Set Your Alarm Clocks! Star Wars: The Force Awakens Schedules a Three-Day Launch for Merchandise!

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So, you might have heard there’s this new Star Wars movie scheduled for December, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”…. You’ve probably not heard much, as Disney and director J.J. Abrams are keeping a tight lid on what gets revealed, when. Well…that’s all gonna change this week, as Star Wars schedules a massive reveal and release […]

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National Book Festival 2015: Lots of Geeky Goodness!

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Started in 2001 by librarian and First Lady Laura Bush with support from the Library of Congress, the National Book Festival has grown steadily, from a small fair set on the east lawn of the U.S. Capitol near the Library of Congress, to multiple tents on the National Mall, to the convention center. This year’s […]

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Khary Randolph labels this year’s NYCC and Super Week exclusive Brooklyn Defender IPA

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New York Comic Con has made a tradition of its annual exclusive beer and here’s this year’s 2015 Brooklyn Defender IPA, with a label of the beer’s eponymous superhero by Khary Randolph.

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Super Week rolls out: The Walking Dead premiere at MSG and much more

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The complete line-up for Super week, ReedPOP’s city wide celebration of her culture has been announced and the centerpiece is an impressive showing of the Season Premiere of The Walking dead at Madison Square Garden. This will not be the first time the Garden has hosted zombies, as the Knicks play there 41 times a […]

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Flame Con announces 2016 return: twice as long, new location

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2016 Flame Con will be held for TWO days this time. And that’s not all: they’re moving to a bigger location too

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SPACE announces 2016 dates: April 9-10

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SPACE (Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo) , Columbus’s longest running die comics show, has announced its 20156 dates: April 9 and 10, 2016, as well as a new free admission policy. The venue will be the Northland Performing Arts Center. This year’s SPACE had a problematic date the weekend after the San Diego Comic-Con, […]

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Dissecting Puppies: The 2015 Hugo Awards, Voting Slates, and Graphic Novels

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Before we get into it… Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal, written by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Adrian Alphona and Jake Wyatt, was awarded the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story, besting: Saga Volume 3, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)) Rat Queens Volume 1: Sass and Sorcery, […]

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Weekend con reports: Antony Esmond and Warren Ellis on Safari Comics Festival

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In the world of social media, no one does in depth con reports any more. Well, not quite true, Down the Tubes Antony Esmond has a quite detailed report on the Safari Festival 2015, the show organised by Breakdown Press and other forward looking UK comics types. Edmond’s report complete with reviews and photos (Such […]

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SPX adds international guests: Frederik Peeters, Dylan Horrocks and Brecht Vandenbroucke

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Although this year’s Small Press Expo’s theme is “Cartoonists of the 21st Century,” they are allowing cartoonists older than 30 to be guests as well. Just announced, the international slate, which consists of Frederik Peeters, Dylan Horrocks and Brecht Vandenbroucke —with more to come. And peep the Gemma Correll drawn poster above. This will be […]

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NYCC’15: New York Comic Con Releases Show Floor Map. Panic Now and Avoid the Rush

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New York Comic Con has released the show floor map for their October show, seven weeks before opening day! (49 days, according to the widget on their website.) Although some kids are already back to school, summer doesn’t end for another two weeks for most of us. I had hoped to avoid thinking about my […]

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NYCC ’15: Bryan Cranston, Game of Thrones Stars, and “Two Brothers” authors Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon Announced as Guests

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So Walter White; Loras Tyrell; and Obara Sand, daughter of Oberyn Martell, walk into a bar.  The bartender asks, “who do you fight for?” ReedPOP just announced a bunch of new guests for New York Comic Con 2015.  On the filmed media front, fans will get to lovingly gaze upon Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston, Marvel writer […]

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Comics Beat to Host The Covers @ Long Beach Comic Con 2015

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Comics Beat hosts its first panel at Long Beach Comic Con 2015 and we’ve got a Lollapalooza of a line up.

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D23 Drops More Bombshells from Battlefront and Disney Infinity

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D23 gives gamers tons of Star Wars to cheer about on its last day.

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MoCCA Festival announces dates and new venue for 2016

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Update: the correct dates for the show are April 2-3, not 3-4 as I originally wrote. MoCCA Festival, New York’s largest indie comics focused event, has announced a new venue for 2016: Metropolitan West, an event space located at West 46th Street between 10th and 11th Avenue. Programming will be held nearby at Ink48, a […]

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SDCC ’15: Bengal on The Narrative of Action and Influences in Manga

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Bengal is a comics artist residing in Reims, France. His published work includes Naja, Luminae, and Meka published in the US by Magnetic Press and Batgirl: Endgame and Batgirl Annual #3 (not published at the time of this interview). On the last day of San Diego Comic-Con 2015, I had the good fortune to chat with Bengal, tucked in the back of the very busy Magnetic Press booth.

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Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto is finally leaving his house—and has two signings for NYCC

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Masashi Kishimoto, creator of the 205,000,000 copies in print Naruto comic, will be making an extremely rare appearance at this year’s New York Comic Con with two special signings—one at Books Kinokuniya and one at the Tribeca outpost of Barnes and Noble. It’s not only Kishimoto-sensei’s first appearance in the US, it’s also his first con appearance ever. And probably one of the few times he’s left his house during the 18-year run of the international smash hit.

We’re kidding a little about the leaving the house bit, but as we’ve mentioned here many times in the past, manga creators can lead a pretty monastic lifestyle, even with the help of assistants. Since Naruto ended last year, he’s been busy with various manga about Boruto, Naruto’s son, and also writing the Naruto movie, but hopefully he’s been enjoying some time off.

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