The Winners of the Max und Moritz-Preis for Best German Comics

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Every two years, the city of Erlangen, Germany hosts the Erlangen Comics Salon. In a nutshell, it’s the German version of Angoulême.  It’s not as crazy or as big, as the German comics scene is about ten years behind the United States in development.  (Which is curious, giving the ubiquitous  Franco-Belgian and American comics found […]

Special Edition NYC 2014: My Opinion

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Yesterday, I was up in Westchester.  Today, I was at the Javits Convention Center, attending ReedPOP’s Special Edition NYC.  The show was a condensed, comics-only version of the much larger New York Comic Con, The North Hall, which usually houses Artist Alley, hosted a diverse selection of retailers, creators, and related exhibitors. My goal?  Spectate, […]

New York Comic Fest 2014: My Opinion

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Caveat:  I am not a journalist.  What little journalism training I have was learned in the Eighth Grade, and all I really remember is the inverted pyramid.  My observation skills are easily distracted, and my people skills will never be healthy enough that I can ask strangers pointed questions.  I bury ledes like Montresor. What […]

Happy 80th Birthday, Donald Fauntleroy Duck!

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Today marks the official 80th birthday of Donald Duck! First appearing in 1934, Donald Duck quickly became one of the marquee stars of the Disney Studio system, rivaling Mickey Mouse in popularity!

Celebrate Torsten’s “Nerd Birthday” With His Crazy Party Favors!

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Everyone has milestone events which they remember (or wish to forget).  Some are small memories, like a first kiss, while others can be momentous anniversaries marked each year. May 25th is one such day for me.This Star Wars Day/International Towel Day marks thirty years of my actively reading, collecting, studying, proselytizing comics.  May 25, 1984, […]

C2E2 Is Bigger Than New York Comic Con! (And Can Grow Even Bigger than San Diego!)

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“What?  Is he nuts?  NYCC is bursting at the seams!  130,000 attendees.  Massive crowds!  Sold out weeks in advance!  Crazy media coverage!” Yes, but there’s one metric which is very important.  It’s a concern at New York, it’s a political football in San Diego, and it will soon be a concern for other large shows:

FCBD 2104: Read It or Leave It? Part Three

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And here are the final 24 (of 60) Free Comic Book Day titles!

FCBD 2014: Read It or Leave It? Part Two

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The first half of the 2014 Silver Books (45 48 titles)! Some were a bit hard to score (thanks to JHU Comics for offering ALL 60 titles!  Four comics per customer.), but we preserved, trekking all over midtown!

FCBD 2014: Read It or Leave It? Part One

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Yes, there are 60 comics being offered this Saturday!  (Collect them all!)  Some of them are from well-known publishers and characters, others are a bit obscure. Since most stores limit how many comics you can grab, I’ve compiled a list in three parts, with simple reviews.  Here’s the first, featuring the Gold sponsors, which are […]

FCBD 2014: What to Grab!

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You’ve been standing in line, wishing you had something to read! You’ve finally reached the comics Santa and are flabbergasted at the cornucopia of comics being offered for FREE! Listen little boy, we have A LOT of people waiting here, so GET GOING! What do you say? Which do you pick? How do you keep […]

C2E2014: ReedPOP Staff Confabs With Audience at Talk Back

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As is the tradition at many conventions, the show organizers sit down in front of a crowd, and listen to comments from attendees.  Reed POP schedules this panel at the end of each show, and the post-mortem/feeding frenzy occurred Sunday at 4 PM.  In attendance: Mike Armstrong, event & sales director Brian Stephenson, brand marketing […]

C2E2014: Day Two: Saturday

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So my goal today, after a scant five hours of sleep, was to stroll Artist Alley and find some cool stuff. Oh, and attend Jimmy Palmiotti’s panel.  More on that below…

C2E2014: Day One: Wait… It’s Only Friday‽

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Oh man… I need to start cross-training before doing a show like this!  It will wear you down!  But I will soldier on!  For COMICS!  (One second while I play the Tom Joad monologue for inspiration….  ahh…)

C2E2014: “I’m Batman” Pop Quiz!

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Oh no!  Batman’s dastardly diabolical villains have stolen the creator credits from DC’s Batman75 standee display at C2E2 in Chicago! Can you identify the creator(s) who created each iconic portrait of the Caped Crusader before the show closes on Sunday, guaranteeing each gets the credit they deserve for making Batman such an iconic figure for […]

C2E2014: Where Everything Is

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C2E2’s on once again, and this year, it’s being held in the South Hall.  (Oh, how I await the day when it takes up the entire complex!  2.6 MILLION sq.ft. of exhibit space!  60 acres! 45 football fields!  Can you imagine the programming going on all over the building?  The theater?  The ballrooms?) *ahem*  Sorry… […]

C2E2014: Day Zero

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Torsten’s Tip:  If you are taking public transportation to LaGuardia Airport, hop on the 7 train express to Roosevelt.  Then grab the Q70 bus.  It has only three stops (airport, subway, transit center), and takes the expressway to the airport.  Since I live in Bushwick, and there’s no easy north-south connector, I took the J […]