Robert Kirkman delivers fullsize Deadpool to Rob Liefeld

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I believe this is the #1 feel good story of 2016 thus far.

Rob Liefeld and Robert Kirkman have been pals for a while. They’re often spotted plotting together at cons. They’ve even collaborated on a few comics, including Infinite for Image a few years ago.

But this defines a new level of palship.: showing up on your bud’s doorstep with a lifesize Deadpool statue.

LINE Webtoon: readership is 50% female

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Mobile comics platform LINE Webtoon is huge in Korea and getting bigger here, and they are no slouches in the diversity department. According to a release, 42% of LINE WEbstoon’s creators are female, 48% of its comics feature female leads, and 50% of its over 6 million daily readers are women. Impressive, if not surprising statistics. And they’ll discuss them more at a “Women in Digital Comics” panel to be held at SXSW on Friday, March 18th. Participants include moderator Tom Akel, LINE Webtoon’s director of content, and 2 Broke Girls’ star Beth Behrs (Dents), digital star Michelle Phan (Helios : Femina), LINE Webtoon creators Kaitlyn Narvaza (Where Tangents Meet, Siren’s Lament) and Susanna Nousiainen (ShootAround), and one of the winners of LINE Webtoon’s recent Superhero Comics Contest, Sandra Diaz (Supersonic Girl).

Must read: Stan Lee, Hero, villain or a bit of both?

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Abraham Riesman. New York magazines resident comics expert, has a long and long brewing profile of Stan Lee called Why Is Stan Lee’s Legacy in Question?. It’s a write-around, meaning he never got to talk to Lee personally, but he talked to everyone else, inluding Roy Thomas and Lee biographer Tom Spurgeon. And if you […]

The artist who made the vagina kayak is coming to North America despite jail threat

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Rokudenashiko (aka Megumi Igarashi) is a Japanese artist best known for creating a kayak that was based on a 3D scan of…an intimate part of her body. And she paddled around in it. Happily. The Japanese government was somehow offended by this and prosecuted her for obscenity—the trial has taken place and a verdict has not been rendered yet.

Her memoir What Is Obscenity? The Story of a Good For Nothing Artist and Her Pussy, will be published this spring by Koyama Press, and she’s coming to North America for a series of lectures and signings sponsored by arts organizations and free speech advocacy groups. And appearing at TCAF. So you will be able to hear all about her travels and canoeing*** in person.

When will the big players crack down on unlicensed prints?

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  For years, there have been rumors of Marvel and Dc shutting down the countless unauthorized prints, t-shirts and sketchbooks sold at conventions featuring licensed characters. While a few people have been shut down for doing something egregious, it’s mostly been a “look the other way” thing, as The Big Two don’t want to be […]

To Do NYC: Dennis Calero speak at Columbia tonight

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The Columbia University Science Fiction Society (CUSFS) is hosting a talk with artist Dennis Calerotonight at 7 pm: This event is at 207 Milbank Hall in Barnard College, Columbia University. If you’re not a student, Milbank Hall is the rightmost building when you enter the college gates of Barnard College, Columbia University, at 117 and […]

Deadpool artist Reilly Brown and his new family relocating from a fire and could use a hand

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Artist Reilly Brown had a hell of a week last week. On Monday, he and wife Shawna became parents for the first time, with the arrival of the adorable William, above. Brown spent the rest of the week being a new father and also enjoying some of the excitement over Deadpool, as he’s been an artist who helped shape […]

Palmiotti and Conner announce 5 book free signing limit

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With the exponential rise in comics shows, and a corresponding rise in attendees, there’s been a lot of talk recently about various pros imposing signing limits or charging for autographs at show, with the money often going to a charity. Popular con guests Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner have just made their policy clear.

Some Hourly Comics 2016 collected: Cathy Johnson, Joe Decie, Tillie Walden and more

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Monday, February 1 was Hourly Comic Day, where cartoonists challenge themselves to draw comics every…hour. The results are quotidian and charming slices of lives from around the world. The idea is credited to John Campbell (Pictures for Sad Children) and started back in 2006. Now some of the best cartoonists do them. Alex Jones already […]

You are your environment: Louise Bourgeois, Julia Wertz and the eternal mini-comic problem

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Storage: the secret shame of the comics world. Like many in the comics industry I’m a bit of a packrat (to put it mildly) and getting free books all the time doesn’t help. (Tough life, I know.) I was recently reminded of this by a couple of stories. In one, Brooklyn cartoonist Julia Wertz’s tiny […]