Industry veterans Harris and Kennedy launch Magnetic Press with a bunch of new titles

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People just can’t stay away from publishing comics. The merriment is infectious! And a new publisher is aiming to create “stories that stick.”

Two former comics industry veterans—former VP of Publishing for Boom Studios, Wes Harris, and former Publisher of Archaia Entertainment, Mike Kennedy—have caught the fever and teamed up to co-found Magnetic Press, which will roll out titles in 2014 including Dave Dorman’s WASTED LANDS, JD Morvan and Bengal’s NAJA and MEKA, F. Ruiz Velasco’s CULEBRA and LEGION OF BLOOD, Caio Oliveira’s SUPER-EGO, PROPHET HILL, and VIVID, Francisco Paronzini’s HUGOBROYLER, and Lucas Marangon’s THINKING OUT LOUD. 

Pitchfork will soon have a magazine and it will have comics

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Tweet While we were going over the imminent death/rasping attempts to breath of the print medium yesterday, a bold new print venture has sailed right past our Doppler radar rig: PItchfork, the opinionated but infuriatingly often correct music website has launched a print magazine, called The Pitchfork Review. Issues will be thick and handsome and […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 11/18/13: RIP Doris Lessing

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Tweet § Tim Gibson’s Moth City is a fine looking webcomic—it’a now running on Thrillbent— and Gibson talks some about the web/print paradigm shift here. It doesn’t sound sexy, but distribution is everything now. The ability to disperse comics to waiting readers all over the world for effectively no cost has the power to change […]

Comics have hit puberty…and it’s not pretty

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Tweet For the last few weeks, a story has been going around, recounted by artist Tess Fowler, about how a comics pro seemed to be interested in her work, but when he asked her to come to his room, she declined, and he then said he had never been interested in her work, and disparaged […]

RIP Joey Manley

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Tweet What is best in life? To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their pundits and bloggers. — Joey Manley (@joeymanley) October 17, 2013 Webcomics pioneer Joey Manley died last night of complications from pneumonia. According to reports, he was 48. He had been ill of late, […]

New comics website launches: 13th Dimension

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Like a Phoenix from the ashes…in our recent obituary for MTV Geek we noted that the NY Post’s Parallel Worlds site also seemed to be gone. And indeed, a NY Post website design claimed its young life. However, undeterred, editor Den Greenfield has teemed up with Asbury Park Comicon’s Cliff Galbraith for a NEW SITE, 13th Dimension.

The great blog death of 2013 claims another victim: MTV Geek shuts down – UPDATE

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Tweet I noticed this morning that they hadn’t updated and that, coupled with the recent editor search, sent my Heidi sense tingling and yes indeed, MTV Geek is no more. Friends and fellow geeks — We’re shutting up shop and heading to the great arcade in the sky. Our friends over at MTV News will […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 9/27/13: The Lost Artwork of Neal Adams

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Tweet § As you may have heard by now, renowned comics artist Neal Adams left several very valuable sketch books in the back of a cab a few days back, and he would like them back. Neal Adams, best known for drawing Batman and Green Arrow, forgot to take two portfolio books out of the […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 9/23/13: Everyone everywhere

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Tweet § The National Book Festival was this weekend, with several comics guests, some sponsored by SPX. YOu can probalby find out everything you want from mining the Twitter hashtag. But the Washington Post had a bunch of articles, including Lynda Barry’s The 20 stages of reading, which I tragically cannot embed. § It was […]

Miami Book Fair International features Paul Pope poster

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Tweet No one is quite sure how the Miami Book Fair International—held in a city known for its wild and crazy lifestyle—got to be the biggest book festival in the US, but…it’s true and probably has something to do with the tireless and hard-working staff that puts the event together, and the great authors who […]

EXCLUSIVE: 2013 New York Comic Con Programming: Thursday October 10

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Tweet New York Comic Con has just released its panels and screenings schedule. But as in past year’s, it is presented in a database format that is…not easy to navigate. Once again, thanks to our pals at NYCC, we’re able to present a text only version you can read and peruse all in one place. […]

News ‘n’ notes: Bendis teaches, how to exhibit at SPX, and more

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Tweet§ SPX is coming and cartoonist Sara McH. offers sensible advice for exhibiting, like how to tally your sales, keeping dinner groups manageable, and leaving the crappy stuff people gave you behind in the hotel room. § Professor Bendis will see you now: Brian Michael Bendis, who formerly taught a class on comics at Portland […]

Dan DiDio’s late night Batwoman and Breaking Bad truth bombs

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Tweet As the mainstream media continued to make hay over Batwoman’s banned wedding, DC’s co publisher Dan DiDio took to twitter last night to give his side of things. If you’ve ever been to a DiDio-led DC Nation panel you’ll recognize his brand of brisk confidence and moving on. Probably the most telling tweet—and the […]

Diamond Sales: Marvel tops August in 4-week month

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Tweet Marvel was the winner again in August according to today’s just released figures from Diamond. Infinity #1 was the top comics and Marvel meat DC in both units and dollars. Comparative figures were WAY down, however august was a four week month as compared to both August 2012 and July 2013 which were five […]

Should we even try to give indie comics a wider cultural context?

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This is the golden era of indie comic, artistically and even financially, at least in term of the number of publishers, CAFs and cartoonists who wake up every day excited to be cartooning. It’s a movement that is aesthetically and formally as exciting as anything else going on out there.

All of which makes the Jason Karns Kerfuffle all the more unusual.

Chuck Forsman’s TEOTFW being adapted into video series in the UK

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Tweet I don’t know why this news hasn’t been picked up at every entertainment blog everywhere. A comic book has been optioned for a live action “tv” show. Actually not just optioned: THE SHOW IS IN PRODUCTION! And PHOTOS OF THE STARS ARE ONLINE. Granted, there are a few quirks that make this news somehow […]