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

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Tweet 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. […]

RIP: Dominic Postiglione

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Tweet 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 […]

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

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TweetHappy 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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TweetHow 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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Tweetwhata 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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Tweet 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 […]

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

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TweetA 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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Tweet 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 […]

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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TweetAnybody 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. […]

Preview: POP #1 by Pires and Copland, a stylish thriller with added social commentary

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Tweet Among the selling points of this news mini-series from Dark Horse is that it’s “creator owned.” It’s also got a nice throwback look, with flat, chunky color replicating the primitive (yet still relevant) coloring techniques of the pre-scanning era. Written by Curt Pires and drawn by artist-to-watch Jason Copland, it’s a thriller set in […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 8/4/14: Home is the hunter from the hill

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Comics have begun their new fiscal year! Here are some links to get you going, and some discussion of a very rarely discussed phenomenon: sexism in comics!

The Hermit of Shooters Hill – An Interview with Steve Moore, Part 4

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TweetHere’s the fourth part of my interview with the late Steve Moore, with more to follow. The first, second, and third parts are already online, along with some explanation of how the interview came about. PÓM: You mentioned that you worked with Dez Skinn at Fleetway House. How did you get on with him? SM: […]

Liked Guardians of the Galaxy? Check out this preview of Thanos: The Infinity Revelation

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Tweet It looks like Marvel has done the utterly impossible by turning Guardians of the Galaxy—a movie based on an obscure SF team of misfits—in a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, $65 mil at the BO certified feel good movie of the summer. And their also releasing a bunch of comics that will keep the characters […]