Steranko-ing: the early years

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Thanks to Sarrah Horrocks, this undated but 80s ish photo of Jim Steranko and Jack Kirby shows that Steranko-ing has a long, proud tradition. Steranko has recently gained a whole new audience with his addictive Twitter feed which includes stories of escape tricks, comics history and general “I was there” testimony—although it has yet to […]

Is DC launching a stealth price hike?

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While holding the line at $2.99 was a rallying cry for DC a few years ago, since then realities have been encroaching on comics pricing. DC’s stealth price hike is well under way and it’s much like when Marvel started hiking things to $3.99 several years back. New series are among those getting hiked, and […]

“Hawkeye” Pizza Dog shirts to benefit Futures Without Violence

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Hawkeye is becoming Matt Fraction’s pivotal Marvel work. The series is consistently grabbing new readers month after month and contending in five Eisner categories this year. Since the comic broke ground it has served as an agent for raising awareness in helping people, and Pizza Dog.

Columbia University acquires Al Jaffee archives

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Anyone who has ever met him knows that they want to be Al Jaffee when they grow up. The master of MAD’s fold-ins is vital and witty well into his 90s, with a vocal delivery that would make hims a great voiceover star if he didn’t have his cartoonist skills to fall back on. And […]

Marvel are including a Peggy Carter mini-film on the Iron Man 3 DVD

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FINALLY! Marvel have announced that the Iron Man 3 DVD  release will come with a short film called ‘Agent Carter’, which will see Hayley Atwell return to the character she played in Captain America for a one-off story. Also: Bradley Whitford’s in it!

DC to run TV ads for Before Watchmen collections

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If you support comics creators rights, you may want to avoid Time Square for the next few days. The NY Post has the exclusive news that DC will be running an ad for its Before Watchmen prequels on the Times Square Jumbotron starting next week, as well as selected cable stations, including IFC, TruTV and […]

Kerry Callen returns with the secret of the Bat-cave…

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Kerry Callen’s back with another of his great super parody strips, this time solving the mystery behind Batman’s cluttered Bat-cave. If you’ve ever wondered just why a rather grim soul like old Bats keeps around things like giant pennies, typewriters and T-Rex models (although T-Rex models are just COOL aren’t they?), you have come to […]

The beautiful, starry adventures of… Astro Dog!

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I’ve been meaning to flag up Paul Harrison-Davies‘ new web-comic, Astro Dog since its launch on June 28th. I know of Paul’s work from his contributions to great British comic anthologies ink + Paper and Solipsistic Pop, and his unqiuely coloured artwork is really, quite simply, lovely, and recognisable off the bat. Astro Dog, a beautiful silent comic that updates […]

SDCC ’13: Fantagraphics boldly selling comics at Comic-Con!

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Bucking the odds, Fantagraphics will be selling new, wonderful comics at  Booth #1718. If past years any any indication, here you will find the cohorts of Team Comics crouching under a bunker as Big Bang Theory shrapnel whizzes over head. But you will be able to buy COMICS.COMICS I SAY. I have stolen the text […]

Inside this week’s PW Comics World: the retailer survey and more

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I actually mentioned this in my previous post but wanted to give it its own item. A new issue of PW Comics World, the monthly newsletter co-edited by myself and Calvin Reid, came out yesterday and, if I do say so myself, it’s chock full of interesting reading. You can see the whole issue here […]

“The Shadow Now” Mini Updates The Shadow With The Spider’s Launch Team

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In October, Dynamite is launching a new Shadow mini-series.  Yes, yes… I know.  It’s another title with the same character, but there’s a compelling reason to pay attention to this concept/creative pairing.  The Shadow Now is updating the character to a modern setting and the key piece of information is that creative team on this is […]

Behind the news: Amazon’s comics debut and Marvel’s market research

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A lot of big comics announcements this week in advance of Comic-Con showbiz onslaught, and some of them have interesting reverberations. By far the biggest is Amazon’s entrance into the comics fold with Jet City Comics. As one of the “Big Five” utilities of the internet age (the others being Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft) […]

Marvel Announce Inhumans Series by Matt Fraction featuring… Nightcrawler?

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The Inhumans were promised to have a big role in Infinity, and it appears that we’re about to get an idea as to what that is. Matt Fraction has been announced as the writer for an Inhumans ongoing series in December, which will launch off the back of a storyline in Jonathan Hickman’s big Marvel […]

Andrew Hussie teams up with ShiftyLook

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Here’s an item that doesn’t seem to have gotten too much play in the traditional comics media: as revealed on their Comic-Con pageShiftylook has signed up Homestuck’s Andrew Hussie. ShiftyLook, you’ll recall, launched last year as a webcomic spinoff of some old Namco Bandai games, and they’ve continued on with animation and other multi media […]

Nice Art: James Jean pops up on Instagram

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After a triumphant art show in January, renowned artist James Jean dropped out of site following a scorched earth interview in Juxtapoz. And he’s been silent and out of site for nearly six months. But in the last few days he popped up on Twitter and Instagram with some “sketches” that most people would spend […]

Atomic Robo Kickstarter Starts Early, Kicks Up Target in 2 Hours

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To celebrate Nikola Tesla’s birthday yesterday, the team behind Atomic Robo – Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener – have launched their new Kickstarter early. Already, they’ve tripled their goal of £7500 and we’ve still got 29 days to go!