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John P. Is on the road again again again

People, John P. is getting out there and so should you. Look for him in your neighborhood.

Friday Sept. 30 - Sat. Oct 1
Handmade and Bound Festival

Monday October 3; 7 PM
Subterranean Books
Slideshow and signing with the great Tim Lane!

October 5-8
Comics, Creativity and Culture:
Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives

With Phoebe Gloeckner, The Hernandez Brothers, James Sturm, and Joe Sacco, plus a host of comics scholars and educators AND PEGGY BURNS!

Saturday Oct. 8 - Sunday Oct. 9
Pittsburgh Indie Expo
You must go to this so you can get Wayno to sign your copies of Beernuts!!

Saturday Oct. 22
Madison Zinefest

ICE HAVEN sketches to benefit the family of Dylan Williams

Our colleague at Fantagraphics, Jason Myles, has listed this auction of original ICE HAVEN artwork by Dan Clowes on ebay, all proceeds will benefit the family of Dylan Williams. The auction ends on Tuesday. We miss you Dylan.

D+Q at APE in SF This Weekend: Beaton, Clowes & Tomine!

San Francisco is gearing up for APE. Julia & Tom landed yesterday and Tom went for a burrito in the Mission and bumped into Dan Nadel & Matthew Thurber. Apparently, they started debating about comics, and each left angry. Oh well, what's new! You can see D+Q at booth 314 and Picturebox at booth 313 where they'll probably still be arguing over Chaykin, Steranko and Moebius.

Dan will also be moderating a panel with Adrian and Clowes. You may recall the bang-up job Dan did at last year's APE with Clowes, Chris Diaz's video of it made quite the rounds on the comics blogosphere. In case they go delightfully "off-script" about Curt Swan or TMNT and you need a straight backgrounder on Clowes and Adrian, check out this report from the SF Weekly's Casey Burchby.

Dan also caught up the Chronicle where he spills that he has been working on the WILSON screenplay and a new book. (!$%*$^%#@R)!!!!!)

Our complete schedule is here.

Brooklyn Book Fest

Here she is: Kate Beaton had a handful of pre-launches for Hark! A Vagrant, including here at the Brooklyn Book Festival last week.

People lined up for two hours to meet her — is it any wonder that she won the Festival’s “AT&T fan favorite” award?

Crowd control became a problem when her regular fans had to contend with a mob of Quill & Quire subscribers who showed up, all vying for a coveted place in line to see what the fuss was about. Our tents are both further down at right, and this wasn’t even the end of the line.

Kate was a real pro, signing books for people even after they were told the line was capped.

Our beloved former intern/employee Alison Naturale came down from Boston and helped work the booth.

Also signing were Leanne Shapton and Jillian Tamaki, both amazing talents.

Ok, now bring on the boys (I actually didn’t realize our signing schedules were gender-based until seeing these photos). Anders Nilsen was on the tail end of a major Big Questions North American tour and sold out all copies at the show. Adrian Tomine stays true to the “floppy” format and signs the new Optic Nerve #12 (if it’s anyone that could make it work, it’s Adrian; already #12 is one of the most talked about and successful comics pamphlets in recent years).

More crowd scenes, this time for Adrian and Anders.

Adrian’s wife, Sarah Brennan, is spotted by a fan and graciously signs a copy of the book she co-stars in, Scenes From An Impending Marriage.

And here is their young daughter, Nora Tomine, breaking the record books in adorableness. Is it any wonder that Adrian has turned into a sweet, less cynical soul in recent years?

And speaking of adorable, here’s a young fan who reading a copy of Moomin at the curb while her mother was out looking at other book

Special thanks to the Brooklyn Book Festival for the great job on their programming, and for being one of our favorite book festivals to attend.

Our Lego Movies.

We have posted our videos before but if you haven't seen them here they are. Please tell what you think.

Death Star Lounge

Cowboys and Aliens spoof with a little Star Wars twist.



Yeti Quest


Lego Wars

Kate Beaton on NPR's Morning Edition; Wins Brooklyn Book Fest's Fan Favorite Author Award; More Interviews

Kate Beaton was featured on NPR's Morning Edition today in a delightful interview where she discusses the Kennedy men and women from history who didn't get their due. Audio is now up online.

