Constantine, iZombie and The Flash have all been picked up for series

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Tweet Wow what a week for DC’s tv properties! iZombie, The Flash and Constantine have ALL been picked up for series commitments! The Flash, which is a spinoff of Arrow, will air on The CW, as will iZombie, based on the Chris Roberson/Mike Allred Vertigo book of the same name. And NBC has ordered Constantine, […]

Preview: Subcultures: A Comics Anthology

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Tweet Comics anthologies are generally a good thing, but in my personal preferences, I like ones that are on a tightly focused topic better than “here are a lot of great comics by great people!” That’s just me, you can like what you want,. Thus I was intrigued when I heard about the upcoming Subcultures: […]

REAL throwback Thursday: Comics Fandom 1969

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Tweet I stole this link from Tom Spurgeon, and I’m just as fascinated by it as he is: it’s a photo of the 1969 Comic Art Convention Luncheon Photo, July 5, 1969 at the Statler Hilton Hotel as annotated and archived by old time fanzine artist John Fantucchio. (Hit the link for a big version […]

Throwback Thursday: Revisiting the debate of our times Kirkman v. Bendis

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When thinking about the crazy world we live in today, where The Walking Dead is the most successful thing on TV and Marvel is the most successful thin in movies, I often think back to a seminal moment in the debate between creator-owned and company-driven: the 2008 debate between Robert Kirkman and Brian Bendis which took place at that year’s Baltimore Comicon. The think kicked off when a pre-Talking Dead sharpened Kirkman posted a video editorial calling for more creators to band together to make creator owned comics more of a thing, He even had an agenda for the process (emphasis mine.):

Kickwatcher: CEREBUS ARCHIVE NUMBER ONE

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If you were a reader of Cerebus, Dave Sim’s highly eccentric and yet amazing 300 issue comic, you that one thing Sim was good at was long, long text pages. (Sometimes too long.) It seems that he’s now transferred his voluble nature to the Moment of Cerebus blog, despite his avoidance of the internet, where he goes on (and on) at length about the digital archiving process of Cerebus. I think. It seems that the first attempts at doing this did not go so well, at least as far as I can gather. And he now has a big printing bill to pay off. To help do so he’s launched a Kickstarter for CEREBUS ARCHIVE NUMBER ONE by Dave Sim which will be an Artist’s Edition type portfolio of 10 Cerebus pages with commentary and…stuff.

Webcomic alert: Blimpakind by Talya Modlin

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We live in a pretty amazing time for comics, as my previous post on SVA’s graduating class suggested. You could spend the whole day doing nothing but looking at mind boggling art on Tumblr. And once in a while something clicks. One young cartoonist who crossed my radar of late is Talya Modlin, whose webcomic is called Blimpakind!

FInger family is “not okay” with DC despite other statements

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Tweet I think this statement from the family of Bill FInger, the long uncredited co-creator of most of the Batman mythos speaks for itself. The long memories of comics aren’t just for issue numbers, people. During a recent WonderCon Anaheim panel for Batman’s 75th anniversary, an audience member asked panelists for opinions about the fact that […]

Free Comics! The Comics Unmasked Digital Anthology

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Tweet Yesterday I wrote about the important Comics Unmasked art show on at the British Library. For those of us who can’t go see it in perseon, we can still get a 150 page digital anthology of comics from the show, via Sequential. Here’s what you get: This free digital anthology gives you over 150 […]

A few notes on SVA’s Fresh Meat 2014

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Tweet I meant to get this post up many days ago but it’s been that kinda week. Last Friday I went to SVA’s comics/zine fest Fresh Meat where seniors—and some undergrads—learn how to sit behind a table and smile while selling their print comics. It’s valuable training for would be cartoonists, and a sharp preview […]

TCAF Bound

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Tweet We’re off on the road to TCAF! The only thing harshing my mellow is the Newark Airport monorail being down, but otherwise the charming Porter Air experience is already in full effect with cappucino and cookies. I’m on the same flight as Tom Spurgeon, so if aliens abduct the plane, Steve and Zainab should […]