More Publishers Join No-DRM Movement at ComiXology

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By Bruce Lidl A number of comics publishers today joined comiXology’s no-DRM initiative, and will start offering their titles without digital anti-copying technology. Comixology’s announcement at San Diego in July that publishers could now distribute DRM-free focused on a small group of early enthusiasts, including Image Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, Zenescope Entertainment, MonkeyBrain Comics, Thrillbent, and Top Shelf Productions. From conversations […]

How to Survive Micro-Press Publishing at SPX

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by Zachary Clemente This past weekend, the 20th annual Small Press Expo (SPX) brought an explosion of independent and small press comics to the Marriott hotel in Bethesda, MD. Literally overflowing with an abundance of talent, the weekend was filled with amazing creators, signings, panels, even a wedding and a prom. One of the panels, Micro-Press […]

SPX: Laser Eyes & Fire-Breath, Annie Koyama on Koyama Press

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  by Zachary Clemente On Sunday of the 20th annual Small Press Expo (SPX), The Beat grabbed a strange, backless hotel couch surrounded by vacated folding tables with Annie Koyama, the past, current, and future Publisher at Koyama Press, the renown Toronto-based small-press publisher dedicated to promoting and supporting a wide range of emerging and established artists. […]

Annihilator #1: Where the Personal Meets the Weird

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By Matthew Jent Annihilator #1 Writer: Grant Morrison Illustrator: Frazer Irving Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher Book & Logo Designer: John J. Hill Genre: Sci-Fi/Horror   “Get this black mass on the floor.” Annihilator begins with a black hole, but the thrust of its story concerns Ray Spass (pronounced space, as in outer), a screenwriter whose […]

Prometheus #1 Doesn’t Ask The Big Questions

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By Matthew Jent Prometheus: Fire and Stone #1 Script: Paul Tobin Art: Juan Ferreyra Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot Cover: David Palumbo Variant Cover: Paul Pope, with colors by Shay M. Plummer Genre: Sci-Fi/Movie Tie-In   Last year, Dark Horse announced they were rebooting their licensed Aliens and Predator comics, launching the first Prometheus series, […]

Finder: Third World is a Travelogue of a Wonderfully Fictional Place

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By Matthew Jent FINDER: THIRD WORLD  Story, Art, & Cover: Carla Speed McNeil Colors: Jenn Manley Lee and Bill Mudron Genre: Science Fiction   “You consider where you are as shaped by how you got there.” Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder is self-proclaimed “aboriginal science fiction,” which McNeil explains on her website as being about “People […]

Tablets and Phablets and Digital Comics

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Mobile Device Sizes Changing Rapidly by Bruce Lidl While the landscape for digital comics continues to develop in the post-Amazon takeover of comiXology era, the devices upon which those comics will be consumed are evolving as well. New announcements and new devices appear almost daily, with a number of eagerly-awaited devices rumored to hit in […]

Dragon-Con: When Kelly Sue DeConnick Met Congressman John Lewis

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By Kyle Pinion For those unaware, I’m a part of the Dragon Con Comics & Pop Arts Programming Staff. Our job to pull together panels of interest to the attendees on a variety of topics be it fan-based, academic, guest-spotlighting, or a blend of the three. One of the most exciting moments, personally, of Dragon […]

Dragon-Con: Congressman Lewis Hopes Graphic Novel Makes Noise

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  By Hannah Lodge A little more than 51 years ago, Rep. John Lewis was one of ten people to speak at the March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made his historic “I Have a Dream” speech. Of those ten, Lewis is the only one still alive today. 1 of 10. Lewis’s […]

“A Cosmic Fairytale” – D.J. Kirkbride incites The Bigger Bang [Interview]

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Author D.J. Kirkbride has been an important force in the comics’ industry for years now spearheading projects like Amelia Cole for Monkey Brain Comics with Co-Author Adam Knave and artist Nick Brokenshire. As Amelia Cole continued to grow larger, the author then shifted gears along with Adam Knave to work on Never Ending, a book […]

Iron Man in Comic vs Movies

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by James Howard Marvel characters from the famous comic books have been seized up by Hollywood and made into multimillion dollar blockbuster productions such as the Captain America and the X-Men films. Despite their massive popularity, many die-hard fans of the comic books feel that the films failed to accurately depict their favourite Marvel characters […]

Games of Thrones: Season 5, Casts Bowen Marsh

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by Pam Auditore   Anyone who’s been keeping up with their reading of   George RR Martin’s  A Song of Ice and Fire opus, knows  Bowen Marsh, the First Steward of the Night’s Watch, is one of those side characters who becomes a player.  It’s now confirmed by actor Michael Condron’s agency  to Watchers On the Wall.com  he will be playing the part in […]

Denis KItchen on The Best of Comix Book–“One of the Greatest Things Stan Lee ever Did”

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The Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Went Underground is in B&W/  and Full color, HardCover  an exclusive Kitchen Sink Press imprint under Dark Horse  ISBN:978-1-61655-258-9 Intro by Stan Lee Forward by Denis Kitchen Designed and Edited by John Lind by Pam Auditore Tall, affable, plain spoken Wisconsinite, Denis Kitchen smiles wistfully, “I loved putting this collection together.  It’s a nice […]

Farel Dalrymple On Crafting ‘The Wrenchies’, Contributing To ‘Prophet’, And His Career Influences

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  By Harper Harris Farel Dalrymple, best known for his work on the alternative comics series, Pop Gun War at Dark Horse and his contributions to Brandon Graham and Simon Roy’s Prophet for Image (drawing the “John Prophet with a tail” chapters) has recently received critical raves for his latest original graphic novel: The Wrenchies for […]

Marvel Month-to-Month Sales July 2014: Raucous Raccoon Rockets up the Ranks

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This is a pretty standard month. Overall, comics sales were strong this month, and while many ongoing Marvel books followed standard attrition rates, they made up for those losses with several anniversary specials and new debuts that posted strong numbers. The big brand to follow is Guardians of the Galaxy which launches several new spin-off series this month to capitalize on the movie release. Let’s look at a breakdown of this month’s Marvel books.

Review: The Star Wars Tries to Soar

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By Matthew Jent The Star Wars Credits Script: J.W. Rinzler Art: Mike Mayhew Colors: Rain Beredo Lettering: Michael Heisler Cover Art: Nick Runge Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Movie Tie-In Star Wars the film — the original film, whether you call it “Episode IV” or “A New Hope” or just “Star Wars” — is a religious text. There’s […]