Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 12/20/13: How to enter a bouncy house

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TweetThanks for all the great emails yesterday, people. They are much appreciated. § MUST READ: More on Neil Cohn’s experiments in how comics are read. He actually put electrodes on people’s brains to figure this out. Cohn says any language has a “holy triumvirate” of elements: expressive form, grammar, and meaning. Comics, he argues, meet […]

Deadlines, details on the first ever Comic and Cartoon Annual from the Society of Illustrators

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Tweet As part of their ongoing efforts to integrate comics into their operations, the Society of Illustrators has released a call for entries for the first  Comics and Cartoon Art Annual. This juried show will be held in late May and then travel the country, winner will also be printed in a yearbook. There is […]

Scott Lobdell: I apologize to MariNaomi

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Tweet When I first read MariNaomi’s story of the guy who was sexually harassing on that panel, I thought he was an asshole and should be outed. And then I thought, gee I wonder if it is someone I know? And it was. The panel in question was the Prism Comics panel at the Long […]

Grant Morrison on Deluxe Happy! The Extended Edition

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TweetLook what arrived in my post today, and just in time for Christmas too! The just released Deluxe edition of Happy! with those all important new pages, and some nice extras for fun. And funnily enough I spoke to Grant Morrison about this just recently…

Cartoonist sexually harassed on a panel in front of a room full of people

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TweetIn all of the recent talk about sexual harassment in comics, many of the responses to well-documented incidents in bars has been “Oh, I never saw anything like that!” or “Maybe that’s not how it happened.” Well, here’s an incident that took place ON A PANEL IN FRONT OF AN AUDIENCE. That’s right, in front […]

Here is the cover for the Fourth Printing of Sex Criminals #1

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Jim Steranko on Art, Experimentation, and FROGS [Interview]

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TweetAmongst the many pieces featured in the relaunched A1 Annual this year is FROGS from Jim Steranko. Originally published in COMIXSCENE #3 in April 1973, FROGS is a experiment in storytelling, in which Steranko sets out 48 identically-sized panels which  tell a story in whatever order they are read. FROGS requires the reader to choose their own pattern […]

31 Days of Winter Festivals: A Christmas Carol adapted by Joe Staton

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Tweet Joe Staton is one of those reliable cartoonists who draws everything exactly as it should be with intelligence, grace and greta storytelling. He drew A Christmas Carol for for the late 80s early 90s the Berkeley/First Comics version of Classic Comics. It’s just about perfect. It’s also long out of print but you can […]

Webcomic alert: Johnny Negron’s Blonde Cobra

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Tweet Ulli Lust’s Electrocomics site is a repository of not only her own work, but webcomics by many other top-notch cartoonists. Here’s Johnny Negron’s Blonde Cobra, formerly seen in a sold out mini comic. It’s the story of a woman on a blind date and the things that go wrong. NSFW!

Paul Rudd cast as Ant-Man

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Tweet After a few weeks of speculation it’s been confirmed that its extremely likely that Paul Rudd will play the title role in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man movie. This is all good, as Rudd is that rarest leading man: the really good looking guy who likes to be a goofball. Given that this is supposed to […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 12/19/13: These amazing links will change the way you think about clicking on links

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Tweet§ The Comics Reporter Holiday Interview series has kicked off with Paul Pope! Your morning coffee reading is assured for the next few weeks. § The Hollywood Reporter’s legal reporter Eriq Gardner has a devil’s advocate In Defense of Shia LaBeouf suggesting that LaBeouf “seemed to be making the case for his transformative “fair use” […]

TCAF announces first six guests and expanding programming for 2014

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Tweet While 2013′s plum pudding is yet to be fully digested, the menu for 2014′s comics events highlights is being set. And here to light the first burners is TCAF with it’s first guest announcements and news of greatly expanded programming. Among the guests for 2014: Lynn Johnston, Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki, manga-ka Est Em, […]

Portland’s Stumptown Comics Festival on hold as some operations move to Rose CIty Comic-Con

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Tweet The Stumptown Comics Festival , Portland’s long running indie comics show, is ending in its present form, but the Awards and its indie-focused programming will become part of the Rose City Comic-Con, which is held in September. According to Stumptown board of directors Chair Shawna Gore, the two shows are NOT merging; it is, […]

UPDATE: Troubles and plagiarism charges grow for LaBeouf as Clowes contemplates legal action

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LaBeouf-Gate—in which an A-list young actor continues to dig himself deeper and deeper after cluelessly ripping off a Daniel Clowes comic as the basis for a short films because SQUIRREL!—has been developing on several fronts.

Sparkplug Books announces the end of REICH for 2014 and a fundraiser

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Sparkplug Books has has some changes in the last few years, following the death of founder Dylan Williams, but under new publisher Virginia Paine, it’s stayed in the game. In an email, Paine shared some plans for 2014…and also the news that times are tough at the indie, with Paine being forced to stop paying herself.

Earth Crisis Teams Up with Liberator, Plus New All-Star Line-Up

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TweetThat’s Earth Crisis as in the metalcore band, Liberator as in the hit Black Mask Studios comic, and all-star as in “holy crap these are brilliant people”. Not new crisis in DC Multiverse with superhuman Marvel task force spearheaded by All-Star Super-Batman. But feel free to imagine either.