On the Scene: Denver Comic Con 2013, Life as a Moving Picture in Chris Ware’s Keynote

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William Kuskin, Ph.D., of the University of Colorado, Boulder, introduced Denver Comic Con’s keynote speaker, cartoonist Chris Ware, as a man who presents “honesty” as an “antidote to the emptiness we see in culture now, countered by art, even if he evokes a nightmare through that honesty”. Ware guided the audience at DCC through the […]

On the Scene: Denver Comic Con 2013, Then and Now

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Denver Comic Con is one year old. When it opened in 2012, the con directors hoped for a total of 12,000 attending to make the grand effort worthwhile, but might have been content with less. Instead, they clocked in at roughly 26,000, leaving plenty of room for astonishment and a critique of exactly what had […]

REVIEW: Denver-local WICKED AWESOME TALES Debuts at DCC!

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In an episode of alarming synchronicity I’m able to review a Denver-local indie comic debuting at Denver Comic Con on the day the con opens. If you can’t be in Denver to pick up a copy of WICKED AWESOME TALES in person, fear not, there are links that will enable you to attain a copy.  […]

INTERVIEW: Gay Superheroes and Kickstarter Success with Alex Woolfson and Adam DeKraker

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The Young Protectors has been running as a webcomic for a little over a year now in the hands of an experienced creative team including writer Alex Woolfson (Artifice), artist Adam DeKraker (Marvel/DC penciler), and Harvey-award nominated colorist Veronica Gandini (Marvel/Image/Boom!). It’s an impressive comic for many reasons, not least of which that it features […]

Denver Conference Tackles Violence in Comics

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The Rocky Mountain Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, sponsored by Comic Book Classroom, the same organization that supports the Denver Comic Con, celebrates its first anniversary this year from May 28th-30th and takes on a subject close to the heart of the Denver community, the role and place of violence in comics. The Aurora […]

24 Hours of Webcomics: STRONG FEMALE PROTAGONIST

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STRONG FEMALE PROTAGONIST is a relative newcomer to the world of webcomics.  Written by Brennan Lee Mulligan and drawn by New York School of the Visual arts student Molly Ostertag, it was initiated in 2012 and already boasts three issues ranging in length from 22 to 50 or more pages. As the title suggests, the […]

24 Hours of Webcomics: TAILS

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Ethan Young’s webseries TAILS has been running since 2009 and springs from a 2006 mini-series of the same title. In transit, the comic has appeared in a first collected print volume from Hermes Press, and a second volume is imminent, on Diamond solicitation lists this month. TAILS brings a fictionalized “cartoon Ethan” to life as […]

24 Hours of Webcomics: SCHMUCK

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SCHMUCK is the brain-child of pop culture man about town and award-winning photographer Seth Kushner. He sets out to tell a semi-autobiographical story  in the hands of a host of talented comic artists featuring the brutal honesty of real life when looking for love. One of the dominant themes is coming from a Jewish background, […]

REVIEW: Double Great Art in HELLHEIM #3 & THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER

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[*spoilers throughout] I’ve been following Oni Press’s HELHEIM since it started and have been impressed with it all along, but some of the plot elements have finally started emerging that make it not only an interesting story, but a very promising one for a longer run. HELHEIM follows the life, death, and undead life of […]

Boom! Poised to Make a Splash at Phoenix Comic Con

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Boom! Studios is going to be a presence at the Phoenix Comic Con for the first time this week (May 23rd-26th), and they are setting out to make a strong impression with a range of variant covers and signings throughout the con. We’ve been watching the rise of the small and mid-sized con for the […]