- John Celardo (December 27, 1918 – January 6, 2012) – was an American comic strip and comic book artist, best known for illustrating the Tarzan comic strip. He also worked on Tales of the Green Beret and the daily Buz Sawyer comic strip.
- Richard Alf (1953 – January 5, 2012) – was an American businessman and former comic book store owner. Alf became the co-founder and chairman of the San Diego Comic-Con International beginning in 1970.
- Winifred Milius Lubell (June 14, 1914 – January 3, 2012) – was an American illustrator and writer. Milius’ most notable publications include the illustrations for Dorothy Sterling’s Cape Cod natural history book The Outer Lands.
- Vicar, a pseudonym for Victor Arriagada Rios (April 16, 1934 – January 3, 2012) – was a Chilean cartoonist and worked for Disney.
Announcements / PR
- Young Romance: The Best of Simon & Kirby’s Romance Comics – Previews, Pre-Order – As reported a few weeks ago, this is not the same line of reprints from Titan, but it’s going to be good none-the-less.
- Titan Books Announces Simon & Kirby Sci-Fi & Horror Titles – Speaking of Titan, here we have two new books for 2012. Science Fiction should be released in the Fall and Horror will follow shortly thereafter and collect the gruesome Black Magic (Prize Comics).
- The Life and Death of Fritz the Cat by Robert Crumb – Previews, Pre-Order – Like most of you, I saw Fritz the Cat in college. Ah, college.
- Visions of 2012 – Parker: The Score – I have the first two hardcovers and I’ll be picking up this third.
- The Complete Ed The Happy Clown by Chester Brown this Spring – Never heard of it, but it seems to be interesting.
- The Art of Craig Elliott Bookplate with Sketch Update and The Art of Craig Elliott Book Video Preview – More great books from Flesk.
- A six foot tall wall of 120 packages containing the new Bruce Timm book – Man, that’s a lot of books!
- Gray Morrow’s ORION to also include EDGE OF CHAOS – I can’t wait for this book. I’ll be recording my long awaited tribute to Gray Morrow when this gets published.
- The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation, published by Writers of the Round Table Press – Besides, comic books and sports, I love politics.
- A Peyo Art Book for March (NBM) – And here I thought Peyo only did Smurfs.
- Reuben Awards invite webcomics, animators
- ComicsPro Names Industry Appreciation Award Nominees
- 2012 Oregon Book Awards Finalists & Fellowship Recipients Announced (graphic literature category) – Thanks to Tom, Comics Reporter for the heads up.
- NCS Tweaks On-Line Comics Award Qualification – Again, Thanks to Tom.
- The Mayo Report – Top 300 Graphic Novels for December 2011 – #1 is Walking Dead.
- The Mayo Report – Top 1000 Graphic Novels for 2011 – #1 is Walking Dead. (not a typo).
- The Mayo Report: Analyzing 2011’s Sales, Trends – More charts from John.
- More comics sold in 2011, but trade weakness contributes to slightly off year – Pretty much as expected.
- Brian Hibbs: Tilting At Windmills – Year End Reflections – Hibbs’ always has a unique take.
- Printed Comics Nearing Death As Marvel Strikes Latest Blow – Can’t say I agree with everything in this post.
- 2011: Bad Start, Good Ending For Diamond Book Distributors – John and I will be discussing this topic in our Year In Review show in a week or two. I’ll keep you posted.
- Someday my perfectly colored Prince will come – Three different samples of recoloring of Fantagraphics Prince Valiant reprint series.
- Best of the Year – Joe’s picks – My friend, Joe Gordon, Forbidden Planet International Blog.
- Antarctic Press Wins Extension in Wimpy Kid Suit – My question is: Why is the Tales Of A Zombie Kid being targeted when clearly the Dork Diaries (Aladdin) and Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid (Papercutz) is a blatant rip-off, too? Unless they got approval from Jeff Kinney.
- Paul Kirchner’s The Bus–New Edition! – Exceptional artwork. I’m looking forward to this.
- Peter Kuper, Bemis Balkind Team to Publish ‘Drawn to New York’ – A book for my sister next Christmas.
- Valiant Inks With Diamond – Whoa! Maybe we’ll finally get the reprints we all want.
- The Red Wing (Image)
- The Annotated Sandman Volume 1 (DC/Vertigo)
- Classic G.I. Joe Vol. 7 (IDW per Marvel)
- USA Comics Vol 2 Golden-Age Marvel Masterworks (Marvel)
- By one metric, the book of the year: Zahara’s Paradise (:01 First Second)
- The Eye of the World: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1 The Wheel of Time
…and at the end of the shelf:
- Bookshelf Porn – This is a fantastic site for any book lover. You can subscribe to their RSS feed and get daily pics. I am still in awe of these photos and you will be, too.
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