In other Kate Beaton news, she won the AT&T fan favorite award at last week's Brooklyn Book Festival. As part of her award, she was able to donate $3500 to the literary/literacy charity of her choice, and so she donated the money to 826 NYC. Apologies to the other authors in attendance, oh, just like Joyce Carol Oates, Jhumpa Lahiri and others. No snark intended, it's just amazing! And with Dan getting a Pen Award, Seth getting a Harbourfront Award and now Kate withe this Festival Award, who is next?
{pictured above is Twanda Washington of AT&T; First place winner Kate Beaton; Joan Kim of 826NYC; Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz}

Still need a Kate fix? Check out this Interview Magazine interview, or this one with io9.

New York Art Book Fair!

Hey there, New York! We're going to be at the New York Art Book Fair, opening TONIGHT at PS1 in Queens. Come visit us, booth #O19, and pick up the new books by Seth, Dan Clowes, Kate Beaton, Anders Nilsen, Brian Ralph, Marc Bell, Adrian Norvid, etc, etc, etc! And say hi to me and Alison Naturale, making a semi-rare appearance behind the booth. This is a great book fair that is full of things you'd have no way of seeing otherwise, and I'd recommend it even if we weren't going to be there. But we are going to be there, SO COME AND BUY BOOKS!


Top 5 Favorite Books.

This post is in responds to JT/King Valun at The Window on the West challenge.

This is my Top 5 Favorite Books I have read. I have not read The Lord of the Rings books or The Hobbit but I will after I watch the Hobbit in 2012. I also haven't read any Star Wars books yet because I do not live near a library.

Disclamer: I am a Baseball fan.

At Number 5: Gulliver's Travels

At Number 4: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

At Number 3: Sherlock Holmes (any of them)
I just started reading the Sherlock Holmes stories but so far they are some of my favorites.

At Number 2: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

At Number 1: Baseball Between the Numbers
This my favorite book of all time.

Two for Mr Clowes. (Pssst DEATH RAY IS OUT 10/11)

This Flavorwire interview with Dan is so fabulous, where to begin... The 23 yr old Dan shuffling around in his cardigan like Mr Rogers? Frank Miller? How DEATH-RAY's Andy is the perfect stand-in for 2004 America? Hell yeah. Say What? You thought the DEATH-RAY was just a superhero story? The smarter KICK-ASS? As if. Read on.

Like Nick Gazin says in this VICE review of the DEATH-RAY with Dan on how the book relates to 9/11: "Clowes is always about nine steps ahead. It's why I've had trouble kidnapping him for my Dan Clowes collection."

People can we reflect that in the past 18 months, we will have had three new Clowes books and an upcoming monograph from Abrams? We are lucky, very lucky.

TOUR PLUG! Check here for information on Dan & Seth's tour to Chicago, NYC, Boston, Toronto and Dan's appearance at APE this weekend where he chats with Adrian Tomine and Dan Nadel.

D+Q at APE this weekend!

This weekend, SaturdayOctober 1st and Sunday October 2nd, Tom and I will be repping D+Q at the Alternative Press Expo,along with Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant),Daniel Clowes (The Death-Ray), andAdrian Tomine (Optic Nerve #12)! Kate and Adrian will be signing both days, while Daniel Clowes will onlybe in attendance Saturday afternoon, so get yourselves down to APE if you wanta signed copy of The Death-Ray.

APE takes place indowntown San Francisco at the Concourse Exhibition Center, 620 7th St, and runs from 11 to 7 on Saturday, 11 to 6 on Sunday.

Here's the schedule:

12 – 3 PM Kate Beatonsigning
3 PM ADiscussion with Daniel Clowes and Adrian Tomine hosted by Dan Nadel
4 - 6 PM Adrian Tomineand Daniel Clowes signing
6 PM Kate Beatonpanel: Drawing Inspiration: The Secrets of Comics Creativity

11 – 1 PM Kate Beatonsigning
1:30 – 3:30 PM AdrianTomine signing
12:45 PM Tom DevlinPanel: Remembering Dylan Williams
1:45 PM Spotlight onKate Beaton
3:45 PM Adrian Tomineand Kate Beaton panel: Comics Coast to Coast

More info about thepanels below...

Saturday at 3:00PM: A Discussion with Daniel Clowes and Adrian Tomine

Critically acclaimed,award-winning, bestselling cartoonists -- and APE special guests -- DanielClowes (The Death-Ray, Ghost World, Wilson) and Adrian Tomine (OpticNerve, Shortcomings) are both professional peers and friends, having metover a decade ago when both lived in the East Bay. TheComicsJournal.com editorand PictureBox publisher Dan Nadel talks to the two artists about theirwork, their friendship, and the comics medium.

