MAD MENTAL CRAZY! The True Life of the Fabulous Zenith, Part 2

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Last week I began my in-depth look at the history of Zenith and its attached legal dispute. As before I shall add my disclaimer: that this in no way speculates on who is right and who is wrong, and that it seeks only to bring you the facts, histories and quotes at my disposal – […]

The Beat’s Timely On-Time Not Late ELCAF Report

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Last weekend saw the second ELCAF take place in London, an indie comic festival which headlined with publishers Nobrow, SelfMadeHero, and Blank Slate. It was a popular event, drawing in a large crowd eager to see the latest self-published or small-press comics and graphic novels. Figuring that maybe there was something to this whole ‘independent […]

And finally….from Tumblr to the New Yorker

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Jack Hunter’s sure-to-be-iconic cover for next week’s New Yorker hits so many notes…it’s what makes The New Yorker the New Yorker. But it was originally submitted via Tumblr for one of art director Francoise Mouly’s cover contests and had a different context. Still…it’s perfect for this moment. Enjoy the weekend with whomever you love, faithful […]

FILM REVIEW: CARTOON COLLEGE Gets Under the Skin of Making Comics

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Representing comics production in popular culture has long been missing a piece of the puzzle. We’ve had excellent documentaries about ground-breaking creators like Will Eisner, characters like Wonder Woman, and even explorations of rising con-culture in the USA, but the least likely to receive attention, the mode of indie comics production right now, has come […]

Daily dose of awesome: John Allison’s Hulk comic, Smallville tribute

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When someone is comic-ly consistently excellent as John Allison is -and he truly is excellent, folks- updating his ScaryGoRound web-comics, Bad Machinery and more recently, Giant Days , 4 times a week (!)  with excellently written witty and sharp cartoons, it is easy, as readers, to slip into a state of take-it-for-granted-ness.

SDCC ’13 exclusive: Tony Millionaire covers Quantum and Woody for the CBLDF

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You read that right. The offbeat Valiant buddy comedy is getting a variant cover for comic-con, by indie idol Tony Millionaire. Only 750 copies will be available at the CBLDF booth in San Diego: Valiant is proud to support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) with the Quantum and Woody #1 Liberty Variant with a […]