31 Days of Halloween: Kate Beaton’s spooky Halloween cards

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Halloween is heating up. Kate Beaton has taken some old Halloween cards and imagined . the terrifying situations depicted

Parting Image: Young Kurt Cobain swipes Werewolf by Night

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Via Tumblr a photo of a young Kurt Cobain drawing, and apparently he was about to use an issue of Werewolf by Night co-starring Michael Morbius, the Living Vampire, as reference.

Preview: A Distant Soil #42

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Colleen Doran’s A Distant Soil is one of the original creator owned comics—and after a long run it’s actually coming to a close! Only nine issues remain after this one. Issue #42 is on sale this week. Art, story and Cover: Colleen Doran   The resistance dissolves into warring factions intent on seizing power. And […]

The Lakes Comic Festival Gets Everything Right

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Last weekend I headed south for Kendal, a bustling town in the beautiful Lake District of England for a comics festival with a difference. The Lakes International Comic Art Festival fully embraced a European (Angoulême) approach to the medium, with the whole town celebrating the weekend of events, and perhaps consequently drawing a much more […]

Video alert: Kagan McLeod and friends revive the Tit for Tat drawing video

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Kagan “infinite Kung Fu” McLeod writes to tell of a cool video project he put together at this year’s TCAF: a collaborative drawing vdeo starring McLeod, Paul Pope, David B, Sam Hiti, and Frederik Peeters. He writes: Between 1969 and 1975 the French television broadcast Tac Au Tac (Tit for Tat in english) assembled cartoonists […]

Lou Reed: A Man of All Culture

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When Lou Reed died yesterday, the world lost one of the all-time great inventors of “alternative culture.” Very few people of a certain age were not at one point transfixed and then transformed by the Velvet Underground and all that it represented. As time went on, the vein of raw, personal and daring work that […]

Preview: Avengers Arena #18 — the final issue

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Marvel’s take on the teenagers-hunt-and-kill-one-another genre, AVENGERS ARENA, winds up at the end of the month and here’s a peek. Story by Dennis Hopeless, Art by Kev Walker and Cover by Dave Johnson. On sale 11/27. Sixteen young, troubled superheroes trapped on an island, forced to fight to the death for the amusement of a […]

Marvel Comics Month-to-Month Sales: September 2013 — Marvel’s moral victory

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While DC’s Villains Month was the main talking point of the direct market in September, Marvel moved into their own event season. September saw the second month of INFINITY, with more tie-in books popping up across the line, while the X-Men titles began their own separate crossover, BATTLE OF THE ATOM. We also have the debut issue of MIGHTY AVENGERS, which launches as part of the big event.

THOR’s alien world to hit Disneyland on Friday

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It seems that the Marvel Heroes are gradually sneaking their way into the Disney theme parks—at least in California, where the spectacular Marvel booth displays at San Diego Comic-Con have been ported over into Disneyland displays. According to the Disney Parks blog, the Thor throne and other Asgardian stuff will appear in the Innoventions area, […]

First Look: Nemo: The Roses of Berlin by Moore and O’Neill

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Sixteen years ago, notorious science-brigand Janni Nemo journeyed into the frozen reaches of Antarctica to resolve her father’s weighty legacy in a storm of madness and loss, barely escaping with her Nautilus and her life. … But when the pirate queen learns that her loved ones are held hostage in the nightmarish Berlin, she has no choice save to intervene directly, traveling with her aging lover Broad Arrow Jack into the belly of the beastly metropolis.

NYCC Panel Recap: Doing It the European Way

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Moderated by Heidi MacDonald, this was a panel featuring a line-up of European artists discussing the rise and change in foreign comic markets. Panellists Stephanie Hans, Will Sliney, Emma Vieceli and Alvaro Martinez spoke for an hour about the respective comics industries in their home countries, as well as their move into comics and influences.

Jamie Smart’s Fish-Head Steve Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Prize

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Richard Bruton at Forbidden Planet International reports that Jamie Smart’s Fish-Head Steve is the first comic to be shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize in the 6-year history of the award. Smart’s work joins five other nominees in the “funniest book for children aged 7-14″ category, with the winner due to be announced in […]