RIP: Rick Olney


Con promoter/publisher Rick Olney has passed away at age 58. A controversial figure for many, Olney attempted many things in his life, including starting a readers advocacy organization called ORCA, and throwing many shows which he would abruptly cancel. As a publisher, his major achievement was being accused of owing many artists money. My own […]

Analysis: New York Times Bestsellers: Graphic Books: 2012: Overview

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As the end of the year approaches, it is commonplace to take a look back at the year, see where we’ve been, and if it foretells anything for the year ahead.  I’m a bookseller and librarian, and this past year saw a continuing growth of comics in bookstores and specialty shops. The New York Times […]

Happy 90th Birthday, Stan Martin Lieber!


  Stan “The Man” Lee celebrates his 90th birthday.  I think it should be a national holiday so Stan has no choice but to take a day off. Do you think he’s at home eating birthday cake? Absolutely not!  Stan has been working on his Youtube show Stan Lee’s World of Heroes, co-wrote today’s three panel […]

The Betting Pool: Who’s The Next Marvel Character To Die Via Press Release

So Peter Parker died.   Again.  (The Ultimate universe Peter Parker was killed off not all that long ago.)  And there’s a new character parading around as Spider-Man.  Again.  And the announcement was made in the mainstream media before the comic shops opened. How many characters has Marvel killed off (and almost always brought back) in […]

Holiday Reading Review: I WILL BITE YOU by Joseph Lambert


Though I attended MoCCA Fest 2012 where I WILL BITE YOU debuted, it went under my overwhelmed radar, but fortunately, it caught my attention at the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival. Several people who saw me carrying my copy commented on what a worthy book it was, and that I certainly ought to read it. […]

Stumptown announces 2013 guests


Not much news this peaceful time, as folks enjoy either going back to work or the US equivalent of Boxing Day, but the Stumptown Festival has announced its guests and it’s a top notch lineup with stars from both indie and mainstream. Stumptown will be held April 27th and 28th, 2013 at the Oregon Convention […]