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X-Men at NYCC: A Weird Future

By LTZ Overheard in the crowd before NYCC's All-New X-Men panel: "This one's all about X-Men? Ugh." Attending the panel were Senior Editor Nick Lowe, Editors...

Asian American Creators Deconstruct Stereotypes

by Amy Chu Yellow Claw. Ming the Merciless. Wing How. A panel of Asian American comics creators talked candidly about racial stereotypes past and present...

Cartoonists Doing Things: Lumberjack Day 2012

Did you miss it? Yesterday was Lumberjack Day, a holiday best celebrated by wearing plaid, sporting a beard (either naturally grown or homemade), and eating pancakes. The holiday was created back in 2005 by two good friends: graphic novel author Colleen AF Venable and comedy producer Marianne Ways. It was invented in response to International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which falls a week prior. The pirate jokes were getting old, so the team moved on to another comedy troupe: lumberjacks. Lumberjack Day falls annually on September 26.

On the Scene: My First SPX as Exhibitor

By Brady Dale Purveying my wares This year, fellow Philadelphia comic maker Dre Time and I got tables at the Small Press Expo. It was my...

Kick-Watcher: Yeh's Route 66 Mural and Hotel Whiskey Tango

By: Henry Barajas These Kickstarter projects are history in the making and it’s up to you to make it happen. Project: Route 66 mural project at...

Scene report: Wizard World Chicago Comicon — Not Every Day is...

There’s always been something a bit disappointing about Sundays. It’s like on a primal level every part of our body understands that workaday Monday is round the corner. Fun is coming to an end. And what little fun there remains is overshadowed by the infinite promise of Friday and Saturday just gone. That is certainly the reputation they have at conventions. By Sunday, the hardcore attendees, the exhibitors and guests have already been there a day or two. The enthusiasm they started with has met with the reality of spending an extended period of time in what is effectively a large warehouse-type space, and perhaps also the reality staying up a little past their respective bedtimes. Any big announcements there might have been have all been made, and most attendees have already spent most of the money they planned to spend. Indeed, when I told Heidi I’d be at Wizard World Chicago on a Sunday she did remind me “Sunday is probably the quietest day…”

Kick-Watcher: Golem and Igle's MOLLY DANGER

By: Henry Barajas The comic books projects on Kickstarter just keeps getting better and better. Here are two projects that I found exceptional and...

Kick-Watcher: Agent 88, Silver Bottle, Pawn Store

By: Henry Barajas Every time I go to the Kickstarter web site to see what's new I'm faced with countless new projects.  I find myself...

SDCC 12: Making a Living in Manga

By Alexander Añé The Making a Living in Manga panel featured Adam Warren, Becky Cloonan, Fred Gallagher, Audra Furuichi, Christopher Butcher, JuYoun Lee, Erik Ko,...

ComiCON-versation #9: Be our guest…

by Mike Scigliano

-- A guest list and the expenses associated with it, like everything else involved in producing a comicon, come out of your overall budget.  You've got to balance the books to make the show work.  Hotel rooms and airfare add up quickly and spending all your cash on guests but next to nothing on marketing or programming needs, for instance, could lead to a train wreck pretty quickly.

Kick-Watcher: Wild Blue Yonder, Mike Deodato, Jr. and Flaming Carrot

Kickstarter has become an avenue for cartoonist to get funding for their projects. Lately more and more working professionals have taken full advantage of this major platform. Here are some projects that are promising and deserve support.

SDCC 12: The Darwyn Cooke Panel — The Handle is coming

On Sunday at Comic Con panel dedicated to Darwyn Cooke's Parker series of graphic novels, Darwyn Cooke and editor Scott Dunbier announced that a fourthParker adaptation would be published in late 2013 and that it would be based on Donald Westlake's Parker novel, The Handle.