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

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§ 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 […]

nuDC: Batman is a robot, Wonder Woman is Captain Wolverine and Superman put on jeans

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This week DC has been revealing new looks for its core characters, including some startling fashion changes. The new looks have been revealed in various places We’ve cobbled it all up for you below but here’s the shorter version:

ReedPOP launches in China with Shanghai Comic Con

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Yesterday we learned that New Jersey is getting a comic-con…and so is China! ReedPOP is launching the Shanghai Comic Convention which will be held in just two months, May 16 and 17th at the Shanghai Convention & Exhibition Center of International Sourcing.

More personnel moves: Hudlin, Delsante, Igle, Jacks

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Some other people joining and moving on up of late: § Reginald Hudlin has joined the CBLDF Board of Directors. In addition to directing House Party and producing Django Unchained, Hudlin has written comics including a year long run on Black Panther. He’s also one of the principals behind the Milestone relaunch. In a statement, […]

Jamie S. Rich joines Vertigo as Senior Editor

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Yes, it's true. I have joined @vertigo_comics as Senior Editor. Today was my first day. Lots of exciting things in the works. Stay tuned. — Jamie S. Rich (@jamieESrich) March 12, 2015 Wait'll they get a load of me. pic.twitter.com/Rfu4CmxU6N — Jamie S. Rich (@jamieESrich) March 11, 2015 Continuing their social media transparency on new […]

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

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§ 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 pic.twitter.com/zSBVD1Mf7Z […]

Legendary Dark Horse editor Diana Schutz is retiring

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[Photo via Comicvine] After 25 years working on some of the most seminal comics of the era with many of the greatest creators, Diana Schutz is retiring on Friday, as announced in a talk with CBR’s Josie Campbell. Schutz is truly one of the legends of the business, a consummate professional, a visionary editor, and, […]

Cheep comics: Marvel reveals covers for $1 budget introductory line True Believers

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This story first dropped in January but we must have been having blizzard or something. Anyway, in an effort to sell more comics, Marvel has introduced a line of bargain priced $1 introductory issues for a number of tried and true story lines. It’s called True Believer and the books go on sale in April.

The books go back to some classic story lines like Civil War, Planet Hulk—and just for the PS3 generation, Powers (debuting tonight!) Presumably these jump on board spots will enable new reads to join in the Secret Wars fun.

Digital imprint Comicker launches with five series

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Another new line of digital comics? Yes. Comicker, founded by Saori Adams and Sean E. Williams (Fairest) as a plat form to serialize digital comics. Collections can be purchased at DriveThru and eventually Comixology and a subscription mobile app, developed by The Horizon Factory. Adams:

Rebecca Taylor joins DC Comics editorial staff

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So @BexTay has done some of my favorite Archaia books and now she's working with me at DC. I'm thrilled and know she's gonna teach me a lot. — Andy Khouri (@andykhouri) March 9, 2015 ….aaaaaand as we long ago predicted, DC is raiding a few players from the locals, in this case Boom!/Archaia by […]

Slate’s Cartoonist Studio Prize nominees announced

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Slate and the Center for Cartoon Studies have teams up for the third annual Cartoonist Studio Prize nominees. Awards and a $1,000 prize are given to the best in two categories print and webcomics, with nominees selected by people from boh Slate and CCS. This year the pickers were Slate Book Review editor Dan Kois, […]

Area man selling old comics to finance wife’s breast augmentation surgery

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Makes sense, right? Ebay user hugelyimpressive is auctioning off some rare Golden Age comics he came across is order to fund his wife’s boob job. Although enough has been raised for a modest enhancement, they are seeking DD size additions so keep bidding. The post includes a FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions Q: Is this for […]

RIP: Yoshihiro Tatsumi

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Manga pioneer Yoshihiro Tatsumi has passed away at age 79, according to a letter received by Paul Gravett. Tatsumi had been battling cancer for several years.

Tatsumi is best known as the pioneer of the “gekiga” style of manga (a term be invented), true to life stories of ordinary people. He own work featured haunting adult themes of alienation, dread and obsession. His autobiography A Drifting Life, depicting his struggles as an artist, won the Eisner award for Best Reality Based Work in 2010. He also won the World Outlook Award at Angoulême and the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize.

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

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§ 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 […]

Another editor-in-chief fleeing his website as Hoffer leaves The Outhouse

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We get most of our mainstream comics news at The Outhouse, which despite being a little rough with the personal jokes, still has a jaundiced view of comis publishing that’s closer to the truth than many would suspect. However in a recent spate of comics news site turnovers, The Ourhouse is losing it’s editor in chief, Christian Hoffer, who’s moving on. Although he cites the usual—life changes, less time—it’s clear that the snarky tone of the Outhouse also took its toll:

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 3/6/15: RIP Gordon Kent

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§ Prolific animator and writer Gordon Kent, who worked on everything from Fangface to Bob’s Burgers, has passed after a battle with cancer. Kent was the original colorist on Groo and a much loved figure on the LA scene. Mark Evanier remembers his friend: Oh, how I hate that I have to write an obit […]