Monkeybrain Pledge all November Profits to The Hero Initiative

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  Chris Roberson, co-founder of the digital publisher Monkeybrain Comics, has put out an open letter today explaining that for the whole of November, all profits made by the company will be donated directly to The Hero Initative. Along with Allison Baker, Roberson set up the company earlier this year as a way to put […]

Good Work, Comics!

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Is there nowhere in the world of culture which can stay positive for more than five minutes!? This week we found out that not even glam rock could provide us safety (now we’re firmly in the barren hair-straightened wastelands of the post-80s), with the news that Kiss and Aerosmith are now art war with each […]

Comics are as great as you want them to be

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A few recent things that scampered across my reading stirred similar feelings. One was MTV Geek’sThe 10 Best Comics Of September 2012 which was a reasonable sampling of pamphlet form comics from Marvel, DC Image, Dark Horse and Boom. It was by no means an embarrassingly bad list (credited author Alex Zalben reads a lot […]

Lots of great books still coming up October & November 

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…or at least in the UK. Forbidden Planet has a preview of October & November comics and it includes a pretty amazing line-up of books. A Posy Simmonds collection of her Guardian strips from the 70s and 80s. A new Hilda book by Luke Pearson Diana Thurg’s AUGUST MOON The Julio’s Day collection by Gilbert […]

SPX: Good comics, good people

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Much has been written and lauded about this year’s SPX, and I’m late to the game but I have a few thoughts I wanted to put to pixel before the memories fade. It was a great time for just about everyone, I think. I had a blast at TCAF this year and came away from it completely optimistic about The State of Comics. That mood was only deepened by SPX, and I don’t expect it to fade any time soon. A few little notes:

Best SPX ever?

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Photo via @eee Possibly the best SPX ever—and definitely the most financially successful one. That’s what everyone was saying last night. By 4:30 Fantagraphics had made more money than they did at all of last year’s show. Similar stories were reported at PictureBox, Nobrow, D&Q and everywhere really. With a bigger floor space and a […]

Women Read Comics in Public 3

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It’s the third annual Read Comic in Public Day, and the third annual Women Read Comics in Public 3 tumblr. Get out there and show your stuff, world!

Digital Comics: $3 spent

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If you are one of the last souls who has yet to buy WANDER or DRACULA THE UNCONQUERED #2, allow me to convince you. Put away that latte money for I have something better for you to enjoy.

Marvel Creates New Superhero for a Hearing-Impaired Fan

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When a young fan with hearing impairment didn’t want to wear an aid because he felt it’d make him stand out, his mother assembled with Marvel’s staff to save the day

Quote of the day: ECCC, Twilight of the Gods–CORRECTED

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–The panelists of Mythic Fiction in Comics included Bill Willingham, Kurt Busiek, Chris Roberson, Matt Wagner, and Dark Horse editor Rachel Edidin and they all agreed that superhero comics were a dying genre. They also all thought that it would be beneficial for everyone to allow the characters to lapse into public domain.

—Quoted by Matt Funk

Comics still wonderful in spite of it all

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The industry has been asking itself some hard questions recently, and my tweets and email are full of people being depressed about things being so bad. As I always say, the comics industry can be horrid, but comics themselves are eternal. And you know what, when you get down to it the industry isn’t THAT bad either. There are some good eggs out there.

Study Group 12 goes digital

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The acclaimed Portland-based Study Group 12 anthology is starting up a web comic portal for several of their contributors, with regular series & one-shots included, in addition to regular blog posts like this one on Craig Thompson’s Habibi process.) From their blog: We’ll be uploading new comics every weekday at noon EST, with the occasional […]

Must read: Best American Comics 2011 Notable list now online

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Best American Comics series editors Matt Madden and Jessica Abel have just posted the Notable Comics of 2011 list, those comics that did not make the contents of this year’s Alison Bechdel-edited book, but are still worthy of notice. The listing includes covers, links and more information:

Thought for the day

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Whether you had a great week or a crappy week, this should tide you over the weekend.

Well Said: George R. R. Martin

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Clearly, then, you can’t rely on schools to teach these prospective writers to read. You’ll have to do it yourself. Fortunately, there’s an easy way. Comic books.

Must Read: Thoughts on the comics life

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Unless you have been living under a rock, you’ve seen Tom Spurgeon’s essay on facing a life threatening illness, an illness which led to his unexpected blogging absence earlier this summer, and which still affects him, although he’s recovering. Since looking death in the face usually prompts some inventory of life, Spurgeon does just that in an astonishing essay that covers his life and his life in comics, if there is a difference. That a man fighting for his life should spend that time thinking about the Green Lantern movie is both ridiculous and awesome — Tom’s thoughts on why we chose the comics life and why we stay there speak for me about 80% of the time. It’s not that we have on choice, but rather why would we WANT to leave a field that is full of such honest, unpretentious work and creative, life-loving people?