Saturday at 6PM: Drawing Inspiration: The Secrets of Comics Creativity

Ever wonder where yourfavorite author or artist gets his or her inspiration? Now you can find out asmoderator Charles Brownstein (executive director, CBLDF) joins APEspecial guests Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant!), Craig Thompson (Habibi),Matthew Thurber (1-800 MICE), and Shannon Wheeler (Oil andWater), plus Tom Neely (The Wolf) for an in-depth discussionof what gets their creative juices flowing and the secrets of what inspiresthem.

Sunday at 12:45PM: Remembering Dylan Williams 

The indie comics worldlost one of our own on September 10 when Dylan Williams passed away. Dylan wasa tireless champion of creators with unique visions, and promoted their workthrough his career, starting with the mini-comics coop Puppy Toss and a stintbehind the counter at Comic Relief. He is best known as the publisher ofSparkplug Comic Books. Artists, publishers, and friends who were touched byDylan's influence -- including Tom DevlinTodd MartinezTomNeelyVirginia PaineLandry Walker, and others --join together to remember Dylan and his passion for comics in this specialtribute panel. Please attend and share your memories.

Sunday at 1:45PM: Spotlight on Kate Beaton

Cartoonist and APEspecial guest Kate Beaton has taken the comics world by storm. In fourshort years, her webcomic Hark! A Vagrant has become one of the mostbuzzed-about comics of the past decade, with over 500,000 unique visitors tothe site. She also self-published the wildly popular book Never LearnAnything from History. Her new D+Q book collects comics from the website,and she'll present a slide show that explores her artistic process.

Sunday at 3:45PM: Comics Coast to Coast

Spreading comics love from New York to right herein San Francisco, APE special guests (and Big Apple residents) AdrianTomine (Optic Nerve), Kate Beaton (Hark! AVagrant!), and Matthew Thurber (1-800 MICE), faceoff with Bay Area residents Jason Shiga (Empire State -- ALove Story (or Not)), Mari Naomi (Kiss and Tell),and Eric Drooker (Howl: A Graphic Novel) to discuss howtheir cities gives them a unique voice in comics. Moderated by the Cartoon ArtMuseum's Andrew Farago, these comics creators discuss how the placethey live affects the stories they tell and the ways in which they tell them.

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem review.

If you have seen the movie please give it any score from 1 to 10.

Directed by: Strause Brothers
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action
Release date: December 25, 2007
Running Time: 94 minutes
MMPA rating: R

The Good: Good soundtrack, The effects were good

The Bad: Dumb plot, Some of the worst acting I have ever seen in the movie, Everything was way to dark(lighting not themes), Everything,

Plot: Following the events of Alien vs. Predator, a Predator spaceship is leaving Earth carrying dead Aliens, living facehuggers, and the body of the Predator that defeated the Alien queen. A chestburster erupts from the dead Predator's body; it is a new creature that is a hybrid of Alien and Predator characteristics. It quickly matures into an adult and begins killing Predators throughout the ship. A Predator's weapons fire punctures the hull and the ship crashes in the forest outside of Gunnison, Colorado.

With the Predators dead, the hybrid and several facehuggers escape, implanting embryos into a nearby father and son and into several homeless people living in the sewers. A distress signal from the wrecked ship reaches the Predator home world and a lone Predator responds, traveling to Earth and using its advanced technology to observe the cause of the crash and to track the facehuggers. It begins to erase the evidence of the Aliens' presence by destroying the crashed ship and using a blue liquid to dissolve the bodies of the facehuggers and their victims.

Meanwhile, ex-convict Dallas Howard (Steven Pasquale) has just returned to Gunnison after serving time in prison. He is greeted by Sheriff Eddie Morales (John Ortiz) and reunites with his younger brother Ricky (Johnny Lewis). Ricky has a romantic interest in his more affluent classmate Jesse (Kristen Hager) and is being harassed by her boyfriend Dale (David Paetkau) and two of his friends. Kelly O'Brien (Reiko Aylesworth) has also just returned to Gunnison after service in the military, and reunites with her husband Tim (Sam Trammell) and daughter Molly (Ariel Gade).

The Predator fights a number of Aliens in the sewers, and as the battle reaches the surface several of them disperse into the town. The Predator pursues some to the power plant, where collateral damage from its weaponry causes a city-wide power outage. Ricky and Jesse meet at the high school swimming pool but are interrupted by Dale and his cohorts just as the power fails and an Alien enters the building, killing Dale's friends. Another Alien invades the O'Brien home, killing Tim while Kelly escapes with Molly. Watch the movie to watch happens next but we suggest you should not watch it.

