How Do You Buy Your Comics? — A Survey

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How do you buy your comics?  I’m not really concerned about magazine format vs. book format.

Do you you pre-order them?  Do you buy off the rack?  Do you buy by mail order?  Do you buy digitally?

Here’s a survey.  Pick whichever option is the primary way you buy your comics:

Nice art: Philip Bond's women astronauts

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So many layers of the awesome.

Former Marvel head Avi Arad writes a manga graphic novel

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Avi Arad, the energetic movie mogul who once ran Marvel, but now just helps out with things like the new Spider-Man movie…has written a comic book.

And it’s a manga?:

23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards comics nominations announced

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The 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Award Nominees are out, including five in the comics category which exemplify positive media portrayals of LGBT characters:

Fox News expose: sex sells in comics and is destroying our children

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A Fox News report on how sexy, violent comics are corrupting our youth is ruffling some feather today. The piece originally aired on Fox’s Washington DC outlet and found reporter Sherri Ly tut tutting over RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #1 and CATWOMAN #1 as if they just came out and were still on sale. JESUS, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN FOR THE LAST FIVE MONTHS?

DC logo use demonstrated

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And here’s the official word and examples of treatment. Looks like the Vertigo and MAD logos have been adjusted to include the Gotham-lettered branding for now.

Now that we can see the actual treatment, it’s clearer how “the Peel” works as a symbol as opposed to a readable name—so even with the peel, the lettered DC Comics part is included. On that basis alone the peel works a lot better.

DC Entertainment's new interactive logo officially unveiled

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A piece at business site Fast Company has unveiled the new DC logo — and yeah, it’s been chosen because it can be animated and — probably — make a sound. John Rood and Amit Desai, senior vice president of franchise management, roll out the new malleable, adaptable, interactive logo:

Ashes to Ashes: Alex de Campi responds to Jimmy Broxton's tale

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The Beat has now received Alex de Campi’s rebuttal to James Hodgkin’s statement on being fired from ASHES, the graphic novel project they got funded on Kickstarter for $32,000.

I said I would have my comments, and they are sad ones. I’m an admirer of both creators involved here — professionally and personally. But if there was ever a case of he said/she said this is it. “Creative differences” indeed. The whole thing reminds me (for the old timers out there) of D’arc Tangent, a long ago collaboration between Phil Foglio and Freff which dissolved into “creative differences,” never to be seen again.

Sean Murphy: You need a 5 Year Plan

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Artist Sean G. Murphy (Joe the Barbarian) has posted a piece on his DA page called
5 Year Plan — it’s about planning for the future — something very few young cartoonists seems to have the courage to do. I recently told a talented young cartoonist “Keep doing what you love until someone pays you for it” — which is pretty basic “follow your bliss” advice. Murphy’s is a little more practical:

Kibbles 'n' Bits, 1/19/12

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§ Scott Edelman spotted a kid reading a mysterious comic book in an old episode of The Mary Tyler Moore show and can’t make out the logo. Can you help him ID the book? (Chances are it was a prop, fake book, but maybe Kalo* drew some of it?) We’re more intrigued by the child’s violent blue jacket.

The comics life: "Calendar pages fall."

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Via Evan Dorkin’s end of year post, which in happier notes, reveals his 2012 projects — New BEASTS OF BURDEN, woot.