SPACE announces 2016 dates: April 9-10

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SPACE (Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo) , Columbus’s longest running die comics show, has announced its 20156 dates: April 9 and 10, 2016, as well as a new free admission policy. The venue will be the Northland Performing Arts Center. This year’s SPACE had a problematic date the weekend after the San Diego Comic-Con, […]

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Crowd Watch: Mike Dawson’s Rules For Dating My Daughter

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A new day a new Kickstarter but this one is notable: a collection of comics essays by Mike Dawson called Rules For Dating My Daughter. Although the book will contain new material, som of it originally ran on The Comics Journal, Slate Magazine, and The Nib. Here’s one from The Nib which we admired before, “Longstreet Farm.” Dawson’s take on things is very funny but he spend a lot of time asking a lot of questions:

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Nice Art: Adrian Tomine’s New Yorker cover gallery a snapshot of gentrification

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Adrian Tomine, whose collection Killing and Dying is what everyone is going to be talking about this fall, has the cover of this week’s New Yorker and it’s s typically note perfect image of gentrification in the face of raw sewage, otherwise known as Life In These Here Five Boroughs. The above link has a gallery of Tomine’s other covers and they are all equally perfect, although I’m particularly partial to the one about moving to Jersey. Others love this updated “Shop round the Corner” image from 2008.

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Fear the Walking Dead sets cable rating record in premiere

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What is the ONE thing that is most important for cast members of a show set in the zombie apocalypse? Read on to find out!

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Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 8/25/15: Duke students object to reading Fun Home

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§ Once again, Alison Bechdel’s award winning graphic novel Fun Home is at the center of a Carolina college controversy. The book has been assigned as freshman summer reading for Duke University’s Class of 2019, but some Christian students are objecting: “I feel as if I would have to compromise my personal Christian moral beliefs to […]

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New Allie Brosh in 2015: Solutions and Other Problems

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Hyperbole and a Half, a book collecting the webcomics of Allie Brosh with new essays, was one of the smash hits of 2014, selling 129,679 copies according to Bookscan, and doubtless more than that in the rest of the world. While it’s a text/comics hybrid, the visual component of her storytelling—awkward Paintbrush tableau—is vital to her work, and she was a guest at Comic-Con just a few weeks ago.

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Troubled Warners exec finds comfort in watching Batman v Superman over and over again

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Last week The Hollywood Reporter ran a succinct piece about Warner Bros. and its current box office woes. Behind a string of flops and under performers like Hot Pursuit, Vacation, Magic Mike XXL (it’s a classic folks), and The Man from U.N.C.L.E., WB is finishing #3 for the summer for the second year in a […]

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Ms. Marvel wins Hugo Award amid controversy

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The Hugo Awards, honoring the best in science fiction, were presented this weekend surrounded by a nebula of controversy. Amy Wallace has a lengthy write-up at Wired explaining everything, but the short version is… Well, there is no short version. The award nominations, which are open to attendees and supporters of the annual WorldCon, became […]

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Two arrested in apparent gun threat at the Pokémon World Championships

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With cons and fan events growing in popularity, and shooting an almost everyday occurrence here in the US, one wonders if there will ever be an “incident” at a con. Well here’s one that MAY have been thwarted. It seems two invited participants in the Pokémon World Championships were arrested after making some online threats and showing up armed to the teeth:

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Weekend con reports: Antony Esmond and Warren Ellis on Safari Comics Festival

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In the world of social media, no one does in depth con reports any more. Well, not quite true, Down the Tubes Antony Esmond has a quite detailed report on the Safari Festival 2015, the show organised by Breakdown Press and other forward looking UK comics types. Edmond’s report complete with reviews and photos (Such […]

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Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 8/24/15: Kirby is still the King

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§ Comics scholar Charles Hatfield has curated an exhibit of art by Jack Kirby, now on display at CSU Northridge: Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby | California State University, Northridge: Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby August 24 – October 10, 2015 Public Reception: Saturday, August 29 4-7 […]

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This weekend: Safari Festival in London

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  If I were in London I would DEFINITELY be going to the  Safari Festival, the one day CAF run by Breakdown Press and devoted to “the new wave of alternative and art comics from the UK and beyond. Taking place over one Saturday at the end of August, the festival is an opportunity for […]

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Peter Bagge’s Founding Fathers Funnies coming from Dark Horse

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Peter Bagge is prolific and hilarious, a very good combination in a cartoonist. He’s been running short one page historical comic strips in recent issues of Dark Horse Presents and his own series Apocalypse Nerd, and these will be collected in the one shot Founding Fathers Funnies. Bagge is all over the humor of the great people who founded our great nation, and i’m sure it goes beyond cherry trees, kites and wooden false teeth.

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Help wanted: Steve Rude seeks colorist

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Legendary artist Steve Rude has an open submission form on his website for a colorist to color new Nexus and Moth stories.

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Exclusive premiere of the trailer for Craig Thompson’s Space Dumplins

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Here’s an exclusive first look at the trailer for Craig Thompson’s Space Dumplins, his long awaited first graphic novel for kids. It goes on sale next week.

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Artist Roc Upchurch talks about his life following domestic violence arrest

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A year ago Rat Queens artist Roc Unchurch was arrested on a domestic violence charge, resulting in his leaving the book. (Tess Fowler is now the artist.) Of course, professional concerns are only part of the story of such a personal matter, and now Unchurch has given a frank and open interview to Casey Gilley regarding what happened and where he is now. The arrest has been expunged from his record and he’s trying to get things together.

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