Guest editorial: Matt Hawkins says “Diversity = Money”

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[Matt Hawkins, President at Top Cow Productions and President & COO at Top Cow Productions, Inc., is an industry veteran who has seen it all, from the highest booms to the lowest busts, He recently posted the following essay on how diversity makes economic sense for comics on his FB page, and with his permission, […]

The 2013 Comics Happy List

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I just can’t muster the hubris to do a Top 10 list.  Lists are subject to the tastes of the reviewer(s).  One person’s top 10 list doesn’t necessarily mean anything.  And, you know, Buzzfeed.  Instead, I’ll present a list of comics that made me happy in 2013, with an emphasis on things that might have […]

Darabont sues AMC over The Walking Dead profits

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They say failure is an orphan and success is the mother of a million lawsuits—or something like that. AMC’s The Walking Dead show is such a huge success that’s it’s already spawned a now-dismissed suit by original artist Tony Moore; and now original series creator Frank Darabont is suing AMC for unspecified but probably enormous damages, claiming he is being short changed via a form of “Hollywood Accounting.”

Alison Bechdel and Hillary Chute Reunite At NYU for a Distinguished Faculty Lecture

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It’s been more than a year since Alison Bechdel and Hillary Chute publicly convened at 2012’s momentous Comics: Philosophy and Practice conference, an event personally significant to both Chute and Bechdel due in part to their collaborative efforts in originating the influential assemblage along with their own partnership in teaching a University of Chicago course […]

How much content should you get for $2.99?

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Back in the old days of the mid 2000s, comic fans could pick up any standard comic book issue for $2.99. It was the nailed-down price, and for that money they’d get 22 pages. Since those halcyon days wilted, however, more and more we find that we’re paying $3.99 for fewer pages than that. What […]

Pre-School Bans “Super Hero play” at School

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In an image being circulated on social media, with the name of the school and school officials vaguely redacted (you can almost make them out), a flyer distributed at a pre-school bans school-time play from mimicking TV shows and movies due to their violence. But the central image on the flyer depicts superheroes with a […]

Is Dark Horse Entering a Golden Age?

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Dark Horse appears to be increasing their list of titles at a gradual but steady pace, with some laudable caution but what seems to be a specific agenda to build on their successes rather than simply allowing those successes to maintain their reputation over time. Many readers have been following the publisher’s works since their […]

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 Legal View: Siegel Court Issues Final Judgments

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The Superman and Superboy lawsuits are officially over, pending appeal.

Cherry-picking the Eisner nominations: 5 comics you NEED

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Okay, I put my hand up: I feel inordinately and stupidly pleased when comics I’ve loved and enjoyed are nominated for awards, particularly those that have been overlooked in coverage or recognition. Sometimes I even feel a little important; ‘Zainab, I tell myself, you are reading the RIGHT THINGS’ (I’ll take my validation wherever I […]

Why Maggott Isn’t the Worst X-Men Character of All Time

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A few days ago Brett White wrote a passioned defence of teen hearthrob X-Men character Maggott on CBR. Many would mock him for such a claim, and poke him with brightly painted sticks – but no! Put down those ribbon sticks. Maggott is a character worth defending, and I’m going to give some of my own […]

DC Introduce First Transgender Character to the New 52

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Batgirl has come back into discussion around the interwebs this week, but for purely in-story reasons this time round. This week’s issue #19 sees one of the supporting characters, Alysia Yeoh, reveal that she is transgender. Which is notable, as it means Alysia is the first openly transgendered character in the New 52, (bearing in mind that Sir […]

Uncanny Avengers Introduces ‘The M-Word’

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Even allowing for the fact that we’re not supposed to like any of the characters in Uncanny Avengers (only this week, Wolverine calls Japanese mutant Sunfire “a walking atomic bomb” and nobody bats an eyelid – not even Sunfire, whose mother died in Hiroshima!), the book is going to startling lengths with some of the […]

Siegel Superman case ends (almost)

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As expected, the district court has ruled that the 2001 settlement agreement between DC and the Siegels is binding and did indeed transfer the Superman copyright to DC. But what about Superboy?

The Legal View: Wertham was right

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Tonight in SoHo, a panel of comics all-stars will discuss the Carol Tilley’s Seducing the Innocent, which purports to expose industry bete noire Fredric Wertham as a fraud. What’s more important for us today, however, is understanding why he was right.

Kick-Watcher: The way it should be: Lars Brown’s Penultimate Quest

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Kickstarter has been a talking point in the comics industry ever since its conception, most recently and prominently for the fallout between Mark Andrew Smith and the problems he’s been having with his Sullivan Sluggers book. My experience with the platform has been limited: I use it purely as a pre-order service and since May last year […]