Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 3/5/15: Area woman finds comics are not as she remembered

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It would be easy to mock this Jen Teasdale-style column in the Norfolk Daily News where a woman goes to find some comics in her local bookstore but finds only superheroes and not Little Lulu, but I think there is a lesson in it. The tone is not the anger you sometimes find —”That’s not MY Aquaman!”—but rather curiosity.

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Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 3/3/15: 8-year-old releases profane tirade to protest paper cancelling Garfield

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§ I know this is hilarious but it is also an example of our nation’s moral decline when a child of 8 calls his local newspaper “Idiots. Jerks. Sh*tholes.” for cutting the comics page. In an impassioned plea, the child calls for the return of Frank and Ernest, Ziggy, Garfield, Close to Home, Peanuts and […]

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Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 3/2/2015: Only five more months of winter!

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§ First off, in the Massive Achievements Dept., Kelly Thompson has put together a massive, massive list of women who makes comics. Everyone stand up and applaud. § Everyone wants to go to Japan, right? But everyone is scared because it’s all in Japanese, right? Luckily, Abby Denson has created the Cool Japan Guide which […]

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KIbbles /n/ Bits 2/26/15: High Moon is back!

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§ High Moon, the werewolf/cowboy comic by David Gallaher and Steve Ellis is back. After running on DC’s Zuda webcomic site (remember that?) and seeing a print edition, four new pages will be posted every Monday, in a mobile responsive interface, and available on Tapastic and Comixology as well. Nerdist has a preview , and […]

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Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 2/24/15: Small press show caught in Comic-Con tidal wave

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§ SPACE, the long running small press show located in Columbus, is moving to a new venue and time frame this year: July 18 &19, 2015 at the Northland Performing Arts Center. The date is the weekend after San Diego, which is not ideal, but SPACE had no choice, as organizer Bob Corby explains in an email:

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Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 2/23/15: Area Woman live draws the Oscars

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§ Just to finish up the Oscars, which everyone has probably already forgotten, cartoonist Liza Donnelly live drew them on her twitter feed, and got a big write up in her local paper about it, and also did some nice drawings.

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Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 2/20/15: Retailer utilizes proprietary modge-podge method to turn ruined comics into door

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Sorry there haven’t been any kibbles ‘n’ bits this week. It’s just been too cold at Stately Beat Manor, and that’s the truth. All we want to do is pile on the blankets and chug hot cocoa. But we’ve been storing things up and now there are so many we must break this into sections.

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Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 2/17/15: When pedants attack

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Yesterday feathers, panties and twitter feeds were ruffles by this piece in the Guardian entitled When did the comic-book universe become so banal? It was written by an art critic named Jonathan Jones , and while moaning about Scott McCloud and Chris Ware (the poor man’s Paul Klee) it finally came round to true greatness:

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Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 2/12/15: What is an “indie comic” anyway?

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§ By chance, two websites have been devoting some time to overviews of…non Big Two Comics I guess you could call ’em. Multiversity is running Small Press Month and offers A Brief History of Alternative Comics by Drew Bradley which offers a pretty good run down of the journey from Zap to Teenage Mutant Ninja […]

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Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 2/9/15: Let’s hear it for Ms. Marvel

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§ Last week marked the one year anniversary of Ms. Marvel #1 and…well it was quite a year. There’s been a tumblr celebration, which Brigid Alverson sums up, including some thoughtful essays on what the character means.

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Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 2/5/15: Man hideously mutilates his face to look like hideous Marvel character the Red Skull

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People are nuts. Really. But some are pretty awesome, too, and you will read about both kinds in this episode we like to call…KIBBLES ‘n’ BITS…

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Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 2/4/15: newsy notes from the mailbag

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I went through the old mailbag and found some newsy bits I had previously missed. Toys, books, shorts, variants, and the Cackler.

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Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 2/3/15: Cartoonist gets a new job and then she posts about it!

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§ Norm Breyfogle suffered a stroke on December 17th, but he’s making great progress, as shown in this video; his fundraiser to help with his rehab is still underway and NOW he’s the poster child for medical bill crowdfunding, with this profile in the New York Times. It’s great to see Norm recovering and we […]

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Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 1/30/15: Chew on this!

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A week’s worth of reading: § Has Manga Become a Niche Category? Johanna Draper Carlson examines some opinions on this, and quotes comments by Vertical’s Ed Chavez that I missed: The fact that shonen continues to be the only category that is consistently strong, and that moe has kinda catching up to shojo for second […]

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Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 1/26/15: What these retailers have to say about Secret Wars is staggering

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§ Vaneta Rogers quizzed a bunch of comics retailers about Secret Wars and describes them as wary but hopeful: “Customers are curious, but as usual, Marvel is being very vague about the whole thing,” said John Robinson, owner of the nine Illinois locations of Graham Crackers Comics. “And I have no answers for [customers] as […]

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Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 1/23/15: Save Tommy Castillo’s eyes

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Cartoonist call for a boycott of Sodastream as a sponsor at Angouleme…an atrist is in danger of losing his sight to diabetes…Dreamworks and Egmont are shutting things down…and more.

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