As the comics live event business diverges into Cons and CAFs (comic arts festivals), both seem to be thriving. In 2013 Fort Wayne got its own CAF, Appleseed, and the 2014 edition is ramping up with a Kickstarter. Showrunner Zack Kruse, has got some strong guests planned including Peter Bagge, and it sounds like yet […]
As we mentioned yesterday, the dear departed BCGF indie comics festival that ended earlier this year has been replaced by the Comic Arts Brooklyn fest, which will be run by Gabe Fowler of Desert Island. And here’s the official word. We’re there. FIRST ANNUAL “COMIC ARTS BROOKLYN” FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED TO FEATURE PAUL AUSTER, ART SPIEGELMAN […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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) […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.