Nice art: Takio by Bendis and Oeming

TAKIO is definitely something different from Brian Bendis and Michael Oeming: a kids’ story. Set in a family where two squabbling sisters learn to come together after an accident gives them superpowers. Released through Marvel’s creator-owned imprint, Icon, TAKIO is also unusual in that it’s being put out in a done-in-one graphic novel format. The […]

Vermont names Cartoonist Laureate: James Kochalka

By Jen Vaughn — What do you do with a man with a wild mind of his own and a pair of drawing hands that just won’t quit?

You make him KING.

James Kochalka is the one of forerunners of autobiographical diary comics with his syndicated comic, American Elf, which is also available online and began way back in October, 1998. He is also the creator of other excellent comics like irreverent SuperF*ckers and children’s books like the Johnny Boo series and most recently, Dragon Puncher. His comics are published by Portland-based comics publisher, Top Shelf.

Wizard Magazine goes public and digital, ends print edition – UPDATED

Numerous reports this morning that the print version of Wizard Magazine is shutting down, effective immediately, with all staff laid off and
assignments canceled. According to Bleeding Cool, ToyFare magazine will continue. And based on the number of tweets coming out of the Wizard World convention business, the Wizard World shows will also continue.

According to a press release just released from Gareb Shamus, Wizard will continue as an online “Wizard World” Magazine. In addition, the previous Wizard corporation is being replaced by Wizard World, a new public company, which is being traded as a penny stock.

Are Marvel and DC cutting costs?

Over a year ago, when Marvel and DC both turned into pawns of the larger game of Disney and Warners, it wasn’t too hard to see the handwriting on the wall for some massive changes as the “Big Two” at the heart of comics publishing fundamentally altered their corporate structures — including eliminating up some of their unprofitable businesses and looking to save money all over. At DC, there have been lots of snippets of change coming out, including, of course, shutting down the Zuda, CMX and WildStorm lines, and more recently, a major change in the contracts for creator participation books which has made Vertigo a much less desirable destination for creators. Chris Butcher has an interesting post which mentions other cost cutting measures, including not shrink wrapping hardcovers any more.

Update: Tony Harris's Roundeye still on Kickstarter

A few months ago, we wrote about artist Tony Harris and his attempt to raise $60,000 via Kickstarter to fund his dream project, a graphic novel called ROUNDEYE: FOR LOVE. This raised a bit of discussion about whether $60k was too much for Kickstarter or whether this was an appropriate amount to attempt to raise. (Harris said it reflected his need to feed kids and pay the mortgage.) Since then a couple of things happened.