Author Archives: Michael Dean

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Cartoons of Mass Destruction: The Whole Story Behind the Danish 12

In 2006, 12 Danish cartoonists controversially drew pictures of Muhammad at the urging of Flemming Rose, the culture editor of the weekly Jyllands-Posten. This news story from The Comics Journal #275 (April 2006) offers a multitude of perspectives — from cartoonists, Danes, Muslims, Danish Muslims — and is being rerun to help supply context for the Charles Hebdo killings. Continue reading

 
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Greg Theakston Says the Kirby Museum Can Look Forward to a Theft Complaint for Christmas  

In what has to be one of the world’s slowest-building controversies, Theakston’s grievance with the Kirby Museum has been building for some time. Continue reading

 
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Who Owns the Man of Steel?

Now that we know the new Superman movie is a colossal hit, it seems like a good time to review the legal conflict over who gets to rake in those profits. Continue reading

 
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Amazing Hero: Kim Thompson (1956-2013)

As one of the twin pillars of Fantagraphics Books, Kim Thompson helped the comics medium to grow up. He did so with the tough love of a strict parent, the internationally formed intelligence of a global citizen, and the abiding loyalty of an avid comics reader. Continue reading

 
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Harvey Kurtzman Estate and Al Feldstein File to Regain Copyrights to 1950s Comics

The Journal has learned that legendary EC writer/editor Al Feldstein and the estate of Mad editor/cartoonist Harvey Kurtzman have filed notices to reclaim the copyrights on their work. Continue reading

 
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MoCCA Gets a New Lease on Life at Society of Illustrators

Everything that was MoCCA — its collection, its educational programming, its logo, its heavily attended annual festival — has been subsumed, and will reportedly continue, under the auspices of the Society of Illustrators. Continue reading

 
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MoCCA Aims for Improved Location: Closure Not Permanent

A report on the sudden news. Continue reading

 
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An Interview with MoCCA Founder Lawrence Klein

How the museum has been able to survive, why building a permanent collect has not been a high priority, and why Klein left the museum and New York. Continue reading

 
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