Comics Press: Who’s next?

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Given the week’s events, looking at the above photo by Dynamite’s Nick Barrucci taken at the C2E2 bar—the creme de la creme of comics internet media, Newsarama’s Albert Ching, CBR’s Kiel Phegley, The Beat, ComicVine’s Tony G.Man Guerrero and IGN’s Joey Exposito—you might be forgiven for wondering which member of the comic press would soon have a big red X drawn over his or her face. It was that kind of week.

More rumblings in the comics blogosphere: Valerie Gallaher leaves MTV Geek

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Well now. As of today, I am no longer working at MTV Geek. Much thanks and appreciation to my intrepid and talented writers — among them Charles, Sean, Brigid, Jorge, Kendra, Steven, Ali, Zack, Kevin, and Aaron. Thus MTV Geek editor in chief Valerie Gallaher announced her departure. According to Bleeding Cool, she resigned, “leaving […]

Viva Comics Alliance!

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This has been a rough week for the internet. The news that Comics Alliance was to be shut down, thus removing us all from our right to read daily articles from Andy Khouri, Joe Hughes, David Brothers, Andrew Wheeler and many others, was a blow to the head. This followed on only a day after […]

The Outhouse on Comics Press and Blacklists

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There was a lot of talk at C2E2 about press lists, who’s on, who’s off, how you get on and what’s expected. There’s no question that Marvel and Dc, like the studios that own them, want to have more control over a positive message about their products. Unquestionably, the very professional PR people who work at Marvel and DC know that this isn’t always possible, but they still have to do their jobs.

Not at C2E2? Just watch it on your computer

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It seemed to start at this year’s ECCC, and before the year is out we’d expect it to be the new standard: streaming panels live from comic-cons for those who can’t go but want to follow along at home. This year at C2E2 in Chicago, Twitch will be streaming a bunch of panel (Including one that includes The Beat DREDD and beyond)

Kubla Comics—a Rotten Tomatoes for Comics?

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A new site called Kubla Comics aims to be a review aggregator for comics, with a Rotten Tomatoes-like 0-5 rating system and pages for series and reviewers. Tyler James interviews site runner Ken Marden on his goals and process: Tyler James: Why KublaComics? What made you decide to build this site? Ken Marden: Kubla Comics […]

Behold: Bartkira! An intriguing comics jam proposal

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Ryan Humphrey posted this fantastic Simpson/Akira mash up comic on his tumblr last night and it’s been picking up a healthy number of notes since. The comic (which you can see below) is really striking, mainly, I think, because of those splashes of colour against that rich cream background, in the sense of drama and dynamism Humphreys […]

INTERVIEW: 2000AD’s Mike Molcher on Spreading The Word of Tharg

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Mike Molcher is the PR Co-ordinator for Rebellion, meaning he is the man directly responsible for promoting their comics, 2000AD and Judge Dredd Megazine. If you’ve noticed over the last few months that more people are talking about 2000AD, be it the recent ‘Trifecta’ storyline, or the ‘gay Judge Dredd’ teaser which got picked up […]

I’m going all Tumblr on ya

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This is an announcement of vital import and historic significance!

When the internet shuts down: UGO and Posterous

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Although everything seems to be forever on the internet, it really isn’t. It’s oh so fragile, and the prime time of your life can be crossed out by one CEO’s pen swipe.

Wertham and Are Comics Art? — is it 1981 again?

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A must read and a must-read for masochists top our linkage today, both returning to topics that were much on the minds of anyone in comics about 30 years ago — oldies but goodies.

First and most importantly, library professor Carol Tilley has been going through Dr. Fredric Wertham’s notes and found out that he was, to use a technical term, full of hooey.

‘Seconds’ from Bryan Lee O’Malley Delayed until 2014

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Over on his Tumblr blog, writer/artist/Backstreet Boys maven Bryan Lee O’Malley has explained that – due to a shoulder injury he suffered last year – his next project Seconds will be delayed until 2014.

Jane Mai’s Poop Nightmare

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At the risk of lowering the tone, I relay to you the news of Jane Mai’s Poop Nightmare: so bad it needed capitalization  As someone who lives in an old Victorian house, I can say with the weight of experience that there’s nothing worse than burst pipes, leaky drainage and overflowing toilet: the water seeps everywhere […]

A few images from the TBG/CBG days of yore

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And oh how yore they are. Alan Light, founder of The Buyer’s Guide/Comics Buyer’s Guide is one of the most organized flickr users we’ve ever encountered and he has a couple of sets from the history of TBG/CBG that those reminiscing about the now cancelled publication might enjoy.

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:

Arthur Magazine is back with Rick Veitch cover

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AUGHTS NOSTALGIA. Arthur Magazine was a FREE culture magazine that defined a lot of the early internet/alternative culture of the early century, before the internet drove it out of business by supplanting the advertising model that made free newspapers a thing. However, Arthur Magazine is back after four years with issue #33, now with a […]