SDCC ’15 – Comic Book People at Comic-Con


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SDCC ’15: Abrams Books signings and schedule


As usual Abrams Books will have some dandy books and signings at booth #1216, with authors including Cece Bell, Nathan Hale and Tom Angleberger. PLus many signed books and prints by the likes of Jules Feiffer. And if you’re luycky, you might even get a galley of Trahsed, Derf Backderf’s hilarious and disgusting account of a garbageman’s life. Other galleys and samplers will also be available from the likes of John Leguizamo and Tom Kinney.


D+Q to publish Laura Park’s Do Not Disturb My Waking Dream


Ignatz winner, Eisner-nominee Laura Park is a cartoonist who veers into “national treasure” territory for me. Her classically styled linework and delicate coloring mix with an ineffable, inspired mix of sadness and tenderness. Do Not Disturb My Waking Dream, her mini comic, is a small classic, released in small numbers. But hooray, D+Q will be publishing a collected edition of her comics under the Waking Dream title.


SelfMadeHero discovers a new level of rip-off for The King in Yellow


The King in Yellow is a) Robert W. Chambers famed horror story about a play that dooms all who read it to madness b) a new graphic novel adaptation of the same by INJ Culbard published by SelfMadeHero. (See a preview here.)

It’s also c) a sneaky ripoff by someone on CreateSpace who used the cover to the Culbard book for their own self-published reprint of the prose book. The SelfMadeHero blog has all the details and how to spot the sneaky fake.


Review: Nothing And Everything Left To The Imagination In James Robinson And Greg Hinkle’s “AIRBOY”

“James Robbins” himself, being assigned the Airboy comic for a reboot

by Nick Eskey For starters, this work is not for kids, and there might be a plot spoiler. With that out of the way, let’s review! Airboy was originally made during the boom of super hero comics in the World War II era, where America dreamed of spandex clad heroes fighting not only super villains, […]


Breaking: Breaking Cat News is coming to print!


BREAKING CAT NEWS about, well, BREAKING CAT NEWS! @UniversalUclick and @gocomics are publishing a BCN book in 2016!!! — Georgia Dunn (@pseudooctopus) May 15, 2015 We’ve been big fans of Georgia Dunn’s Breaking Cat News for quite a while, laughing with the boys’ in depth reporting on stupid human tricks, and shedding a tear […]


Conundrum’s fall line allows you to become a kitten


Of course there are some great graphic novels in Conundrum Press’s fall line, but the book I’m choosing to headline is “You Are a Kitten!’ — a shoose your own path book that will redefine how we perceive reality and yarn balls. But all these books look great. In particular, Fitzgerald had a great debut with Photobooth, a non-fiction graphic novel about the history of the photobooth. Turning her storytelling to her own tale sounds very promising.


WonderCon ’15: Recap, Impressions, Big move announcement.

Take a good look at the Anaheim Convention Center, It might be the last WonderCon sees of it.

By Nick Eskey For the three years that WonderCon has been in the Anaheim convention center, I’ve been very fortunate to attend it. I say fortunate because compared to my local San Diego Comic Con, this one is much more relaxed. Replacing the large media influence and the sardine-cramped spaces, there is ease and Fandom. […]


WonderCon ’15: Exhibition Hall Highlights

The guys of CME in front of "Deadeye"

By Nick Eskey Known for being the fan favorite of major conventions, with its relaxed nature and lines, WonderCon has been gaining in popularity over the last few years. For this last WonderCon, I was a little underwhelmed with the pick of panel selections, so I decided to spend more time on the sales floor […]


BookCon to feature “Comics Are Awesome” panel with Smith, Telgemeier, Hatke and Holm


Ben Hatke, Jennifer Holm, Jeff Smith and Raina Telgemeier will be appearing on a panel at BookCon, entitled “Comics Are Awesome!”


Uncivilized announces Fall lineup with Alden, Skaalrud, Evenson, Ball and Carré


Uncivilized Books has had a few knockout books, with Maya Neyestani’s An Iranian Metamorphosis getting a lot of wards consideration. And now here’s the Fall line-up with more exciting titles, including new works from Sam Alden, the debut of Xeric winner Caitlin Skaalrud, and the publishers first fiction book from a brace of award-winning writers. […]


Roz Chast wins National Book Critics Circle Award for Best Autobiography


Roz Chast: "I told my agent that I would bet the lives of my 2 parrots that I wasn't going to win." #NBCC. — 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 […]


Laura Terry’s Graveyard Shakes to be published by Scholastic


Laura Terry is a cartoonist, a graduate of Pratt and the Center for Cartoon Studies and a former Xeric Grant winner (for Overboard). And now she’s had an original graphic noverl called Graveyard Shakes picked up by Scholastic. The cover looks great and the synopsis which you can read below also sounds very appealing. What interests me most about this deal is that, generally speaking, Laura Terry is unknown outside of minicomics circles, and this never appeared online as a webcomic, but she’s had a whole GN picked up for publishing by one of the most successful publishers in the business.


Women and children conquered The Walking Dead in 2014 graphic novel sales


Brian Hibbs has posted his annual Bookscan analysis—charting actual sales of books that report to Nielsen’s Bookscan sales charts. while Bookscan numbers are not allowed to be broadcast, Hibbs uses a leaked list of the top graphic novels of 2014 to chart growth, sales and much more. For you clip’n’save types here’s the actual chart […]


8,669,000 graphic novels were sold in bookstores in 2014


Graphic novels were one of only two print fiction categories whose sales were up in 2014 (westerns were the other), according to Publishers Weekly’s Jim Milliot in a piece called The Hot and Cold Categories of 2014. GNs were up 13% according to Bookscan. The article also includes a chart of all categories, and reveals that 8,669,000 graphic novels were sold in 2014, up from 7,659,000 in 2015. For comparison, 33,524,000 general fiction books were sold in 2014.


Must buy: Economics of Digital Comics by Todd Allen


Disclosure: Todd Allen is a long-time contributor to this site, so read the following as advanced log-rolling if you will.

That said, the book he kickstarted over the summer, Economics of Digital Comics is out. I have an early digital copy and this is really a book everyone in the comics business should read, especially people going into various digital models, from crowdfunding to subscription to pay what you want. Allen casts a cynical eye on most of this stuff, and runs numbers to show what works and what doesn’t. But he also looks at print costs, and the economies of other channels to give a strong overview of what we talk about when we talk about selling comics in 2014. The book has new interviews with digital players and statistics on what webcomics earn from advertising, how much it costs to print books, what the big players take out of various delivery methods and more. All footnoted. And an introduction by Mark Waid, who has become something of the spokesman for Generation Digital.