SPX announces international guests: Hanselmann, Frémok, Franz

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SPX just got more awesome with the announcement of the slate of international guests from Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Iran, Colombia and more. Previously announced guests include BRandon Graham, Emily Carroll, and more more more. This is gonna be so great. Save money now!

Study: we learn better with paper than screens

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Tweet I’ve written about these kinds of studies before, but here’s the latest one. Norwegian 10th graders were shown to retain information better when they read it on paper than when they read it on a computer. The results clearly demonstrated that those who had read on computer screens had understood less than those who […]

Webcomic alert: Breaking Cat News

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Tweet Because we all need a laugh and because the internet was made for cats: BREAKING CAT NEWS by Georgia Dunn. 
I really have to restrict myself to posting only two of these. This is my favorite kind of humor where one element is satirized in the form of another. Or simpler: News tropes + […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 8/14/14: links about things we were linking about before

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Tweet § Illustrators and cartoonists salute Robin Williams in a gallery at Vice. Above by Zack Soto. § Actually, I didn’t cover this before, but Tom Spurgeon explains how cartoonists Ruben Bolling and Adam Koford were initially denied pro passes at NYCC, but now it’s all good. I haven’t been covering all the NYCC ticket […]

Marvel is hiring, after a few layoffs

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Tweet Several job openings at Marvel — both in Burbank and New York. You’ll notice that several of them are in the games division. I’ve confirmed that a couple of weeks ago there were some layoffs at Marvel Interactive due to some restructuring, including the VP of games, TQ Jefferson. The number of people who […]

One person can make a difference

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Tweet Continuing this morning’s elegiac tone, here’s a lovely remembrance of retailer Nick Post by the CBLDF’s Charles Brownstein. Postiglione, to give his full name, passed away last week, and my social media has similarly been filled with mourning someone who was by all accounts a genuinely good man: But Nick was a lot more […]

Robin Williams, depression and life

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The reaction to Robin Williams’ death has been unlike any celebrity death I can remember. We all knew Whitney was going to go, and Michael Jackson’s end was as expected as it was bizarre. With Williams there seem to be few mysteries. It was a battle, and he lost. Yet the shock of his tragic decision seems to have transcended our celebrity autopsy culture with its essential question: how can someone who gave so much, who had so much to give, have turned away from the light with such finality?

DC announces Gotham by Midnight by Fawkes and Templesmith

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Tweet The Bat office continues to break the mold! FINALLY a Bat book drawn by Ben Templesmith! People in my comic book circle have been suggesting this as a no brainer for about five years. His creepy, moody work is tailor made for Gotham. It’s a horror book natch, called Gotham by Midnight, featuring a […]

Preview: Hollywood Superstars by Evanier and Spiegle and the lost history of comics

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About Comics is a boutique publisher that specializes in bringing back unjustly obscure comics in affordable editions. They’ve just released HOLLYWOOD SUPERSTARS by Mark Evanier and Dan Spiegle. Originally published in 1990 via Marvel’s Epic line, it was a non-superheroic variant of Crossfire by the same team, basically behind the scenes tales of Hollywood, seen through the adventures of a team of private eyes consisting of a stuntman, an aspiring actress and a stand up comic. Like Crossfire, it has that slightly elegiac air of people who believe Hollywood’s legend and lore a little too much, told as only a couple of insiders could tell it.

Boom! conspirator revealed as Jordan and Kristantina’s DEEP STATE

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Tweet Remember that Boom! Studios conspiracy book we were teasing last week? The cpinsorators have been revealed: Writer Justin Jordan and artist Ariela Kristantina (Death of Wolverine) will unveil DEEP STATE in NOvember. According to pr, it’s about John Harrow, a man who works for the U.S. government to ensure the nation’s secrets stay that way—secret. In the first story […]

Whoopi Goldberg — queen of the stealth nerds

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Tweet Is the Beat obsessed with The View liking comics? Why, yes, because it represents the farthest encroachment of comics culture into the fortress of coffee klatch culture. Of course with Whoopi Goldberg on board, it’s not that hard as she’s the ultimate undercover nerd mole. A longtime comics fan, if she’s not awkwardly plugging […]

Nice art: A color peek at Gotham Academy by Cloonan, Fletcher and Kerschl

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TweetSneak peek at a coloured panel from #GothamAcademy issue 1, by me, @beckycloonan and @brendenfletcher: pic.twitter.com/5pwBdOXyGf — Karl Kerschl (@karlkerschl) August 11, 2014 #GothamAcademy is coloured by the incredible Romain Gaschet, who worked with me on Teen Titans Year One. I don’t think he he’s on twitter. — Karl Kerschl (@karlkerschl) August 11, 2014 Guys, […]

RIP Robin Williams

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Tweet Actor Robin Williams was found dead in his house this morning, a suspected suicide. For a little while there, WIlliams was the biggest movie star on the planet. Just listing his prominent roles is exhausting. From Mork from Ork to Garp, Good Morning Vietnam, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The Birdcage, Dead Poets Society, […]

Boom! announces Jake Lawrence’s Teen Dog

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Tweet A Little Teen Boat and a little Matt Furie (Boy’s club) and you have the new Boom! Box series Teen Dog but webcomicker Jake Lawrence of Time Cowboy note. It’s got teens. it’s got dogs. It’s got legs. TEEN DOG #1 Retailer Incentive Cover (1 in 15) by Jen Lee Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios […]

Comichron: July 2014 was a sales record breaking doozy of a month

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The comics industry in North America moved into positive territory for 2014 with a record-setting month of July, according to Comichron’s analysis of data released by Diamond Comic Distributors. Click to see the sales estimates for comics ordered in July 2014

A much larger number of new comic book and graphic novel releases for the month helped July’s sales to set a number ofrecords for the Diamond Exclusive Era, which began in April 1997:

Wizard World announces revenue growth in Q2 on increased show slate

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Tweet Wizard World just released its Q2 SEC filings, reporting income up sharply on an increased slate of shows. You’ll recall that Wizard World is a public company having gone “penny stock” a few years ago. The PR cites “higher quality events, including better organization, more programming, and an exciting list of celebrities and artists […]