The weekend in comics events, San Jose to Minnesota and beyond

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Will every single comics creators be at a show this weekend? Since we know comics culture is booming I thought it might be interesting to check out just WHAT is happening around this nation of outs. I got most of these from Convention Scene but it didn’t include the biggest show, Big Wow.

If you’re going to one of these shows, feel free to report back to us here! We’re keen to hear about comics culture around the world.

Unassuming Barber Shop: The Batmobile

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In one of his last interviews, longtime Batman artist Jerry Robinson spoke with “BatmobileHistory.com” about the origin of the Batmobile:

BatmobileHistory: Starting with Detective Comics #27, when Batman started, the design of his car varied wildly…but then in Batman #5, the design with the bat mask and roof fin appeared . . . Was there a specific origin or inspiration for that design? It’s really the first superhero car…

Unassuming Barber Shop: The Human Torch

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Tweet With the return of Jim Hammond in ​All-New Invaders ​#1 and casting rumors swirling around the new FF film reboot, the Human Torch (both versions) is being given another push. But where did he come from? In 1939, a year after Superman’s debut, Timely Comics responded with their own superhero, the original Human Torch. […]

Obama meets young Spider-Man and surrenders

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Tweet I know you all saw this picture yesterday of President Obama and a staffer’s child dressed as Spider-Man, but it is too cute not to pass along. The photo is by White House staff photographer Pete Souza, and he took it around last Halloween. The official Obama Twitter feed tweeted the picture today. As […]

Can Comics Become Legitimate Bestsellers?

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To me, the answer to that question is definitely: yes! But that also depends on a lot of moving parts and with encouragement from The Beat, I’m going to post a few columns here about the elements needed to create real marketing programs that can help better define what a bestseller is and where the real opportunities lie.

George R.R. Martin Supports CBLDF For Banned Books Week!

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TweetVia PR, but it’s a great cause! George R.R. Martin, the celebrated creator of GAME OF THRONES and WILD CARDS  is celebrating Banned Books Week by supporting the important work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund!  This is his special message about what he’s doing to help, and how you can join him in […]

Bryan Lee O’Malley interviews Andrew Hussie – world shifts on axis

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Tweet Or, basically, the ‘Scott Pilgrim’ Guy Interviews the ‘Homestuck’ Guy and explains it for those who find it somewhere between dubstep and Gangnam on the “things that are current” list. Homestuck is big and popular. Homestuck is about four 13-year-old internet friends trying to play a computer game that will either save or destroy […]

Manga-Camera App: Turning 2D dreams into Smartphone reality

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TweetComicsalliance just unveiled what could possibly be the best App EVER (or maybe just for you die hard otakus). With the commonality of Instagram’s “vintage” effects already upon the masses, this new (and FREE) Manga-Camera App lets you turn any old picture on your phone into that black-and-white /moire-filled manga styling that is beyond cool. There is […]

On the Scene: Art Spiegelman in conversation, Cologne, Germany

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“How does it feel to be here, surrounded by cats?” The moderator’s already off to an auspicious start, given his (what I believe to have been, given my complete lack of German comprehension) promise not to discuss “why mice, why the holocaust.” It’s the proverbial gorilla in a room full of cats, of course, and while Spiegelman has visited the country a number of times in the past 25 years or so, it seems an odd choice not to discuss it the day before the opening of a retrospective on the cartoonist’s work. And here we are, like clockwork, dipping our toes in the water, the moderator asking how it feels sitting in this room, being, you know, the guy who got famous by writing a comic book about the Holocaust.

Greg Rucka Gets Increasingly Candid About Work For Hire Conditions, Debunks Another Myth

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TweetBy Todd Allen In a rare instance of a DC/Marvel creator being candid about how they perceive the environment, Greg Rucka has given something very close to an exit interview to Mark Millar’s CLiNT magazine.  The upshot, to paraphrase Popeye, he’s had enough and enough is too much.  His final straw at Marvel was The […]

2012 Shuster Award Winners

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The 2012 Joe Shuster Awards, honoring the best in Canadian comics, were handed out on Saturday, September 15th at the Montreal Comic-Con. Jason Rockman and Catherine Smith-Desbiens handed out the awards–check the link for jury comments on the winners.

Hobbit-y Goodness

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TweetExcuse me, but I need to nerd/geek/dork/whatever out here for a minute because: They are making not one, not two, but three movies for The Hobbit. They finally released the sub-titles this past week causing a flurry of speculation as to how exactly the story is going to enfold. It’s like Durin’s Day for Tolkien […]