Interview: The Odyssey of Neal Adams

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TweetInterviewing Neal Adams over at the New Statesman in the run up to this month’s London Super Comic Con, we chatted about his legendary role in providing greater creator rights for all within the comics industry, his own start in comics, and pushing comics in a more “relevant” direction.

You should buy this: Farel Dalrymple’s It Will All Hurt

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Tweet I’ll hold my hands up and admit I’m not a digital reader at all- there are a few web-comics which I love and keep up with and that’s it. I’ve tried reading comics on an e-reader but as idealistic and romanticised and dinosaurish as it may sound, the experience is simply too impersonal for […]

Art Wall: spaceships, Strange and Sonic

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TweetFriday is art day! Friday is also the harbinger of the weekend, but who cares about that? Instead, take a look at all the pretty pictures I gathered for you from the shady, cob-webby corners of the Internet you dare not venture… (I can’t say more) FF by Mike Allred (you HAVE to click on this to […]

One Hour of Valentine’s Day in comics

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In the spirit of the season!

Review: Nobrow’s 17×23 Showcase: moon men and hopeful dystopias

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Tweet17×23 Showcase Contributors: Isaac Lenkiewicz, Kyle Platts, Henry McCausland, Nick Sheehy, Joe Kessler Nobrow Press Following on from the success of the excellent Nobrow anthology- a bi-annual publication of two halves: one comics and one illustration, and their Showcase series, a smaller format paperback comic which launched Luke Pearson’s much-lauded Hilda adventures, Nobrow produced this last July : […]

REVIEW: On the Road with Paul Pope’s THE ONE TRICK RIP-OFF +DEEP CUTS

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TweetFor those savvy enough to have read Paul Pope’s (BATMAN: YEAR 100, HEAVY LIQUID, BATTLING BOY in 2013) ONE TRICK RIP-OFF when it first appeared serially in DARK HORSE PRESENTS from 1995 to 1996, or even in its collected edition from Dark Horse in 1997, they experienced the raw power of an unusual story and […]

The Bigger Picture Behind DC’s Latest Moves

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TweetDC announced a few more cancellations and creator switches yesterday.  That’s not unusual in the days leading up to releasing the next batch of solicitations.  A six-title cancellation is a little larger than we’re used to seeing, but there’s a slightly bigger picture on the business side of things.

Must Read: The Literaries

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If you read only one think piece on comics by a great cartoonist today, you should read The Literaries by Eddie Campbell. The piece spins off of the current discussion on the place of EC comics which I mentioned the other day. Campbell’s response is specifically to Ng Suat Tong’s declaration that EC comics were mostly well-drawn pulp.

Jane Mai’s Poop Nightmare

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TweetAt the risk of lowering the tone, I relay to you the news of Jane Mai’s Poop Nightmare: so bad it needed capitalization  As someone who lives in an old Victorian house, I can say with the weight of experience that there’s nothing worse than burst pipes, leaky drainage and overflowing toilet: the water seeps everywhere […]

The Mystery of the Missing Crossover – DC’s Flashpoint Revisited

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TweetNot too long ago, I saw the hardcover of Flashpoint on the library shelf.  I didn’t pick up Flashpoint when it came out, given how overused the alternate reality theme was at the time, so I figured I should give it a look and see if the concept had improved with age and reacquaint myself with the Crossover Event […]

The best of Hourly Comics Day

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TweetYesterday was hourly comics day, John Campbell’s deviation of the 24 hour comic concept originally founded by Scott McCloud, which is a Ronseal sort of deal with participants producing a comic every hour. Most people tend to plump for  a narration of what’s taken place in their lives over the hour just passed, which I think is pretty brave: if […]

Announcing the 2012 Comics Industry Person of the Year: Eric Stephenson

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This is the third year of our Comics Industry Person of the Year poll, and the winner was pretty much a landslide. Every year we ask the participants in our survey to name who they thought was the person who made an impact or set the pace, and to comment anonymously (or on the record) and it was a clear choice this time out. With many people saying it was the Year of Image, Image publisher Eric Stephenson was the runaway winner—and the Saga team of Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples were definitely the Team of the Year, with a significant number of votes.

The Beat’s Annual Year End Survey, 2013 Edition, Part Three

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Yet another installment of our annual massive survey of the industry. Tons of preview artwork and opinions from industry movers and shakers. Please check it out all the way to the end—there’s a lot of thoughtful commentary on where we’ve been and where we might go next. Part One, Part Two

FIRST LOOK: Juan Doe’s Cover for The End Times of Bram and Ben #3

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TweetLovely James Asmus has shared with us an exclusive first look at the cover for issue #3 of his upcoming Image miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben, created by Juan Doe. It is LUSH.

The money model again: digital and the web and what works

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Tweet In a follow-up to his hit post on the economics of print comics, Jim Zub is back with a look at digital comics metrics, including the percentages taken by each step in the pipeline complete with PIE…charts. A lot of people have talked about the need for cheaper digital comic prices to drive impulse […]

The Dandy Returns!

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Tweet by Laura Sneddon The Dandy, a UK comic for children, is one of the oldest comics in the world, first appearing way back in 1937. Along with its sister publication at DC Thomson, The Beano, these comics are pretty much the main reason why the entire population of Britain knows how to read a […]