Ed Brubaker on leaving Marvel Comics, writing Maniac Cop movie, and the new issue of Kill or Be Killed

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Newsletters have made a BIG comeback, in that pendulum swinging way. I guess people are so exhausted from surfing the web and checking out snapchats that they want everything to come in their mailbox. Ed Brubaker has an infrequently mailed out one, which you can subscribe to here. A new one went out yesterday, chock full of news and chatter and a preview of issue #2 of Kill or Be Killed, his latest team-up with Sean Phillips.

It can suck to be a middle aged comics pro case study #1: Phil Hester

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Phil Hester is the artist on Shipwreck, the upcoming book written by Warren Ellis about a very strange shipwreck, so he seems to be doing jsut fine in the comics world, especially with a large and well liked body of work behind him. BUt as he revelas in an interview at Comics Bulletina vision problem […]

Great advice on working and making comics from Becky Cloonan, Jeff Lemire and Michael DeForge

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Comics creator process posts are the BEST posts. Jeff Lemire seems to have taken over Charles Soule’s mantle as Busiest Person in Comics– writing 7-8 monthly books – and he reveals how he does it in an absolutley stellar process post with a ton of photos AND a page of preview art from AD: After […]

Must Read: Maia Kobabe on paying for an art degree

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Maia Kobabe is a very talented up and coming cartoonist as the above page from her Tom O’Bedlam adaptation shows. (disclosure: she is also a reviewer for me at Publishers Weekly.) Recently she wrote a very frank tumblr post in response to a question about whether to enter the California College of the Arts MFA […]

Page rates: what’s fair is fair except when it isn’t

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I’m late in commenting on the industry rates survey posted by Fair Page Rates an anonymous industry watchdog. But along with the sales softening I was writing about earlier, it’s part of an industry infrastructure that isn’t as strong as it could be. The survey quotes a lot of page rates based on a survey […]

MATT CHATS: Kelly Williams on the Grind of the Indy Artist

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Welcome to MATT CHATS, a weekly interview series that goes live every Tuesday conducted between myself and a creator and/or player in the comic book industry, diving into subjects not broached by other comic news outlets. One of the artists most deserving of work from the Big Two or even the “Big Five” is, in my opinion, […]