The Top Ten graphic novels of the Fall (with previews): Atwood, Sattouf, Pedrosa, Thompson, more.


Twice a year Publishers Weekly previews the next six months of publishing and I assemble the list along with the Top Ten most interesting sounding books of the year. Usually this listing stays behind a paywall but this time its out where all can see! I’ve put together alst of 60 of the most notable […]

BookCon 2016 was a hit….will there be even more of them in the future?


Speaking of ReedPOP, BookCon, the festival of literary superstars that owes more to Comic-Con than to a book faire, was held as a one day event following this year’s BEA (Book Expo America) in Chicago. According to PW’s Claire Kirch, it was a hit: The biggest complaint from attendees at this year’s BookCon literary fanfest […]

Supporting Rosarium Publishing’s Indiegogo is a vote for diversity in comics


Rosarium Publishing is a small Washington, DC-based indie publisher that’s been putting out some fine graphic novels, including Keef Cross’s
DayBlack, Jennifer Crute’s Jennifer’s Journal amd Micheline Hess’s Malice in Ovenland. As discussed in this Publishers Weekly profile last year, its very much focused on projects by and about POC creators.

What I didn’t know until I read this Indiegogo campaign is that Rosarium is funded mostly via publisher Bill Campbell’s day job and run as print on demand basis. That’s real passion and commitment.

Review: Silent parable The Ark is science fiction as sacred text


This silent, black and white work from French artist Stephane Levallois, and the publisher Humanoids, best known for his storyboard work on films like Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows and others, is like reading a cryptic, visual sacred text revealing a lost history that can only be understood on a allegorical level. Divided into […]

Alan Moore has drawn the cover to his 1 million word novel ‘Jerusalem’


The cover has just been revealed for Jerusalem, Alan Moore’s long, long brewing novel about 6000 years in the life of his hometown Northhampton. There’s a good reason writing it took so long. it’s one million words long, longer than Moby Dick, longer than Lord of the Rings, longer than the Bible. It’s TWICE AS LONG as these behemoths. It’s Moore’ second novel after Voice of The Fire from 1996, and he considers it one of his life’s works. 

Review: Aama is intelligent, mind-bending science fiction with a core of humanity


Taking the idea of awareness and screwing with it from multiple vantage points — self-awareness, awareness of the space around you, familial awareness, scientific awareness, societal awareness — Aama addresses, among other things, the notion of a hive mind and presents mankind as a damaged entity, one in which each part is out of sync […]

JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts has fantastic books…but will there ever be comic books?


An extensive publishing program has just been announced for the fall launch of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the new JK Rowling-written film set in the earlier years of Harry Potter’s Wizarding World. Scholastic, HarperCollins, and Insight Editions have all signed up to publish book “inspired” by the film, projected to be the […]

Sales Chart: Scholastic was the #1 graphic novel publisher in bookstores and more from Bookscan


Comics Experience owner Brian Hibbs has done his annual service to the industry byanalyzing the yearly graphic novels sales charts as reported to Bookscan. This is information people normally pay thousands of dollars for so it is technically leaked info, but while it’s there let’s take advantage of it. As Hibbs points out, these numbers do not reflect comics shops, indie bookstores, book fair or libraries, to name but four huge outlets for GN sales. So they are not complete. However they are a metric , and one that’s worth studying.

Review: 750 Years In Paris offers details within the broad stroke of history


Given the recent tragic events in Paris, Vincent Mahé’s absolutely stunning 750 Years In Paris is a sprawling reminder that this is not the first time darkness has been cast over that city, and it’s likely not the last. Paris has been home to bloodshed and destruction, as well as a site of rebuilding and […]