To do tonight: Spiegelman, Mouly, and Charlie Hebdo: IT’S TOUGH BEING LOVED BY JERKS screening

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And another event, this one a screening of a documentary about one of Charlie Hebdo’s earlier controversies followed by a talk with Art Spigelman and Francoise Mouly: With TOUGH BEING LOVED BY JERKS, director Daniel Leconte (Fidel Castro: L’enfance d’un chef) offers a real-time account of one of the most important trials in the 21st century […]

To do tonight: Barbara Stok at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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There are a lot of comics events going on around town tonight but here’s a pretty cool one, especially if you’d also like to check out the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Dutch cartoonist Barbara Stok will speak on her work and her recent portrait of of Vincent van Gogh’s brief and intense period of creativity […]

Doctor Who wrap up: BBC renews, Titan previews 3-Doctor FCBD issue and Texas celebrates “Dr. Who Day”

Geronimo and Allons-y! The Huston brothers dressed as their favorite Doctors: Travis, age 9, dressed as Eleven and Tom, age 12, went as Ten.

Doctor Who to remain on-air until 2020 according to Moffat and BBC, Denton, TX celebrates “Dr. Who Day” and Titan releases preview pages of their three new Doctor stories for Free Comic Book Day.

Goodbye 1700: DC’s New York offices close for good today

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Usually when I say someone retiring is the end of an era, I mean that the way that person did business is gone. In this case I really do mean it is the end of the era of New York publishing in general, and New York comics publishing in specifics.

Interview: Retailer Brian HIbbs on the Minimum Wage and Surviving in San Francisco

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The other day we presented a story on long running SF comics shop Comix Experience and their plans to increase revenue in the face of the local rise in the minimum wage: a graphic novel book club that’s already had a positive response. It’s a serious issue for small business owners, and led to a lively comments section. I reached out to Hibbs to see if he had any comments on the comments and ever loquatious, he suggested an interview. The results can be read below.

Comis Experience has two locations, the iconic Divisidero St. shop just off Haight St. site of many famed signings by creators from Neil Gaiman to Warren Ellis and an early adapter of the grahpic novel movement; and a newer more superhero focused store on Ocean Ave. that Hibbs took over from a previous business last year. Hibbs has long been one of the most vocal comics retailers. His Tilting at Windmills column at CBR is must reading and the comics review blog he started Savage Critics is, unbelievably, still running after 10 years or so. I’m grateful for him to take the time to talk about issues that are sure to become more and more pressing around the country.

Mile High Comics holding benefit auction for family teen who crashed into building

Our Mile High Comics benefit auction for the family of Karen Lopez will be held at our Jason St Mega-Store, 4600 Jason… Posted by Charles Rozanski on Thursday, April 9, 2015 A few weeks ago a 17-year-old driver was killed after her car crashed into Mile High Comics’ Denver-area warehouse. They are holding a benefit […]

Tonight @ Society of Illustrators: Is That Art?

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This exhibit of works from Craig Yoe’s original art collection has already garnered stellar accolades – tonight you can see why. And that’s not all …

Dallas Middaugh moves to Crunchyroll

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Early manga adapter Dallas Middaugh, who has been involved in most of the major moves that changed manga from an obscure niche in US fandom to a permanent part of the pop culture landscape, has left his position as Senior Director of Penguin Random House Publisher Services to join Crunchyroll as Head of Brand and Community. He’ll work with the streaming anime service to expand the brand globally.

Surveying the tablet comics world: Symbolia, Wormworld, Sequential, Madefire

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NOTE: the below is me spitballing at 3 in the morning just to get some dialog going. I invite your comments and corrections. I’ve had this news item floating around for ages and kept meaning to write it up: Symbolia, the journalistic comics magazine for tablets, has wrapped up its final issue. Founded by Erin […]

De Guzman out at Image

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Jennifer de Guzman, Director of Trade Book Sales at Image, has left the company according to her Facebook page. De Guzman left her post as editor in chief at Slave Labor to join Image in early 2012 and was a major force in heading up their growing book sales over the last three years. De […]

WonderCon 15’: Toy Collecting for the Modern Age

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By Nick Eskey When toy collecting started to become popular, prices were relatively cheap. Now with increased gas prices, higher standards of living, rise of product control, and other associated costs, prices have been steadily on the rise. As a whole, Americans purchase toys for a number of reasons: For their kids, for their collection, […]

NCS announces Reuben Award Divisional Nominees

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And, following the announcement that Roz Chast, Hilary Price and Stephen Pastis were up for THE Reuben, the nominees in the divisional awards have been announced by the National Cartoonists Society. The comics division has some new faces, led by Babs Tarr , who, it must be said, has had a meteoric, and well deserved, […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 4/7/15: Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti welcomes WonderCon with open arms

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§ It seems that as soon as the move of WonderCon from Anaheim to Los Angeles was made public, the LA convention center peeps issued a press release. I didn’t get it, but Tom has the whole thing, and what’s notable to me is that LA mayor Eric Garcetti is at the head of the […]

Hugo Awards Finalists Announced: The Graphic Novel Nominees, Without The Drama

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Photo: Kevin Standlee.

Here are this year’s nominees, along with the voting results from last year.  (The Hugos release the data every year, giving an interesting peek behind the curtain.)

2015 Glyph Award nominees announced, led by Matty’s Rocket

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The nominees for this year’s Glyph Awards, recognizing  the best in comics made by, for, and about Black people in 2014, have just been announced.  The winners will be announced on Friday, May 15, 2015, from 6:30p.m. – 9p.m., at the at ECBACC  in PhIladelphia. This is the 10th year for the Glyph Awards, and they spotlight some […]

Dynamic Forces teams with EVINE to sell limited editions

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Home shopping for comics and related collectibles is coming back, as Dynamic Forces will be selling some of their limited edition merch on Evine. The first event is this Wednesday and will focus on Star Wars stuff. Dynamic Forces is proud to announce that EVINE Live (evine.com), the digital retailer and television network delivering entertainment […]