages strips on the web but this is one.

Joelle Jones interview

July 18, 2009

In tandem with my earlier interview with Jamie S. Rich about the new book “You Have Killed Me,” I talked with the book’s artist, the incredibly talented Joelle Jones. She debuted a few years ago with “12 Reasons Why I Love Her” and I think between this and her upcoming Vertigo books, she’s really going to take off in the next few years. We had a good time chatting, which hopefully comes across.

Jamie S. Rich interview

July 7, 2009

I talk with writer Jamie S. Rich about his graphic novel “You Have Killed Me” which debuts this month at the San Diego Comic-Con and we talked about our shared love of noir and why writing a mystery isn’t as much of a stretch for him as it might seem.

Steve Saffel interview on CBR

July 7, 2009

Steve Saffel is a writer, editor and marketing consultant I talked to recently because he edited “The Best of Simon and Kirby” a new project from Titan Books and we talked about the book and working with the legendary writer and artist Joe Simon.