SDCC ’16: We Shall Overcome – “March” with John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

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By Nancy Powell The line outside Room 23ABC at 9:20 AM Saturday morning was already two deep before staff let people filter into the room nearly half an hour later. School children – Muslims in burqas, black, white, Asian, Hispanic — had taken up many of the early spots. Their roles would be explained later. Regular attendees, […]

SDCC ‘16: If You Create It, People Will Come: D.I.Y. Comics Reinventing the Mainstream

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By Nancy Powell Vita Ayala (Black Mask Studios), Ted Lange (Warp Zone) and Ronald Wimberly (The Prince of Cats) joined moderator Patrick A. Reed for a panel discussion on how evolving tools and technology have changed the face of comics, serving as a platform from which to launch new voices and new ideas. Central to the […]

#SDCC ’16 Special Guest Ben Hatke Talks About His Work, His Eisner Nomination, and Publisher First Second

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By: Nicholas Eskey During this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, writer and artist Ben Hatke is spending time with publisher First Second to help commemorate their 20th anniversary. Fortunately for me, I got a chance to sit down with Ben in the hot San Diego sun and take some time from his already busy dance card. […]

#SDCC ’16 Batman: The Killing Joke Kills the Audience, Complete with Call from the Joker

Left to Right: Sam Liu, Brian Azzarello, Bruce Timm, Ray Wise, Tara Strong, and Kevin Conroy

By: Nicholas Eskey Those who were unfortunate enough to not be at San Diego Comic-Con’s Ballroom 20 missed out on the world premiere of the animated movie Batman: The Killing Joke. The movie is based off of the graphic novel of the same name, which has gone down as one of the most brutal Batman […]

#SDCC ’16 Dave McKean Talks Art and WWI in his Latest Graphic Novel “Black Dog”

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By: Nicholas Eskey Artist Dave McKean is in every aspect a Renaissance Man. He expresses himself in illustration, art installations, music, theatre, writing, graphic design, and more. Notable for his work with author Neil Gaiman on the Sandman comic series cover art, Mr. McKean always finds a way to stay creatively busy. At this year’s […]

SDCC ’16 Interview: Dan Jurgens and Tyler Kirkham on Superman’s ‘Rebirth’

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by Jerome Maida If sales are any indication, DC Rebirth seems to be truth in advertising, as the line wide relaunch has seen the company dominate sales in a way not seen for a long time. Perhaps no character has led the way more than DC’s revitalized Superman. The Man of Steel’s resurgence on the […]

SDCC ’16: “Only Two People Know Why Thor is Unworthy” – Marvel’s ‘Divided We Stand’ Panel

By Kevin Pearl On Thursday at San Diego Comic-Con Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso was added as a last minute moderator for the Divided We Stand Panel, where the company revealed more of its post-Civil War II Status Quo. Creators Jason Aaron (Mighty Thor), Ryan North (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl), David Walker (Nighthawk), Jim Zub (Thunderbolts) and […]

#SDCC ’16 Courage and Openness for LGBT in Comics

Left to right: Joshua Yehl, James Tynion, Steve Orlando, Kristen Ankara, Noelle Stevenson, and Brett White.

By: Nicholasville Eskey Predominate over this last decade, there have been great discussion, controversy, and positive changes in the LGBT community. It is sad that such advancements for those that identify as queer has taken so long, such as being recognized as legally eligible for marriage rights and benefits. As a gay man, this topic […]