First Second announces Winter 2014 line-up

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TweetFirst 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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Tweet 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 […]

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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Tweet 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 […]

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

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Tweet 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 […]

Congratulations to Leela Corman and Tom Hart

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Tweet 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 […]

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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Tweet 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 […]

Podcast Alert: Word Balloon surpasses 4 million downloads

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Tweet 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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Tweet (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 […]

Comics sales up in five week July; DC rebounds

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TweetComics sales were up in double digits in nearly every comparison in July, according to figures just released by Diamond. July was a five-week month so the totals are naturally bigger; however, sales were strong even without the extra week. Graphic novel sales were up sharply vs last year, but combined comics and GN sales […]

The Cover for Wimpy Kid #8: Hard Luck has been revealed

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Tweet They are the rites of fall: kids buy new pencil cases, Jet Coach Rex Ryan says something stupid, turkeys look back on their life and sigh….and a new Wimpy Kid book by Jeff Kinney comes out. The eighth installment of the Wimpy Kid Saga—which is depending on how you look at it either the […]

Convention mistakenly advertises X-men Creators reunion, apologizes

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Tweet The other day I received an email from comics historian and artist Jim Amash on behalf of inker Terry Austin to alert people that a mailer sent out by retailer Joseph Koch wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. The mailer, part of which you can see above, claimed that this Saturday at […]

Must read: India’s Leaping Windows—an emerging comics market’s first comics cafe

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Tweet I often run links about India’s comics market while still wondering just how emerging it is, but Ryan Holmberg’s great profile of Leaping Windows Comics Cafe outside Mumbai explains a lot about both how the “suburbs” work and how India’s middle class is still finding disposable income for things like comics. I begin with […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 8/6/2013: Add color to your world

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Tweet § Slate has a cartoon-character color wheel which is enlightening. Please hit the link for the whole thing. § This much travelled link interviews Boudewjin Pelt, a Dutch programmer who invented two plugins that make all life coloring comics possible. Pelt’s innovations, simple in nature, have changed the way digital artists work. Two tools, […]