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Is Kickstarter the Future for Comics Pros and Publishers?
The popular crowdfunding platform has allowed comics creators to showcase their dream concepts to the public, letting the book sink or swim based on the reaction Writers and artists alike have looked to the platform to find success outside of the direct market, forgoing traditional publishing in order to bring their product directly from the[...]
The logo for Comic-Con@Home 2020
Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, Comic-Con, billed as the biggest pop-culture event of the year, will not be taking place in San Diego this year Instead, Comic-Con 2020, dubbed Comic-Con@Home, will be taking place entirely online, a move that potentially democratizes the entire event, at least for anyone with an internet connection But how will[...]
Summer Vibes: The Best Looks From Marvel's Swimsuit Issues
So, you're probably aware of Marvel's early 1990s comic efforts to bolster their sales by any means necessary And you're fully aware that summer is in full swing…put the two together and what do you get? That's right – The Marvel Swimsuit Specials Now, I won't deny that at face value they are "mature" art[...]
Comics and Complication: Spider-Man and the Public Health Crisis
Welcome to the fourth Comics & Complication series The first dealt with the concept of heroism and The Nail, the second looked into anger and World War Hulk, and the third is about comics as propaganda for social change The Comics Code Authority, or CCA, was formed in the early 1950s to allow comic publishers[...]
Kickstart El Muerto, the Aztec Zombie
Javier Hernandez, El Muerto cartoonist, writes for Bleeding Cool: After years of thinking about it, I finally decided to do a Kickstarter for one of my comics Thankfully, my anxiety over doing one of these evaporated with 24 hours from launching, as 40 backers took us past our initial funding goal! Kickstart El Muerto, the Aztec[...]
Empyre #0 Avengers Main Cover
Marvel has become over the years the House of Events, more than the House of Ideas that it once claimed to be.  There are usually at least four to five Event Crossovers (series that are significant "event storylines" that are separate from regular ongoings and serve as the "backbone" of the story, which then has[...]
Comics and Complication: Propaganda for Social Movements
Time for another edition of Comics & Complication In the first article, we dug into JLA: The Nail and the concept of heroism and in the second we looked at World War Hulk and the idea of anger This week, we're looking at how propaganda in comics can be used to influence social movements Superman[...]
Official: Charles Brownstein Fired By the CBLDF
This weekend, as the comic book industry looked at examples of misconduct, in the past and present, several comic creators also talked about the first such case that drew significant internet commentary It was back in 2005 and concerned the then-and-still Executive Director of the comic book free speech advocacy charity, the Comic Book Legal[...]
The Back-Order List 6/10/2020: Joker 80th, Adventureman #1, and LOSH
Every week your Local Comic Book Shop, hopefully, gets in a weekly assortment of comics, trades, posters, action figures, and other goodies from Diamond.  Now some of these goodies sell out fast from your LCBS, so Tuesday and Wednesday LCBS retailers get on the phone (more often the computer) and let Diamond know they need more.  Or[...]
JLA: The Tower of Babel and Agent Saboteurs
Although comics are not the authority on social agenda, JLA: Tower of Babel does well to show how the desperation for control and contingency quickly crosses into the realm of shadow regimes and corruption What good is it to be the greatest when it's rotting from the inside out? In recent media, the so-called "Umbrella[...]
Will Eisner Awards Show Live Blog at SDCC 2019
We're sorry for the inconvenience to voters." GamesRadar reports that some returning voters, who are all industry professionals, logged into the voting website to find personal information had been changed, prompting the investigation. With all the comics industry has been through lately, with the direct market imploding after decades of shoddy business practices made it particularly[...]
IDW Brings Hendrix, the Doors and GotG into Native American Rock Story
The 1960s Psychadelic Scene in California has strong creative parallels to the dawning comic book scene of the same era.  On October 16, 1965, a collective of artists and bohemians called The Family Dog hosted what is considered the beginning of the Psychadelic Rock era with a concert featuring Jefferson Airplane, The Charlatans, and The[...]
The cover to the library edition of Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins.
Dark Horse Comics has some exciting news for anybody with forty bucks to blow on a comic book during a global pandemic and economic crisis The Library Edition of Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins is set for a release in comic shops on November 11th and bookstores on November 24th, making it probably the most[...]
Obscure Comics: The Forgotten Blade Trinity Comic and Manga
There are comic book series almost every comic fan knows, there are comic book characters that most everyone knows, there are specific comic books most every comic reader knows, and then there are the more obscure issues that slip through the cracks.  What makes obscure comics so interesting and vital is discovering those books that[...]