Four Days in Bookland: BookExpo, BookCon Chicago 2016

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Once again, publishers, publicists, booksellers, bibliophiles, and other assorted individuals converged for the annual BookExpo America trade show, held last week. And once again, I joined those 18,000 trades people, returning to Chicago just a month after C2E2. As a change of pace, the show was moved to Chicago (last seen locally in 2004), and […]

Things to Do: Kansas City Comic Fans Can Catch Cook, Conner, Kindt, and Hester at a Special Planet Comicon Q&A

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Planet Comicon has been the one of most loved cons of the Kansas City area for 17 years and this weekend will be one for the books. Sure you can meet Nolan North and Troy Baker who voice Nathan and Sam in the epic Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Yes, Stan Lee will be at the […]

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

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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 […]

Emerald City Comic Con faces a class action suit over non-payment of volumnteers

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Seattleish has a thorough report on a class-action lawsuit filed by volunteers, known as “minions” for the 2014 and 2015 Emerald City Comic Cons. Minions worked varius duties in exchange for access to the convention, an action that many joyfully accepted. However the use of unpaid labor to keep massive conventions running (ECC drew over […]

Rokudenashiko events in New York

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Arigato #rokudenashiko at #tcaf today! pic.twitter.com/EvfrJO83Jj — Shelley Savor (@shelleysavor) May 15, 2016 “Good for nothing” manko artist Rokudenashiko was the hit of TCAF and she’s in New York for a series of events. Tonights talk is sold out (DAMN IT ALL) but she’s also appearing at the Lady Tech Guild and at a Manko […]

Valiant gets into the splashy announcement game with #VALIANTSUMMIT 2016

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The game for comics news announcements has been seriously upped in recent years, with Image Expo and the DC Rebirth live streaming, Marvel press conferences and the like and Valiant is getting into the game with #VALIANTSUMMIT 2016, a live event and Periscope livestream set for Tuesday May 17th at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade in […]

Ignatz Awards submissions close on June 7th

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More awards! The Ignatz awards, presented at the Small Press Expo to outstanding indie comics, are now accepting submissions, with a June 7th deadline. More info here but the basics are below:  Categories are: • Outstanding Artist • Outstanding Anthology or Collection • Outstanding Graphic Novel • Outstanding Story • Promising New Talent • Outstanding […]

Azzarello, Bisley, and beer combine for Alpha King event

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  Somewhere in the world it’s Friday afternoon, and someone somewhere may be counting the minutes to a happy hour brew. To get you in the mood, here are some exclusive photos of a recent event featuring Brian Azzarello, Simon Bisley, brewer Nick Floyd, 3 Floyds Beer and the new Image comic Alpha King, whose […]

Alan Tudyk’s Con Man to stream on Comic-Con HQ

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Comic-Con HQ, the SVOD launched by Comic-Con International and Lionsgate is having a big splash this weekend with a sponsorship of Free Comic Book Day and a launch of free codes to get access to a beta of the service. They’ve also just announced that they’ll be hosting Con Man, the behind the scenes of con […]

GIve me money part 2: Creators for Creators grant submissions are open

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At this year’s Image Expo one of the most buzzworthy announcements was the Creators for Creators Grant, and submissions have just opened up and run until November 1st. The grant will give $30,000 to a single creator writer/artist duo “in order to support the creation of a new and original work of a length between sixty-four […]