TweetBy Bruce Lidl As the on-going explosion of interest in comics and pop culture conventions continues seemingly unabated, companies like Wizard World are rushing to meet the demand. The first ever Wizard World Sacramento took place this last weekend, making it the first big comic convention in California’s capital city, and likely the biggest show […]
Tweet While it seems like EVERY week is comics week in New York, with its high concentration of cartoonists and illustrators, the Society of Illustrators is making it official with a whole week of activities leading up to MoCCA Festival. You will not know where to go! Here’s the line-up — most of your party […]
Tweet A Flash pilot is on the way starring Grant Gustin as Barry Allen—and here’s the first look at his costume. It was designed by Academy Ward winner Colleen Atwood, who also works on ARROW. (Her Oscars include Alice in Wonderland, Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago.) This image says scarlet, it says foreshortening…does it […]
[IDW publisher Ted Adams is one of the most personable executives in the industry, and one of the most forward looking when it comes to expanding to new markets. As IDW celebrates its 15th anniversary, we chatted with Adams about the structure of the company, his background and how IDW has explored new outlets and products including digital, mass market and merchandising. One of IDW's biggest recent success stories in their "Micro Fun Packs"—little goodie bags sold at mass market checkout areas which include a mini comics, stickers, foldout posters, and POG-like collectibles—an unusual move into merchandising for a comics publisher but one he thinks will drive readers back to comics shops. IDW's successes also includes creator owned books like 30 Days of Night and Locke and Key and one of the industry's best archival programs with the Library of American Comics and Yoe Books. Given his background in the maw of the "indie comics era" working at Eclispe, Dark Horse and Image, Adams has been able to put what he calls his entrepreneurial spirit to work on taking advantage of the expanding audience for comics. And he's not done yet. Many thank to IDW's Rosalind Morehead for setting up this interview.]
Tweet Following their huge success with their Adventure Time and Regular Show comics, Boom! Studios has signed a “first look” deal with Cartoon Network, meaning they get first crack at getting the license to adapt their cartoons — and theyr’e kicking off the new deal with Steven Universe. Rebecca Sugar’s cartoon about a boy who […]
Tweet Launched in 2011 with much fanfare, ShiftyLook was a fun idea: redeveloping old Namco/Bandai video game properties as webcomics with an eye to further developing animation and new video games. And now the experiment is ending, publisher Rob Pereyda has announced. Given Japanese video game companies’ penchant for pulling the plug at a moments […]
TweetComics is an unpredictable world to wander through. One day everything is understandable and safe, Chew sits on the shelf next to Revival, and the world is as you’d expect. But then one day Mike Norton, Tim Seeley, John Layman and Rob Guillory announce that this May, rather than having everything in its right place… […]
Marvel announced some improvements to its AR app at SWSXi yesterday, including finally adding the audio components it talked about last year. It also has improved the panel flow and the AR extras will now be available in all digital comics. They also announced an Ultimate Spider-Man Infinite comic, to be aimed at younger readers. Ultimate Infinite Spider-Man — that sounds pretty indestructible.
Just in case you can’t enough of a smiling Abe Vigoda, there’s a really nice Flickr set of the Old Jewish Comedians opening up at the Society of Illustrators page. With lots of old Jewish comedians and some great shots of the exhibit itself.
Tweet§ Alex Behr has an excellent interview with Chris Ware at Salon where he talks about his daughter’s drawing ability, the bully that apologized to him etc. Just read the whole thing, dammit. § At Cartoon Brew, Amid Amidi notes that Stu Snyder, the Cartoon Network exec who tried to turn it into a live […]
Comixology has been very busy at SXSW Interactive, giving away a ton of free graphic novels and gift cards to Amazon. They’ve just announced a new promotion making the top 100 books from the Submit program available for only $10, to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the program.
Tweet With seemingly everyone putting on a comic-con, as business booms and it seems like easy money, we’re finding more and more people who bit off perhaps a bit more than they could chew, and/or got into things for the wrong reason. The alleged Kickstarter embezzlement at River Con, the co-founder squabbles at Denver Comic […]
Tweet New York’s MoCCA Festival kicks off on April 5 &6 at the Lexington Armory,and the key art by guest Fiona Staples has just been released. It’s a take off on Breughel’s classic Tower of Babel imagery except with flying carpets. That’s how MoCCA always feels to me. Along with Staples, Howrd Cruse, Robert Williams […]
When Marvel’s Lauren Sankovitch left Marvel to pursue West Coast job ops, we were all sad to be losing a fine comics editor. Happily she is still keeping a toe in the game, as this release from the CBLDF reveals that she’ll be editing this year’s Liberty Annual, a fund-raising anthology published by the fund each year. So yay for Lauren! WE may hear her karaoke yet again!