RIP Stan Goldberg

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Legendary Archie artist Stan Goldberg has passed away at age 82. The artist suffered a stroke two weeks ago. His passing was noted on his Facebook page, where fans are invited to share memories.

Con Wars: What’s happening on the Cosplay competition circuit front

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by Lawrence Brenner — Cosplay is one of the most visual and important aspects of conventions especially in the last ten years. It is one of the greatest and creative expressions of fandom, displaying a multitude of art forms combined. In addition, many cosplayers are employed in multiple capacities by companies to help in the promotion of their products, services, etc. Cosplayers themselves are also a new form of retailer for and at conventions (and con goers) who sell various products based on their likenesses as various characters and interpretations of from different properties, and this includes props and commissions. In fact, many cosplayers and photographers/videographers go to conventions to photograph and videograph different cosplayers and be the subjects of photos and videos.

Laughter has been banned from DC movies

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Veteran showbiz writer Drew McWeeny rocked the world of superhero movies this week with his claim that he’s heard many times that humor is superhero films is being given the side eye at Warner Bros. :

Wizard World Chicago is many things to many people

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The comics e-CON-omy is growing by leaps and bounds, but splitting off into many factions and circuits. While pop culture has always been a big part of comic cons, the cross-over with autograph shows is creating hybrids whose success varies from market to market, Last weekend’s Wizard World Chicago (and the Fan Expo in Toronto which is on as you read this) are among the largest, and the former, in particular, was definitely like the blind men and the elephant — everyone had a different perception depending on where they were standing.

Nice art: The Valiant #1 by Lemire, Kindt and Rivera

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The dynamic duo of Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt seems to have set up shop for some of their non-creator owned work at Valiant Comics, and new they’re joined by Paolo Rivera for The Valiant, a new four issue prestige mini-series. An they’ve got Franceso Francavilla doing variant covers as well—along with Kindt and Lemire—so it’s a nice art-a-palooza. It’s nice to see Valiant stepping out with new titles, and especially great to see Rivera back on interior art—he’s best known for his impressive MArvel covers but since stepping back from that we haven’t seen nearly enough of his stylish art around.

Nice Art: Eleanor Davis’s diary

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Tweet As they do periodically, TCJ.com is running a cartoonist diary; this week it’s Eleanor Davis. Her collection How To Be Happy is out now and it’s amazing. These diaries are one of the best features at TCJ, spontaneous and quotidian at the same time.

Corey Murphy joins Image Comics

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Tweet Corey Murphy, formerly of Laughing Ogre,  has joined Image as director of retail sales and will be working with comics shops on retail issues. Image hasn’t had anyone on staff to deal with this specific job function in a little bit, but obviously it’s a huge growth area for them. I don’t know Murphy personally, […]

San Diego Convention Center expansion maybe not entirely dead?

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Tweet The San Diego city council’s denial of the Convention Center expansion the other day has left a lot of questions for the city—like can they keep the Chargers there or will THEY move to LA, Las Vegas or Anaheim? There’s also the problem of repairing the “Sails” area, as shown in the above photo […]

Happy Birthday Jack Kirby

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Tweet It’s The King’s 97th birthday today, but who needs an excuse to celebrate the mans vision, talent and tenacity? Kirby’s granddaughter Jillian is spearheading the Kirby4Heroes project which is raising money for The Heroes Initiative, which raises many for creators in need. There are events today and ongoing projects listed in the link. She also […]

Marvel to reprint Dark Horse Star Wars comics as STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLLECTION

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TweetHuh, well blow me down with a womp rat. Over the 20 years of Dark Horse’s Star Wars license they built up a healthy business in selling collected editions of their “expanded universe” stories. However that ended when Disney purchased Lucesfilm and reassigned the Star Wars license to their “in house ” publisher Marvel. Although […]

SPX announces programming

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Tweet And it’s a doozy as always — PR provided some highlights but I can tell you I won’t miss that alt-weekly panel….90s NOSTALGIA PEOPLE. SPX will be held Sept. 13-14 in North Bethesda, MD. BE THERE. White Oak Room   TIME DESCRIPTION Noon – 1:00 Alt-Weekly Comics Roundtable Until recently the media landscape has […]

WHOA: As San Diego Convention Center decays, expansion plan is shot dead

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Tweet I can’t say this was unexpected, but here we go again: after the threat of endless legal battles, environmental group opposition, the lack of any real financing plan and perpetual local conflict, after spending $10 million in six years, the planned expansion of the San Diego Convention Center has been killed. KILLED. One of […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 8/27/14: Hulk statue ahoy!

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Tweet§ You will need to go through several sign-up tests to get to this Psychiatric Times article about the use of comics in psychiatric treatment, but inspired by the recent Comics and Medicine conference, the answer is “Yes.” After hearing that I spent a few days at a comics and medicine conference, an ordinarily taciturn […]

DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: July 2014 – 75 Years of Batman

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The column is already running late, so I won’t belabor too many points here‚Ķ

July 2014 was a record-setting month in many categories for the Diamond NA-served comics market (see John Jackson Miller’s analysis for the full skinny). DC shipped a whopping 83 comics this month (up from 68 in June).

As expected, the Batman 75th Anniversary covers don’t do as well as the Bombshell covers did last month. Whether this is because retailers (as a group) order-ordered on the Bombshell covers and were correcting, or because there was a perceived lesser demand for the Batman covers it is hard to tell; I suspect a combination of factors. It may be several months before things settle down in the new way of ordering variants.

Complaints over racist and sexist Vine star at Salt Lake Comic Con

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Tweet It was recently revealed to us olds that YouTube and other social media stars are actually more popular with teens than celebs old enough to be funny old aunt/uncle. Some of these stars are but teens themselves, and in the internet era it’s not surprising that video stars untether from network wisdom are very […]

The Nib is Hiring an Assistant Editor

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Tweet [illo by Jim Rugg] Matt Bors and the Nib have created another job for a cartooner! The editorial cartoon segment of Medium is hiring an assistant editor:: The Nib has been around for almost a year now, publishing more than 20 comics a week, and we are continuing to grow. We’re looking for someone […]