Review: Spider-Man 2099 #1 — Everything new is old again

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The Marvel Universe of 2099 debuted in 1993 with four titles, one of which was Spider-Man 2099. The bulk of the series, featuring Miguel O’Hara as Spider-Man battling supervillains and the evil-future-corporation of Alchemax, was written by Peter David.

I love Peter David. He’s a wonderful writer who knows dialogue, structure, and character development. David is a superhero in his own right — when he suffered a stroke in 2012, he broke the news himself on his blog a few days later, and he’s been writing comics pretty consistently since his recovery. It’s flat-out wonderful that David is writing a Spider-Man 2099 comic in the year 2014, the actual 21st century.

When a con is crap part one: London Film and Comic Con was crowded

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Tweet As we’ve been reporting, as comic-cons become bigger and bigger business, more and more under qualified con-runners are getting into the biz, easing to more and more unsatisfactory convention experiences. This weekend’s London Film and Comic Con was a thrill for many, of the “Ohmigod I got my photo with Stan Lee!’ variety. But […]

March: Book Two cover revealed on CNN

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Tweet March: Book One, the graphic novel memoir of civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis, as adapted by Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, was a bestseller and gained publicity previously little heard of for a graphic novel, with appearances on the Colbert Report and Rachel Maddow among many other places. The first volume has been […]

SDCC 2014: All the Sunday Programming…when you will be very very tired

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Tweet From kids to Kirby…even on the SLOW day of con there are over 100 panels. Ballroom 20 will b shut down but Hall H will be chugging along and we have the fourth to last panel of the whole show! But where’s con talkback?     10:00am –  11:00am   CCAS Sunday Devotional & Christian Comics Panel […]

SDCC 2014: All the Mind Boggling Saturday Programming

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Tweet  Craig Yoe! Don Rosa! Kelly Osborne! The annual Comics Journalism Panel! Can u stand it? SATURDAY, JULY 26 10:00am  –  10:45am The Simpsons ball Room 20 Celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons-no gifts please-with creator Matt Groening, executive producerAl Jean, supervising director MikeAnderson, and director for life David Silverman. Topics include the newTreehouse of Horror, Simpsoram a, […]

Nice Art: Newelt and Remnant on Paul Shapiro’s Jewish Jazz

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Joseph Remnant, artist on Harvey Pekar’s CLEVELAND, channels a bit of that Pekar vibe along with writer Jeff Newelt in this online comics about jazz musician Paul Shapiro, whose new album  VERSES , is out featuring famed guitarist Marc Ribot. It’s on John Zorn’s TZADIK label, so if you like Masala, you might like this. 

SDCC 2014: The Eisners are getting a little more showbizzy

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Tweet I’m sort of a little mixed on this. On the one hand we keep saying that the Eisner Awards should be funner and shorter and getting sponsorship money for the Eisners should be part of what it takes to get a big panel in Hall H. And so according to the programming, this year’s […]

SDCC ’14: All the FRIDAY programming with….oh, everyone

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Tweet  FRIDAY! Things are just getting going with Dan Slott! Carole Tilley! Andrew Lincoln! Ahmed Best! David and MEredith Finch! More! Whew…..and the Eisners! And TWO panels with The Beat! And a new thing: The Horton Grand Theater is being used as a venue and it is being TICKETED. Ticket Information Entry to each Horton Grand […]

Outcast #1 has sold more than 86,000 copies

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Tweet OUTCAST #1, the new book by Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta has been a huge success, we’re told with orders surpassing The Walking Dead #128 with a print run of 86,000 copies. Even more impressive? The book shipped without ANY variants. However it still shows up on the Diamond chart at #11 because 10% […]

SDCC ’14: Legends: The first thing you see when you land in San Diego will be Sean Bean

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Tweet So far this year’s San Diego has been sounding pretty routine—no radical new venues or marketing efforts. But that was with 12 days to go. TNT just kicked it up a notch with the first ever AIRPORT takeover, this time for LEGENDS, a new spy show starring Sean Bean, Ali Larter, Morris Chestnut and […]

Sales Charts: Batman leads June, but Marvel still on top

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Tweet It was the usual story for June sales figures just released by Diamond. DC led the single issue chart with Batman #32, but Marvel still eked out a market share win in both collars and units, although it was closer than in some months. Image was #3 with a 10% unit share, a continued […]

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes uses Charles Burns’ Black Hole as a plot point

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Tweet Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which opens today, tells of how the enhanced apes, led by Caesar, strive with humans for supremacy in a disease ravaged world. Apparently there is one scene where a human youth bonds with an orangutan over… Black Hole ??? Charles Burns’ sinister, haunting graphic novel about a […]

Report: Digital comics sales at $90 million in 2013

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Tweet Milton Griepp has run his annual analysis of digital comics sales and the numbers are up again. He reports that digital was at $90 million in 2013, up $20 million from 2012. Although the percentage growth isn’t as big as in past years (Last year saw a $45 mil 180% jump from 2012) it’s […]

Archie rebrands Superhero line as Dark Circle

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Oh man, it’s getting dark and edgy at Archie Comics! They’ve been planning a reboot of their superhero line for a while, with SVP and respected mystery novelist Alex Segura helping out with the editorial side, and now it’s getting a new name: Formerly known as Red Circle, the reboot will now be known as Dark Circle — maybe giving it a bit of a horror edge and playing off the massive success of Afterlife with Archie, the zombies in Riverdale epic.

SDCC 2014: ALL the Thursday Programming

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From Betty White to Scott McCloud. I counted 216 programs here. And they’ve expanded to the Marriott and….the Horton Grand Theater. Make sure to grab a toasted cheese sandwich while you’re there.

Most of the big movie announcements are still on ice, but some amazing comics folks, including McCloud, Gene Luen Yang, Eleanor Davis, a spotlight on Bill Finger and MORE MORE MORE. Can you feel the feels?

Media Royalties: Not so fast, Alan Brennert

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Tweet On Tuesday we posted writer Alan Brennert’s pique over not getting equity participation for the character Barbara Kent Gordon, who will appear as Jim Gordon’s wife on the Gotham TV show. Although we’re all sympathetic to creators getting their due, former DC editor Janelle Asselin pointed out that the character comes under the “derivative” […]