Unassuming Barber Shop: Batman Country, Part Two

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In case you missed the first portion of this special two-parter, it was revealed that Batman has conquered America and has established his black Bat-capital in a cave in Branson, Missouri.

That is not entirely true, but I do hope something of the story of the Bald Knobbers (cringey name aside) rang true for Batman fans. The vigilante story is old and real in America.

SDCC 2014: Lion Forge gets into print with IDW and kids comics with Care Bears

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St. Louis based Lion Forge Comics has been around for a couple of years with a lot of ambitious plans, some well known licenses and a line of here-to-fore digital comics. But recently they announced they are getting into print, with IDW picking up their Air Wolf and Knight Rider comics. They’ll also publish a print version of a comic inspired by MMA fighter Quentin “Rampage”Jackson called Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier. That should be PLENTY wacky. More Lion Forge titles are impending from IDW, possibly including such classic licensed fear as Miami Vice, and Punky Bewster.

Barcon, that starts with ‘B’ and that rhymes with ‘T’ and that stands for trouble

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We’re off to HeroesCon in Charlotte later today and one of the many pleasures of that show is its relaxing and expansive Barcon; as opposed to other conventions where people scatter to their various drinking holes, pretty much everyone at HeroesCon stays in the same bar, and it’s a great place to catch up with folks and maybe lay the foundation for future work.

OR IS IT???

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 6/8/14: Amazon Examined

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TweetJust a reminder: if you see something that is kibblish, or bittable, please drop me a line. You know what we like around here! § Is Amazon Really the Devil? Calvin Reid (with some help by Rachel Deahl) dig into the answer to that question at Publishers Weekly in the wake of the Online Giant’s™battle […]

Some old comics sell for $1.5 million

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Tweet A Kentucky man who hoped to sell his comics collection in order to help send his grandkids to college will probably be able to afford a semester or two. The collection, which included an Action #1, Detective #27 and Marvel Comics #1, sold for $1.5 million. A comic from 1940 with the first appearance […]

Webcomic alert: Solo by Hope Larson

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Hope Larson has just launched a webcomic called Solo. She writes:

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 6/5/14: cartoonists embroiled in scandal over affair

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TweetIt’s been a while since I kibbled and bitted because…well I had one version of this that had like 50 links. I tweeted them instead. § Cartoonists in the US are not celebrities, with one or two exceptions. They can leave the house without make-up, or go to the beach or do normal human cock-ups […]

San Diego Comic-Con under fire for its harassment policy, or lack thereof

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The issue of harassment at cons isn’t going to go away, and seems to get highlighted more each day as women, men, organizers, cosplayers and interne bystanders deal with the growing injection of actual hormonal humans into abstract fan scenarios. When I went to shows as a youngster, I thought of cons as a “safe space” believe it or not. Compared to the rock scene I was involved with, the relatively few women in comics were in a mostly hands off zone, mostly because most congoers were afraid of them, and should anything amiss happen there was a huge crew of friends to back you up. Notice that I just said “COMPARED TO THE ROCK SCENE”; it was far from a paradise of equality, but I felt safer at a comic con than I did at most places.

Derek Maddalena joins DC Entertainment as SVP, Sales and Business Development

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Tweet Clearly DC was not taken aback by Bob Wayne’s official announcement of his retirement, as the new SVP of Sales and Business Development was waiting in the wings. 16 year WB vet and former Warner Home Entertainment VP Derek Maddalena will fill the role, and as the PR suggests, pick up some tips from […]

Review: “The Devilers” Offers A Delightfully Subversive Apocalypse

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TweetBy Matt O’Keefe An atheist, a Catholic Priest, a Jewish Rabbi, an Islamic Mullah, a Hindu Brahmin, and a Buddhist Monk. Sounds like the start of a convoluted joke, but it’s actually the cast of a damn fine comic from Dynamite Entertainment. The Devilers is a series written by Joshua Hale Fialkov and illustrated by Matt […]

Throwback Thursday: Revisiting the debate of our times Kirkman v. Bendis

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When thinking about the crazy world we live in today, where The Walking Dead is the most successful thing on TV and Marvel is the most successful thin in movies, I often think back to a seminal moment in the debate between creator-owned and company-driven: the 2008 debate between Robert Kirkman and Brian Bendis which took place at that year’s Baltimore Comicon. The think kicked off when a pre-Talking Dead sharpened Kirkman posted a video editorial calling for more creators to band together to make creator owned comics more of a thing, He even had an agenda for the process (emphasis mine.):

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 4/22/14 – shocking facts that will leave you limp!

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Tweet§ Big big ups to Shannon O’Leary and Pam Auditore for their WonderCon coverage! You guys are THE BEST. § Here is that big piece was was working on last week, How to Throw a Comic Con at Your Library for Publishers Weekly. It’ s behind the paywall right now—I”ll remind you when it comes […]

News Flash: New Suicide Squad, new Dash Shaw, new Ted Rall, more

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Tweet • Cosplayers is a new comic by Dash Shaw about…cosplayers. Annie and Verti are two teen cosplayers with too much time on their hands. Annie wants to act, and Verti wants to be a photographer/filmmaker. Together, they embark on making a film starring themselves and featuring an unsuspecting cast of extras they record via […]

Emerald City Comic Con Day 0-1: The most con-like con of all

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Tweet Now I know what you are thinking, Beat, you have been offline for two days and all you can post is six lousy photos? Well, there is a longer story but it involves airline traffic and jet lag and blah blah. Anyway, I am here in Seattle for Emerald City Comic Con, and this […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 3/25/14: I snuck in some news here. Also snuck isn’t a real word.

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What shocking secrets will you learn in today’s thrilling episode of Kibbles n’ Bits?

Five Days of Valentines: Bad for You Valentine Heart Brakers

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Tweet BAD FOR YOU is a new book by Scott Cunningham and Kevin Pyle that illustrates extremes of, well, overprotectiveness, the nanny state and people going too far. The authors created some Valentines at Boing Boing—you’ll need to go to the link for the stories behind these, but there are some doozies.