Announcing the Pantone Color of the Year: Emerald!


As a hushed world waited with bated breath, the waiting is over: Pantone has announced their Color of the Year. And it’s Emerald, aka Pantone 17-5641 TCX. Reviewers hailed the move, saying “”Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.”

Veni, Vidi, Vici: 3 great comics you need to read


Ok, so the title’s a bit dubious, but I thought it’d be nice to have a feature where we look at 3 comics, the criteria being that these are either older books I’ve missed, or smaller, self published work. To kick things off, a top notch trio- I enjoyed each one of these offerings immensely, albeit in different ways. […]

Man sentenced in cartoon obscenity case


In a troubling case, a Missouri man bas been sentenced to three years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession of obscene images of children.

Comics that teach


B.O. Baby on the way. Via Lileks:

Graphic novels recognized by ALA awards and YALSA


The early award season for books is here, and earlier this week the American Library association handed out a slew of literary awards. As has been the recent trend, several graphic novels were recognized among the pictureless books:

Slate and CCS announce finalists for inaugural Cartoonist Studio Prize

The Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies have teamed up for a new cartooning honor: The Cartoonist Studio Prizes. There are two categories—Best Graphac Novel and Best Web Comic—with 10 finalists in each category. Winners will each receive a $1,000 prize

Poll: Does Your Comic Shop Sell Them Pre-Bagged?

All this business about DC’s “WTF month” got me thinking — while you’ve got the whole gimmick cover thing as an attempt to get attention (they’re getting the attention and it falls under “no such thing as bad publicity), this really screams of something where the consumer is supposed to pick up the book off […]

Last Call Volume 2 is coming out in two weeks


Long delayed, the second volumes of Vasilis Lolos’s Last Call will come out February 13th from Oni Press. It’s the story of two friends who are trapped on a devilish train and the mysteries that ensue. Lolos hasn’t been around much of late, but it’s good to see his stylish art once more.

Valiant’s Answer To WTF Month

Archer and armstrong #0

Remember how DC is having their mature and genteel “WTF Month,” where the cover is supposed to fold out and make you swear in shock and exasperation… and if children still read DC comics, presumably get your mouth washed out with soap?

SuBLime announces new titles


Celebrating one year of publishing, Viz’s SuBLime yaoi imprint has announced a slew of new titles: six new titles and 11 debuting volumes. With manga still in the doldrum in the US, it’s good to see one imprint hanging in there—the appeal of boy’s love manga is still going strong. And who can resist a book called PRETTY MEN FIGHTING DIRTY?

What comics sell best on the Kindle?


As always, Amazon’s best seller lists are only rolling snapshots, but it’s always interesting to peek into what’s selling. The Kindle isn’t known as an ideal comics reading platform, but the top 20 free and paid comics has both the usual suspects and some surprises. The paid list has the warhorses—Walking Dead, Big Nate, Geoff Johns—but the free list is a total mishmosh.

Peter David update: He’s coming home early


Good news from Peter David, the popular writer who had a stroke while vacationing at Disneyland. Because of the incredibly unfortunate timing (not that there is ever a good time to have a stroke) he has been rehabbing in a Florida treatment center, far from his New York home. Wife Kathleen has been updating everyone on his progress and David has been using Dragon Dictation to post to his blog and keep up with work. He’s been making good progress, and now some very good news.:

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 2/1/13: Cartooning good and bad


From the highs of Matthew Inman to the lows of the cartoonist whose car got towed.