Monsters, Zines, and MonsterZines with Stephen Bissette

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Weird tales and comics naturally go together. From the days of pulp stories with enthralling illustrations, through EC’s Wertham-harried evocation of the fantastic and grotesque, to the heydays of Vertigo and Darkhorse, readers want to see an artist’s interpretation of the strange and bizarre. And the most exciting weird comics bring visual elements to the […]

INTERVIEW: Woodrow Phoenix, live from Thought Bubble!

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Woodrow Phoenix is one of the two editors who compiled Nelson, a 250-page anthology featuring work from over 50 different writers and artists. The idea of Rob Davis, the Blank Slate-published anthology tells a single tale, as told by a variety of different artists and writers. Amongst the incredible range of creators involved are people […]

INTERVIEW: Adam Cadwell, live from Thought Bubble!

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Adam Cadwell is a writer and artist whose works include The Everyday, an autobiographical webcomic which ran for three years between 2007 and 2010. He is currently working on the six-issue series Blood Blokes, about vampire life in Manchester. Which, it turns out, is very similar to just plain old ‘life’ in Manchester.

On the Scene: Thought Bubble!

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The wonderful thing about Thought Bubble, an annual festival in Leeds that encompasses the academic Comics Forum and a two day comics convention covering all sequential art from Bunny to Batman, is that two people can attend the event and come away with a completely different experience. So while Steve Morris brilliantly scratched the surface, the following is the tale of my adventures as I visited one of the UK’s most popular conventions for the very first time.

Scratching the Surface of Thought Bubble 2012

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This weekend saw Thought Bubble 2012’s convention, and…. phew, it was busy. I did my best to talk to everybody, but don’t think I managed to get to even half of all the people who were there. It was a brilliant show, and I’ll try to do justice to it with my rundown. Get ready….!

The British Comic Awards 2012: The Results

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The inaugural British Comic Awards ceremony was held tonight, with founder Adam Cadwell presiding. More details to come tomorrow, but here’s a list of the winners. Congratulations to all, and to all… congratulations!

INTERVIEW: The 2012 Thought Bubble Anthology is Here!

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Lisa Wood is the founder of Leeds’ Thought Bubble Festival, which is now only ten days away (AIIEEEE indeed, readers), but last year also saw her compile a Thought Bubble Anthology book, with all proceeds going to the children’s charity Barnardo’s. Last year’s anthology, released throughImage, saw creative talent like Mike Carey, Anthony Johnson and […]

On the Scene: Small Press Expo 2012 Day Two

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By Hannah Means-Shannon The revelries following the Ignatz Awards continued long into the night and crowded the lower levels of the conference center took over the bar and spilled out onto patios, steps, and walkways, but that didn’t stop expo-goers from taking in another day of star-powered panels on Sunday. The big names and signings […]

J. Torres finds some True Patriots for Canada

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By Steve Morris Wolverine, Alpha Flight, Jack Bauer, Captain Kirk: many of the most famous heroes in modern history have been Canadian. But despite that, Canada still has a reputation mainly for politeness, rather than spandex-based punching and flying. As an attempt to finally wake the world up to Canada’s innate ability to defeat supervillains, […]

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 […]

New this fall: Diary Comics 4 by Dustin Harbin

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Koyama Press will be publishing Volume 4 of Dustin Harbin’s Diary Comics this fall, presumably in time for the fall comics show circuit. If you can’t get enough of @dustinharbin on twitter or his website, this collection should definitely amuse and enlighten.

FOOCing around

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Forget Kickstarter! Let’s talk OLD SCHOOL SUBSCRIPTIONS! Micropublisher Oily Comics has a DEAL for you. Center for Cartoon Studies alum, two-brick Ignatz winner and future Fantagraphics author, Charles Forsman is offering a subscription service for a few more hours! Days after subscribing I received a package full of comics. BAM!

SDCC 2012: Shaq Attack — Shaquille O'Neal Launches His Own Comics Line

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We always knew Shaq liked comics and it predated his turn as Steel on the big screen. Looks like he’s going to publish them. Come to find out, Shaq has two comics lined up for the “Shaq Comic Book Company.” This venture is a partnership between Shaq Entertainment and New Kingdom Entertainment. New Kingdom operates The Fanboy’s Guide website.

SDCC12: Watchtower Friday

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Lotsa headlines from Google’s finest news sources!

SDCC12: Billy Tucci Promotes His New Blackwater Graphic Novel

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Billy Tucci will be at Comic-Con, promoting his new non-fiction graphic novel series about private security firm Blackwater. Previews available below, and a limited number of print previews will be available at CCI!

Chris Pitzer closes down AdDistro distribution

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It was a few years ago that AdHouse Books publisher Chris Pitzer announced AdDistro, a distribution business for small press comics, with books from Nobrow, Koyama Press and Malachi Ward to start. Well, now he’s announced its end, and although that sounds sad, its actually because its so much easier to find books from these publishers now: