SDCC 2012: The Age of Exclusive Contracts Is Over

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Looking for a theme at Comicon isn’t always the most sensible thing to do. It’s a big show and there’s a lot going on. I am, however, seeing some momentum being gathered — in force — from a trend that seemed to spin out of the Image convention this past spring. It’s a little bit more than a movement back towards creator ownership, though that’s certainly part of it. It’s about the era of exclusive contracts dying and an age of , for lack of a better term, playing the field coming back.

SDCC 2012 Image Announce Even More Comics Than You Could Ever Believe

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Image have announced at least seven more titles today, from creators like Emma Rios, Chris Roberson, Joe Casey, Darick Roberson, Greg Rucka, KellySue DeConnick, James Robinson and Matt Fraction.

SDCC 2012: Top Cow's Digital Adventures (Kickstarter and Thrillbent)

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Top Cow’s talking about their digital plans again. This has all been announced prior to Comicon, but I haven’t really commented on it yet and now’s as good a time as any. The two major pieces are a Kickstarter campaign to relaunch Cyber Force and moving Pilot Season over to Mark Waid’s Thrillbent site.

Quentin Tarantino Announces Django Unchained miniseries for Vertigo

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Quentin Tarantino jumped onto the Before Watchmen panel today, ran around on the table, and announced a new 5-issue miniseries based on his new film, to be published by Vertigo.

SDCC 12: New, shorter Eisner Awards are a delight

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Whether it was the dropped categories or just fairy magic, the Eisner Awards came in at a trim 2 1/4 hours last night, an awards show running time that would fit comfortably on Nickelodeon or Spike.

SDCC 2012: Eisner Award Winners 2012

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SDCC 2012 – Friday Summary

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Trying to keep up with all the Comicon News and Announcements? Friday was probably the Comicon equivalent of a slow news day. No giant headlines like Neil Gaiman on Thursday. We’ve still got enough to keep you caught up on.

SDCC12: Watchtower Friday

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Lotsa headlines from Google’s finest news sources!

SDCC 12: Dave McKean: My two years with Dawkins, Christ, and a small Crab Called Eric

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Dave McKean, the British artist/polymath who has worked as a cartoonist, comics cover artist, illustrator, graphic designer and filmmaker, opened his panel by saying, “I’m not going to assume that people know who I am, which was greeted by a cheer from the crowd, trying to let Dave know how many people in the packed room DID know who Dave is (at least 25%, if you’re keeping track).

SDCC12: Behind the Scenes

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What are some of the more esoteric and mundane aspects of Comic-Con?

SDCC 2012: Cup O' Joe Announces a Few AVX Spin-Offs

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The Cup o’ Joe panel had a few announcements and has taken the first step to solving some of the solitication mysteries spinning out of “Marvel Now.” A lot of it seems to be spun out of AVX.

SDCC 2012: outside report– Cryptozoic Store

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TweetStopped by the Cryptozoic pop up at 411 Market Street and things are hopping with free zombie make-up, game demos and signings. Tonight there’s a big launch party for The Look-outs. It’s a good spot for chillaxing and chatting and gaming.

SDCC 12: Diamond offers incentives for new stores

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TweetRealizing that getting new stores out there is crucial to growing the comics business. Diamond has announced a couple of new programs to help get new stores up and running by softening the financial blow of assembling opening inventory. New business director Chris Powell announced these at todays Diamond retailer lunch. One program is allows […]

SDCC 2012 – The New Ultimate Iron Man Comic And The Ultimate Marvel Panel

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Two primary announcements are coming out of the “Ultimate Marvel” Panel. (That really does sound goofy if you say it out loud, doesn’t it?) First off, there’s a new Ultimate Comics Iron Man mini-series coming out. Secondly, there’s going to be an Event in the Ultimates line called “Divided We Fall.”

Duane Swierczynski Hooks up with Judge Dredd

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IDW’s long-teased Judge Dredd series has a writer and artist! And a release date. And guns!

SDCC: Scott Snyder Interview

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Today I spoke with Scott Snyder by the DC Booth at San Diego Comic-Con. I got to talk with him about his work with Batman and how he’s going to bring us the another big event with Greg Capullo and Death of the Family.