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

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§ 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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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 one […]

Diamond Sales: Marvel tops August in 4-week month

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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 week […]

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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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 less […]

First Second announces Winter 2014 line-up

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First Second released some news about their Winter 2013-14 titles, including paperback editions for Sailor Twain and Baby’s in Black, and some new books as well, including a new book by the very Talented Danica Novgorodoff, whom we haven’t heard from in a while. Here’s the line-up: The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza, by James […]

iFanboy joins the 2013 comics media disruption

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As you probably heard over the holiday, iFanboy is packing in its “day to day” operations, which seemed like a euphemistic way of saying they won’t be running a costly and unprofitable daily website any more. 2013 has been a reality check for several “blogs” — a few months ago Newsarama quietly ended its blog, […]

The week in review: No one did anything they didn’t want to

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Now that the outrage-o-tron has moved from torture to movie casting, here is a round-up of reactions to the “Torture Cover” post the other day. Actually I don’t even need to write anything, as the Outhouse already summed it up with CROSSED TORTURE VARIANT CONTROVERSY SPARKS SURPRISINGLY CIVIL DEBATE ON INTERNET. It’s true. No one was blackballed, castigated or petitioned. The effects and provenance of disturbing material were widely debated, but it was generally decided by everyone involved that those who like it can like it, those who want to throw up can move right over to the toilet.

The history of how Ben Affleck destroyed the world became Batman

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When did this Ben Affleck Batman tragedy begin? Alex Zalben has a pretty good timeline of Affleck’s interaction with superhero roles here but it leaves out a few things, such as Affleck’s breakout role as “Holden” the aspiring comics artist in Kevin Smith’s Chasing Amy.

Autoptic and the costs of comic cons and CAFs

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Autoptic is new indie arts festival with a comics component (or a CAF, as I like to call them, or comic art festival) that was held last weekend in Minneapolis. (It has a groovy tumblr here.) It was by all account splendid, but the account that matters the most to us is as always the […]

Nearly 50% of the comic book market consists of variant covers

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Although this is the best time in recent comics history for sales and quality, the current sales success doesn’t come without an asterisk: the huge number of variants that almost every publisher is pumping out. Industry observer Johanna Draper Carlson does some math and concludes “Variant Covers Are Propping Up the Comic Market”. A look […]

Congratulations to Leela Corman and Tom Hart

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I am certain that all of the world of comics will join me in congratulating Tom Hart and Leela Corman on the birth of their daughter Molly Rose Corman-Hart on August 18th. In addition to being a cartoonist (Hutch Owen, Daddy Lightning), Hart is founder of the Sequential Arts Workshop—or SAW—in Gainesville, Fla., which offers […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 8/13/2013: Congrats Paul and Susi!

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§ First off a big congrats to the Beat’s Marvel Sales Chart champ Paul O’Brien as he and wife Susi welcomed little Andrew into the world last week. Word is that the new issue is already racing up the charts.

Retailer Brian Hibbs quits ComicPRO, but it wasn’t over DC Villains allocation

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In a comment on his post regarding DC’s allocation of their Villains month promotion, veteran retailer Brian Hibbs mentioned that he had quit the retailer organization, ComicsPRO. I’ve, uh, decided to stop my membership with ComicsPRO because of the reactions of the Board to recent DC moves. I may or may not go to this […]

Podcast Alert: Word Balloon surpasses 4 million downloads

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The Word Balloon podcast is one of the most important thing to happen to comics in the last eight years.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 8/12/13: Wizard World Chicago wrap-up

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(Image via) § Wizard World Chicago Comic-Con was held this weekend, and Sean Kleefeld went and kind of sums up the improving-from-a-comics-standpoint view of the show we’ve been hearing: I’ll be honest that I haven’t been too keen on Wizard World for several years, largely because it struck me as more of a pop culture […]