Posts by Rich Johnston

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Head writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world. Living in London, father of two. Political cartoonist.

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FCBD 2012: Ultimate Comics RX Comics Collectibles Etc And Comic Store West

FCBD 2012: Ultimate Comics, RX Comics, Collectibles Etc And Comic Store West

We've been looking at comic stores that, this weekend, will go above and beyond just giving out free comics on Free Comic Book Day. Here are four more contenders. Ultimate Comics of Durham, North Carolina has guests Chris Burnham, Janet Lee, Brian Clevinger, Tommy Lee Edwards, Joe Keating, Andre Szymanowicz and Richard Case signing and […]

Free Comic Book Gay 2012

Free Comic Book Gay 2012

The gay-themed Quatrefoil Library of St Paul, Minnesota has spent the year cataloging its comic book singles, and to promote the collection, will be giving away their own free gay-themed comic this Saturday on Free Comic Book Day… or rather, since they have no official affiliation to the event, Free Comic Book Gay. Contributors include […]

Last Weeks Comics In Nineteen Panels

Last Week's Comics In Nineteen Panels

By Dr Manolis Vamvounis. I think we might need a separate column just to keep up with the AvX tie-ins every week. In AVX AVENGERS VS X-MEN: VS #1 (that's what they're going with?) Jason Aaron extracts and expands upon the two-panel Magneto vs Iron Man battle from the main series and attempts to balance […]

Mark Waid Launches ThrillBent.com

Mark Waid Launches ThrillBent.com

Today, Mark Waid launches ThrillBent.com, showcasing his original new digital comic Insufferable with Peter Krause, in which a villain seems to turn to Kickstarter for his latest venture.It also hosts Luther, a digital adaptation of his Boom! zombies comic, in a venture backed up by Leverage TV's John Rogers. More, much more, is to come. […]


Stan Sakai At Stumptown: Rabbits Ronin and Alien Sushi.

Stan Sakai At Stumptown: Rabbits, Ronin and Alien Sushi.

Gavin Lees wrote for Bleeding Cool from Stumptown last weekend;     For close to three decades, Stan Sakai has been working on the adventures of Usagi Yojimbo — a funny-animal story based in feudal Japan, which manages to maintain an incredible level of authenticity to the history and culture of the country, despite the fact […]

Ten Reasons You Know Tim Seeley Is Writing Witchblade

Ten Reasons You Know Tim Seeley Is Writing Witchblade

This weekend is Free Comic Book Day, and will include a Witchblade comic for free, featuring the first work of Hack/Slash creator Tim Seeley on the book. But how will you be able to tell? [issuu width=420 height=316 backgroundColor=%23222222 documentId=120501085215-67b656d73ff842be9841f98b16a62bf8 name=stk460688 username=richjohnston tag=bleedingcool unit=px v=2]   1) Chicago local Tim Seeley immediately moved Sara Pezzini from her native New […]

Preview: The Avengefuls by Me and Joshua Covey

Preview: The Avengefuls by Me and Joshua Covey

Out tomorrow from Boom!, the final part of my Marvel Movie parodies, The Avengefuls, drawn by Joshua Covey… and this one written well before I'd seen the movie. It does however use an idea in the back of my head for an actual Avengers story – what if Iran started developing a gamma bomb… With […]


Tuesday Runaround &#8211 Sending Kirk And Picard Into Space With Kickstarter

Tuesday Runaround – Sending Kirk And Picard Into Space With Kickstarter

KickWatch: Logan Kugler has launched a Kickstarter project to send toys of Captain Kirk and Captain Picard, strapped to models of their respective Starship Enterprises into space using a high-altitude balloon and is being filmed by the Discovery Channel to boot. The balloon will be 40 feet in diameter and monitored by The University of […]

$10000 For Sam Kieth Drawing Jim Lee And Rob Liefeld

$10,000 For Sam Kieth Drawing Jim Lee And Rob Liefeld?

