Kibbles ‘n’ Bits: 8/22/14: Can’t we talk about something more pleasant

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§ Jules Feiffer’s astounding graphic novel Kill My Mother is coming out soon, and the press tour is rolling out — here’s an interview in the LA Times “Never having known how to work in this style, suddenly in my 80s, I discover I can,” he says by phone from his home on Long Island, […]

Mishra and Shakeen win CRNI’s 2014 Courage in Editorial Cartooning award

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Michael Cavna has details on the winners of this year’s Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning presented by the Cartoonists Rights Network International. The award is presented to “a cartoonist in great danger who has demonstrated exceptional courage in the exercise of free-speech rights under extraordinary circumstances.” The winners this year are Kanika Mishra from […]

Dynamite Launches Their Own Digital Comics Store With Ten Cent DRM-Free Downloads

This digital comic could be yours for a dime.

Dynamite is launching their own digital comics store today.  The comics will DRM-Free, which makes DRM-free the new (and welcome) trend in digital.  And just because they can, they’re launching with some $0.10 comics and 10% of all digital sales for the first month will be donated to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

More Comics folks take the Ice Bucket Challenge: Haspiel, Fowler, etc.

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As reported yesterday, the Ice Bucket Challenge fad is hitting comics and it’s spreading like wildfire. The viral fad involves having a bucket of ice dumped over you to create more awareness of ALS — Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis— a “progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord” and can […]

KIbbles ‘n’ Bits 8/20/14: big old catch up

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§ It seems a bunch of folks missed out on the Party Central main hotel for SPX. The Comics Reporter has info on the back up hotel. It’s true that one of the things that makes SPX so much fun is everyone being in one clubhouse but I think starting the day with a brisk 3/4 mile walk has its benefits as well.

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

A "completely" "accurate" depiction of the money available in comics.

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 […]