INTERVIEW: Box Brown Announces New DIstribution Deal for Retrofit Comics

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Box Brown (“Belen!”, “Love is a Peculiar Kind of Thing”) is a fixture at indie comics shows, tirelessly producing his own bold and appealing short comics on a regular basis, but also, in 2011, launching an experiment in the return of the “floppy” or mini-comic via branding in the form of Retrofit Comics. Retrofit consists […]

REVIEW: Noah Van Sciver Draws What He Wants to Draw in BLAMMO 8

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Noah Van Sciver possesses one of the most original voices in indie comics. There’s little doubt about that. But he’s been on a strange road of personal exploration that has led to some big successes and currently he’s taking stock of what he wants to draw and how, while also continuing to work on new […]

Hot stuff: Farel Dalrymple is Delusional

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Oh, Adhouse, why must you torture me so? The publishers of fine comics and art material have been on a streak of fire recently, releasing quality book after quality book. And now here’s another to add to your ‘buy’ list: a stunning  hardcover collection of art and comics from Farel Dalrymple ( Pop Gun War, It […]

Photo Parade: Grand Comics Festival was really nice

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This weekend, while everyone else was at Heroescon, I checked out the Grand Comics Festival at Brooklyn’s Bird River Studios on Saturday. It was a pleasant sunny day, the show was free, and the vibe was super mellow. As I approached the door I had a buzz coming from inside—always a good sign—and people were […]

On the Scene: Image Crowds the Dais at Heroes Con 2013

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On the opening day of Heroes Con, there were plenty of excellent panels to behold, but Image pulled out all the stops by packing so many artists and writers onto the speakers platform that one had to stand and another was teetering on the edge bravely. Aaron Holland (“A Comic Shop” columnist for Bleeding Cool) […]

Antarctic Press turns to Indiegogo after Wal*Mart deal leaves them in debt

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The comics industry is doing “okay” these days, but it’s still a business of very small margins, and one misstep can put you in a rocky spot.

For instance, it seems that Antarctic Press, the long running manga-tinged indie publisher of such books as Gold Diggers, Warrior Nun, Ninja High School and many more, has run afoul of two things that can cause big problems: Wal*Mart and returns.

Indie Month-to-Month Sales: April 2013 — It was Mark Millar’s month

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By Paul Mellerick   Mark Millar’s relentless conquering of the entertainment world continues, as his new book Jupiter’s Legacy sets records and charts in the top three of the chart. Walking Dead, Saga, Adventure Time and newbies My Little Pony, East of West and Star Wars all have excellent months. Elsewhere the real story is […]

Growing pains hitting many indie comics shows

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Even indie comics are getting to be, if not big business, then extremely popular. More popular than a street fair, even. The last two years, perhaps inspired by BCGF and TCAF, have seen indie shows spring up in many cities from Minneapolis Autopic, to Portland’s The Projects to Chicago’s CAKE. While we noted that last […]

Alternative Comics now available on comiXology

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Resurgent Alternative Comics has just teamed up with comiXology to release their titles digitally. Five books—Karl Stevens’s Failure, Steve Cerio’s Pie, Sam Henderson’s Magic Whistle series including the Humor Can Be Funny collection and 2012’s twelfth issue of the long running humor comic—will be available to start. “Alternative Comics has an extensive, hilarious and thought-provoking […]

Spotlight on the comiXology Submit Experience with W. Maxwell Prince

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ComiXology Submit lauched on March 6, 2013, as a platform for independent comics creators to upload their comics, wait for approval, and if accepted, market their comics directly through ComiXology at a 50% profit share (minus mobile distributor fees and credit card fees before the split). To all accounts, it sounds like an amazing opportunity […]

Virginia Paine to take over Sparkplug Books; business to continue as usual

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In an announcement on the Sparkplug Books website, Emily Nillson has announced that she and Tom Neely are turning the running of the imprint over entirely to Virginia Paine; and Paine promises business as usual. Nillson is the widow of much-missed Sparkplug founder Dylan Williams. She, Neely and Paine had been runing the company as […]

PREVIEW REVIEW: Shipwrecked with BREAKERS

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It’s a strange guide to a mysterious treasure, this tome launching April 25th at Desert Island (eerily appropriate venue name!) from So What? Press, edited by Lara Antal and Dave Kelly. BREAKERS is the culmination of the Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency Program’s three weeks of seclusion for 26 comics creators in the Autumn […]

Alternative Comics is back with Stevens, Kochalka, Henderson, Will and more

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The return of indie stalwart Alternative Comics was announced a while ago, and publisher Marc Arsenault has just released info on their 2013 slate with books by Karl Stevens, Sam Henderson, Elaine M. Will, James Kochalka, Kevin Scalzo and more. If this cover gallery does not get you excited, then there is nothing I can do for you.

Moore’s ‘Rachel Rising’ may show up on your TV

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Hollywood Reporter’s HEAT VISION broke the news that Terry Moore’s Rachel Rising got picked up by Alcon Television Group. Alcon financed/produced movies like BOOK OF ELI, Christopher Nolan’s INSOMNIA, and the Academy Award winning BLINDSIDE.

Read Monkeybrain’s Bandette #1 for Free

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Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover’s Bandette has received four Will Eisner Comic Industry Award nominations for 2013. The digital comic is up for Best New Series and Best Digital Series, and Colleen is nominated under Best Penciller/Inker and Best Colorist. Want to see what all the fuss is about? In light of the prestigious news, Monkeybrain is giving away issue one — free of charge — until Friday night of San Diego Comic-Con.

REVIEW: 10 Debuts at MoCCA Fest 2013

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MoCCA Fest simulates the surreal experience of swimming in comics, even this year when things were more neatly arranged within their red curtained aisles, and perhaps it was more of a spa experience than it has been in the past. Being more orderly just meant that you were exposed to even more dizzyingly interesting indie […]