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Talking to Cartoonist Rich Stevens About His Comic Strip, 'Diesel Sweeties'

Rich Stevens’s comic strip Diesel Sweeties is an odd creation. An online strip with pixelated artwork, it features a strange cast of characters including an emotional robot, an ex-pornstar, and various humans, cats, and mechanical devices. He’s also the man behind merchandise including a “Fuck This” ice scraper and a mug “What Do We Want? Coffee. When Do We Want It? I’ll Fucking Cut You!”

Since 2000, he’s been making daily comics for the web about veganism, music, technology, and celebrating and eviscerating hipsters before the term was widely used. He has a new book just out, Bacon is a Vegetable; Coffee is a Vitamin, and I [...]

Paul Feig Is Overseeing the New Animated 'Peanuts' Movie

It was announced last year that 20th Century Fox is making a new CGI 3D movie based on Charles Schulz's comic strip Peanuts, and today, Deadline reports that Bridesmaids director and Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig is overseeing and producing the film.

A November 6, 2015, release date has been set for the film, which will be directed by Steve Martino (Horton Hears A Who!, Ice Age: Continental Drift) and the script was written by Craig Schulz, Bryan Schulz, and Cornelius Uliano. Craig and Bryan are Charles Schulz's son and grandson, respectively. "Growing up, Peanuts was my Star Wars,” said Feig. “Charles Schulz’s characters influenced everything [...]

Here's What a 'Calvin and Hobbes' Animated Series Would Look Like

Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Waterston has always been vehemently opposed to turning his beloved comic strip into an animated series – or repurposing it for any medium – but animator Adam Brown (Ugly Americans) made this short video, which gives an idea of what a Calvin and Hobbes show would look like. Brown commented on YouTube that he'd try to make more of these videos, which is great news as long as Bill Waterston doesn't catch wind of it. He should at least appreciate that the video is very respectful and loyal to his work  and a hell of a lot better than those "peeing Calvin" car decals.

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Leave Bill Watterson Alone

Dear Mr. Watterson is a documentary project that explores cartoonist Bill Watterson, his timeless comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, and their impact on culture. Celebrities like Seth Green and Bill Amend are interviewed, as are appreciative fans, many of whom have grown up with a deep admiration for Calvin and Hobbes. And while the film's synopsis promises that it is “not a quest to find Watterson, who prefers his privacy,” I find that assurance unlikely. After all, the project is named Dear Mr. Watterson, not A Film Where We Talk About How Great Calvin and Hobbes Is. But I can’t blame the filmmakers for hoping to reach [...]

Fighting for Nature: The Stilted Sincerity of Mark Trail

Newspaper comics are a funny thing. Like television, the medium requires a constant output of new material. But due to any given comic strip’s short length, it’s hard to achieve the same depth of serialized storytelling as television, even if the periodical medium welcomes it. A variety of comics, from the satirical Doonesbury to the dramedy For Better or Worse, have successfully achieved not only serialization but also character development over the decades they’ve been in print; however, just as many have shown little to no growth. FromMarmaduke to GarfieldBlondie to Ziggy, an overwhelming number of newspaper comics have fiercely refused to change with the times, their references and rhetoric more at home in the 1940s [...]

Lena Dunham Is Writing a Four-Part 'Archie Comics' Miniseries

Girls star/creator Lena Dunham is getting ready to write her first comic book. Publisher Archie Comics announced today that they've hired Dunham to write a four-issue Archie miniseries that's expected to come out next year. There aren't any details on what Dunham's Archie comic will be about, but she said in the press release, "I was an avid Archie collector as a child — conventions, first editions that l kept in plastic sleeves, the whole shebang. It has so much cultural significance but also so much personal significance, and to get to play with these beloved characters is a wild creative opportunity." Archie Comics boss Roberta Aguirre-Sacasa added, "Lena’s take [...]

The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show: Archie Comics Writer Dan Parent

This week on The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show, Jeff talks to Dan Parent, a comic book writer and artist probably best known for his work with Archie Comics. He talks to him about Kevin Keller, the first gay character in the Archie universe and a character that Dan pitched, the different universes of Archie Comics, what it's like at the Kubert school, and what we can expect from the upcoming Archie movie.

