RIP Dr. Meinheimer / Earl Hacker

R.I.P. Richard Griffiths

Rest in peace Richard Griffiths. The portly British actor is probably best known for his role as Harry Potter's uncle, but he shall forever be immortalized in my mind as Dr. Albert Meinheimer and his uncanny evil doppelganger, the master of disguise, Earl Hacker in The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear. Two moments from that movie you will undoubtably recall. First Giffiths in a malfunctioning electric wheelchair, is launched off a balcony, and soars in silhouette against the full moon, E.T. style. Read more »

Marvel Unlimited and How You Will Read Comic Books Tomorrow

Marvel Unlimited Subscription Service

Marvel recently announced the arrival of its long-rumored 'comic streaming' service: Marvel Unlimited, where for $9.99 a month and $59.98 per year (which Marvel claims is a 50% discount), anyone who signs up at marvel.com/comics/unlimited for online access to over 70 years worth of Marvel Comics, with the ability to download and store up to 6 at a time for offline reading. It works through your web browser if you're on a traditional computer, with apps for iOS and (coming soon!) Android. Read more »

MoCCA Fest 2013 is Almost Here!

MoCCA Fest 2013

Do you love comics and cartoons? Do you live near or can you get to New York City? MoCCA Arts Festival is on for the first weekend in April (6th - 7th). There you will find the titans of comics and cartoons collected under one roof, and in a more intimate setting than your typical comic con.

The Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) almost closed its doors for good and was saved from oblivion by Society of Illustrators. They are running the festival this year for the first time. Come out and thank them by showing some love for your favorite American art form.

Check out the full lineup and more info on their website:

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The Art of Harvey Kurtzman


For all you old school MAD Magazine fans in the New York area, here's the chance of a lifetime.

The venerable Society of Illustrators on East 63rd Street at Lexington Ave in Manhattan is exhibiting the work of MAD creator Harvey Kurtzman! This is a rare opportunity to get up-close with original illustrated pages by the master himself, including a full-color rough of the very first cover of MAD, undoubtably familiar and yet more fluid and alive than the final composition we're all familiar with. Read more »

Pete's Basement Season 6, Episode 12 - 3.19.13

Pete answers the most common CGC related viewer questions. What CGC grade is acceptable for a silver-age book? Should you submit modern books to the CGC? How do you know which comic books will be valuable? Then Pete and Ramon review this week's haul. Plus, the aftermath of the death of Damian Wayne!

Hooray Robot Apocalypse! Read Hard Boiled!

As a fan of Pete's Basement you may know that I'm not a big comic book reader. But that doesn't mean I am without love for the paneled storytelling form. In a time before ’WWW’ was something any sane person would say, around age thirteen, I spent many afternoons at my local Library. Somehow, perhaps via particles traveling backwards in time from the writing of this very article, a copy of Frank Miller and Geoff Darrow's Hard Boiled seemed to magically appear onto those cold metal shelves. Read more »

House of Gold & Bones (and other comics inspired by music)

Written entirely by Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour fame, the 'House of Gold & Bones is a four issue series that uses musical lyrics to write a visual story. But it isn't the the first time music has inspired a comic book...

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Pete's Basement Season 6, Episode 10 - 3.5.13

Damian Wayne is the talk of the town! Our good buddy Hal Johnson drops by to talk with the boys about the death of Robin, the future of Batman, and shows off his own book, The Immortal Lycanthropes, about people who can turn into animals! The PB Crew has a lot of fun with Punisher War Zone, as Frank shows the Avengers exactly how dangerous "just a guy with a gun" can be.

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