Fun Home the musical gets 12 Tony Award nominations

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The Tony Awards nominations are out today, honoring the best on Broadway, and Fun Home tied for most nominations with 12 (An American in Paris also got 12.) The musical, based on the Alison Bechdel graphic novel, was nominated for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, Best Director, Best Actor in a Musical (Michael Cerveris), […]

Here’s a giant interactive map of 200 comics events around the world

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Planning to visit a con, or set up? You can map your world tour with this resource. Biserka Stringer-Horne has just created a massive interactive map of more than 200 comics conventions in 50 countries as part of her site Comics Explorer. Because comic conventions are such an important part of any creator’s calendar, I […]

New open source Comic Smart Panels allows you to make your own animated comics

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As digital comics have become a cornerstone of comics reading, several companies have offered their own version of a technology which allows the panels to transition for digital reading. Comixology has “Guided View,” Marvel has its Unlimited technology; iVerse offers uView. The iVerse systems can be applied by users to comics viewed through their platforms, and Comixology also allows publishers to adapt their own comics.

Yugoslavian software developer Zoran Bosnjak writes to inform us of a new open source software that allows you to apply this kind of technology to any comic. It’s called Comic Smart Panels Creator & Viewer (available for Windows for now) which allows fluid panel animations and scaling for any kind of comic. Balloon sequence can also be defined, as seen with the Thrillbent comics and other “ecomics” platforms.

Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello planning THE DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE for fall — UPDATED

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Always three there are…for many months rumors have been swirling about Frank Miller penning, at least, a third volume in his Dark Knight series, and it’s now been confirmed via the above tweet. It’s the 30th anniversary of the original Dark Knight in 1986 so how better the celebrate than with a NEW DARK KNIGHT!

While Miller’s health has been in question in recent years, we’re told he remains sharp as a tack and eager to take on this project. Given the controversy over his recent Holy Terror, the title—referencing The Master Race—could presage even more controversy.

Brian Azzarello will be the co-writer on the projects, which will come out twice monthly, run for eight issues and start in late fall 2015. The art team has yet to be announced.

Digital pioneer 2000 AD offers DRM-free downloads

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Quick, which publishers are the pioneers of digital comics? You might think IDW or Marvel, but the UK’s Rebellion, publisher of 2000 AD, has been selling digital editions of its book since all the way back in 2005 with great success—it’s the fastest and cheapest way to get Judge Dredd if you don’t live in the UK after all. Now they are making their downloads DRM free. All comics purchased—past and present—via any method—web, Android, iOS—will now be available in DRM-free PDF and CBZ files.

Titan to release hit Bande Dessinée Mutafukaz this Fall

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Titan Comics announces distribution deal with Ankama media to release Mutafukaz in the US and Canada.

Adam Zyglis wins Pulitzer Prize for Cartooning

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The Pulitzers, awarded for excellence in journalism, were announced yesterday, and the winner for cartooning was Adam Zyglis of The Buffalo News. Finalists were Kevin “Kal” Kallaugher of the Baltimore Sun and Tom Tomorrow (Dan Perkins), of Daily Kos. (On her FB page Columbia U librarian Karen Green revealed she was one of the judges […]

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

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§ 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. […]

The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez wins LA Times Book Prize

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The LA Times Book Prizes were awarded over the weekend and the graphic novel prize went to The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez. This is fitting since the story, although denied a ton of traditional comics awards, is actually a timeless masterpiece. And as the Times put it, Hernandez is “one of Southern California’s signature artists,” with his work exploring so many aspects of SoCal life, from Latino culture to punk culture. Bravo.

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

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  § 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 […]

Miami Vice: Remix by Casey and Mahfood continues to be wilder than it has any reason to be

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It’s almost quitting time here in EDT so let’s leave the week with something FUN for a change.

Why just do a comic book based on a classically of it time TV show when you can reinvent it as an acid trip that bends time and
space? And hooray for licensors who let you get away with it. Miami Vice: Remix by Joe Casey and Jim Mahfood is anything but a dull TV show comic…it’s an audacious tale on tropes and icons, and a gem in the Lion Forge line-up.

Ron Richards leaves Image

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Looks like something of a shakeup is underway at Image, as Director of Business Development Ron Richards has also departed the company following Jennifer DeGuzman’s exit last week. Richards—formerly a mainstay at the website/podcast iFanboy and the co-organizer of Morrison Con— wrote about it in a post at Medium:

Julia Pohl-Miranda upped at Drawn & Quarterly

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In a move that will surprise no one, Julia Pohl-Miranda has been promoted Director of Marketing at Drawn & Quarterly, where she will continue to oversee day-to-day publicity operations, author tours, festivals and events, and remain a calm and encouraging presence at D&Q’s booth wherever she goes. A graduate of McGill University, Pohl-Miranda started as a marketing intern for joined D&Q in 2008, while progressing to publicity assistant and editorial marketing manager before reaching her current title.

Challenged Books update: Persepolis, Saga, Drama and Palomar

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It’s National Library week, and it’s time for the annual list of most challenged books. Graphic novels are making the list pretty frequently, and this year, three made the top ten: Persepolis, Saga and Drama. The Top Ten most challenged books for 2014: 1) “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: […]

RIP: Herb Trimpe

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Herb Trimpe, famed artist on the Hulk and GI Joe, co-creator of Wolverine and one of the last remaining Silver Age artists, died Monday night at age 75., a reported by his nephew on Facebook. Trimpe had spent the weekend at the East Coast Comicon, where many greeted him and enjoyed his company as they […]

MATT CHATS: Comics Marketing with Cory Casoni

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Welcome to MATT CHATS, a weekly interview with someone working in the comics industry. This week that person is Cory Casoni, and his job isn’t to create comics but to make others aware of them. After five years of marketing for Oni Press he moved on first to Namco-Bandei and then to help run Scott […]