Did You See This On Google News? Amazing!

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[Click on the headlines for links!] Al Jazeera publishes a web comic, and it’s not what you expect! Two Harris County (Texas) District Attorney employees were indicted by a grand jury for stealing evidence and selling it online! The case that landed both men in jail began in May 2012, when they were assigned to investigate […]

Just the Facts, Ma’am: Which Graphic Novel Categories are the Biggest?

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Ever wonder what categories are the most popular in graphic novels? Think it’s all manga and superheroes? Well, as you can see on the chart to the left, it’s fairly diverse. How did I come up with these percentages? Simple… First, there’s this group called BISG.  They make sure all the standards that booksellers and […]

ICV2 2014 Conference: White Paper: The Comics Customer: Who Is Reading All Those Comics?

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While most comics fans started New York Comic Con on Thursday, the die-hard industry insiders and watchers began their “con crush” on Wednesday. ICV2.com once again hosted their annual conference at the Javits Center, choosing the theme: The New Comics Customer. As is the tradition, each conference is inaugurated with an industry white paper. Milton […]

NYCC’14: What Torsten Saw Last Week!

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Okay…  I’m slowly getting back to “normal”.  I still have a huge backlog of posts to work on, here’s my con diary, mostly in picture form. Photos were taken with my Samsung Galaxy S Epic 4G Touch 5MP camera, at high resolution.  Which means you see the crapiness in HD! Tuesday Yes, I started my “super […]

DC Offers A TV Guide For New Readers

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DC Entertainment now has four shows on TV (which might just be another milestone on the way to “peak geek”)!  To help new viewers “read all about it”, DC has published a free ebook listing core titles from their extensive backlist.  (Kinda like an “After Watchmen” guide.)

NYCC’14: NYCC Staff Q&A: Complaints, Compliments, and Concerns from Attendees

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Once again, Lance Fensterman and staff appeared at the end of the show to hear feedback from attendees. For the first time, there was a queue before the actual panel, and the room had a good attendance. Who else was on the panel? Jackie Williams, Brand Marketing Manager Peter Tatara, International Director, Content and Marketing […]

Read You Should: Celebrate National Star Wars Reads Day!

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Not at New York Comic Con?  Want to get your geek on, or earn some cool cred from younger relatives? This Saturday, nationwide, is Star Wars Read Day! The many publishing partners of Disney/Lucasfilm are collaborating for the third year, encouraging children of all ages to celebrate the myriad stories and cool books in the […]

NYCC’14: Retailer Exclusive: Meet Marvel! Marvel Teases Upcoming Events!

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A diverse group of retailers await entry into the exclusive event! Friday morning, Marvel hosted an exclusive event for retailers, announcing and teasing a variety of titles and projects. On the panel: Dan Buckley David Gabriel Alel Alonso Tom Brevoort Micke Marts C. B. Cebulski Nick Lowe Mark Paniccia Sana Amanat Janine Schafer After all […]

NYCC’14: Famous Author to be Adapted as a Graphic Novel!

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Today is Torsten Day at Stately Beat Manor! 2014

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Three  years ago, I was gobsmacked when Heidi proclaimed October 10 as “Torsten Day”. Now, there wasn’t a celebration that day, or since, so I don’t know if it’s an on-going holiday or just one of those days where I get a nicely-lettered proclamation with an embossed seal, suitable for framing. Since there wasn’t such […]

On The Scene with Comics At Columbia: Past, Present, Future

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If Karen Green wasn’t a rock star comics librarian before last night’s opening gala, she is now! So: the gist: A few years ago, 2005 to be exact, the Ancient & Medieval History and Religion Librarian at Columbia University noticed a need for graphic novels to support the faculty and curriculum of the University. She […]

RIP Saturday Morning Cartoons 1962-2014

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With the cancellation of CW’s Vortexx cartoon block, broadcast television has ceased showing cartoons on Saturday Morning. With it, a cherished memory and ritual vanishes, as technology, economics, and regulations force changes to a way of life.

NYCC ’14: Still Under Construction

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Long time attendees to New York Comic Con have had to tolerate renovations and construction the past few years. While the Javits Center has completed the renovation (scaled back from an actual expansion due to budget), the 7 train extension is 90% complete, meaning that attendees will either have to hoof it from Times Square […]

Wait ‘Til You See The Graphic Novels DC Has Planned for Spring and Summer 2015!

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149 titles!   Geoff Johns!  John Byrne!  Colleen Doran!  Geoff Johns!  Harley Quinn!  And “The End” of Fables.  (Well, until they do an annotated edition in 2017…) I’ve highlighted the titles I found interesting.  What excites you?  Bores you?  Makes you wonder, “WTF…?” Click on the title links for more information.  I’ve also placed a […]

Review: Teen Titans: Earth One, Volume 1

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Teen Titans: Earth One Vol. 1   by Jeff Lemire, Rachel Dodson, Terry Dodson On Sale Date: November 25, 2014 9781401245566, 1401245560 $22.99 USD / $26.99 CAD Hardcover 144 pages Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes — — —

Marvel Announces New Graphic Novels for 2015!

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Star Wars!  GOTTA HAVE STAR WARS!!!  Yup, Marvel is wasting no time in getting those reprints out there!  Might we see a Jaxxon/Rocket Raccoon crossover soon? And in this post… Somebody Dies!!