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Breaking Down the Latest Convention Controversy

OK, comicsphere, we need to talk about conventions. This convention hubbub that’s flared up in the last week or so is a fairly complex one. Just for the sake of the arguments that are still going on, let’s break this down into the individual issues that are affecting creators that are exhibiting at comics shows.

Issue #1 – CCINO

Yes, I’m borrowing from political rhetoric. “Comic Conventions In Name Only.” Ever been to an alleged comic convention that had little-to-zero comics programming, few (if any) comics publishers exhibiting and pretty much all the comics content was artists alley and anyone selling comics in the dealers area?

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Breaking Down the Latest Convention Controversy

OK, comicsphere, we need to talk about conventions. This convention hubbub that’s flared up in the last week or so is a fairly complex one. Just for the sake of the arguments that are still going on, let’s break this down into the individual issues that are affecting creators that are exhibiting at comics shows.

Issue #1 – CCINO

Yes, I’m borrowing from political rhetoric. “Comic Conventions In Name Only.” Ever been to an alleged comic convention that had little-to-zero comics programming, few (if any) comics publishers exhibiting and pretty much all the comics content was artists alley and anyone selling comics in the dealers area?

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Marvel and Jack Kirby estate settle their disputes

A joint statement has just been released by Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby indicating that a settlement of somekind hs been made:

“Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby have amicably resolved their legal disputes, and are looking forward to advancing their shared goal of honoring Mr. Kirby’s significant role in Marvel’s history.”

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A Deadpool movie has been announced! Here’s what you must know to survive in this new world!

Rob Liefeld was right! The co-creator of Deadpool has been hinting about a movie for the “merc with a mouth” for years, and he’s finally been vindicated, as Fox has announced a Deadpool movie for February 12, 2016. While Ryan Reynolds—who portrayed Deadpool in Wolverine: Origins—hasn’t been signed yet, given his decade long opsession with […]

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