Update: Apple didn’t ban SAGA #12; comiXology did – BKV’s statement added

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UPDATE: Aaaaaand here’s Brian K. Vaughan’s statement: I wanted to apologize to everyone for this entire SAGA #12 kerfuffle. Yesterday, I was mistakenly led to believe that this issue was solely with Apple, but it’s now clear that it was only ever Comixology too conservatively interpreting Apple’s rules. I’m truly sorry. I never thought either […]

INTERVIEW: Larry Hama is a Historian of Horror in THE STRANGER

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Sitting down to describe Larry Hama’s career it a pretty overwhelming task. Do you talk about his start in comics at the age of 16, his service in Vietnam, his work as a penciller in comics, or his tremendous writing output, spanning decades? Add to that the fact that this all creates a composite portrait […]

Kubla Comics—a Rotten Tomatoes for Comics?

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A new site called Kubla Comics aims to be a review aggregator for comics, with a Rotten Tomatoes-like 0-5 rating system and pages for series and reviewers. Tyler James interviews site runner Ken Marden on his goals and process: Tyler James: Why KublaComics? What made you decide to build this site? Ken Marden: Kubla Comics […]

Will Sliney Profiles The Fearless Defenders: Warrior Woman

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There’s a new issue of Fearless Defenders out today, in which another character steps forwards into the spotlight. This time around it’s not Valkyrie, Misty Knight, or Dani Moonstar, but Hippolyta (now known as Warrior Woman). Now, this is an existing character who hasn’t been seen for a while, and so Marvel turned to Phil […]

Batman: City of Owls hits bestseller list

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Continuing a run of graphic novels on the bestseller charts, Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls (The New 52) by Scot Snyder, Greg Capullo, Rafael Albequerque, Becky Cloonon and co debuted at #14 on the Bookscan/PW Hardcover Fiction Bestseller list, with 5205 copies sold. The numbers con’t include the DM figures which are probably […]

On the Scene: MoCCA Fest 2013, Words from the Market-Wise at the ‘Art as Profession’ Panel

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Holding panels in the wood-panelled bowels of the Armory this year at MoCCA Fest did bring a certain gravitas to the proceedings even if the location was a little difficult to locate for the unfamiliar. When I arrived at the “Art as Profession: Creating, Promoting, and Making Money in Comics” panel at 11:30 on Sunday […]

Ware’s Building Stries wins Lynd Ward Prize; Carré and Ellsworth honored

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Adding to a pile of kudos that you will soon be able to make an actual building from, Chris Ware’s great Building Stories has won the Lynd Ward Prize for Graphic Novel of the Year for 2013. Heads or Tails by Lilli Carré (Fantagraphics) and The Understanding Monster—Book One by Theo Ellsworth (Secret Acres) were the honorable mentions.

The Prize is presented each year by Penn State University Libraries and the Pennsylvania Center for the Book to “the best graphic novel, fiction or non-fiction, published in the previous calendar year by a living U.S. or Canadian citizen or resident.”

Youth in Decline website debuts

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Youth in Decline is another in the exploding field of Risograph-based micro-publisher run by Ryan Sands, perhaps best known for his Umezu-obssessed blog Same Hat and his zine Elecric Ant. Youth in Decline kicks off with Frontier, a new serial anthology where each issue focuses on a single artist. Frontier is a quarterly art and […]

Fallout on the Apple Saga #12 ban

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News of Apple’s decision to ban SAGA #12 from any app-based storefronts spread like wildfire yesterday, prompting outrage and head shakes from those who believe having a single corporation controlling our access to entertainment—no matter how sexy and sleek that corporation—may not be a good idea. First, some of the oddities of the matter: As […]

Lisa Hanawalt hits the road for (MY) DIRTY DUMB (EYES) Tour

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Despite what other may say, Lisa Hanawalt’s Y DUMB DITY EYES, colelcting her humorous and mysterious cartoons and drawings from recent years, is quite the chuckler. And Hanawalt will be coming to a city near you on tour: TORONTO: Sat May 11 and Sun May 12 TCAF, Toronto Reference Library MONTREAL: Monday May 13 Librairie D+Q, 211 […]

2013 Doug Wright Award judges announced

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Judges for the 2013 Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning have been announced, a group comprising cartoonists and other artists from Montreal. Nominees were announced the other day, but these five will make final selections for “The Nipper” and the other honors. Awards winners will be announced May 11th during TCAF. Julie Delporte Born in […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 4/10/13: More on MoCCA

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§ A few little MoCCA wrap-up thoughts and posts: I particularly like this post from Alexandra Beguez because her table with Estrella Vega & Alden Viguilla has more beautiful things on it than I may have ever seen on one table at MoCCA before. § Juan Kafka also has some nice photos. My, but that […]