The Glory (Image / Extreme) Relaunch: an 80s Take on a 90s Book

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In many ways, Rob Leifeld’s old Extreme line was the epitome of the Direct Market in the mid-90s. Imagine my surprise when I’m reading the relaunch of one of those books at realize it’s very much a mid-80s comic.

As with the Prophet re-launch, the Glory re-launch is something a bit different. This time out writer Joe Keatinge and artist Ross Campbell channel Miracleman and Airboy for their new series, debuting with Glory #23. Miracleman and Airboy? Yes, I said it.

EXCLUSIVE: Jimmy Broxton talks about the Ashes split

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Artist Jimmy Broxton/James Hodgkins has broken his silence about the ASHES split.

NICE ART: Darth Vader can't eat pie

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And it makes him unhappy, writes artist Tim Kreider, who has just resumed weekly updates on his website.

Roger Langridge to write Popeye for IDW

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IDW has a new POPEYE book and Roger Langridge is going to write it.

So there is hope for the world after all.

DC launches Hero Factory app with Lego and kids comics

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DC and Lego have teamed for an app that offers all-new, all-free comics.

This could be significant, for reasons explained below.

Pizza Island disbands; ex-members engage in all-out friendliness

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When six of today’s finest, funniest cartoonists created a studio together it was news; that all of them were women somehow made it a “thing”. Thus it is with some sadness but a sense of inevitability that the disbanding of the Pizza Island studio has been noted on its blog. Gathering together Kate Beaton, Sarah Glidden, Domitille Collardey, Julia Wertz, Lisa Hanawalt, Meredith Gran and most recently Deana Sobel, this kind of talent put in one room would have been noteworthy under any circumstances.

IDW goes digital-only with Transformers: Autocracy series

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You wanted 99 cent comics? You got ‘em. Digital comics, that is. In what’s a first for the Transformer series, IDW is making one of it’s premiere licensed comics available first as a digital-only 12-part series selling for 99¢ for an 8 page chapter. The chapters will be released every two weeks starting today.

New Walking Dead Season 2.5 teaser released

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Rick and Herschel enjoy a heart to heart talk in this brief teaser.

Hm. Another 6 episodes of heart-to-heart talks? Egads. Michonne, do not forsake us!

Halo-8 releases Godkiller: Tomorrow's Ashes as print/digital sub hybrid

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Everyone is figuring out new ways to get their stuff out there. Halo-8 is a multimedia company that just funded the OCCUPY COMICS anthology via Kickstarter — but it’s being released a little differently. People who purchased the book via Kickstarter get a digital subscription until the printed version comes out.

They’re using a similar system for GODKILLER, a comic written by Halo-8 head Matt Pizzolo and illustrated by Anna Muckcracker Wieszczyk, previously known for LUCID (Archaia) and the OCCUPY COMICS promo image.

Sign up for Viz app and get one Volume 1 free

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Viz Media is running a nice promotion: new users can download their free app for iPad, iPhone or iPod and, after registering for an account, download a free volume 1 manga of your choice.

Tran and Rea win Society of Illustrators medals

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The Society of Illustrators, an august institution long devoted to the now-vanishing artform of magazine illustration, has in recent years presented medals in the Sequential category for comics-type stuff. this year’s winners include a gold medal for GB Tran’s VIETNAMERICA and a silver medal for Brian Rea’s Modern Love, a series of illustrations for a NY Times column column on romance.