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

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§ 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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Just 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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It’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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Everyone 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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§ 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 it […]

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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§ 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.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 4/24/14 – Don’t scan my testicles

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§ Beware the timeslot! It seems that the aborted single season of Beware The Batman will finish but new episodes will be shawn at 3 am. Talk about a vote of confidence. Of course there is DVR for those who aren’t night owls. Why did this show flop so badly? § There is a newish […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 4/22/14 – shocking facts that will leave you limp!

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§ Big big ups to Shannon O’Leary and Pam Auditore for their WonderCon coverage! You guys are THE BEST. § Here is that big piece was was working on last week, How to Throw a Comic Con at Your Library for Publishers Weekly. It’ s behind the paywall right now—I”ll remind you when it comes […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 4/21/2014: That old verbal visual blend

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First off, thanks to Nicholas Eskey for his WonderCon coverage this weekend. He did a smashing job covering some diverse panels, including Con Talk-Back — sounds like it was a great time. § On his mailing list, Warren Ellis had a bit more about his revamp of Project Superpowers, which will apparently be a single […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 4/14-18 2014: Megahex cover revealed

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I was working on a long article this week so this all piled up, but I know it’s the weekend and everyone has nothing to do but read all the stuff they missed earlier, right? § The final cover to Simon Hanselmann‘s Megahex has been revealed. The book comes out this fall, collecting the popular […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 4/10/14: Check out the SCHMUCK Kickstarter!

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§ Mark Evanier reports that original Airboy artist Fred Kida, a nominee for this year’s Eisner Hall of Fame, has passed away at 93.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 4/8/14: RIP Jeff Pert

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§ Maine cartoonist Jeff Pert died suddenly at age 53. Pert was known for his local humor, and his cartoon books were a staple of Maine gift shops. Casablanca Comics Rick Lowell remembered him: “His work is so recognizable. I’ve traveled the East Coast down to Florida, walk into gift shops and see his work […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 3/24/14: These LIttle Nemo tribute pages are sweet!

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§ Hasn’t Little Nemo been in the public domain for a while? It’s surprising that everyone is doing Little Nemo tributes now, including IDW and Locust Moon comics. Zainab Akhtar previews the Dream Another Dream, the Locust Moon offering and the page above by Jeremy Bastien is but one of several gobsmacking pages already seen. YOW.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 3/21/14: The Apotheosis of Zen Pencils

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§ Zen Pencils is a website where a cartoonist named Gavin Aung Than takes famous speeches written by other folks and turns them into comics. It was the subject of a famous beatdown by Abhay Khosla who tagged it as vapid pap that stole other people’s thoughts, and some other folks think it’s just fine and signed it to a book deal. Perhaps Than was stung by some of the haters because he just penned his first ORIGINAL cartoon, called “The Artist-Troll War” and it is a bit…on the nose. It is in four parts;