Plot: 0.6/10- Really really bad.

Action: 4.5/10- It had some action but it was so dark you could barely see what was happening.

Acting: 0.9/10- Some of the worst acting I have ever seen.

Special effects: 7.0/10- The special effects were good but it was so dark that you couldn't see munch of it.

Soundtrack: 7.7/10- The soundtrack was the only good thing about the movie.

Comedy: N/A- The acting was so bad it was funny but not in a good way.

Overall: 0.8/10- Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem is one of the worst movies I have ever finished watching.

Closing comments: It was really really bad.

Recommended for: We can't recommend to anyone except extreme Alien or Predator fans.

3 out of 10! Laura Miller Likes D+Q

Salon's Laura Miller does a round up of graphic novels released to date this year and features 3 D+Q graphic novels out of 10! She includes Big Questions: "Nilsen's drawings become more elaborate and evocative as the book goes along, and in time he brings his drolly stoic intelligence to bear on seemingly every big question known to man or bird."; Paying For It: "it is fascinatingly forthright, an argument for the sex industry's potential to provide the world's oddballs and cash-short women with the opportunity to meet and make reasonably pleasant music together."; and Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths: "By turns goofily comic and bleakly horrific, this book offers a rare, humanizing window on an experience that's long been mythologized and caricatured in the West."

Today is the Day! All Hail Kate Beaton! Hark A Vagrant In Stores!

Hip Hip Hooray! Hark! A Vagrant Is In Stores Today!

Kate Beaton kicks off her tour tonight in NYC at Housing Works on Crosby St with Desert Island bringing the goods. Housing Works crated one of the best displays ever for Hark! A Vagrant blowing up the comics and putting them next to the classic literature Kate hilariously skewers.

How awesome is Kate? Awesome enough to make a little video for her fans thanking them for their support.

And the press is starting to roll in! In case you live under a rock and have no idea what Hark! A Vagrant is, check out Time.com's excerpt from the book.

Glen Weldon breaks down Kate's drawing style at NPR.

And Kate took a moment to sit down with Laura Miller of Salon and answers a few questions.

There's going to be much people, it's just the first day! If you bought the book already and still need your Kate fix, there's always her website where her latest update tackles Wuthering Heights.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind Review.

If you have seen the movie please give it any score from 1 to 10.

Aalya Rain at Fangirl & Farmgirl requested that we review more sci-fi movie so here is the review for Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Genre: Sic-Fi,
Release date: November 16, 1977 (1977-11-16)
Running Time: 137 minutes
MMPA rating: PG

The Good: Good special effects for it's time, It was humorous at times, John Williams composed the soundtrack.

The Bad: The plot was very slow and dragging, Boring at times.

Plot: Warning this contains some spoilers. In the Sonoran Desert, French scientist Claude Lacombe (François Truffaut) and his American interpreter, mapmaker David Laughlin (Bob Balaban), along with other government scientific researchers, discover Flight 19, a squadron of World War II aircraft that went missing over thirty years earlier. The planes are intact and operational, but there is no sign of the pilots. They also find a lost ship in the Gobi Desert named SS Cotopaxi. Later, at the Air Traffic Control in Indianapolis, Indiana, an air traffic controller listens as two airline flights almost have a mid-air collision with an apparent unidentified flying object (UFO). In nighttime Muncie, Indiana, three year old Barry Guiler (Cary Guffey) is awakened when his toys start operating automatically. Fascinated, he gets out of bed and runs outside, forcing his mother Jillian (Melinda Dillon) to chase after him.
Meanwhile, during a nearby large-scale power outage, Indiana electrical lineman Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) experiences a close encounter of the second kind with a UFO on a dark country road and is soon caught up in a police chase of four UFOs. Roy becomes fascinated by UFOs, much to the dismay of his wife, Ronnie (Teri Garr). He also becomes increasingly obsessed with mental images of a mountain-like shape and begins to make models of it. Jillian also becomes obsessed with sketching a unique-looking mountain. Soon after, she is terrorized in her home by a UFO encounter in which Barry is abducted by unseen beings, despite her attempts at securing her house. Meanwhile, Roy's increasingly erratic behavior causes Ronnie to leave him, taking their three children with her. When a despairing Roy inadvertently sees a television news program about a train wreck near Devils Tower National Monument in Moorcroft, Wyoming, he realizes the mental image of a mountain plaguing him is real. Jillian sees the same broadcast, and she and Roy, as well as others with similar experiences, head toward Devils Tower. Watch the movie to see what happens next.

