Kickstarter’s new Spotlight feature: an ongoing storefront for creators

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A Kickstarter is a little like having a baby in only 31 days, You put all your efforts into the birth, but then what happens to the baby? Well now we’ll get to see the kids grow up and go to school. Kickstarter is enabling creators to showcase more of what happens to projects after the initial funding ends with a new “Spotlight” feature. All creators with funded projects will now be able to manage the page to present a view of their work, with huge graphics, an inviting look, an attractive new timeline feature that can share the creator’s story at a glance, and links that can go anywhere—so buy buttons and links to ongoing projects can be added.

Diamond Book Distributors hires Carter and Hayes

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A few personnel notes at Diamond Book Distributors, the arm of Diamond that sells to bookstores and other non returnable outlets. Sales Rep Brooke Borneman lest to become director of Marketing for Dorchester publishing last month, and now longtime Diamond employee Stuart Carter has been hired as the new DBD sales manager for Barnes & […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 3/25/15: The $50 million swipe

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§ Many people in comics have a a deep abiding hatred of Roy Lichtenstein, who appropriated comics panels for paintings that are now worth millions of dollars. That antipathy will grow more as the above painting, taken from a panel by Ted Galindo, is being auctioned off with a value of $50 million. Scott Edelman […]

Collect Them All! You Won’t Believe How Many Variant Comics Ship in April 2015

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Every month, Diamond Comics Distributors publishes Diamond Previews.  While most readers and consumers read the big catalog, or go online, retailers have their own special website and order form for ordering all the wonderful items you might want to buy.   Over 80 pages long, it lists everything featured in the 500+ pages of Previews! […]

UN announces “Gender Equality: Picture It!” comics competition for Europe

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Diversity is taking over the world! The UN Women, a department aimed at gender quality around the world, the European Commission, the Belgian Development Cooperation, and UNRIC (United Nations Regional Information Centre) is organizing a Comic and Cartoon Competition on Gender Equality. The competition is only open to European cartoonists between the ages of 18-28 […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 3/23/15: Comics are so wonderful

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And so they are; as I mentioned last week, I am so tired of writing about controversies in comics, I just want to concentrate on THE COMICS for a few days…but in order to do that we must wrap up some controversy news. But then IT’S ALL COMICS. § Wonderful comics! CBR is rolling out […]

21st Century TANK GIRL will be published by Titan in June

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Titan announced today they are serializing the Kickstarter-funded 21st Century Tank Girl, which saw artist and Co-creators Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin returning to the character which made them famous in the 80s and 90s.

Rickey Purdin joins Marvel as Talent Manager

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The Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure variant for ACTION COMICS is my favorite thing in the universe. Mini-poster: pic.twitter.com/zePidXnOe3 — Rickey Purdin (@rickeypurdin) March 5, 2015 Another East Coast resident is staying on and has a job as former DC associate editor Rickey Purdin has just been announced as Marvel’s newest Talent Manager: As Talent […]

Congrats To Mariah Huehner on the birth of her daughter

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Last night, the 17th, I gave birth to my daughter. Welcome to the world, Olivia. — Mariah Huehner (@TiredFairy) March 18, 2015 Our daughter has @shift9 lovely long hands. pic.twitter.com/oN9MBHE1c6 — Mariah Huehner (@TiredFairy) March 18, 2015 Comics writer and former Vertigo and IDW editor Mariah Huehner gave birth to a daughter yesterday, named Olivia. […]

Star Clipper Comics has been resurrected in St. Louis

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It was a sad day for St. Louis comics fans when Star Clipper Comics closed down in January, but a happier day when owners of a local comics shop chain have resurrected the name with fixtures and employees. Hoping to fill the void left by Star Clipper’s closure, Steve Unverferth and Tony Favello, co-owners of […]

Oni promotes three as it ramps up

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Oni has just announced the promotion of three of its editors in preparation for new creator owned and licensed titles. While all the promotions are well deserved, they might also serve as a preemptive hedge against DC’s talent raid on West Coast editorial offices. The short version: Charlie Chu has been promoted to Senior Editor, Robin Herrera to Editor, and Ari Yarwood to Associate Editor. And the books they will be working on include Kaijumax, Invader Zim and Rick and Morty. PLUS they got portraits by John Allison! It is a day of winning.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 3/16/15: Costumes aren’t forever

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§ For everyone foaming at the mouth over the new DC costumes, here’s a reminder that Wonder Woman once wore biker shorts, people. In other words, changing clothes is like death in comics—it’s all temporary. § Greg Matiasevich at Multiversity has a very thorough round-up of thoughts and developments in the New Mexico mother who […]

Roz Chast wins National Book Critics Circle Award for Best Autobiography

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Roz Chast: "I told my agent that I would bet the lives of my 2 parrots that I wasn't going to win." #NBCC. pic.twitter.com/NPskyvr8v2 — Ron Charles (@RonCharles) March 12, 2015 Roz Chast had an incredible 2014 as her book Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? topped best seller list, garnered award nominations left […]

Cartoonist Irwin Hasen passes away at age 96

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Word is going around on Facebook today that Dondi co-creator Irwin Hasen has passed away at the ripe old age of 96. Hasen was best known for Dondi, the tale of a WW II orphan who brings joy to the live of those around him. The strip was turned into a movie in 1961. He was presented with an Eisner Award last year.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 3/13/15: Breaking the $5 barrier

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§ Ryan Holmberg’s obituary for Tatsumi Yoshihiro is a must read, not only as a personal remembrance of the man and who he affected the author, but as a history of how one creator can influence an entire medium. Tatsumi is obviously a great cartoonist and an important cartoonist, but the road was bumpy, sometimes […]

nuDC: Batman is a robot, Wonder Woman is Captain Wolverine and Superman put on jeans

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This week DC has been revealing new looks for its core characters, including some startling fashion changes. The new looks have been revealed in various places We’ve cobbled it all up for you below but here’s the shorter version: