Marvel’s Next Big Thing: All-New X-Men

anxm1

It’s time for another Marvel conference call, this time as Brian Michael Bendis and Nick Lowe talk about All-New X-Men #1. And I was there! Read on, to hear about villains, heroes, mutants…. and how I got cut off halfway through asking a question because my house had a power cut! Also: Stuart Immonen art! […]

DC Month-to-Month Sales: September 2012

scoobydoo25.jpg

One year after the big relaunch, DC wanted to give its superhero line another jolt by borrowing a gimmick from the glory days of 1994 and releasing “zero” issues of all of the “New 52″ titles.

In terms of average sales, this means an increase of more than 1,000 units compared to August. Of course, these are sales to retailers, and increases based on this type of gimmick never stick around for subsequent issues, but the fact that retailers have enough faith in DC to support the initiative to this degree is good news, certainly.

Webcomic alert: Half-Life by Jillian Tamaki

nb1.jpg

Actually it’s from Nobrow #7, but Jillian Tamaki’s haunting Half-Life can be read in its entirety. I won’t spoil it, but it is reminiscent of a classic 50s SF film…even if it does go in another, surprising direction at the end.

Fantagraphics announces two new books by Dash Shaw

NewSchool.jpg

After gaining huge mainstream attention for BOTTOMLESS BELLY BUTTON and BODY WORLD—both formally experimental graphic noels that remained emotionally true—Dash Shaw has kept a low profile in recent years, as he works on multimedia projects, including animation. But Fantagraphics has just announced two new books, NEW SCHOOL and 3 NEW STORIES. Exciting news for a […]

What’s next for New York Comic Con

201210241112.jpg

By most accounts, this past New York Comic Con was a success, giving fans access to all kinds of stars, comics and otherwise, and presenting a news fusillade on many topics. It was also crowded, congested and teeming with people. Crowding has been a serious issue at NYCC ever since the very first one, which was shut down by state troopers and left many people who had purchased tickets stuck outside. Since then the madding hordes have ebbed, but mostly flowed. Crowd control was pretty horrible in 2010, and got a little better in 2011—but my witnesses say it was back to 2010 levels this year.

Rob Liefeld announces he uses Facebook

201210241049.jpg

In a rush for an attention getting headline, instead of checking with the most accessible comics pro on Twitter, another site this morning announced Rob Liefeld was retiring from comics, after seeing a Facebook comment Ethan, I am retired from comics but you have my blessing, it would look great if you drew it Upon […]

On the Scene: Stephen Kroninger, the Man with the Serious Scissors

IMG_3756

No, he’s not secretly Edward Scissorhands, but if he were, that might make his job a lot easier. The New York Comics and Picture-Story Symposium hosted a talk by award-winning illustrator and photo-collage artist Stephen Kroninger on the 22nd of October at Parsons The New School, moderated by Columbia University’s Ancient and Medieval, as well […]

Multiple Warheads launches 4-city tour

mw_launch_tour_cover_final.jpg

Brandon Graham is hitting the road behind the first issue of MULTIPLE WARHEADS, his loopy, memorable comic about organ smuggling that’s already getting rave reviews.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 10/24: Can you do the Catwoman?

3.jpg

§ Comics are heating up across the nation!