Plot: 7.5/10- Close Encounters of the Third Kind's plot is a good concept but it is very slow and dragging.

Action: N/A

Acting: 7.5/10- Close Encounters of the Third Kind had a soild cast but some of the background characters could have been better.

Special effects: 8.4/10- For this time the effects were great and they still hold up well today.

Soundtrack: 8.5/10- Not John Williams' best but still great.

Comedy: 7.8/10- It had some very comical moments in the movie.

Overall: 7.1/10- Overall Close Encounters of the Third Kind was good but not great movie that was plagued by a slow plot.

Closing comments: Close Encounters of the Third Kind was a interesting movie but slow.

Recommended for: Sci-Fi fans, Steven Spielberg fans

Graphic Details: Miriam Katin, Vanessa Davis, and more!

Graphic Details is an exhibit of confessional comics by Jewish female cartoonists. It kicked off Sunday night, and the work is up until April 8th at the Yeshiva University Museum in New York (15 W. 16th Street).

Artists in the show:
Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Vanessa Davis, Bernice Eisenstein, Sarah Glidden, Miriam Katin, Miss Lasko-Gross, Miriam Libicki, Corinne Pearlman, Sarah Lightman, Sarah Lazarovic, Diane Noomin, Trina Robbins, Racheli Rottner, Sharon Rudahl, Laurie Sandell, Ariel Schrag, Lauren Weinstein, and Ilana Zeffren.

Herge comic strip biography

We just received a couple of advance copies of The Adventures of Herge, the biography in comics form of the famed Tintin creator, otherwise known as Georges Remi. It's a fascinating, well-researched account of Herge's life, from his childhood right through to his death in 1983. And in a loving homage to its subject, the book is drawn in a "clear line" style by Stanislas, one of my favorite French cartoonists (and one of the original founders of the French publishing house, L'Association).

A shorter version of this book was excerpted years ago in a long out of print Drawn & Quarterly anthology, although the authors and artist have since expanded it to include an additional 12 pages of material. In fact, some of the new material was drawn as recently as 8 weeks ago, and we had to keep our printer at bay while waiting for Stanislas to turn in the pages.

One of the last added chapters recounts how a Tintin movie almost got made in the early 1980s by Steven Spielberg, one of the only directors that Herge trusted to pull the whole thing off. It finally happened, although sadly almost three decades after Herge's death: Spielberg's Adventures of Tintin film opens on December 23. This book will be in stores a little earlier than that, by mid November.

The Count of Monte Cristo review.

We watched The Count of Monte Cristo for the first time last month and we really liked it.

Disclaimer: We have not read the book.

If you have seen the movie please give it any score from 1 to 10.

Directed by: Kevin Reynolds
Genre: Adventure
Release date: January 25, 2002
Running Time: 131 minutes
MMPA rating: PG-13

The Good: A real hidden jem, Superb acting, A very entertaining story of adventure, escapism and revenge,

The Bad:

Plot: Edmond Dantès (James Caviezel) and his friend, Fernand Mondego (Guy Pearce), officers of a French trading ship, head to Elba seeking medical attention for their captain. Dantès and Mondego are chased by English Dragoons who believe they are spies for the exiled Napoleon Bonaparte (Alex Norton). The Emperor arrives and declares they are not his agents, and asks Dantès to give a letter to a friend in France. When the captain dies that night, they are sent on their way. At Marseilles, Dantès is reprimanded by the ship's first mate, Danglars (Albie Woodington) for disobeying orders. However, the shipping company's boss, Morrell (Patrick Godfrey), commends Dantès' bravery, promoting him over Danglars. Mondego intercepts Dantès' fiancée Mercédès (Dagmara Dominczyk) and unsuccessfully tries to seduce her. When he hears of Dantès' promotion, Mondego realizes that Dantès will be able to marry Mercédès sooner than expected.
Mondego gets drunk and tells Danglars about the letter Napoleon gave Dantès. Danglars has Dantès charged with treason and sent to magistrate J.F. Villefort (James Frain). Villefort is sure of Dantès' innocence, but discovers the addressee is Villefort's father, Clarion, a Bonapartist, whom he had denounced to secure a promotion. Villefort burns the letter and fools Dantès into submitting to arrest, then attempts to send him to an island prison, Château d'If. Dantès escapes and goes to Mondego for help, but Mondego turns on him and wounds him so he cannot escape; when Dantès asks him why he has betrayed their friendship, Mondego says that he is angry that he wants to be Dantès, despite his wealth and superior social position. Dantès is re-arrested and successfully imprisoned in the Château d'If. Meanwhile, news spreads that Napoleon has escaped from Elba. Mondego, Mercédès, Morrell, and Dantès' father go to Villefort to plead that Dantès is innocent, but Villefort rejects their efforts. Mercédès thanks Mondego for his support; but after she leaves Mondego and Villefort discuss their reasons for wrongfully imprisoning Dantès. Mercédès is later told that Dantès has been executed. Watch the movie to see what happens next.