"As a kid you think it is cool, because you see this nerdy guy being chased after by these gorgeous girls, and you can't figure out why. It's also that idyllic way to grow up. You [...]

The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show: Marvel Comics Historian Sean Howe

This week on the Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin show, Jeff is joined by Sean Howe, author of Marvel Comics: The Untold Story.

They talk about how Sean Howe managed to research his book, the influence of Stan Lee vs. Jack Kirby, how Marvel Comics became so popular in the 60's and how they are now doing the same with their cinematic universe.

"Maybe the biggest controversy in the history of Marvel is the discussion of whether Stan Lee was the genius or Jack Kirby was the genius, or said in another way: did Stan Lee totally swipe all of Jack Kirby's ideas? I think that is an overstatement, [...]

"Marmaduke, no!": Mocking the Not-so-Great Dane

Since 1954, Brad Anderson’s single panel comic Marmaduke has graced newspapers across the country with the misadventures of the Winslow family’s Great Dane, Marmaduke. Each and every Marmaduke strip boils down to the same joke:

Marmaduke is a large dog that does whatever he wants, much to the chagrin of everyone ever.

That’s the comedic foundation for a strip that has run for over half a century. Everyone responds angrily to Marmaduke’s actions, often with an infuriated variation of “Marmaduke! You’re a dog! Yet you’re acting like a human! But you’re not! You’re a dog!” Regardless of the specifics, the non-Marmaduke characters are always either annoyed or, if they’re lucky, merely curious about [...]

Jorma Taccone to Direct the Film Adaptation of the Graphic Novel The Great Unknown

SNL/The Lonely Island's Jorma Taccone has been tapped to direct The Great Unknown, an adaptation of the graphic novel by Duncan Rouleau. It'll be his second time directing a movie, after the underperforming MacGruber. Here's what to expect in terms of the plot: The comic centers on a slacker with delusions of grandeur who believes his so-called great ideas are popping up elsewhere. After failing to convince his friends and family that his mind is being pilfered, he goes on a quest to solve the mystery behind the idea thefts.

The movie will be an action comedy, while the comic is billed as a "lowfi-scifi," which sounds [...]

AMC Developing 'Preacher' TV Adaptation Written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg

According to EW, a TV version of the 1990s comics series Preacher is currently being developed by AMC with Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad) on board as executive producer and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg attached to produce and write the pilot. "This is amazing!" Rogen and Goldberg said in a statement released today. "We've tried for seven years to work on Preacher and we're so psyched AMC is finally letting us. It is our favorite comic of all time, and we're going to do everything we can to make it right. Humperdoo!" Click through to read AMC's official description of the show as well as a statement from [...]

Watch a Trailer for the 'Calvin and Hobbes' Documentary 'Dear Mr. Watterson'

Here's the trailer for Dear Mr. Watterson, an upcoming documentary exploring the impact of Bill Watterson's 1985-1995 comic strip Calvin & Hobbes. After working on it for six years, filmmaker Joel Schroeder raised funds to finish the project via Kickstarter last year. It was announced yesterday that the movie will be debuting in theaters and on demand November 15th.

Chris Ware's 'Building Stories': Finding Joy in the Most Unexpected Places

No one seems to think Chris Ware is very funny these days.

Judging by most of the reviews of his recent Building Stories — a graphic novel comprised of fourteen differently shaped comics packaged into a fifty-dollar, several-pound box — Ware has tapped directly into the goopy primordial stuff of human misery. At its simplest, Building Stories is about the inhabitants of three apartments in a Chicago three-flat near Humboldt Park, and about how their lives intersect and then break away from each other.

It has no set beginning or end, and the reader controls how to move through the narrative. In this way, the book plays with [...]

Matt Groening Ending 'Life in Hell' After 32 Years

So, apparently Groening is able to end very long running things he's involved with – who knew? The 1669th and last Life in Hell ran last Friday, June 15th and for the next four weeks, editors will run strips from the archives, but then on July 13. it's done. Groening commented, "I’ve had great fun, in a Sisyphean kind of way, but the time has come to let Binky and Sheba and Bongo and Akbar and Jeff take some time off.” Other than being at one time an incredibly popular comic strip, peaking at a 379-paper syndication, it is also directly responsible for The Simpsons. James L. Brooks [...]