How a toxic history of harassment has damaged the comics industry


At the recently concluded Small Press Expo in Bethesda a very cool thing happened. A bunch of awards were presented to several talented, unique cartoonists who are turning out though provoking, beautifully crafted work, influential work. The winners were all popular and well deserved. And they all happened to be women. It was a thing, for sure, and much talked about. What struck me, first off, was just how strong the work was–Sophie Goldstein’s multi leveled future history of a world where having a baby became a rebellious act, Emily Carroll’s mastery of horror and structure, Eleanor Davis’s powerful examination of self-sabotaging quests for self-esteem in many settings.

The other thing that struck me was the contrast with the other conversations I was having at the show. Talking with people I used to work with in the “mainstream” comics industry about the long lists of men who would never have given Goldstein, Carroll or Davis a shot at telling their stories. Because they are women, and those people didn’t think women could make good comics.

New Black Lightning Archive: DC, Tony Isabella Reconcile

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“Dogs and cats, living together!” – that’s what immediately popped into my mind yesterday when I read Tony Isabella praising DC on Facebook for how it was treating him in regard to Black Lightning.

All-New, All-Different Avengers Assemble with Kubert, Ross and Waid


When Marvel takes news to big outlets like The Wall Street Journal, they usually have something sizable to announce, a new artist for the main Avengers title after Secret Wars, shipping schedule, an Alex Ross cover debut, and roster confirmation are little details that add up to news. The Free Comic Book Day Avengers issue […]

Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s Long Lost ‘Captain America: White’ to Begin in September


In the long forgotten year of 2008, Captain America: White #0 washed up against the shores of time.  Traditionally, zero issues herald the arrival of #1s (or in the case of the New 52, insert themselves into the time stream a year after the reboot).  White, however, never got a #1.  Until now. Today, Marvel announced […]

BookCon 2015: The Con Expert Gets Conned and Learns a Lesson in Management


Last Saturday, I headed to the NYC Javits Center to spend a day at BookCon 2015, part of a five day publishing industry extravaganza.  While I consider myself a convention veteran, having attended New York Comic Con for the past four years, New York Anime Festival when that was a thing, and various other smaller […]

UPDATED: DC to Begin Placing Ads on Story Pages


UPDATE 2:  According to sources inside DC, the half-page ads will only appear in books releasing this June.  This makes the advertising experiment concurrent with the Divergence relaunch of DC’s comic line. UPDATE: An earlier version of the article indicated that Chris was upset with the job DC did integrating the art with the advertising. […]

Connor Willumsen on Marvel’s ban on implying “a blast in the can”


One of today’s most iconoclastic cartooning voices is Connor Willumsen, a traveling ninja who periodically busts out experimental and beautiful comics. He’s also known for turning his back on mainstream work, including a run on Punisher Max that he left early on. Prompted by Ronald Wimberley’s powerful “Lighten Up” about being asked by a Big […]

Visit for Poison Ivy, Stay for Black Hand: DC shakes up the New Suicide Squad Roster


DC’s New Suicide Squad team is about to get shaken up yet again. In the aftermath of Convergence, DC is rebranding the team with an all-new set of villains. No, the comic will not renumbered, but will see a roster change. The news was announced in the Channel 52 backmatter page on this week’s releases […]