Monday Runaround – Mondo, Mute And Midtown

MuteWatch: Duncan Jones looks like he’s working on his Mute graphic novel sequel to Moon.

Is the artwork for the Mute graphic novel? Is the script conversion to the graphic novel format for Mute also? Everything would seem to point to that being the case, but as usual Duncan is playing his cards close to his chest, although recent tweets suggest Poker may not be his strong point.

 TVWatch: Someone’s been watching a lot of Comic Book Men... and been getting jealous.

Midtown Comics, a Times Square-area superhero haven that boasts more than a million books, will be featured on a new National Geographic Channel special called “Comic Store Heroes,” airing July 13.

“Our customers are very special,” said Sunnyside, Queens, native Gerry Gladston, one of the five founders of the shop, the nation’s largest comic-book store. “And for many of them, reading comic books has changed their lives.”

One of the customers in the documentary is Jill Pantozzi, a comics blogger who has been confined to a wheelchair since age 2 by muscular dystrophy — but who enjoys a rich social life through the comics world.

MarvelWatch: The first time Storm met Black Panther… two times around.

ConWatch: The Northern Kentucky University loves Kabuki.

Dr. John Alberti, Candice Van Loveren Geis, and Rich Shivener will present during the convention’s Comics Arts Conference, a series that advocates comics scholarship and criticism. After submitting an abstract, they were invited to present during the CAC’s 90-minute poster session, to be held on Saturday, July 14. The title of their poster session is “Graphic Narratives as Learning Tools in Higher Education: A Case of Kabuki: The Alchemy.”

Kabuki is a highly artistic graphic novel series which was created by NKU alumnus David Mack, who remains heavily involved in NKU’s art and literature programs, and regularly comes to speak at the school.

AnotherLondonWatch: LA Mood of London, Canada gets profiled by local press.

They met downtown. They live downtown. They work downtown.

And their business — venerable games and comic retailer L.A. Mood — has been a downtown London mainstay for decades. But a mere store wouldn’t have lasted this long.

“A store can’t be just a store,” said Carol Vandenberg, 47. “It has to be a cultural hothouse,” added her business partner and husband, Gord Mood, 48.

It’s no cliche to say there’s always something going on at L.A. Mood. Aided by their “enthusiastic” staffers, the two have turned the place into a kind of unofficial headquarters for Forest City geeks, giving customers plenty of reasons to return.

MondoWatch: Mondo Media, the digital comic strip overnight success story… that took fourteen years.

Back in 1998, John Evershed got an idea about how to make money from the Internet: distribute online cartoons to hundreds of websites, much like newspaper syndicates have done for years with comic strips such as Blondie and Peanuts.

Today his Mondo Media is finally profitable — after several very lean years — but most of the thanks goes to YouTube. Evershed realized the video giant was where the action was going to be, so that’s where he put his energy.

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