KIbbles ‘n’ Bits 8/20/14: big old catch up

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§ It seems a bunch of folks missed out on the Party Central main hotel for SPX. The Comics Reporter has info on the back up hotel. It’s true that one of the things that makes SPX so much fun is everyone being in one clubhouse but I think starting the day with a brisk 3/4 mile walk has its benefits as well.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 8/17/14: Definitive proof that you cannot fight in high heels

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Tweet § Cartoonist Julia Gfrörer has begun a column for TCJ.com called Symbol Reader, in which she analyses comics for their deeper meanings and how those meanings are conveyed, as with “These Cans” by Joe Decie: It’s a paradox: the thing which exists does not really exist because its material state goes unappreciated; the consumer interacts […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 8/15/14: I saw dry leaves rattling in the gutter yesterday

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Tweet§ I should have my rebuilt computer back next week and should get a lot more productive. I know everyone was anxious for an update on that so there you go. § Chris Sims claims that Sean Ryan’s Suicide Squad is good: To be fair, there’s a good chance that I’m reading a little too […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 8/14/14: links about things we were linking about before

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Tweet § Illustrators and cartoonists salute Robin Williams in a gallery at Vice. Above by Zack Soto. § Actually, I didn’t cover this before, but Tom Spurgeon explains how cartoonists Ruben Bolling and Adam Koford were initially denied pro passes at NYCC, but now it’s all good. I haven’t been covering all the NYCC ticket […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 8/11/14: Watterson pages sell for $74,040

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TweetHappy Monday, people. Hope you enjoyed that Supermoon. § I have several excellent candidates for the new indie chart analyst here, including some writers I wasn’t previously aware of, so I’ll be sifting through those this week. In the meantime, Chris Rice…paging Chris Rice… § I promise I will do a San Diego wrap-up piece […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 8/4/14: Home is the hunter from the hill

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Comics have begun their new fiscal year! Here are some links to get you going, and some discussion of a very rarely discussed phenomenon: sexism in comics!

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 6/18/14: To canon or not to canon?

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Tweet§ Multiversity has been killin’ it lately with a bunch of industry analyses and convention reports. Here’s David Harper on Creator-Owned and the Thin Line Between “To Be Continued” and “The End” whch spins out of a comment Brandon Montclare made right here at The Beat. What that commenter fails to realize, and what Montclare […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 6/12/14: There is this thing called the World Cup…

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Tweet§ I guess I need to update this post. § What makes this cartoon by Peter Arno perfect? Paul Karasik explains. When the stars of the convention appeared, they found out that their hotel rooms hadn’t been paid for. They were forced to pay out of their own pockets. As the con progressed, it became […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 6/10/14: four people rocket into space!

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Tweet§ While we’re all pining away for The Fantastic Four who may be going on hiatus for whatever reason, Dark Horse’s Project Black Sky webcomic has launched a comic called…The Launch. It’s by Fred van Lente and Michael Broussard and its part of Dark Horse’s superhero project. The tale involves four astronauts in 1961 who […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 6/8/14: Amazon Examined

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TweetJust a reminder: if you see something that is kibblish, or bittable, please drop me a line. You know what we like around here! § Is Amazon Really the Devil? Calvin Reid (with some help by Rachel Deahl) dig into the answer to that question at Publishers Weekly in the wake of the Online Giant’s™battle […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 6/5/14: cartoonists embroiled in scandal over affair

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TweetIt’s been a while since I kibbled and bitted because…well I had one version of this that had like 50 links. I tweeted them instead. § Cartoonists in the US are not celebrities, with one or two exceptions. They can leave the house without make-up, or go to the beach or do normal human cock-ups […]

Celebrate Torsten’s “Nerd Birthday” With His Crazy Party Favors!

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TweetEveryone has milestone events which they remember (or wish to forget).  Some are small memories, like a first kiss, while others can be momentous anniversaries marked each year. May 25th is one such day for me.This Star Wars Day/International Towel Day marks thirty years of my actively reading, collecting, studying, proselytizing comics.  May 25, 1984, […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 5/15/14: Lots of women at ECCC; first Walking Dead Season Five teaser, etc etc etc

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Tweet § Emerald City Comicon was a wonderful, diverse event. And a survey of attendees suggests that half the attendees identified themselves as female. It was a self selecting, non-scientific survey, but I doubt that anyone who was there would dispute that this feels quite accurate. The modern comic-con is a very diverse one, and […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 5/2/2014: No More ADHD

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Some things are so shocking, you won’t believe it!!!

KIbbles ‘n’ Bits 4/29/14: Trolling of the very finest kind

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Tweet§ Alex Dueben catches up with Richard Thompsonas “The Complete Cul de Sac” is published: What was it like seeing the exhibit at OSU? I don’t think I saw the whole exhibit; there were too many people that I wanted to spend time with. What I saw of it was great but mostly I remember the […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 4/27/14: People said things, did things

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§ Many thanks to David FairbanksMichael DeLaney, David Nieves and of course, Tireless Torsten Adair for their C2E2 coverage. Sounds like this show has come into its own at last.

§ There were a bajillion comics events this weekend and one of the more oblique was the Brooklyn Zine Fest ; Robyn Chapman has a complete report and says it was her most profitable show since Comic Arts Brooklyn, so in Brooklyn they like ziney comics. That is good.