Nice art: Read Kennel Block Blues #1 for free…and then order it in print

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  Kennel Block Blues by Ryan Ferrier (Sons of Anarchy, Curb Stomp) and artist Daniel Bayliss (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Dragons, Translucid) is a new four issue limited series from Boom! It comes out in February and it’s set in an anthropomorphic world where bulldog Oliver is sent to prison in the Jackson Kennel and […]

Ariell R. Johnson: “Sometimes we want to be the hero, too.”

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Based on the astounding social media attention to my last post about Ariell R. Johnson and her Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse in Philadelphia, it seems you want more Ariell. So I am very happy to oblige with the above video of Johnson talking at the Ignite Philly event last fall. Johnson talks about her own life as a nerd, who was the black Thundercat and her discovery of Storm, the first black superheroine she encountered: “When I found out about Storm I gripped on tight to her and never let her go.”

Will 2016 be bleh, meh, or somewhere in between for comics sales?

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2015 was a great year for comics, but comics sales were generally up in single digits, which is not a bad thing, but less growth than before. There have been many “storm on the horizon” type analyses, with Todd Allen summing up many of the existing risk factors. Recently retailer Brian Hibbs served up a heaping […]

Is Marvel’s Relaunch Stumbling Out of the Gate?

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The November sales estimate headlines are all about how the market is up, owing to Dark Knight 3, Vader Down and a metric ton of Marvel’s relaunched #1’s. You expect a certain amount of that. Stunts sell, as long as the publishers don’t over-extend the market for variant covers (and they sure seem aggressive in emphasizing those instead of the content in between the covers). What you’d miss out on if you only read the headlines is that Marvel’s #2 and #3 issues aren’t getting a ton of traction relative to those gaudy #1 sales totals.

Event: SF’s The Isotope Brings Roberta Gregory, Donna Barr, & JH Williams III to the Fans

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By Victor Van Scoit The San Francisco Bay Area has some fantastic comic book shops, with each having its own take for hosting creator events. One such store known for their intimate signings and creative shindigs is The Isotope. They’re hosting two upcoming events this November that, should you live anywhere in Northern California, are worth checking out. […]