Image Announce Dark Skullkickers Dark #1


Frequent collaborators on mysteriously short-lived Image projects, Jim Zub and Edwin Huang have been announced as the creative team for a new issue #1 from Image in June, Dark Skullkickers Dark #1. And that’s not a typo – the extra Dark is there for a reason. And that reason is because the comic is dark. This […]

The New 52 No More (And So Much For the Line at $2.99)


When DC relaunched a year and a half ago, it was “The New 52″ and it was emphasized that there were going to be 52 new titles for you to read.  DC’s had “52” on the brain for several years now.  The 52 weekly series culminating in 52 new worlds.  (Are there still 52 worlds post-Flashpoint?) […]

Marvel promotion ends for now as comiXology servers struggle to stay up


Comixology’s reeling servers have forced the end of the Marvel 1st promotions announced at SXSW where Marvel was making 700 of its first and landmark issues available for free from Comixology.

Review: Relish- food and comics, a happy marriage


Relish by Lucy Knisley First Second A few years ago, if you were told about the rise of the Internet and asked to predict one of the top things that people would blog and post about, can you honestly say food would have been up there as a contender? And by food, I don’t mean […]

Review: The Villains Kick Things off in Shadowman #5


The most recent book to return from Valiant, Shadowman started a second arc this week, with issue #5 from Justin Jordan and Patrick Zircher. The series has made an effective return, with some good character work and world-building – although the book is struggling to lift all the different storylines it has weighing it down. […]

Justice League of America #1 DC’s biggest book since 1996

By John Jackson Miller via Comichron DC’s Justice League of America #1 turned in the strongest single-issue sales performance for a comic book in the month of February since at least 1996 — and the biggest single-month number for a DC title since that time, as well. That’s based on Comichron’s estimates of retailer orders from Diamond Comic Distributors. […]

INTERVIEW: R.M. Peaslee and R.G. Weiner Deconstruct Spider-Man in WEB-SPINNING HEROICS


Spider-Man is hands down one of the most popular characters ever to leap from the pages of Marvel Comics, and is even a strong contender for one of the most popular comic characters produced by any comics publisher. He’s also displayed a particular trademark flexibility in successfully taking to the silver screen and flourishing through […]

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum announces PARTY


BY JEN VAUGHN – Caitlin McGurk, OSU Engagement Coordinator librarian (and a former cow0rker of mine) let loose the news. The Sullivant Hall unleashing and revealing at the Grand Opening Festival will happen November 14th-17th in conjunction with the CFP: The Third Triennial Academic Conference at the Festival of Cartoon Art. Does that not sound […]

Cartoonists doing things: Nate Powell in Selma


Cartoonist Nate Powell (left) along with Rep. John Lewis and writer Andrew Aydin—all collaborators on the upcoming graphic novel March—walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma AL, March 2013, where in 1965 600 marchers protesting for civil rights, among them Lewis, were tear gassed and beaten with clubs by police.

Marvel Month-to-Month Sales: January 2013


The rolling program of Marvel Now! relaunches continued in January, with SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN, NEW AVENGERS, SAVAGE WOLVERINE, UNCANNY X-FORCE, YOUNG AVENGERS and MORBIUS. Plus, there’s the miniseries DEADPOOL: KILLUSTRATED – and, just as interesting as the January launches, the continuing question of how the earlier Marvel Now titles are settling down.

Once again, Marvel had the largest share of the North American direct market, leading DC by 40% to 35% in units, and 35% to 32% in dollars.

Jodi Picoult’s a Marvel Zombie

Jodi Picoult

This weekend I attended the fifth annual Tucson Festival of Books. TFOB is a among the top five book festivals in the nation. This year has attracted a lot of famous authors, including, Jodi Picoult.

DC Announce Next Batman Arc: ZERO YEAR


Following on from Night of the Owls and Death of the Family will come an 11-part storyline from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo called ZERO YEAR. Taking the sime kind of approach as Frank Miller’s ‘Year One’ story, this will see Batman in the New 52 — establishing the Bat Cave, meeting his first super-villain, and […]

Cartoonists Doing Things: Shigeru Mizuki eats a hamburger


The 90-year-old creator of NonNonBa, Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, and such yokai masterpieces as GeGeGe no chows down with relish. As recounted in the semi-autobiographical Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, Mizuki lost an arm in World War II, but that hasn’t prevented him from going to McDonalds.

Marvel’s SXSW Blitz In Context


Marvel made the media rounds at SXSW yesterday and most of the announcements were for things off in the future.  SXSW is fast becoming Marvel’s mainstream outreach equivalent of SDCC.  That’s right.  SXSW isn’t really about the Direct Market comics fan.  It’s about getting Marvel’s name and their *digital* offerings in the mind set of […]

Akamatsu starting a new manga, fretting about career


As if creating the manga blockbusters Love, Hina and Negima weren’t enough, manga-kaKen Akamatsu is launching a new manga this summer according to Japanese news reports. No details on the contents — his previous hits were harem manga but in 2010 he declared that genre passé, so maybe we’ll see something more genre busting from him. Akamatsu is notable for (in translation at least) being a little more focused on the business aspects of manga:

Warner about to become Time-free—what does it mean for DC Comics?


Time Warner has found its magazine division all too quittable: after an unsuccessful attempt to sell off the print division which puts out Time, People, Sports Illustrated, it has decided to just split it off into its own business, and hope stock investors come along who like to look at glossy magazine. It’s a similar to the move Mr. Burns Rupert Murdoch pulled recently, splitting Fox into two divisions: The Fox Group, which includes movies and TV, and News Corp., which includes the newspaper division.