INTERVIEW: Matt D. Wilson’s Second Guide for World Domination

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TweetWith the launch of The Supervillain Field Manual this month, Matt D. Wilson has now provided the world with two sets of notes for supervillains looking to take over the world, conquer any hero who gets in the way, and earn the respect of a petrified general public. The book, written through the voice of […]

Book Con! Cool Books I Discovered at the Library Conference!

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TweetTwice a year, the American Library Association holds a conference.  Awards are given, training is taught, and much fun is had.  (A lot of the nerdy kids from high school become the cool adults in libraries.) Like comic book conventions, the centerpiece of the show is the exhibits hall.  ALA hosts about 18,000 attendees during […]

On the Scene: Indie Publisher Confronts Amazon Exec at Litquake’s digi.lit Conference

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Tweetby Bob Calhoun The mood was tense in the fourth floor conference room of the SPUR Urban Center in San Francisco on Saturday—especially for a panel with the dry title of “The Future of Publishing,” but this was far from your usually dry panel. At one end of a folding table sat Charlie Winton, CEO […]

What are the Graphic Novels That Always Work?

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Tweet EW recently put out a “best of everything” issue, and Johanna Draper Carlson caught the ten best graphic novels list, which I’ll quote from her post. Snarky comments are her own: 1. Maus by Art Spiegelman (also appears as #33 on the overall book list) 2. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the […]

Book Review | Every/Body: An Open Discussion Of Gender + Body

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Tweet When I went up to the Toronto Comics and Art Fest, I came across Every/body in my search for comics, zines, or books that focus on gender, body issues, feminism, abuse, and similar topics.  This sweet comic/zine culture anthology is all about becoming comfortable in your own skin (even though the cover model doesn’t […]

Preview: AVENGERS ENDLESS WARTIME

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Tweet Marvel has released some preview pages for October’s AVENGERS: ENDLESS WARTIME, the first original graphic novel from Marvel in many years. Writer Warren Ellis, Marvel eic Axel Alonso and executive editor Tom Brevoort participated in a press call for the project. The book is intended for both new and existing readers and features an […]

And more sales charts: BookScan’s Top 20 Graphic Novels in May

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Tweet ICv2 has posted the sales rankings for Bookscan’s Top 20 Graphic Novels for the month of May. ICv2 notes that The Walking Dead has cooled a bit, with the show off the air for the summer, with Naruto, of all things, taking back the top spot. Sailor Moon, the Twilight manga, and Black Bird […]

NBM announces return of Omaha the Cat Dancer, more P. Craig Russell collections

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TweetNBM has announced their releases for the rest of the year and into 2014 and if you like P. Craig Russell’s opera and fairy tale adaptation, you are in luck: they have several collections in the hopper. Also, the return of Omaha the Cat Dancer, a fondly remembered erotic comic from the 80s which has […]

BEA 2013: From Kibuishi to Mattotti

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Tweet Running around the Book Expo America today. Things that happened. I missed the unveiling of Kazu Kibuishi’s new cover for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The remaining five new covers will be revealed over the summer. I’m sentimental about Mary Gran Pré, but Kazu’s covers are very nice. As I walked in […]

Vader’s Little Princess is the #1 graphic novel this week

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Awfully unsurprising: Jeffrey Brown’s Vader’s LIttle Princess, a cute follow-up to Vader and Son, which imagines every iconic image in the original trilogy from the viewpoint of the father of a teenaged (or younger) girl—that dad being Darth Vader. It gives even the well worn tropes a fresh, human feeling and to the shock of no one…it’s selling like hotcakes:

Babymouse creators have new comics anthology in the works: Funny Pages: Recess

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Tweet Babymouse masterminds Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm have signed up to editFunny Pages: Recess!, a comics anthology of stories about recess aimed at younger readers. Random House will publish it in July, 2014. Jarrett J. Krosoczka will co-edit and the book is said to pay tribute to classic Sunday comics. Contributors lined up […]

E.B. Hudspeth’s The Resurrectionist is PFA (that’s pretty freaking amazing)

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The Resurrectionist by Eric “E.B.” Hudspeth is one of those visual/verbal blend books that will have a lot of people talking when it comes out. It will also have people talking because it’s an utterly incredible sui generis tale of a mad scientist, deformity, and mythical beasts, a tale told in prose and in incredibly detailed and creepy anatomical charts of mythical beasts known and unknown.

The FUN HOME musical is coming to the Public Theater this fall

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TweetWe’ve been following the development a musical based on Alison Bechdel’s classic comics memoir Fun Home for a while, and nowNew York’s prestigious Public Theater has announced its fall schedule and the show will have it’s world premiere in October. A lot less drama than Spider-Man, eh? Here’s the logline: World Premiere Musical FUN HOME […]

INTERVIEW: Larry Hama is a Historian of Horror in THE STRANGER

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Tweet Sitting down to describe Larry Hama’s career it a pretty overwhelming task. Do you talk about his start in comics at the age of 16, his service in Vietnam, his work as a penciller in comics, or his tremendous writing output, spanning decades? Add to that the fact that this all creates a composite […]

Preorder Astronaut Academy and get a sketch

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Tweet Call this the easy peasy version of a Kickstarter reward: Preorder a copy of Dave Roman’s Astronaut Academy Re-Entry from bookstore WORD! and you’ll get a free sketch. From now till May 9th, I will sign, personalize, and draw in every copy (of either book 1 or 2) ordered through WORD, you’ll get a […]

DCU and Vertigo collection schedule: Deluxe Invisibles, DMZ, DC One MIllion and Planetary Omnibuses, etc.

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DC has released its graphic novel schedule into February 2014, and it’s a huge list of 147 books. The whole list is below, with Vertigo first and then the DCU.