Exclusive Interview: The Rise of Denver Comic Con & Comic Book Classroom, Part 2 “Expansion”

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Denver Comic Con has made the record books for the fastest growing con in American history and is now one of the largest cons in the country after staging its second year. The con is closely affiliated with the educational charity Comic Book Classroom bringing school curriculum and after school programs to the Denver community, […]

Exclusive Interview: The Rise of Denver Comic Con & Comic Book Classroom, Part 1, “Origins”

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Denver Comic Con is a phenomenon. In only two years, it has become one of the largest comic conventions in the country, and figuring out just how that came about can give us some in-depth insights into the wider growth of cons happening internationally, but particularly in the USA right now. Christina Angel, an English […]

On The Scene: Wizard World’s “NYC Experience” Wasn’t Half Bad

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Among people I talk to about cons and comics, about half won’t bother to go to Wizard World Cons, about a quarter might go, but usually have mediocre things to say about them, and about a quarter haven’t ever been to one but haven’t totally ruled it out. This is because Wizard cons are known […]

FILM REVIEW: CARTOON COLLEGE Gets Under the Skin of Making Comics

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Representing comics production in popular culture has long been missing a piece of the puzzle. We’ve had excellent documentaries about ground-breaking creators like Will Eisner, characters like Wonder Woman, and even explorations of rising con-culture in the USA, but the least likely to receive attention, the mode of indie comics production right now, has come […]

INTERVIEW: Box Brown Announces New DIstribution Deal for Retrofit Comics

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Box Brown (“Belen!”, “Love is a Peculiar Kind of Thing”) is a fixture at indie comics shows, tirelessly producing his own bold and appealing short comics on a regular basis, but also, in 2011, launching an experiment in the return of the “floppy” or mini-comic via branding in the form of Retrofit Comics. Retrofit consists […]

What Can the THOR: PRELUDE Comic Tell Us about the DARK WORLD Film?

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Firstly, there’s such a thing as a comic called THOR: THE DARK WORLD, “Prelude”, a two-part “limited series” introduced this month which is apparently designed as a movie tie-in meant to bridge the gap for readers between the first THOR film and the new DARK WORLD film set for release in the US on November […]

REVIEW: Noah Van Sciver Draws What He Wants to Draw in BLAMMO 8

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Noah Van Sciver possesses one of the most original voices in indie comics. There’s little doubt about that. But he’s been on a strange road of personal exploration that has led to some big successes and currently he’s taking stock of what he wants to draw and how, while also continuing to work on new […]

On the Scene: Neil Gaiman Launches “Most Personal” Book’s Tour in Brooklyn

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Neil Gaiman’s latest book, THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE, launched onto the market in a flurry of early glowing reviews on June 18th, and it was a long and “surreal” day for Gaiman, fresh from a plane in from London to usher the work into the hands of UK and US fans. […]

Papercutz Announces Nifty Archival Series for Peyo’s SMURFS

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You may have heard that a SMURFS hardcover anthology is coming out this week from Papercutz, an all-ages publisher who have a strong contingent of European-origin comics in their stable, often being brought to the US for the first time, but though the anthology is plenty glossy and well-designed for fans of the Belgian creator […]

REVIEW: Sordid Grandeur in Alan Moore’s FASHION BEAST #1-10

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The collected edition of FASHION BEAST, including issues #1-10, is due to arrive from Avatar Press in both hardcover and trade paperback in August, and since plenty of comic reading compatriots have expressed to me that they will be waiting to read the series as a collection, this review will be divided into spoiler-free and […]

On the Scene: Going Too Far? Humor in Comics with Cho, Dorkin, Bagge, Rickard at Heroes Con 2013

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Moderator Christopher Irving braced himself for a storm of strong personalities talking about their experiences pushing the boundaries of humor in comics, further complicated by the face that there were a gaggle of young teens in attendance to remind creators to try to put a lid on the almost unavoidable profanity that was bound to […]

On the Scene: Jason Aaron, Greg Rucka, Jason Latour Talk Crime Comics at Heroes Con 2013

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Vito Delsante hosted a gathering of some of the purveyors of the gritty, and often all too reality-based comics handling crime and violence at Heroes Con, and when they noticed that everyone on the panel was bald, they decided that this was a call to “embrace the dark side of humanity” by shaving one’s head.  […]

On the Scene: Valiant Reveals Game Plan at Heroes Con 2013

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Valiant gathered their ranks and hoisted their banners at Heroes Con to lay out the game plan well into their “Summer of Valiant” and beyond for fans. In a panel hosting a wide array of writers, artists, and guiding forces in the company, they previewed and discussed their titles and hinted at things on the […]

On the Scene: Image Crowds the Dais at Heroes Con 2013

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On the opening day of Heroes Con, there were plenty of excellent panels to behold, but Image pulled out all the stops by packing so many artists and writers onto the speakers platform that one had to stand and another was teetering on the edge bravely. Aaron Holland (“A Comic Shop” columnist for Bleeding Cool) […]

On the Scene: How Awesome is Heroes Con

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Heroes Con, held in Charlotte, North Carolina, is so awesome that its progam has 12 pages of listings for Artists Alley, and in fairly small print, too. It’s so awesome that it has to have two pages of maps to explain where all these artists and writers can be found. If that doesn’t convince you, though, […]

On the Scene: Denver Comic Con 2013, Pioneering Souls in Artists Valley

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The floorspace for Artists Valley at Denver Comic Con was expansive, and positioned between the vendor and publisher areas in the front and the celebrity signing booths and food court at the back. It was almost arranged like a centrepiece, and to judge from the ethos of the con, that was intentional. A wide range […]