Lust and Yang win LA TImes Book Prizes

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Tweet The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were handed out last night and the winner in the graphic novel division was Ulli Lust’s Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life, published in the US by Fantagraphics. Gene Yang’s Boxers and Saints won in the YA Literature category—a strong win for a […]

Retailers can unlock The Woods secret cover

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Tweet We’ve been having a lot of coverage of Booms! Lumberjanes this week, but the next hot book from Boom is likely to be The Woods by writer James Tynion IV (Batman Eternal, Red Hood and the Outlaws) and artist Michael Dialynas (Amala’s Blade, Spera). The issue goes on sale on May 7, but before that retailers […]

RIP: Courtney Utt

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Tweet Designer Courtney Utt, who was responsible for some of Viz’s most distinctive covers, passed away recently at the age of just 37 following a long battle with brain cancer. You can see much of Utt’s work here.

Will Comixology go the way of Audible or Zappos?

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The great digital hope has been acquired by one of the giant fire breathing kaiju of the digital era. Will they trample tiny cottages beneath their feet or become a lovable behemoth? Ask me in a year. In the meantime…

First off, will you be able to read your comics? A story at the Guardian indicates yes…but…

ComicsPRO responds to Comixology/Amazon deal

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Tweet With all kinds of concerns running rampant today about what Amazon’s acquisition of Comixology means for the comics industry, ComicsPRO, the retailers organization, has released a statement: “There’s always a concern when a huge corporation that shows little need to turn a profit tries to convert a niche market into a commodity. Fortunately there […]

A few more details on the Comixology/Amazon deal

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Tweet The Beat just participated in a conference call with Comixology CEO David Steinberger and Amazon’s vp of digital content David Naggar, and while details are at Publisher’s Weekly, everyone sounded very chipper about Amazon’s planned acquisition of Comixology. “Comixology is in a better place than ever for the diversity of our content ad the […]

News Flash: New Suicide Squad, new Dash Shaw, new Ted Rall, more

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Tweet • Cosplayers is a new comic by Dash Shaw about…cosplayers. Annie and Verti are two teen cosplayers with too much time on their hands. Annie wants to act, and Verti wants to be a photographer/filmmaker. Together, they embark on making a film starring themselves and featuring an unsuspecting cast of extras they record via […]

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.

What are the real secrets of Marvel’s Original Sin?

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TweetDespite my previous move towards being chipper, there are still some distress signals out there. Marvel’s full court press on their next event, Original Sin, has been relentless. Maybe a little too relentless. After promising “unprecedented marketing support,” inclduing the eyeball giveaway, I notice they pushed the FOC forward a day, and released the first […]

Science: reading stuff online rots your brain

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Tweet It’s common wisdom that reading short bursts of information online subtly changes the way you process paper-based written information, but here’s a nice comforting report on just how that works: Researchers are working to get a clearer sense of the differences between online and print reading — comprehension, for starters, seems better with paper […]

Help Wanted: Dynamite is hiring in Sales and Accounting

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Tweet Dynamite Entertainment, located in Mt. Laurel, NJ, has a couple of job openings. Requirements below — interested parties should respond to the address listed here. Sales   Summary of Position  Dynamite is currently seeking an experienced salesperson familiar with comic book related material.  No off site applications will be considered.   Job Requirements 1.3+ […]

RIP: The Ultimate Warrior

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Tweet Only a day after recording this promo, the man known as The Ultimate Warrior is dead at age 54. Born Jim Hellwig, the masked wrestler eventually changed his name legally to Warrior. One of wrestling greatest icons from its 80s glory days, The Ultimate Warrior brought unmatched ferocity and craziness to his matches and […]

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

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Tweet § 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 […]

2014 Glyph Award Nominees Announced

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The 2014 nominees for the Glyph Awards, honoring the best in African America comics and characters have been announced. The awards will be presented on May 16th at the ECBACC show in Philadelphia. The deadline for voting in the Fan Award is Friday, May 2, 2014.

Congrats to Janna O’Shea and Michael Zagari!

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Tweet While people were not watching Wrestlemania or Game of Thrones yesterday, some were getting married, including popular comics folks Janna O’Shea and Michael Zagari, whose nuptials even made the NY Times. The duo was forged in the crucible of New York comic book socializing, and tempered in a move to the West Coast to […]

MoCCA Award of Excellence Winners announced — and here’s where you can get them

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TweetSaturday night at a rockin party at the Socirty of Illustrators, the winners of the 2014 MoCCA Arts Festival Awards of Excellence were announced. Winners were all on sale at the festival and were selected by a jury consisting of Gregory Benton (a winner last year), D&Q’s Tracy Hurren, AdHouse publisher Chris Pitzer, designer Chip […]