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 […]

Interview: Marc Tyler Nobleman on Bill Finger and the Secret Origins of Batman

Photo by Kendall Whitehouse

For years, comics’ professionals have been hiding a well-kept Batman secret. Batman has been listed as being created by Bob Kane for decades, but the secret creator of the other half of Batman has been in hiding, signing bad deals and contracts, and being lost to the general public. Despite the immense popularity of Batman, only a […]

Wizard World announces revenue growth in Q2 on increased show slate

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Wizard World just released its Q2 SEC filings, reporting income up sharply on an increased slate of shows. You’ll recall that Wizard World is a public company having gone “penny stock” a few years ago. The PR cites “higher quality events, including better organization, more programming, and an exciting list of celebrities and artists to […]

The bigger picture: Some big mergers fail, but the craze isn’t over

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Is consolidation still cool? A number of big deals have collapsed in recent days, whether it’s just the dog days of summer or something else in the air. Most notably, Rupert Murdoch suddenly cooled on acquiring Time Warner, when it turned out Warners head Jeff Bewkes—and more importantly, Fox stockholder—weren’t so eager to canoodle. The […]

RIP: Dominic Postiglione

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Dominic Postiglione, better known as Nick Post, owner of Source Comics and Games and one of the main forces behind Minnesota’s Midwest Comic Book Association and their two shows, passed away last week, and his Facebook page has many touching remembrances. Postiglione was a tireless supporter of comics, and affected many with his enthusiasm and […]

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

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Happy 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 […]

SDCC ’14: Is Cosplayer Harassment a Real Problem?

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How do we solve the problem of cosplayer harassment? Is it even a problem at all, or are we simply dealing with a few isolated incidents? Let’s take a look.

Cartoonists and Quiznos raise money for schools

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whata great event! helped raise over $10k for local san diego schools @sanfordgreene #sdcc #quiznos #QanvasbyQuiznos http://t.co/avW93mvE1R — bernard chang (@thebernardchang) August 6, 2014 Here’s a nice story from Comic-Con about more than 50 comics artists including Bernard Chang and Sanford Greene, teaming up with QANVAS by Quiznos, an art project that saw them drawing […]

Randy Queen is sorry so let’s move on to other things now

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The other day we told you about artist Randy Queen going postal on a Tumblr that was mocking his art a wee bit. In a stunning example of the Streisand Effect, his attempt to quell criticism only opened him to more criticism. It should be noted that a comment on the above post by Jimmy […]

News and notes — Brimpception, Potted Groot, A Brony Tale

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A missed a lot of things in my inbox, but here are some of the best! § Brimpception. If you don’t know, never mind. § Hot Toys is making a Potted Groot, but alas, it is only available as a bonus figure with their regular Rocket and Groot set. But the good news is that […]

Lessons from 25 years of selling comics

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Since I was just picking a fight with Brian Hibbs, now I’ll quote him extensively. His latest Tilting at Windmills is an anniversary post, looking the original Diamond catalog from when he started in 1989! We’ve lost some soldiers along the way, but the Diamond catalog is now a bloated thing,

Sales Chart: Graphic Novel sales and Guardians of the Galaxy

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In yesterday’s comments on the Mike Dawson Mid-career assessment, retailer Brian Hibbs stepped in with some comments, including this one

Help wanted: Indie Sales Chart analyst

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Hello people, as you may have noticed the Indie Sales Chart has been getting later and later, and that’ usually a sign that the writer is moving on. After a pioneering stint, Chris Rice and his good friend Paul Mellerick are riding into the sunset to enjoy a life of Pimms Cups and garden parties. […]

Housekeeping notes for August

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What’s happening at Stately Beat Manor! So many exciting things, you won’t believe it! Just amazing.

Interview: Rick Geary on Kickstarter, Murder, and Billy the Kid

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Anybody who has read any amount of my writing, either here and elsewhere, will probably know who my favourite comics writer is*. But I also have a favourite comics artist, whose work is a constant delight to me, and by whom I have pretty much everything I can get my hands on. It’s Rick Geary. […]