Archaia and comiXology show off manga remake of CYBORG 009 with “variant digital cover”

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TweetSpeaking of manga pioneers, Shotaro Ishinomori created GoRenger (the precursor to Power Rangers), Kamen Rider, Cyborg 009, and Kikaider. The Guinness Book of World Records claims he’s drawn more pages of comics—170,000—than any other comic book creator. And it’s his birthday today. (Ishinomori died in 1998 at age 60.) To celebrate, comiXology—which has licensed the […]

Snap Goes Wolverine’s Spine

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TweetJust a quick note. Last year we all watched Catwoman twist her spine into impressive new shapes previously unseen by man. But we’re in 2013 now, and it’s time to prove that men are just as capable of contorting themselves into extinction.

New Justice League of America: “People will ‘wonder what the hell we are doing.’”

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Aside from having 52 variant covers for state seal lovers, we haven’t talked much about the new JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA book by Geoff Johns and David Finch and how it differs from JUSTICE LEGAUE by Johns and other people. Will it be set in America? Will there be spiders? Is Airwave in the team?

Read all of Kyle Baker’s graphic novels online for FREE

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Tweet For reasons unknown—but probably just for the good of society—Kyle Baker (Deadpool, Plasic Man) has put most of his creator-owned body of work online for FREE including early classics, THE COWBOY WALLY SHOW and WHY I HATE SATURN, and later works I Die at Midnight, King David, The Bakers, Special Forces, Nat Turner and […]

New books from Gfrörer and Catmull announced

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Continuing our look at thrills to come in 2013, Fantagraphics announced new books by two exciting indie creators, Julia Gfrörer and Ben Catmull, with some advance looks. The cover art isn’t final, as attractive as it may be. Both will be out in September.

“ZED: A Cosmic Tale” – Reviewing A Children’s Comic That’s Not For Children

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TweetThe collected edition of ZED – A Cosmic Tale will be coming out next week.  It may be under your radar, and that’s understandable.  It certainly looks like something other than what it actually is.  It’s probably easiest to describe this graphic novel in terms of the cartoonist’s film work and who wrote the introduction.  Yes, you […]

PictureBox launches Ten-Cent Manga line with Shigeru Sugiura and Osamu Tezuka

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Art comix publisher PictureBox has announced a new line: Ten Cent Manga, which will be curated by manga exert Ryan Holmberg (you can read some of his insightful manga writing at The Comics Journal.) We’re told the line will include “famous titles by superstars, as well as single-artist volumes and anthologies of comics by forgotten geniuses.”

“Chris Pine is Rob Liefeld in ‘ICONS’ the Image Comics story”

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In case you missed yesterday’s blockbuster news, the irrepressible Rob Liefeld took three days out of his schedule to write a screenplay called ICONS about the early days of Image. Hitherto shown only to close friends, the screenplay turned up at the website Dreammoviecast where you can read several sample pages up along with Liefeld’s own dream casting choices. I don’t want to spoil all the surprises but here are two:

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits: Make comics the Oily Way

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Lots of stuff so let’s get to it!

§ Sometime Beat contributor Laura Sneddon looks at 2013 in Comics and even though this list is mostly front of the Diamond catalog, there’s a lot to be excited about.

The Sixth Gun getting a pilot at NBC

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Pilot season is upon us in Hollywood, and Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt’s acclaimed THE SIXTH GUN has gotten a pilot order at NBC with Carlton Cuse (Lost) on board to produce.

Help Wanted: IDW is hiring an editor

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Tweet Do you have what it takes to juggle a bunch of monthly comics, dealing with freelancers, Diamond, retailers and the comics press? If you’re up for it, IDW is hiring! Here’s the deets: Editor, IDW Publishing IDW Publishing is seeking an experienced Editor to support the Chief Creative Officer. This is a full-time position […]

Preview: Who is AC? by Hope Larson and Tintin Pantoja

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With 2013 barreling along, it’s time to start looking at some of books that are going to make it a notable year, and here’s one that has flown mostly under the radar until now: Who is AC? by Hope Larson with art by Tintin Pantoja, to be published by Atheneum on April 16th. It’s Larson’s first original GN since Mercury, she she describes it thusly:

Cuteness and More Review: CHU’S DAY by Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex

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TweetOkay, it’s not a comic. But it is a lavishly illustrated and pleasingly offbeat childrens’ book by the great comics and prose writer Neil Gaiman (his latest longer work is THE GRAVEYARD BOOK) and the best-selling picture book artist Adam Rex (FRANKENSTEIN MAKES A SANDWICH). Last spring at MoCCA Fest, the Children’s Literature panel spent […]

Nice Art: Age of Ultron teasers released

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Whooooeeee is it time again for a new mega crossover event ALREADY? Yep, Marvel’s AGE OF ULTRON is rolling out in March, and previews are being released — here’s a couple of teaser images by In-Hyuk Lee—it must be said, they are very nice.

Ed Kramer, Dragon-Con co-founder, facing molestation charges

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The AJC reported that one of the founding members of Dragon-Con, Edward Eliot Kramer,  was arrested on Saturday for child molestation charges that dated back to 2000.  Kramer was first arrested in August 25, 2000, on accusations that he sexually abused three teenage boys. Kramer resigned from Dragon Con that year, and has been uninvolved from the show since then. (Some guests expressed on Twitter that with the recent news they will never go back to that convention again, unaware that Kramer is long gone.)

Bill Griffith announced as guest of honor for 2013 MoCCA festival

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Tweet This year’s MoCCA Festival is being eagerly awaited to see how changes made under the new Society of Illustrators management will affect a show that has yet to take the place on the show schedule that its location would be assumed to afford. So far everything’s been looking good and the announcement of the […]