Sunday, March 6, 2011
Welcome to Today’s Comics Guide! This is the sixth installment in Comics Buyer’s Guide’s ongoing home for daily comics notes, news, and views. Please join us, and feel free to comment in the “Reply” box to provide your own notes, news, and views!
• MoCCA, The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art and The Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation are presenting a screening tonight at 7 p.m. ET of the documentary Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist, followed by a panel with the film’s makers, Andrew D. Cooke and Jon B. Cooke. The panel is moderated by MoccA Senior Vice President of Education and co-curator of “Will Eisner’s New York: From the Spirit to the Modern Graphic Novel” Danny Fingeroth. The Fingeroth co-curated exhibit is currently on view at the museum through June 30 and the event is part of Will Eisner Week 2011. Admission to this event is free for MoCCA members and $5 for the general public. Space is limited, and reservations are required. To make a reservation, call MoCCA at 212-254-3511. (Brent Frankenhoff)
• Diane Lane has signed to play Clark Kent’s mother in the upcoming Superman movie. Viggo Mortenson has been rumored to play General Zod in the film, tentatively scheduled for release in 2012. (Brent Frankenhoff)
Yesterday’s Panel Quiz Answer
Lois Lane’s first line in comics was “I suppose I’ll give you a break … for a change” in Action Comics #1 (June 1938).
Today’s Panel Quiz
Whose first line in comics was “You didn’t catch us! We ran outa gas!”?
Allen Milgrom, comics inker
Will Eisner (1917) comics writer, artist, and entrepreneur
Carl Knappe (1954), comics letterer and editor
Kieron Dwyer (1967), comic book artist
Robert Lewis (1971), comics artist
Birthdays 2 Weeks from Now (and it will be Spring!):
Diana Albers, comics letterer and colorist
Steven Philip Jones (1960), comics writer
Vince Argondezzi (1960), comics artist
David Gross (1968), comics artist
80 years ago: Shadow Magazine #1 is published, the first ongoing pulp magazine to feature a single character. (1931. Thanks to Anthony Tollin, who continues to reprint The Shadow’s adventures.)
30 years ago: Dagwood Bumstead guest-stars in John Darling written by Tom Batiuk and drawn by Tom Armstrong (1981).
20 years ago: Longtime comics artist, inker, and proofreader Jack Abel dies at age 68 following a heart attack at the Marvel offices (1991).
Question of the Week
If you had only $25 to spend on comics this week (whether that’s more or less than you usually spend), what would you buy?
Every Wednesday and Saturday. California: City of Industry. Comic Book & Collectible Show.
March 4-6 Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh. Steel City Con.
March 4-6 Washington: Seattle. Emerald City ComicCon.
March 6 Minnesota: Mounds View. Twin Cities ComiCon.
March 6 New Jersey: Wayne. Comic, Toy & Collectible Show.
March 6 Ohio: Columbus. Buckeye Comic Con.
March 6 Ontario: Ottawa. Comics & Sports Card Show
March 12 North Carolina: Hickory. Toy, Hobby, Sportscard & NASCAR Show.
March 13 Illinois: Champaign-Urbana. Twin Cities ComicCon
March 13 Virginia: Tysons Corner. Comic Book & Non-Sportscard Show
Do you have a show coming up? Let us know! You can e-mail the information to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to Show Calendars, Comics Buyer’s Guide, 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54945. If you have a creator appearance scheduled, let us know by e-mail to email@example.com.
• The Simpsons has a new episode on Fox at 8 p.m. E.T.; Season 22 Episode 15 is “The Scorpion’s Tale,” and Werner Herzog voices a pharmaceutical rep.
• In addition to The Simpsons, Fox’s Sunday night animation line-up has new episodes of Bob’s Burgers (“Sheesh! Cab, Bob?”) at 8:30 p.m. E.T.; Family Guy (“The Hand That Rocks the Wheelchair”) at 9 p.m. E.T.; and The Cleveland Show (“The Blue and Gray and Brown”) at 9:30 p.m. E.T.