Interview: Michael McDermott on Cooking His “Imaginary Drugs”

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I was lucky enough to come across the Kickstarter for indy anthology Imaginary Drugs earlier this year. I received my PDF copy a few months ago and it was an entertaining, eclectic piece of comic book entertainment with a wide variety of talented writers, artists, colorists and letterers. IDW even ended up picking it up and is […]

‘Sunshine & Roses’ – A New Story in Lapham’s ‘Stray Bullets’

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by Zachary Clemente STRAY BULLETS: SUNSHINE & ROSES A NEW PATH OF VIOLENCE The cult classic begins a new story arc about love and bad decisions Award-winning creator David Lapham begins an all-new story arc in the cult classic series STRAY BULLETS with SUNSHINE & ROSES. The new story will center around violence, love, and […]

9 Ways Comics Can Still Reach Kids

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By Matt O’Keefe For years there’s been the complaint that comics aren’t for kids anymore. I say that comic shops aren’t (necessarily) for kids anymore. While a lot of what you find in your LCS isn’t geared towards children, there are still a number of avenues where all-ages comics can gain traction. Here are nine […]

Review: ‘Action Philosophers’ is required reading

Action Philosophers 10th Edition by Dark Horse.

The duo of Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey have done it again in the 10th anniversary edition of their comic book series Action Philosophers. It’s available in late October from Dark Horse in a beautiful hardcover one volume edition with new cover art. This smart and witty non-fiction graphic book is the introduction to philosophy that should be required reading. I wish it had been around when I struggled through some of these works!

The series originally published by Van Lente and Dunlavey under their company Evil Twin Comics began life as a single issue comic book about Frederick Niestche, he of the “God is Dead” philosophy. The comic book proved to be so popular that the guys developed a series that was eventually distributed by Diamond. For those of you unfamiliar with the industry that’s pretty impressive for an indie company. With support and appreciation from the industry the series won a Xeric Grant in 2004, was nominated twice for an Ignatz award and lauded by the American Library Association. For Evil Twin Comics they’ve also created Action Presidents and The Comic Book History of Comics.

Marvel Month-to-Month Sales: September 2014: There’s life in that there death

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by Jason Enright

September is always an interesting month because DC does its big line-wide event with crazy covers and Marvel has to find a way to compete. The answer this year was Death of Wolverine, which shipped two issues this month and landed the number 1 and number 2 spots. DC still won overall market share, but Marvel still managed to make a few headlines themselves and capture those top two spots. Beyond those books, there is a lot of standard attrition this month and a lot of books ramping up for AXIS which is likely to lead into several new series and rebooted series over the next few months. Below is a breakdown of some of this month’s stats which includes a rise in the number of $4.99 books, which is very interesting.

Secret Panel Launches Print Series based on Image’s ‘Revival’

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by Zachary Clemente CHICAGO, IL – October 20, 2014 – New Chicago limited screen print society, Secret Panel, announced today that they are launching their first print series based on the Image Comics series Revival.  A beautiful ‘rural noir’ that puts a new twist on the zombie genre, created by NYT Bestselling author TIM SEELEY […]

Magnetic Press Brings New Series ‘Poet’ by Tom DeLonge

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by Zachary Clemente MAGNETIC PRESS TO PUBLISH “POET” COMIC BOOK SERIES BY TOM DELONGE Magnetic Press announced today that they are producing and publishing an original graphic novel series entitled “POET,” created by multi-platinum recording artist and producer Tom DeLonge.  DeLonge, best known as the co-founder and frontman for the legendary punk-pop group Blink-182 and […]

NYCC ’14: God is Disappointed in You, but Shannon Wheeler and Mark Russell have hope

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by Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson

Who else but the hipster indie publisher Top Shelf could possibly put out a book entitled God is Disappointed in You. Written by Mark Russell with illustrations by Shannon Wheeler of “Too Much Coffee Man” fame God is Disappointed in You is the Bible boiled down to its essential elements.

DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: September 2014 – 3D Motion Sickness

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by David Carter

Greetings, sales charts fans! It’s time once again to look at DC’s sales figures.

As has been their wont for the past few years, DC marks the September anniversary of The New 52 with a publishing stunt. In September 2012 it was Zero Issues; in September 2013 it was Villains Month with fancy 3D covers, weird X.1 numbering, and allocations. And in September 2014 they return to the 3D cover well with Futures End one-shots.

This year DC avoided last year’s allocation falderal by having retailers get their orders for the Futures End one-shots in a couple of months early, with creative teams announced only a couple of weeks before orders were due, and initial orders only (no Final Order Cutoff). (Retailers were also allowed to order up front as many 3D and standard covers that they wished for each title.) This caused no end of problems for retailers as they had to judge how many to order of these one-shots with no real clue as to how they would sell. Would there be as much demand as there was last year with the highly-publicized 3D cover shortages? How many customers would want to get the fact 3D covers, regardless of whether they were buying the regular titles? How many customers would want 3D covers over standard covers? How many customers would just sit out the one-shots all together?

Image Launches New IX Series ‘IXth Generation’

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by Zachary Clemente IXTH GENERATION BURSTS ONTO SCENE The Top Cow Universe expands with an all-new IX spin-off series Writer Matt Hawkins (THINK TANK) pens a new Top Cow IX Utopia—built on a history of genocide and featuring haunting artwork by Stjepan Sejic—in IXTH GENERATION, coming this January. Set in the future, IXTH GENERATION inhabits a world […]

Image Announces new Fantasy Adventure Series ‘Reyn’

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by Zachary Clemente FANTASY ADVENTURE HAS FULL REYN This January, Kel Symons and Nathan Stockman kick off an all-new sword & sorcery epic Fan favorite Kel Symons (THE MERCENARY SEA, I LOVE TROUBLE) teams up with Nathan Stockman (I LOVE TROUBLE) for an all new series in REYN, a sweeping fantasy following two unlikely adventurers […]

NYCC ’14: Carol Tilley on how one man nearly killed reading comics

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by Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson Frederic Wertham’s name is akin to the devil incarnate in the comics world. Wertham was one of the ringleaders of the anti comics movement in the early 1950’s with his book Seduction of the Innocent. Carol Tilley, scholar, professor and librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who has written extensively […]

Review: Aurora West Rises

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By Matthew Jent The Rise of Aurora West Written by JT Petty and Paul Pope Art by David Rubin Published by First Second   “You don’t have to attack what’s attacking you.” At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Paul Pope appeared on a panel called “Middle Grade Extravaganza,” which discussed comics for a younger audience. […]

Walking through Artist’s Alley at New York Comic Con 2014

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By Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson Attending a comic Con is one of the few events in our culture that offers the opportunity to meet favorite artists and writers. You can purchase a small or large piece of original art most of which is reasonable in price. Without the work of these talented people there would be no […]

NYCC ’14: Wes Craig Double-Downs with Dynamic Panels and Recurring Symbols in ‘Deadly Class’ and ‘Blackhand’

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by Zachary Clemente In the incredibly crowded Artist Alley of New York Comic-Con, I sat down with illustrator Wes Craig to talk about his work on Blackhand Comics and Deadly Class, both published in print by Image Comics. His work exhibits some of the most exciting paneling structures and dynamic representation of motion, at least to me. I’m pleased […]

Irwin Hasen given Eisner Award at NYCC 2014

Michael Uslan presents the Eisner Award to Irwin Hasen.

by Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson — One of my favorite events at New York Comic Con was the Thursday night tribute and presentation to Irwin Hasen, 96 years old. Irwin has been drawing comics since 1940 beginning at Harry A. Chesler’s shop and then going on to DC drawing The Green Hornet, The Flash, Wonder Woman, the Green Lantern and creating Wildcat. Irwin then went on to co-create the long-running newspaper strip Dondi. Irwin is much loved and revered in the comics community and it was a poignant moment for all of us there to see him honored.