SDCC ’15: Top Cow Reveals New Lineup, Including: Sejic’s Blood Stain, Rommulus, September Mourning, and Symmetry

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Image Comics imprint Top Cow announced a slew of new titles today at SDCC. First up, we have Blood Stain, a series penned and drawn by Linda Šejić, wife of Sunstone and Rat Queens illustrator Stjepan Šejić.  Like Sunstone, Blood Stain debuted as a webcomic.  The series focuses on Elliot Torres, a chemistry major who’s fallen on hard times and takes […]

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Hill hired, Gonia promoted at Top Cow

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Top Cow has just announced a few personnel changes, with writer Bryan Hill coming on board as Story Editor, and Betsy Gonia promoted from Managing Editor to Editor. Hill co-wrote Postal with publisher Matt Hawkins and had been helping Hawkins on a a number of projects. This is a new position, “created specifically to use Bryan’s talents to best facilitate making Top Cow stories better,” says Hawkins.

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SDCC ’15: Invader Zim is back, and he’s brought variant covers

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The first issue the Invader Zim comics, based on Jhonen Vazquez’s cult cartoon, arrives on July 8th, and Oni is making a big deal out of it because…well it is a big deal. The alien conqueror’s return will be celebrated in several ways: A panel The Return of Invader Zim, Saturday 7/11 at 2 pm in Room […]

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The Beat podcasts with Top Cow’s Matt Hawkins on publishing economics

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Many people ask me, “Why don’t you do a podcast?” and I reply, “I do!” It’s called More to Come and it’s produced by Publishers Weekly. This week, I chat with Matt Hawkins, president and coo of Top Cow. Matt is more than just an inimitable Facebook poster (if you’ve read his stories about standing in line at the grocery store, you know what I mean.) He’s also an industry veteran who’s seen the highest highs and the lowest lows, and in this talk he dishes on the early days of Image and much more.

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Bunjevic, Fitzgerald, Willumsen and Ting win 2015 Doug Wright Awards

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Although I live tweeted the ceremony with its grandeur and tradition, I neglected to list the WINNERS of the 2015 Doug Wright Awards which honor the finest in Canadian cartooning. The awards were presented Saturday night during TCAF in a ceremony enlivened by beloved antics from Seth, David Collier and author Don McKeller. The winners […]

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Read all of Top Cow’s Tales of Honor: Bred to Kill #1 right here FREE

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TOHv2000_Press It’s Free Comic Book Day worldwide, and even if you can’t get to a shop, here’s one free comic you can read right now, Top Cow’s Free Comic Book Day book Tales of Honor: Bred to Kill #1 by Matt Hawkins and Linda Sejic. This issue is a zero issue for a new arc […]

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April Fool’s round-up: it’s hard to make anything outrageous any more

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See I tolja, it’s hard to be funny about this stuff any more with satirical sites the Onion and Clickhole, let alone ACTUAL sites like Daily Caller, Upworthy and thenTaboola promising 10 celebrity dogs who have aged badly at the end of everything we read on the ‘Net. A few people tried. io9 of all places had the old DC, Marvel Announce Merger story, albeit with some nice characterization:

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Review: crime makes a strange exit to Eden in Postal #1

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Strange small towns commanded by dogmatic despots have long been a staple of post-apocalyptic fare like The Walking Dead. So when Postal # 1 opens on a church sermon delivered by a preacher waving a gun at a man who is bound at the foot of the altar, it seems a familiar scenario. Perhaps this is what the comic wants us to think, lulling us into a false sense of narrative security to contrast with it’s intriguing final pages.

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Watch Comic Book Artists: The Next Generation for free

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Here’s a new movie about cartoonists and comic book making: Comic Book Artists: The Next Generation, which spotlights creators Raid Studios in Toronto, including Ramon Perez, Francis Manapul, Kalman Andrasofsky and Marcus Antony To. Some promising up and comers named Stan Lee and Jim Lee also appear—I believe they are unrelated. It’s a nice look at the artist’s studio and the collegial spirit that evolves from it.

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Watch Comic Book Artists: The Next Generation for free

Here’s a new movie about cartoonists and comic book making: Comic Book Artists: The Next Generation, which spotlights creators Raid Studios in Toronto, including Ramon Perez, Francis Manapul, Kalman Andrasofsky and Marcus Antony To. Some promising up and comers named Stan Lee and Jim Lee also appear—I believe they are unrelated. It’s a nice look […]

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Iron Man in Comic vs Movies

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by James Howard Marvel characters from the famous comic books have been seized up by Hollywood and made into multimillion dollar blockbuster productions such as the Captain America and the X-Men films. Despite their massive popularity, many die-hard fans of the comic books feel that the films failed to accurately depict their favourite Marvel characters […]

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Unassuming Barber Shop: Batman Country, Part Two

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In case you missed the first portion of this special two-parter, it was revealed that Batman has conquered America and has established his black Bat-capital in a cave in Branson, Missouri.

That is not entirely true, but I do hope something of the story of the Bald Knobbers (cringey name aside) rang true for Batman fans. The vigilante story is old and real in America.

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Barcon, that starts with ‘B’ and that rhymes with ‘T’ and that stands for trouble

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We’re off to HeroesCon in Charlotte later today and one of the many pleasures of that show is its relaxing and expansive Barcon; as opposed to other conventions where people scatter to their various drinking holes, pretty much everyone at HeroesCon stays in the same bar, and it’s a great place to catch up with folks and maybe lay the foundation for future work.

OR IS IT???

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Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 6/8/14: Amazon Examined

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Just a reminder: if you see something that is kibblish, or bittable, please drop me a line. You know what we like around here! § Is Amazon Really the Devil? Calvin Reid (with some help by Rachel Deahl) dig into the answer to that question at Publishers Weekly in the wake of the Online Giant’s™battle […]

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Bernadin, Freeman and Richardson bring weekly GENIUS to Image

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Genius is a new 5-issue mini series coming from Image this August, via Top Cow’s Minotaur Press creator-owned imprint. Marc Bernadin and Adam Freeman are the writers and Afua Richardson is the artist. In a twist, all five issue of the book will ship weekly. GENIUS originally appeared in 2008 as part of Top Cow’s […]

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Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 3/25/14: I snuck in some news here. Also snuck isn’t a real word.

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What shocking secrets will you learn in today’s thrilling episode of Kibbles n’ Bits?

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