Comic Arts Brooklyn announces date with bonus City of Glass video

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It’s not too soon to start planning: Comic Arts Brooklyn has just announced its 2014 dates: November 8th Mt. Carmel church and a few satellite locations. The above art by Benjamin Marra should get you in the mood. Exhibitor applications are available here. Applications will be open until June 1st. PLUS: here’s the video of […]

New Comic Shop Day: Thirty-Eight Year Old Comics Shop Reopens One Month After Devastating Fire

Main stock bins installed March 12.

As we reported a month ago, the Dragon’s Lair in Omaha, Nebraska, had occupied the same building since 1976, until a recent fire elsewhere in the building caused extensive smoke and water damage to the store. Since then, the store has relocated five blocks west, to 2227 N. 91st Plaza on Blondo, and will reopen today […]

REVIEW: NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette by Nathan W. Pyle

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NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette
Nathan W. Pyle
William Morrow/HarperCollins
$10, 144 pages
ISBN 978-0-06-230311-0

I kept expecting this book of cartoon tips to be funny and it wasn’t. Then I realized it wasn’t meant to be funny. It was meant to be what the title says: tips and etiquette.

DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: February 2014—Forever Evil Slows The Pack

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It’s time once again to look at DC’s sales figures.

Once again DC takes the top two slots on the Diamond sales charts. But February is a down month overall for the Diamond NA comics market, and DC follows suit. Forever Evil returns with a new issue in February, but both Sandman Overture and Superman Unchained are still MIA. When retailers tie up their order volume with large orders for comics that don’t ship, that means fewer potential sales across the board.

Kanigher, Mantlo and Mendelsohn win the Finger Award for 2014

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In a break with tradition, two living authors have been given the 2014 Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing for 2014, but since the committee just couldn’t decide who are we to judge? The winners for this year’s award—which recognizes underappreciated comics writers, one living and one deceased—have been awarded to the […]

Danica Novgorodoff on The Undertaking of Lily Chen: “I Had to Go On Quite a Journey” [Interview]

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Out today from First Second is the latest project from writer/artist Danica Novgorodoff, whose previous works included Slow Storm and Late Freeze. A slight departure from her prior stories, The Undertaking of Lily Chen follows two young characters, Deshi Li and Lily Chen, as they head away from their separate families and out into the World. A […]

First look at The Rock starring in the film version of Steve Moore’s Hercules

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I hope you have all read Padraig’s incredibly remembrance of writer Steve Moore. Coincidentally, a movie is being made of the Hercules comic which Moore wrote for Radical. I know this was a corporate “movie” comic, but I will call it Steve Moore’s Hercules from now on. And here are some pictures of the Rock […]

There’s a movie about Bryan Talbot…and here’s the trailer

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There is to be a documentary about Bryan Talbot, the creator of he Tale of One Bad Rat, Luther Arkwright, Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes, Grandville and many more. I can’t think of a better storyteller among our contemporary cartoonists, so he seems like a great subject for a documentary. The trailer has folks like […]

March comes in like a lion wins Tezuka Prize top award

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The 18th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prizes, given out to notable manga, were announced yesterday. he grand prize went to March comes in like a lion by Chica Umino. The story is described thusly: The story of the manga follows a solitary shōgi player named Rei and his relationships with a neighboring family. He becomes […]

Hawthorne High School Comic Convention is back on May 10th

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Hawthorne High School in New Jersey has been throwing a comic con for seven years, and thanks to the help of art teacher Alan Rosenberg’s great contacts, they always have a stellar line-up of great cartoonists. This year’s show, to be held May 10th, will be a Tribute to Joe Kubert, and I’m guessing it will be one of those small intimate shows that so many folks enjoy. Guests include Walt Simonson, Herb Trimpe, Joe Staton and more.

Steve Moore 1949 – 2014: A Personal Appreciation

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Stephen James Moore was born at 2:00pm on June 11th, 1949, in a house on Shooters Hill in South London, where he lived all of his life, and died on or around the 16th of March, 2014, still in that house on the hill. In between, he produced a huge body of work, of a […]

Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch debut in sneaky Avengers 2 set photos

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Avengers: Age of Ultron is currently filming in Aosta, Italy which has to be tough because one bowl of pasta and it’s going to show in your spandex, but luckily, as these photos show, some of the costumes have pasta-concealing features. Elizabeth Olson said she wasn’t going to go around in a scarlet swimsuit as The Scarlet Witch and she is sure not wearing a swimsuit. Sensible shoes and everything!

MoCCA Festival announces programming schedule and new advance tickets for two panels

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The programming for this year’s MoCCA Festival (April 5-6) just went up. Designed by Bill Kartalopoulos, it’s a masterclass in comics with participants from around the world. This is grad school level stuff and I can’t wait! And neither can many others. For the first time, two of the panels, Art Spiegelman & Joost Swarte […]

Thought Bubble announces curation and more changes to accomodate growth

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Thought Bubble in Leeds, UK—to be held November 9-15th this year—has rapidly gained an international reputation as one of the finest comic arts festivals out there. With a fantastic guest list and a friendly vibe, it’s on many people’s must-do list now. But with popularity comes growing pains. The show has just announced a bunch of changes including a move to curation for exhibitors, a higher fee for tables, and charging for tickets to a Saturday night party. The show has rapidly outgrown its venue, and a third hall used in 2013 is no longer available. So…something had to give, as they explain.

Center for Cartoon Studies announced new MFA track in “Applied Cartooning”

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The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction has just announced a new MFA course in “Applied Cartooning”, which is a word I hear a lot hat talks about using comics for educational and informational purposes. When the cartoon Illuminati gets together they are all about Applied Cartooning, trust me. According to the announcement, this program will explore “how comics can impact such diverse fields as health, business, public policy, and education.”

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 3/25/14: I snuck in some news here. Also snuck isn’t a real word.

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What shocking secrets will you learn in today’s thrilling episode of Kibbles n’ Bits?