“It was mostly about seeing her reflection. I guess maybe love and grief are very similar because you’re very open to experience. At least they are for me.”
Archives for February 2016
Marvel comics released a bevvy of teasers in January for the All-New Wasp, something pertaining to Spider-Man and more. It seems the teasers have been payed off through Marvel’s Free Comic Book Day offerings including an additional look at the All-New Wasp and a slight tease at the upcoming Spider-Man story. The books include a prologue […]
The adult coloring book craze has been a godsend to the publishing industry, with massive sales and attention. And comics publishers are picking up on it. Image Comics has joined the fray with a Walking Dead coloring book and now a Spawn coloring book, which comes out on April 19th. I’m told that coloring is relaxing and helps adults unwind after stressful days of looking at pixels and Buzzfeed for hours.
And surely nothing could be more relaxing than filling the work of Todd McFarlane with pleasing and harmonious hues.
Mobile comics platform LINE Webtoon is huge in Korea and getting bigger here, and they are no slouches in the diversity department. According to a release, 42% of LINE WEbstoon’s creators are female, 48% of its comics feature female leads, and 50% of its over 6 million daily readers are women. Impressive, if not surprising statistics. And they’ll discuss them more at a “Women in Digital Comics” panel to be held at SXSW on Friday, March 18th. Participants include moderator Tom Akel, LINE Webtoon’s director of content, and 2 Broke Girls’ star Beth Behrs (Dents), digital star Michelle Phan (Helios : Femina), LINE Webtoon creators Kaitlyn Narvaza (Where Tangents Meet, Siren’s Lament) and Susanna Nousiainen (ShootAround), and one of the winners of LINE Webtoon’s recent Superhero Comics Contest, Sandra Diaz (Supersonic Girl).
While researching the previous item, I cam across this every other month chart of graphic novel bestsellers in indie bookstores, via the ABA. It’s about what you’d expect, with Raina Telegemeier and Allie Brosh, Noelle Stevenson, Kate Beaton and Saga reigning supreme. In other words, the unstoppable forces of mainstream comics acceptance. A little surprised that no Walking Dead on there, but the new season hadn’t debuted when this chart was made.
The book is alive! Alive, I tell you! Bookstore sales rose in 2015 for the first time since 2007. It was only a modest 3.5% increase, but an increase is an increase, PW reports, with indie bookstores, springing up in the wake of Borders collapse, leading the way. As e-book sales began to cool, the […]
Last year, SPX (The small Press Expo) announced it was joining with Nickelodeon to allow attendees to pitch animated shows to the net. The announcement met with a mixed response–some saw it as a logical evolution of the career development that the expo always offered; others felt it was a corporate invasion. Whatever you’re feelings, […]
Last night’s Academy Awards ceremony started off with a bang, as Chris Rock laid into the Academy and the #Oscarsowhite debate in equal turn, giving the most blistering and entertaining opening monologue I’ve heard in years. It helps that Rock isn’t a song and dance man, so the Academy had to avoid one of its […]
Marvel is repacking some of its All New All Different titles as an all old and all the same reprint line under the Timely Comics banner. The first three issues of selected titles will be published in a $3 format starting in June. Timely Comics is of course the original name for the publishing company […]
§ Mark Fiore won this year’s Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning. Already a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Fiore is the first to win for creating video content which run on the the San Francisco Chronicle’s web site, Newsweek.com, Slate.com, CBSNews.com, MotherJones.com, NPR’s web site and is currently being featured on online news sites ranging […]