Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8, 2012
• DC has announced that John Layman will be the new writer and Jason Faybock will be the new artist on Detective Comics. Layman is perhaps best known for his creator-owned series, Chew.
• Howard Chaykin will be working on new adventures of Buck Rogers for Hermes Press.
• According to numbers released by Diamond Comic Distributors, comics sales are up 18.6% for the first half of 2012 as compared to the first half of 2011. Much of that growth is attributed to Avengers vs. X-Men and Before Watchmen.
Yesterday’s Panel Quiz Answer
The Green Lama’s first lines in comics were, “Well, Tsarong, we’ll soon be landing in New York! I’ve waited ten years for this!” He said them in (duh!) Green Lama #1 (Dec 44).
Whose first line in comics was “The fools! They wouldn’t pay what I demanded! At midnight we will drive every radio station from the air — forever!”? (Answer Monday.)
Lon Roberts (1947), comics artist
E. Larry Dobias (1950), comics writer and artist
Joe Azar (1950), cartoonist
Kosuke Fujishima (1964), manga creator
Irwin Hasen (1918), comics writer and artist
Mort Castle (1946), comics writer and editor
Mickey Allen Clausen (1955), comics artist
Stan Woch (1959), comics artist
Whilce Portacio (1963), comics artist
Brian LeBlanc (1971), comics artist
Birthdays 2 Weeks from Saturday (July 21)
Bill Knapp (1962), comics artist
Birthdays 2 Weeks from Sunday (July 22)
Mike Rockwitz, comics colorist
This Weekend’s Flashbacks
75 yrs Jul 8, 1937 Manga artist Shinji Nagashima is born. He becomes known as the Father of Shonen Manga.
40 yrs Jul 7, 1972 DC buys the right to publish Fawcett’s Captain Marvel characters.
35 yrs Jul 7, 1977 Award-winning adventure-strip writer-artist Roy Crane dies. The creator of Wash Tubbs, Captain Easy, and Buz Sawyer is 75.
30 yrs Jul 7, 1982 Writer-artist Warren Tufts dies in the crash of his home-built experimental plane at the age of 56. He drew comic books and wrote and drew Casey Ruggles, The Lone Spaceman, and Lance comic strips.
10 yrs Jul 8, 2002 Animator and director Ward Kimball dies of complications from pneumonia at age 88. He was one of the so-called “Nine Old Men” of Disney.
5 yrs Jul 8, 2007 Muriel Kubert dies at age 77. She was the wife of Joe Kubert, mother of Andy and Adam Kubert, and the co-founder and administrator of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon Art.
Every Wednesday and Saturday. California: City of Industry. Comic Book & Collectible Show.
Jul 6-8 New Jersey: Wildwood. Comic Book Show.
Jul 7 Illinois: Elgin. Comic Book Mania! Convention 2012.
Jul 7 Indiana: Elkhart. Spider-Man Day.
Jul 8 Virginia: Richmond. Virginia Comicon.
Jul 11-15 California: San Diego. Comic-Con International.
Jul 15 Illinois: Collinsville. Metro East Comic Book Convention.
Jul 15 Pennsylvania: Essington-Philadelphia. Comic Con.
Do you have a show coming up? Let us know! You can e-mail the information to email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• We mentioned it Friday, but you might want a friendly reminder that the first three chapters of 1940’s Green Hornet serial air on Turner Classic Movies beginning at noon E.T. Saturday.