News and notes: Albuquerque show postponed; Denver draws 100K and more


§ It’s the week of Book Expo/Book Con, the latter of which could possible be called “sitcom co-star with a new book con” but that’s how it goes. Anyway, I’ll be at both events pretty much non stop so may not have as much time as I’d like to be posting, but the Elite Beat […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 5/20/15: Surviving Charlie Hebdo cartoonist quits and other news of the week


§ Luz, the Charlie Hebdo cartoonist who sirvived the January attack, is quitting the magazine in September, he revealed in an interview on Monday. It’s hard to blame him. “Each issue is torture, because the others are gone,” Mr. Luzier said. “Spending sleepless nights summoning the dead, wondering what Charb, Cabu, Honoré, Tignous would have […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 4/30/15: What kind of car would the Avengers be?


§ Top Shelf just announced two books for July, Tim Ginger by Julian Hanshaw: And The Motorcycle Samurai (Volume One) by Chris Sheridan which has a FCBD comic! § Panels is a site about comics run by the Book Riot folks and it has some pretty good stuff. Here’s a piece calledOn Imperfect Representation vs […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 4/21/15: Introducing Deerdevil


§ I got a note from Incachild Creative stating that in remembrance of Spectacular Spider-Ham, they made a tribute video called Deerdevil. You can watch it above. I guess it’s funnier if you remember Mark Armstrong’s Spider-Ham, which was part of the kid-oriented Star line, but it might be funny without that. I love it. […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 4/20/15: Making money at crowded comic arts festival


  § There’s been some chatter over the last week or so over this public FB thread by Stephen Bissette about what he sees as exclusion of certain creators at indie comics shows. It sprang out of an older thread, and the conversation eventually includes Bill Kartalopoulos, who works with SPX and MoCCA, as well […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 4/7/15: Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti welcomes WonderCon with open arms


§ It seems that as soon as the move of WonderCon from Anaheim to Los Angeles was made public, the LA convention center peeps issued a press release. I didn’t get it, but Tom has the whole thing, and what’s notable to me is that LA mayor Eric Garcetti is at the head of the […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 4/6/15: Zunar charged with sedition


§ Before we get into the news, a reminder to follow @ComicsBeatCons on Twitter for live tweets and inside dirt from all the shows that Elite Beat Operatives attend. Our little tweeters were very busy at WonderCon including scooping the move to LA. § Malaysian cartoonist Zunar’s clash with the law continued my Friday as […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 4/1/15: This is all truth


§ If you’re looking for a Beat April Fool’s Post…honestly I couldn’t think of anything that would strain incredulity that wasn’t just mean. I’ll work on one for next year. § Eric Orchard update: while no details have emerged regarding his injury on Monday, he is now safe and his family has asked for privacy. […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 3/31/15: What clicking on these links says about your personality


§ Headline of the Day #1: Comic Con Event Takes Over Nutter Center. Why how DARE you?

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 3/27/15: Jason Shiga is lord


§ MUST READ: Laura Hudson enters the world of Jason Shiga, who is probably one of the world’s greatest living cartoonists. If you don’t believe me, go read Demon, or Fleep. He’s surely one of the great visionary thinkers about the possibilities of comics storytelling, his comics unfolding like tesseracts in real time and space, […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 3/25/15: The $50 million swipe


§ Many people in comics have a a deep abiding hatred of Roy Lichtenstein, who appropriated comics panels for paintings that are now worth millions of dollars. That antipathy will grow more as the above painting, taken from a panel by Ted Galindo, is being auctioned off with a value of $50 million. Scott Edelman […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 3/23/15: Comics are so wonderful


And so they are; as I mentioned last week, I am so tired of writing about controversies in comics, I just want to concentrate on THE COMICS for a few days…but in order to do that we must wrap up some controversy news. But then IT’S ALL COMICS. § Wonderful comics! CBR is rolling out […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 3/16/15: Costumes aren’t forever


§ For everyone foaming at the mouth over the new DC costumes, here’s a reminder that Wonder Woman once wore biker shorts, people. In other words, changing clothes is like death in comics—it’s all temporary. § Greg Matiasevich at Multiversity has a very thorough round-up of thoughts and developments in the New Mexico mother who […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 3/13/15: Breaking the $5 barrier


§ Ryan Holmberg’s obituary for Tatsumi Yoshihiro is a must read, not only as a personal remembrance of the man and who he affected the author, but as a history of how one creator can influence an entire medium. Tatsumi is obviously a great cartoonist and an important cartoonist, but the road was bumpy, sometimes […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 3/12/15: Comics art in museums, what’s up with that?


§ Hall of fame artist Bernie Wrightson has had a bunch of recent health setbacks, and now what appears to be a cancerous brain tumor. However the prognosis is excellent and he hopes to make upcoming con appearances. Best wishes to Wrightson for a full recovery. George Lucas stopped by Midtown Comics today! #StarWars […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 3/9/15: Secrets of the Manga Industry Revealed


§ Deb Aoki is the Charles Dickens of Storify, You may know her from that other one we mentioned recently, but she also put together an epic compilation on manga translation based on her being a judge at the Manga Translation Battle in Tokyo. ONce again, if you are interested in manga at all this […]