RIP Al Feldstein

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One of the last living EC Comics titans has passed away: Al Feldstein has died at age 88. Feldstein was one of the main architects of the EC Comics legend, writing some of its signature stories and editing Mad Magazine for 28 years after the departure of founder Harvey Kurtzman. Feldstein still recreated artwork from […]

Mike Norton proves why comics are for everyone

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Disclaimer: This post might make you cry and consider having children. As the rest of the world was living vicariously through all their fortunate friends at Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo, but I don’t think anyone’s experience could compare to Mike Norton’s. With all the negative press the industry has been gaining lately, this is […]

What’s best for Mother’s Day? Wonder Woman merchandise!

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WB Consumer Products has just unveiled a bunch of Wonder Woman merchandise themed to Mothers Day, reminding us that even if an actual storyline for Wonder Woman is problematic, difficult and whatever other synonym for “iffy” word you want to use, licensing wise, she’s a powerhouse for Warner Bros

Nerdist’s Levin to Lionsgate to focus on video games and interactive

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Peter Levin, a behind the scenes type who has had a hand in everything from Deadline to Angry Birds to Nerdist to Comixology, is joining Lionsgate to oversee their video game and interactive activities. It will be a bit more visible than a lot of his roles, but he has a lot to work with […]

RIP Eddie Valiant (aka Bob Hoskins)

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One of the groundbreaking performances in CGI history and a memorable actor overall.

Op-Ed: No, Amazon is Not Trying to Kill the Broader Digital Comics Audience

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 by Rob Salkowitz People need to calm down about the change to comiXology. At least, fans should calm down. Retailers should probably start to panic. Over the weekend, comiXology announced a change to its iOS and Android apps that removed in-app purchasing functionality. You might have heard about it. In terms of fan reception, it […]

Unassuming Barber Shop: The Origins of the Spectacular Spider-Man

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Swinging through skyscraper canyons in a red costume, Spider-Man has always been about spectacle. That simple radioactive spider bite does more than grant superpowers, it turns wheatcake-eating Peter Parker into a quippy ladies’ man in a mask. As the mod, pop Spider-Man, he defends the greatest city in the world against the most colorful rogues’ […]

Humble Bundle offers top Image Comics on a pay what you want model

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Anatomy of a good deal: get digital versions of nine acclaimed Image graphic novels—including Saga, Chew, East of West, Walking Dead and more—pay what you want, AND send money to the Comic book Legal Defense Fund. Win win win! That’s the deal offered by Humble Bundle, a website that offers a pay-what-you-want model for top […]

Coliseum of Comics opens sixth store in Tampa

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New comics shop alert! Florida based Coliseum of Comics, which bills itself as the largest comics and collectibles retailer in the Southeast, is opening a sixth store this Saturday, May 3 in Tampa. The chain is headquartered in Orlando Located at 19402 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., the new 2500 sq. foot outlet will be managed […]

Almost Human cancelled — but you can sign a petition

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Well, to no one’s surprise, Almost Human, the SF show about two guys driving around talking about their nads, has been cancelled by Fox. Although it launched with strong ratings—and was the fourth most popular new drama of the last season—Fox declined to pick up the JJ Abrams-production, even though the follow-up program, The Following, […]

Con Wars are back in Minneapolis!

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Here’s a brief local TV news spot showcasing the unfortunate timing of the new Wizard World Minneapolis—May 3-5—and the long running Spring Con thrown by the MCBN (Midwest Comic Book Association) —held May 17-18. I first reported on this last year, and Wizard’s John Macaluso insisted that they hadn’t known about the local show, and weren’t trying to conflict with anybody—even though at one point Wizard had offered to purchase the MCBA show.

According to Nick Postigliano, one of SpringCon’s organizers, the controversy has actually helped his show, as social media activity is way up and a lot of local cartoonists are supporting the show.

The Hulk joins Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and more in epic Nike ad

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The World Cup is coming in June and most of the world, and even an increasing number of Americans, will be stopping everything to watch it. Nike has released a new 4 minute mini film about kids playing a pick up game imagining they are international superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney and more, including Neymar, Zlatan Ibrahimović (the guy with the ponytail), Gerard Piqué, Gonzalo Higuaín, Mario Götze, Eden Hazard, Thiago Silva, Andrea Pirlo, David Luiz, Andrés Iniesta and Thibaut Courtois. I also spotted Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Jon Jones and Anderson Silva among other sports/Nike luminaries.

Here is your guide to the Star Wars VII cast

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Over on FB Star Wars FINALLY announced the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII via a black and white photo of them sitting around director JJ Abrams. The ODC secretive Abrams had kept everything under wraps but since it’s beginning filming soon, they had to make an announcement. The photo is of a table reading for the new script with player old and new.

C2E2014: ReedPOP Staff Confabs With Audience at Talk Back

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As is the tradition at many conventions, the show organizers sit down in front of a crowd, and listen to comments from attendees.  Reed POP schedules this panel at the end of each show, and the post-mortem/feeding frenzy occurred Sunday at 4 PM.  In attendance: Mike Armstrong, event & sales director Brian Stephenson, brand marketing […]

C2E2: Digital Comics: The Next Page

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by Johanna Draper Carlson

Promising a look into the technological future, “Digital Comics: The Next Page” featured a variety of perspectives on making digital comics. Hosted by Josh Elder, account director at iVerse Media (and writer of Scribblenauts Unmasked for DC), the panel featured

* Jim Chadwick, editor of DC Comics’ DC Squared and digital-first titles, including the popular Injustice
* Jen Brazas, webcomic cartoonist since 2004
* Christina Blanch and Mark Waid, both of Thrillbent, described as a “digital comic platform experimenting with all forms of digital comic distribution in the 21st century”.

iVerse CEO Michael Murphey, originally listed as participating, did not appear.

AdHouse books is having a sale!

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There’s a great warehouse sale going on at AdHouse Books: It’s been a few years since we had a SALE, so I thought we’d make some AdSelections available again. Also, we have a fair amount of inventory coming to the warehouse this season, so we need to make room. Any order of $40 or more […]