Posts by Rich Johnston

About Rich Johnston

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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Bringing Alcohol To Comic Con &#8211 Think Again

Bringing Alcohol To Comic Con – Think Again?

Many of you read about the antics of one Joe Benitez at the Bleeding Cool Fan Awards a week ago. The day after, he was rather sheepish and on Sunday, he met the young girl who was in front of him at the show, apologised, and drew her a Snow White picture. She seemed very […]

Last Weeks Comics In Fourteen Pictures

Last Week's Comics In Fourteen Pictures

Everyone loves Dr Manolis Vamvounis. This is what he read last week… as soon as the comics got to Greece. This week in panels: SNIKT ME ONCE SHAME ON YOU Is it even possible to plot out Wolverine's timeline through all these AvX tie-ins? In WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #11, he and Hope experience a […]

Bleeding Cool Magazine #0 Available Tomorrow From A Great Retailer Near You

Bleeding Cool Magazine #0 Available Tomorrow From A Great Retailer Near You

Actually, the preview issue of Bleeding Cool Magazine #0 should be available from more than just these folks below. But these are the stores that have ordered more than twenty-five copies, so they should have enough copies to keep them, ooh, through till lunchtime at least. Thank you all retaiulers for ordering so many! It […]

The Very Rare First Appearance Of Tim Seeleys Revival

The Very Rare First Appearance Of Tim Seeley's Revival

Revival is the new Tim Seeley book from Image Comics being premiered in The Walking Dead #99. It made its first appearance in the Image Free Comic Book Day comic. Of course there are plenty of those. But what most people don't know is that the widely distributed version of that comic is actually the […]

Jim Lee To Leave Justice League &#8211 Position Available

Jim Lee To Leave Justice League – Position Available?

I understand that DC Comics has been making a number of approaches to what could only be described as the A-List of modern comics to sign up for a twelve issue run on Justice League, to replace Jim Lee. And that doesn't even just mean the next twelve issue run, some people seem to be […]

Extermination Is Watchmen Meets How I Met Your Mother

Extermination Is Watchmen Meets How I Met Your Mother

Si Spurrier is best known for writing articles for Bleeding Cool. But in his spare time he writes for 2000AD, Marvel, Avatar and basically everyone in the world. His first Boom! title is about to come out, Extermination with Jeffrey Edwards, and because we're friends, I was able to steal the first issue from his […]

Dave Sim Draws Turtles

Dave Sim Draws Turtles

As part of Dave Sim's Kickstarter, to raise revenue to digitize all 6000 pages of Cerebus, he, Kevin Eastman and Bob Burden are giving a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Cerebus/Flaming Carrot print to everyone with donates $50 or more. Here are Sim's initial sketches for a Cerebus Turtle called Matisse, and sketches of other Turtles. The man does […]

The Spider Sellouts And Statistics

The Spider Sellouts And Statistics

It's something we're trying to do at Bleeding Cool. When running stories about comic book sellouts, if we can, get some actual idea of the scale of the sellout. Some cold hard and admittedly rounded up numbers. The Spider #1 from Dynamite sold out of its 13,000 copies, and has now sold a further 2,000 […]

The Cosplay Of MCM London Expo

The Cosplay Of MCM London Expo

Thanks to Heri Mkocha for a great collection of  MCM London Cosplay photos and, for a change, taken in the bright British sunshine.  What a fantastic tonic for the rainy weather right now…

A Batarang For $750 I Do Hope Its Functional For That Price

A Batarang For $750? I Do Hope It's Functional For That Price

Gamasutra have created a couple of statuey things based on the Batman: Arkham City game. One, a detachable Batarang being grasped by Batman's fist for $750, limited to 7500 copies. And the Riddler trophy from the game for $350, limited to 440 copies. Feast your eyes…

Get Your Free Neil Gaiman And Michael Zulli Sweeney Todd Comic Here

Get Your Free Neil Gaiman And Michael Zulli Sweeney Todd Comic Here

It was a prelude to what would have been an adaptation of the story of Sweeney Todd, by Neil Gaiman and Michael Zulli. I got my copy with Taboo #6 in 1992, the horror anthology from Steve Bissette that would have serialised it. But it never came to be. I have my copy autographed by […]

Tuesday Runaround With Lots Of Good Stuff

Tuesday Runaround With Lots Of Good Stuff

MemeWatch: The new Mister Freeze. Exposed. ElephantWatch: When Matt Fraction draws an elephant at San Diego Comic Con. SuitWatch: A first shot from Iron Man 3. Plenty of suits to go round… ZombieWatch: A very strange interview with Ethan Van Sciver at Phoenix Comic Con. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXj5jUTuloI[/youtube] This is Computo the Comic Link Conqueror speaking. I […]

The First Five Pages Of Before Watchmen By Darwyn Cooke

The First Five Pages Of Before Watchmen By Darwyn Cooke

  Here are the first five pages of Before Watchmen: Minutemen #1 by Darwyn Cooke, published tomorrow. Let's have a look. Note that the front cover does not work as the first panel to the story, as it did with the original. However there is a feeling of gratitude, the key to the city, ticker […]

How The French Advertise Beasts Of Burden

How The French Advertise Beasts Of Burden

Yes, folks, this is how the French are advertising their publication of Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson's Beasts Of Burden. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTiE_ceQOx8[/youtube]

Raven Entertainment Quits Comics Like A Mad Man

Raven Entertainment Quits Comics Like A Mad Man

Have you heard of Raven Entertainment at all?  A small press comics publisher putting out the work of Richard Evans such as Legion Unleashed and Witchhunt. WHY I QUIT COMICS Recently my publishing company ended a long relationship with comic books, and I'm relieved. For over 10 years we devoted ourselves to an industry for which […]

Countdown To The Eisners &#8211 Covers Colouring Lettering

Countdown To The Eisners – Covers, Colouring, Lettering

Cameron Hatheway writes for Bleeding Cool As of today, you only have until midnight PST to vote for the Eisners if you're eligible and haven't done so already. So while I still have a few more categories to cover, I've already covered most of the major ones, methinks. Besides, it's not like those who are […]

The Gay Marriage Proposal Page From Astonishing X-Men Hits eBay

The Gay Marriage Proposal Page From Astonishing X-Men Hits eBay

It's just possible that this week you may have read something or other about gay characters in comic books. You never know. Anyway, this proposal page featuring Northstar proposing to his boyfriend Kyle from Astonishing X-Men #50 by Mike Perkins is currently up on eBay and going for over $100. I know because I just […]

The One With The Two Hearts

The One With The Two Hearts

Steven Moffat met Twitter technology this morning when he tried to vote in a poll. And it all went a little more public than he'd have liked.     What would the reaction of the other actors who played the Doctor have been like? Something like this perhaps?

A New Phantom Stranger Comic From Dan DiDio And Brent Anderson

A New Phantom Stranger Comic From Dan DiDio And Brent Anderson?

We know Scott Lobdell is writing Superman #0, we know Scott Kolins is drawing Legion Of Superheroes #0, he've heard vague rumours that Dave Finch may be drawing covers for a new Katana series, we've speculated that maybe, just maybe, JLI will be replaced by a Justice League Of America #0.. But now I've been […]

Tim Seeley And Mike Nortons Revival Has Been Massively Underordered

Tim Seeley And Mike Norton's Revival Has Been Massively Underordered

Admittedly, this is not retailers fault. Not totally. Not this time. But Revival by Tim Seeley and Mike Nortan, featured in Image's Free Comic Book Day volume, and with its first issue shipping in a month's time (and probably out in advance for San Diego Comic Con, let's face it) will have a feature in […]