Exclusive Interview: The Rise of Denver Comic Con & Comic Book Classroom, Part 2 “Expansion”


Denver Comic Con has made the record books for the fastest growing con in American history and is now one of the largest cons in the country after staging its second year. The con is closely affiliated with the educational charity Comic Book Classroom bringing school curriculum and after school programs to the Denver community, […]

Exclusive Interview: The Rise of Denver Comic Con & Comic Book Classroom, Part 1, “Origins”


Denver Comic Con is a phenomenon. In only two years, it has become one of the largest comic conventions in the country, and figuring out just how that came about can give us some in-depth insights into the wider growth of cons happening internationally, but particularly in the USA right now. Christina Angel, an English […]

On The Scene: Wizard World’s “NYC Experience” Wasn’t Half Bad


Among people I talk to about cons and comics, about half won’t bother to go to Wizard World Cons, about a quarter might go, but usually have mediocre things to say about them, and about a quarter haven’t ever been to one but haven’t totally ruled it out. This is because Wizard cons are known […]

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


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 […]

INTERVIEW: Box Brown Announces New DIstribution Deal for Retrofit Comics


Box Brown (“Belen!”, “Love is a Peculiar Kind of Thing”) is a fixture at indie comics shows, tirelessly producing his own bold and appealing short comics on a regular basis, but also, in 2011, launching an experiment in the return of the “floppy” or mini-comic via branding in the form of Retrofit Comics. Retrofit consists […]

What Can the THOR: PRELUDE Comic Tell Us about the DARK WORLD Film?

Thor The Dark World Prelude Preview Comic Book cover

Firstly, there’s such a thing as a comic called THOR: THE DARK WORLD, “Prelude”, a two-part “limited series” introduced this month which is apparently designed as a movie tie-in meant to bridge the gap for readers between the first THOR film and the new DARK WORLD film set for release in the US on November […]

REVIEW: Noah Van Sciver Draws What He Wants to Draw in BLAMMO 8


Noah Van Sciver possesses one of the most original voices in indie comics. There’s little doubt about that. But he’s been on a strange road of personal exploration that has led to some big successes and currently he’s taking stock of what he wants to draw and how, while also continuing to work on new […]

On the Scene: Neil Gaiman Launches “Most Personal” Book’s Tour in Brooklyn


Neil Gaiman’s latest book, THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE, launched onto the market in a flurry of early glowing reviews on June 18th, and it was a long and “surreal” day for Gaiman, fresh from a plane in from London to usher the work into the hands of UK and US fans. […]

Papercutz Announces Nifty Archival Series for Peyo’s SMURFS


You may have heard that a SMURFS hardcover anthology is coming out this week from Papercutz, an all-ages publisher who have a strong contingent of European-origin comics in their stable, often being brought to the US for the first time, but though the anthology is plenty glossy and well-designed for fans of the Belgian creator […]

REVIEW: Sordid Grandeur in Alan Moore’s FASHION BEAST #1-10


The collected edition of FASHION BEAST, including issues #1-10, is due to arrive from Avatar Press in both hardcover and trade paperback in August, and since plenty of comic reading compatriots have expressed to me that they will be waiting to read the series as a collection, this review will be divided into spoiler-free and […]