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 […]
Archives for December 2012
So as the new year approaches, I continue my look back at the graphic novels which made the New York Times bestseller lists in 2012.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
In case you happened to make it to your comics shop or tablet to purchase a copy of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700 before the shocking surprise ending was spoiled for you, CONGRATULATIONS. Headlines around the world are spelling it out in big letters: yet another Peter Parker is dead, making him 0-for-2 in Marvel’s various universes. […]
A long ago Wizard World con schedule included stops at New Jersey and Cincinnati—venues that never panned out. But it seems the con biz is going so well that Wizard is adding two shows to its sched: WW St. Louis Comic Con March 22-24 , and WW Nashville Comic Con October 18-20. Both seem promising […]
Rick Veitch has always done things his own way, from Creepy to Swamp Thing to Brat Pack and beyond. His holiday card is no exception.
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. […]
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 […]