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Nicola Donnelly writes in the Irish Independent:
A former school pupil dressed up as Batman character the Joker and set fire to the building causing more than €1m worth of damage, a court heard yesterday.
Christopher Clancy (19) of Cherrywood Grove, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to arson at Colaiste Chillian on the Old Nangor Road on May 10, 2009.
Clancy, who will be sentenced later, told gardai when he was arrested at the scene that he burnt the school down “because it is run by hypocrites and I didn’t like the way they treated my friends”.
Garda Liam Ganny told the court that Clancy, who had left the school the previous November, filled six large jerry cans with petrol and cut his way through a wire-mesh fence to access the school grounds.
He smashed in a glass door and proceeded to spill the contents of one can along the corridor.
Leave it to Alan Moore, subject of the disinformation documentary The Mindscape of Alan Moore, to go against the grain with his latest project, a tribute of sorts to another British comics pioneer, the unrelated Steve Moore. David Itzkoff interviewed Moore for the New York Times:
Typically, the appearance of Alan Moore’s name on a comic book has been a harbinger of heady, consequential writing inside: a promise of mighty champions empowered through mystical or superscientific methods and whose conflicts would challenge the reader’s perceptions of heroism and humanity.
So perhaps the first indication that “Unearthing,” a new work by Mr. Moore, is not typical of his pioneering graphic novels, like “Watchmen” and “V for Vendetta,” is that its subject is not a costumed adventurer, but a friend and fellow comics writer named Steve Moore, who inspired him to enter the business.
The second sign is that “Unearthing” is not a comic book at all, but a lengthy spoken-word recording accompanied by an atmospheric musical soundtrack and a book of photographs…
Some of CNN‘s iReporters are saying that Comic-Con just isn’t for the geeks anymore:
What is seen by some as the holy four-day weekend for geek culture at San Diego Comic-Con has gone mainstream in a big way for the past few years.
Starting today, there will be panels called “I Can’t Write, I Can’t Draw, But I Love Comics!” and “Indie Comics Marketing 101″ taking place alongside “USA Network’s ‘Psych’ ” and “Aloha, Earth!” a panel about CBS’ upcoming remake of “Hawaii Five-0.”
But this recent spate of panels about movie and TV properties with no sci-fi or comic book elements has some fans fuming.
“The mainstream TV and film representation at Comic-Con has outstripped the original essence of the convention,” said iReporter Brad Powers who attended Comic-Con the past two years, mainly for the panels on “Lost.” He believed that this “mainstreaming” of the convention has played a hand in it being filled to capacity.
There are many things to question is this world, but that people landed on the Moon forty-one years ago today (July 20th) isn’t one of them. Very informative explanation in comic strip form from Darryl Cunningham:… Read the rest
Yep, he’s finally gone, unfortunately. Harvey Pekar – Dead at 70.
Harvey was many things to many people. He did great things in his life, but the one thing he couldn’t do was stop being Harvey Pekar.
The world is better for it.
You will be missed, Harvey.
The Black Fridays Episode 25 — Mack White
The Black Fridays are please to welcome Mack White from Psi-Op Radio to our show! Tonight we continue the conversation about the JFK Assassination. We are going to play the actual audio of the assassination as well as talk with Mack about where he was that day and what a recent guest on Psi-Op had to say about his role in the conspiracy.
Mack has been a guest we have wanted to talk to for a long time. He is a noted comic artist and illustrator in his professional life as well as a talk show host. He has a lot to say and we were happy to listen!
This is definitely in the “you can’t make this shit up” category, reported by Caleb Goellner for Comics Alliance:
Yep. Marijuanaman. Reggae star Ziggy Marley, son of Bob Marley, is part of a joint effort with co-writer Joe Casey and artist Jim Mahfood to produce a pot-powered superhero coming to stores on – you guessed it – April 20 of 2011. What’s more, Ziggy’s coming to San Diego Comic-Con International for a special poster smoking signing.
Image’s smokin’ official synopsis chronicles the upcoming adventure:Ziggy’s new superhero, Marijuanaman, is from a planet that is in desperate need of THC. Marijuanaman seeks to save Earth’s marijuana fields from destruction by the drug company PharmeXon, and thus saving his home planet from destruction.
To be blunt, Image’s hullabaloo over a certain other celebrity comic left a less-than stellar taste in my mouth at last year’s Comic-Con. I just wasn’t really high on how things turned out.
From the vaults, the 1951 Disney comic book Mickey Mouse and the Medicine Man, about Mickey and Goofy as drug pushers in Africa.
A comic book adaptation of James Joyce’s notoriously challenging epic Ulysses is now available on the App Store, but only after Apple demanded cuts.
Rob Berry and Josh Levitas launched the ambitious webcomic version of the classic novel, one of the most important works of Modernist literature, earlier this year under the title Ulysses Seen. The comic includes only cartoon nudity, which the pair had to remove before Apple would approve the app.
“Apple has strict guidelines and a rating system to prevent ‘adult content.’ Their highest mature content rating is 17+, which doesn’t seem to be a problem since no one reads Ulysses at sixteen anyway. But their guidelines also mean no nudity whatsoever. Which is something we never planned for,” Berry told Robot 6.