Bitch Planet and March win first Virginia Library Association Diversity Award


  The Virginia LIbrary Association (VLA) has announced the winners of their first ever Graphic Novel Diversity Awards. The prize celebrates diversity in comics form, and for the first year, ten publishers submitted 22 titles (published in 2015) in two categories: Adult and Youth. Winner receives $500 from the VLA Diversity and Inclusion Forum, and will be […]

SDCC ’16: We Shall Overcome – “March” with John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell


By Nancy Powell The line outside Room 23ABC at 9:20 AM Saturday morning was already two deep before staff let people filter into the room nearly half an hour later. School children – Muslims in burqas, black, white, Asian, Hispanic — had taken up many of the early spots. Their roles would be explained later. Regular attendees, […]

Civil Rights Saga MARCH is becoming an animated series


Announced by Charleston Immersive & Interactive Media today, the production company has optioned Top Shelf’s March for adaptation into an animated series, along with developing related interactive educational products. No release date was announced at this time. The March series, which currently set as a trilogy, is penned by Civil Rights Icon, Congressman John Lewis, […]

Lewis, Aydin, and Powell’s March featured on CBS This Morning

lewis in costume

Maybe the biggest highlight of a fairly eventful San Diego Comic Con was the moment when Congressman John Lewis cosplayed as himself, donning the trench coat and backpack he wore to march for voting rights across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, 50 years ago. He led a touching children’s march through the halls of […]

Weekend Watching: Rep. John Lewis and Jon Stewart talking graphic novels


Let’s end up this week in comics with an inspiring event: Rep. John Lewis’s full half appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Monday. The occasion was the 50th anniversary of the march over the Edmund Pettus Bridge, and that by itself is inspiring enough. There was much discussion of the two March graphic […]

Top Shelf’s Chris Ross on DRM-Free Graphic Novels and Print-Digital Bundles [Interview]

Chris Ross

By Bruce Lidl Indie comics publisher Top Shelf announced yesterday that they will be selling a selection of their digital titles, without any DRM copy protection technology. Joining Image in the trend away from DRM on comics, Top Shelf will now offer eleven graphic novels from their own website in a variety of open formats, […]

Great moments in comics marketing 2013


The other day I was prepping for a talk on marketing at an NYU publishing class, and reached out to the Twitosphere to ask what were “the notable comics marketing success stories over the last year” and the Twitosphere responded with a bunch of smart and savvy suggestions:

MARCH soars to #12 on Amazon after Rachel Maddow appearance


MARCH made it to Maddow last night, as Rep. John Lewis, co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell appeared on the Rachel Maddow show for a full 10 minute segment which you can watch here: Maddow, who is a regular graphic novel reader, showed love for Powell and the whole project and also mentioned Martin […]

Rep. John Lewis promotes March on The Colbert Report


March: Volume 1 has already had pretty huge success since its release at Comic-Con—and last night it got one of the ultimate media accolades—a slot on The Colbert Report. Stephen Colbert grilled the civil rights icon on wether graphic novels were serious enough for the Civil Rights movement—but you know, disparagement is Colbert speak for […]