British Comic Awards announce their short list

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The British Comic Awards have announced their short list of nominees and that the great Posy Simmonds will be inducted into the hall of fame. The nominees were selected by the BCA Committee based on suggestions from the public and winners will be chosen by a panel consisting of Jonathan Entwistle, Jessica Hynes. Danny John-Jules (yes The Cat from Red Dwarf!), Jonathan Ross and Suzy Varty. Winners will be announced November 15th at Thought Bubble.

Today’s Mystery Marvel Event teaser: Planet Hulk!

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Return with us to the simpler times of 2006. Miley Cyrus was an innocent young girl, everyone was racing to theaters to see Pirates of the Caribbean, and people wondere dif soccer would ever catch on in the US was the World cup was held in Germany. And the Hulk went to a faraway planet where […]

Roz Chast shortlisted for the National Book Award; Peter Bagge wins US Rockefeller Fellow grant

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In our cartoonists getting plaudits corner this week, Roz Chast has made the five book short list for the National Books Awards for her exemplary Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? which deals with the twilight years of her hilarious, annoying and lovable parents. She is entered in the non-fiction category and it is the first adultcomic, and only the third graphic novel over all to ever make the NBA lists. The entire category:

A movement is afoot to bring a comics festival to San Francisco

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A group has formed in San Francisco to discuss bringing a comics festival to SF, currently bereft of comcis event with the move of WonderCon to Anaheim and soon APE to San Jose. The group has called for a town hall meeting on Monday, October 20th:

Star Wars Comics Bundle debuts from Dark Horse

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Look at the size of this thing! There are so many puns to be made and this Humble Bundle pr makes the most of them. And while Marvel may be publishing Star Wars now, Dark Horse has a mighty backlist of Star Wars classics. Sp get in on this pay what you want download. ALSO for the first time, Dark Horse is offering DRM-free downloads.

Another day another Marvel Mega event teaser — “Years of Future Past”

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Via Comic Book Resources, Marvel has added to it’s mystery Summer event event, with a teaser by Art Adams reminiscent of the classic “Days of Future Past” storyline in the X-men. And everyone is in their classic 80s mufti too.

Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is king

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It’s been a while (5 years) since we looked at Diamond’s monthly backlist chart, and now, as then, it reveals a VERY DIFFERENT ranking for publishers. In the backlist, DC is king by a wide margin, with about 30% of the market. Marvel is only a tich above Image in units, while Image books dominate the top ten with Saga, Walking Dead, and Sex Criminals. On the manga side, Attack on Titan rules, no surprise given the way it’s single handedly revitalized the category.

BREAKING: Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad and more DC movies confirmed—UPDATE Momoa, Miller, Fisher Confirmed to star

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  Warner Bros is having a big investor confab today and all kinds of news is being dropped, intended to shore things up after  Rupert Murdoch’s attempted takeover., This morning we heard that HBO will offer its own streaming service, effectively ,leaving cable behind, and we’ve been sitting here and waiting for the movie newws and […]

Noelle Stevenson, Mark Millar and others comment on the Civil War movie

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With this week’s epochal news that the Marvel Cinematic UNiverse will be adapting the Civil War event storyline, many are wondering…why? Few of the superheroes introduced in the MCU even have secret identities—which were the crux of the kerfuffle between Iron Man and Captain America. Some just think it’s a bad idea on other terms.

Noelle Stevenson, of Lumberjanes and Nimona fame, is one of the sharpest commentators on Twitter, with incisive character analysis delivered in short 140-character bursts. Her thoughts on Avengers characterization are below.

Marvel teases “Event event” in summer with Age of Ultron vs Marvel Zombies

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Okay, Now Marvel is just F*ckin’ with us. This teaser suggest that Summer 2015 will see some kind of “Battle of the Bands” with Marvel Events. Age of Ultron waslast year’s Bendis-written event. Marvel Zombies was a mid-to-late Aughts success story for its scripts by Robert Kirkman and cover art by Art Suydam. The current […]

Kathryn Immonen and Rich Ellis take on Peggy Carter in OPERATION S.I.N.

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The Month of the Women continues as an Agent Carter mini series has been announced by Kathryn Immonen and Rich Ellis. OPERATION S.I.N. spins out of Original Sin with an untold story in the origin of Peggy Carter, Howard Stark and Woodrow McCord. One of Immonen’s first works was the fine graphic novel Moving Pictures, which was […]

New York Comic Con 2014 was the biggest US comic con yet—and one of the most diverse

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With attendance of 151,000, this year’s NYCC is now the biggest reported North American comics convention, surpassing the San Diego Comic Con’s 130,000. According to show runner Lance Fensterman, the increase of 20,000 from last year was due to selling tickets for a full day Thursday, which was previously a half-day “pro day.

I’m told neither number includes pros and exhibitors and ‘industry support” however, so the exact number of numb and yet enthused people wandering the halls of either Comic-Con has not been released. Given the number of lookie-loos who hang around in San Diego, that event would still seem to be the biggest.

Many people wondered how NYCC could be bigger than SDCC when the Javits Center is smaller than the San Diego Convention Center. I’m sure Torsten can give us the exact dimensions, but on most lists I’ve ever seen, the Javits is actually larger than SD Convetion Center. This stat is misleading however.

NC Comicon expands with Kung Fu Panda short premiere, comics guests

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The NC Comicon will be held this year November 15-16 in Durham, NC. I’ve attended the last two years and to be blunt, it’s a blast: a comics focused show in a great setting with lots of artists and enthusiastic fans. The show is expanding this year with more animation screenings—including the US premiere of a Kung Fa Panda short— as part of the second ComiQuest Film Fest. But there are also a ton of great comics artists including Fiona Staples, Sean Murphy, Bob Fingerman and John Paul Leon. John Barrowman provides nerdlebrity appeal. The show is run by retailer Alan Gill and artist Tommy Lee Edwards, and they put the effort in to make this a well rounded event.

Big Dog Ink to become an imprint of Aspen Comics

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Every once in a while I mention the “small companies banding together to survive in a hostile environment” strategy, and here’s a perfect example. Aspen Comics, the long running company founded by the late Michael Turner, has acquired Big Dog Ink as an imprint. Both Aspen and Big Dog publish primarily periodicals, and that really is a tough business plan these days unless you have well known IP, and even then it is no cakewalk.

Robert Downey Jr. added to Captain America 3 for Civil War

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WHOA. It turns out that Civil War tease Marvel sent out was just the prelude to the real blockbuster news: Robert Downey Jr. will play a major role in Captain America 3 which will feature the Civil War storyline.

Asbury Park Comicon moves to the Meadowlands as East Coast Comicon

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Every year I’ve missed the Asbury Park Comicon, and every year I’ve regretted it, as it always sounded like a charming show in a quirky setting. And now, it seems, I won’t be able to go until 2016, as the show is moving to the Meadowlands and rebranding as the East Coast Comicon, According to an email from promoter Cliff Galbraith, securing a suitable venue in Asbury Park became impossible.