Vertigo’s AMPED in development at USA Network

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The USA Network held its “upfronts” at which pilots are announced, and the big news was Smackdown is coming HOME to the USA Network as the WWE rolls out a more millennial friendly and aspirational “For the Hero in All of Us” program. But also, a show based on an unannounced upcoming Vertigo series is […]

24 Hours of International Comics: Meet Boulet, Master of Visualizing Emotion (France)

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By and large, American comics are exercises in external action.  Rare is the superhero who ends up blighted by some existential crisis and is then forced to retreat into his or herself in order to resolve the issue.  Rarely is conflict not solved through fights filled with flurried fists.  Even Batman, “the World’s Greatest Detective,” generally […]

Julia Wertz on illegal pinball—and running her own crowdfunder

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Here’s a history comic on Newyorker.com by Julia Wertz about when pinball was illegal in New York City

In other Wertz news, she’s working on Impossible People, a memoir about her alcoholism that she started years ago and then abandoned. To fund it she’s running her own crowd funding effort, which you can support at the above link. Why her own thing?

Interview: Colorist of BONE Steve Hamaker on Making His Own Webcomic PLOX

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Scholastic’s editions of Jeff Smith’s BONE were what originally put Steve Hamaker on the map, and he’s only improved since his introduction to the comics scene. After coloring over a dozen BONE graphic novels, Hamaker went on to color Jeff Smith’s follow-up RASL, Strangers in Paradise-related projects for Terry Moore and Scott Kurtz’s webcomic Table Titans. Recently he’s been producing his own […]

Oni to publish print version of Towle’s Oyster War

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We’ve covered Oyster War here quite a bit, Ben Towle’s historical fantasy webcomic about 19th century Chesapeake bay oystermen engaged in a territory war with some magical assistance— it’s part Scalped, part Sailor Twain. Towle alluded to a print publisher a while and ago and Oni just made it official: the print, color version is coming in September for SPX! Towle is a three time Eisner nominee for books like his Amelia Earhart bio, and this is a fun, frolic of a book.

Kickwatch: please consider supporting Elf by Songgu Kwon, a crazy comic about fantasy gaming

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33 hours, $4000 — you people need to do this. Songgu Kwon is a former Xeric grant winner for Blanche the Baby Killer. He currently works in the animation business doing things like character designs for Metalocalypse. I daresay, he draws like a melon farmer. Gorgeous stuff. He also has a long running webcomic called […]

Webcomic alert: “The phone rang. It was my college rapist.”

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Jen Sorenson illustrates a troubling story from a friend that has a little bit of pay back at the end. But not nearly enough.

Nilah Magruder wins the first Dwayne McDuffie Diversity Award for M.F.K.

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As announced this weekend, the first Dwayne McDuffie Diversity Award was given out, and the winner was Nilah Magruder for her webcomic M.F.K.

Disclosure: I was one of the judges for this award. And I couldn’t be happier that Magruder won.

KIbbles /n/ Bits 2/26/15: High Moon is back!

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§ High Moon, the werewolf/cowboy comic by David Gallaher and Steve Ellis is back. After running on DC’s Zuda webcomic site (remember that?) and seeing a print edition, four new pages will be posted every Monday, in a mobile responsive interface, and available on Tapastic and Comixology as well. Nerdist has a preview , and […]

Comics Portal Hiveworks announces 12 million users in January

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According to a news blast they just sent out, Hiveworks, a digital comics portal, had 12,000,000 users in January—alst year it had a total of 65,000,000, so it’s on track for a lot of growth. But what kind of growth? According to their about page, “Hiveworks is a creator owned publisher and studio that helps webcomic and online media creators turn their creative endeavors into sustainable businesses. We serve as mentors and as a home for many comics.”

Future comics: The Bloody Footprint by Lilli Carré

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The New York Times has been dabbling in “future comics” type stuff over the past year orzo, and they se Lille Carré up to bat and she hits a home run with The Bloody Footprint an inquiry into memory and and identity that cleverly uses the scroll and gif panels for an effect distanced enough for memory and sharp enough for contemplation.

Webcomic Alert: It Is What It Is by Kate Beaton

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An autobiographical comic about her time working at the Fort McMurray logging camp. :

Webcomic alert AND to do tonight: CARVER by Christopher Hunt

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Carver is a new project by cartoonist Christopher Hunt, a talented artist whose been been seen in Dark Horse, 12 Reasons To Die, Escapo and elsewhere. But Carver is his passion project, a story that starts in 1913 Paris with Carver himself, a man with a mysterious past, and skills with both his fists and with the ladies. It’s adventurous, romantic and ready to rock and roll. You can read the first chapter here or watch the teaser

Webcomic Alert: End 2014 with a little “Optimisim” by Anders Nilsen

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Anders Nilsen sees the year out at Medium with a beautiful full color comic called On Optimisim: Why 2015 Won’t Suck. It’s a very direct and straightforward work from the often oblique (and marvelously so) Nilsen, but it has a few good words that we should all tam into account for 2015. Even though 2014 […]

Danielle Corsetto announces Girls with Slingshots is ending

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Long running—since 2004—and very popular webcomic Girls with Slingshots will be drawing to a close in the next few months, as announced in the strip and an essay. Creator Danielle Corsetto will be taking some time off to further her art education, but she doubts that it’s the last we’ve seen of the characters in […]

Christmas Comics: Kate Beaton’s yearly Christmas comics

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Every year cartoonist Kate Beaton returns to her parents house in the maritimes for the holidays, and the series of hilarious and touching comics that result are getting to be a holiday tradition, as the intersection of parental concern and parental eccentricities combine to form HUMOR. IT’s an experience that many of us are going […]