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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Get $30 Off A Nook With The Avengers

Get $30 Off A Nook With The Avengers

I was having a conversation with a retail clerk today, who expressed the opinion that DC Comics were defending comic stores while Marvel were trying to drive their customers to digital instead. I disagreed – pointed out how DC were pushing digital first ahead of Marvel, that Marvel's AR was pushing digital users to print, […]

The Franchesco Bleeding Cool Interview

The Franchesco! Bleeding Cool Interview

   Taylor Ramsey writes for Bleeding Cool. I made sure to sit down with another great artist at C2E2 this year and find out what ever I could about his methods, convention appearances and how working digitally has changed the way he does things. Franchesco! (The ! is very like Elliot S! Maggin or Scott […]

More On DC Comics Trinity War (SEMI-SPOILERS) &#8211 And Jim Lees FCBD Gate Fold

More On DC Comics' Trinity War (SEMI-SPOILERS) – And Jim Lee's FCBD Gate Fold

Well that got commented on rather quickly. Trinity War, as first mentioned on Bleeding Cool yesterday… "has probably something to do with the Trinity of Evil which gets introduced in DC's FCBD comic. Pandora is one of the Trinity." "It appears to be the 3 original sinners, of which Pandora has already been disclosed. Let […]

Three Pages Of Bill Willingham Art For A Cheeseburger And Doctor Pepper

Three Pages Of Bill Willingham Art For A Cheeseburger And Doctor Pepper

The original art deal of the century took place last night. Here's how it went down. Catherine Garmon‏: Someone should bring me a Dr Pepper from Sonic and a cheeseburger. #SickProblems #Please? Bill Willingham‏: Where are you? What's your college and town again? Okay, do I have any readers in Norman OK, preferably near the […]

Win Your Own Alex Ross And Jae Lee Original Sketch Cover Of The Shadow #1

Win Your Own Alex Ross And Jae Lee Original Sketch Cover Of The Shadow #1

Today, Dynamite published a new Shadow comic today, by Garth Ennis and Aaron Campbell. Visually it's rather faithful to earlier versions, while the writing gives us a hard pulp take on the character. But what if The Shadow could look like anything? Dynamite have prepared a series of hand sketched covers by Alex Ross and […]

The Justice League Is The Walking Dead

The Justice League Is The Walking Dead

You know how last week I said that The Justice League was now the same as The Authority? I still hold to that. But today's issues sees them also pretty much like The Walking Dead. The book seems to be completely seperating the Justice League from humanity. Green Arrow refers to them as Gods. Steve […]

SPOILER: Batman #8 And Nightwing #8

SPOILER: Batman #8 And Nightwing #8

I rarely run proper spoilers on Bleeding Cool. When I do, it's usually because there's some wider point to be made, a new realisation, something that goes beyond the last page. Something that may entice people who wouldn't normally pick up the book to do so. That's the case here. If you are planning to […]

The Poetry Of Avengers Vs X-Men #2

The Poetry Of Avengers Vs X-Men #2

Today, we get the second issue of Avengers Vs X-Men. We've had the jaw jaw. Now it's time for the war war. And all the horrors that war brings. The violence, the death, the stripping away of humanity and, worst of all, the poetry. That's right, there's nothing so much that defines a war as […]

A Comic Show &#8211 Night Owls Now With Added With Echo

A Comic Show – Night Owls, Now With Added With Echo

Aaron and Tom from A Comic Shop in Florida look through the week's comics. From their own personal bat cave, in preparation… and here's Uncanny X-Force, Avengers Vs X-Men, Avengers, Wolverine And The X-Men, Batman, Nightwing, Wonder Woman, Justice League, Cinderella and the Free Comic Book Day DC spread… [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BXQqrVxgRE[/youtube] And here's Flashpoint video they're […]


Wednesday Runaround &#8211 Emotional Teenagers And Wild Children

Wednesday Runaround – Emotional Teenagers And Wild Children

SuperWatch: Variety reports that US appeal courts have ruled that Warner Bros can use documents stolen from Marc Toberoff in their case against him over the Superman legal fight, because he handed copies over to police when requested to, when they were investigating the crime. WalkingWatch: Walking Dead Issue One Page Two sells for over […]


DC Comics To Bring Us The Trinity War Next Year

DC Comics To Bring Us The Trinity War Next Year

I understand that DC Comics are planning an "event" next year, entitled The Trinity War. Presumably referring to Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman. Whether that's a battle between the three of them, or a battle between them and everyone else, I don't know. I'm sure it's much more than that, but it does sound like […]

Will Marvel Buy THQ Games

Will Marvel Buy THQ Games?

Let us connect some dots. Video game company THQ used to be worth $2 billion. It now dips just below $35 million. Quite a fall. If it was overvalued before, it is likely to be undervalued now. Sega recently lost its licenses to produce Marvel video games and now Marvel is …looking for publishing opportunities… […]

Grace Randolphs Stacktastic Avengers Vs X-Men Is It All That

Grace Randolph's Stacktastic! Avengers Vs X-Men, Is It All That?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-jz-WmlQyA[/youtube] Avengers vs X-Men has debuted Issue 1 and Issue 2, so host Grace Randolph shares her thoughts on this crossover event from Marvel as part of Opinion Nation! Is Avengers vs X-Men a nice prelude to The Avengers movie? Plus Grace Randolph also discusses Batman's son Damian Wayne, Demon Knights and Justice League Dark's […]

The DC New 52 Second Wave Looks Like It May Be Underordered

The DC New 52 Second Wave Looks Like It May Be Underordered

This is the latest weekly list of comics getting high advance reorders and post-sale reorders, continues to show what comics are heating up on the front line of comics retail. Avengers Vs X-Men continues to do well, as Marvel releases new information about how retailers can get new variant covers by ordering more, while the […]

Good Comic Shops To Get Early Christmas Presents This Year

Good Comic Shops To Get Early Christmas Presents This Year

He's checking it once, he's checking it twice. He's going to find out if your comic book retailer has been naughty or nice. It appears that, just as in 2009, there will be no comic book delivery on Christmas week in 2012, as the usual delivery day falls on Christmas Day. Last time, DC Comics […]

Phoenix Jones Purple Rain And Dwight Schrute Against Domestic Abuse

Phoenix Jones, Purple Rain And Dwight Schrute Against Domestic Abuse

Phoenix Jones is the world most famous real life superhero, from Seattle. Purple Reign, is, well, another one, not quite so well known, but also from Seattle. And Rainn Wilson played a real life superhero in the film Super, but everyone still thinks he's Dwight Schrute from The Office USA. Or to me that creepy […]

C2E2: The Dynamite Panel &#8211 Kevin Smith Will Not Touch Something Just For Money

C2E2: The Dynamite Panel – "Kevin Smith Will Not Touch Something Just For Money

Matthew Diener attending C2E2 for Bleeding Cool. He wrote; Dynamite Entertainment President and Publisher Nick Barrucci led a packed panel of his bullpen that included Army of Darkness writer Elliott Serrano, Kirbyverse artist Johnny D, the new cowriter on Bionic Man Aaron Gillespie, Fall of Barsoom writer Robert Place Napton, Bionic Man writer Phil Hester, […]

The Diamond Retailer Olympic Results

The Diamond Retailer Olympic Results!

We told you about Diamond's Best Practice Awards, handed out at the Chicago Retailer Summit last week. But it wasn't the only competition retailers could enter on those days. It was also the first Retailer Olympics. Here are the categories… and the winners. The judges were Outside Sales Managers Tim Kartman, Eric Hitchcock, and Dave […]