San Diego Comic-Con badges go on sale February 5

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After two melted servers and a stressful stress test that saw 1000 tickets sold in 60 seconds despite maddening lag times, Comic-Con International: San Diego is giving it a go again, putting passes to the annual 4-day nerd fest on sale at 9 am PST on Saturday, February 5th. The entire process of just selling […]

The Bonfire Agency heats up, part 1: Ed Catto

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The Bonfire Agency is a new entity that is looking to do a lot with the nerd world. Co-founder Ed Catto talks about what he;s learned on the way and what Bonfire can do in this exclusive interview.

Graphic.ly raises $3 million for digital comics company

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As more folks start off their year with funding announcements, Graphicly has just announced that they have received $3 million in VC via various entities. According to the PR, the funding will lead to the addition of all sorts of multimedia capabilities — video and audio and so on — to their downloadable comics — […]

Afternoon reading: Sean Murphy's Off Road – update

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Before there was JOE THE BARBARIAN, there was Sean Murphy’s OFF ROAD, the story of some guys on a weekend trip that becomes, by turns, confessional and dangerous. Kind of like the Breakfast Club in a jeep. IDW has released a new edition today — the original was published by Oni. More proof that when you OWN YOUR WORK you can keep making money off it.

Remake of ANNIE on the way from Will Smith

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Variety confirms that everyone’s favorite orphan is getting a reboot courtesy if Will Smith’s production company, with daughter Willow Smith set to star. Smith’s production company is teaming with Jay-Z to form a new movie-making joint venture and ANNIE is on the list.

What's the deal with: Top Cow's consolidation

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2011 is going to be a tumultuous year for comics. Heck, it’s already tumultuous. There’s going to be consolidation and retrenchment. So over the next few weeks we’ll be checking in at a few companies to see what’s going on — some of it’s great and some of it is not so great. We will start with Top Cow which announced last week that they were consolidating many of their functions at Image Central, including production, marketing and sales efforts.

Fantastic Three Death watch

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Okay, so a member of the Fantastic Four died in FF #587 — a comic which would normally be on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, like usual, but went on sale early at selected retailers. At the same time, a story hit the wires, NPR and just about every other media outlet with a “DEATH IN THE FAMILY” type story, effectively spoiling what had been a pretty well kept secret until then. Twitter was fluttering from the moment the stories hit. Whether you were outraged or shrugged your shoulders at the spoilage it was yet another example of a Big Two publisher planting a major media story and having no good option for timing. This also happened, famously, with the death of Captain America, the death of Batman, and surely many others stories we are too jaded to remember.

Fight: Gabrielle Bell vs bedbugs

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Gabrielle Bell is cartooning about her experiences with bedbugs in a strip called “Nocturnal Guests” and it’s funny and creepy. Here in NYC, the herpes of furniture is an ever present threat hanging over the heads of even decent folks. For a packrat like us, bedbugs would be the end of life itself. It’s getting so you just cross the street when you see a mattress on the sidewalk.

Kibbles 'n' Bits — 1/26/11

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Interviews, book battles, Caotain Canuck — what can it all mean???

Cameron Stewart's finished Suicide Girls cover

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When we ran yesterday’s news about a new Suicide Girls comic from IDW, the PR included a rough version of the cover by Cameron Stewart. Stewart tweeted the finished version and it’s a lot nicer. And for a comic based on a website featuring nude models, it is totally classy.