Review: Punk rock and questionable choices are the ties that bind in Curb Stomp #1

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The time period of Boom Studio’s limited series Curb Stomp is somewhat tough to pin down. The clothing styles vacillate from the 50s through the 70s, which of course form the template for the hot styles of today. The convenience stores have a modern look, as does the one television set I spotted (there’s nary a cell phone or a computer to be found). At least for now, it doesn’t really matter: Curb Stomp traffics in a genre defined by the pulp novels and exploitation films of those aforementioned eras, so it makes sense that the look of it is something of a review of these periods.

Ben Abernathy returns to DC as Director of Talent Relations

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While you had to be a detective a bit to parse this image from Ben Abernathy, the tweets have made it clear: the former Wildstorm editor is back at DC in Burbank as Director of Talent Relations.

Interview: JP Ahonen on drawing bears, Sing no Evil and the Finnish comics scene

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Finnish cartoonist JP Ahonen made a splash last year with his energetic graphic novel Sing No Evil (co-written by KP Alare), about a rock band that has to struggle not only with rival musicians but a supernatural invasion of their home town. Originally published in Finland, Abrams brought out the English edition. Here he talks about making the book, sequel plans and what comics are like in his native land.

Comics Portal Hiveworks announces 12 million users in January

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According to a news blast they just sent out, Hiveworks, a digital comics portal, had 12,000,000 users in January—alst year it had a total of 65,000,000, so it’s on track for a lot of growth. But what kind of growth? According to their about page, “Hiveworks is a creator owned publisher and studio that helps webcomic and online media creators turn their creative endeavors into sustainable businesses. We serve as mentors and as a home for many comics.”

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:

MUST READ: Jim Zub on how creator owned comics economics have improved

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And when I say must-read, I mean MUST READ, as it really lays out fundamental changes in how the industry is working for creator owned books.. A few days ago I noted how an old post on the economics of Jim Zubkavich on Skullkickers, his Image comics, had gotten a second life on Facebook with it’s very low numbers on comics profits. In the comment, Zub promised an update, and he’s delivered with an analysis of his new book, Wayward. As you can see from the above graph, it’s a HUGE change, and it’s all due to the rise of Image Comics:

ComicsPRO: Schanes and Kubert honored at “diversity” filled meeting

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The annual meeting for the retailer organization ComicsPRO wrapped up over the weekend. The meeting is closed to the press but retailer/newspaper columnist Matt Price has an informative series of posts on the event, which consists of meetings and publisher presentations. It was a transitional year for ComicsPRO following a scandal involving former treasurer Gary Dills, who resigned and saw one of his stores closed. But the organization seems to have rebounded in the midst of the general comics renaissance that is taking place.

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.

Toy Fair: Bandai brings One Piece, Dragonball Z and many more figures to the US

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Toy Fair 2015 has long come and gone, and I was there and took 700 pictures. But it took me so long to sort thrugh them that now no one cares. However, I didn’t see many people covering these awesome new Bandai toys based on Sailor Moon, One Piece, DBZ and other familiar anime and manga figures,. They’re part of the BanPresto line from Japan and they are all limited edition — in other words, once these are gone, they’re gone. Because they look so awesome, you’ll probably want to stock up on all of them.

Playmobil fans create bleakly smiling recreations of Oscar nominated films

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Playmobil is sort of like Lego —it comes in playsets with figures— but while Legos can be used to create disturbing dioramas or even the Bible, there’s something even bleaker and darker about Playmobil. Maybe it’s the plastic faces, or the smooth landscapes. And to prove it, here are some fan made recreations of this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Film. Playmobil Whiplash…you can feel the blood seeping from the hands.

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.

ComicsPRO: Papercutz teaming with Nickelodeon for Breadwinners and Sanjay and Craig

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Or at least that’s what we got out of these extremely not hard to figure out teaser images:

Children’s Choice Book Awards nominate several kids graphic novels

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Graphic novels for children are on a roll these days, and that was backed up by the Children’s Choice Award nominations, as reported by the CBLDF blog. Winners will be chosen by children voting online. GN nominees are noted in RED.

A ton o’ Dynamite news: The Spirit, All-Woman crossover event, Waid on The Avenger and New Figures

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Dynamite has had a lot of news this week in the busy Toy Fair/ComicsPRo period, including an exciting crossover event the return of two iconic heroes, and a new merchandise line. Here’s a digest version:

First ever McDuffie Award for Diversity finalists are announced

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The finalists for the inaugural Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity Award have just been announced (disclosure: I am honored to have been one of the judges) and they are: Hex11 by Lisa K. Weber and Kelly Sue Milano (HexComics) M.F.K. by Nilah Magruder Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona (Marvel) The Shadow […]

Review: Agent Carter explodes with action and sacrifice

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As I was drying my tears following the dramatic conclusion of this week’s episode of Agent Carter, ‘Snafu’, all I could think about was that I wanted more. More Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, whose range and presence eats up every frame of this small-screen show that plays like a big-screen adventure. More of the fabulous, smart dialogue and fantastic supporting cast; more of the beautiful costumes and period lighting — just more! More than just next week’s season finale.