Plot: 8.1/10- The plot is excellently executed with no noticeable mistakes or flaws.

Action: 6.8/10- The Count of Monte Cristo is more of an adventure movie than an action movie but it did have some very good sword fights in the movie.

Acting: 8.5/10- Excellent acting by an relatively unknow cast.

Special effects: N/A

Soundtrack: 8.4/10- Superb soundtrack perfect for the period the movie was set in.

Comedy: 7.2/10- The Count of Monte Cristo is not a comedy but it did have a few hourous moments.

Overall: 8.1/10- The Count of Monte Cristo is very under rated movie that delivers a very unique and entertaining movie.

Closing comments: The Count of Monte Cristo is real hidden jem that you should check out

Recommended for: Adventure movie fans, Anyone,

Star Wars: The Clone Wars - "Prisoners" Review

If you have seen the episode please give it any score from 1 to 10.

Note: We changed the last episode we review from a score of 8.5 to 8.2 because we decided it was to high of a score.

The Good: A really awesome brutaly violent kill at the end of the episode, Better plot than the last episode, A slightly darker tone than the last episode had, Prince Lee-Char was a lot better in this epsidoe,

The Bad:

Plot: 8.2/10- A lot better than the last episode.

Action: 9.3/10- Showing Riff's head floating down, blown clean off his body, was very impressive.

Acting: 8.2/10- The normal cast was consistent and Prince Lee-Char's voice better.

Art Style: 9.4/10- Better detailed than the last episode.

Overall: 8.7/10- Overall the episode munch improved and darker than the last episode.

Closing comments: "Prisoners" was a fitting end to the trilogy of episodes.

Person of Interest "Pilot" review.

If you have seen the movie please give it any score from 1 to 10.

Channel: CBS
Next Episode: September, 29
Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime

Click here to watch the episode of Person of Interest you will not regret it.

The Good: Excellent original concept, Superb acting, A lot more action than any other TV show on TV,

The Bad:

Plot: Mr. Finch (Michael Emerson), a mysterious billionaire, has developed a computer program that predicts the identity of people connected to violent crimes that will take place in the future. However, the program has its limitations; for example, it cannot predict whether the person will be a victim, perpetrator, or witness, nor can it predict when or where the crime will take place. Unable to stop the crimes on his own, Finch hires John Reese (Jim Caviezel), a former CIA field officer who is presumed dead, to help stop the crimes from taking place.
The pilot episode establishes that Finch originally built the machine for the government as a means to prevent another 9/11-type disaster, but found that it was also predicting many "irrelevant" crimes. Finch built a backdoor into the machine that, before erasing the "irrelevant data" each night, sends Finch a single Social Security number of someone involved in one of those crimes. Finch also reveals that the world thinks that he, like Reese, is dead.

Plot: 9.0/10- It is original, perfectly executed and very entertaining.

Action: 9.2/10- More action than most show on TV and it  was well executed.

Acting: 9.1/10- Jim Caviezel is a very underated actor and is perfect for the role of former CIA field officer John Reese and the rest of the cast were also good.

Special effects: N/A

Soundtrack: 8.1/10- The soundtrack was a great fit for the show.

Comedy: N/A

Overall: 9.0/10- Overall Person of Interest is a top notch show is well worth your time.

Closing comments: Person of Interest is a amazing new show that we think you should watch.

Recommended for: Thrill fans, Action fan, Crime fans, Anyone looking for something to watch.

Click here to watch the episode of Person of Interest you will not regret it.

Please comment and tell us if you think you are going to watch it or if you have seen it.

Chris Ware Does It Again.