It's a great piece of original art. Sam Kieth drawing Jim Lee's Deathblow and Rob Liefeld's Bloodwulf as well has his own Maxx in a series that predated The Maxx. Sam Kieth rarely sells his own art, so this is quite the rarity, and basically the first appearance of all these characters… And it's on […]

FCBD 2012: Famous Faces &#038 Funnies In West Melbourne Florida

FCBD 2012: Famous Faces & Funnies In West Melbourne, Florida

We continue to look at comic stores going above and beyond for Free Comic Book Day next Saturday. Well, Rebekah Isaacs, Jim Fern, Nelson Ortega, Joe Kuzma, Sebastian Piccione and Neil Jorge will be signing and sketching on Free Comic Book Day at Famous Faces & Funnies in West Melbourne, Florida, giving away ten free […]

Stumptown 2012: Quenched Consciousness — A Tribute to Moebius

Stumptown 2012: Quenched Consciousness — A Tribute to Moebius

    Gavin Lees writes for Bleeding Cool; Since his untimely passing last month, there has been an enormous outpouring of tributes to Jean "Moebius" Giraud.  It seemed only appropriate, then, to have the keynote panel of this year's Stumptown Fest be a reflection on the legendary creator's life. It began with a screening of Hasko […]

Scott Lobdell To Take Over Superman From Jurgens And Giffen

Scott Lobdell To Take Over Superman From Jurgens And Giffen

Bleeding Cool heard that the New DCU Zero issues in September, now confirmed by DC artists, may lead to some creative changes in their wake. Well here's a big one that may cause controversy in certain quarters. I understand that Scott Lobdell, the writer of Red Hood And The Outlaws, Teen Titans and Superboy is […]

Jack Chicks The Walking Dead

Jack Chick's The Walking Dead

Today we celebrate a Chick tract comic book, espousing the more radical evangelical Christian thinking as always, and jumping onto the pop cultural bandwagon to do so. After all, people watch The Walking Dead. Although Jack seems to have done little more than discover that the title exists and that it might involve zombies. Either […]

Lying In The Gutters &#8211 30th April 2012

Lying In The Gutters – 30th April 2012

Pitch: The Singing Detective meets The Marvel Universe. In the nineteen sixties, a number of patients are undergoing an experimental treatment to deal with serious exposure to radiation. A young student bitten by a radioactive spider, a scientist who survived a gamma nuclear blast, four astronauts affects by cosmic rays, a blind lawyer who was […]

Look  It Moves by Adi Tantimedh: Dream of a Thousand Musashis

Look! It Moves! by Adi Tantimedh: Dream of a Thousand Musashis

Okay, not actually a thousand, more like about a dozen, but a thousand sounds sexier. I've been fascinated by legendary samurai Miyamoto Musashi for years, and so, evidently, has Japan. He has been the subject of more books, novels, movies, TV series and manga than I've been able to keep track of. We actually know […]

Marvel To Release Astonishing X-Men #50 One Day Early

Marvel To Release Astonishing X-Men #50 One Day Early

Worried that Marvel's big media release on Tuesday, May 22nd for Astonishing X-Men #50 and the marriage proposal therein will spoil your enjoyment… of the issue on sale the next day? In which either Northstar or Kyle proposes, and the other accepts,? Never fear! If you can just put off reading the newspapers featuring either […]

Countdown To The Eisners by Cameron Hatheway: Anthology And Comedy

Countdown To The Eisners by Cameron Hatheway: Anthology And Comedy

Cameron Hatheway writes for Bleeding Cool; Another week comes and goes on Bleeding Cool, and now let us cease our mindless bickering about what forces are at work destroying comics, and focus on celebrating some damn good ones instead. This week we'll be looking at Best Anthology and Best Humor Publication. If you need a […]

Is Mind The Gap A TV Show In Disguise

Is Mind The Gap A TV Show In Disguise?

Mind The Gap #1 by Jim McCann, Rodin Esquejo and Sonia Oback comes out this week from Image Comics. I've read the first issue already… and something strikes me. Jim McCann has said that the comic started out as a TV pilot. Well, it feel very much like the first two acts of a pilot, with […]