Saturday, July 31, 2010

Bleeding Cool reporting no Neal Gaiman credit in SPAWN ORIGINS...

Looks like the Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane squabbles will continue. Bleeding Cool is reporting that McFarlane is reprinting Gaiman’s story and not giving the writer credit.

I still side with Neil Gaiman on this one. And the courts do, as well. As I’ve said before, it was ruled that both Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane share ownership to the characters that were first introduced in SPAWN #9. They include Angela, Cagliostro, and Medieval Spawn.

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Friday, July 30, 2010

More Ink Plots info...

Above photo: Outside the School of Visual Arts (located at 209 East 23rd Street, New York, NY).

Below is some more information concerning the School of Visual Arts’ Ink Plots graphic novel exhibit:

From the School of Visual Arts:

"Ink Plots: The Tradition of the Graphic Novel at SVA"
o Exhibition: October 8 - November 6, 2010
o Opening Reception: Thursday, October 14
o Ink Plots Cocktail Party Benefit: Thursday, October 14
o Graphic Novel Panel Discussion: Wednesday, October 20
o Distinguished Alumnus Lecture with Dash Shaw: Thursday, November 4

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Harvey Pekar...

Above photo: Cartoonist Harvey Pekar.

As many of you might have heard, cartoonist Harvey Pekar passed away. On July 12, 2010, around 1 a.m., Pekar's wife, Joyce Brabner, found him at their home in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Reportedly, Pekar had been suffering from prostate cancer. Harvey Pekar was 70 years old.

At his Old Metal Lunchbox blog, artist and fellow P.I.C. member, Joe Borzotta shares with us his personal accounts with Harvey Pekar.

From Joe Borzotta:

Here's a link to my blog about my contacts with Harvey Pekar ("American Splendor") who just died.

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Who owns Sonic?

Above: Cover to SONIC SUPER SPECIAL #7.

I once inked a SONIC X issue for Archie Comics. Issue #34, in fact. That was kinda fun.

But, here’s something that might not be so much fun for some people…

Apparently, Ken Penders is claiming ownership of stories and characters that he penciled and wrote while working on SONIC THE HEDGEHOG. As he tells it, Penders never signed a work-made-for-hire contact with Archie Comics.

From Ken Penders:

That means anyone seeking to use my characters, concepts and stories that were published in the pages of SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, various SONIC 48-page specials, various issues of SONIC SUPER SPECIALS, the PRINCESS SALLY mini-series, the SONIC’S FRIENDLY NEMESIS KNUCKLES mini-series, KNUCKLES THE DARK LEGION and the KNUCKLES THE ECHIDNA series, must first contact me for permission and to make arrangements for the use of this material.

It’ll be interesting to see how this all turns out in regards to Creator’s Rights in the comics industry.

Thanks go out to Rich Johnston and Bleeding Cool for bringing this to everyone’s attention.

Check out "Comics and Work-Made-for-Hire: Creator’s Rights" for additional information on work-made-for-hire.

For more information regarding comic book Creator’s Rights, stop by Ya Can’t Erase Ink and the Creator’s Rights forum.

Above: Artwork from SONIC X #34 by (penciler) David Hutchison and (inker) myself.

Update: Robot 6 is reporting feedback from Archie Comics’ Managing Editor, Mike Pellerito:

We have been in contact with our legal team and the claims by Ken Penders are completely false. We will be responding through proper legal channels.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Nihilist-Man @ Ink Plots exhibit!

Above: Cover artwork to NIHILIST-MAN AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS #1 by (penciler) Fernando Ruiz, (colorist) Greg Hyland, and (inker) myself.

From October 9th to November 7th, the School of Visual Arts will be having a gallery exhibit of comic book art titled "Ink Plots." The exhibit will include original comic book art, as well, as print-outs of comic book pages.

Above: Artwork from NIHILIST-MAN AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS #1 by (penciler) Fernando Ruiz and (writer/inker) myself.

I received word from SVA that the college wants to include pages #2-7 from NIHILIST-MAN AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS #1 in the exhibit. These would be pages that Fernando Ruiz and I worked on in a story titled "Nihilist-Man and Kid-Cockroach."

Ink Plots will also include print-out pages, as well. From NIHILIST-MAN AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS #1, I submitted the cover, pages 11 and 15 (penciled by Michael Kornstein), as well as pages 26 and 28 (penciled by Joe Staton). I’m waiting to hear back from SVA concerning the print-out pages. Hopefully, SVA will include these pages, too.

To learn more about NIHILIST-MAN AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS #1, stop by

Stay tuned to P.I.C. News for future details about Ink Plots.

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

The Independence of a Judeo-Christian nation...

On July 4, 1776, fifty-six of our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. In doing so, thirteen states formed a free American nation separate from that of Great Britain:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

The Declaration of Independence was authored primarily by Thomas Jefferson and signed at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (P.I.C. even once visited Independence Hall.)

In my continuing studies of our Founding Fathers and the idea that the United States of America was founded as a Judeo-Christian nation, I have included a few more quotes from our Founding Fathers. This idea goes all the way back (at the very least) to the Pilgrims and the Mayflower Compact. (Click the "Christianity" and "History" Label links for further quotations.)

-George Washington (1752, Part of a prayer written in Washington's prayer journal):

Let me live according to those holy rules which Thou hast this day prescribed in Thy Holy Word…direct me to the true object, Jesus Christ, the way, the truth, and the life. Bless, O Lord, all the people of this land.

-Thomas Jefferson (April 21, 1803, In a letter written to Dr. Benjamin Rush):

My views... are the result of a life of inquiry and reflection, and very different from the anti-Christian system imputed to me by those who know nothing of my opinions. To the corruptions of Christianity I am indeed opposed, but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus Himself. I am a Christian in the only sense in which He wished anyone to be, sincerely attached to His doctrines in preference to all others.

-John Adams (October 11, 1798, A message to the Officers of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts.):

We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

"Tragic Genius: Wally Wood"

Above: Self-portrait by Wally Wood.

Jim McLauchlin writes about the life, career, and death of Wally Wood with "Tragic Genius: Wally Wood."

From Jim McLauchlin:

It's the text of the Wally Wood feature I just wrote for Wizard #228. I found the piece very difficult to write. The subject matter is not always very pleasant. But I hope that in the end, you as a reader will get a circumspect view of Wood, and see the amazing warmth and his genius that accompanied his tragic, but very human, flaws.

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