TweetImage Publisher Eric Stephenson delivered a speech to retailers this morning and here’s the text, courtesy of Image comics: I hope you don’t mind if I deviate from standard practice, but instead of talking about Image Comics this morning, I’d like to talk about you. This is my fourth year at ComicsPRO, and one of […]
Tweet Comixology will once again be making a big splash (although hopefully not the same kind as they amde last year)at the SXSWi interactive conference which runs March 7-11. Activities will encompass: sponsoring the SXSW Geek Stage; a special panel; happy hour; free comics offered throughout the event; and handing out $150,000 worth of $5 […]
It’s hard to remember those timid days when digital comics were a threat to civilization as we know it and not a solid revenue stream, but one of the artifacts of that era, Diamond Digital, has been laid to rest. This was a program whereby retailers, instead of licking ‘em could join ‘em by setting up their own digital storefronts via Diamond. It never really worked out, for various reasons including a long, protracted roll-out, and at one point Brian Hibbs reported he had made a grand total, net, of $22.89 in a year from the program.
Tweet Pioneering comics journalist Bhob Stewart has passed away after a lingering illness. His website is here, but tributes are piling up on his FB page. Stewart was one of the very first “fan” writers who was a writer first and a fan later, and was hugely influential in helping many people in the industry. […]
TweetJust in case anyone has the Monday Blues … here's Shigeru Mizuki in a wig for you. pic.twitter.com/BHfROnd3VP — Zack Davisson (@ZackDavisson) February 17, 2014 Shigeru Mizuki was born in 1924, meaning he is 90 years old. He served in World War Ii for Japan and lost his left arm in the conflict. His fictionalized […]
I’ve been doing this daily comics news thing for 11 years, more or less, and if there is one thing which has remained consistent throughout those 11 years of comics industry tumult, it’s Stan Lee Media suing someone or something. I honestly don’t remember all the things they’ve sued, but it includes Stan Lee, Marvel (many times) Conan Properties, and Disney (many times). The suits usually claim that Stan Lee Media owns Spider-Man, or the Avengers or Conan or whatever someone is making a movie of, and the suits always involve insanely tortured legal claims over unrelated documents. The courts always rule against SLMi, as it’s called, but that doesn’t stop them. They keep coming back.
Tweet Over the weekend I was extremely saddened to read of the death of comics writer and historian Bill Baker. He was 55 years old. The cause of death was pneumonia; he died at home. Baker was a frequent convention buddy, and we’d gone back and forth about him contributing interviews to the Beat over […]
When the trailer for August’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie hit a week ago—and when the GotG toys were unveiled at Toy Fair last weekend—something that has been pretty clear to diehard comics fans was obvious from the gitgo:
Rocket Raccoon is going to be huge.
Tweet§ Joe Illidge writes about the casting of the new Johnny Storm and other race related issues about comics and movies. And he makes a good point: Black people will have a projected buying power of 1.1 trillion dollars by next year. That’s what this is about. Not your nostalgia or prejudices or self-centeredness or […]
TweetRyan K. Lindsay has made that fabled journey from comic-critic to comic-writer, balancing both aspects of his writing neatly as he launches new books at both Monkeybrain Comics and Sequart. With his newest series now announced – Headspace, a Prisoner-esque mindtrip of a story which throws absolutely everything at the lead character – Ryan was […]
TweetBy Bruce Lidl Indie comics publisher Top Shelf announced yesterday that they will be selling a selection of their digital titles, without any DRM copy protection technology. Joining Image in the trend away from DRM on comics, Top Shelf will now offer eleven graphic novels from their own website in a variety of open formats, […]
Tweet§ I’m not going to go too far into the Whole Denver Comic Con-troversy, as its definitely heating up, and things have been ugly for a while. The two sides can’t even agree on basic facts, like who founded the show. Charlie La Greca, or Charlito as he’s sometimes known, says he founded it with […]
Tweet The LA Times Book Prizes are among the most distinguished to have their own comics category, and the nominees are always worth a close look. This year’s finalists have just been announced. Books are selected in a number of categories, but here are the graphic novel selections: David B., “Incidents in the Night: Volume […]