Happy Fourth of July!

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Image by Ward Sutton Happy fourth to all! I’m taking it easy on the pre San Diego news to run errands, upgrade my laptop and do all those real world things I’ve been putting off, but the maelstrom of pre Comic-Con news starts again tomorrow! In the meantime have a safe and happy holiday from […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 7/1/15: Eight links you should click on and one you shouldn’t

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§ Fusion’s comics page has some great content, for example this piece where 8 LGBT cartoonists share their reactions to legal same-sex marriage, with comics from Hilary Price, Sophie Yanow and Howard Cruse’s which is really marvelous. The one from Christopher Keelty, above, made me laugh the hardest though. § Cartoonist/educator Frank Santoro has announced […]

News and notes: Albuquerque show postponed; Denver draws 100K and more

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§ It’s the week of Book Expo/Book Con, the latter of which could possible be called “sitcom co-star with a new book con” but that’s how it goes. Anyway, I’ll be at both events pretty much non stop so may not have as much time as I’d like to be posting, but the Elite Beat […]

Marvel Month-to-Month Sales March 2015: War Of The Stars Women!

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This months chart is rather quiet: there are very few changes in the way Marvel titles are ordered saleswise. We will soon enter a transition zone where most of the titles will disappear or shift toward a new direction (and a new renumbering, you can bet on that!). Meanwhile, two main things are happening in this month’s chart.
First, the Spider-Women titles are having an excellent month, lead by the amazing success of Spider-Gwen. For the second month in a row, her first issue reappears on the charts, selling twice as many copies as last month’s reordering!

Second, the Star Wars line of titles is expending and still making tons of $$$ for Marvel. At this rate, expect a R2D2

Challenged Books update: Persepolis, Saga, Drama and Palomar

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It’s National Library week, and it’s time for the annual list of most challenged books. Graphic novels are making the list pretty frequently, and this year, three made the top ten: Persepolis, Saga and Drama. The Top Ten most challenged books for 2014: 1) “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 2/9/15: Let’s hear it for Ms. Marvel

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§ Last week marked the one year anniversary of Ms. Marvel #1 and…well it was quite a year. There’s been a tumblr celebration, which Brigid Alverson sums up, including some thoughtful essays on what the character means.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 1/26/15: What these retailers have to say about Secret Wars is staggering

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§ Vaneta Rogers quizzed a bunch of comics retailers about Secret Wars and describes them as wary but hopeful: “Customers are curious, but as usual, Marvel is being very vague about the whole thing,” said John Robinson, owner of the nine Illinois locations of Graham Crackers Comics. “And I have no answers for [customers] as […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 1/20/15: These links will force you to visit other web sites. Point made.

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§ The March crew of Rep. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell talk a little about why we need this message and these reminders now with EW’s Joshua Rivera.

Congressman Lewis is aware of this, and it’s his hope that people will take the time to reflect on what came before. “This book is a guide, we can use it,” says Lewis. “This is what people tried to do, this is what people did in the late ’50s and the ’60s to try to make things better.”

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 12/12/14: Celebrities like Norman Reedus are just like us and do wacky things at Comic-Con

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Oh boy, have we got something for you today!

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits Five 11/20/14: Five trends that will change the way you count on one hand

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Roz Chast did not win the National Book Award—Evan Osnos won for Age of Ambition— But she’s still a winner in my book! There ceremony also saw Neil Gaiman presenting Ursula K. LeGuin with a lifetime achievement type award. LeGuin had things to say:

It was a rotten week to be a woman on the internet

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What a tiring week it has been even though I’m technically on vacation. You are probably sick and tired of reading about the irrational, emotion-based attacks on women who write about pop culture on the internet, specifically video games. Andrew Todd’s Video Games, Misogyny, And Terrorism: A Guide To Assholes pretty much summed it up, […]

Randy Queen is sorry so let’s move on to other things now

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The other day we told you about artist Randy Queen going postal on a Tumblr that was mocking his art a wee bit. In a stunning example of the Streisand Effect, his attempt to quell criticism only opened him to more criticism. It should be noted that a comment on the above post by Jimmy […]

Some old comics sell for $1.5 million

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A Kentucky man who hoped to sell his comics collection in order to help send his grandkids to college will probably be able to afford a semester or two. The collection, which included an Action #1, Detective #27 and Marvel Comics #1, sold for $1.5 million. A comic from 1940 with the first appearance of […]

Webcomic alert: Solo by Hope Larson

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Hope Larson has just launched a webcomic called Solo. She writes:

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 6/5/14: cartoonists embroiled in scandal over affair

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It’s been a while since I kibbled and bitted because…well I had one version of this that had like 50 links. I tweeted them instead. § Cartoonists in the US are not celebrities, with one or two exceptions. They can leave the house without make-up, or go to the beach or do normal human cock-ups […]

San Diego Comic-Con under fire for its harassment policy, or lack thereof

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The issue of harassment at cons isn’t going to go away, and seems to get highlighted more each day as women, men, organizers, cosplayers and interne bystanders deal with the growing injection of actual hormonal humans into abstract fan scenarios. When I went to shows as a youngster, I thought of cons as a “safe space” believe it or not. Compared to the rock scene I was involved with, the relatively few women in comics were in a mostly hands off zone, mostly because most congoers were afraid of them, and should anything amiss happen there was a huge crew of friends to back you up. Notice that I just said “COMPARED TO THE ROCK SCENE”; it was far from a paradise of equality, but I felt safer at a comic con than I did at most places.