When Chris Ware showed up to TCAF with an ipad, we knew something was up. Afterwards we excitedly discussed, "Chris is going to do the ebook to end all ebooks. He's going to show us all how it is done." In short, we bet he was up to something and that anything to come out this would be amazing.

Cut to 4 months later, and McSweeneys releases through their ipad app, a Chris Ware digital comic. And yup, Chris Ware has thrown down the gauntlet people, he's raised the bar yet again. I won't post any spoilers, and I can't profess to be a connoisseur of digital comics, but I'm *pretty* sure there is nothing quite like this out there. And the comic itself? I am consistently amazed by his genius.

(Oh what is this? D+Q has an ipad? Does that mean they will be doing ebooks? Only time will tell, we didn't just buy it so Tom could read Pitchfork at conventions you know.)

Anders on the road

Anders just left the office an hour ago and is headed off to Toronto. Look for him there on Saturday and Sunday. Hey, did you know he's been blogging his trip? Well, he has. Click to see the greatest signing backdrop a comic store has ever created. Bill, I think you have some of those issues of New Funnies I've been looking for.

And here are Anders' Toronto dates and times:

Book Launch with Marc Bell and Mark Connery
Saturday, September 24th, 5PM at The Central, 603 Markham Street
Word on the Street Toronto with Marc Bell, Chester Brown, and Zach Worton
Sunday, September 25th, at Queen's Park, 11am - 6pm

The King's Speech Review.

If you have seen the movie please give it any score from 1 to 10.

Disclaimer: We do not like movies that have a lot of drama in them so we are a little bais when we review dramas.

Directed by:Tom Hooper
Genre: Drama, Historical
Release date: 6 September 2010 (2010-09-06)
Running Time: 119 minutes
MMPA rating: R

The Good:Some humorist parts.It is a fascinating movie based on historical events.

The Bad: The movie slows down in parts.

Plot: The film opens with Prince Albert, Duke of York (played by Colin Firth), the second son of King George V, stammering through his closing speech at the 1925 British Empire Exhibition at Wembley Stadium, with his wife, Elizabeth, Duchess of York (Helena Bonham Carter), by his side. The Duke despairs after several unsuccessful treatments, until his wife persuades him to see Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), an Australian speech therapist in London. During their first session, Logue requests that they address each other by their Christian names—a breach of royal etiquette—and proceeds to call the prince "Bertie". To persuade him to follow his treatment, Logue bets Prince Albert a shilling that he can read perfectly at that very moment, and gives him Hamlet's "To be, or not to be" soliloquy to read aloud, which he does while listening to loud music on headphones. Logue records Bertie's reading on a gramophone record; convinced he has stammered throughout, Bertie leaves in a huff, declaring his condition "hopeless." Logue offers him the recording as a keepsake.

After King George V (Michael Gambon) makes his 1934 Christmas address, he explains to his son how important broadcasting is to the modern monarchy. He declares that "David" (Edward, Prince of Wales, played by Guy Pearce), Prince Albert's older brother, will bring ruin to the family and the country as king. King George demands that Albert train himself, starting with a reading of his father's speech. After an agonising attempt to do so, Prince Albert plays Logue's recording and hears himself making an unbroken recitation of Shakespeare. He returns to Logue, and they work together on muscle relaxation and breath control, while Logue gently probes the psychological roots of his stuttering. The Duke soon reveals some of the pressures of his childhood: his strict father, the repression of his natural left-handedness, a painful treatment for knock-knees, a nanny who favoured his elder brother, and the early death of his younger brother, Prince John. As the treatment progresses, the two men become friends and confidants. Watch the movie to see what happens next.

Plot:8.0/10- Very good plot.


Acting:8.6/10: Geoffrey Rush (Lionel Logue) was vary involved in the his role and rest of the cast was excellent as well.

Special effects:N/A

Soundtrack:7.1/10- A good classical music soundtrack that fit the feel of the movie well.

Comedy:7.3/10- There were some funny scenes in the movie.

Overall:7.0/10- The King's Speech is a good movie that is based on historical accounts.

Closing comments:The King's Speech is a fascinating historical movie.

Recommended for:Drama fans,Historical movie fans.

Helsinki (part two)

Okay, clear of mind and fresh of skin we head out to Tove's studio. {Back to us is Festival organizer Otto Sinisalo and against the wall is cartoonist Frank Odoi from Ghana.}

I really had no idea what to expect. I've seen photos and even videos from years ago but I figured we were looking at a different place. Maybe a mansion in the nicest part of town or something?

