Hard Drive Crash Recovery Continues at Stately Beat Manor

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NERD COMPUTER ALERT! I know computer stuff isn’t entertaining but I like writing out my experiences just for Google. I got my laptop back! You may recall that my MacBookPro died just before Comic-Con. A recovery of my files prior to hard drive replacement was made more difficult by the fact that all the folders […]

Report: Hobby games industry hits $700 million

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ICv2 has a new report on the size of a market, this time the hobby game market—games like Magic, Warhammer,various card capture games, D&D and so on which he estimates as being a $700 million industry — not far below the comics industry size of $870 million. : Here’s the pr: Pop culture experts ICv2 […]

Comics stars taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge — UPDATED with Bendis and more

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Post by Billy Tucci. So far, I’ve only found one — Billy Tucci! Tragically, Tucci did not call out other comics folks, so the charity meme has not yet spread to out part of the world. But let’s give Billy a hand for doing it! In case you missed it, the ice bucket challenge is […]

2014 Ignatz Nominees announced: Yang, Shiga, Deitch among nominees

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The 2014 Ignatz Awards have announced their nominations. As usual with this indie-comics focused award the nominees are an eclectic bunch, maybe even more eclectic than usual, going from the National Book Award-nominees Boxers and Saints in the Outstaind Graphic Novel category, to a mix of mostly little known outside indie circles nominees in Newcomer, […]

Today is the Harvey Awards voting deadline — hurry hurry

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Industry professionals may cast the votes in the 2014 Harvey Awards — no time stamp is mentioned but I’d hurry up and get it done if I were you. 
The Harveys will be handed out on September 6, 2014 during the Baltimore Comic-Con.

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

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§ 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 primarily […]

Randall Munroe wins Hugo Award for “Time”

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When Randall Munroe finished “Time,” a hugely vast comic which unfurled as one giant image over the next 123 days, I felt certain this astounding, one-of-a-kind achievement would get some Eisner notice, but this year’s jury had other ideas, and that’s okay. However it was nominated and won the Graphic Story Hugo Award, which were […]

Nice Art: Roman Muradov’s (In A Sense) Lost and Found

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Let’s end this week with some art! No publisher puts out more consistently beautiful books than Nobrow, and "(In a Sense) Lost and Found&quot by Roman Muradov is no exception. Muradov is best known for his illustrations in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal; although he’s been in mini […]

DA says social media activity did not violate Ed Kramer’s probation

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A few weeks ago we noted that convicted child molester, and Dragon Con co-founder Ed Kramer had reappeared on social media and appeared to be targeting people and institutions that dealt with disabled children, while posing as a psychologist. Following hisconvictionlast year, Kramer avoided jail time by pleading physical infirmities, and was sentenced to house instead. Wowever the Gwinnett county DA is watching his actions closely…a single probation violation and Kramer could finally go to jail.

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

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§ 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 […]

The Retailer’s View: Greed, Avarice, Power, and Responsibility

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The first superhero comic I paid for with my own money was Sensational Spider-Man #0. It arrived at the pharmacy my mom worked at one cold December before school had let out for winter break. In those days, I would walk to my parent’s work after school and sit in the back reading comics until […]

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

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§ 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 stuff, […]

Marvel is hiring, after a few layoffs

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Several job openings at Marvel — both in Burbank and New York. You’ll notice that several of them are in the games division. I’ve confirmed that a couple of weeks ago there were some layoffs at Marvel Interactive due to some restructuring, including the VP of games, TQ Jefferson. The number of people who left […]

One person can make a difference

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Continuing this morning’s elegiac tone, here’s a lovely remembrance of retailer Nick Post by the CBLDF’s Charles Brownstein. Postiglione, to give his full name, passed away last week, and my social media has similarly been filled with mourning someone who was by all accounts a genuinely good man: But Nick was a lot more than […]

Robin Williams, depression and life

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The reaction to Robin Williams’ death has been unlike any celebrity death I can remember. We all knew Whitney was going to go, and Michael Jackson’s end was as expected as it was bizarre. With Williams there seem to be few mysteries. It was a battle, and he lost. Yet the shock of his tragic decision seems to have transcended our celebrity autopsy culture with its essential question: how can someone who gave so much, who had so much to give, have turned away from the light with such finality?

RIP Robin Williams

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Actor Robin Williams was found dead in his house this morning, a suspected suicide. For a little while there, WIlliams was the biggest movie star on the planet. Just listing his prominent roles is exhausting. From Mork from Ork to Garp, Good Morning Vietnam, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The Birdcage, Dead Poets Society, The […]