WonderCon’16: Friday Morning Preview and visit from Mayor Eric Garcetti

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By Nicholas Eskey During the tail end of last year’s Wonder Con, it was announced that the convention which had spent the last three years in Anaheim would instead next be hosted by the city of Los Angeles. The change was for a simple reason; the Anaheim convention center already had another event booked for […]

SDCC ’15: Turn up the Geeky with Nerd HQ

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By Nick Eskey Over the years, nerd culture has grown and evolved. As we have become comfortable and proud of our geekdom, the notion of being a nerd has become accepted by many. Today’s nerd culture has evolved so much that it has a unique style all of its own. High-end comic and cartoon artwork […]

Bob Wayne has not left comics yet

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The end of DC Entertainment’s east coast presence also signaled the end of svp of sales Bob Wayne’s fabled career at the publisher, as one of the stewards of the entire direct sales market. You couldn’t name a person in the history of the industry who’s had more influence over what comics are sold and how they are sold. Prodigal circ man James Sokolowski was hired at DC (away from Archie) to run the DM end of things, but I’m sure “Ski” would be the first to admit he can only be the “first Ski” and not the “next Bob.”

As I’ve noted many times before, Wayne was particularly beloved of the comics retailing community, and his absence at the recent C2E2 Diamond retailer breakfast would have been a painful reminder of his departure.

Mike Marts departs Marvel for startup Aftershock Comics

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The timing may have nothing to do with last week’s Twilight of DC’s office, but Marvel Comics Executive Editor Mike Marts leaving a post where he was clearly being groomed for big things to go to a START-UP, is an interesting comment on the state of the American comics industry. Marts confirmed on Twitter that he was leaving Marvel for AfterShock Comics, a new venture with writer Joe Pruett. Deadline has more details. Pruett has written X-Men titles for Marvel. Marts was working on various high profile titles including Guardians of the Galaxy and X-Men comics. Marts will become Editor-in-Chief of Aftershock comics after pingponging back between MArvel and Dc for a career that started in 1996.

Andy Liegl and Matthew Klein join Valiant sales team

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Valiant Comics has added Andy Liegl, formerly of Boom! and Matthew Klein formerly of Forbidden planet to its marketing team, joining Sales Manager Atom! Freeman, Publishing & Operations Manager Peter Stern, Director of Marketing, Communications & Digital Media Hunter Gorinson, and Publisher Fred Pierce in that end of the company. Tom Brennan recently joined the editorial side.

Archie Vs… Predator?

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And you thought Archie Meets The Punisher was out there.  Never let it be said that the folks at Archie Comics were afraid of thinking outside the box.  This time around, they’re huddling with Dark Horse for a Spring Release of Archie Meets Predator.  Yes, Predator.  Like the movie.  In this case, like the first Predator movie, since […]

The World’s Most Evil Button Returns – Smiley the Psychotic Button

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One of more unusual characters in the Chaos! Comics line is Smiley the Psychotic Button, a button that’s a bit more than a clothing accessory for Evil Ernie.  It’s also a demonic sidekick.  In January, Dynamite will be releasing a one-shot to give the button’s origin in the new Chaos! universe.  The special is written […]

Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: Down Town Coming in Spring 2015

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I think we can give Jim Butcher his comic book street cred.  It’s one thing for an author to allow adaptions of their work.  It’s an entirely different thing when the author co-writes three new adventures for the comics medium.  And that’s what Butcher is doing.