We took the streetcar and turned down a few streets and arrived at a beige building.

Well, it's clearly marked by a Viktor Jansson (Tove's father) sculpture of a young Tove and plaque.

Turns out it's an apartment building and Tove's studio and apartment are located on the top floor. As we walk up, we all get noticeably excited. This seems impossible that we could be here.

The courtyard view from the sixth floor stairwell.

We all kind of apprehensively step across the threshold in the apartment.

A bit of history (from Sophia's introduction to the studio and living space): Tove bought or moved into the studio in 1944 after seeing it a couple of years before and knowing she wanted to live there. She then lived there for the next 57 years--the rest of her life. There is no real kitchen, just a wood burning stove for cooking and heating in the studio and heater in the entry room. Those are her actual notes on the wall.

The apartment was pretty small. Tove wrote in the front area, painted in the studio, and slept upstairs in the loft area. There were modifications over the years but the studio is largely untouched (a paint job or two and the renovation over the years was done by her girlfriend Tuulikki's brother, Reima--a famous Finnish architect) in the ten years since Tove's death. The books she read are on the shelves. Her bed, her vanity, knick-knacks on bookshelves and windowsills, sculptures.

Juhani Tolvanen tells a charming anecdote about after Tove quit smoking she loved when he visited because he usually had a cigar in his pocket and she got to smell the cigar smoke. Trust me, this guy loves cigars.

This model ship is (I believe) the same ship I opened the photo set with. Finland used to have a number of lighthouse boats to direct traffic. This model was built by Tove and her family when she was a child.

Her father's sculptures (actually plaster studies for the later bronzes) placed around the studio. (In a previous batch, this post is getting complicated.)The models are Tove and her mother but with different faces. And that painting is a very early pre-WWII self portrait by Tove. Oh, and there are here pallets.

Look at these hand lettered books. We were asked not to touch things so I actually ran back downstairs to ask Sophia if she knew what they were and she quietly said "oh, go look at them." Turns out they were strip collections assembled by Tove's mom, Signe, from the stats sent from the syndicate.

I don't know what this is but I swear it's Tove's handwriting?!?


Here is tiny alcove where Tove's bed resides.

Her vanity.

Knick-knacks and Moomin toys.

The fireplace that heats the studio. And the little stove on top is pretty much the extent of Tove's kitchen.

Sophia told us a sweet story that Tove's girlfriend, Tuulikki Pietilä, also had an apartment and studio in the building and they used to cross through the attic to visit each other. In fact, Tuulikki lived there until she died in 2009. {In the background, we see Anja Luginbuhl from Editions Moderne and Morgan Charpentier from Les Requins Marteaux.}

Oh, hello, copy of It's a Good Life If You Don't Weaken just sitting there on Tove's bookshelf.

Julia! Gramps is here. {Nerd alert: Our Julia is the granddaughter of science fiction genius Frederik Pohl. Say what?}

There was a brief presentation and interview conducted by translator Kirsi Kinnunen with three Finnish cartoonists--Katia Tukiainen, Petteri Tikkanen, Marko Turunen--and then off to lunch.

Peg says this is reindeer. Could be. I just heard the words "Mixed Hunt" and said yes. Sure, it looks kinda gross but I assure you it was delicious.

After lunch while waiting for coffee, Maria leads us in a discussion on the pitfalls and triumphs in publishing. Peg and I can't help ourselves and we just take over. Because that's what we do. Translator Claire Saint-Germain looks on.

Sabine Witkowski from Carlsen. Sabine was our pal. She shared a passion not only for outsider cartooning but also Arabia china. Love her!

Morgan glares at one of my delightful publishing stories. Sam Arthur from Nobrow on the far right. Such a gentleman putting up with my occasional outbursts of "Crikey!" and prolonged Davey Jones impressions that morphed into Paul Hogan impressions.

Nuno Nieves and Susana Vilela from Serrote in Portugal. A new small publisher. They had a cute little illustrated book on Finland in English, Portugese, and Finnish. Also, they served Port at their booth at the festival. So they were great.

Latino from Rackham makes a point. There was a lot said that should not be leaked!! Good thing nobody was live tweeting. Right, Sam, RIGHT?? Off to meetings already so not pictured is Anja Luginbuhl from Editions Moderne.

Okay, there's a little more to go tomorrow and that's it. Oh, and here's another photoset from the show.


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