Mark Millar to Launch Women's Comics Magazine

Comics creator Mark Millar, writer of Wanted and Kick-Ass and editor of the new comics anthology magazine CliNT, has announced that he has plans to start a sister magazine aimed at “the Twilight demographic”. In an interview with the newspaper Herald Scotland, Millar said that the magazine was still only in early planning stages, but that he already had an editor selected – an unnamed friend who edits a woman's magazine. The comics anthology would be aimed at girls and women and have an entirely female staff.

CBLDF's New Liberty Annual Benefit Comic

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has announced that it will be putting out a new comics anthology, Liberty Annual, as a fundraiser. The 48-page comic will contain new work by such famous creators as Brian Azzarello, Jill Thompson, Garth Ennis, Paul Pope, Gail Simone, Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba, Colleen Doran and Geoff Johns. The book hits stores this October, and all proceeds go to benefit the CBLDF.

Comics Writer Wolk Awarded Getty Fellowship

PWCW's own Douglas Wolk, author of the Eisner-winning book Reading Comics, has been awarded with one of only seven prestigious USC Annenberg / Getty Arts Journalism Fellowships.

Josh Neufeld To Speak at Greenlight Bookstore

On Monday, September 20th at Greenlight Bookstore in Fort Green Brooklyn, N.Y., Josh Neufeld, creator of the award-winning graphic Novel AD: New Orleans After the Deluge, a nonfiction graphic work documenting the lives of seven New Orleanians during and after Hurricane Katriana, will have a public conversation with Calvin Reid, senior news editor at Publisher’s Weekly and coeditor of PW Comics Week. Neufeld will give a slide presentation on his work and the two will have a wide ranging discussion about the influences and motivations behind A.D, the real people who inspired it and will include a moving silent-movie-style portion of the book.

Dark Horse and Vanguard Team Up for Frazetta Publishing

In the wake of the death of the late Frank Frazetta, the famous illustrator and comics artist, Dark Horse Comics and Vanguard Publishing have decided to work together to bring out his work in a coherent and timely fashion. Originally, both Vanguard and Dark Horse were scheduled to publish collections of Frazetta's comic The White Indian, but a deal has been struck to avoid this awkward duplication. Vanguard will release The Complete Frazetta White Indian while Dark Horse will collect Dan Brand's later work on the same series.

This Week @ Good Comics For Kids

This week School Library Journal’s blog Good Comics for Kids had a campaign to send Kids' Comic Con's Alex Simmons to Senegal, the September list of manga for all ages andthe 9/9 listing of comics suitable for all ages.

This Week @ The Beat

This week PWCW editor Heidi MacDonald’s blog The Beat covered last weekend's Small Press Expo 2010, the winners of the 2010 Ignatz Awards for comics, the first song released from the upcoming Spider-Man musical from Bono and The Edge, dancing live-action Marvel Minimates, the July Indie comics month to month sales numbers, web-retailer Khepri Comics on the verge of closure, Alan Moore vs. the modern comics establishment, kids' comics publisher Toon Books to be distributed by Candlewick Press, manga artist Murakami on display at Versailles, Top Cow revives Minotaur Press imprint, Ah Pook Is Here - the long lost William S. Burroughs comic - comes to print, Superman's disastrous deadline delays only three issues into a much hyped run, a dissecton of the cost of making a comic and another of printing one, and two giant sales from two famous comics publishers – Top Shelf and Drawn & Quarterly.