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January 7, 2006
Starting this week, "Calvin & Hobbes" ends its brief return to newspapers, a decision by its creator, Bill Watterson. Taking its spot Monday through Saturday will be "Pearls Before Swine," Stephan Pastis' comic-strip tale of two friends: a megalomaniacal Rat and a slow-witted Pig. For the first five weeks, The Times will run "Pearls Before Swine" comics selected by Pastis to introduce his characters. New to the Sunday paper will be manga-style comics from Tokyopop.
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July 9, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
It was only yesterday that I asked my editor when Comic-Con begins, because the comics-related announcements seemed to be ramping up. Sure enough, Tuesday morning Amazon Publishing announced a new comics and graphic novel imprint, Jet City Comics. It will publish graphic novels by George R.R. Martin, of "Game of Thrones" fame, self-publishing sensation Hugh Howey ("Wool"), and Neal Stephenson's "Foreworld" series. And yes, Comic-Con is coming soon: it runs from July 18 to 21. There are many comics and graphic novel festivals, but the San Diego Comic-Con is the one to rule them all. In recent years, what was once a geek-fest has turned into a blockbuster-fest.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
It was only yesterday that I asked my editor when Comic-Con begins, because the comics-related announcements seemed to be ramping up. Sure enough, Tuesday morning Amazon Publishing announced a new comics and graphic novel imprint, Jet City Comics. It will publish graphic novels by George R.R. Martin, of "Game of Thrones" fame, self-publishing sensation Hugh Howey ("Wool"), and Neal Stephenson's "Foreworld" series. And yes, Comic-Con is coming soon: it runs from July 18 to 21. There are many comics and graphic novel festivals, but the San Diego Comic-Con is the one to rule them all. In recent years, what was once a geek-fest has turned into a blockbuster-fest.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 21, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
Fans of One Direction might've wondered if Christmas had come early Thursday morning when an unauthorized version of the U.K. boy band's new single leaked online. A characteristically peppy piece of high-gloss party pop, “Live While We're Young” serves as the lead track from One Direction's upcoming sophomore album, “Take Me Home”; Columbia Records rush-released a music video for the song following the leak (available below). But hold onto your moptops, kids, because there's more: Today Bluewater Productions announced the arrival of “Fame: One Direction,” a comic-book account of the group's ascent from the English “X Factor” (where Simon Cowell conjoined the five elaborately coiffed members)
NEWS
December 1, 1989
You're doing a great job! I was thrilled when I saw all the changes you made to the View section . . . all the new comics, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Miss Manners. . . . I was especially glad to see the addition of "Shoe" and "For Better or Worse." I grew to really like those comics in the Sacramento Bee when I visited there. Please don't underestimate the importance of the View section--and especially the comics. We all need to alleviate some of our daily pressures. SHARON CHASE Torrance
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2009
I thoroughly enjoyed the article about the comics ["10 Comics Walk Into a Bar . . . ," March 8]. I recently got into the business as a manager and Pat Mellon's story rang true to me for some of the new comics that I have recently picked up and even for me on the other side of the business. It does take some hard work and a bit of "getting your hands dirty." I hope the article gives new comics some hope and insight, for I have seen a lot of comics try to skip doing some of that work.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 1997
Apparently the debate continues to rage over whether comedians can still be funny in their later years. I respect and admire Ernest Chambers, but his remarks recently in Calendar seem to indicate that "old Ernie" might not have aged as well as some of the comics ("The Joke's on Comics Who Don't Change," Counterpunch, Nov. 24). Anyone who has recently seen Jackie Mason, Norm Crosby or Red Buttons would immediately begin to dispute the "deterioration" philosophy. Henny Youngman and Milton Berle are in their 90s. Not as fast, but just as funny.
BUSINESS
July 23, 2010 | By Alex Pham and John Horn, Los Angeles Times
It's a book! It's a cartoon! It's ... digital comics! Technology, which has already upended the music, television and movie businesses, is now gripping the comic book world. Publishers are unleashing a torrent of digital comic books across smart phones, tablet devices, game consoles and digital book readers, portending major changes in how comics are made and marketed. These new comics — many of which are being showcased this week at Comic-Con International in San Diego — in some cases come with choreographed presentations that zoom or pan across panels, full-color animated characters, audio from professional voice actors, heart-thumping soundtracks and even the ability for readers to leave comments on the pages.
BUSINESS
July 23, 2010 | By Alex Pham and John Horn, Los Angeles Times
It's a book! It's a cartoon! It's ... digital comics! Technology, which has already upended the music, television and movie businesses, is now gripping the comic book world. Publishers are unleashing a torrent of digital comic books across smart phones, tablet devices, game consoles and digital book readers, portending major changes in how comics are made and marketed. These new comics — many of which are being showcased this week at Comic-Con International in San Diego — in some cases come with choreographed presentations that zoom or pan across panels, full-color animated characters, audio from professional voice actors, heart-thumping soundtracks and even the ability for readers to leave comments on the pages.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2010
SERIES Ghost Whisperer: Melinda (Jennifer Love Hewitt) tries to help Ned (Christoph Sanders) stop a ghost out for revenge at the Grandview radio station after the station broadcasts humiliating secrets. Aidan Lucas guest stars in the new episode (8 p.m. CBS). Medium: The ghost of a suspected murderer contacts Allison hoping to clear his name in this new episode (9 p.m. CBS). Shark Tank: The unscripted series returns with a full slate of entrepreneurs pitching their ideas in hopes of obtaining funds from the resident moguls.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2009
I thoroughly enjoyed the article about the comics ["10 Comics Walk Into a Bar . . . ," March 8]. I recently got into the business as a manager and Pat Mellon's story rang true to me for some of the new comics that I have recently picked up and even for me on the other side of the business. It does take some hard work and a bit of "getting your hands dirty." I hope the article gives new comics some hope and insight, for I have seen a lot of comics try to skip doing some of that work.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 2006
"Lio" premieres today on the second comics page. The main character of Mark Tatulli's comic is a curious boy with a vivid imagination. It replaces "The Meaning of Lila."
OPINION
June 13, 1999 | NARDA ZACCHINO
Does "The Boondocks," a new comic strip featuring black characters and written and drawn by a black artist, succeed in exploring racial issues--or is it just racist? Since The Times introduced the strip April 19, about 250 readers have telephoned or written to comment. Many passionately criticize it as racist and accuse it of promoting violence and negative stereotypes of African Americans.
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