Comics Beat ‘s Torsten Adair goes through The New York Times bestseller list and draws some conclusions, “Right now, it seems that diversity is the zeitgeist, as non-fiction, non-comics publishers are selling well to the general public, and that kids’ books are a growing market.”
“PSY does something in his video that few other artists, Korean or otherwise, do: He parodies the wealthiest, most powerful neighborhood in South Korea. Sure, he uses physical humor to make it seemingly about him, a man who wants to project glamour but keeps falling short…But ultimately, by declaring ‘Oppa is Gangnam Style,’ he turns [...]
Fantagraphics’ blog reveals “Modern Cartoonist: The Naked Truth” in all its gorgeous glory! Read Dan Clowes’ tell-all illustrated essay originally published on the hush-hush in 1997.
“Yelp’s content — the technical genre of which is “review,” but which also, often, takes the guise of novel, treatise, elegy, and haiku — has at this point adopted a recognizable editorial sensibility. One that is guided by its authors’ unique ability to blend, in almost equal measure, selfless generosity and ruthless indignation.” Chris Kipiniak [...]
“I’m a woman, I’m a consumer and I actually like my first time playing a genre games to include a character option that can destroy my opponents rather than something adorable. I also like to be marketed to. Can this happen? I’m hoping so and I’m looking forward to it.” More, including many excellent links, [...]
Helen Gurley Brown, Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief and author of Sex and the Single Girl has died. The New York Times has an obituary. Natalie Wood starred in Hollywood’s adaptation of Sex and the Single Girl. John Stewart talks to Helen Gurley Brown, Dave Chappelle, Christopher Hitchens and Tony Hawks on his BBC talk show, Where’s Elvis [...]
A documentary about Milestone Media co-founder, comics creator, screenwriter and director Dwayne McDuffie.
“As with many things, the news of Sage Stallone’s untimely passing today took me back to my days working at Dave’s Video, a laserdisc store that was a major industry stomping ground back in the early ’90s.” At Hitfix, Drew McWeeny remembers Grindhouse Releasing founder, Sage Stallone. Lianne Spiderbaby says good-bye on her blog: “Stallone [...]
TVOntario’s Saturday Night At The Movies interviewed Bruce Campbell when he was in Toronto for Bubba Ho-Tep‘s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival’s 2002 Midnight Madness Programme. (via Bruce-Campbell.com)
Anthony Horowitz dares ask whether publishers are necessary to writers anymore. (via @IndoorsType)
Publishing powerhouse Jackie Collins explains her decision to self-publish and the business of books.
Digital Book World explains why e-books rarely cost less than hardcopies. (thanks, Dan!)
John Perkins interviews the Gutter’s Comics Editor and Evil Overlord, Carol on the John vs. Patrick Podcast. There’s some talk of Gutter history and a warning that you don’t want to mess with Romance Editor Chris, she will cut you.
Writers Joe Lansdale and Andrew Vachss have a conversation about their books Edge of Dark Water and That’s How I Roll, the power of books, the importance of libraries and librarians, publishing as a fixed fight and a helluva lot more. Part one and part two.
Slate is wondering, “If premium cable channels like HBO and Showtime aren’t judged by the Nielsens, how do they define success? And how does a niche program like Game of Thrones—beloved by fans, but watched by a tiny fraction of the viewing public—make money?”
Toronto’s landmark comic book store, Silver Snail, is looking for a new home before its current one is largely demolished. The Torontoist interviews owner George Zotti about the move and the store’s history–including its past as a back rack in Canada’s oldest science fiction bookstore, Bakka-Phoenix, managed by the Gutter’s own, Chris Szego.
Greg Klymkiw responds to The Globe and Mail‘s panel of film experts and their thoughts on the Canadian film industry.
Remembering Dwayne McDuffie on the anniversary of his death with an interview from an unfinished short on Milestone Comic by the makers of the documentary, White Scripts and Black Men: Black Masculinities in American Superhero Comics. And Dwayne McDuffie explains the secret history of Luke Cage’s exclamation, “Sweet Christmas!” (Update: McDuffie discusses the “rule of [...]
The Substream has a description of The Amazing Spider-Man written by PR execs. Caution: Do not operate a vehicle or heavy machinery after reading. Press release may cause drowsiness, excitability or blurring of vision.
The website for Jim Munroe’s new lo-fi, sci-fi flick, Ghosts With Shit Jobs, is now up with video clips from the film. (Full disclosure: Jim was a co-founding editor and video games editor for the Cultural Gutter).
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