SPX was lovely, as usual

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The indie comics world and The Beat are recovering from the yearly love in also known as the Small Press Expo. You can see lots of photos on the SPX tumblr including the above of the alt-weekly summit of (clockwise) Derf, Shannon Wheeler, Dan “Tom Tomorrow” Perkins, Charles Burns, Mimi Pond, Keith Knight, Jen Sorenson, […]

Denis KItchen on The Best of Comix Book–“One of the Greatest Things Stan Lee ever Did”

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The Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Went Underground is in B&W/  and Full color, HardCover  an exclusive Kitchen Sink Press imprint under Dark Horse  ISBN:978-1-61655-258-9 Intro by Stan Lee Forward by Denis Kitchen Designed and Edited by John Lind by Pam Auditore Tall, affable, plain spoken Wisconsinite, Denis Kitchen smiles wistfully, “I loved putting this collection together.  It’s a nice […]

Announcing Comic Arts Los Angeles on December 6.

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As the indie show/CAF circuit gets more popular, one market seems to be without its own show and that’s Los Angeles. It’s always Los Angeles. They have book fairs and Comickaze but indie shows tend to founder there. Well, a new kid just hit the block and it’s called Comic Arts Los Angeles. Like the best CAFs it has an acryonmic name that makes shandy shortcut: CALA.

SDCC ’14: Ben Costa on Kung-Fu, Gelatinous Goo, and Good Game Design

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By Matthew Jent Ben Costa is a maker. He makes comics, games, and deadpan jokes. I caught up with Ben at the tail end of this year’s San Diego Comic Con to chat about the Kickstarter-funded second collection of Pang, the Wandering Shaolin Monk, his new webcomic Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo, and making […]

TCAF news: 2015 dates, 2014 attendance drew 22,000

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Director Chris Butcher has a wrap-up post for the 2014 TCAF that has many thanks and observations. Also the news that next year’s fest will be May 8-10, basically the same weekend as this year. Also, applications open up on August 1st. Attendance for 2014 was 22,000, up from 18,000 in 2013. And next year […]

This weekend it’s CAKE!

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The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo takes place this weekend, and the show really seems to have ramped it up to take its place among the big CAFs around the world. You can see all the debuts and info and events above but they sent along the programming, which I present as a sample of what […]

To Do Tonight, NYC: SCAM Signing at Forbidden Planet

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The above band of scalawags signs the SCAM Anthology at Forbidden Planet tonight. SVCAM is a book that was Kickstartered and now published by Comixtribe. It concerns a bunch of superpowered people who live in Vegas and get involved in various capers…call it Avenger’s Eleven.

Webcomic alert: HOLLOW part I by Sam Alden

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Sam Alden has just posted the first part of a longer story called HOLLOW part I—it’s a digital version of a comic he had print copies of for sale at TCAF. It’s interesting to see him developing an almost animated style for this—like reading storyboards as comics. I shuddered when I read that panel. Speaking […]

Quick TCAF 2014 thoughts

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While waiting for my Porter Airlines flight at Billy Batson Airport, I thought I’d dash off a thought or two. • It was an amazing show, with creators from more countries than ever before — 21 according to director Chris Butcher. Attendance was up, books were flying off the tables—85 copies of Andre the Giant […]

Preview: Subcultures: A Comics Anthology

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Comics anthologies are generally a good thing, but in my personal preferences, I like ones that are on a tightly focused topic better than “here are a lot of great comics by great people!” That’s just me, you can like what you want,. Thus I was intrigued when I heard about the upcoming Subcultures: A […]

AdHouse books is having a sale!

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There’s a great warehouse sale going on at AdHouse Books: It’s been a few years since we had a SALE, so I thought we’d make some AdSelections available again. Also, we have a fair amount of inventory coming to the warehouse this season, so we need to make room. Any order of $40 or more […]

Brooklyn’s Grand Comics Festival Returns June 7th

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The Grand Comics Festival 2014 a small but very friendly comics show is returning this June, although slimmed down to one day. Exhibitors include Sam Hendersn, Nick Bertozzi and organizer Pat Dorian. Admission is free, and there is the best sandwich shop ever around the corner. Saturday, June 7th 11am-7pm Bird River Studio 343 Grand […]

Thought Bubble announces curation and more changes to accomodate growth

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Thought Bubble in Leeds, UK—to be held November 9-15th this year—has rapidly gained an international reputation as one of the finest comic arts festivals out there. With a fantastic guest list and a friendly vibe, it’s on many people’s must-do list now. But with popularity comes growing pains. The show has just announced a bunch of changes including a move to curation for exhibitors, a higher fee for tables, and charging for tickets to a Saturday night party. The show has rapidly outgrown its venue, and a third hall used in 2013 is no longer available. So…something had to give, as they explain.

SPX 2014 exhibitors list goes to a lottery system

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Catching up on some of the news that broke Christmas week (!?!) and this is pretty huge. After a total server meltdown and general headaches over exhibitor registration for the 2013 show. the Small Press Expo is going to basically a lottery. “Legacy” exhibitors—those who have been at the show for five years or more—and invited guests (of course) will be given tables, and the remainder will be put up for a lotteryplain and simple. The show will not go curated, as nearly every other CAF has, because…well because of tradition. Here’s the new procedure::

Portland’s Stumptown Comics Festival on hold as some operations move to Rose CIty Comic-Con

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The Stumptown Comics Festival , Portland’s long running indie comics show, is ending in its present form, but the Awards and its indie-focused programming will become part of the Rose City Comic-Con, which is held in September. According to Stumptown board of directors Chair Shawna Gore, the two shows are NOT merging; it is, however […]

Demographics: Comics Readers Almost 45% Women Now and How Publishers Stack Up

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At the beginning of each month I take a survey of all of the self-identifying comic fans on Facebook, looking at the changes from month to month. Two months (and some change) ago Facebook updated the interface I achieve this by, giving me more options in how to choose and, I suspect, expanding the algorithm […]