DesignerCon Tells a Toy Story All Its Own

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By David Nieves Even though Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world, ten years ago, you’d be remiss to find comic conventions, toy shows, or most other forms of pop culture gatherings. The monthly mini show at the Shrine Expo was at times more a flea market than a convention and Frank and […]

Michael DeForge’s shelf porn is made for action

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Zainab Akhtar’s excellent Comics and Cola blog runs a feature called “Comics Shelfies” which includes pictures of various comics collections. Usually the Expedit or Billy is called into play, but for Michael DeForge, the plastic milk crate is the basic storage unit. I can definitely relate, as for years my life was based around the […]

This year’s DC Collectibles Preview

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By: Nick Eskey DC Collectibles had a fine showing today of toys, figurines, and statues for the upcoming year. Each one meets the fine level of detail that is synonymous with the DC brand. With the variety of collectible shown, it was hard to decide what to talk about in length. For their action figures, […]

Dynamite to Expand with ‘Dynamite Toys and Games’ Division

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Dynamite Entertainment have announced that they will be launching a new division, Dynamite Toys and Games, which will be producing board games, action figures, card games and other merchandise based on their comics.

Why your Bronze Age comics collection ain’t worth squat

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Frank Santoro is at it again, in the aptly titled American Pickers in which he advises a friend’s father that a comics collection with stickers of $20 and $15 is actually worth crappity doo doo, despite what all those “reality” (and I use the term loosely) “collectible” shows may say: It’s a typical collection that you […]

SDCC13: Watchtower: Road Trip!

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Henry “Hemi” Barajas gave you the particulars on the DC/KIA Justice League Sorento custom design, but there are many more Comic-Con car events happening!

SDCC13: DC Shows Off a Stellar Collectibles Collection

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By Nicholas Eskey DC Comics has some exciting things in the works for their toy line, which they revealed to the press in a swanky room at the Marriott Hotel adjacent to the Convention Center.

Zenith by Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell is Back!

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Once more, I’ve dragged myself away from my usual obsessive witterings about Marvelman to write about another, different, long-lost British superhero. Right now, as you’re reading this, the Internet is about to explode/has already exploded with the news that Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell’s Zenith is finally being reprinted by British publishing company Rebellion. Zenith […]

Kick-Watcher: Michael Moreci on MINI COMICS INCLUDED

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One of the ways many people stumbled onto their first comic was through the promotional comics that used to come bundled in with action figures. You know the ones – you buy a He-Man figure, and in the box comes a comic which shows him in action, fighting against all the other characters who coincidentally […]

Bernard Chang’s Great Demon Knights Art Giveaway

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Today sees the release of Demon Knights #20 from DC, written by Robert Venditti and drawn by Bernard Chang. And Chang is so excited about the book that he’s set up a competition for fans — with the 20 winners each receiving one of his 20 pages of original art from the book.

RIP: Comics Buyer’s Guide (1971-2013)

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In a brief, statement, publisher F+W announced the closing of CBG, the Comics Buyer’s Guide today. The magazine’s 42 year run will end with issue #1699, one shy of the farewell #1700 that the collectors it appealed to would have liked.

The cause of death was the usual suspects:

Last minute shopping advice: Hazarai!

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Here’s a new social media/commerce site that has an interface geared at people who collect: Hazarai!. Let’s call it Etsy meets eBay for nerds—you can list stuff you want to sell with no fees. They also have a blog with such useful content as a holiday gift guide, a good interview with David Lloyd about […]

To Do Today: Canny Comic Con and Leeds Alternative Comics Fair

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Christmas is being held on December 25th this year, so you’ve only got a few weeks left to find something decent to give your family and friends. But never tremble with frostbitten fear! Because there are still places you can go, events you can take part in, and presents you can get for your demanding […]

Shopping Guide: Julia Wertz on Etsy

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Cartoonist Julia Wertz (Fart Party, The Infinite Wait and Other Stories) has just launched Julia’s Junk Shop on Etsy, and if you are looking for gifts for that certain someone, you might find something here. besides Wertz’s own very funny books, there is jewelry made of Peanuts, earrings made of sea glass, and many other […]

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….!

Thought Bubble is happening right now!

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Are you here? Have you arrived? Leeds’ Thought Bubble Comic Arts Festival has reached the convention stage today, with guests including Kate Beaton, Mark Waid, Jason Aaron, Alison Bechdel, Andy Diggle, Fiona Staples, Kieron Gillen and a whole load of others. Image and 2000AD are also in attendance, along with a deluge of small-press and creator […]